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Does Mom or Dad Need Help?

Holiday season 2022 it seems the fever-dream of the last 3 years has at least partially broken. More people were going places and seeing other people. Things were a lot freer than in recent years.  Many times a cause for … Continued

#GoCordless: Kids, Cords and Caution

Originally published March 27th, 2010; updated November 4, 2022 It’s a sad truth that sometimes it takes tragedy to raise awareness. #GoCordless is the mantra of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to prevent the former while promoting the latter with … Continued

The Heroic Challenge of Delivering Happiness

Today’s post is on both expecting, and delivering happiness.  This first sentence is to entertain the algorithms. 🙂   Rest is for consumers and service providers alike. If anything, the last few years have highlighted the value of choosing well, and … Continued

Change Happens

change happens

“Can you BELIEVE this??” my husband thundered from upstairs. “UNBELIEVABLE!!” Doug has a deep voice, but does not typically “thunder”.  So I ran upstairs. The subject of his ire? A new can of Barbasol shaving cream. Yes, the shaving cream … Continued

Thank You Nandi Bushell

Last year I saw a cool video. OK, it was one of many, but this one really stayed with me. A young girl, banging the hell out of her drum kit covering Foo FIghter’s “Everlong”. Her joy, passion, and confidence … Continued

Consults for a Cause, October 2020: Feeding Westchester

Consults for a Cause: Feeding Westchester

October 2020’s Consults for a Cause beneficiary is Feeding Westchester.  Known as the Food Bank of Westchester when it first opened its doors three decades ago, Feeding Westchester has both refined and expanded as the years have passed. Pre-COVID the … Continued

There’s No Post-COVID. And Forget About A New Normal.

There is no post-COVID

This week in a design/hospitality trade webinar I heard one of the panel members make that remarkable statement: There is no post-COVID.  And forget about pre-COVID…or  a new normal. What?? Of course there’s a pre-COVID. We had parties and concerts!  … Continued

Gathering and Evaluating vs. Deciding and Doing

Ever have a big decision that feels overwhelming? Was your instinct to retreat,  or just freeze? Understandable! But if it IS big, important, or even just necessary, delay often adds to the burden. Consider the difference between gathering and evaluating … Continued

Over-Engineered

Over-engineered

Over-engineered. Too much. Superfluous. Ungapacht. Unnecessary.  Whatever you call it, you know it when you see it. Or, more accurately, when it fails to work, or fix the problem.  It’s not you. It’s over-engineered. Created usually by inexperience or ego, … Continued