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Time Capsule. Automotive Mayhem, 16 years later.

In the summer of 2001, I hit a deer en route home from from a newspaper job - and shared this essay online via my own website.  Soon thereafter, protests at a local FORD dealership prompted my editor to send me over. In the interest of full disclosure, I send him a link to this … Continue reading Time Capsule. Automotive Mayhem, 16 years later.

Innovative Staffing? Not Really

Recently, after a nearly two-hour drive to see an exhibit that was scheduled to hang for just a few weeks, I chatted with a volunteer docent in a small-town museum in New York’s southern Catskills. The conversation was not the reason for my trip – but it’s what has stayed with me most from the … Continue reading Innovative Staffing? Not Really

Made in America ‘Weak’

Did you blink and miss it? Well, the concept of backing “American-made” has of course been around a while – and it will make the rounds again, for sure – with or without the White House.   July 16 through 22, by proclamation of POTUS 45, was the first Made in America Week and the … Continue reading Made in America ‘Weak’

A Teaching Moment … Lost

A part of me is teacher – more by nature than by nurture. I understand basic educational theory, have been trained a bit and have had many opportunities to instruct others. I’ve taught audio and video production to undergraduates, an introduction to the six-string guitar at community college, a range of traditional academic subjects during … Continue reading A Teaching Moment … Lost

Ready for a Change?

For close to 40 years my family has enjoyed a ‘go-to’ pizzeria in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. With a multitude of choices within walking or delivery distance, this place was a standout. Somehow, just a little tastier than the competition. Even after we’ve flown the family coop - when visiting the old neighborhood and … Continue reading Ready for a Change?

B-B-Bad Reputation?

“You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best” That’s one of my favorite pizza box slogans. Another, I’m sure I’ve seen is “If you love our pizza, tell a friend. If not, tell us.” Mr. Cynical side has always interpreted that latter suggestion as ‘tell us and it will die with us,’ but my inner … Continue reading B-B-Bad Reputation?

. . . – – – . . . Sending out an S.O.S.

I’m taking a moment on this International Workers Day to send up a flare. I’m sending out an S. O. S. -- We need help! Mayday! The May 1st announcement that the Trump Administration would discontinue an education initiative focused on young women and girls in developing nations, “Let Girls Learn,” was yet another ‘last … Continue reading . . . – – – . . . Sending out an S.O.S.

Do You Offer a Loyalty Program?

Recently I found a “Sperry and Hutchinson” green stamp at the bottom of an antique desk drawer. While I’d heard of these things on television or in the movies, I’m not sure I’d ever seen one before. I knew the gist: families collected them from participating merchants, saved them in books and then traded in … Continue reading Do You Offer a Loyalty Program?