Category : Editors Note

Editor’s Note: Fresh perspectives

3 weeks ago

“You need to get out of the rat race. You need to get some big picture thinking going on.” That was Rufus Duncan, when asked why he attends the annual … Read More

Editor’s Note: The law of attraction

2 months ago

It often takes a situation to reach crisis status before we’re forced to find a solution. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the residential construction industry—LBM … Read More

Editor’s Note: Run your race

4 months ago

Ben Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For those who make their living in the LBM industry, I’d like … Read More

Editor’s Note: Knowledge as a Service

4 months ago

“I don’t make mistakes.” That’s what my 9-year-old son insisted as I drove him to camp yesterday. He was frustrated that his coach didn’t count a crucial goal during a … Read More

Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Good People

5 months ago

When I first joined the LBM industry back in 1990, the major threat was the explosion of big box stores—and the prematurely projected demise of the independent lumber dealer. Later … Read More

Editor’s Note: The Time is Now

6 months ago

No question about it: change is scary. It’s also a primary element of reality, so we’d better get used to it. Beyond merely accepting change, I’m convinced that we and … Read More

Editor’s Note: Lessons Learned

7 months ago

Our third-grade son begins each month with an ever-larger reading assignment. This month, the goal was 222 pages. For a sports-and-Nerfgun obsessed kid, let’s just say that reading doesn’t top … Read More

Editor’s Note: True Stories

8 months ago

Yesterday, I stopped by the local trophy shop to see about getting a part for my son’s soccer trophy. The tiny “showroom,” if you could call it that, was packed … Read More

Editor’s Note: Making Hay

9 months ago

Having grown up in South Dakota, and spent most of my adult life in Minnesota, I have no illusions about Midwestern winters. They can be brutal…and usually are. There’s no … Read More

EDITOR’S NOTE: Optimizing the Journey

10 months ago

There are moments that define our times. A peak of my existence (so far), happened at my son’s kindergarten graduation. The kids were asked what they wanted to be when … Read More