Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Lighten-UP, It’s The Weekend – These Ducks Have A Job

Do you like wine? I do. I’m sure glad that these Indian Runner ducks parade twice a day into a vineyard in South Africa to rid the vineyard of pests.

It keeps the vineyard pesticide free. They have worked at this vineyard for over 30 years. Read the entire story here and watch the video below. NPR always has some very interesting content!

Relax and enjoy your weekend!

  • It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg.
  • Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Dress Code For Casual Attire In A CPA Firm

“My first impressions of people are invariably right.” – Oscar Wilde

It seems that in many firms we really don’t have dress codes any longer. We have everything from shirt/tie to denim jeans every day.

9491182077_e9b8f2d0bf_bEven with jeans, there seem to be quite a few “qualifiers” surrounding when and when not to wear them.

Also, casual dress guidelines seem to be more challenging for females, especially when warm weather abounds.

A good friend of mine, a principal in a CPA firm, shared her firm’s guideline for defining “casual” dress in their firm. They made it very simple and straightforward. They call it “The 4 B’s” – – –

No bare Back – No bare Butts – No bare Bellies – No bare Boobs

Simple, direct and it sure made me smile. Have a great weekend!

Photo: Flickr, Ben Eekhof

  • The way you dress is the billboard that tells perceptive people how you feel about yourself.
  • Barbara Walters

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend: It Is Not The Dream Of Being Big. It’s The Dream Of Being Real.

“Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” – Joseph Roux

I recently read (in O magazine) that Bill Murray really is a poetry lover. Here is a favorite passage from him that I can identify with and I also think applies to all the special CPAs I know.

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence, which knew it would inherit the earth before anybody said so…

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do.

Here is a video of Murray reading poetry to a group of construction workers at Poets House.  Enjoy the weekend.

  • Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
  • Carl Sandburg

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Nothing Like A Bunch Of Puppies To Relieve Stress

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley

Here’s a stress reliever that maybe your firm has not thought of for a Saturday break during busy season. Research tells us that dogs can be a stress reliever. They visit hospitals, etc. Why not accounting firms?

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Gray, Gray & Gray arranged a visit by a “pack” of puppies last Saturday. I love this idea – what fun.

Visit their Facebook page to see more adorable pictures.

  • Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell
  • Emily Dickinson

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Accountants Are A Total Blast!

It’s April 15th. It’s Friday. Normally, that would be a great thing – tax season would be coming to a close…. but not this year. The government has extended the due date until April 18. For many of you, you will still be working this weekend.

But wait, you should still be in a light-hearted mood, it’s almost over and being an accountant is cool! How do I know it’s cool? Because a Facebook friend shared a flash card from a deck belonging to their child. Yes, to me you are a total blast… males and females in public accounting are certainly cool. Plus, this guy’s pretty cute.


Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Grandchildren

It’s the weekend, time for something off-topic, humorous or even weird.

I recently read an article about journalist Leslie Stahl and her experiences as a grandparent.

Many of you working in public accounting are enjoying the grandchildren years. Many of the rest of you are parents with grandparents on one side and children of your own on the other. You are in a tight spot!

Bottom line – grandchildren are pretty wonderful. I always wanted to be the kind of grandma that my grandmas were to me. I hope I have succeeded.

Here’s some quotes to make you smile:

Pinchas Cohen, dean of the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, says there are three stages in life. In the first stage, you believe in Santa Claus; in the second, you don’t believe in Santa; and in the third, you are Santa Claus.

Stahl says she likes something that Tom Brokaw once said: “For parents, bribery is a white-collar crime; for grandparents, it’s a business plan!”

I hope this is the last weekend you will be working, but I doubt it. Many firms are using April 15th as “the end.” Others report they are going the extra mile for a few more days.

  • My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
  • Henny Youngman

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Because It Is Hectic

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp

It’s the weekend. You are busy. Things are hectic. You still have over two weeks to go. You are probably in the office today.

Take 4 minutes to relax, close your eyes and just listen. Hey, then get busy!

  • 'Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. 'A magic beyond all we do here!'
  • J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – What Teachers Really Do All Day

Those of us working in the profession of public accounting sometimes think we really have it rough. Long hours, stress, government deadlines, grumpy clients and so on.

What if you were a teacher? Take a minute and a half to listen to what teachers really do all day.

Click here.

Have a great weekend!

  • I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
  • Socrates

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Tribute to John Williams

“Composing music is hard work.” – John Williams

Here’s a brief, unique musical tribute to John Williams to brighten your weekend. CPAs, I know you are busy but this won’t take long!

  • There are occasional eureka moments - off the top of my head, maybe Darth Vader's theme, you know, the imperial march.
  • John Williams

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Mr. Rogers

Great story this week from NPR about Francois Clemmons who, for 25 years, played a role on the beloved children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Rogers loved to hear Clemmons sing and it gave him the idea to add Clemmons in a recurring policeman role – Officer Clemmons.

Touching article – read it here.

Here’s an example of a special scene that is very dear to Clemmons.

Many Ways to Say I Love You from The Fred Rogers Company on Vimeo. They talk about ways to show people you love them.


  • I hope you're proud of yourself for the times you've said 'yes,' when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to somebody else.
  • Mr. Rogers