A Canadian ‘Buy Local’ Effort Fights Amazon on Its Own Turf – The New York Times

A Canadian ‘Buy Local’ Effort Fights Amazon on Its Own Turf – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is The Raven Gets Published Day? On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

— C.S. Lewis

Practicing strategy in an uncertain world

In too many cases, strategic discussions are not this fruitful. Often they result in a set of goals, bullet points, or statements that masquerade as strategy, but they don’t set out the clear direction, distinctive positioning, and feasible plan you would expect. It’s no wonder that 65 percent of executives think their organization lacks a winning strategy.

Practicing strategy in an uncertain world


“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
– Christopher McCandless


ə-FLAY-dəsPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid 17th century
1(formal) A divine creative impulse or inspiration.
Examples of Afflatus in a sentence “The priest praised the afflatus of the craftsmen for the new stained glass window.” “The exhibit seems to lack the afflatus that draws in spectators.”

Seth Godin’s Newsletter

The trap of busy

Everyone who wants to be busy is busy.

But not everyone is productive.

Busy is simply a series of choices about how to spend the next minute.

Productive requires skill, persistence and good judgment. Productive means that you have created something of value.

Perhaps your self-created busy-ness is causing you to be less productive.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is National Kazoo Day? People young and old love Kazoos. Designed and built by Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg in Macon, Georgia, in 1842, commercial production didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Kazoos are easy to play; just hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. Celebrate today by playing the kazoo, of course! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.”

— Duke Ellington