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Retail Therapy: Is it the solution or the problem?

Shopping is without a doubt a favorite American pastime. We shop when we’re happy in order to celebrate, and we shop when we’re sad in order to feel better There’s nothing like a little “retail therapy” when we’re in a bad mood.

Poinsettias Are Not Poisonous

Despite the popular belief that Poinsettias are poisonous, the truth is they are not. In fact, according to the American Society of Florists, no other consumer plant has been tested more for toxicity.

Does anyone care? Women own a lot of shoes.

“The average American woman owns 17 pairs of shoes, but wears only three on a regular basis. Some 51% own more than 10 pairs, and 13% have more than 30 pairs, not including athletic shoes.”

Eight Ways to Out-do Yourself This Year

Rules, policies, contracts, laws, requirements. Taxes, red-light cameras, swimming pool fence laws, ADA mandates. They affect almost everything we say, do, construct, manage or design. Today, America staggers under the unimaginable burden of operating in the most regulated environment in its history.

Not Feeling Optimistic? Just Smile, Dammit.

On a scale of 1 to 10, just how optimistic are you feeling this week? How excited are you about your summer activities? Are you pumped about your personal and career development? How’s business?

Social Media – Get on Board or Get Lost

Social media – love it or hate it, but in 2010, it’s a fact of business life. So, you’re going to have to get into it now or plan for your brand to fade like those famous Cadillacs left baking in the hot Amarillo sun.

Speaking to America’s School Children: The Real Problem

What the heck is going on? The furious dialogue between liberals and conservatives about the president’s decision to address students – for the first time in 18 years – in their classrooms doesn’t seem to be about the same activity.

How’s it going, America?

Six months into 2009, and 18 months into the current recession, it’s time for a brief little evaluation to see how we are doing in the U.S. The issues we report on below are those of greatest concern according to Americans polled for various media over the past five months.

Flattened Like a Beer Can

Did you hear about the idiot who darted in front of a 4,000-pound SUV from another lane with no warning, causing the SUV and those behind it to slam on their brakes, creating a domino effect of braking during morning rush hour? Sure you did. It happens every day in city traffic.

The Death of Competent Service

For three weeks, every time I have gone online to review my bank accounts, a pop-up from the bank has insisted that I “verify my address.” Clicking on “Verify” generates a message that this process has failed, and that a call to the bank is the next step. After seeing this message for a couple of weeks, I determined to resolve the problem.