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Peter Koehler

This Is The Year of [fill in the blank]

Over dinner during this past New Year's Eve, a group of us sat around the table and all went around and said "For me, this is the year of ______________."

Every person filled in the blank with their theme for the year - their guiding principle.

For me, this is the year of generosity.

This year is all about being generous with my time, my . . .

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July 09, 2016

Personal Reviews

and the power of prioritization

The Power of The Personal Review

On a sunny morning in April 2015 I woke up early, took a shower, and grabbed my backpack like I do everyday to go to work.

But on that Saturday, I wasn't going to work.

I was heading across town to Portland's St. John's neighborhood - a neck of the woods I don't visit very often.

Over the next . . .

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June 23, 2016

Clarity

Next time someone asks you to hang out, instead of giving them a coded answer like "Yeah, crazy week, let's get together soon!" just be clear and honest:

"You know what, making more social plans just isn't one of my top priorities right now, but thank you."

"We've hung out a number of times now, and honestly I just don't feel like . . .

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May 24, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Shop At Walmart

 My last post - Why You Should Shop at Walmart - garnered a bit of a reaction. (I even lost subscribers!)

One of my readers responded and said:

Provocative piece and lots to disagree about.

Two things that jump out:

1. Walmart's reprehensible labor practices and pay scales 2. One reason their prices are so low is because they beat up . . .

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April 27, 2016

Why You Should Shop At Walmart

Working in grocery - one of the most competitive, low-margin industries on earth - we are always trying to understand our competition.

Green Zebra is a small format healthy and convenient neighborhood store.

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The original Green Zebra Grocery.

At first glance, we are the opposite of Walmart. The easy way of thinking would be to say . . .

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April 26, 2016

Free is Cheap

and nobody wants cheap

The other day I was at the Home Orchard Society.
 
I was talking with the manager, and I noticed an apple press against the shed. I asked her if they made a lot of cider.
 
Then she said something fascinating. 
 
"Oh yeah - we invite the public to show up with jugs and help press apples and take home cider. . . .

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April 23, 2016

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