Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 419 Streaming Digital Content Platforms Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 419

The new year started off with high hopes as news of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine became widely available and millions of Americans were preparing to be vaccinated. And while that project is ongoing for the foreseeable future, businesses are still struggling to keep afloat as the pandemic rages on and Corona variants are popping up worldwide. Until that time that we Americans feel truly safe to venture back out into the world, life will continue to Zoom for all...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 418 A New Beginning Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 418

inaugurate verb in·au·gu·rate | \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt  , -gə-ˌrāt \ inaugurated; inaugurating Definition of inaugurate transitive verb 1: to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies 2a: to dedicate ceremoniously: observe formally the beginning of inaugurate a new school b: to bring about the beginning of As English is my second language, I am always striving to learn new words and grammar usage. Today, January 20, 2021, is an historic day, just as it is every four years when a president is inaugurated in the United States. Today, many will celebrate, while others will be...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 417 Lessons Learned from My Grandkids Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 417

Over the years I have published quite a few of my newsletters and have dedicated  them to lessons learned from other thought leaders, lessons learned from women, lessons learned from my granddaughter, lessons learned from my Mom, lessons learned from my Dad, lessons learned from my clients, and lessons learned from running my business. Today I am dedicating my newsletter to the 10 lessons learned from my grandkids, Dafna (11), Liav (9), Hadar (5) and Bentley (9 months): True love...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416 Important Things Are Worth Fighting For Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416

As I sit writing this newsletter, I believe that the presidential election of 2020 will indeed be over, today. I can’t say this with complete certainty, but only with very high hopes. Voter rights, voter suppression, legal vs. illegal ballots have been the hot button topics of the last year and I, for one, am looking forward to a calmer and more peaceful year. But the struggles that many have faced for a place in line to register and vote...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416 2020 – The Year in Review Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416

One of my favorite reflection points is at year-end. It is the opportunity to review my accomplishments, key learning insights and course correction. As this challenging year comes to conclusion here are my learning insights which I have also shared in my weekly newsletters: January: Review your goals daily, commit and take the step by step action necessary towards your success. Identify the pillars of your life (i.e. family, business, finance, travel…) that ground you and make your journey meaningful,...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 415 Lost and Found Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 415

I was very excited about seeing the meteor shower, and the alignment of the planets to create the heavenly star of the winter solstice this week. But as happens here often in Cleveland’s long winter, the skies were completely opaque with clouds, and the phenomenon was hidden from us. The next occurrence will be in 2080, so I’ll just have to accept that unless Laurel agrees to have me frozen and defrosted, I won’t be seeing it then. I can’t...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 414 It’s Just a Number, Right Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 414

I’m going to be straight up honest with you. I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials lately reminding everyone it’s open enrollment period for Medicare recipients and on January 1, 2021, I will officially be a card-carrying member of the Medicare group. Though I’m not quite 65, it’s a real milestone for many of us, one that was always “out there”, but I never thought I was old or mature enough. Well, here I am reaching this milestone, and I’m...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 413 Putting It Together Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 413

Nearly 40 years ago I was a fresh out of college software developer. It was an exciting profession that keenly intrigued me and challenged my brain in ways that I never expected. Up until that time I had lived in Israel pursuing my musical career; practicing, performing and entertaining all over the country and dreaming of being a real rock star guitarist. But here in America, things really picked up as I soon began my own company developing software solutions...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 412 It Happens Every Single Year Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 412

It happens every single year. The lake effect snow that we Clevelanders know all too well, arrives with a vengeance and we act as if it’s a rare, unexpected occurrence, one for which we are wholly unprepared. We woke to a foot of overnight snow and sat, watching out the window, waiting for the snowplow to arrive to clear out the driveway. After the requisite call to the company, he finally arrived at 11 am, cleared the snow, only to...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 411 A Year to Remember. A Year to Forget. Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 411

I’m sure you read the online jokes when we changed our clocks to daylight savings time recently. No one wanted to add another minute to this year, let alone another hour. We witnessed a year of jobs lost, store shelves empty of basic necessities and food banks and Covid testing lines growing longer every day. We, along with the rest of the world, feared the unknown regarding the pandemic. Most of us can’t wait to begin 2021 with a slowdown...

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