Business Casual Archive

Title Issue
Right Here in Decatur

Right Here in Decatur

In the process of becoming a destination and a desirable place to live, Decatur has chosen to embrace diversity, maintain a good school system, do some serious civic planning and keep its downtown looking spiffy.

November 2006
Out Of Season

Out Of Season

Fall is going by in its usual blur. One day you’re taking a wool sweater out of a plastic bag and the next thing you know, someone is reminding you how many shopping days are left before Christmas.

October 2006
Entering A Technology-Free Zone

Entering A Technology-Free Zone

It was the 9-to-5er's equivalent of a dark and stormy night - a gray and chilly morning - technically spring, but feeling a whole lot like winter. The office was icy and dank. Our heating system was in rebellion. Not working.

September 2006
The Trouble With Harry

The Trouble With Harry

It's not surprising that a Gwinnett mother was trying to force the school system to remove the Harry Potter books from school library shelves because she believes the books run counter to her Christian beliefs. It's not even especially surprising that she admits she has not read the books. Troubling, but not surprising.

June 2006
Decor and Decorum

Decor and Decorum

The best office I ever had was a small architectural jewel with a real fireplace; but it was physically removed from the people I needed easy access to and often eerily quiet. It should have been a great place to get work done, but it wasn't. It was just too isolated.

May 2006
You Call That a Pork Chop?

You Call That a Pork Chop?

When I worked for a magazine that was owned by a big corporation headquartered in New York, the HR office would send someone down once a year to explain changes in benefits and give us a chance to ask questions.

April 2006
Fueling the Debate

Fueling the Debate

Last September, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I was happy to find an out-of-the-way station selling gas for $3.05 per gallon. Barely three months later, I paid $1.90 a gallon at my regular station and felt foolishly grateful for the lower price.

March 2006
Nonproblems, Nonsolutions

Nonproblems, Nonsolutions

It's hard to figure why some relatively tame topics become flashpoints (anybody remember the fluoridation flap?) and some things you'd expect to provoke an outcry (skyrocketing heating oil prices, for instance) don't stir much interest.

February 2006
Blowing Your Own Horn

Blowing Your Own Horn

On a good day, I can drive downtown from my office in Norcross in about 25 minutes; but this was not a good day. I was running late, on my way to a luncheon gathering at the World Congress Center with several hundred other people.

January 2006
Milking the Cobra

Milking the Cobra

A particularly memorable experience with the Marlon Perkins Theory of Effective Management Delegation (so named by a copy editor I worked with) occurred when a former boss signed me up to accompany him on a speaking engagement to a prison journalism class at the San Francisco City Jail.

December 2005
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