Can A Superhero Out-Class A Princess?

Linda here. It happened this year – Halloween superhero costumes outsold princess costumes the first time in 11 years! It’s about time.  Dressing up as a princess means little girls can wear a crown and a pretty dress, but in real-life princesses only wear crowns and gowns for very special occasions.  Most of the time they dress like real people,

“Life Is Amazing And No One Is Happy”

We take for granted the advances that continue to make our lives easier:  We eat foods grown around the world, talk to friends who are thousands miles away, pay for lunch with a wave of our smart phones and our cars can parallel park themselves! Pretty amazing.

Having A Grease Gun That Doesn’t Work Is Worse Than

My husband and I were chatting over dinner about what he’d accomplished that day. He commented, “Having a grease gun that doesn’t work is worse than having no grease gun at all.” “Why?” I asked.   

Have You Ordered Your Tesla?

The Quartz Daily Brief ( is one of the first things I read every morning! This article by Steve LeVine made me think about visionaries, the people who draw us into their dreams and make us believe the impossible is possible.   

The End Is At hand! Are You Ready?

Sounds ominous.  This is the time to wrap up 2015 and plan for 2016!  Have you been so busy dealing with the day to day activity of your business that you’ve given little consideration to the annual taxes, budget, goals, etc. for 2016?  Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger, many are in the same boat.   

Tomorrow Your Company Will Look Very Different

Brian’s daughter, Carrie, teaches fourth grade in an inner city school in St. Paul.  In her class, twelve different languages and dialects are spoken.  (There are 125 different languages and dialects spoken in the St. Paul school system!)  Her students represent different races, religions and vastly different socio-economic backgrounds.  There are translators available and several students attend ESL (English as a

“You Couldn’t Have Been More Wrong!”

I love it when someone challenges something I’ve written.  My blog last week affected a few people so much they reached out to tell me what they thought. Some agreed with what I’d written and a few like Kim, told me I was wrong, wrong, wrong.   

Have You Ever Won By Not Following The Rules?

That isn’t fair!  How many times have we heard children cry indigently, “That isn’t fair!”? That’s how I felt about the 4th of July boat parade on Gilmore Lake.   

Blue Zones Are Not About Pills Or Politics

Chances are you’re going to live a lot longer.  If you’re a man living in the United States, your life expectancy is 76 years.  If you’re a woman, it’s 81.   

6 Business Lessons I’ve Learned From Charlie

April is Autism Acceptance Month. My nephew Charlie is intelligent, funny and a snappy dresser.  He taught himself to read by the time he was four, loves the Green Bay Packers, fifties music and Andy Griffith TV shows.  He is also autistic.