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12 Winter Blues Busters

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.  12-01-15

12 Winter Depression Busters

We’ve officially entered the hard months, the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say: the time of the year when the sun disappears and the pale complexions of your friends remind you that you had better take your vitamins or else you’ll have a cold to go with your pasty look.

I dread winter each year because many of my depression busters require sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. What does a guy who goes to the beach and gardens outdoors all year for sanity do in the winter? Lots of things. Here are a few of them:

1. Watch the sugar.

I think our body gets the cue just before Thanksgiving that it will be hibernating for a few months, so it needs to ingest everything edible in sight. And I’m convinced the snow somehow communicates to the human brain the need to consume every kind of chocolate available in the house.

Depressives and addicts need to be especially careful with sweets because the addiction to sugar and white-flour products is very real and physiological, affecting the same biochemical systems in your body as other drugs like heroin. According to Kathleen DesMaisons, author of “Potatoes Not Prozac”: Your relationship to sweet things is operating on a cellular level. It is more powerful than you have realized….What you eat can have a huge effect on how you feel.”

2. Stock up on Omega-3’s.

During the winter I’m religious about stocking in my medicine cabinet a Noah’s Ark supply of Omega-3 capsules because leading physicians at Harvard Medical School confirmed the positive effects of this natural, anti-inflammatory molecule on emotional health. I treat my brain like royalty–hoping that it will be kind to me in return–so I fork over about $30 a month for the Mac Daddy of the Omega-3s, capsules that contain 70 percent EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). One 500mg softgel capsule meets the doctor-formulated 7:1 EPA to DHA ratio, needed to elevate and stabilize mood.

3. Give back.

Gandhi once wrote that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Positive psychologists like University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Seligman and Dan Baker, Ph.D., director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, believe that a sense of purpose–committing oneself to a noble mission–and acts of altruism are strong antidotes to depression.

4. Join the gym.

Don’t let the cold weather be an excuse not to sweat. We have centers today called “gyms” where people exercise inside! Granted, it’s not the same–watching the news or listening to the soundtrack from “Rocky” as you run in place as opposed to jogging along wooded paths with a view of the bay. But you accomplish the goal: a heart rate over 140 beats a minute.

5. Use a light lamp.

Bright-light therapy–involving sitting in front of a fluorescent light box that delivers an intensity of 10,000 lux–can be as effect as antidepressant medication for mild and moderate depression and can yield substantial relief for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
I usually turn on my mammoth HappyLite in November, just after my least favorite day of the year: when Daylight Saving Time ends and we “fall back” an hour, which means that I have about an hour of sunlight to enjoy after I pick up the kids from school.

6. Wear bright colors.

I have no research supporting this theory, but I’m quite convinced there is a link between feeling optimistic and sporting bright colors. It’s in line with “faking it ’til you make it,” desperate attempts to trick your brain into thinking that it’s sunny and beautiful outside–time to celebrate Spring!–even though it’s a blizzard with sleet causing some major traffic jams.

Personally, I tend to wear “black”everyday in the winter.  But the result is that I appear as if and feel like I’m going to a funeral every afternoon between the months of November and March. This isn’t good. Not for a person hardwired to stress and worry and get depressed when it’s cold. So I make a conscious effort to wear bright green, purple, blue, and pink, and sometimes–if I’m in a rush–all of them together!

7. Force yourself outside.

I realize that the last thing you want to do when it’s 20 degrees outside and the roads are slushy is to head outside for a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. It’s much more fun to cuddle up with a good novel or make chocolate chip cookies and enjoy them with a hot cup of joe.

On many winter days–especially in late January and early February when my brain is done with the darkness–I have to literally force myself outside, however brief. Because even on cloudy and overcast days, your mood can benefit from exposure to sunlight. Midday light, especially, provides Vitamin D to help boost your limbic system, the emotional center of the brain. And there is something so healing about connecting with nature, even if it’s covered in snow.

8. Hang out with friends.

This seems like an obvious depression buster. Of course you get together with your buddies when your mood starts to go south. But that’s exactly when many of us tend to isolate. I believe that it takes a village to keep a person sane and happy. That’s why we need so many support groups today. People need to be validated and encouraged and inspired by persons on the same journey. And with all the technology today, folks don’t even have to throw on their slippers to get to a support group. Online communities provide a village of friendship right at your computer.

