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I’m finally mad at Starbucks
Tuesday, 14 Dec, 2010
I’m finally mad at Starbucks

I started drinking coffee when I was 62. I tasted it once as a kid and hated it cuz  my mom drank it black and it was yuckky. I never tried again.
But sitting with friends at Starbucks a few years ago, I tried one more time (flexible, right? Only took me,um, 54 years to try again!) […]

Christmas in Austin
Tuesday, 7 Dec, 2010
Christmas in Austin

Every year, on the first Saturday in December, Austin has one of it’s infamous ‘happenings.’ We close open our main thoroughfare to become a people’s space: carolers, cafes, open museums, restaurants offering free hot chocolate. Near the capital, a dozen or more local vendors sell their jams and candles and T-shirts so people can buy […]

The Indignity of Selling
Tuesday, 30 Nov, 2010
The Indignity of Selling

For the past 20 years, I have closed my sales easily in one of two ways. 1. clients have purchased my services by calling me once, giving me a date, and giving me an address to send the contract. No price discussion, no others to meet, no meetings. They had read my books, had control over their budget, and called.
2.  When […]

Don’t treat me like an idiot
Tuesday, 23 Nov, 2010
Don’t treat me like an idiot

For decades, I’ve been bringing new thinking into the sales field. Yay me, right? Yet sometimes when folks have very rigid (and sometimes very conventional) thinking, instead of getting curious, they act as if I don’t know what I’m talking about.
For sure, with my Aspserger’s, I don’t always relate like others do (although God knows […]

Finding new staff: have job seekers always been this inappropriate?
Tuesday, 16 Nov, 2010
Finding new staff: have job seekers always been this inappropriate?

I am seeking a new tech person/webmaster. I’ve approached this in the way I know how: put up a job description on Craig’s List, as well as on 2 university job boards. And I’m getting the most amazing responses.
One of my criterion on the job description is that the person be a ‘good speller’. One man sent me […]

Wikileaks: Why is our press ignoring an important story?
Tuesday, 9 Nov, 2010
Wikileaks: Why is our press ignoring an important story?

You may or may not know this, but I am a journalist. I attended Syracuse University S I Newhouse School of Communication when it first opened in the 60s. Yes, I’m that old. Along with my schooling came a passionate belief that the press is the 4th Estate, and without a free press holding our […]