NEW YORK — This holiday season, elves and “joy” may be on the way out and “peace” and “hope” on the way in. A divisive election that left half the country deflated and the other half rejuvenated could reverberate through the holiday shopping season in the gifts people give or how they spend.
My husband, Tim, and I will celebrate our first Christmas in our new Denton home this year. Thanksgiving? Well, it was a blur.
Please give a nod of thanks to Aye M. Soe and Ryan Poirier. These two, both researchers at Standard and Poor’s, have been working tirelessly to produce an important but utterly thankless bit of research with monotonous, unchanging results.
NEW YORK — On its website, Kellogg touted a “Breakfast Council” of “independent experts” who helped guide the company’s nutritional efforts.
Hispanics in the U.S. have long been known as “the sleeping giant” for their potential as a substantial and still-growing voting bloc. Now, some in the financial services industry are getting serious about targeting Hispanics — and Hispanic millennials in particular — as a prime source for market growth.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. According to History.com, this is how it all began: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
What we earn on our savings is really important. Yes, I bet you knew that. But you may not know just how massively important returns will be over your lifetime of accumulating and spending.
SAN FRANCISCO — Not content with just renting out spare rooms and vacant homes, Airbnb is adding local tours and activities like surfing lessons and pub crawls to its travel services in major cities around the world.
Independent student living companies with sights set on Denton could end up raising more conflict than profit. Single-room-occupancy apartment complexes market to students who move from another town and wish to live in the same vicinity as their school, but these transient residents who come and go — often after only one or two years — worry some Denton residents who praise the quaint homes intended for families to occupy for decades.
Frequently, I am asked “How did you overcome obstacles to get to where you are today?” My view is we need to turn this thinking around. Instead of viewing situations as obstacles, we need to see them as opportunities.
NEW YORK — Facebook is under fire for failing to rein in fake and biased news stories that some believe may have swayed the presidential election. Its predicament stems from this basic conundrum: It exercises great control over the news its users see, but it declines to assume the editorial responsibility that traditional publishers do.
My March 2015 column in Denton Business Chronicle discussed a recent case styled Town of Lakewood Village vs. Bizios.
As we begin the holiday shopping season, let’s recommit to honoring our neighborhood champions, the Denton County small retailers and neighborhood eateries.
WASHINGTON — American consumers ramped up their spending last month in a sign of robust health heading into the crucial Christmas shopping season.
Between our two universities and the Denton State Supported Living Center, not counting our county and school district, over 12,000 individual careers in Denton are directly attributed to state government.
Most businesses are rooted in their communities, and Denton is no exception. We teeter on the brink of being a large city, but we’ve got a small-town heart.
Two months ago in this column we underscored the need for caution in a complacent market. Whoa — what an intriguing two months it has been.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields says the presidential election won’t change the company’s plans to move small car production to Mexico.
The Dallas Cowboys game was on the radio in the garage. Denton City Council member Dalton Gregory was at his lathe, crafting spoons from different woods when I arrived last weekend. Fishing and hiking gear were organized neatly along the walls among tools.
SNYDER (AP) — Sure, feral hogs cause their share of trouble. But if you like bacon and pork chops, Texas’ pig problem has a swine solution.
We all know the cost of health care is ridiculous. Medical expenses now make everyone fearful of any kind of health event. Worse, a recent report from the Society of Actuaries indicates that life expectancies at all ages are actually declining.
NEW YORK — Even for the best home chefs, Thanksgiving is a lot of work. And whether you’re hosting friends or family, it’s a pressure cooker of a feast. Dry birds and burnt stuffing have a way of turning into tales told long after the plates are cleared.
NEW YORK — Serious deal-seekers are already planning their Thanksgiving weekend shopping, and experts believe that once again the holiday itself may offer better deals than Black Friday the day afterward.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska’s Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for boreal roots to take hold. Amid these unforgiving conditions, a creative kind of farming is sprouting up in the largely Inupiat community of Kotzebue.
It’s a warm, muggy Denton day in November. As I am writing this week’s column, I feel a bit like one of the forgotten on the Island of Misfit Toys that Santa passed over on the old Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer animated holiday TV special; except it’s fall and not Santa seems to have passed us by. Weathermen say the season will soon change, but we haven’t even had a good tease yet.
LONGBOAT KEY, Florida — A couple walks into the store at the Longboat Key Marina. Both have deep, permanent dark tans — the kind you can imagine going down to their bones. I’m here getting my free early morning coffee and muffin, feeling a little guilty about the amount of half-and-half I am using.
Cellphone carriers are going all in on unlimited data. T-Mobile ditched its data packages in favor of a single unlimited plan. Sprint slashed the price of its own unlimited plan, making it one of the carrier’s cheapest options. And Cricket Wireless, Boost Mobile and MetroPCS now offer prepaid unlimited data at bargain prices.