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A Checklist for the Most Wonderful Christmas and the Happiest Hanukkah Ever

Thursday, 22 December 2016 Posted in Staying Sane, Culture Corner

A Checklist for the Most Wonderful Christmas and the Happiest Hanukkah Ever

We wouldn't want to let the holidays go by without giving you some tips on how to make the most of this beautiful season. So without further ado:

  • Take some time each day to disconnect from the internet and connect with your loved ones.
  • Pick a day and declare it a snow day! Take a break from everything. (And if there really is snow, make a snowman!)
  • Don't forget to cozy up to a fire. If there's no fireplace to be had, there's always a video!

Fall Foliage Resources: Trip Mapping Sites

Thursday, 22 September 2016 Posted in Staying Sane, Culture Corner

Fall Foliage Resources: Trip Mapping Sites

Autumn marks the time when the foliage becomes a virtual kaleidoscope of beautiful colors—reds and oranges, yellows and golds. Even browns, pinks, purples and blues are known to appear. It’s a beautiful time of year in many parts of the world, but it’s also fleeting. If you're thinking of making a fall color pilgrimage this year, it pays to take a little time to discover when the leaves will be at their peak colors.

Happy Holidays to All

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 Posted in Culture Corner

Happy Holidays to All

Many of the stories during the holiday season often evoke thoughts on the possibilities of magic and miracles. And in that spirit, we would like to wish you the greatest gift of all: a wonderful life. But no matter how much we wish it, remember that most of that magic will have to come from you and your efforts to make it so, just like George Bailey.

This holiday season we wish you hope.

Many people may confuse hope and faith, and while they can be interchanged, think of faith as being almost certain the sun will rise tomorrow, and hope as feeling that even if the sun doesn't rise, it could still be a good day.

Get out of your office and vote!

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 Posted in Culture Corner

Get out of your office and vote!

According to the New York Times, the 2014 elections had the “worst voter turnout in 72 years.”  They went on to say “the national turnout was 36.3 percent; only the 1942 federal election had a lower participation rate at 33.9 percent.”

Did YOU vote last year?

What does it matter, you ask? “There are millions of people in this country, and I’m just one vote.”

September 11, 2001: Never Forget

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 Posted in Business Strategy, Culture Corner

September 11, 2001: Never Forget

As the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approaches, you might consider starting a new tradition to commemorate the day — a September 11 journal.

Keeping a journal is a way to not only keep the memories alive, but can help you sort out the emotions you may feel about the event. Whether you decide to show it to anyone is up to you; you may decide thirty years from now that you want to share it. You might choose to keep the journal on paper, online, or perhaps create a photo album.  

3,059 Days For Freedom

Written by Dom Cassone Wednesday, 01 July 2015 Posted in Culture Corner

This originally came to me from a friend and fellow ICP, Wes Schaeffer - The Sales Whisperer. Used with permission.

3,059 Days For Freedom

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling
which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight,
nothing which is more important than his own personal safety,
is a miserable creature
and has no chance of being free
unless made and kept so
by the exertions
of better men than himself.
~John Stuart Mill

April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783 is 3,059 days.

July 4th around the Country

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 Posted in Culture Corner

July 4th around the Country

July 4th, 1776. The Declaration of Independence, a document announcing our independence from England had just been signed by 56 courageous men. Afterwards, they all headed over to Thomas Jefferson's for a big party. They patted each other on the back around the grill, tossed back a couple of cold ales and threw the old football around. Meanwhile that crazy nut John Hancock nearly burned his wig off lighting firecrackers.

Well, not quite.

Even though the Declaration had been signed, things were far from settled. The Revolutionary War was still going on, and wouldn’t end for another seven years. Fourth of July celebrations didn't become a “thing” until after the War of 1812, and ever since it's been the United States' favorite summer party.

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 Posted in Culture Corner

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Many Americans are making big Memorial Day weekend plans—visiting family, having a backyard cookout, or checking out the big sales at their local car dealership. But don't forget to take some time out to remember what Memorial Day is all about, and find some way you can pay your respects.

The first specific “Memorial Day” observance was held after the American Civil War, to honor the 600,000 soldiers from both sides who died during that conflict. While Veteran's Day is a day to celebrate those in the armed forces who have served, Memorial Day is set aside to remember all the men and women who never returned home.

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