Vacation Aversion

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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Facing Mortality

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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Influencer Power

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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The Oscar Goes To…

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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Make Some Noise

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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Calendar Lists

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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