Saving energy was a topic Jim Thompson discussed a few weeks back. With fuel prices at record lows, it seems a weird time to discuss saving energy. But back in the day, when Union Camp was an entity in the 70s and 80s, the company leadership were geniuses at forecasting the paper industry fortunes six months to a year in advance. It seemed when everyone else was doing one thing we were doing another. And some time later, our approach was usually proven the best.
I’ve been working with kids preparing for the ACT/SAT for over 10 years. Through this time, I’ve come to some conclusions. I hope you find them of interest.
And how will all this affect the pulp, paper, and package industry?
I'm convinced kids should learn to drive as early as possible in order to develop the muscle memory for routine tasks behind the wheel. Also, we should put our kids in the safest vehicles we can afford. These may or may not be the coolest ones on the road. Probably not.
This week, Jim Thompson wrote on a subject that consumed my working life for many years - energy costs. Our mill had tried many "way out" ideas in an effort to reduce the cost of energy. These included burning petroleum coke, reclaimed oil, railroad ties, and of course coal, bark, sawdust, and even farm wastes...
The kindness of strangers is gratefully received by the recipient, but the doing of kind deeds is also a great teaching moment for young people.
The other day one of my church colleagues handed out a paper. He said he printed on two sides to save trees. Some hot air dryers in bathrooms have a similar tree saving statement. I chuckled because it's like saying you're not eating corn to save a corn plant.
Jim Thompson recently wrote about officials who make dumb statements in public because of emotional responses. I try--notice I said try--always to keep myself control and to do things on purpose. If I'm angry, I respond purposefully with a goal in mind.
I've drunk coffee for so long that if I quit, my body would go into a coma, I'm sure. There! I've confessed it and feel relieved. Having done so, I now feel compelled to write about something that bugs me: the economics of coffee consumption.
Selling stuff on the internet sounds like a good idea. Cash for your unused things right? Well I've been an amateur seller for years and have found that while some people may make significant money in this endeavor, I'm not one of them.
Are we not facing moving and shifting economies which create centers of capitalism today where there were empty fields yesterday?
The leader of this publication, Jim Thompson, recently wrote about a shaving product he enjoyed buying. This week at school the journalism class is being taught how to ask for ads for the yearbook as a fundraiser. Not connected? In a way they are and the connecting words are "customer service."
Some personal observations on used cars, reports and discrepancies...
Don't feel badly if you have trouble dealing with your iPhone or tablet. Instead, surround yourself with friends who are good at it and they will help you through it. And if you are a grandparent, tell your kids you want invitations to activities but not to get concerned if you occasionally decline.
I am so tired of crazy TV ads. Over half (by my unofficial count) are for prescription drugs. Some ads are entertaining, but not these...
One of the interesting facts about technology is that hardware is always ahead of the software behind it...
Things weren’t always easy, but life was a lot simpler
Reporting on the weather, the Olympics and the Ukraine
It is so easy for us to sink into the feeling that America (The United States of America, that is) is going downhill at an increasingly rapid rate. But whenever I get into a funk about the US, I just read some history and realize how far we've come...
But like leading edge technology today that is prohibitively expensive, trickle down technology will eventually reach you and me in the form of advances in what we can buy and use...
Cheering a little harder and paying off bills...
What a week – politics, football and kids. Three subjects we can really get hyped up about...
The Bible has many stories about animals, but the one we emulate most is the shepherd and one lost sheep. Even with 100 sheep, the owner goes after the one that’s lost...
A recent trip reminded me of my friends still in this business who are consultants, or in plainer terms, on their own. Getting somewhere, anywhere, isn't cheap...
Mr. Thompson is writing about maintenance this month. One of the good things we did in the “maintenance area” was give operators some diagnostic tools and training. ... One benefit, other than reducing emergencies, lowering downtime and costs, and improving operating efficiency, was that the operators had the ability to make a visible difference in the reliability of the operation.