Helping You Be Contemporary in a Traditional Way

This year there are two types of music that will accompany us no matter where we go. Over course, there is the “Seasonal” music – Christmas tunes. I love this time of year – the lights, the bustle. But when the seasonal music starts a Veterans Day, well, I think things have gotten out of […]

The day after Thanksgiving is a day off for many. For those in retail it definitely is not a day off. But there is an America beyond Black Friday. The World Famous Fish House Parade in Aitkin, Minnesota and The Chitlin Strut in Salley, South Carolina are two prominent events taking place beyond the Mall. […]

There’s the classic Thanksgiving dinner – turkey and the trimmings. Then there are other Thanksgiving holiday classics – the Macy’s Parade, Football in Detroit (and Dallas), the National Dog Show, Miracle on 34th Street. As a kid, in our neighborhood we used to play a “Turkey Bowl” – 3 or kids throwing a football. We […]

This came to us via our friend Sylvia Allen ( We wanted to share it with you. More Than A Day As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, It brings up some facts, quite profound. We may think that we’re poor, Feel like bums, insecure, But in truth, our riches astound. We have friends and family we […]

The busiest travel day of the year…Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving Day…Did we get the right pies? Is the turkey overcooked? Will the guests be on time? Can I keep my cool when so-and-so tires to be provocative at the dinner table? This is but a sampling of the static that can easily divert us […]

There are balloons. The Mayor is there along with other local dignitaries for a ribbon cutting. Kids have turned up for freebies. They are there for the opening of a new business. The site of the business used to be a gas station. Long closed, the property sat empty as they spent years remediating the […]

As you know an importnat part of discussion in this neighborhood is the use of Smart Narrative Strategies. An important part of the discussionnow involves social media. A kindred spirit of sorts is Gary Vaynerchuk,entrepreneur, investor, author, public speaker, and internet personality. His life story is interesting one. Moreover, his three published boiok have had […]

Geico: The gecko, Maxwell the Pig, Dikemebe Mutombo, Ovie…Run simultaneously, selecting a different platform for each, and only using the one that gets the strongest response as s eed for a television ad….Frequency, Quality of content, Level. of ingenuity Native Content: Amps up story’s power – drafted to mimic everything that makes a platform attractive […]

With thanks to a dear friend (not just for this item but for your friendship), here is the elevator pitch they have forever been seeking. It was actually written a while back, but it was not until this infinitely patient and compassionate friend saw it in a recent post that we were together identify it […]

We do not generally write of world events here. We will not now either. But a couple of references in articles dealing with recent events in Paris did strike us for their applicability beyond these current events. A newspaper columnist in addressing the issue of “A religious answer to religious extremism (Looking at the texts)”, […]

In a world short of positive role models, there are still heroes in our midst. Local heroes may be found in many shapes and forms. There is, of course, the war veteran who may live next door; the Eagle Scout down the street or the neighbor on the look for the well-being of an elderly […]

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved […]

My website does not have a “Frequently Asked Questions” section. If it did (and perhaps it might be a good idea to do so), the first question listed would be, and “Just what is it that you do do”? But I’m not sure there would be enough space to fairly and simply address that question. […]

Now the thoughtful answer this question, with a big thanks to my youngest daughter for her role in helping to make this answer possible. But first, some background. It has been years and years and years that I have worked at answering this question in a smooth, comfortable fashion. I clearly know what I was […]

The corner of Hollywood and Vine is an intersection in Los Angeles – Hollywood to be exact. But it is also a state of mind – a place where dreams are pursued, often by many trying to place themselves at the right place at the right time. Most frequently it was considered a good career […]

As mentioned in a prior posting, social media is a new frontier for me. As with anything new, it is exciting to be able to make acquaintances and friends with those that I would not otherwise be able connect. At the same time, it is also a time not without some trepidation. This whole thing […]

Even with congestion, pollution and crumbling infrastructure, the network of highways we have assembled remains a monument to achievement. In the U.S., the Interstate System has been called the Greatest Public Works Project in History. The Trans-Canada (and its successor freeways/autoroutes), along with the railroads, hockey and the CBC is said to have played a […]

An initiative to help preserve longtime San Francisco businesses through financial incentives was approved by voters Tuesday.With all precincts counted, in addition to most mailed votes, Proposition J won 57 percent to 43 percent.The Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund, crafted by the preservation group San Francisco Heritage, offers landlords a financial incentive to retain qualified […]

20 years ago: A day that changed history – when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. This article was first published on

Democracy at work in Canada as the reigns of government leadership passed from Stephen Harper to Justin Trudeau today This article was first published on

Thanks to Mike Boone at (Montreal Gazette) for this – it’s a far cry from my third row obstructed view ticket at the Old Madison Square Garden in 1965 at $2.25 – thought a $10 seat at the Forum was expensive then. I’ll pass on this one, thank you: Check out the ticket prices […]