The Monday Morning Quote – 112

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

The Monday Morning Quote – 111

“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”

– Sean O’Casey

The Weekend Read – “A few words from the chair” by David Clow

David Clow has written a highly relevant book that should be required reading for dentists and their teams whether they be new to practice or veterans of the profession.

His arguments are put succinctly and he challenges many of the established points of view that we take to be automatically true. Whilst this is an American writer expressing his points of view about US dentistry his opinions translate readily to the UK & the rest of the world.

His pleas for dentists to put their patients at the very centre of everything they do will fall mostly on deaf ears of those who see patients as a source of UDAs. However by reading it, those who put system before patient may well question their slavish devotion to a way of working that does nothing grow them as individuals and will ultimately leave them despairing of how they spend their days.

At 147 pages it’s easy to get through in two or three reads and I promise your time will not have been wasted.

Available through Amazon here.

So what’s a fleadh?

I love Christy Moore’s music, but more than that I admire his fundamentally held beliefs that manifest themselves through the causes he champions and his politics. Like a lot of the people that I respect I don’t necessarily share their beliefs 100% but I would argue for their right to hold them. He doesn’t take any prisoners in arguments nor does he tolerate any pomposity or fudging. This is an excerpt from his current newsletter regarding the hijacking of the word “fleadh”.

Before you read it take a quick look at where google takes you when asked about fleadh.

“I will record a small piece for RTE Radio to celebrate Bob D’s 70th birthday and I look forward to playing with him at The London Feis in Finsbury Park on June 18th. It’s great that this gig is back. It used to be called The London Fleadh but apparently some impresario has copyrighted the word “Fleadh” and the promoter was advised not to call the gig by its original name. I intend to call all my future London Gigs “Fleadhs”. We may have a bit of fun with the honchos of the greasy wheel. for anyone who might be curious about the words, the word “Fleadh” is taken to mean a collective event which encompasses all that might take place at a weekend Festival of music, dance, song and celebration. A “Feis” would describe a more formal event where competitions take place with poise and decorum. I suspect the London Feis will be a Fleadh in all but name….”

Or is this just an excuse for me to suggest you take a few minutes to enjoy the man.

A very special day – April 5th 1993.

Happy 18th Birthday Will.

From Storypeople Quiet Pride (son).

There has never been a day when I have

not been proud of you, I said to my son,

though some days I’m louder about

other stuff so it’s easy to miss that.




The Monday Morning Quote

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.”

Winston Churchill

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