A Warm Thank You

Posted in Printing Industry / Printing Products on June 30, 2013

Thank YouIt’s human nature; we all want to feel appreciated, we all want to feel that we are important to those we care about and respect. The warmest and most unique way I know to express your appreciation, sympathy, admiration, encouragement and thanks, is with a handwritten note.

Making time in your busy life to pen a few lines to a friend in a handwritten note, sealed inside a hand-addressed envelope, has the power to impress, or to caress, in a way no other form of communication can.

And don’t think these touches are lost on the young people in your life. Despite email, texting and social networking, mail that is written and addressed specifically to them is appreciated.

We have printed thousands of custom cards and envelopes for businesses, churches, non-profits and individuals, but (I can’t believe I’m writing this) handwritten notes don’t have to be on nice stationery. In fact, it can be fun to pen a note (perhaps including some witty comment) on a napkin, a popsicle stick, book of matches, or anything out of your junk or memory drawer that you can write on.

If you do choose to have note cards and envelopes printed, make sure your name and address (and logo if applicable) go on the flap, not the face of the envelope. If intended for business, please make logos and other branding subtle. Stick with standard sizes such as A7 and rich papers for a very personal feel.

More tips:

Don’t worry about your handwriting, just slow down when writing.

Keep it short and conversational.

Make it a habit. You will be well rewarded.

Warm regards,



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I Am the Human Resources Department

Posted in Human Resources / Printing Industry on June 15, 2013

HRToonOur companies are large enough (22 employees and growing) that we are constantly hiring, evaluating, motivating, and yes, occasionally even firing. It is time consuming and hard work but absolutely critical to our future success, so I do it myself.
Despite a rigorous hiring process, I sometimes (more often than I like) hire the wrong person, and that is discouraging.
But the favorite part of my job is when it works. When we hire a “star” who thrives on the challenge, appreciates our coworkers, and comes to work with a smile on their face and a song in their heart. It is such a joy to watch them blossom, gaining confidence and the respect of coworkers.
I can’t take the credit because many of our “stars” were here long before I arrived, but it is so rewarding, a lot of fun, and such an honor to be part of our great employee group.
I hope you are already a member of our PPI family but, if not, I hope you have the opportunity to get to know us. You’ll be warmly welcomed.


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My Son, the Bleeding Heart Liberal!

Posted in Political Economics on June 08, 2013

Disturbing(and a Democrat to boot)

Where did I go wrong as a parent? We keep hoping he’ll outgrow this thinking the same way he outgrew his Rush Limbaugh phase. But he’s 36 now so we’re losing hope.

Actually, our spirited discussions about economic and political issues have forced me to carefully examine my beliefs. Our political system is broken and has gotten so murky that it’s easy to get confused. Consequently, I’ve arrived at a couple of core values to help evaluate politicians and legislation.

Core Value 1: Protection of Individual economic freedom.

Historically, America is the place where dreams come true. A country where a person of humble means can achieve success through hard work, resourcefulness, diligence and ingenuity. This made our country great by keeping us hungry and rewarding those who aggressively pushed our economy forward. Our country is best served when entrepreneurial individuals, using resourcefulness, hard work, motivation, and ingenuity, are rewarded with success and wealth creation.

Core Value 2: Limitation on the role of government.

Limit the federal government tCapitalismo very specific areas (eg national defense, international monetary policy) that clearly requires national policy. Our continued expansion of the role of government is a bad idea for the following reasons:

1.     In general, government is a large waste of resources. As Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is like a big baby – an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”

2.     The efficiency of any organization is in indirect proportion to size. Even with the best intentions, the Federal government is so bottled up in layers of bureaucracy and regulations, they can’t go to the bathroom without peeing on their own shoes.

3.     Because government produces very little of actual value (excepting defense and infrastructure), the drag on the economy (currently around 40% of GDP) is substantial.

4.     Not only do government expenditures reduce resources available to private enterprise, the government is busily erecting regulatory barriers to entrepreneurs.

At one time I thought the Republican party subscribed to the above but alas, they seem to have lost their way.

Comments, criticism, and enlightenment is certainly welcome.


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