Business Bits



Develop good relationships with your suppliers. Consider them a part of your team and them treat them as such. Find ways of doing business that are beneficial to both you and your suppliers. Jennifer Pontinen is a Business Consultant with the UM… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me […]

Custom Paint



  Only rarely was the grill of one make of car replaced by another one. One exception was the 1937 Buick Grille, often used on a Ford in the 50’s & 60’s. The grille swap of choice was the ’53 DeSoto. A lot of people would put … Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

PLEASE PARDON MY SILENCE

- don’t be a flibbertigibbet

  The other day, while speaking on the telephone with a customer service rep for The Hartford Insurance Company about my auto policy I was impressed by an expression that I’d never heard anyone in the selling profession use before. As the… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

GIFT GIVING: [THINK] OUTSIDE THE BOX



Editor’s note: This week we’re sharing contributors’ stories of some special gift-giving during the holiday season. See more pieces by contributors throughout the issue! We hope you enjoy! – Jean A RICH MAN’S SPECIAL GIFT De… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

These gifts



The young boy walks to the pulpit. The candles, white and red, glow yellow on his face and in his eyes. The Christmas tree is tall and decorated in white and gold beside him, under the altar. He has listened to kindly old men and women speak here m… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

POTLATCH: “TO GIVE AWAY” OR “A GIFT”



 Editor’s note: It being “that time” of year, I’ve been thinking a lot about gifts and gift-giving and the traditions I’ve grown up with. I am intrigued by the concept of “potlatch” where one&rsquo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Making Christmas real



  This year I am re-doing Christmas. It’s the first year that my son is out of college and in the workforce, which means he’ll only be home for three days at Christmas. So I said, “No tree.” To compensate, he’s put… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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WINTER SOLSTICE: DECEMBER 21, 2010

Stonehenge, where seasonal celebrations are observed. Creative Commons photo. The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only an instant in… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Poetry



              Delightful memories In the morning there was dew on plow handles, and chickens stirring, and a dirty sink, and uncut grass in the field turning yellowish. Otto lived there, bald, uncouth, snu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

All I want for Christmas



  Every year people ask me what I want for Christmas. Every year my response is the same: Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men. I mean it. I don’t want any more crap. I have a house that is bursting at the seams with stuff from previous… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]


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