Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Lighten-Up It Is The Weekend – Enjoy This Wonderful Performance

Last weekend our granddaughter spent a couple days with us. As is our tradition when she and/or her brother visit, we have Popcorn Movie Night. Of course, they pick the movie and often bring their own along. For our movie viewing, since her brother wasn’t along, she picked the 25th Anniversary presentation of Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall, filmed in 2011. We had never seen it. Andrew Lloyd Weber comes out on stage at the end and reminisces.

We have seen Phantom live a couple of times and of course, the movie. But this anniversary performance was truly wonderful. Ramin Karimloo played the phantom. I hate to admit it, but I think he does a better job than Michael Crawford (the original).

This weekend, enjoy this unique performance by Karimloo singing Let Him Live from Les Miserables.


  • When going to the opera, don't sit under the chandelier.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Lighten-up – Enjoy your weekend

Sometimes we make mistakes. Many people stress-out, especially when it is getting very close to a due date for an accounting firm.

Often partners and managers feel like they must just fix the mistake made by a lesser-experienced accountant and move the project (like a tax return) on to the next step in the process.

How will the less-experienced accountant ever learn if they do not know what they did wrong? Send it back to the preparer, even if it is close to the deadline. I am well aware of the pressures…. if you are literally down to the wire – fix it – but make a note and TALK to the accountant about the situation once the pressure is off – like on October 16th.

I made a mistake. I posted my Saturday blog yesterday – on Friday.  Check out this week’s REAL lighten-up blog post here – It’s the weekend!

M-O-O-N spells mistake!

  • I know a transsexual guy whose only ambition is to eat, drink and be Mary.
  • George Carlin

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s the Weekend

MoonI hope you took some time this week to walk outside and see something unusual and beautiful. I have been a sky watcher since I was a kid. When we lived in the country, we had a telescope and bundled up on many chilly nights to watch the stars and planets.

Now, we live where there are too many city lights to see much of the sky. I was still looking forward to seeing the Blood Moon (from my location in Ohio).

I was certainly rewarded. It was an absolutely clear, beautiful pre-dawn morning on Wednesday. I simply walked out my back door, onto the golf course, stood in the dark and soaked it in.

This weekend, to lighten-up, I simply wanted to share some pictures with you (in case you haven’t browsed them already).  My own picture, above, leaves a lot to be desired – you had to be there!

Here are a few awesome photos from a PBS site.

If you watched The Stand (Stephen King), the following quote will make you smile.

  • M-O-O-N! That spells NEBRASKA!
  • Bill Fagerbakke, as Tom Cullen in The Stand

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Time For Something Off-Topic, Humorous or Even Weird

This weekend, my topic is all of the above….. off-topic, humorous and yes, I know I’m rather weird.

I don’t often wear glasses, but I like my new ones!  Hope it makes you smile!


New Glasses – – – – – – – – – – – – -Old Glasses

Photo on 3-7-14 at 10.59 AM - Version 2

Photo on 3-31-14 at 2.04 PM




  • It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Be a Zombie

slide5-650x300Did you ever want to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller“?

6,451 zombies-for-a-day participated last October in Thrill the World - a simultaneous performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance that took place in 22 countries on six continents.

This year, the claw hands will come out on October 25 at 10p Greenwich Mean Time, which means it’s close to midnight only if you live in Europe. Most official chapters of the Thrill the World organization raise money for a local charity through the dance.  I love the Thriller video.

  • I'm just like anyone. I cut and bleed. And I embarrass easily.
  • Michael Jackson

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

I Am Trying To……. Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend

I always try to make you feel better on the weekend… to make you smile or to provide something unusual, interesting or humorous.

This Saturday morning, I’m trying to lighten-up myself. I am traveling home from a great two days with a client at a beautiful location in Florida.

When I fly from Dayton to Florida, it often means I must go through Atlanta. Just saying that much probably helps you understand my state of mind!

Anyway, I try to look at the everyday hassles with air travel as amusing or often unbelievable. Here are some random thoughts, that I definitely do not verbalize! Maybe they will make you smile.

Many airlines offer you an expedited option for an additional fee. Pay $10 extra dollars for each flight and get priority seating via Zone 1. Ha! – – Nearly every passenger is in Zone 1 – it’s like a stampede.

