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12 06, 2015

Here’s How I’d Fix Twitter

2016-06-09T13:40:30-05:00June 12th, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Reviews, Social Media, Twitter|

For most of you that only know me as The Product Poet, who loves branding and haiku, while writing about products, charities, travel and food, let me just say that there is more to me than meets the eye.  For over the past three plus years I have managed to send out nearly 73,000 [...]

2 06, 2015

An Open Letter to Adrian Peterson

2015-06-02T18:08:41-05:00June 2nd, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Social Media|

Dear Adrian, Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. What can I say besides, “What were you thinking?” As I was driving in to my office this morning, I was listening to KFAN 100.3 FM in Minneapolis and I heard the news today, oh boy, of your attempt to salvage your career on the football field you have decided [...]

2 06, 2015

My New Blogging Milestone

2015-06-29T08:43:19-05:00June 2nd, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews, Social Media|

Over the past several months as I have begun to publish and write more here on, in the month of May I reached a new milestone for myself as a writer slash blogger slash poet. To some, this might not seem like a huge milestone, but for me it was something I have [...]

1 06, 2015

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

2019-09-08T16:42:54-05:00June 1st, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews, Social Media|

My 11-year-old lad recently came home from school proclaiming that he was about to have “The Talk” during his health class at his elementary school. At first I was like, “Hold, up. That’s my job,” but then I realized that “The Talk” they were going to have was not about the birds and the [...]

30 05, 2015

An Open Letter to Delta Airlines

2018-08-14T09:34:30-05:00May 30th, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Poetry, Reviews, Travel|

Dearest Delta Airlines, First of all I need to apologize to you for taking such a long time to write you this letter. Second, I've noticed that you have worked relatively hard to change our relationship over the years and while I still fondly remember the days of Northwest Airlines, I've noticed a significant [...]

18 05, 2015

What is Anticipatory Grief?

2019-10-07T13:08:26-05:00May 18th, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings|

As I have previously written about, I'm not just a poet who loves branding and haiku. Although I am currently in the "C-suite" as an executive/board advisor of multiple companies, many, many years ago I worked in the Death Care industry. Say what? The Death Care Industry? Yes, the Death Care Industry is [...]

3 05, 2015

7 Ways to Digitally Protect Yourself

2015-05-14T16:43:24-05:00May 3rd, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews|

For my non-poetic day job, I recently had the fortunate enough opportunity to attend a “Cyber Security” seminar from my “Cyber Security” insurance brokers. While I didn’t have enough time to stay for the panel presentations of insurance brokers and lawyers, what I was really interested in hearing was the presentation by Michael Bazzell [...]

30 04, 2015

The Case for The First Digital Poet Laureate

2017-09-15T08:45:05-05:00April 30th, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Social Media, Twitter|

Today is April 30th, 2015. To some this is merely another Thursday before a Friday; however for some, April 30th marks the last day of National Poetry Writing Month. For many poets, including myself, it meant following along daily writing prompts, mainly disseminated through social media sites, such as Twitter or Facebook. My month [...]

27 04, 2015

7 Great Yoga Poses

2019-09-10T09:47:53-05:00April 27th, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews, Social Media, Twitter|

Well folks, I did it. I somehow managed to overcome my fears of heading into the Lifetime Fitness yoga studio for two weeks in a row. As mentioned in my post last week, Dear Yoginis: I am Sorry, in the past five years I had managed to try yoga only a handful of times, [...]

23 04, 2015

Here’s how I measure Social Media ROI: Return on Poetry.

2017-09-15T08:45:21-05:00April 23rd, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Reviews, Social Media, Twitter|

For those of you that follow me on Twitter (not so subtle hint to follow me here), many of you know that I love to send out a tweet to effectively measure my own “Return on Poetry.” What I mean by Return on Poetry is in the world of social media, many companies find [...]

21 04, 2015

Dear Yoginis: I Am Sorry

2019-09-10T09:54:05-05:00April 21st, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews|

Some say that the in order to move on from an uncomfortable situation, the healing process begins when you have reached acceptance. Another step in this healing process is apologizing to those that you feel you have wronged over the years. So step one: I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll never be a yogini [...]

4 04, 2015

Choosing a College

2019-09-10T17:18:18-05:00April 4th, 2015|Featured Post, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews|

After nearly nine months of research, applications, admissions and college visits, yesterday my eldest lad confirmed his enrollment at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Although he still has about six weeks left of high school, yesterday was a very emotional day for myself and my spouse as the realization that our son is about to leave the house for the first time on his...

28 03, 2015

A Goodbye Letter To LinkedIn

2017-09-15T08:45:42-05:00March 28th, 2015|Featured Post, Musings, Products, Reviews, Social Media|

Dear LinkedIn, I know this may sound like a cliché, but it’s not you it’s me. Over the past two and a half years, I have enjoyed connecting with you and meeting your new friends, but today I feel violated that you suddenly do not believe that our relationship was real. Although I’ve professed my love to you and written you a lot of...

4 03, 2015

The Art of Unfriending on Facebook

2018-08-14T09:23:31-05:00March 4th, 2015|Facebook, Last Post, Musings, Products, Reviews, Social Media|

When it comes to social media, some might say that in real life I am anti-social. My non-poetic, non-anonymous self has a total of 31 friends on Facebook and 14 followers on Twitter, as compared to approximately 10,000 "Likes" on my Facebook author page and over 150,000 followers on Twitter. Since I am rather social on social media as my fictitious character...