While cleaning out old files from nearly 40 years of work history, I ran across the gem pictured below from Lang’s Creative Services. Even though it’s from the 1980s, the Buzzphrase Construction Matrix (BCM) creates some phrases that still sound impressive today. How about “Quantitative Marketing Management” or “Diversified Data Parameters” for starters. Both could… Continue reading The Never-ending Popularity of Buzzphrases
I watch as the sun sinks low toward the horizon. I am on the shore of Lake Michigan watching yet another sunset. What is it about a sunset that draws us to this daily event? In more than a half century of living, I have been blessed to see hundreds and hundreds of sunsets. I… Continue reading Another Day
Between the past and the future is the moment where life happens. This poem reminds us to cherish each moment as life moves on. #NationalPoetryMonth
I remember staring with adoring eyes at my first child immediately after she was born. It was the most amazing thing in the world to experience. Then a scary thought hit me, “Where are this baby’s parents?” It soon became apparent I was now a parent! I frantically looked for the owners manual, but found… Continue reading When the Reality of Parenting Hits
Memories are powerful. When they attach themselves to the things in our life, it makes it very difficult to get rid of those things. At this point in my life, I am trying to downsize my collection of stuff from more than a half century of living. I am finding that as I pare down… Continue reading The Marbles I Couldn’t Let Go
Sometimes it’s the unexpected skills and experience people have that matter most. This post explores experience that doesn’t always show up on a resume until someone asks the right question...
Being the youngest child in the family can be challenging, especially when it comes to passing down practical jokes. Such was the case on the farm where I grew up when my older siblings taught me the secrets of the electric fence...
I’ve been in the marketing and public relation business for a long time. I’ve seen some pretty effective product campaigns, but none more effective from a cost and impact perspective than the one I saw in sixth grade. This particular campaign was the genius of a determined English teacher who sought to rid the world… Continue reading When A Lot is Not Alot
Years ago, a friend of mine moved to Geneva Switzerland. After he had been there for a couple years, I had the opportunity to visit him for a week. I had never been to that part of the world and I soon learned that CERN was located a few miles from my friend’s house. If… Continue reading When Words Collide
If you visited my blog lately, you've noticed that new posts have been absent since last fall. My apologies to my readers. My time has been occupied by final manuscript preparations for a novel I have been working on for awhile. In mid-February, I finally sent the manuscript to my editor to start the process… Continue reading New Posts on the Way