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A Foolish Government

In these tough economic times, it’s great to hear some good news! Did you know that Taco Bell is buying the famous Liberty Bell? It’s all part of an effort, the company says, to “help the national debt,” by purchasing and maintaining national landmarks privately, instead of depending on the American taxpayer to protect these treasures. Taco Bell believes this will start a trend of charitable purchases of landmarks and historical items by other US companies. The Liberty Bell will be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell, but will still be viewable by the public,

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Tuesday Tips- 7 Top Online Productivity Tools to Simplify Your Life

Do have to write a report on a deadline, but find that you are constantly interrupted by distractions? Do you sometimes forget the multiple logins and passwords needed for all of the websites you visit? Forbes published a list of 7 Top Online Productivity Tools that will simplify your life and increase your efficiency. Many of these tools are free or very inexpensive. For example, WriteMonkey is a free software program that blocks all those time wasting applications, so you can focus. LastPass, a highly secure application that generates and stores secure passwords, is

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Goin’ to the Chapel

As the Dixie Cups crooned in their 1964 hit Chapel of Love: “Spring is here/the sky is so very blue/Birds all sing as if they knew…” Here at Matchmaker Logistics, we have two lovebirds who are “goin’ to the chapel” very soon. They don’t just have Spring Fever, they also have Wedding Fever–Congratulations to Shelly Stoddart and Pam Carrier on their engagements! Hearing about their wedding planning is proving to be quite an eye-opening experience. I’ve learned that there are Bridezillas (brides-to-be who turn into self-absorbed, over-indulgent monsters) and Bridechillas (those who remain cool

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The Way the Cookie Crumbles

It may be the way the cookie crumbles on Madison Avenue, but in Hong Kong it’s the way the egg rolls. ~Robert Orben Last month, I told you about my attempts to win back an old account that resulted in a friendly office wager: If I could win the business by March 1, my Office Assistant, Shelly, promised to make me cookies; if I lost, I’d have to bake her cookies. As you, our faithful Thought for the Weekend readers suggested, I even had a bouquet of cookies delivered to the company I’ve been

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Tuesday Tips- The Secret to Adding 4 More Hours to Your Day

People often lament: “I’m too busy to work out”, but according to Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson, one workout could give you an extra 4 hours of productivity per day! In his book, The Four Hour Body, Tim Ferris (also the author of The Four Hour Work Week) shares an anecdote when someone asked business icon Richard Branson: “How do you become more productive?”: Richard Branson leaned back and thought for a second. The tropical sounds of his private oasis, Necker Island, murmured in the background. Twenty people sat around him at rapt attention,

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Trying Something New

Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. ~Author Unknown Last week, we unveiled our very first Matchmaker Logistics web video. For most of us, filming a video was a first! Some of us were quite nervous (Pam, Mary, Shelly and me), but our camera crew did their best to put us at ease. We learned a lot about what goes in to creating a short video clip as well as what doesn’t work on camera. For example, we were advised not to wear white shirts

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Don’t Read This Thought!

We don’t want you to read this week’s Thought for the Weekend, we want you to watch it. Matchmaker Logistics is proud to present our first web video. Click on the image left to see what we have to say….  Why have we added video to our website?  In 1906 the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) determined that about 80% of Italy’s wealth was controlled by about 20% of the people. This evolved into the 80/20 Rule (also know as The Pareto Principle). Explained as “the law of the vital few”, it is frequently applied

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Living Murphy’s Law

“If anything can go wrong, it will.” We all know Murphy’s Law, and I’d venture to say that at some point in our lives, we all fall victim to it. This week, it was my turn. We’ve been working for months now on a special project we planned to unveil in this edition of the Thought for the Weekend.  I was so proud and excited, and so certain that everything would go according to plan, that I spent the latter half of the week talking up the big unveiling whenever I met with clients.

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A Great Love Story

Whether you embrace the romance and fanfare of Valentine’s Day or you loathe the “Hallmark-manufactured” holiday, certain love stories cannot be denied. Perhaps one of the greatest and most inspiring love stories is the story of Team Hoyt: When Dick and Judy Hoyt’s son, Rick, was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, they were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life. But Rick’s parents didn’t listen. They took him home and worked at including him

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A Sweet Bet

I pace when I think. My team in the Wilmington office knows I’m pondering a quandary when they see me pacing back and forth behind my desk. They have been known to gently tease me about it. Even my wife has suggested that perhaps I cannot think sitting down due to the location of my brain! It was my pacing that started a new bet at Matchmaker Logistics. You see, in September, I went on a sales call to Dallas, Texas to visit a client we had hauled for until 2008, when due to

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