By

Jim
This Veterans Day, saying “thank you for your service” is not enough. Veterans Day honors living veterans – a day to understand what so many brave men and women have done for our country. Ask a Veteran what they did in the military – where and when they served, and listen to their personal stories. Your questions are a more...
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It took the Baltimore Orioles 65 seasons to earn the worst record in club history – a heart-breaking 115 loses – 61 games behind the Boston Red Sox. Attendance slumped 23% – dipping below 2 million. For O’s fans, 2018 eclipsed the 1988 season – though that 21-game season-opening losing streak will remain conspicuous in the team’s...
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That foreboding day has returned – along with the rush for new shoes, haircuts, backpacks, and supplies. Over 78 million students are headed to the classroom, with a reported 2.5% suffering from Didaskaleinophobia, the fear of going back to school. Yes, it’s real. Remember the feeling the night before the first day of school? Excitement mixed...
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In 1952, advertising sage Leo Burnett proclaimed “what helps people, helps business.” This credo is at the core of socially-conscious companies that wisely include customers in promotions and marketing. Recently, I saw a commercial for Firehouse Subs, a national chain that wears its corporate culture on its sleeve. Their mission: a commitment to flavorful food, heartfelt service, and...
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Summer has arrived and July 4th falls on a Wednesday. This week I’ve heard business owners say, almost apologetically, “I’m taking vacation the week of July 4th  – it’s just four days off that way.” American entrepreneurs and business-owners use just 25% of their vacation days, and worse yet, 42% don’t take any vacation at all. Sadly, of those who take a...
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If you missed HBO’s documentary, John McCain – For Whom The Bell Tolls, on Memorial Day – demand it or stream it. Like most Americans, I was aware of McCain’s heroic past and his maverick style of politics. HBO opens the door to his battle with brain cancer and his resilience as he continues to...
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A quick tour of Instagram will reveal the power that influencers have in marketing products. These Influencers are using social platforms to reach thousands, if not millions, of followers for product endorsement. Manny the Frenchie, a French bulldog with 4 million followers, models Martha Stewart’s Petsmart products and appeared on Steve Harvey’s TV show. Since 2014, Manny has made millions for his owners...
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Watching The Oscars made me realize how many good movies I hadn’t seen this year. Of those I did see, they moved me. I believe what makes a movie memorable is a good story – capable of transporting me to a different time, place or mindset. A good film doesn’t need to be nominated for an Oscar or even...
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Let’s be honest, predicting a gold medal for the Men’s U.S. Curling Team was a long shot. Defeating Sweden, the top-ranked team in the world, was both astonishing and inspiring. John Shuster, the face of American curling for the past four Winter Olympics proclaimed “this is a team that never gives up.” That was a bold proclamation...
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I can remember that new millennium promise to become a “paperless” society. That didn’t work out so well, and if anything, we use more paper as we download receipts, print emails and make backups of our digital files. We just love paper. A decade later, I committed to reduce my paper usage by 75% –...
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of