Opting out(side)

It’s no secret that the mere thought of Black Friday sends shudders down my spine. It’s also no secret that I love good marketing–which, thronging hordes of turkey-belching people aside, is a big part of my aversion to this crazy day. (Read...

Pain points

There’s a new kind of salesmanship in town, and I think I like it. When I can find it, that is. Not long ago, I received an assignment to write about a new company that offers sales training. Pretty standard stuff, I thought, so I scheduled the interview and...

Easter eggs

Something popped up on my Facebook feed the other day that I can’t get out of my head, and not in a good way. XX days till Easter! Have you ordered your FREE tickets yet? A church pimping tickets for its Easter service?! They did the same thing at Christmastime,...

Dirty laundry

I hate to do laundry. I’ve always hated to do laundry. In fact, when I was in college, I once made it a record six weeks without venturing to that dreaded room in my dorm basement. My secret? Underwear, lots of underwear. After all, who really cares how many...

Just desserts

My daughter’s social studies teacher hosted a cultural fair last spring where the kids could present their year-end country projects. The kids had worked in groups to create elaborate displays, learn facts and anecdotes, and even whip up samples of local...