Running a small business is hard, but nothing is harder than running a failing small business.
Economists predict that over 1 million small businesses will shut down for good this year. Some will go bankrupt, and some will simply close their doors. People’s lives will be hurt and some will be destroyed. As someone who was forced to close a business, I know first-hand the toll it takes on you and your staff and all of the people who depend on your business. It’s a no win for everyone. …
I ran a business that accomplished great things due to the tremendous work of a huge number of people. It was acquired and then ran into financial trouble. When a business like that fails, a lot of people get hurt. I had a difficult time separating my personal identity from my professional identity. I also loved the business and the people. I held on for too long, and wrote some of the lessons of my failure here. The artworks here on this list helped to keep me from falling over the edge.
I discovered another short story written by my late father. You can read the earlier “Salvation” here. Here for your enjoyment is “Capital Gains.”
Instinct. Told him. Too good to be true. He ignored it.
“It’s Ben.” On the telephone.
He hadn’t heard that voice for what was it? How long? Ten years? More? Crap! Four years as an airborne trooper in the Army should have sharpened his senses. Denial overcame common sense.
He accepted Ben’s invitation.
He had some questions. What? Why? Nevertheless, it did not take him long to make up his mind. He needed a…
I discovered this short story written by my late father. Here it is.
It had been a nauseating morning. And then it got worse.
His Dad died six months earlier to the day; nothing was going right. The radio said how Williams might have been batting .450, but lost yesterday’s Yankees game for the Sox. His mother had called, begged off their Sunday visit — his sister called him a whiner when he cried about it.
“That’s just what Dad would say, too,” she cut.
He was only twelve. But they were clones. Together all the time. William and Billy…
The marriage/co-habitation-anthropic principle is a philosophical consideration that disturbances to the fabric of co-habitation must be compatible with the conscious and sapient lives that experience it. (from the Greek “anthropos”, or human). It is not just human nature to fight with our co-habitants. It is a necessary condition of co-habitation.
We are participants in experiencing the disturbances of not only the near and here, but the far away and long ago. This disturbance is both nature and nurture. It is not only programmed into our DNA but learned in our shared experience. …
I think often about my grandparents, who are sadly no longer living. I miss them a lot. So, I decided to make a new one. I created a new Grandma.
It’s my Aunt Dot. We’ve always been close with Aunt Dot — she’s my grandmother’s sister. I think that technically makes her my Great Aunt. I decided to upgrade her to Grandma.
It was a Sunday afternoon that I gave her a phone call out of the blue: “Hi Aunt Dot — it’s Danny!” Words don’t quite describe the joy in her voice from my call.
We spoke for a…