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Archive for March, 2012

Living Large.

Friday, March 30th, 2012

So, you’re a big fish in a small pond, eh? ‘Or a small fish in a big pond? ‘Does it really matter? ‘Think about it . . . the small fish lives lavishly in a bodacious pond whiling away his day or’the big fish commands the small pond as king. ‘Guess it all depends on your perspective . . . .
Shot on an iPhone, no manipulation, by Jon Keeling.

Pet Food: What’s Your Dogma?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Pet food takes up enormous real estate on the store shelves of leading grocery chains, and if you’re a dog owner, sifting through the options can be overwhelming. Wet or dry? Young or mid-range life stage? Which conditions ‘ weight control, sensitive skin ‘ does my pup have? And now, the latest all-natural pet food craze has presented owners with another decision to weigh: organic, locally sourced and produced, or standard mass-produced?

Marion Nestle (not related to Nestle Global), a renowned expert who has authored several expos’s on the (human) food industry has also delved into demystifying the politics, marketing and science behind the $18 billion pet food industry with her book Feed Your Pet Right. According to Nestle, the junk that winds up in our dog’s food has serious consequences on their quality of life.’ And since the catastrophic 2007 pet food recall, there’s been a huge spike in interest about what to feed our pets. While home made pet food is most ideal (see Nestle’s own recipe or check out Findlay Market’s Pet Wants), Nestle has these tips for owners wanting to feed their pooches right:

  • Look for the words ‘complete and balanced’ on the package. That’s code for meeting all the nutritional standards set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) ‘ the non-regulatory agency that sets the pet food standards.
  • Only focus on the first five ingredients on the ingredient list; after that, the ingredients are so small, they are inconsequential. The first five should be real foods ‘ not wheat gluten or something that doesn’t sound like real food.
  • Buy organic, seasonal and locally grown (which can be found in commercial brands) but be prepared to pay more.

What do you think? What should we feed our pets?

The Queen City.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

To some, Cincinnati is an ordinary Midwestern city. ‘To those who have spent any time here, and have travelled enough to know better, Cincinnati
is a pretty cool place. ‘It’s not too big, it’s not too small; ‘arts and culture here rivals much larger cities; and living — the actual everyday of it — is low-stress’and enjoyable. ‘Not a bad place to call home.
Shot from The Celestial in Mt. Adams on an iPhone using an Instagram Filter by Ashley Youkilis

Workplace Diversity (And Not the Kind You Think)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The term ‘generation gap’ was first coined in the 1960s when gaping differences between the WWII’s Silent Generation and its Baby Boomer offspring challenged the way they lived and worked together. In the workplace, generational gaps are an ever-evolving source for potential tension, and the present-day gap between Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials is no exception.

In 2009, a survey by Lee Hecht Harrison found that 60% of Baby Boomer employers were experiencing difficulty with their younger employees. But the gap goes two-ways: While 70% of older workers are dismissive of Millennials and their abilities, fully 50% of younger workers are dismissive of what their older counterparts have to offer. What gives?

According to Psychology Today, Generation X is made of hard-working former latch-key kids who believe work and family are to be separated entirely. They are skeptical, pragmatic and practical, self-reliant, independent and individualistic. Generation Y, or Millennials, on the other hand, have high demands and even higher expectations. They want to work for companies that are socially responsible and they want a balanced life, even if it means blending their work and home lives. As Generation X moves into management, they are faced with the challenges of relating to and making the most of their younger workforce.

Today, smart leadership is getting it right by aligning job duties and expectations with the values shared by Generation Y’ers ‘ in effect, boosting productivity, lifting morale, and turning the generational gap into a profitable dynamic. Consider these options:

  • Flexibility: more and more workplaces are allowing employees to work where and how they want.
  • Volunteer: Large corporations have adopted programs that allow employees opportunities for social contribution.
  • Mentors: As a means of sharing those varying values, some companies have introduced intergenerational mentoring.

Lights on.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Ordinary is so vanilla, yet vanilla can be so exotic. ‘Textures, colors and perspective create a powerful combination for extraordinary in the right frame of mind.

Shot on an iPhone and color enhanced, by Rick Painter