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Happy Halloween!

Last week our company celebrated Customer Service Week by welcoming visitors with hospitality and a little fun.  Each day our staff was invited to dress with a different theme in mind – one day was cartoon characters, one day was pajama day – you get the idea.  A good time was had by all, and it was a great way to let our hair down a little bit and to remember to enjoy one another.  I am constantly moved by the energy and morale that our staff has displayed all through this painful recession.

Things for me have been stretched pretty thin over the past few weeks with travel, work, and just keeping up the minimum housekeeping and blogging has fallen by the wayside for the moment.  But I HAVE been scanning my blog reader entries and Twitter accounts and am kind of overwhelmed with the data overload that comes from constantly reaching into the cyber void to see what there is to see.  There are ALWAYS posts, tweets, feeds, and comments flowing all around.  And, for me, the noise of it all is more than I can process for now.

Later this week I am travelling with my adult daughters to Utah to visit MORE adult children and play with some of my grandchildren.  That makes me VERY happy and I am looking forward to seeing babies, forests, and the wide open sky.  Without distraction all the noises run together, and all the issues of day to day business grow out of proportion and swamp our imagination and energy.  This isn’t news.  Although apparently no one (based on a futile Internet search) knows the origin of the expression “take time to stop and smell the roses” everyone knows what it means.

Along the way I will keep my eyes open for the ways that people communicate with or without printing!  I am not worried that I am going to miss the next great idea by leaving the cyber data alone for a while – if it IS the best new idea it will be repeated!  Enjoy the Trick or Treaters!

Cathie Cushing Duff

One of the third generation membership owners at Cushing, Cathie has been active in the organization since 1975. A graduate of the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) she attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Business. A Past President of the North Central Reprographic Association and International Reprographic Association, she has served on the ReproMAX Association and Chicago Family Business Council Boards. When not exploring print and digital communications, her passions are family, knitting and crocheting. Visit Cathie’s Google + profile.

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