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It’s You!

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By Frank J. Rich

Where would life be without the Internet? How well would we make it to work, or to the trash can outside each day if we didn’t put our feet into shoes? How many lives have been saved, crises averted, schedules met, assurances made, friends connected, products and services found, etc., because of the proverbial “hip cricket” on our person? Desk or desktop, sedan or SUV, train or bus, boat or rail—all are tools we choose to make life more workable, more livable, more productive, more enjoyable, and more promise-filled. The one thing common to all is you, the user of tools, perhaps itself, the greatest tool of all. (more…)

December 27, 2013 |

Now is the Time

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By Frank J. Rich

Voting season is over. Candidates are now the elected. The future is at hand. And everything about tomorrow begins today. Yet, what of the polling season in us, in the human condition, where everything about tomorrow happens today?

Shall I do this or that, go here or there, develop this skill or that, apprentice first or learn as I go, follow him or her, live fast or slow? Unpacked, it’s all the same question. How will we do what we do? (more…)

December 9, 2013 |

Brother, can you spare a dime…

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By Frank J. Rich

If you’re trying to build something important at work, wouldn’t you like to know that others are supportive. If you’re working hard—and careful to pay daily homage to the triune gods of productivity, efficiency, and lowered costs—wouldn’t you like to know that others are working with you?; the government, for instance.

In the 1932 Depression song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” the lyricists juxtaposed an age-old conundrum that reveals little results for the work expended. Despite their lofty review of accomplishments, the forlorn cry of the beleaguered spoke volumes about their ultimate condition— at the end of a bread line hoping for better. At this time, perhaps, unlike any other in our brief history, people could depend on the government. (more…)

November 25, 2013 |

10 Percent in 2017

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By Frank J. Rich

Winter’s ravages are never so near as when seen. Despite familiarity with her storms and their demands on us to protect “house and home,” at least for Northerners across the land, most don’t check the conditions (or supply) of snow shovels until the white stuff arrives. What is apparent in any conversation about the weather is often left unattended until the moment we adjust to its insistence. (more…)

November 19, 2013 |

‘We have Jews. You’re not getting them.’

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BY FRANK J. RICH

Happily, it is not only bread that rises to meet its destiny. In each is the heart and the sinew to make a difference.

If you’ll allow, Main Street businesses are struggling to find sustenance in an economic rift that is slow to heal. Its perennial competition—national brands and box stores—enjoy soaring equity gains and the advantages in the use of media tools, while local retailers cautiously await their turn after watching both auto and real estate segments rebuild. But the irony in their dongtacular condition is that the path to recovery is available, easy to access, and affordable. It is but to join brands in the use of media tools. (more…)

November 6, 2013 |

61 Days: All In?

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By Frank J. Rich

Ready to shop? America’s favorite activity ramps up in the weeks ahead. In fact the 61 days between November 1 and December 31 are a bellwether of future sales. And, not coincidentally, the metric we use to judge the current year’s retail sales success. Online shopping is the buzz, growing faster than total retail sales annually, as one might expect. Small numbers “growth” is often spectacular. But, what’s really happening this holiday season, and how will it affect local stores—the 27-plus million of them that populate towns and cities across America? Let’s take a look. (more…)

November 4, 2013 |

The New Society

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The previous column in this space, titled “Passion or Poison,” raised the question of whether our adopted faith in “consumerism” serves to edify or kill us as a world leader and righteous model. It ended with a suggestion that we consider the elements of transformation, if indeed transformation is our desire and need.

Some 28 years ago, I had a conversation with a Wall Street research analyst about something that eventually changed the world. After a successful career of 10-plus years on Wall Street, he announced he was leaving his firm and his industry. When I asked what he’d be doing next, he said he was joining a start-up to deliver “new media” products. (more…)

October 18, 2013 |
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