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THE ART OF BUSINESS AND INSURANCE

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  When you think of all the things that go into the art of successful business, you seldom think of Insurance. In fact, few people even like the subject.  Insurance though can play a pivotal role in your business success. Not having the right insurance can be a roadblock. With proper insurance coverage in place, you differentiate your firm in the market place. You not only protect your company, but also make it easy to do business with you. The gig market place moves quickly and is highly competitive. Having insurance in place gives you a leg up on securing opportunities. This might take the form of a choice lease, winning a contract or attracting the right strategic partner. In short, proper insurance shows you have your act together.  Not all insurance though is created equal. The simple general liability policy (bodily injury and property damage) may not fully protect you. This is especially true if you are a designer, consultant, recruiter, project manager, coach or programer. You

BEACON

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  I walked by it each day. It was like a beacon for me looking back at the city. I knew I would move there as soon as I could. Look from its windows watching the city grow as I would....

END OF LINES

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  They seemingly appear out of nowhere, iconic in their simplicity and design. Box hotels at the far reaches of a city where existing lines end and new development is underway.  Here utility crews laying new lines stay for weeks, salespeople eyeing new clients and architects all mix. The salesman envying the utility workers who knew each day what their job would be. The utility worker envying the salesman for the freedom they had and the architect lost in their dreams. They would go out to make a new market each day. Always returning for another night at the end of the lines. David Young

CAR WASH

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  You always enter a car wash with a certain trapadation. Will my car make it, will I be safe. There is no escape. You suspect that among the whirling brushes, shaking and streaming water there are things you don’t want to know about. Things that will cause dents in you perfect life. Things that might sweep you away. You worry and worry about these things, until it lets you go.....

WANDERING BRUSH

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  I have never been able to settle on a painting style I could call my own. Peter, a friend of mine and great artist, once told me that to be successful you have to develop a style that is recognized as your work. Paintings that galleries can line up side by side. The gallery goers seeing the artist in each and every one. He painted beautiful abstracts of life. Galleries clamored for his work.   He once warned me though, “Your success can trap you.” Shortly after that, Peter stopped painting and disappeared for a time. Some said it was a marketing ploy to make his work more valuable. I knew he was wandering seeking himself again.  Years later he reappeared and started painting, but never the same. So I clean my brushes carefully and try to paint again. My brush still wants to wander and try new things. Maybe it’s all the techniques and colors that confuse me. Maybe, painting success and greatness will alway allude me. Maybe it’s the echo of my friend’s wisdom…

DREAMLAND WALLS

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  A truism is that you should never travel to the South without first learning of its history. If you don’t, you will miss all that it’s about and never understand the people who live there. The South in many ways is a land of dreams. Ones rebuilt over and over again. The walls of town buildings reflect unspoken history. Walls usually made of brick, but never uniform. Different types of brick and colors all mashed together. The walls do not speak, but have tales to tell. Stories about invading armies from afar and the North, burning of towns, rebuilding, the restoration, burning again, of great textile plants, then town deaths, then the long waiting for the rebirth again. I once walked the streets of Chester, South Carolina, stopping to watch the demolition of a building that sat in the middle of a city block. “Dreamland” appeared on the side of the newly exposed wall of the adjacent building. The building once full of flickering film and small plays, wall paintings of attendees still

DALTON STREET WINDOWS

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 DALTON STREET WINDOWS Even in the most difficult times, Beauty can be found .... (warehouse windows on Dalton Street, Charlotte NC)