Zoning’s New Important Role in Post-Pandemic Expansion

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A Frigid Day in February

It started on a frigid day in February. My husband went to the post and found a letter about The Neighbor’s wishes to renovate their home. “I’ll take a look at it,” he yelled as he drove away, “probably nothing to worry about.” We have received many notices of this kind growing up on the East End, and they have always been respectful, well thought-out plans that considered our well-being as neighbors. We fully trusted the system, and were open to being as helpful and reasonable as possible. …


What do you need to tell the world?

There has never been a more important time for companies to be there for their customers than today. Amid Covid concerns, and in the wake of social justice reforms brought on by the #BLM movement, clients and customers are looking for good information to make the best decisions possible for themselves, their families and our world.

People also want to know that the companies they are doing business with care about important social issues, such as equality and sustainability, and are prepared to invest for the betterment of all people. …


Herbert G. Butzke, 1934–2017

It started as a low hum. A slow kind of rumble that seemed to come directly from the depths of the earth — or the heights of heaven. You couldn’t really tell which. Whoever was the luckiest, whoever heard the slow growl first, got to (with great pride) scream, “Wait! Shush!” That one directive could silence an entire crowd of people. From our perch on the mountain, on my Grandmother’s farm, we stopped — silent. We listened. We watched. Could it be what we had been waiting for? Was it finally time for that toppling, terrifying trip? Is was!

It…


I have been intrigued by a flurry of news stories popping up in the Blockchain space recently, pondering if in fact Blockchain technology is going to revolutionize the exchange of value and data at scale — or not. Articles, like American Banker’s, ‘Don’t believe the hype: There are no good uses for Blockchain’. The article quotes several use cases, and their progress to date, as evidence to lay its claim. While it may sound logical at first glance, the argument does not hold water when you dig deep and analyze other available evidence presented below:


The Duel is finally over. Guns have been lowered. Smoke, cleared. And what unveils itself is a perfect draw. A mutual recognition that the opponent, once thought of as the foe, deserves respect for their unique strengths and valuable contributions. FinTechs and Financial Services Institutions (FSIs) have lastly, and irrevocably, come to understand that the future is not about ‘displacement’ or ‘replacement’ — it’s about collaboration.

Now collaboration is a very over-used word, as we all know. But in this case, the reality that traditional financial institutions and new entrant start-ups must work with, and learn from, each other to…


Why NOT Staging is NOT an Option, in the Post-Covid Real Estate Market

For many of us, the Covid Crisis has been a time of reflection. We are reflecting on our gifts, like family and friends, on our life choices, like school and job — and we’re reflecting on our homes, and our personal spaces. For many, especially urban dwellers, the seriousness of the Corona Virus is enough to consider a move to areas with less population density. …


There has never been a more important time for companies to be there for their customers than today. Amid Covid concerns, and in the wake of social justice reforms brought on by the #BLM movement, clients and customers are looking for good information to make the best decisions possible for themselves, their families and our world.

People also want to know that the companies they are doing business with care about important social issues, such as equality and sustainability, and are prepared to invest for the betterment of all people. …


The Mysterious Case of Increased Kindness

The overall amount, the sheer volume, of ‘giving’ going on globally right now has never come close to being paralleled. The onslaught of new needs brought on by The Corona Virus, and new levels of compassion and community brought on by the fight against police bruitality in the face of George Flyod’s death, is pushing already lofty charitable statistics into unknown territory.

Last year Americans gave over $440 billion to Non-for Profit organizations — and the giving is not gearing up to stop. Charities can expect overall growth of 4.8 percent this year, and another 5.1 …


When I think about Tom, I think about the fact that he never stopped believing in love. And that he never stopped being in love. And that he never stopped showing love.

When I think of my own father — and so many of our fathers — I think about men who really were forced into a very 50’s type role — but Tom broke those molds. …

Bethelle Desmond

Chief Storyteller, Fascinated by Strategy, Content, Storytelling — and the Future of Business.

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