Slowing the Racing Mind
I have never experienced Advent in the way that I am experiencing it this year.
Each ticking off of the Sundays of Advent brings me another step closer to seeing my children return from their first semester at Baylor University - TOMORROW (God, weather, and roads willing). To be a little cheesy, this mama bear is ready to have her cubs around for longer that 48 hours. I am so proud of them, an...
December 16, 2014 - 4:56pm
Basic Business Cents
Developing Your Marketing Strategy
A fundamental question for any business is, Do you sell what you can make or do you make what you can sell? The answer might surprise you unless you carefully develop a marketing strategy. The first step is to conduct some market research.
Study the demographics of who will use your output, consumers, resellers, age group, industry, etc. ...
December 15, 2014 - 9:21pm
Nine days. Yes, NINE DAYS! Thats all the time left between now and Christmas.
For youngsters, that countdown is cause for joy and excitement. For adults who are a bit behind on their holiday preparations, it can be cause for panic.
Planning. Scheduling. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Packaging. Cooking.
So much to do. So little time.
In the spirit of how-to-get-a-lot-done-in-a-short-period-of-ti...
December 15, 2014 - 3:14pm
Better Business Bureau Buzz
The holidays are here again, and with the price of gas lower than its been in years, its likely more people will choose to hit the road this holiday season. If youre one of those travelers, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers some basic tips to help keep you safe and maybe save you some money.
Prepare a budget Planning is important. Make a little room in your bud...
December 11, 2014 - 3:45pm
The Bridgehunter's Chronicles
This is a joint article with sister column The Flensburg Files and is part of the Files' series on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and German Reunification. For more information on this series, please click here for details.
Berlin: The capital of Germany and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. With 3.5 million inhabitants, the city is...
December 11, 2014 - 12:00am
60 Days to Better Living
She didn't want to be weighed in front of her entire gym class, so 13-year-old Ireland Hobart Hoch said no. But instead of respect for her decision, what she got was a visit to the principal's office.
Her response to all the tsk-tsking, as reported in the Des Moines (Iowa) Register: "I really wasn't comfortable with anybody but my mom and doctor knowing my weight. For another person to know - ...
December 10, 2014 - 9:50am
The Flensburger Files
With two weeks left before Christmas, many of us are scrambling to find the right gift for the right person, let alone find the right time and the right place to celebrate the holidays, let alone find the right time to do the right things at the right place. Most of us are trying to make things right for the holiday season so that the mood is right for everyone. But if you are in a rut regardi...
December 10, 2014 - 8:21am
UnVarnished Essays: Road Notes
I was cast in a brass foundry in the Georgian Era sometime between 1804 and 1814.
I was sold on Portobello Road in London when a row house was being built , I was a final tribute to some semblance of individuality. The dwelling was set apart from the 1 million other people that called London their home. I was a simply cast door knocker.
For nearly 2 hundred years I enjoyed heralding v...
December 10, 2014 - 1:43am