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“The Spirit of Kansas City”: Where the Greeting Card Industry Got Started

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It was my joy to be visiting a friend and for a business trip in Kansas City and there… I stumbled upon the story of the founder of Hallmark cards. Joyce Clyde Hall grew up in Nebraska, his two older brothers opened up a post card store, which were then very much in vogue. He worked for them for awhile and then thought perhaps he would move and open up distribution and send bulk postcards to retailers. A friend, who later became a top salesman for him, deterred him from going to Omaha and said, “You should go to Kansas City! There you will find such spirit and receptivity!”

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Start Up or Continue Mode?

rsz_pyramid copyIf you’re in Silicon Valley, the big word on the street is “Start Up Mode.” It’s cool, it’s hip and it’s new. If you’re in Start Up Mode that indicates you’re doing something innovative —  and people’s ears will perk up.

But I’d like to talk today about one of the most important Modes. And some see it as less attractive.  It’s what I call “Continue Mode.”  Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: The Right Timing In Your Life: What We Can Learn from Japan’s Edo Era

tomato-178900_640During the Edo era in Japan (1603-1868), the only wood they’d use from the forest was if a branch had fallen from a tree.  In the same way, we don’t pick fruit before it’s ripe.

We don’t wrench the immature tomato from the vine.  When it is the right time, you’ll find it almost drops off naturally in your hand. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Any Volunteers In Your Garden?

dandelion-411368_640I’m fortunate enough to have grown up with a very small vegetable garden that my parents maintained.  We often ate vegetables for dinner from the garden, picked flowers, grew corn, potatoes, zucchini.  We also had our “volunteer plants,” meaning seeds that happened to pop up, nurture themselves, and volunteer their wonderful offerings to us.  Sometimes it might be a type of berry, a different tomato plant, or a flower. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Enough Green Light in Your Life?

forest-470531_640Try to use all the natural light that comes to us from our earth.  Green light is light from the sun, and not fluorescent bulbs. Continue reading

How Can You Use, and Reuse, Paper?

pencil-17808_640We can live consciously and thoughtfully about how we use paper.  When you write a note, could you also reuse it again, and use the other side?  When you receive a card, is there a portion of it that’s not written on, that could be used for a casual note to a roommate, spouse or friend?  Or perhaps you could even use it for a to-do list.  When you receive a box of a recent book or item of clothing, you can save it for holiday gifts.  Let’s think creatively about our trees…

A World Without Salt Packets

salt-51973_640There are so many things that are packaged within paper, and the waste can be enormous.  I think about the time, manufacturing costs, the transport, the packaging, when we look at individual salt packets.  My guess is, forty granules of salt are contained within a tiny salt packet.  And we’ve got to enclose it with paper, and then put it in another big package to transport it.  There are so many ways that we use paper that are not allowing us to be effective stewards of our environment. Continue reading