Does Your Business Feel the Madness in March?


March Madness

There is a great quote in the movie “What About Bob” where Bob (Bill Murray) tells Dr. Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) “There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t.” When March comes around each year and the NCAA Tournament is about to get stared, I get the feeling that there are those that love it and those that don’t. In fact, many a sports talk radio hours are devoted to arguing about whether or not March is the best sports month of the calender. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, you have to admit that the games can be pretty exciting.

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Harper Grey: Toddler Time


The Savvy Shopper - Harper Grey

Last week, a toddler and her family were removed from a Jet Blue flight that was preparing for takeoff. The two-year-old had an ill-timed tantrum and initially refused to sit down and buckle up. Her parents finally calmed her down, but the pilot decided the presence of a tantrum-throwing toddler made the flight unsafe. Whether or not that was the right call is not my place to say. But I have to wonder what would happen to the airline industry if every screaming, unreasonable toddler was deemed a threat to security.

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Daylight Saving Time Myths and Truths



You might love it. You might hate it. You probably use incorrect grammar when talking about it. But the fact of the matter is, if you’re a business owner you probably profit from it. Let’s clear up a few myths about daylight saving time.

It’s not a noun . . .  it’s not a verb . . .

There’s no ‘S’ after saving. Really. You’ve been saying it wrong all these years. It’s saving time – not savings time. In this case, the word saving is used as an adjective. Fortunately for those who misspeak, most of the general population does the same. But if you want to feel smug and superior this weekend, educate people when they say it incorrectly. English teachers all over the country will thank you.

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Six Smart Rules for Success from Dr. Seuss


Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. He died in 1991, leaving behind some of the most well known stories for young readers. But his books are more than just fun adventures for children – everyone can learn something. Here are six smart rules for success from Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Suess

Know Your Customers and Their Needs

In 1954, first graders were learning to read with boring books that featured perfectly groomed, freakishly courteous children who spoke like robots. William Ellsworth Spaulding, the director of Houghton Mifflin’s education division, challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book for six-year-olds that introduced normal characters who did something fun and interesting. But the book had to be one that early readers could tackle, so he made a list of 348 words that first-graders could read and asked Seuss to include no more than 225 of them. The Cat in the Hat (1) forever changed the way first-graders learned to read. It featured an audacious, reckless, humorous cat who shows up to rescue two children from boredom on a rainy day.

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Happy Leap Year Day: 24 Ways to Improve Your Business with the Extra 24 Hours


Happy Leap Year 2012

Happy Leap Year Day! Every four years we add an extra day to the month of February. Why? Because it actually takes Earth a tiny bit longer than 365 days to orbit the sun. Five hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds longer, to be exact. In order to even things out, Pope Gregory XIII signed a papal bull in 1582 that introduced the Gregorian calendar. It included a leap year system (Was he that interested in making a correct calendar, or did he just want something important to be named after him? You decide). The bottom line is this: today we get an extra 24 hours. How will you use yours to improve your business?

1. Learn something new. Update your knowledge. Figure out how to use all the new features of your iPhone. Take a quick online tutorial on a software program that can help you do business more efficiently. Pick a subject in which your knowledge is lacking and get smarter today.

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2012 Oscars: The Artist Succeeds Without Special Effects


The Artist

In a world where high-budget special effects rule, where teen superheroes throw cars around and a movie about plane crash survivors in Alaska can’t get by without a bunch of CG wolves, a return to the silent movies of the 1920’s is a refreshing change. Obviously, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed, giving The Artist(1) Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Directing, along with Best Costume and Original Score.

It’s worth thinking about the impact of a silent film in a world that embraced the “talkies” (movies with sound) over eighty years ago. Viewers who were accustomed to the loud noises, fast motion and bright colors of current movies embraced the graceful black-and-white, wordless portrayal of a love story accompanied only by music. Sometimes old-school is just as good (or better) than the latest technology.

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