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Is this it?  Is this all life has to offer now?  Many of us have asked this as our world, both our own personal bubble and collective society, is shaken to its core.  While news media outlets, social media and outward signs of expressions from people of all opinions cloud our feeds and freedoms, we are left asking what will become of our lives?  What will become of our country?  While we ask these questions, we find comfort in the fact that our core guiding principles of this country were founded on one thing: a belief that we can have...

The charcoal was lit. The hot dogs and hamburgers were ready. The pools were open (for the most part) and the heat was on this past weekend. Memorial Day finally arrived and brought with it a freedom to return to some normalcy, as the weather pushed us out of the house with a taste of summer.  This year, this holiday seems to take on a different tone and meaning. While we enjoyed this day with family and friends (from a safe, social distance of course), it served as a reminder of not only the freedoms that have slowly returned after...

This year's Tri-County Heart Ball, presented by the American Heart Association and co-chaired by Jeff Ryznar and Dr. Meredythe McNally-Ryznar, was an absolute success despite being moved to Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though it was presented virtually, over 1,000 people tuned into the Heart Ball, which was Las Vegas-themed. The "Casino Night" featured a variety of entertainment options, including live music, stand-up comedy, and a live auction in the chat area. Perhaps the biggest story of the night, though, was the final donation total: $44,931. Not only did this total exceed the American Heart Association's goal of...

The worry continues to build and grow.  Are we safe enough to go back "normal?" Will we be ready to handle the new rules and guidelines?  What will the world look like?  The infection that has quarantined us for over a month has no expiration, but our country is getting ready to flip the "CLOSED" sign to "OPEN."  In the midst of this, we need to focus our attention on safety and on being mindful of how we behave, interact and go about our daily life.  As the infection continues to silently do the same, because it is still ever present in...

It's hard to find the words to describe what we are going through. This is crazy, right?  The uncertainties we all are facing together are the likes of which can only be seen in movies or science fiction shows.  We are the stars of our own episode of "The Twilight Zone," and we literally cannot change the channel, we cannot look away and we cannot wake up from the dream world that has turned into an unraveling nightmare.  As social distancing closes in and invades our personal space of life, it will be important that we find something that we...

"Regrets, I have a few. But then again, too few to mention."  More than 50 years ago, Frank Sinatra uttered these words, which have been immortalized in his song, "My Way." And while you may have heard it a time or 10 at retirement events, memorials or even as a random song playing on your Pandora station, these words are something that rings true for everyone.  Regrets are something we all deal with, some more than others.  And when someone says they have no regrets, you can call bullshit on them.  We all have regrets and, for some of us, the...

Life. It is the most precious and fragile thing on this earth. Every day we wake up and face the day ahead, not knowing the events that will transpire. These events can make us as equally as it can totally break us down. We don't know what the day will bring, nor if we will have another day after it is over. As I, like most people, come to grips in my own ways with the shocking news of the tragic helicopter accident that took the life of one of the all-time greatest basketball players, Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year...

As the nation celebrates the legacy and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, we are reminded how the impact and the efforts of one individual can inspire change.  While we may think Dr. King's efforts were on a greater scale than any one of us could possibly deliver, his actions remind us that we are not just here to be silent.  We are here to make a difference in everything we do.  We are here to help.  Everyday we have a dream of being better, doing better and providing better for ourselves and each other.  The gift...

Ruthless. Evil. Aggressive. Arrogant. Destructive. Sith Lord. And those are things I am called before lunch at my office!  (jk)   As the final installment of the Star Wars saga releases this week, much to the delight of Brady, Ryan, Bill, and me in our office, we all are trying to guess and figure out if we will see one character again.  No, he doesn’t have a beard that is long and white, suit that’s red and cap on head. He’s got a cape that’s long and black, part machine, and helmet on head.     Darth Vader is not only the most complicated and...