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I don’t see the part about Black Friday

Around the same time as he was delivering the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was leaving us another legacy – the Thanksgiving holiday. Nothing against those zany Puritans (who made the celebration of Christmas a crime punishable by a fine of 5 shillings) but they weren’t even the first to offer a thanksgiving […]

150 Years Ago Today…

While the news media today prefers to lead with the latest updates on malfunctioning government websites, I am opting to pause and reflect on a great and also humble moment in our nation’s history. May President Lincoln’s prayer be answered and fulfilled. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent […]

A Thought From the Cemetery

I took some time today to visit my sister’s grave and to do some trimming and clean-up. Walking among the markers on the way from my car, I was struck by how often I read, “Beloved” father, mother, sister, son, etc.. Is the fact that there is so much division and absence of love in […]

The Save KCI Project

It started out as a frustrated, public cry by yours truly for a simple explanation to a proposal that made no sense. It has now exploded into something bigger than I ever imagined. There was even someone who flew a banner over Royals opening day. It would appear that I was not alone in my […]

Listen to Mother and do it anyway.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere […]

Over-promise and Over-Deliver

I just finished reading an article about the value of under-promising and over-delivering.  It’s a good article from a good author and it shares good examples but I think it falls short of over-delivering. Yes, those “extra touches” are invaluable for creating not only loyal customers but brand evangelists, critical to growth – especially circa […]