Behind-the-scenes advice for busy professionals,
courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

Author: michael

  • reconnected with an old friend.

    A guy I went to high school with – I haven’t seen or talked to him since. But in reading an article about college commencement speakers the other day, it turns out he was one of them this spring. (Yes, he’s gone further in life than I; thanks for pointing that out.) So I sent…

  • almost made a mistake.

    Believe me, I’m as surprised as you are. But it happens. I was about to send a client a preview of a newsletter I had written. It had the word “basis” when I meant to write “basics.” Spellchecker missed it. Grammar-checker missed it. But, since I always proofread out loud, and even though my eyes…

  • made a cup of coffee.

    Well, sort of. I set the entire thing up in my one-cup coffee maker, pushed the start button, and left the room. I came back two minutes later to see the coffee running onto the floor. I had neglected to put a cup beneath. In this case, doing 90% of the job has no value. Either…

  • left my phone in the car. Again.

    I bought a new car in January. Among its many fun features is its ability to charge your phone wirelessly. You simply place it in the little cubbyhole beneath the dash and it happens. As someone whose mantra is, “Never pass up an opportunity to charge your phone or to pee,” I’m sure you can understand the appeal…

  • was gifted a vanilla bean scone.

    As far as I can tell, a mini vanilla bean scone is the lowest calorie, least life-shortening item on the Starbucks menu. So when I visit once or twice a week, if I’m looking for a treat, that’s my go-to. Occasionally, the woman who seems to be in charge will slip a second scone into…