I founded Common Sense Solutions in 2008, providing consulting services in the areas of Climate Change, Housing Policy and Finance. Having spent the previous 25 years lobbying, doing research and leading the Minnesota Association of Realtors,I gained an enormously rich understanding of economics, management, education, demographics, and the public process.
I love poetry, gardening, reading, fishing, working out and just being outside in the wide open spaces of the Minnesota woods.
I do not suffer fools of any stripe and have always been a curmudgeon in the American tradition of H.L.Menchen and Mark Twain.
Nothing gives my life more meaning than my children Aaron and Talia (Oren) and Leah and Chris. And I have been lucky in my life to have more friends than I deserve.
"Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform....If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depricate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing with a demand. It never has and it never will." -Frederick Douglass, 1857