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Last week, MNB took note of a CNBC reports that Sears is testing a new retail idea - putting a “pint-sized Kmart convenience shop … inside a larger Sears store.”

I commented:

Really? A Kmart inside a Sears is seen as an advantage? Or even an improvement?

This isn’t a turducken. This is more like a small turd being found inside a big turd. And trust me, there’s no pony to be found.


MNB reader Alan Finta wrote:

“Turducken”…great analogy!  Wish I would have thought of it…it’s dead on…



On another subject, from an MNB reader:

It was great to see you recognize the life of Charles Krauthammer. A voice that will certainly be missed in the discussions of the life of our nation. His voice was one of civility, humor, sarcasm, and great intellect that he shared succinctly.

The final sentence he shared in the letter he wrote to all of us completes the quote you shared. Ironically, while posed as a statement and the completeness of his life, I'd like to believe it was leaving us all a question. It read; "I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended”.

A question worth asking ourselves and maybe a good business question as well.

I highly recommend 'Things That Matter' if you haven't already read it. It is a treasure that he leaves us - a collection of his writing. Moreover, it is truly a journey through his life and his evolving thought shaped by events, knowledge, and wisdom, as well as, extraordinary observationalism.

And, yes to Charles, baseball mattered. It mattered to the extent that the Washington Nationals paused last night to recognize his life and devotion to the game.

Thanks for sharing his notable life ... 




And, from an MNB reader responding to last Friday’s OffBeat:

Great recap on the Paul Simon concert. I was there too.

I’ve been lucky enough to see him 5 times solo, and also saw him with Sting And saw him in the Old Friends tour with Art Garfunkel in 2005 (That was the favorite concert of my life.)

You nailed it when you mentioned how he lets his very talented band shine and have their moments. Very good “team” and I’m sure they feel very appreciated especially when he has tweaked the arrangements In many instances to make the song better and fresher.

It’s amazing that at the age of 76 he is still near the top of his game.


MNB reader Alison Petersen wrote:

Thanks for letting me re-live the Paul Simon experience through you, we saw him two weeks ago in Minneapolis.  He was a favorite of my Mom’s, and the Graceland album were the songs of my childhood, and still one of my favorite albums today. My husband and I got to go to the show with my brother and his wife, and though my Mom is no longer with us, I could hear her clapping along (off-beat) all night.  I had never seen him live before, but it was such a humbling experience to see how appreciative he is of everything he’s been able to do.  He had so much talent on that stage with him, I loved that the show was about the music, and not about the fanfare.  I felt like he was so ahead of his time in bringing so many different cultures into his music, it was really something to embrace.  Always good checking something off the bucket list!

Agreed. Mrs. Content Guy and I have been trying to see a number of performers are closer to the end of their concert careers than the beginning … folks like Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Billy Joel, James Taylor and Carole King. We’ve seen Bruce Springsteen, and in the fall we’ve got tickets for Elton John’s farewell tour.

By the way … if you’ve not seen the “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Paul McCartney, watch it now here. I can practically guarantee that it will make you happy.
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