Category: Growing Your Business

Off the Beaten Path

This is the fourth time my wife, Linda, and I have decamped to beautiful Costa Rica for a month, give or take. It’s a terrific way to reduce the length of a New England winter (like baseball games and pregnancy, it’s fun at first but soon becomes a grind) and parachute into a different country and culture for a little while. When it comes to traveling, we lean away from the beaten path. Not to say we have not done the standard Costa Rican tourist things like zip-lining, volcano-hiking, and […] Click to read more…

Chain Gang

I have a 15-year-old, rust-colored loveseat in my garage. Please don’t be impressed; it’s not there permanently. The truth is, we are doing our best to find a place to donate it. Its residency in the garage is the result of a four-step, household chain reaction… Step 1: A few weeks ago, we upgraded from a queen bed to a king. Step 2: We moved the queen down to our extra basement bedroom, replacing the functional but uncomfortable futon couch/bed that was there. Step 3: We moved the futon into the little basement workout […] Click to read more…

Free Prize Inside

Have you ever owned a supermarket? Me neither. But I am willing to bet that one headache of such ownership is the never-ending challenge of finding and retrieving shopping carts from the parking lot. Even if you manage to keep track of them all (doubtful), you still have to pay people to constantly roam the lot. Not to mention dealing with unhappy customers whose cars are occasionally dinged by runaway carts. Well, one innovative market near me (Aldi) has come up with a clever solution: the carts are locked together at […] Click to read more…

Hard Habit to Brake

“Whatever you do, don’t engage the emergency brake.” That bit of advice came yesterday from Scott, my auto mechanic, when I picked up my car at the end of the day. He said the emergency brake cables were catching. This prevents the brake from releasing completely, which explains why for the past couple of weeks, whenever I began driving it felt like I had a bunch of middle school skateboarders hanging onto the back bumper. Fortunately, Scott was able to free the cable. But he needs to order some parts to […] Click to read more…

Easy Rider

When it comes to exercise, biking is not high on my list. I’m more of a “recreational biker” – I enjoy bopping along on a rail trail at an easy pace, not sweating my way up a steep hill as fast as possible. So when my wife, Linda, suggested we join a ride organized by the nearby Ashland Bike Club this past weekend, I was less than enthusiastic.   However, once again, she was right (I’ve lost count at this point). It was a beautiful day and riding with a group – there […] Click to read more…