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Nancy Schess
Nov12
No More Cash
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Perhaps it’s the end of an era.     One of my local regular lunch haunts had a big sign in the window last week. “Effective 11/11, we will no longer accept cash.”     I must admit that I usually use a credit card to buy lunch. But I wondered what it would mean if I just wanted to stop in for a cup of coffee. Credit card too? What if someone c

Nancy Schess
Oct29
A Little Quiet
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Used to be that I would look forward to alone time in the car to crank up the radio and sing at the top of my lungs.     But, I’ve noticed lately that my radio habits have completely changed. Instead of looking for some old Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen or yes, even Barry Manilow, I don’t even reach for the power button to turn the radio on.  

Nancy Schess
Oct15
Breaking News
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Well, maybe not really breaking news.     I cannot take credit for this thought but I have to say it stuck with me. A Sunday morning news commentator posited the following observation which resonated with me.     Do you remember the feeling that came along with that ominous, but extraordinarily rare, announcement of “Breaking News”? I do. It

Nancy Schess
Oct08
Baseball Memories
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  In this ongoing playoff season, I started to think about my own baseball memories. Growing up, my grandfather was the biggest baseball fan around me. When you think of favorite people in your life, he ranks very high.     He was a huge Mets fan. Whenever a game was on, you could find him planted in front of the television cheering on his team.

Nancy Schess
Oct08
Baseball Memories
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  In this ongoing playoff season, I started to think about my own baseball memories. Growing up, my grandfather was the biggest baseball fan around me. When you think of favorite people in your life, he ranks very high.     He was a huge Mets fan. Whenever a game was on, you could find him planted in front of the television cheering on his team.

Nancy Schess
Sep25
I'm a Football Fan. Yes, Me.
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  This past weekend, I experienced a first. My first Big 10 Football game.   We were visiting my son for family weekend (how could that have happened already?) and the Maryland campus was ready for football.     We walked by many a tailgate tent on our way up to the stadium. OK, I admit to never having seen a tailgate before and the tents were in

Nancy Schess
Sep18
What's In Your Wallet -- Redux
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Do you have cash in your wallet? I’m not asking how much just whether there is anything green in there. I’m pretty sure the answer is generational.     I always have cash in my wallet, together with some emergency money stashed somewhere for well, an emergency.     However, with the advent of Paypal and Venmo and mobile banking of all sorts,

Nancy Schess
Sep03
It's Official
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  I’m not happy about it but here we are – it’s the official end of summer.   You know, it’s that time of year when the weather starts to change, the kids all head off to school and that slowed down pace we had all become accustomed to disappears with the heat of the sun.     Oh wait – it was over 90 degrees today and the forecast is the same for

Nancy Schess
Aug27
The Ultimate Gotham Networking Experience
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  A while back, some of you may remember that I asked for some recommendations to help us build a new deck. Of course, Gotham came through.     Gotham member Todd Bragin recommended Keith from Stellar Decks. Keith came with high praises from Todd. And the process began.     When it became clear that we needed an architect, we turned to Gotham’s

Nancy Schess
Aug13
No, You Take The Spot
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  The other day, I pulled into a parking lot by a local store. Another driver and I approached an open spot at exactly the same time from opposite directions.     How many of us have had that experience? The other driver looks angrily, honks, won’t move, etc. All because of a proprietary feeling over a parking spot.     On this particular day,

Nancy Schess
Jul30
We're Packing Again
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  We are doing it again. Packing to send a child off to college.     This time its my son and a completely different experience.     When we moved my daughter in to school – each of four years – it was a three day process. Freshman year there were actually ceremonies that the parents attended but after that, it was about shopping and putting f

Nancy Schess
Jul23
Take Me Off Your List
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Has anyone else noticed an increase in the number of calls trying to sell you something??     Don’t get me wrong. I am certain some of the causes are noble – and really, I am sure my computer is broken, and the only solution is for a perfect stranger to take control and fix it. But, when I get home at night, or on my precious weekend days, th

Nancy Schess
Jul17
This Is What 96 Looks Like
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  We spent last week in Florida visiting family, including my mother in law. She recently celebrated her 96th birthday. Think about that. She was born in 1922. World War I was over and she would be a young girl when World War II broke out. She was born during Prohibition (which didn’t end until 1933) and lived through the Great Depression. He

Nancy Schess
Jul09
The Lost Art of Thank You
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  It’s such a small thing, but so powerful and so noticeable when absent.     When someone says “thank you” it means that they appreciate something you have done. With two small words, they show gratitude for something large or small. It could be as simple as a cashier saying thank you when your transaction is complete. Or if someone gets up to

Nancy Schess
Jul03
A Blog in The Box
Posted By : Nancy Schess

Sometimes I wish I had a blog in the box ready to go. Here's how Monday night goes in my house.  At some point late, I turn around and a loud curse word escapes from my lips and whichever family  member is nearby says out loud -- "You have to write a blog". Yes, yes I do.   Today I ask for ideas.  What would you like your bloggers to tlak about? 

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