Yearly Archives: 2014

Why Your Writing Gets No Traction

Like you, I secretly suspect that all the “shortcut buttons” on my microwave do exactly the same thing. We’ve got, Reheat, Defrost, Beverage, Popcorn, Vegetable and Potato (which, according to General Electric, is apparently not a vegetable). And while I use the appropriate button as the opportunity arises, I have to say, I’m not convinced it makes any difference. But you know what I’ve realized? It doesn’t matter. Putting the specific buttons there for each item or situation in question […] Click to read more…

 

Every Little Thing You Do Is Magic

I suppose I should just come right out and say it: I don’t exactly know how to use the rear windshield wiper on my car. I mean I sort of know how to use it… I know which button turns it on and off; I know that there are three different settings. But I don’t really know which setting does what or even what the range of possible behaviors is (fast, slow, intermittent, coordinated with the front wipers, etc.) And […] Click to read more…

 

I’m All About That Pace

I have nothing personal against bees; I’ve heard that their lives can get quite busy and that’s fine by me. But this year, the bees in my yard have been uncharacteristically abundant and aggressive. I’ve been stung twice and my son once, both in the course of mowing the lawn. These particular bees (technically, they’re wasps, but I don’t think you really care) build their nests in the ground and when you step on them, well, you can guess the […] Click to read more…

 

Two Holes In Your Marketing

You know what I haven’t done in 25 years? If you said, “Ask a stranger to dance,” you’re close. But, if you said, “Set foot in Seattle,” you’re exactly right. And yet there I was, not two short weeks ago, stepping off the plane at Sea-Tac Airport with my wife Linda and my very excited daughter Emily. Listen To This Post Emily, you see, is attending the University of Puget Sound this year; we arrived a couple of days early […] Click to read more…

 

Small Is The New Big

Do you like hot dogs? Yeah, me too. And even though they’re not healthy (I’m not even sure they count as food), I admit to indulging in one every now and then. My favorite spot? Snappy Dogs, an occasionally mobile (it sits on the back of a trailer) hot dog stand located in the rear of a supermarket parking lot about half a mile from my office. Listen To This Post Here’s what they are not: Open very much. They’re […] Click to read more…