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When I was little, I remember sleepily stumbling out of my room one morning to find my mother crying at the food bar across from our kitchen. There was a newspaper in front of her, but she wasn’t reading it. Through her tears, she told me the story she was reading about a little girl who was killed by her mother and father. These people, who were supposed to love, care for and protect this little person had punished her for whatever reason, I don’t remember why, and the why doesn’t matter in the slightest. But these people, these monsters…

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If I didn’t know any better, I would say people don’t like people. But I do know better, and I still think some people don’t like people. And now it’s so much easier than you think to go a full day without interacting with anyone. Now this doesn’t mean you are holed up in a room all day binging on Stranger Things, I mean you are out and about, doing whatever it is you need to do, but you won’t have to relate or mingle with…ugh…people.

So let’s take a look at a typical day for the guy or gal…

There’s Always Someone…

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“There’s always someone worse off than you.” This has been the go-to thought when someone was trying to feel better about a situation they found themselves in. The thought goes, “well, at least that hasn’t happened to me,” whatever terrible thing, that, might be. The Cambridge English dictionary defines the term “worse off” as, poorer or in a more difficult situation. We just don’t think that way anymore. We’re much more likely to think, “I can’t believe they have it, and I don’t.” Whatever, it, might be.

Social media and reality shows have given us such a…

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My RX300 with a mind-blowing 300,000 miles

No this is not a story about a car. It’s about life. So don’t be put off by the weird title or ugly picture…read on.

Learn to do things yourself (and the value of friends) When you own a superannuated (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superannuated) car, that’s right, it’s a real word — and it’s closer to the junkyard than your driveway; and yes, it’s bad enough that no one is going to be taking it in trade; and yes, it’s doubtful that the parts will bring value, that it’s going straight into one of those pitiless crushing machines — well the last thing…

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Even before graduating from Crystal Lake South High School in 2027, I had my mind set on getting my bachelor’s, followed by an MBA with an emphasis in marketing. My Uncle was a well-known marketing consultant and everybody in the family knew he would be spending more time analyzing commercials than watching the shows on TV like the rest of us. He did the same thing with web ads, billboards, anything that showed off a product or talked about a company. At the time, I could not for the life of me figure out why he thought so much about…

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Photo by Mishal Ibrahim on Unsplash

The media reaction to the release of the Mueller report gave us only one question we should be concerned with. Who is controlling the narrative? With Trump and many Republicans more concerned with whether criminal charges will be filed, hopefully, the Democrats will be more interested in protecting the integrity of the election process than receiving their pound of flesh. At least for now.

From the Democratic party point of view, the frustration and anger over the last two years are understandable. If a report came out in 2010 showing that a foreign government was using social media names like…

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Influence Is The New Authority

Be Careful…Or Not.

When I was laid off from a company after ten years, I found myself unreasonably giddy. Finding that next job was not the first thing on my mind. I had a number of projects and ideas that had been languishing for years. An unfinished novel, a dozen or more starts on short books and blogs, business ideas, and most importantly — no desire to be careful. That last thought struck me in the place where so many others were seeded, in the shower. It was like an epiphany, or as spiritual folks would say, it was inspired. As I reflected…

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Did you know that by telling a story, the retention rate for your content is over 70% — deliver that same content with statistics and retention drops to 10%.

Storytelling in marketing gives your customers and clients, purchasers or prospects the reason to buy from you. Your company should be telling stories great and small that say, here is where you belong. Creating storytelling content for marketing campaigns will help you re-think your existing marketing methods — with a storytelling strategy at the center and demand tied directly those brand stories.

The two concepts for a storytelling strategy are Company…

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The upcoming retirement of so many members of the Republican Party raises a great number of questions. The foremost would be: why? Do they fear a massive shift as a result of the midterms? Is it purely a result of basic policy or ethical disagreements with the current administration? Is it something else entirely?

Fearing a shift toward a Democratically controlled Congress is certainly a possibility. Polls show the generic ballot gives the Democrats an 8.5-point edge as of November 1. …

Zac Timm

Zac is a marketing blogger and creative writer living in Chicagoland with his patient wife and awesome nephew along with lots of fishing equipment.

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