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Personal Notes

The Journey of the Petals

The Journey of the Petals I In a beautiful forest far away, Where powerful wolves and mule deer play, Where the mountains echo nature’s song, A tiny flower sits alone. The mighty wind rattles the trees, And the oaks and elms refuse to leave, But the tiny flower bends...

Riding The 109 Mile Mickelson Trail – At 80 Years Old

This week my father, age 80, completed a 33-mile ride on the historic Mickelson Trail from Pringle, SD, to Edgemont, SD.  In doing so, he is now 10 miles away from riding the entire 109 miles of the trail. In past years he’s ridden many parts of the trail...

Darkness Isn’t Evil

About everywhere I travel people ask me if I’ve posted any recent writings by my daughter, London.  Frankly, the most overwhelming response I’ve ever received to anything on my blog was her short story “50 Balloons.” So, for all her fans, here...

Veres Gives SEC Advice On Finding The Next Madoff

Most of you are aware that the SEC is coming out with new compliance guidelines and its long-delayed new Form ADV Part 2. As part of their effort to get a better handle on how different advisors conduct their business operations, in light of the Bernie Madoff and...

The Big Dance, a Father-Son Tradition

In 1992 I gave my father a birthday gift, two tickets to the NCAA Men’s Final Four. I thought it would be a nice event to do together. Of course, the implication for the second ticket was that he use it to take me, rather than my...

Health Care Reform Passes – Recounting the Promises

The health care bill is now law of the land and the bitter fight for its passage is behind us. It is the biggest transformation of the U.S. health care system in my lifetime. I thought it might be helpful to recount the promises our President and Democratic members of...