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I wrote this letter from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Glenda and I were traveling together making all the arrangements for our 2016 Grand Circle Rides in August and September. This has become my most favorite ride as we experience four National Parks and two National Monuments in our four days of riding.

Our August ride will be our Smiles for Life benefit ride with Steve and Cheryl Anderson and then in September we will be up close and personal with Gordon and Rella Christenson. If you would like to take the opportunity to learn and grow from the knowledge and wisdom of some of the most sought after presenters in dentistry while enjoying four days on a new 2016 Harley, then register now while there is still space available. Just download your registration from on our web site and fax it to Angel. Now is the time to plan and anticipate your 2016 adventure.

As you read this month’s letter, Glenda and I are in the middle of our two week’s stay in the Dominican Republic. We are there to prepare for and then host another great Smiles for Life Team of wonderful volunteers. We are so pleased with the results of our first Smiles for Life Team serving in the Eastern Highlands of Guatemala last September. As part of our culture and commitment to sustainable change, we inaugurated and opened two new fully equipped dental clinics in this remote mountain area.

The first was a two chair clinic in a small hospital built several years ago for emergency medical care. It is served full time by the rotation of two dental students from our partner dental school in Guatemala City. These young students live and work full time in this small village. This effort now provides access to care for hundreds and even thousands of the less fortunate people of this region who have never had access to care.

The second clinic is several miles away and has one fully equipped treatment clinic. This one is serviced full time by a young man who is self-taught by reading the book from Hesperian Foundation, “Where There is No Dentist.” He has been reading and learning and practicing and growing using a table and chair in the bedroom of his small home. As we now have the opportunity to work by his side, our mission is not only to provide equipment and supplies, but to expand his knowledge and skills and horizon. Prior to his adventure into dentistry, he was a farmer and now has become significantly more able to provide for his family.

Both of these facilities are self-sustaining, fee for service clinics where the fees collected provide housing and meals for the students and ongoing supplies and equipment maintenance.

These two clinics now become the third and fourth of their kind in partnership with Smiles for Life Foundation. We have been blessed to see this same model occur in both the Dominican Republic and in Nepal. The key to our success is our partnership with a trusted in-country humanitarian organization and a trusted in-country dental school. The Nepal and Dominican clinics are now two and one year old respectively and both are operating successfully in the black. We now have a full time dentist and hygienist serving in the Nepal Clinic.

Glenda and I and the Hammond Family give our sincere words of gratitude for your support of Learning Curves and for our partnership with Crown Council and the Smiles for Life Foundation that makes this possible. Our clinicians and our entire family are blessed to be part of this effort of “Doing Good.”

Sincerely and gratefully,



I have been riding motorcycles since I was 14 years old. That is now a span of 60 years. The longer I ride the more I realize that you cannot change other drivers. The longer I drive, I also realize I can change me and I often need to do that. I can’t change others, but I can take control of my own situation.

Here is one example. It is unwise to allow a tailgater to follow you mile after mile. Take some action. Slow down and move to the shoulder and encourage the tailgater to zip on by. It may even be necessary to pull off the highway and wait a few minutes. Just do whatever it takes to be in control.

Be aware of what you, as a biker, look like to other drivers. A driver learns to judge the speed and distance of other vehicles based mostly on size. A larger vehicle will appear closer and faster. Likewise, a smaller vehicle will appear further away and slower. Be aware that when you are driving a small narrow motorcycle that it will appear slower and farther away to the viewer. This is especially true if the view is head on. You can control this misconception by riding the same speed as the surrounding traffic.

Do not follow closely behind a larger vehicle. You are mostly hidden from other drivers and your view is limited. Take control and drop back to open up the view.

Choose your lane position as you are best situated to be seen and also take evasive action. The correct lane position is constantly changing depending on the circumstances. If I am riding on a remote road with very little traffic, but a chance of wildlife crossing the road, I want to be near the center. If I am riding in heavy oncoming traffic and blind curves, I want to be near the outside avoiding any chance of an encounter with oncoming traffic.

If you encounter an aggressive driver, don’t get in a battle. You will only win a ride to the hospital in an ambulance. Take control, just get out of the way and suck it up and smile around the next curve.

There are, for sure, many other situations where our commitment to be in control of our own actions can decrease our risk factors. I just always try to remind myself to stay focused, don’t rush the journey and renew my commitment to enjoy the journey.

Keep the rubber side down.


Lose yourself in the smells, sounds, feel and sights of this beautiful world.

But – be safe.


Want to find a winding road to unwind this year? Please join us on a Learning Curves Adventure. We love the opportunity to serve.

Roy and Glenda and our Learning Curves Family

And be sure to check out Learning Curves, the Book.
Not only is it a great compilation of true stories, parables, and wisdom, 100% of its proceeds go to charity.

Deltran Battery Tender USC Adaptor

You’re on a long ride. You have made several calls on your smart phone. You have taken some great photos around every corner. You have been using your phone like a GPS asking Siri for turn by turn directions. Suddenly you get the low battery notice and your great day of riding and photos and checking with Siri is only half over.

Now here is one answer that is so simple. You can simply plug a USB adaptor into your motorcycle battery charger pigtail, and use the bikes own electrical system to charge your phone, or laptop, or iPod, or camera or whatever.

To lessen the time necessary to change your phone using the 12V of your bike battery, it is best to have the bike running. Why not? Just plug it in and stick your phone in the saddle bag and be on your way while the charging process takes place.   

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