Toto and Men's Clothing

  Back when I was just a young whipper-snapper working at my first tech startup in Kansas, I heard me some real wisdom from the locals. Like at the supermarket a nice lady once asked, “Would ya like to try…

The season of giving

The holiday season is upon us, and here at Hartford Manor that means Mrs. Hartford cooking up some of the most delicious, diet-stomping sweets this side of the Mississippi. It also means shopping for Xmas gifts for family and friends….

Bald corn is best

Summer is upon us. Here at Hartford Manor that means outdoor BBQ, complete with cold watermelon, potato salad and corn-on-the-cob. Mmmm. The age-old problem with corn-on-the-cob is, of course, those leftover bits of corn hair (otherwise known as silk) from…

Getting the most out of breakfast

If you enjoy cereal, as I do, you know the dilemma of the last bowl. It’s morning, and as you pickup the cereal box, you realize this bowl is going to be the last one. Not a problem in and…

Money, money, money

At a very tangible level, the money you make can be thought of as how well you’re playing the game of capitalism. But more profoundly, I believe your monetary wealth simply reflects your beliefs and habits regarding money. Some people…

Avoiding the "news"

Despite the advent of the Internet, many people still turn daily to traditional news outlets, be it television, newspaper, or otherwise, to find out what’s going on in the world. These news companies make money by selling advertising, so the…

Relieving road rage

When I was a young lad in a snazzy sports car, I often drove a bit above the speed limit and had very little patience for those I saw as being in my way. Situations sometimes escalated, and no good…

Save on monthly bills

I’m definitely not the world’s best negotiator, but I have found a simple process you can use to save money on cable TV, high-speed Internet, telephone and other services. It’s not that difficult or time-consuming, but it does require you…

Stars and better habits

Not sure if this is what the kids are doing these days, but back when I was in grade school, a good deed resulted in a shiny gold star sticker next to our name on the wall. Competition, be it…

Attention men

There’s nothing quite so distracting as talking with someone when they’ve got something gross going on. To avoid causing embarrassment, the foul often goes uncalled. It takes a special relationship to be able to tell someone flat out, “You’ve got…