Good morning from Maine where the sun is rising as I sip my coffee and listen to the birds begin to chirp. The benefit of having a puppy that wakes up just before sunrise is getting to hear the birds as they wake up for the day. It’s a nice way to start the day if you have to get up early on a Saturday morning. 

The highlight of my work week was getting to catch up with Dr. Scott McLeod on his visit to Maine. Scott has been a great source of advice and inspiration to me over the last fifteen+ years. So when he said he was coming to town I jumped at the chance catch up over dinner. 

I hope that you had a great week and have an even better weekend!

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6. How to Add Excel to Your Mac

7. Breaking News With ClassTools

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