Three Things That are Wrong With Your Newsletter

As someone who traffics in email newsletters, I receive and read a lot of them. These days, most look very nice. Thanks to the Mailchimps and Constant Contacts of the world, the formatting and publishing part has become relatively straightforward. But the formatting is just the wrapper.  It’s like a movie: sure, it needs to look good. But if the script is terrible, all the special effects and talented actors in the world won’t save it (Spider-Man 2 being the notable exception). When […] Click to read more…

 

What I Don’t Know About Brewing Beer

You’ll be pleased to learn that I was not entirely idle over the holidays. Thanks to a “beer brewing kit” given to me by my children, I joined the ranks of other home-based craftspeople and voluntarily spent an entire afternoon attempting to create a more expensive, lower quality version of a product that is readily available in any number of retail locations. I will spare you too many of the specifics, other than to say that beer brewing is a […] Click to read more…

 

The Cold Truth

For twenty years, we had a second refrigerator in the basement. It was a piece of junk – dented on one side with a broken shelf and a small freezer. But it was a handy place to keep leftovers and extra supplies. Eventually, though, I realized something very important: the fridge part was almost always near-empty; the freezer part was jammed tight and never quite big enough. And so, when we moved to a new house, we didn’t take that energy-sucking […] Click to read more…

 

Big Things, Small Packages

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to get creepy. It’s just a fact: I go upstairs to pee. I work in an office building that houses five or six small companies (not to brag, but mine is the smallest). There are two bathrooms – one on the first floor where my office is, and one upstairs. Ever since the pandemic hit, I go upstairs. The problem, you see, is that the ground floor bathroom is used a lot. Not just by my […] Click to read more…

 

Car Talk

I’m a long way from what you would call a “car guy.” I don’t care how fast they go – my wife is always accusing me of “dawdling” on the highway. I don’t care about cargo space – I own nothing that needs moving. I don’t care what they look like – I’ve got bigger appearance challenges. So you won’t be surprised to learn that my car of choice for the past 15 years has been the Ford Focus. Reliable, inexpensive, easy to spell. […] Click to read more…