Publishing a book is a team sport. My friends, family, and business associates encouraged, supported, read early versions, and plucked the book’s errant feathers. I have a long list of acknowledgments because I believe the first commandment is to be grateful.

Thank you Stephanie Martin, my wife, for abiding early mornings of writing and endless conversations of a style and grammatical sort. I most appreciate your sharing in all the little victories and defeats that turn a few ideas into a book.

Thanks to my father, Jim Martin, who has always been the sturdier writer and reader. His idea to write in a more active voice and keep it simple helped you, reader, enjoy the book more. Thank you JoAnne Martin for adding a steady, ...

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