Yearly Archives: 2004

If I Were A Carpenter

Despite the inevitable negative impact on my bid for the US presidency, I’d like to make a confession: I’m not a physically rugged kind of guy. I can’t swing an ax; I don’t play touch football; I have no military record (real or imagined). I do own a power-tool, but in fairness it’s just a drill, which frankly is kind of the “placekicker” of power tools — on the team certainly, but much smaller than the other players, and by […] Click to read more…

 

Connect The Dots To Attract More Clients

“Anybody wanna’ see my snake?!,”shouted my five year old son Jonathan as he stepped into the house through the back door yesterday morning. He had been playing over by a pile of sticks in the backyard, and since he’s at the age where he does a lot of pretending, I naturally assumed that he was using a stick from the pile as a pretend snake. That was a bad assumption. Instead of a stick that looked like a snake as […] Click to read more…

 

As Good As You Say You Are

My family and I spent the last several days of our vacation last month with friends in Northampton, Massachusetts, a little town located about 100 miles west of Boston. Northampton is a funky, artsy kind of place, and in the evening during the summer you can hardly open your car door without banging into one of the many street performers set up on the sidewalk (I know, because I did). It’s a fun atmosphere, and after watching these folks for […] Click to read more…

 

Needle In A Needle Stack

With “Back To School” just a few weeks away (fellow parents, please, no cheering out loud), I thought I’d begin today’s newsletter with a one question pop quiz. Here it is: What common office supply item is the most difficult to find at Staples? Manila folders? Nope, aisle 5, left-hand side. Rewritable compact discs? Wrong again — you’ll find them in a big bin next to the front door. How about those big plastic mats that go under your desk […] Click to read more…

 

Just Enough And No More

“Long enough to reach the ground” — Abraham Lincoln, responding to the question of how long a man’s legs should be. It’s unusual for me to work late, particularly in the summer. But last Tuesday I had no choice — I had been out of my office most of the day, and I had some things that needed finishing before the next morning. So I pulled into Wendy’s, picked up a salad to go, and headed back to my office […] Click to read more…