The Maiden Voyage

Those of you who know me will laugh when you hear I am writing a blog. To say I am technically challenged is an understatement. However, I do understand and appreciate various forms of communications so I have decided to join the 21st century. Over 20 years ago, I was the Publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal and in that capacity wrote editorials and opinion columns on a regular basis. While I don’t pretend to be a good writer, I do like to tell stories and comment on things I see happening in our community.

I will do my best to write my blog in a manner that will prove to be useful and constructive, as we think about and discuss important issues that we all are confronted with on a daily basis. Over the years I have been a banker, publisher, community organizer and worked as a nonprofit residential treatment staff member, local foundation executive, the Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services and as a legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator. Obviously, from the chair I sit in now at HCF, I will have something to say about our community’s health programs for the uninsured and the underserved, but I also plan to comment on items that may not have an obvious direct connection to health.

When people encouraged me to start this blog, my first comment was “Who will read it”? I remember sitting on the hill of the Liberty Memorial the night before the first Spirit Festival with of few of my fellow organizers and we collectively wondered if anyone would show up. The Spirit Festival lasted many years and became a Kansas City tradition. As I start this cyber journey, I hope I am equally surprised by the people who read and react to this blog.
I welcome your feedback.

Thank you for reading my first blog and for joining me on this new journey.


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