Pay It Forward Day

April 30, 2015

Today, April 30, is “Pay It Forward Day.” Started 2007, this international movement is celebrated each year on the last Thursday in April. With an overall goal to “make a difference and experience the true power of giving… one good deed at a time,” Pay It Forward Day hopes to inspire 5 million acts of kindness around the world this year.

How can you participate? Here are some ideas

  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Collect food for a local charity
  • Send a thoughtful card or email

It can be as simple as giving a compliment or letting someone else have the parking space you were hoping for.

For more information on Pay It Forward Day go to

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi

pay it forward day

Hippy Happy Birthday to the Hula-Hoop

March 5, 2015

Happy 52nd birthday to the Hula-Hoop, which was patented on this day in 1963. An instant hit, an estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in the first four months of production.

Inspired by an Australian toy, Hula-Hoop founders Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr named their version after the famed Hawaiian dance. They demonstrated their creation on the playgrounds of Southern California, and the rest is history.

Trivia fact: Wham-O, the company that produced the Hula-Hoop, also gave us the Frisbee, Superball, Silly String, Slip ‘n Slide and the Hack Sack.


hula hoop

It’s Beyond Cold…. Here Are Some Warming Thoughts

February 18, 2015

Tonight’s low? -8 degrees

Thursday’s high? 8 degrees

Halfway into a what’s looking like a week of snowy and extremely cold days, it’s easy to get a little down. Here are few encouraging thoughts that might help.

  • The average high in Greater Cincinnati one month from today is 55 degrees.
  • St. Patrick’s day is under one month away.
  • Over the course of the month of March, the length of the day increases 1.17 hours.
  • MLB Opening Day is 46 days away.

And… even in the midst of this miserable stretch of weather, there’s beauty to be found.

winter sunset

Presidential Presumptions

February 20, 2012

What if, in fact, the Father of Our Nation, George Washington, that fabled purveyor of apples, would have taken plastic? Mobile payments?

With access to today’s business tools, the original G.W. would have been a payments processing machine.

Apple sauce? Check.

ShippingSAME DAY??!!


Red, green, Red Delicious, McIntosh, Granny Smith, you name it – as well as apple cider, apple syrup, Appletinis (for the adults) and apple pancakes for those easy-like-Sunday-mornings.

According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s Washington’s birthday, not Presidents Day.

In lieu of a dearth of common-knowledge reasons why the United States takes today off, much less how to spell itPresident’s Day? Presidents’ Day? Presidents? Abraham Lincoln Day? George Washington’s Birthday? –  some have attempted to clear things up.

i.e. …

According to The Christian Science Monitor, it’s a possessive issue. This is Presidents’ Day, the day that belongs to multiple Presidents. Like their socks or something: Presidents’ Day.

However you celebrate it –

another option (from the Time Magazine Newsfeed) is Washington-and-Abraham Lincoln-and-Ronald-Reagan-to-boot-Day

… from OMEGA Processing to you, Happy Presidents Day!

AP Stylebook, of course.