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Black Friday is DEAD

Black Friday is DEAD

Black Friday is dead.

There are 75 shopping days until Christmas, and most of what is going to be purchased this year will be online.

There will be very little hearing of the Salvation Armey bells ringing as you approach the shopping mall.  They are going to need to rewrite the lyrics to Up on the Housetop.

Sing-Along – The “old” version is

Up on the Housetop, reindeer pause
Out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones’ Christmas joys

Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go
Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go
Up on the Housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

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Who Inspires You – Welcome Brad Livingstone

Who Inspires You – Welcome Brad Livingstone

in·spire

fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

What inspires you today?

Are you adjusting to the everyday life alterations since the pandemic began?

Are you wondering what is happening with the kids’ education, missing friends, family members, and co-workers?

With worrying about the economy, your kids’ schoolwork, and people’s health and given how taxing the new normal is, how are we supposed to inspire?

This valuable resource can be elusive even in “normal” times, but right now, it can feel nearly impossible.

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Nineteen Years Later –  September 11

Nineteen Years Later – September 11

Nineteen years ago, today, the United States was attacked by terrorists in an attempt to disrupt and destroy the country we know and love.

This year the world has been ravaged by a pandemic.

In both times, many gave their lives to save others without regard for their own lives. We call those “Hero’s.”

I remember the morning of 9/11 vividly, and yet the rest of the day was a continuous blur. Today’s college freshmen were born in 2001, and those born after have no direct knowledge of what occurred.

Currently, we live in a divided country impacted by “new terrorists” that use technology to attack us and impact our lives through misinformation.

My brother-in-law Patrick’s business partner Adam Mayblum was on the 87th floor of 1 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Adam was luckily a survivor.

That fateful evening Adam sent this email and then 365 days later, a follow-up.

This year we need to mute the outside world, to stop listening to those that would destroy us, and to remember the precious people that are in our family and communities.

Let us never forget our “Heros.”

These are the emails from Adam.

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Back to School for Who?

Back to School for Who?

The calendar changed to August, and if 2020 were a typical year, then back to school surge would be about to begin.  In many locals, it already has the option for in-class or online classes.  It is a valid al la carte’ choice that each family has made.

Yet, despite this ongoing pandemic, there is a back to school that might just be missing in your life.

In your professional career, the answer can be as short as a month, and as long as a year.

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