Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

It’s Not A Lighten-Up Weekend – It’s a Caring Weekend

france+flagNot my usual weekend post. Just thoughts and good vibes sent to France. It is sad to me how terrible acts bring out the best in people, here and around the world. I wish these people were more visible all of the time.

In case you haven’t seen some of the beautiful images around the world in support of Paris & France, check out these photos via BBC.

  • Patriotism is not a short frenzied burst of emotion, but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.
  • Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Lighten-up, Alice – – It’s The Weekend

Thanksgiving is coming. Most people and families have lots of traditions that go along with special holidays like Thanksgiving. For me, on Thanksgiving I like to watch the WKRP In Cincinnati video clip about the “turkey drop.” I will post it here on Thanksgiving day, again this year.

Arlo Guthrie recently appeared in our area (I was not able to attend, but I wanted to). His most famous song, of course, is Alice’s Restaurant. On Thanksgiving 1965 he visited a friend, Alice Brock and her husband at their home, a church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and did them a favor by taking out their garbage. What happened during that thoughtful event inspired his famous 18-minute song.

In this interview for Rolling Stone, he gives some background on the story.

It’s been 50 years since 1965 and he is on an anniversary tour. If you want to listen to the entire song (like I just did this morning), listen below, it’s the original recording.

The 60s were crazy times. Keep in mind that some of your senior partners grew-up in the 60s.

  • I do the song only on 10-year anniversary tours. I did a 30th anniversary tour and I did a 40th anniversary tour. I didn't think I would live long enough to have to do a 50th anniversary tour.
  • Arlo Guthrie

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s Halloween

Happy Halloween!Clients might complain about your fees but they sure don’t seem to tighten their Halloween budget!

Per Money, Americans will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween.

Adult costumes outsell kid costumes: $1.2 billion for adults and $950 million for kids. Oh no, pet owners will spent $350 million on costumes for their animals.

$2.1 billion will be spent on candy. The favorite is chocolate.

Reese’s and Snickers consistently rank as the most popular candy.

So, lighten-up this weekend and enjoy some chocolate, visit a haunted house, run through a corn maze, get a costume and go to a party.

Then on Monday, raise your billing rates – now, that’s something really scary.

  • There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people; religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.
  • Lucy Van Pelt

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Are Your Marketing Efforts Really Getting You Anywhere?

My friend, Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk, President of bbr marketing, and her team love to help their CPA firm clients GET AHEAD. Perhaps it is time to explore some outside marketing assistance to help you, so you can help your own clients get AHEAD.

Thus, their creative, humorous and unique Halloween Card. I love it!

Here is a picture of their card that I received in the mail last week. How on earth did they end up in that frightful situation?

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  • There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
  • George Carlin

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend

Time for something off-topic, humorous or even weird…

I found a picture of a great bridge recently. Click the link to see it.

THIS IS A bridge that leads to nowhere.

OK, it does go somewhere if you consider ending up where you started as going somewhere. It’s called the Den Uendelige Bro, which means “infinite bridge”—a fitting moniker for a structure that leads you round and round in circles.

I hope you do not have an “infinite firm” – one that leads you round and round and you get nowhere!

  • Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
  • Carl Sagan

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Stress Relief!

20151013_Michaels_US_ColoringB_ANIMATIONDo you know about the current stress reliever? It’s coloring books for adults!

I loved it when my son, and then my grandkids, were very young and I had the opportunity to color with them. I have always loved coloring books and coloring, in general. Maybe it’s what led me to painting in water colors and oils as an adult.

Anyway, walk into any craft store or book store and you will see tables filled with these coloring books with designs of all types and shapes targeted to adults who need some “clear your head” time.

Here’s my current project:  (Lighten-Up and color, it’s the weekend!)


  • For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
  • Lily Tomlin

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s A Beautiful Fall Weekend!



I have always loved poetry. This time of year, one of my childhood favorites comes to mind. Here’s the first stanza of one of James Whitcomb Riley’s most famous poems. Click here to read it all – it will certainly lighten-up your weekend.

When the Frost is on the Punkin


When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
  • I got a rock.
  • Charlie Brown

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Check Out The Weather

Took this picture last fall when I was in Australia. Enjoy your weekend.


Sunday, September 27th, 2015

LIghten-Up, It’s The Weekend -The Active Wear Craze

Yes, we all have noticed it. Mostly women wearing “active wear” to the grocery, book store, to get coffee, even to go to backyard parties and fall festivals, etc.

An all-female comedy troupe have just dropped a parody video taking aim at the curious behavior of these people. Read more here.

CPA firm dress code believers…. watch-out!

  • Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.
  • Audrey Hepburn

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Accounting Dreams & Delusions by Kristen Rampe

FullSizeRenderMy friend, Kristen Rampe, has written a wonderful, light-hearted book about the CPA profession.

It’s titled, Accounting Dreams and Delusions – Scenes from professional paradise, and what really happens in the accounting industry.

When I received a copy in the mail, it made my day. It begins with, “you’ll never believe what my client said…” – continues with “And then my CPA said to me…” closes with “What she said….”. It will make you smile.

Here’s the trailer.

  • You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.
  • Dave Barry