Looks like my mall bangs and tight-rolled jeans got the last laugh.
Back in the 1980s, my older sister and I joked about the horrendous styles of the 1970s – bell bottoms, especially, cracked us up. I remember lamenting that there was nothing distinctive about our era.
Fast forward nearly 25 years. What were we thinking?
A new book, Malls Across America, chronicles a road trip taken by 20-year-old photographer Michael Galinsky. The year was 1989. Batman was a blockbuster. Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence” resonated with listeners.
Galinsky shares his thoughts in an excerpt from a Mail Online article:
Mr. Galinsky told Today.com in 2011 that the time period is just as significant as the physical setting of his photos.
“At the time, the mall was the new public space, the new community center where people would interact. This was pre-Internet, pre-cell phone, there was smoking in malls, it was before the Gulf War. It was this weird moment in time where things were getting ready to change.”
I didn’t expect these photos to evoke such nostalgia in me. Relive this special period (and if you weren’t born yet, see what you missed). These photos truly speak a thousand words.
When I was two years old, I met one of the most influential friends I would ever have: a schnauzer-poodle mix named Bogart (a nod to legendary icon Humphrey Bogart). We played, chatted (I did most of the talking) and spent day after day together for the next 14 years.
Dogs have held a special place in my heart ever since. As I arrive home from work in the evenings, my Shih Tzu (bless his furry little face) greets me with a happy howl. I’ve never heard anything like it; I think he’s part wolf. Then he wags his tail and dances on his tiptoes until I pick him up for a hug.
But what if I didn’t have to leave him at home during the day – what if he could join me at work?
According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, dog-friendly workplaces may boost job satisfaction and reduce stress. Now that’s something to howl about!
Check out the story.
Uh-oh. It’s holiday season in the Skrzycki household! Bring on classic movies ("Rudolph," I love you), presents (I embrace my reputation as a Scotch tape fanatic) and goodies (where do I begin?).
Employees who earn a spot on Santa’s “naughty list,” however, can spoil all the fun – especially for human resources professionals. Check out this article, 12 Days of Christmas: HR Headaches, and you’ll see why.
Here are a few excerpts:
Twelve Online Shoppers
Cyber Monday is the biggest day of the year for online shopping. Although some employees shop on their lunch break or at home, many take time out of the work day to cross items off their Christmas list. Solution: Remind employees that some down time is inevitable, but work time is still for work.
Eleven Fantasy Footballers
Wasting time at work is not an art enjoyed exclusively by shoppers. The holiday season is also football season, and that means fantasy players will be out in full force. Solution: See above.
Ten Office Party Drunks
Some folks continue to believe that getting intoxicated in front of your boss is a good idea (hint – it is not). Solution: Limit the number of drinks at office parties and arrange for safe transportation if needed.
Sound familiar? Sound off on your experiences and don’t forget to respond to our blog poll about holiday online shopping.
Until this week, I didn’t know about the Urban Media Institute at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, which provides inner-city high school students with media training opportunities. That all changed when I received an email about this amazing program.
Students are doing some pretty cool things. They’ve produced newspapers, a centennial yearbook and broadcasting segments with Channel 20, the local PBS affiliate. And they teamed with the Indiana Chamber to discuss the future of journalism with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein when that duo headlined our Annual Awards Dinner in 2012.
What’s next in these students’ “journalism journey?”
Fundraising efforts are underway for a trip to the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) Convention/Competition, “The Revolution Starts Here,” on November 14-17 in Boston. Students will hone their skills, network and learn from others. In short, it’s the experience of a lifetime. But without donations, the trip is out of reach. You can help students succeed by assisting in making this trip possible!
Learn more about the Urban Media Institute at Arsenal Technical High School and the NSPA trip (the deadline for donations is October 31) at www.cannonline.org.
The sky truly is the limit for these talented students – and for the Hoosier businesses that may one day employ them.
We get it: Logistics is a big deal in Indiana. And it’s much more than the “Crossroads of America” moniker.
Logistics plays a key role in several goals within Indiana Vision 2025, the Indiana Chamber’s long-range economic development action plan. The sector employs more than 300,000 people across the state.
Help take logistics to the next level by participating in the 11th Annual Indiana Logistics Summit on October 9-10, co-hosted by Ports of Indiana, Purdue University and Conexus Indiana.
"Asia to Indiana Nonstop" will feature insights from Gov. Pence and state business leaders with a focus on the new intermodal service that could reduce supply chains by a week (BizVoice magazine introduced this initiative earlier this year). Highlights include education sessions (learn strategies to reduce your supply chain costs and more), networking opportunities and an expo.
The event will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Learn more and register at www.indianalogistics.com.
I love history and art – not to mention a “feel good” story. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed writing a BizVoice® article last summer about restoration of Elkhart’s historic Lerner Theatre, one of many projects revolving around the city’s new downtown arts and entertainment district.
Renovation of the structure, built in 1924 as a vaudeville palace, was completed in June. It wasn’t transformation of the theatre alone that I found captivating. It was the “story within a story” – The Lerner’s rebirth revitalized Elkhart (helping to boost revenue and morale), one of those hit hardest during the economic downturn.
