Friday, June 13, 2008

Getting Settled

Today marks one week we have been in our new home... and we are almost settled.
Here is a little taste of the progress we have made:

Bruce, still working. We aren't sure the man ever stops...

Rob's office, looking quite organized.

My office, neat for the first time.

Katy's desk (notice the Cleveland sports representation on the bulletin board!)

Ah, the conference room. Soon you will be organized like the rest of the office!

We are just about all settled in and now are welcoming visitors to have the tour of our new space. Feel free to stop by to see the new Felber & Felber office!

Who, that, which?

Piggybacking off of my article on June 3rd, "Which "to" is it?" I have decided to keep these grammar lessons going. In writing, it is crucial to have correct word placement. There are many commonly misused words people use everyday not realizing what they are actually saying. A few of my favorites are below:

Accept vs. Except
Accept - a verb meaning to receive (ex: Dorothy will accept her award at the banquet this Friday evening.)
Except - a preposition or verb usually meaning excluding something (ex: I will take the house salad with everything except onions.")

Affect vs. Effect
Affect - a verb meaning to influence (ex: Tom had no idea losing his cellphone would have such an affect on him.)
Effect - a noun meaning result or a verb meaning to bring about (ex: My doctor said the worst side effect of this new medication is dry mouth.)

Principle vs. Principal
Principle - a noun meaning a basic truth or law (ex: The principle truth in the matter is the car still ran the red light and caused the accident.)
Principal - a noun meaning the head of a school or an organization, or a sum of money (ex: Our principal, Mr. Felber, was very involved in the neighborhood watch program. OR The principal on his bond is at least a quarter of a million dollars.)

Than vs. Then
Than - a conjunction used in comparisons (ex: Mark is taller than Brad.)
Then - an adverb denoting time (ex: The email is to be sent on Tuesday, then the fax on Friday.)

Who vs Which vs. That
Who - refers to a person (ex: Mary was looking for someone who would take her to the airport.)
Which - designates an item or feeling (ex: I have to drive to Florida in two weeks for work, which I don't mind because I enjoy driving.)
That - generally refers to things, may be used to refer to a group or class of people. (ex: Where is the Laker's defense that we heard so much about?)

Check back for more grammar hints!


It's not easy going green... Or is it? (Part II)

A few weeks back I gave simple ways to help the environment in your everyday life. So, what are some tips to help save the environment while you are at work?

  1. Be daring, go fax-less. Well, not entirely. Did you know you can now have desktop faxing and have those paper faxes now sent to your email instead of using paper? I urge you all to check this out.
  2. Think before you print. Do you really need to print off that email to show your coworker? If you find yourself pausing before you answer that question you may be guilty of it.
  3. Recycle. Bring a paper bag to work and encourage everyone you work with to recycle. For instance, did you know for every glass bottle recycled, we save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hours?

More green tips soon!


Chief Growth Strategist, Andy Birol

On Wednesday, June 11th I had the unique opportunity to witness Andy speak at the all Portage County Chamber Luncheon. Speaking to all five chambers was a personal record for Andy, and I was more than impressed with his style, delivery and business motivation. He has re-created his position as "Chief Growth Strategist" targeting the business owner who is looking to Get There.

For more information on Andy, please visit his website.