Southwest has the best boarding procedure. Years ago when I experienced it I thought it was confusing. It is really very efficient and eliminates all the jockeying for position.  I love it now. Working with firm operations, efficiency is so important to me.

I prefer an aisle seat…… but it is dangerous. People boarding hit you with backpacks, large purses, hard briefcases. I am experienced so I know never to expose an elbow or shoulder when the flight attendants are quickly moving the carts down the aisle.

When you are seated on the aisle and a person takes a seat next to the window, leaving an empty seat in the middle, you just hope and pray that the huge guy coming down the aisle does not have that middle seat!

Well know fact, men take up more space than most women. They sit down, legs spread fairly far apart, unfold the newspaper with elbows sticking out both ways. The woman next to them is making herself as small as possible.

Then, there are the significantly over-weight individuals. Airlines are making seating space smaller so they can haul more passengers while the general population is getting larger and larger. What kind of sense does that make?  I assume they want to then sell the larger people 2 seats?

Okay…. I vented. What I really find out as I travel is that the majority of the people are kind and caring. I have met so many interesting and friendly people as I travel. If you watch TV you begin to think that everyone is a criminal or dangerous deranged individual. I am just thankful that the overwhelming majority of people in our wonderful USA are down-to-earth and nice (even if they do sometimes forget their manners).

All being said, I actually enjoy the flying – – I just don’t like airports.

  • The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.
  • J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Hashtag Mania

If you have been to a CPA conference in recent years, you have been asked to tweet about it using that particular conference’s hashtag. What I find is that most people attending CPA conferences do not tweet, so what’s the point!

Want to know more about hashtags? Visit the site.

For this weekend, lighten-up and enjoy Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake demonstrating what a Twitter conversation sounds like in real life.

  • Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.
  • Gary Vaynerchuck

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Falling Water

photoThe weekend is a perfect time to THINK. Think about your firm… your business and that important other side – your life.

Life is good. Remember the blog post I did back in 2011 with that title? Revisit it here.

Life was very good to me this week. My husband and I escaped for a few days (it was his birthday) to visit southeast Pennsylvania… in the Laurel Highlands south of Pittsburgh.

Why? It is fairly remote, with lots of curvy roads, beautiful forests and amazing vistas. We visited a National Battlefield – Fort Necessity – where George Washington surrendered at the age of 21 during the French and Indian War (the only time he ever surrendered).

But, yes, there was a much bigger reason for the visit…. something I have wanted to do for years and years…. tour Falling Water, the masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright. I had very high expectations and I was certainly not disappointed – It was simply amazing. The remoteness, the beauty and the simplicity are beyond words. Visit their website to see the beauty.

Oh, by the way, the gift shop was awesome. Today’s picture is of a vase I purchased there. It now has a place of prominence as you enter my front door.

Also, for the weekend don’t forget to do some reading. Yes, I know that I actually nag and nag you to read. Not just business books, expand your view of the world. Use Google – Google any thing that comes to mind, the amount of information available to us now will hopefully make us all a lot smarter!

Many people, when I mentioned I was going to Falling Water had no ideas what it was and some were clueless even about Frank Lloyd Wright. I was surprised and saddened.

But now, it’s the weekend and I have lightened-up – that’s what I wish for you.

  • Youth is not an age thing. It's a quality. Once you've had it, you never lose it.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend

On the weekend, think about different things and try new things. Put those Excel spreadsheets and tax projections out of your mind and look at the world from a new viewpoint.

Here’s a science experiment to try with your kids.

  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'
  • Isaac Asimov

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Coffee Artistry

IMG_1155On a trip to Costa Rica a couple of years ago I experienced my first cappuccino with “art” on top. I was thrilled. Isn’t it amazing, sometimes, how some little thing can make you smile and feel good (remember that inside your CPA firm).

Here’s a picture of my coffee from the cafe at the Humming Bird Sanctuary in Costa Rica.

Lighten-up this weekend and check out this post on Fast Company titled, “#FastFoam: Your Latte Art, By Request“.

Next week, invite one of your valuable team members to join you for a cup of coffee and have an informal chat. Don’t talk about work. This weekend – CPAs – relax enjoy life – have your favorite beverage and take time to THINK.


  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
  • Albert Einstein