My Dog, “Zipper:” Thriving with Impermanence

I have this little yellow dog I got by accident back in the year 2000. I wasn’t shopping for a dog, but apparently she was shopping for me. She arrived on my doorstep–bedraggled and belittled. Her hip had been crushed in a previous accident but re-healed to the point that surgery was useless (causing me…

Know When to Swim (or Walk) Away

I used to have the most coveted summer job. I was a lifeguard, at a lake-slash-campground-slash-waterpark. Not only that, but we had concerts on occasion. Lyle Lovett came to play, just after marrying Julia Roberts, and yes, he brought her. We all fought over who would bring stuff to her trailer. I ended up getting…

Forgiveness: Who Needs It?

Sometimes in business and in life, we are faced with the option of forgiving someone who has hurt us. You have probably heard that it’s important to forgive, and that forgiveness is not so much for the person who committed the act, as for the person forgiving. I’ve debated as to whether I agree with…

Marketing: As Simple as Sugarpeas

I spent the middle part of today in my garden, checking on my sugarsnap peas, with my 2-year-old, Sierra. We planted these peas with her older sister, Sascha, a few weeks ago. Peas remind me of Oregon, where I’m from. I guess that is because there is an “Oregon Sugarsnap,” which I tend to gravitate…