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Open to Buy

Open to Buy Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to revisit the concept of “open-to-buy” – a methodology used to determine how much inventory a retailer should buy.  Coincidentally, a young friend preparing for college graduation asked me for financial management tips he might employ...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Viewing Labor through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching

Viewing Labor through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer – and thank goodness the day itself iss actually one of rest, not labor.  Rightfully so, we celebrate the efforts of those who work in our communities, in industries from auto manufacturing to hospitality, banking to retail, technology to c...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

From the heart - making the journey of charity

From the heart - making the journey of charity   The phones ring off the hook at this time of year.  Families, organizations and employee groups want to make Christmas a perfect day for a deserving family.  One can’t help but be thankful for all the offers. Working in the charity “business” also causes one to pa...
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Footprints and the Stewardship of Creation

Footprints and the Stewardship of Creation   Listen closely to television news, home and garden, DIY, and crime shows – and ads for technical equipment and garbage bags.  Pay attention at work and home. You may be surprised by how often the word “footprint” is used.  A contractor talks about the footprint of...
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Monday, October 07, 2013

To your health

To your health   “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home….”  I would bet most readers would be able to complete the rhyme.  It’s this rhyme that comes to mind in recent months as the advertising and education regarding the workings of the health-care...
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Monday, September 16, 2013

It's off to work we go

It's off to work we go One of my favorite scenes from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” has the dwarfs heading off to work: lanterns, picks and axes in hand. Dopey – who is not really so dumb – is climbing back in the window so he can catch a second goodbye kiss from Snow White. I often sing ̶...
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Let me count the ways

Let me count the ways   Creative lovers know flowers and candy are not the only ways to show one cares.  Wise consumers know that the greatest value in a product or service may not be in the original intent of the designer.  (Ladies will remember Avon’s Skin-So-Soft and how it gained greater fame as...
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Talk ain't cheap

Talk ain't cheap   Golf is a game of etiquette, with strictly adhered-to rules, monitored on the honor system. Silence is a critical element of the game's enjoyment. It allows for focus as well as escape from daily routine.   Thus, I found myself on a recent vacation examining the clubs in my bag, evaluat...
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Monday, April 22, 2013

It's important to consider a complete package of giving

It's important to consider a complete package of giving Time, talent and treasure. The three t's of charity. They are included in sermons and bulletin notices during the period of pledging funds and committing to participation in church activities. While it's tempting to automatically continue our past giving, God calls us to examine our giving each tim...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Lenten challenge: Replace mental accounting with reality accounting

A Lenten challenge: Replace mental accounting with reality accounting I gave up mental accounting for Lent.  And I’ve already had to start over - twice!   Have you ever watched a game show when the host asks the contestant, "How will you use your prize money?" The response may include "take a real honeymoon to Hawaii, buy my mom a house and pay for my...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013