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What's Your Backup Plan?

J-MUSIC Pocket Trio - Nick Stoner Inn-5By Ron Rosenberg

We're very fortunate to have an annual music festival that brings an incredible group of classical, jazz, and bluegrass musicians to a small lakeside community in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

One of our favorites is Patrick Bartley, and his J-Music Pocket Band. Having grown up playing video games, he decided to take the background music tracks of his favorite video games and arrange them for different configurations of his jazz groups.

The results make for a more...


What Kind of Camera Do You Have?

West Lake SunsetBy Ron Rosenberg

What do you do to break out of the status quo...that creative rut that keeps you from reaching your full potential at work and in life?

For us, it's our place on the lake. Spending part of our summer in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York has some definite advantages.

The change in scenery brings a change in perspective. Spending time with our "lake friends" - who live the rest of the year across the country and across the world - exposes us more...


A Simple Formula for Success

Studying.By Ron Rosenberg

As I'm writing this article, we've just rounded the corner into a new year.

I've always found it curious that the changing of the year seems to be the time when people take stock of their lives and try to make big changes in the form of New Year's Resolutions.

In fact, I just saw a cartoon on Facebook, where one character asks, "What's a New Year's resolution?" and the other character answers, "It's what you do the first three weeks of January."

In other words,  people make more...


Money...or Friends?

By Ron Rosenberg

Don't worry, this isn't some "ethical challenge" about choosing between making money at the expense of friendship, but, rather, an interesting take on how an unexpected situation can open up new opportunities.

If you've been on a plane recently, you've probably noticed that, more often than not, the flight is completely full - or if not, then it has only a few empty seats. This, of course, is very good news for the airlines, since a full plane generates significantly more revenue than one that's half full.

Empty Seats more...


Do You Know Your Community?

 

By Ron Rosenberg

If you're not taking advantage of all the resources in your community, then you're seriously limiting the scope and reach of what you can offer to your customers, clients, and members.

There are so many examples of the power of community that it's difficult to select just one to share, but there is a fantastic example that illustrates virtually everything that's possible when you connect with these valuable resources.

The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York are very special, especially in the summer. The scenery is truly breathtaking, Lorie's entire family lives in the area, and we more...


One Degree of Difference

bicycleBy Ron Rosenberg

One of the great things about living in North Carolina is that you can spend time outside most of the year. And for me, this means being on my bicycle.

We have an incredible public greenway system here with over 100 miles of paved trails. And this makes cycling significantly more safe and enjoyable than riding on the roads where you literally take your life in your hands when you start rolling!

On a couple of recent rides, I noticed that my speed was a bit lower more...


A Picture or a Photograph?

Sunset from the Dock (31 of 42)By Ron Rosenberg

To be a photographer in the "olden days" you needed a camera and film. You took some pictures, sent the film off to a lab to be processed, and waited a few weeks until the negatives and prints were returned.

Over time, the concept of "one-hour photo" became reality, and you could simply drop off your film and pick up your final copies an hour later. There was also the option of "instant film" with Polaroid cameras where you could take more...


Process vs. Event

By Ron Rosenberg

What's Your Plan Concept

There are way too many areas that compete for your attention each day, and it can be challenging - if not downright impossible - to keep them all organized.

If you happen to own your own business, you know this all too well - you wear so many hats it can be difficult to even know where to start!

That's why it's important to understand and appreciate the difference between a process and an event.

It's Tax Time!

Every year my accountant sends me a reminder to more...


Close to the Edge

By Ron Rosenberg

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was a prolific author, having written14 novels, five plays, and several short stories and non-fiction works.

I read many of his books when I was in college, and they opened my mind up to some very unique ideas and innovative thinking.

Many years later,  I came across an interesting quote, and when I tried to find the source, I discovered that it was none other than Kurt Vonnegut himself.  The quote was:

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without more...


Mid-Century Modern

By Ron Rosenberg

mid-century-modernThere's an old expression that says, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

This is certainly true in business and in life, as things cycle back and forth between different extremes: one year carbs are good, the next year they're evil; ties are fashionably wide, and then narrow is in.

I experienced this just yesterday when we stopped in to visit our daughter and son-in-law. They had just bought some new furniture and were excited for us to see it. But when I walked into their more...