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David vs. Goliath, Spider-Man vs. The Hulk

David vs. Goliath, Spider-Man vs. The Hulk

When Our Weaknesses Become Our Greatest Strengths I loved this recent viral video giving children with disabilities a chance to be real live superheroes. What I liked most was the way that the photo shoot didn’t ignore the children’s limitations, it celebrated them. For example: “Zaiden has severe ADHD and loves to run…I decided to turn his weakness into a strength and make him The Flash”, said photographer Josh Rossi. I’ve been thinking lately about how those kinds of ‘weaknesses’ can apply to business. How the little guy takes on the big guy. David and Goliath, to reference

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KISS Another Year Goodbye

KISS Another Year Goodbye

  Got your coffee? Well, grab a slice of cake to go along with it, because HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!  That’s right, today is my birthday. This is a pre-written dispatch from my desk, as I have taken the day off work to spend quality time with me, myself and I. I have a full day of pampering planned. First off, manicure and pedicure. There’s nothing like starting your special day dozing off in one of those big massage chairs. After I’ve got my claws looking fabulous, I’ll head to the outlets for a

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From Harvey to Irma: Appreciating Truck Drivers

From Harvey to Irma: Appreciating Truck Drivers

  This week, September 10-16th, is Truck Driver Appreciation Week, an event we celebrate annually. The work of truck drivers has been featured in the news recently as deadly hurricanes batter the coasts and wildfires rage in the West. In the affected areas, folks are reminded of what truckers do for us, as shelves go bare weeks before a weather event. (This photo was taken in Texas where the grocery store shelves were bare – except for the soy meat!) We’ve all lived through preparation for bad weather, and it seems like the trucks can’t come fast enough. Water,

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You Never Sausage a Place!

You Never Sausage a Place!

For the third and final installment of our Signs of Summer series (you can read the first and second on our blog), we’re featuring a piece of roadside Americana that’s legendary here in the deep South. If you’ve never made the drive down I-95, crossing from North Carolina into South Carolina, you may not be familiar with the strange billboards lining the highway. Some of them encourage bad behavior from the passengers in the backseat – “KEEP YELLING, KIDS – THEY’LL STOP!” Some rely on silly puns – like the enormous roadside salami with the phrase

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Are You Ready for Some Football? Not at These Prices!

Are You Ready for Some Football? Not at These Prices!

If you’re unfamiliar with my love of college football, you must be new here. Welcome! (Unless you’re an Auburn fan…in which case…you can stay, but this is an Alabama blog.) The countdown to college football season is in full swing, and I’m already itching to get to a game. I went ahead and looked into purchasing tickets for Alabama vs. Florida State on September 2nd, and nearly fell out of my tailgating chair when I saw the price. $438.00 per seat – and that’s for the section above the nosebleeds! I can’t figure out

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Highways DOT-ted with Laughter

Highways DOT-ted with Laughter

In my last post, I talked about blue highway exit signs. This week’s addition to our Signs of Summer series is about a more hi-tech evolution in road signs – the electronic DOT (Department of Transportation) marquees. Typically, these signs are used to communicate traffic information, emergencies, or road conditions. When not in use for immediate updates or warnings, the signs often display safety reminders or local weather information. But, when two of the cleverest comedy minds in Iowa happened to find themselves behind desks at the Department of Transportation, they used their powers to get drivers laughing. Willy Sorenson

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The Secret to Middle School Algebra

The Secret to Middle School Algebra

Back to school season is one of my favorite times of year. Not only do I get to shop for new clothes, pens, and pencils, I get to watch my wonderful boys grow up. (I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that getting them out of the house after a long, hot summer is also a plus!) This year, Timothy, my youngest son, is taking a big step into middle school. In Alabama, middle school starts at 5th grade – which seems so young to me! Middle school means so many new things:

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Signs of Summer

Signs of Summer

This summer, I’ve spent a lot of time on the road, chauffeuring my daughters to and from summer camps. My time on the open highway inspired me to devote the next few posts to the Signs of the Summer. We’ll look at some of the classic signs of the highway and answer a few questions. First, let’s look at the blue highway exit signs. Called interstate logo signs or specific service signs, we often think of them as the signs for gas, food and lodging. But did you know that they also promote other

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Hoping (and Hunting) for Diamonds

Hoping (and Hunting) for Diamonds

I went diamond mining. To answer your first questions, no, I did not find a Hope Diamond-sized rock. If I had, well…today’s blog may have been a little late while I extended my mini-vacation. Luckily, my favorite niece, my friend, and I didn’t have to go all the way to Africa to try our hand at diamond mining. Our adventure took us to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The park is built on an old volcanic crater that produces actual diamonds. For only ten bucks, you get a day pass to

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Surviving the Charger Wars

Surviving the Charger Wars

Does your household know about the Charger Wars? No, it’s not the next big summer blockbuster movie franchise – the Charger Wars are the ongoing battles at my house over cell phone chargers. It might be the same in your household – each person has the charger that came with their phone, a travel charger, an extra charger for vacation, the replacement charger that was purchased when they forgot the travel charger on vacation…and yet, somehow, no one can every find a charger when they need one! The wars part comes in when a

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