Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

11/05/14

Entrepreneurs can SCORE one for business

Networking at the annual Madison Chamber of Commerce dinner, I met a young entrepreneur named Matthew Starr, who has an interesting startup business called Rally Energy LLC. He makes caffeinated mints that provide a boost, especially in the early afternoon when we’re otherwise tempted to load up on coffee or soda to restore full powers of concentration.

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10/01/14

An ode to October, the most gorgeous month

Every year at this time, I vow to enjoy the month of October and not let those beautiful, cool, and crisp 31 days pass me by, and every year I allow myself to be buried inside with work and not take full advantage of the colorful splendor this month offers. This time, it will be different.

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09/02/14

How to reclaim your time

Got a minute? That’s the phrase that has launched millions of time-consuming interruptions in the workplace, a much more serious problem than most people think.

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08/01/14

Goyke all aboard MAD-CHI train service

When you’re a lawmaker turned lobbyist, it helps to have a passion for the things you lobby for. Gary Goyke has a passion for trains. While the prospective Madison-to-Chicago train service has many advocates, Goyke, 67, might well be the driving force behind it. He recently invited fellow travelers to get a sneak preview of the service as part of an Iowa Pacific excursion ride to Prairie du Chien, and I’d say he created a few rail romantics.

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07/02/14

Declaring my complete independence

Just days away from Independence Day, I’m declaring my independence — from party affiliation, from ideology, from just about everything. This position was not arrived at overnight. With apologies to Churchill and his famous quote about the wisdom of age, I offer this explanation: As a youngster with a heart, I began as an independent who leaned Democrat. As an adult with a head, I became an independent who leaned Republican. Now, aging into an irretrievable cynic, I’ve developed a profound distrust of both.

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