Tag Archives: Value

Taking a work break: A dangerous choice?

I recently took a sabbatical from work.  In my case it was for a long-postponed surgery that would require at least six months of focused recovery and rehab time, to enable a planned, someday biking vacation in Italy. As a … Continue reading

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What has happened to customer service?

I recognize my personal experiences are anecdotal, and can’t be used to make sweeping statements about the way things are for all. But darn it, to borrow a quote from one of my favorite movies, “I’m mad as hell and … Continue reading

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My dad’s Easter corsages

A lot of things have changed since I was young but some things will always be the same. The latter include my memories of being a grade school student at St. Francis de Sales Parish School in Detroit, Michigan. We’d … Continue reading

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Are you a thrift shop addict?

It started innocently enough. As a project leader for my local “Hands On” group, I took a project at a local thrift shop that benefits a domestic abuse shelter. Five years later I still volunteer there, at least one a … Continue reading

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Who’s your Valentine?

It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, that annual celebration of commerce and measure of “how much does he/she really care for me?” Oops, I mean, that annual celebration of love. My favorite source of general knowledge, Wikipedia,  says the day honors, … Continue reading

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Occupy, what are thy (specific) goals?

A high school friend, an artist whom I admire, walks in the bitter cold with the Occupy Traverse City (MI) group. Reading her Facebook posts brings back memories of my own protest days that shaped my liberal worldview and my … Continue reading

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What’s your favorite store (and why)?

It’s the shopping season and that got me to thinking about what makes a store a favorite store. All other factors being relatively equal, why do you buy that blazer at Macy’s instead of Dillard’s, or at Saks instead of … Continue reading

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Reputation as an intangible asset

I was researching a prospective employer today and decided to pass on submitting an application. The position is a good fit for my experience and education, but the company isn’t a good fit for me. That started me thinking about … Continue reading

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Zappos’ founder: It’s all about the culture

Zappos’ founder Tony Hsieh was in Tampa on Monday to speak to American Marketing Association members. The AMA said it was the chapter’s largest turnout ever. I love shopping on Zappos’ website. Now I understand why. It’s not just the … Continue reading

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