A Chance Happening Over an Editorial Turns into a Book

So I’m reading the local paper and I run across an editorial about the Union soldiers of the Civil War, who are buried on a hill above the banks of the Mississippi River in Hampton, Ill. I had never heard of the writer, but he described his observations and reflections while on a visit there. Then, he proceeded to describe the grave markers with the letters “GAR” or “Grand Army of the Republic” on them and, in effect, gave a very well-...


Protecting Your Brand in the Brave New World

It hardly needs to be said that the world has changed dramatically in the last decade or so.The proliferation of social media has done more to transform communication and branding than anything since…well, maybe since moveable type.

And it’s not going away or slowing down.If anything, the world is getting ever smaller and noisier.So how do you project and protect a brand in the digital age? The short answer is there are steps you can take, but they will only get you so far.

 


Where have all the Man Buns gone?

My friend, Phyllis Korkki, Assignment Editor for the New York Times wrote an article “Spare a Hair Band? A Man Bun to Go”. Phyllis’s article ran a year ago but lately, the man bun phenomenon seems to have stalled.  In fact, the more we searched for man buns on the street, the fewer we found. My last...


Need Money? Get a Life! Wali Collins and his Y’NEVANO philosophy

NYC Comedian and Entrepreneur Wali Collins has created a popular movement around his book The Y'NEVANO Book of ENCOURAGEMENTS.  


A Winding Path

Laura Longley didn’t start out to be a talk radio host or a spiritually-oriented coach for people in career and life transitions. In fact, her family taught her to value math and science skills, so she worked in IT for 28 years.

“I liked getting a paycheck,” she said. “But beyond that…” she trails off, searching for other moments of pleasure, not finding many.

Beyond interacting with people, not much about IT project...


Whose Ashes Are These, Anyway?

There has been much hoopla surrounding the construction and completion of Tower One at New York’s “Ground Zero.” It seems to me to be a modern analog to the recurring myths of reincarnation in a similar (or even identical) form.

Throughout the ages we, as a species, have been fascinated by the possibility of and the hope for rebirth. Almost every culture has believed that an immutable spirit or soul inhabits every person and has...


The Lowest Point in Life? Impossible.

When you are so convinced that life sucks, consider this: It could be worse. Think of those days when you felt like life punched you in the gut. It always could have been worse. No matter how “bad” you believe it is, it could have been worse.

There is no such thing as the “lowest point in your life” because you can always go lower. So instead of focusing and getting depressed on how bad you think life is, take joy in knowing it...


A Self-Remade Man

Ron Flavin is a self-made man. And a self-remade man.

A high school drop-out – one who now holds an MBA – he went into business at age 21, starting with a chain of retail stores. In his mid-30s he and his partner went into the sports apparel and poster business.

For the next few years things went well for Flavin. His company was selling their wares in Walgreens, Kroeger, Big 5 and the biggest dog of them all, Wal-Mart...