Posts Categorized: Life

How to change things when change is hard

Posted & filed under Community, Life.

CAWOOD embraces change. We truly believe that small change adds up.
Maybe that’s why we like Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s new book Switch so much. Its subtitle gives more insight into what’s inside its cover: How to change things when change is hard.
Tell me you don’t know this axiom: “For things to change, somebody somewhere has to start acting differently.” Duh! Easy to say, but how do you make it happen? That’s what the Heaths talk about.
They suggest that […]

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The candy bowl dilemma

Posted & filed under Life, Office, Web.

In the heart of the CAWOOD office, just outside the art department, we have a lounge area named Dream Central. And in this Dream Central sits a large fishbowl, known as the Candy Bowl.
Every office has one of these: filled with Tootsie Rolls and Starburst and Skittles and Hershey’s Kisses. Our bowl was filled to the brim with sugary goodness last November (right after Halloween), slowly emptying these past few months until little remained.
But then Easter arrived! And someone […]

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Sometimes, you just have to step up to the plate

Posted & filed under Community, Life.

Just about the time things slow down in my life they seem to pick back up again. We ended basketball season for two of my boys a few weeks back and we enjoyed the slower time spent at home.
And now, change is in the air… we just got calls from the coaches of two of my boys little league teams. And as it turns out I am co-coaching my oldest sons team. So needless to say, we’re going to be […]

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8-year-old boys with eyes the size of basketballs

Posted & filed under Advertising, Life.

This past weekend Carson, a boy on my son’s basketball team, celebrated his eighth birthday in style. He asked the boys on the basketball team to join him to watch the Harlem Globetrotters. The night began with a little pre-game entertainment. Globie, the mascot, came out with a pair of guys to liven the crowd and get everyone pumped up.
After a little audience participation and some laughs aimed at the participants’ expense, it was time for the game. The Washington […]

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Finding time for winter

Posted & filed under Advertising, Life.

I’ve found a new appreciation for winter and the outdoors that I had sort of forgotten I had. When I was in junior high, I started snow skiing. I loved the sport and I did it every year through college. I haven’t been on skis or on the mountains since, for many reasons that mostly involve time and money.
This past weekend, my wife and I took our kids to Santiam Pass to play in the snow and go tubing. We […]

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Thanks CAWOOD team

Posted & filed under Advertising, Life.

The CAWOOD staff inspire and delight me – every day! I’m so lucky to work with each of them. They reminded me of that with the perfect holiday gift. It’s a bas-relief of irises carved on a piece of basalt. I love natural things. I adore irises. And who, but me, knew my favorite stone is basalt.
So, this is a public thank you to them, but also a tribute to them. A company is only as strong as the passionate […]

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Lessons learned at age 8

Posted & filed under Advertising, Life.

When I was around 8-years-old, growing up in the Midwest, my parents became acquainted with a sweet, elderly woman, who as far as I know had no family close by. Once a week, we would pile into our VW bus and putter across town to see her.
In the spring, my parents plowed and planted a garden in her slopping backyard. During those hot, humid summer months, mom and dad pulled weeds, watered vegetables and spent time visiting with her – […]

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Making Connections

Posted & filed under Life, Social Media.

My husband and I had an old friend from out of town over for a beer the other night. Not a super-blogworthy activity, you’re thinking, but how it came about is pretty remarkable, at least to me.
We haven’t seen our friend, Richard, face-to-face in nearly 25 years. He’s not even really my friend to begin with – my husband hung out with him during a brief period in high school. And like many short, intense friendships at that age, they […]

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It might make sense to live in a bubble

Posted & filed under Advertising, Life.

It’s official: the season of sickness has reared its ugly head in my family. I received a call from the elementary school today to inform me that I had a sick child who needed to be picked up. It’s not the worst thing the school could call me about, but it means the beginning of cold and flu season in our household.
I was in denial, really. Throughout the week, we had a few kids with coughs and even one with […]

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Restaurant honeymoon

Posted & filed under Advertising, Life.

You might notice that I talk about food a lot, but I can’t help myself. Do you have a favorite restaurant, or one you’ve thought about going to? I do. The problem is this: each time I go, I begin to think it might not be the best choice. The prices are high and the food is beginning to taste, well, so-so. The honeymoon, it seems, is coming to an end.
The more I go, the less wonderful it becomes. I […]

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