Ice Ice Baby

We were on vacation last week in Iceland, a country that has almost as many beautiful waterfalls as it does words containing silent consonants. It was, as you have no doubt heard or perhaps even experienced, spectacular. Like most visitors, we ran the table of available activities… …hiking on a glacier; horseback riding on the beach; bathing in a hot spring; pushing an unsuspecting sheep over the edge of a cliff (don’t write to me; I am kidding). All in all, a terrific week … although it was not what I expected. […] Click to read more…

Lessons From King Henry

You know me, I don’t like to brag, but… I just conquered one of the most difficult challenges known to mankind. Peace in the Middle East? Harder. Cure for cancer? Please, you are not thinking big enough. No, my friend, what I did was successfully transition my family of five from one cell phone carrier to another. (Insert loud cheering noise here.) Not only that, but despite the fact that we live in four different states across the country, by the time the dust had settled, we each had new phones in our […] Click to read more…

Coffee Shop Marketing 

Tell me if this sounds familiar… You’re sitting in a coffee shop with a friend or colleague who utters the following phrase: Can you recommend …  From there, it could be anything. … a tutor for my son? … a financial planner? … a facilitator for our offsite meeting? You close your eyes, give it some thought, and try to come up with the name of someone who might be a match. Congratulations, you have just lived an example of word of mouth. One person with a problem asks another person […] Click to read more…

What I Learned at the Ballpark

My wife, Linda, and I attended a baseball game the other night. Despite living here in the Boston area, however, we did not go to see the Red Sox. Rather, we drove west to nearby Worcester, Massachusetts to watch the Red Sox minor league team: the WooSox. The truth is, I’m not much of a baseball fan. I enjoy watching for a little while, but as with pregnancy, I find that the whole thing is about three innings too long. Even so, I was excited to see the WooSox because they are […] Click to read more…

Running for Safety

(Listen to this post, here.) “Wasp Man” is scheduled to arrive this afternoon between 1 and 4 pm. I know, I know, I’m as disappointed as you are since it’s highly unlikely that he will have wings, make a constant buzzing sound, and arrive in an insect-shaped sports car. No, sadly, this Wasp Man is not a superhero. Rather, he is a pest control professional who has been tasked with removing the growing population of actual wasps at our house. Am I happy that he is coming today? Sort of. I’d rather not […] Click to read more…