Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

I Wonder If I Could Write CPA Romance Novels

I can’t help it. This guy simply cracks me up. I just have to share another one of this school principal’s amusing videos.

In this episode, he announces a book series he is writing – 50 Shades of Sharpies, a series of romance novels, written especially for teachers.

When he explained what the first book is about and then divulged the title, I laughed out loud.  Lighten up, laugh and enjoy this your Sunday.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Arrr… Matey! Be Sure To Talk Like A Pirate Today

2_350x350_front_color-white“Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all.” – Johnny Depp

It’s Monday. Why not lighten up and smile anyway?

It’s also Talk Like A Pirate Day (TLAPD).

I first heard of it many years ago when a superb CPA firm tech guy introduced it to me. Rob Snell – you know who you are. I thought it was fun right from the beginning.

Why TLAPD? Simple, it’s fun. See frequently asked questions here.

If you visit a Krispy Kreme and talk like a pirate, you’ll get a free glazed donut. If you dress like a pirate, you’ll get one dozen glazed donuts.

Then there’s Long John Silver’s:  “Avast, me hearties! We are celebratin’ International Talk Like a Pirate Day, because who can talk like a pirate better than the original peg-leg – Long John Silver?” LJS is giving a free piece of Alaskan Whitefish. Check out their list of Pirate myths, facts, and legends.

Many CPAs had it rough last week. Start this week with some light-hearted fun.

  • It's not everyday you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it."
  • Keira Knightley

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Lighten Up, It’s The Weekend. Get Yourself Some Smarkers.

Here is my favorite school principal again. This time, he is talking about Smarkers for teachers.

Maybe it’s time to get some Smarkers for your conference room.  Can you think of some names for Smarkers used in a CPA firm?  (i.e., Burnt Coffee Carafe)

  • You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
  • Walter Hagen

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Finally, A Movie About An Accountant

If you are or work with, an accountant you must watch these trailers from the new movie, The Accountant, coming out on October 14th.

Ben Affleck, as the accountant, doesn’t seem to be like the accountants I know although he does seem to be very busy!

In Trailer #2 you can see that he has a pocket protector….

Here’s my favorite line/conversation, so far:  Who is he? The accountant. Like a CPA accountant? Not quite.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2

  • I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.
  • Elvis Presley

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Is that you?

I finally updated my Is That You With Rita? Flickr page.

I had several new ones to add for 2016. I hope you can find yourself among these fun pictures. There are 227 photos dating back about 10 years.

I love this quote by Hubert Humphrey, it fits me perfectly:

“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”

Here is a special one:

Anita Goetz, Colleen Endres, Virginia Lowery, Bill Leach, Nancy Kriner, Diana Sarkine, is that you with Rita?

Anita Goetz, Colleen Endres, Virginia Lowery, Bill Leach, Nancy Kriner, Diana Sarkine, is that you with Rita?

  • A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
  • Walter Winchell

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – It’s a Write-Off

You work for an accounting firm. You know what “write-off” means. A lot of people do not know what write-off means or what it is.

Think about that when you are talking to clients and non-accounting minded people. What other phrases or words do you use that might be a mystery to others.

A conversation I overheard years ago…..

Client on phone:  I will not have my information ready, what do I do?

Accountant:  That’s okay, you just need a 7004.

Client:  What is a 7004?

Seinfeld and Kramer are also puzzled about a write-off.

  • For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.
  • Gotthold Lessing

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

LIghten-Up – The Stressful Beginning of The School Year

There’s a guy on YouTube, a school principal from somewhere, that posts some pretty hilarious videos about the lives of teachers.

Decades ago, I was a kindergarten teacher’s aide. I was in charge of three consecutive lunch sessions (30 minutes each) for kids from kindergarten through 4th grade every day (about 400 kids). The teachers would be relieved for 30 minutes while Mrs. Keller handled the ups and downs of lunch time. Kindergarten kids were very entertaining. Why mothers put thermos lids on so tightly is beyond me. I must have opened thousands!

That’s why this video about  the most stressful part of the beginning of the school year (kindergarten lunchroom duty) hits home with me and is so true! Enjoy.

  • If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
  • Jim Rohn

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Make A Wish

What will you be doing in ten years?

This beautiful video comes from David Wolfe.

  • Make your life spectacular!
  • Robin Williams

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Jim Henson

“Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling.”- Jim Henson

Yesterday, I blogged about getting The Right People on your CPA firm bus.

No one did that better than Jim Henson.

Each summer (spring, fall, and winter, too), I encourage you to READ. Not just CPA stuff! Read fiction and non-fiction for enjoyment and inspiration.

I am currently reading Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones. Henson had a knack, skill, aptitude, whatever you want to call it for finding and hiring the right people. He also said, “The beauty of nature has been one of the great inspirations in my life.” 

So, do three things this weekend – read, take a walk, and…. Lighten-up this weekend and enjoy The Swedish Chef making a banana split.

  • Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.
  • Jim Henson

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend. Are You Tweeting?

I’m always urging CPAs to tweet. It is a powerful social media tool that can help build your firm brand and also provide valuable information to your clients and team members.

This week (Friday) I shared how powerful Twitter is for building a niche and a personal brand (@SportsTaxMan).

Joey Havens, the managing partner of Horne LLP, also provides some very powerful and motivational tweets (@JoeyHavensCPA). Follow me on Twitter: @cpamanagement.

Heck! Even my son’s dog tweets! (@JackJackDogDog).

Jack Tweet




  • Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.
  • June Carter Cash