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Such As I Have

March 19, 2012


I pull out from Wal-Mart, past the man with the cardboard sign, and once again I’m slapping my forehead that I’ve forgotten to print the cards. I’ve decided that in these situations I’m going to stop and talk to him, hear his story, share my encouragement, ask if I can take him to the Food […]

The Parable of the Principals

January 20, 2012


The other day a friend, whose work life changed dramatically with a new boss along with the new year, sat across from me reborn, excited once again to be a teacher. She glowed and bounced as she talked about her day, laughed at the various trials of an overcrowded classroom, and grinned as I responded […]


January 7, 2012


We are a nation of underdogs. We champion the little guy, the small businessman, and the Horatio-Alger-couldn’t-win-but-does-with-grit types. It’s probably that scrapping history of people hewn as roughly from the wilderness as their log cabins were, chins turned up resolutely but glancing at the more elegant shores of Europe like a child with nose pressed […]

A Good Deal

December 10, 2011


My parents raised a good businesswoman. We lived frugally, shopping sales and buying off-brands when the quality was the same. We made things we could and bought things we couldn’t, going without if we couldn’t justify spending the money. I didn’t eat a box cake until I was in my teens and many of my […]

You Get What You Pay For

July 27, 2011


A friend today wrote a piece that served as a flash point for thoughts that have been coalescing in my mind for some time. I appreciated his insights, carefully offered as a professor in a respected business program of a major university. I have my own to add as well. With a long history of […]

You’ve Changed

June 27, 2011


Last week I had a delightful conversation regarding business management strategy with someone who subsequently shared it with her husband. They felt that they were up against a wall, but from my perspective it appeared a fabulous opportunity, with a few careful steps now. I hesitated to give my opinions (okay, I didn’t and I […]