Category: Relationship Marketing

Feelings

(Listen to this post, here.) Now that it’s late February, two things are all but guaranteed: Thing #1: My fellow New Englanders have begun lying to one another about how spring is, “Just around the corner.” Thing #2: My accountant is mad at me. I’m not sure what causes Thing #1, but I’m quite certain about what’s behind Thing #2. She’s mad because she’s just completed my taxes and, as is the case every year, I am due a refund. That means I overpaid last year and have been, in […] Click to read more…

Juggling Act

(Listen to this post, here.) When I was 13, I taught myself how to juggle three tennis balls. At the time, I was operating under the mistaken assumption that 13-year-old girls would be awestruck by those in possession of this ancient and mystical skill. They weren’t (surprise!). Nevertheless, it’s an activity I’ve enjoyed for several decades. Which is why when my son Evan returned home for the holidays showing off his ability to juggle not three, but five balls, my first thought was, “Maybe this will work with the 13-year-old girls.” (Don’t write to me; I’m kidding.) No, my […] Click to read more…

Skid Row

(Listen to this post, here.) Here in New England, our first significant snowfall of the season occurred this past weekend. It’s always kind of special, even a little bit fun.  It’s also, for my money, the single most dangerous day of the year to be out on the road driving.  Not because November snow is any different than February snow.  Rather, it’s because with each new snow season, there is a portion of the population that has never driven in these conditions: There are the people who moved here since last […] Click to read more…

People Are Strange When You’re a Stranger

(Listen to this post, here.) My wife Linda and I are down in Costa Rica this week. We rented a small house in a little hill town called Grecia. Costa Ricans are legendary for their friendliness and the people who own this house are no exception. In fact, I would venture to say that even by Costa Rican standards, they are warmth outliers – inviting us over for coffee, bringing us fresh homemade yogurt, taking us to see the local attractions. Plus, there are a lot of them – six […] Click to read more…

A Blast From The Past

(Listen to this post, here.) Most of the time, in situations like this, you don’t find anything worth saving. I was down in New York, visiting my mom at her assisted living facility.  She and my dad moved there eight or nine years ago. He has since passed, but she is still chugging along, as best as one can chug at 92 ½. I was looking through a box in her closet when I came upon a letter, written by my dad to his sister. It was dated Tuesday, August 14, […] Click to read more…