Happy Birthday Buck!

Buck Wheat wafted into Stamford last week; the trip just long enough to say that she didn’t have time to stay!


The three-day slide through town just a day longer than the labor her mother endured to bring the girl to life!


Buck Wheat of course is the sobriquet of my daughter Miranda; THE name given in honor of her four-years as a Buckeye at THE Ohio State University.


Both my muse and jester, Buck Wheat turns 24 today.


Put Me in Coach!


“Not yet” said the attending physician as she completed her examination of the Buck’s mother-to-be.


“Go eat something spicy!” the doctor and nurses said. Sharing a wives’ tales thought to bring on labor.


Three-hours later we were admitted to a labor-and-delivery room. The nurses insisting it was the shrimp fra diavolo which had Baby Lipton looking to come out two-days ahead of schedule.


The birthing of each new soul is a miracle to someone and at 7:20 a.m., after a night with little rest from the labors, the Lipton family had its miracle.



And it’s first opportunity to extend Tremont Paint’s history into a fifth generation!


What’s in a Name?


The name Miranda is rooted in the Latin word mirandus, meaning admirable or wonderful. It was William Shakespeare who initially evolved the Latin mirandus into a name. Miranda entering the lexicon as Prospero's 15-year-old daughter in Shakespeare's, "The Tempest.”


Buck Wheat's given name first stroked, by history’s greatest pen!


In "The Tempest" Miranda was Shakespeare's representation of female virtue; the young girl known as loving, kind and compassionate. Her obedience to her father’s demands and willingness to subordinate her needs to those of her father would have been virtue to Shakespeare, the Elizabethan father of two girls.


And while Shakespeare might not recognize the independence and fortitude which this young lady processes as virtue, THE olde-fashion playwright would appreciate the modern Miranda's talents in the kitchen!


If he likes sushi.


Back to Work!


On Thursday I’ll have a new episode of Mark, My Words! THE Podcast up on my YouTube, Soundcloud and Apple pages as well as on my web site. This episode I'm joined by Grant Farnsworth of the Farnsworth group.


The Farnsworth Group continues to provided the best market research in the home improvement channel. The group’s data-driven approach providing dealers a look into the trends which are driving their current sales gains. Listen as Grant shares how long dealers can expect this trend to go on for.


Spoiler alert, keep trying to hire!


Some of you have emailed asking when I’ll have a new episode of Mark, My Words! In THE News?


It’s not just your counters which get slow during at the end of the year. News from around the industry slows as communications departments and c-suites effectively close for the holidays season.


The lull not generating enough content to warrant an episode. With the holidays behind us I have already started collecting news for a new episode of In THE News which I expect to have up on January 13th.


Happy Birthday Buck!













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