AN EXTRA HOUR…HOW WILL YOU SPEND IT?

By Sheila Askov Putting Personality in Print Daylight savings time ending grants us an extra hour each year. How will you spend it? One more hour’s sleep is tantalizing…but so is an hour of quiet contemplation uninterrupted in the morning calm before the daily storms appear. What if we planned to NOT do something predictable? […]

‘IN 1492 COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE…’ AND THEN HIS REAL PROBLEMS BEGAN

By Sheila Askov Putting Personality in Print Was Columbus an entrepreneur or just an early independent contractor? Either way he sailed out into a beautiful blue ocean on a giant spice hunt. Even though this happened more than 600 years ago, some things never change. The seas got rough, the storms came, and the crew […]

ALL HARVEYS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

By Sheila Askov Putting Personality in Print If you asked me 2 weeks ago what I thought of when I heard the name, Harvey, I probably would have flashed back to the 6’ invisible rabbit I fell in love with watching an old Jimmy Stewart movie. But now, Hurricane Harvey has forever changed my association […]

ECLIPSE – GET AN EYEFUL

By Sheila Askov Putting Personality in Print The wonder of a solar eclipse is about to visit us. Oregon is privileged to be in its direct flight path. Along with the excitement comes the warning, “Don’t look directly at the eclipse without protective glasses.” One of my aunts, now deceased, looked at an eclipse when […]

HOT TOPICS

By Sheila Askov Do you adjust your business practices to accommodate the weather? Successful retail and service providers always do. They take into account what people are likely to want, need, and respond to when the hot weather rolls around. Sometimes expanding the hours of operation to match the longer days is a smart move. […]

THE FIREWORKS AREN’T OVER

By Sheila Askov The 4th of July is gone, but the pursuit of freedom and independence continues. As a small business owner, that’s part of your motivation for getting up in the morning and working those long, hard hours. Isn’t it interesting that the road to independence is in fact dependent on being mindful of […]

SPRING CLEAN YOUR MIND AND THE BODY WILL FOLLOW

by Sheila Askov When the sun peaked briefly through the rain-drenched clouds this week, I felt my spirits soar in response. I couldn’t wait to go outside and see what was blooming in the yard and neighborhood around me. Sure enough, the plants appeared unfazed by the prolonged downpours and many of the bushes and […]

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LESSONS FROM A GROUNDHOG When the groundhog makes his appearance on February 2nd and we watch the TV to see if he casts a shadow, humans begin predicting how many more weeks of winter are on the way. Depending on whose stats you use – the groundhog’s shadow is right about 50% of the time. […]

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BETTER QUESTIONS = BETTER ANSWERS Maybe we all need to stop arguing about the answers we’re getting and start focusing on asking new and more productive questions. Einstein knew better than to waste time and energy lamenting over unsuccessful results. He welcomed them, knowing you have to eliminate what is NOT effective in order to […]

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November 8th in Our Review Mirror I’m still grateful I live in America, although this election year has been an extraordinary example of family dysfunction running rampant with the curtains drawn back for all the neighbors to see. OUCH! I feel bruised and beaten up for watching. But in real life…Thanksgiving Day is on its […]