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What Family-owned Businesspeople Learned from Dad and Mom

After I posed a question on The Family Owned Business Network, a LinkedIn discussion group, I found the responses both heartwarming and enlightening. I started by recounting advice from my …

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A Time to Honor our Veterans

Originally called Decoration Day, a date set aside for decorating the graves of Civil War dead, Memorial Day is now a time to honor all of America’s war dead. This …

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10 Tips for Getting the Most Benefits From Association Meetings

Associations have been very, very good to me. Here are just a few of the benefits I have gained:• I learned about a job opening at Hallmark during an industrial …

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What’s in a Name? What if you change it?

Your name is your brand, so what happens when you change it? This can be an important issue, especially for women, who may change their last names through marriage or …

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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Snow Poem

This year I have had lots of opportunities to recite the snow poem. It’s a tradition in my family that goes back to my mother (Virginia) and her father, a …

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Happy 100, Hallmark

Working at Hallmark Cards was one of the best things I ever did. I gained lifelong friends along with great experience…and even the opportunity to meet actor Richard Chamberlain when …

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have trouble keeping your resolutions? Part of the problem may be that you’re not specific enough. For example, I recall one friend who vowed to “be a nicer …

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Dec. 7 Event to Honor Pearl Harbor Survivors

Here’s the information about the Dec. 7 event to commemorate Pearl Harbor and honor the survivors: PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS CHAPTER TO HOLD 68TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT MISSION, KAN. … The Kansas …

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Over 50? Good Luck Getting Insurance

That’s the headline for the letter-to-the-editor I wrote, which appears in the Nov. 27, 2009, edition of The Kansas City Star. Here’s the full text: Over 50? Good luck getting …

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What Are Your Favorite Books of All Time?

Is there a book that has changed your life? One that you couldn’t put down? It’s hard to pick just one! I love the classics, including “Les Miserables” (Victor Hugo), …

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