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Grits and Biscuits

One of the great things about living in a coastal town like Wilmington, NC is that we live where other people go to vacation. This year, our Fourth of July vacation was a stay-cation of sorts, as we enjoyed boating, beaches and hotel pools with friends and family here and in neighboring Myrtle Beach, SC. If I learned anything this past week, it is that location is everything, especially when it comes to raising your kids and the way they talk. As a child raised in the Northeast, I grew up on “soda”. But

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Tuesday Tips- 5 Purchases That Will Make Your Office Fun Again

Summer is in full swing; the heat is on; and, the office feels more stifling than ever. Looking for a way to inject some fun back into your work routine? Check out these five fun purchases* that will bring some refreshing summer entertainment to you and your co-workers: 1. Chill out: A tiny desktop refrigerator can hold and cool exactly one standard 12 ounce can. It’s powered solely by USB via your computer, which makes it a fairly portable personal fridge that can sit on your desk and keep your drinks cool, one at

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Happy July 4th Weekend!

The Fourth of July has become synonymous with the barbecues and summer fun. While there are numerous variations on the menu for an Independence Day cookout, you can almost count on traditional favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. When you tuck in to that all-American fare this weekend, remember to thank the truck drivers and logistics professionals who made it possible: There’s a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas. The Lone Star State is the leader in the production

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Tuesday Tips- 5 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Last year, after 244 years of publishing, Encyclopedia Britannica stopped printing its 32-volume set of printed encyclopedias. So many things about printed encyclopedias seem insane now: an entire set weighed more than 100 pounds, took up tons of space, was obsolete by the time it was printed, and had to be paid for in installments by middle-class families who wanted their children to be well-informed. Today, thanks to free, crowd-sourced sites like Wikipedia, we have a reservoir of infinite knowledge, most of which is virtually free to access. And, it takes up no more

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Hacks and Saws

There’s an old adage: “A day spent without learning something new is a day wasted.” I was feeling about as old as that adage recently, but it was a small price to pay to learn something new from my employees. I learned about life hacks. Bear with me…the concept is actually much cooler than the scary-sounding term. No axes or serial killers involved, I swear! Life hacks are more along the lines of “sharpening your saw”. Life hacking refers to tips, shortcuts, and tricks that lead to productivity boosts. In other words, any clever,

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Murphy’s Laws of In-Flight Travel

I’ve written before about Murphy’s Law. Murphy must have been an avid traveler, because it seems that every time I’m on the road, something goes wrong. You may have noticed that our Thought for the Weekend is a Thought for the Week today, coming to your inbox on a Monday afternoon, instead of a Friday morning. My travel schedule, combined with a few other unforeseen factors, resulted in this uncharacteristic delay. Although my business trip was a success, these days, the act of getting across the country and back is rarely a smooth one.

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Tuesday Tips- What’s on your Agenda?

I recently read this phrase that drives home a great point: “There is no such thing as time management; only event management.” One of the best ways to manage your time (when it isn’t yours to control) is to make sure the meeting (or event) is well managed. That’s why you should always: Ask for an agenda. Meetings can be a major time drain. Have you ever sat in a meeting wondering why you were there or thinking about the million other things you should be doing? When you get a meeting request, no

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Remembering Dad

This weekend is Father’s Day weekend, an opportunity to show gratitude and love for our dads. Last year, I shared the greatest lesson my father taught me about parenting. In that Thought for the Weekend, I mentioned that my favorite family moments with Dad included camping, fishing, and watching football. Professionally, my first sales call with Dad (who founded Matchmaker) had a huge impact on me. When I asked the team members at Matchmaker Logistics to share their favorite memories of their dads, the responses were a perfect mix of all of the things

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Tuesday Tips- It Pays $12K to be Addicted to Your Smartphone

Business News Daily says that smartphone addiction actually pays off! A new study suggests that using apps on your smartphone can save you 22 days of free time a year, or $12,000 in productivity! Here are three great apps to get you started: 1) Business Card Reader: Do you have a ton of business cards stashed in desk drawers, your purse, or in the back of your wallet? The Business Card Reader will seriously de-clutter your life. Scan cards to upload your new contact, sync to your address book, and you’re all set! ($4.99

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Talk About Embarrassing!

Note from Bob: This week, our long-time employee and office comedienne, Mary Nicholas, is our guest writer for the Thought for the Weekend. Enjoy! Murphy and I are good friends. You probably know his laws, including: “If something embarrassing is going to happen, it’s going to happen to me!” Truer words have never been spoken. On a recent business trip to Bay City, Texas, I was looking forward to meeting Karla. Karla and I have worked together for years, but this would be our first meeting in person. I got dolled up for the

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