Noise is Everywhere

Noise is Everywhere

January 20 – A beautiful sunrise over North Texas and the beginning of the transition of power which happens every four years in our great country.  It is a new beginning for a new administration, in our country.

In the middle of all of this, there is noise everywhere.

Twenty-four-hour television, get so loud that no one listens
Sex and money and politicians talk, talk, talk
But there really ain’t no conversation
Ain’t nothing left to the imagination
Trapped in our phones and we can’t make it stop, stop –

Kenny Chesney – Noise

There is all this noise yet I wonder how many are listening at all.

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2017 It’s Not a Priority

2017 It’s Not a Priority

Welcome to 2017 and say goodbye to 2016.

What was your 2016 like?  Did you accomplish those resolutions and goals you had set for yourself 12 months ago?

Did you just not have enough time?

Are you using the “magical phrase I don’t have time” that gives you permission to be a helpless victim to the all-powerful time that is passing you by?

I have heard that excuse daily in this data-driven 24/7/365 world.  We use this excuse to procrastinate and avoid getting things done.

It is a lie that we tell ourselves and others.

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Thank You

Thank You

Thank you for letting Tannery & Company be a part of your family.

Apparently, what Emily Post termed good manners (science prefers “gratitude intervention”) has all kinds of unexpected benefits. And as it happens, the handwritten gratitude intervention seems to be experiencing a moment of vogue.

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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

Christmas, Hanukkah and other major religions celebrate the holiday season with the giving of gifts.  The Gospel of Matthew describes a visit from three wise men giving gifts to Jesus. They bought brought frankincense, a Jewish perfume, gold, and myrrh.

The Gospel of Matthew, as it is written, might have you believe that the wise man showed for the party in the manger for Jesus’ birth.  This was not a live CNN event!

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Four Gifts +1

Four Gifts +1

It is 8 days until the rare occurrence of Christmas Eve and Hanukah occur on the same night.  Which means if you have been asleep in a cave without Wi-Fi or TV that it is the SEASON for GIVING.

Giving is an elusive term for spending more money than you planned and having no plan for what you are doing.  According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans plan to spend an average of $936 per person shopping for their friends and families this holiday.  (Note to “The Girls” this is when being below average is the best)  What percentage of that is impulse spending that never gets appreciated or truly used?

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