And the story continues.
Design firm Moody•Nolan and associate architect Cripe Design recently earned a Palladio Award (specifically the Sympathetic Addition Award) for their addition and façade restoration of the theater.
Jim Kienle, director of Moody•Nolan’s Historic Preservation Studio, was quoted in a 2010 BizVoice® story focusing on environmentally friendly preservation efforts involving restoration.
Looking forward to seeing what’s in store “in the next act” for The Lerner and other renovation projects.
Sometimes you just know it’s going to be “one of those days.”
You wake up, pour a fresh cup of coffee, raise it to your lips (that first sip always tastes the best) and … wham! It spills everywhere. Then traffic is unbearable and you’re late to work. Once you arrive, the day only gets worse.
For some people, however, every day is a struggle. Depression hinders their ability to function in the workplace and beyond. It’s an intensely personal condition for employees, but one that can have a profound – and harmful – impact on business’ bottom lines.
According to a compelling Forbes story, depression results in 200 million lost workdays in the United States annually. In addition, 9.5% of the adult population will experience a depressive illness in a given year. Your employees don’t have to suffer in silence. Watch for these symptoms:
Increasing frequency of sick days: Is your employee visiting the doctor more often but refuses to tell you the issue even under confidence? Does s/he seem to suffer from more than physical pains that you cannot see? Sometimes common colds, flu, stomachaches are symptoms of stress.
Loss of motivation: Does your employee look less enthusiastic at work or when completing his usual duties?
Changes in social behavior in the workplace: Those who are sociable withdraw from their friends and colleagues. Those who used to be passive could become aggressive and outspoken all of a sudden.
Incomplete duties or tasks: Depression sometimes results in memory loss. Is your employee forgetting some project deadlines or fails to accomplish assigned duties on time?
Fatigue, tiredness, excessive yawning: Lethargy is one symptom of depression.
Increasing number of absent days for other reasons: Is your colleague taking more leave days than usual with increasing frequency, citing other reasons than sick leave? Or does s/he call in the morning with an excuse they could not arrive at work that day? This could flag a possibility of disinterest in work.
Most of the time, I’m Ms. Positivity. As my dad says, “It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.” That said, I’m feeling a bit surly today and want to share a few things that – put simply – annoy the heck out of me. Here goes:
Schoolyard bullies and the lack of consequences (in many cases) for their cruel behavior
Smiling at a stranger in passing and receiving an empty stare in return (come on people, is it really that hard?)
Arriving at a restaurant that’s nearly empty and – as my stomach growls – watching multiple customers who arrive significantly later being served first
People who assume baristas should automatically know their coffee preferences
Parents who are unduly short-tempered with their kids at the grocery store (children grow up fast; enjoy them while you can!)
Happily plopping down on the couch to watch a show I have “DVRd” and realizing that, because a football or basketball game has gone into overtime, only part of the episode was recorded (Nooooo!)
Rude customers during the holiday season
Coaches who berate young kids for losing games rather than providing a fun, supportive learning environment (way to be a role model)
Buyer’s remorse (did I really need that $15 lunch?)
The phrase, “I could care less.” Repeat after me: “I couldn’t care less.”
What ruffles your feathers? I hate that expression. Just kidding!
“I want to go back.”
Those words have echoed in my mind since I traveled to Wabash in early 2008 for a BizVoice® magazine story about business leader (and local legend) Richard Ford. Ford took me on a heartfelt tour of the city and the endeavors (many revolving around downtown revitalization and the arts) he passionately was steering.
Entrepreneurism is “in Ford’s blood.” His grandfather founded the Ford Meter Box Company – a manufacturer of water meter equipment located in Wabash with clients across the globe – and his great-grandfather was a Civil War surgeon who started a home-based physician’s practice in the area. Pretty cool.
“They want to go back.”
An accompanying BizVoice® story about downtown revitalization efforts featured restoration of the former Red Apple Inn, reborn on March 17, 2010 as Charley Creek Inn (Richard Ford founded the Charley Creek Foundation, which led the project). The historic building – which features elegant guest rooms, event planning accommodations and retail shops – has become a popular destination.
Satisfied customers earned the hotel a 2012 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:
Charley Creek Inn, a renovated boutique hotel, recently announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The award, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10% of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Congratulations Charley Creek Inn! Something tells me I’ll be seeing you soon.
Screeech! That’s me putting on the breaks as we enter – fast and furiously – the holiday season. Sure, there are presents to buy, goodies to bake and get-togethers to attend. But if I don’t slow down, the “magic” in the air will be overshadowed by lengthy to-do lists and an unflattering transformation into Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge himself.
A recent article from The Huffington Post provides tips on surviving “holiday hype.” One suggestion cautions against comparing past holidays with the current one. It’s good advice.
Growing up, my family always spent Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house. If I close my eyes, I can almost smell the rigatoni, roast and rolls she made for dinner. Waiting until 8 p.m. to open presents seemed like an eternity! I miss those days and will always cherish them. The good news is that the traditions I’ve started with my own family bring great joy and are just as treasured.
What’s your secret to beating the holiday blues?