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Life is Heald: Merry Christmas, but I cannot tell a lie, I have nothing for you
Published 12/18/2013 at 11 a.m.
When I saw this column was coming out right before Christmas, I thought it would be a great time to tell a Christmas story. Then I realized I don't have a Christmas story. Not a single "Ralphie" in all my ...
Life is Heald: Captain's log: Over the river and through the woods
Published 12/04/2013 at noon
Kevin took his family to Georgia for Thanksgiving and apparently forgot to write a column, so he sent us his travel log instead. Oh, and at some point, he apparently became captain of the Starship Enterprise.
Life is Heald: A cavity search finds water the root canal of all evil
Updated 11/21/2013 at 2:16 p.m.
I grew up in the Country Club of Naples. My father still lives in my childhood home, despite my repeated warnings that any day now, when this "Life is Heald" stuff explodes, he's gonna be calling the folks at Graceland ...
Life is Heald: Reminiscing about my three bowls of soup at Gator Growl
Published 11/06/2013 at 2:08 p.m.
It's homecoming at my alma mater this weekend, the University of Florida. Our football team is having a rough season and we could lose the game to Vanderbilt on Saturday. This might've been the year to schedule Gloria Vanderbilt instead.
Life is Heald: A fashionable tale to prove a Happy Meal is not necessarily bad for your heart
Published 10/23/2013 at 11:17 a.m.
Our twin sons were born a month early and spent five days in the hospital learning how to eat before we were allowed to bring them home.
Life is Heald: Statistically speaking, I'm ready to pull a double van Gogh
Published 10/09/2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Remember Howard Cosell. Yes? Sorry. No? You're lucky.
Life is Heald: When heaven smelled like hell, I (hazmat) suited up in search of the satanic scent
Published 09/25/2013 at 12:32 p.m.
Every summer, we go up and visit my Dad at his home in the north Georgia mountains; a heavenly place where the ratio of Mother Nature to asphalt is a million to one.
Life is Heald: Years ago today I was born: 51; place most people think I was born: Area 51
Published 06/05/2013 at 2 p.m.
Today, Friday, June 7th, is my 51st birthday. If you are just now reading this, even the most math-challenged among surely realizes you have zero shopping days left, so read fast.
Life is Heald: Do I think the old guys can play softball? It sort of Depends
Published 04/17/2013 at 11:33 a.m.
Last week, I told of ending my church league softball career when a teammate started showing signs of Satan, and my subsequent move to senior league softball. We pick up on my first day, where I remain skeptical of the ...
Life is Heald: When the door to church league softball closes, will the senior league be open to Moses?
Published 04/08/2013 at 2:31 p.m.
As most of the world, and the Church League Softball Hall of Fame selection committee, surely knows, I was most recently a member of three consecutive championship teams. Hallelujah, anyone?
Class Notes: Amazing amount of holiday giving from our students and schools this year
Published 12/19/2013 at 1:26 p.m.
Those of us who work for Collier County Public Schools know just how fortunate we are to live and work in one of the best communities in the United States, if not the world.
Down to Business: Transform your business model and transform your profits
Published 12/18/2013 at 12:44 p.m.
Your business model has a significant and long term impact on your level of revenue and profits. Some business models begin with an idea, a "match is lit" and a business is born.
Money $marts: Where Denzel when you need him to put the breaks on this runaway train?
Published 12/18/2013 at 12:26 p.m.
"Unstoppable" is a well-executed tense movie starring Denzel Washington as a veteran railroad employee who, along with a trainee, Chris Pine, try to stop an unmanned runaway 75 mph train.
Now, Maybe, Finally: Business presentions and the question-and-answer segment
Published 12/17/2013 at 2:41 p.m.
There are many parts to making a good solid, content-based, heart-centered business presentation, sales presentation or for any type of public speaking ... whether addressing a group, client or customer.
What's Up at Ave Maria: Talented residents publishing novels, creating games
Published 12/17/2013 at 1:02 p.m.
My husband and I sometimes receive calls from reporters in the national media planning do a story on Ave Maria and asking that we suggest people to interview.
The View From Planet Kerth: My good friend Jimmy Buffett and I hate name-droppers
Updated 12/17/2013 at 1:02 p.m.
I hate name-droppers, don't you? You know the kind of guy I mean — he has some meaningless brush with a person of some fame, and for the next year or so he finds a way to drop the famous ...
Money $marts: Some truths about income inequality
Published 12/11/2013 at 12:21 p.m.
President Barack Obama gave a speech the other day before a planned receptive audience declaring income inequality to be "the defining challenge of our time."
Around Town: New senior housing development going up in East Naples
Published 12/10/2013 at 3:40 p.m.
A new senior housing development is being constructed on Rattlesnake Hammock Road and County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard) called Discovery Village Naples, built by the same developer and to the same high quality as its sister communities, Aston Gardens.
Heart to Heart: How can I brush off this bully's mean words and threats?
Updated 12/11/2013 at 12:09 p.m.
Dear Laurie, I encountered a bully who poured their rage upon me, called me derogatory names and threats. I'm left in the wake of this person's mean spirited and emotionally abusive energy.
The View From Planet Kerth: Vrooming toward thanks on the blackest day of the year
Published 12/09/2013 at 2:09 p.m.
This Thanksgiving evening — the turkey eaten, the dishes washed, the football game on and the tryptophan kicking in — my wife smiled and gave me the "vroom-vroom" sign.
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