Archive for January, 2009


Is retro really nouveau?

January 29, 2009

I’m no economic expert, but like many, as I hear about all the economic woes in the U.S. and globally, I want to be part of the solution. A recurring thought for me is that perhaps our 24/7society has come full circle and we now need to try some “retro” approaches.


For example, newspapers – the actual print paper – cannot completely disappear. We need them. There is a lot of information in a paper that may be on the Internet, but in a single paper, is much easier to find.


But…do we need daily papers? Perhaps it’s time for them to go back to weekly publication. A nice, big Sunday paper with all the stores’ sale circulars, calendar of events, investigative stories and of course ads because those dollars are the bread and butter of a paper.


What about stores? Do they all really need to be open 6 a.m. to midnight (slight exaggeration there)? The great majority of us work Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Why not close one or two days a week? On the weekdays when you’re open, cut your hours to 12 noon to 7 p.m. Stay open longer on the weekends when consumers have time to shop.


For those of us who cannot work around your store hours, there is Internet shopping. The 24/7 store.


Wouldn’t that beat bankruptcy and shutdown? Isn’t it better to make use of what we have then continue to add empty, neglected buildings and warehouses to the American landscape? Let’s prevent sending more people to the unemployment lines.


For other service-oriented operations – including government – cut to four days a week. Doesn’t even have to be a three-day weekend, although that might be a nice benefit for your employees. In today’s economy most people would take a four-day paycheck over no paycheck. You cut your operating expenses as you weather this financial hurricane.


Americans are creative survivors so I have no doubt we will get this turned around. I’m tired of the panic, and especially tired of mainstream media’s push to fuel that panic. Let’s stop whining, pointing fingers, crying “woe is me” and get clever about how to fix it. Look to the past to find models that can work in 2009.


Yo no habla espanol

January 25, 2009


I respectfully disagree with Nashville voters; and voters in other cities that have already voted down “English first.” Once again Americans demonstrate that they do not understand moderation. We are an all or nothing society.


Having one language as the official and “first” language in our country (or city) does not make us exclusive. If I travel to another country, let’s say Italy and finally achieve my long-time dream, I fully expect I better have some command of their language. By the way, that would be Italian.


Just like if they visit here, they know our language is English and they prepare for that. The difference is that other countries are much better at teaching their citizens—and by citizens I mean children—more than one language. If more Americans were more multi-lingual, the language would not be a barrier.


Our country was founded on the English language, just as it was founded on the Christian faith. Maintaining those principles does not lessen our inclusive nature. If I invite you to my home and we have a dog but you don’t like dogs, you’re not going to feel excluded because I won’t turn my dog out while you’re there. You may exercise your right to cut short your visit, but you won’t let that difference stand between us.


I believe the same is true with language. If we speak different languages, there are some limitations to how we communicate. But it is possible. We could – crazy notion alert! – work together, teach one another bits of the language and forge friendship and education in one easy swoop. But here in America we need to stand firm on our foundation; it is what separates us from the rest of the world.


Sasha and Malia dolls

January 25, 2009

Did Mrs. Obama miss her husband’s announcement about open government? It went something like, “we are no long on the side of withholding information but making everything open.”


Apparently a new concept in federal government, but certainly not in many states, including Florida where “open government” reaches extremes. Where even state employees’ home addresses are available to anyone who asks, unless they have specific exemption under the law.


That aside, does she really believe as First Family they are “private citizens”? Sorry, Mrs. Obama, I believe you gave up that option back on Nov. 4, 2008. That means your daughters, too, are public sector…public servants, if you will.


I do not believe true professionals in media or other industries will exploit your children. There is no purpose or honor in that. Nor do I believe manufacturing dolls named after your daughters is anything but positive so I am disappointed in your comments to the media. (see link)


In my opinion this is another way your family’s influence filters down to the people. Think of all the little girls playing “White House” with those dolls. Imagine the dreams for themselves that play will conjur. And as you well know, thoughts and dreams help create habits and actions that lead to achievement.





I hereby resign…

January 10, 2009

Daily Thought from
December 29, 2008

 For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe. 

— Anonymous

This quote hit my Inbox just in time for New Year’s resolutions. I hadn’t thought about “peace of mind” as a resolution, but I sure do think of myself as “general manager of the universe.”


Not really in conscious terms but reading that quote forced me to admit I try to manage my universe—and of course that includes my circle of family and friends. I have no doubt they will tell you in a heartbeat that I like to micromanage.


Here’s the thing. It doesn’t work. The universe doesn’t want me managing it, and doesn’t respond really well to management. I am not in control and shouldn’t be.


I know and have experienced that when I am open to the universe to send the things I want and need my way, it answers. It sends them and my universe flows easily. Why do I forget that sometimes and try to push it?


It’s that Type A-Virgo-oldest child in me, I believe. This week a coworker told me I’m “a lady who gets things done” and I took that as a compliment. Given the laws of physics that means there is an equal reaction for that action of getting things done: it is that I push and I drive and I sometimes force.


So in 2009 I want to continue to be a lady who gets things done, when the universe sends them to me. Along the way, I wait and remain open to my universe. I hereby resign as…general manager.