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Entries from May 31st, 2010

In a Mother’s Eyes by songwriter Andrew Dean 1999

May 31st, 2010 No Comments

The day our flagpole was ready, We had no flag to fly A mother stepped forward and said I have a flag with a tear in her eye It was given to me the day that we laid my son to rest He was a true blue soldier who gave his life his best. I [...]


Car shopping this weekend?

May 28th, 2010 1 Comment

You’d think the Auto industry was healthy judging by splashy ads running up to this Memorial Day weekend.  This weekend is traditionally a great opportunity for discounts, and buyers have become conditioned to expect them.  It’s still an old-fashioned price war.  Truthfully, discounts erode brand values and profitability, but they’re irresistible because they work.  And [...]


Women have to make choices that men just don’t!

May 27th, 2010 3 Comments

I just read some statistics in a Harvard Business Review article that made me think about choices.  I hope that my male friends reading this don’t get sore at me, but if you are honest with yourself, you’ll admit that women have to make choices that men just don’t. Did you know… Today, more women [...]


If you always tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

 From the time our daughter was able to talk, my husband and I drilled our Number One rule into her pretty little head:  ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH   I think this works in raising children and running a business.  Why aren’t there are more consequences for those who say things that they know are false even [...]


Don’t be caught without a plan

May 25th, 2010 No Comments

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a planner (my family and friends have a lot of laughs at my expense making fun of my folders and lists).  I’m not changing though, I’m convinced it’s crucial in business and in life.  Strategic planning is necessary to lay out the overall direction of a business.  Of course, it [...]


How do good kids get drugs?

May 24th, 2010 No Comments

I recently read about parents at a local high school that are overwhelmed about the drug abuse in their school.  This isn’t an intercity school where outsiders might say, “Oh, well, I’d expect it there”.  This is considered a good school.  Good kids. Parents who care about them.  Then, why are many linking the deaths of two [...]


I wish I was friends with Oprah

May 21st, 2010 2 Comments

I think I’d just say, “Hey Oprah!   It’s me, Deb!”  I imagine she’d kindly smile, then give a slight nod of her perfectly coiffed head and the security team would gently lead me away.   I’m pretty certain that’s how our first face-to-face encounter would go.  I feel like I know this woman personally.  I think [...]



May 20th, 2010 No Comments

In my 50 years, I recall many obsessions off the top of my head such as Mood Rings, Pet Rocks, Big Wheels (although I was too big at the time. I was terribly jealous of my little brother’s ability to tool around the neighborhood), Tickle Me Elmos, those HORRIBLE Cabbage Patch Dolls and more recently [...]


Protect your privacy is a world that becoming less private.

May 19th, 2010 No Comments

It’s no secret, I enjoy Facebook and other social media.  Heck, you’re reading my blog!  There are many positives about social networking both personally and in business, but social media has been under fire for some issues regarding privacy. If you (or your children or your business) is using Facebook, online banking, Yahoo, Google, Twitter, or any networked computer you’ve [...]


Is Martha going to the dogs?

May 18th, 2010 No Comments

There aren’t many dogs bigger that Martha Stewart.  And now, she’s extending her brand into an upcoming launch at Petsmart.  This is a woman that before going to prison (for five months), lamented that she would miss her beloved pets — cats, dogs, horses, canaries and chickens.  It’s clear she has a sincere passion for [...]