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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Waking Up is Hard to Do

Gas Passers: Waking Up is Hard to Do!
Do you know of other medical specialists who sing? Listen by clicking here DM


Filament Theatre Ensemble in July!!















Following the successful performances at BBQ Fest, Filament will once again take Shakespeare to the streets!  Join us July 27 at 4:00 for an encore performance of A Muse in Love at Jeff Fest!  This greatest hits of Shakespearean love scenes is a treat for adults and children alike.    We look forward to seeing you there!

The Filament Theatre Ensemble is all about art....art in my neighborhood, supporting the Portage Park community. Come out and support their great work.

Click here for more information! DM

Saturday, June 22, 2013

45th Ward Independent DEMs!

1st Annual BBQ for the 45th Ward Independent Democrats

I had a great time at the 1st annual BBQ for 45th Ward Democrats. My Alderman, John Arena, is a leading independent voice for his constituents in the 45th Ward. He does not march lock-step with the Mayor. He makes sure what happens in the Ward is what is best for the Ward. He asks for our input. He has a great deal of transparency in all he does.

This is the politician Chicago needs. Support John. DM (One of John's 30!)



Jeff Fest: Keep This Date!!!

Jeff Fest is going to be awesome this year! I may even be their event photographer as well. I can just imagine what great photos I will make! Chicago-Summer-Jeff Fest...what more do you want!! DM

CVRS: Day 2

The Child Vision Research Society meeting on day two held many wonderful presentations starting with that by Daphne Mauer, Professor, McMaster University. She spoke on "Critical Periods Re-Examined: Evidence from Children Treated for Congenital Cataract". I am thrilled that the science is catching up to the clinician. Those of us who work with patients have known for some time that the neuroplasticity was much greater than most thought within medicine. The rest of the morning was spent with presentations concerning amblyopia while the afternoon discussed heterophoria and vergence eye movements.

Another presentation entitled, "Does-And How Does - Vision Therapy (Orthoptic Treatment) Work?" Left me with many questions and concerns about how this particular research was conducted. I will not discuss this here, but will probably do so in an editorial in Optometry & Visual Performance at a future date. Those of us who consider ourselves functional/developmental/behavioral optometrists have a great deal of work to do with these fine researchers to better communicate what we do, how we do it and the science behind behavioral vision care. As I become more involved in CVRS, I am hoping we can bridge the gap between our differences using the many similarities we share.

In the afternoon, presentations were given concerning remote gaze tracking, the Pacific Acuity Cards (which look very promising....watch for a paper on this topic by Dr. John Lowery) and the iSight App for  vision screening. The afternoon continued with additional presentations, posters and the awarding of "Best Posters" to 3 participants (I was one of the judges).

The day ended with a group photograph being taken....herding cats would have been easier.

Drs. Quaid & Maino
Dr. Tom Freddo
I then went out to dinner with 2 good friends and colleagues. Dr. Patrick Quaid, Dr. Tom Freddo and I sipped some good Scotch (Glenfiddich 12 y/o), ate an incredible meal and talked for more than 3 hours about numerous topics.



The next day would find the CRVS group in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children....and the final day of our meeting. DM




12 Most Useful Ways to Create Successful Marketing Relationships

12 Most Useful Ways to Create Successful Marketing Relationships


1. Be helpful


2. Ask questions


3. Listen on social media channels
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4. Practice radical transparency


5. Engage with purpose


6. Don’t expect an immediate return on your marketing


7. Use social media wisely


8. Be trustworthy


9. Involve your employees in your social media marketing


10. Market your marketing


11. Real time relevancy


12. Create a customer for life


Comment: Click the title above for more information in each of these areas. DM

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Child Vision Research Society: Day 1

Well, it is now actually day 2 of the CVRS meeting at the University of Waterloo in the mystical land of Canada, but let me tell you about day 1.

Yes. It is true. All that 'stuff' you've heard about Canadians is true. They are "nice"! My hosts have been incredible. They go above and beyond.

My friends and colleagues, Drs. Quaid, Bobier, Leat (and about 50 others) have been awesome in making sure I am well treated at all times (of course, it's not just me but all of the other attendees as well).

Yesterday's program included interesting poster presentation and cutting edge papers. I was asked to be a "judge" for the poster session and it is going to be very difficult to pick "the best" since all were outstanding.

Dr. Maggie Woodhouse
Dr. Carol Westall
I also continued my conversation with Dr. Maggie Woodhouse, who is the preeminent researcher/clinician in the area of vision and those with Down syndrome, (Cardiff University, UK) and her colleague (and now my friend as well), Professor Carol Westall (Director, Visual Electrophysiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto). They both have a great sense of humor (they laugh at all my jokes!) and I feel as if I've known them for decades.
Dr. Bill Bobier


Dr. Bill Bobier, Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, is a friend I've known since our AOSA (American Optometric Student Association) days together . Way back then the Canadian optometry students would come down to the States after their comprehensive examinations to attend the AOSA annual meeting. Bill, my brother Joseph and I would solve all of optometry's problems during these meetings....well, at least helped to solve them!

