Never judge a contest by its cover

Last month I had the honor of judging entries from the American Advertising Federation – Great Lakes Bay Region (AAF-GLBR) for their upcoming ADDY awards, which is the first step to a national award. This was my first time judging and it was a fun, eye-opening experience. I learned quite a bit and wanted to…
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Risky business

Creative Director Alex Raffi and I have something in common. We’re both Virgos. And it’s been my experience that there are two types of Virgos out there. The ones who live and breathe by the traits associated with this Zodiac sign (organized, reliable, reserved, cautious, list makers) and the ones who don’t. I fall into…
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A little chat with myself at the age of 17

I was asked a question on social media after changing my profile picture to me at 17 years old. My friend Raymond asked, “What advice would the current you give the young cat in the current profile picture ???” So I figured I’d answer in this blog. You’re not as deep as you think. Although…
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No man is an island or a team

During a recent conversation in the office about football, someone said, “You can’t build a team around one person.” This line resonated with me like an echo through a canyon. It reminded me of poet John Donne’s line, “No man is an island.” Like an onion, there are a lot of layers to it. Do…
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Tiny houses, big lessons

Over the past few months, I’ve become interested in the new trend of building and living in tiny houses. At this stage in my life, I’m not ready to give everything away and move into a 200-square-foot home; however, the movement promotes many lessons that can be beneficial for anyone, anywhere. Those I’ve taken from…
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Lessons learned from events related to Osama bin Laden’s death

It’s pretty clear everyone has something to say about yesterday’s news announcing the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden. I’m one to get into the spirit of things, so here’s my take on it all – from a “lessons learned” perspective. Punctuation, grammar and spelling always matter. When breaking news happens and you’re the media,…
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