Monthly Archives: October 2011

ROSEMARY’S RETURN HOME

It was in 1951 when Rosemary left Hong Kong for Canada on the Queen Mary from the pier on Victoria Harbor.  Sixty years later she returned for the first time. 2011 has been an eventful year for her.  It was … Continue reading

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THE IRRITANT, THE OYSTER, THE PEARL

You may be aware that a pearl is formed as a result of the irritation from a grain of sand working its way into the digestive tract of an oyster.  The oyster surrounds the grain with layer after layer of a translucent mineral … Continue reading

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JUST AN OLD BULL IN LOCKDOWN ON CONTINENTAL

With sixteen hours of nothing to do other than to assess the pros and cons of flying from Newark to Hong Kong on Continental Airlines, I came up with the following list of what to avoid and a list of … Continue reading

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DON’T MESS WITH THE MENNOS

My wife, LeAnna Gerber, is what I refer to as an ancestral Mennonite.  She can trace her lineage back multiple generations to Switzerland.  The home she was raised in has been authenticated as a Pioneer Home, built around 1848.  Our … Continue reading

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TURNING THE TABLES ON CHINA

Talk about a long shot!  That’s what we’re taking.  Virtually everyone in our business field that goes to China goes to buy.  We’re going over to sell. Monday morning my sister Rosemary and I fly over to Hong Kong where … Continue reading

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CULTURE – THE ROSETTA STONE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION

Whether at home, school, church, work, or on the playground, there is a culture.  It may be unspoken, yet tangible.  Understanding the culture is sometimes intuitive; at other times, it has to be learned. To minimize the learning curve at … Continue reading

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THE UPSIDES OF BEING A FULL-BLOWN OCD

I’ve heard it said that being obsessive compulsive is a disorder, and yes, I grant you that there are downsides to being OCD (for one thing, we’re not that easy to live with), but this blog is about the upside … Continue reading

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EVENT PLANNING – HOW TO DRIVE FOOT TRAFFIC.

Retail in today’s economy is a tough nut to crack.  The old approach of setting the proverbial mousetrap with a blob of peanut butter and waiting for the “mouse” to walk through the door, is over (please pardon my analogy). … Continue reading

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STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK YOUR BONES

It was a twig just like this that instantly and dramatically changed my life.  It was on a Saturday morning, September 25, a year ago.  I was in an annual mileage competition with my youngest son Thomas.  Whoever biked the … Continue reading

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RATE YOUR CURB APPEAL

Retention ponds invariably stink, attract snakes and frogs, are covered with slimy duckweed, and in general are repelling and repulsive.  They have one function, and one function only – to prevent flash flooding. Installing a one-acre reeking retention pond directly … Continue reading

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