There is several College of Optometrists in Vision Development here as well including Dr. Betty Fretz. I've met Betty previously at COVD meetings, but had a chance to get to know her a bit better at this meeting.

Dr. Sue Cotter
Dr. Sue Cotter, Illinois College of Optometry alum, former ICO faculty member and long time friend (she's now a Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry) was the Keynote speaker. As always, she gave an incredible presentation about the "The Mulit-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study: Implications for Clinical Practice". Sue is going to make me do something most of us hate to do....change the way we conduct our examination. The research she is doing has shown that at least 2 of the examination techniques we use routinely when examining young children appear to be of little value. Darn! Just when I thought I had this all figured out, I may have to pay attention to the research and alter the way I practice! (All docs should pay attention to the research. All docs should use this to guide what they do and how they do it....even if we don't like it much!!)

Well, I'm off for day 2 of the CVRS meeting....will keep you posted! DM

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Child Vision Research Society: University of Waterloo College of Optometry

Dr. Quaid &  Dr. Maino
Well, I made it to Toronto from Chicago without incident. (Remind me to tell you about my trip to Omaha sometime!)

 My good friend and colleague, Dr. Patrick Quaid, picked me up from the airport and then took me to his office. It is a beautiful office with a high end dispensary, a patient waiting area that looks more plush than my living room and, even better, he also showed me his good sized vision therapy room. We then went to a nice restaurant for some lunch.

After lunch he noted that in my haste to pack for this meeting, I had forgotten to bring my sunglasses with me. Patrick then brought me a pair of absolutely stunning Maui Jim sunglasses to help me adjust to all this tropical weather in Toronto. (Despite popular opinion in the States, Canada does not have snow on the ground in June!!)

Patrick and I then proceeded to the University of Waterloo Conference Center. I checked into my room (This is a dorm room with the washroom across the hall.  I now have memories of my undergrad days at Beloit College!). Comfortable. Clean. Inexpensive...with real "air conditioning" (I opened the window). The staff was very helpful during check-in....and even more so when I requested a room a bit closer to the action.

Tomorrow the CVRS meeting starts at the university's College of Optometry. I will be hobnobbing with the best researchers and clinicians in pediatric eye and
vision care from all over the world. This is awesome! (The program and abstracts can be found by clicking here.)

During this meeting several of my colleagues will be showing posters that represent their research. I have been asked to judge these posters (To all researchers, be it known that I am above reproach in all things. My vote cannot be bought with cash. However, I have been known to look upon any colleague with fondness when they offer me a wee dram of Single Malt Scotch. Just sayin'!).

Watch for more updates at MainosMusings!!!

DM

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Final Pictures of Shannon McMally

Shannon getting ready for the show
Playing with the band....and her daughter
He played boards, mouth-organ and bone!
Singing country, western, Nawlins!
Shannon's new album. I bought it and am listening to it now.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Even More Shannon McNally

Shannon McNally and some very talented musicians gave a great concert at the Filament Theatre in my Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago. Her singing style is a fusion of country, western, honky-tonk and Nawlins all rolled into one. Her latest album "Small Town Talk" features songs by Bobby Charles who helped shape rock & roll’s evolution during the ‘50s and ‘60s, by writing a string of hits for artists like Fats Domino, Bill Haley & the Comets, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Raised in southern Louisiana, he also pioneered the “swamp pop” genre, which blended the native sounds of his home turf — Cajun music, zydeco, New Orleans rhythm & blues — with the twang of mid-century country.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

More Shannon McNally!

Shannon McNally and some very talented musicians gave a great concert at the Filament Theatre in my Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago. Her singing style is a fusion of country, western, honky-tonk and Nawlins all rolled into one.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Shannon McNally at Filament Theatre in Portage Park

Shannon McNally and some very talented musicians gave a great concert at the Filament Theatre in my Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago. Her singing style is a fusion of country, western, honky-tonk and Nawlins all rolled into one. Her latest album "Small Town Talk" features songs by Bobby Charles who helped shape rock & roll’s evolution during the ‘50s and ‘60s, by writing a string of hits for artists like Fats Domino, Bill Haley & the Comets, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Raised in southern Louisiana, he also pioneered the “swamp pop” genre, which blended the native sounds of his home turf — Cajun music, zydeco, New Orleans rhythm & blues — with the twang of mid-century country.