Business Etiquette Lessons Learned from Duck Dynasty

Have you seen Duck Dynasty? The heavily-scripted reality TV show’s third season premieres tonight on A&E. I hadn’t seen it until last night, when I watched a few back episodes to see what all the fuss was about. I was surprised. I’d brought some serious snobbery to my viewing session and figured that a bunch […]

Signs of the Oregon Coast

One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to travel and check out signs in other places. Last week, I visited the town of Bandon, Oregon. Bandon is a small town right on the coast where the Coquille River meets the Pacific. It’s a beautiful place; the ocean, the river, the pine […]

The Signs of Sundance

  Every January, Utah is besieged by celebrities, film makers and journalists during the Sundance Film Festival. Founded by Robert Redford, the festival began as a small gathering at the Sundance resort in 1985. Nearly 30 years later, the event is now held in four Utah cities and draws nearly 50,000 attendees. 

Happy New Year – Now Make Some Resolutions

Everyone has their New Year’s resolutions and most of them revolve around weight, some form of exercise or discontinuing a behavior detrimental to their health. Admittedly, my resolutions may include some of these too but all too often they are neglected by January 31st. This year I decided to go in a different direction. So here are […]

Dear Santa: Letters From Kids We Love

Christmas might be the season of giving, but it’s definitely also the season of getting. And no one appreciates presents like kids. We asked some of the kids we love what they want for Christmas this year. Here’s what they told us.

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Altruism

‘Tis better to give than to receive…. but does this apply to kids? Our impulse, especially during the holidays, is often to spoil them to the greatest extent possible. Retailers have us convinced that Christmas is all about kids and their enjoyment of consumer goods. Child development experts talk to us about cultivating an altruistic […]

5 Holiday Party Mistakes You Must Avoid

Gathering friends and family in your home is what the holidays are all about. Tasty food, scintillating conversation, fabulous decorations. What could go wrong? Plenty. Here are five holiday party mistakes you must avoid… if you don’t want your party to be the worst of the season.

How to Avoid Mutiny This Holiday Weekend

  Ever heard of the Mutiny on the Bounty? Sailors on the HS Bounty were tired of swabbing the decks and working long hours on a boring ship. So they mutinied, burned the ship and set up housekeeping in nearby Tahiti. We’re not talking here about mutiny on the high seas— we’re talking about mutinous […]