9. Head south.

Granted, this solution isn’t free, especially if you live in Maine. But you need not travel like the Kennedys to transplant your body and mind to a sunny spot for a few days. I try to schedule our yearly vacation the last week of January or the first week of February so that it breaks up the winter and so that I have something to look forward to in those depressing weeks following the holidays.

10. Take up a project.

There’s no time like winter to start a home project, like decluttering the house or purging all the old clothes in your kids’ closets. When a friend of mine was going through a tough time, she painted her entire house–every room downstairs with two different colors. And it looked professional! Not only did it help distract her from her problems, but it provided her with a sense of accomplishment that she desperately needed those months, something to feel good about as she saw other things crumble around her. Projects like organizing bookshelves, shredding old tax returns, and cleaning out the garage are perfect activities for the dreary months of the year. You can also clean out your Facebook and Twitter accounts, it does wonders to boost your spirits!! :)

11. Challenge yourself.

My mood can often be lifted by meeting a new challenge–an activity that is formidable enough to keep my attention, but easy enough to do when my brain is muddied. Learning how to record and edit video blogs, for this dude who loves technology, turned out to be great fun. Friends of mine get the same boost by joining Jenny Craig and losing the 25 pounds of baby fat, or exploring a new hobby–like getting off the couch. I try to stretch myself in a small way every winter–whether it be taking a an IQ test, researching the genetics of mood disorders, or trying to build myself a website. It keeps my brain from freezing, like the rest of my body.

12. Light a candle.

If I counted up all the minutes I’ve spent staring into a flame, I wonder how many years of my life that would be. Certainly more than the hours I’ve spent brushing my teeth or combing my hair or whats left of it. It would probably even surpass the combination of bath and shower time. But I just feel better if I stick my face in a hot glowing body of flame.
I hope this helped you even if just a little bit. Happy December and we are always moving forward to Spring, remember that. Get your garden visualized in your head and buy some seeds now to keep spirits high. :)
See you next month and follow me on Twitter.
Later my friends…rtm… 12-2015

The American Thanksgiving


Florida Gets Fresh

Posted By:
Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Behind the palm-fringed beaches and the dazzling draw of Disney, a food revolution is quietly taking root in Florida’s backyards.

Locavores are infiltrating suburban neighborhoods, planting vegetable patches in schools and advocating passionately for sustainable agriculture. With each farm-to-fork bite the message is spreading: slow food is more convivial than fast; local is more friendly than global; and fresh, organic ingredients simply taste better than the rest.

With Florida’s food industry contributing $100 billion to the state’s economy, it comes as a surprise that Florida placed in the bottom 11 states of the 2014 Locavore Index. This despite being the country’s biggest producer of citrus and harvesting the majority of the continent’s winter vegetables. But what’s the reason?

At the turn of the 20th century one in three Americans worked on a farm and ate locally grown food. Now only 2% do and those that left for the cities also left behind the food that they ate and the culture it was embedded in. Reconnecting with this fresh food culture is the focus of a new generation of farmers, fishermen and chefs who are determined to get Florida produce back on local plates. Take a mouthful of sea and sunshine with this round-up of some of the most exciting fresh Floridian fare.

Shrimp tasting in Port Canaveral

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Nowadays American shrimp accounts for less than 10% of all shrimp consumed in the US. Not so at Dixie Crossroads ( where wild-caught East Coast shrimp are a passion. Family-owned by the Thompson’s in conjunction with Wild Ocean Seafood Market (, this Titusville institution is almost single-handedly preserving the traditions of Cape Canaveral’s shrimping boats. Tour the Wild Ocean docks and watch crews unload mounds of West Pink, brown, Royal Red and rock shrimp and then head to Dixie Crossroads for tasting plates. There is an extraordinary diversity of flavor and texture: from the firm, springy lobster-like taste of rock shrimp to the velvety sweetness of the rare Royal Red.

Diving for scallops on the Gulf Coast

Part snorkeling, part treasure hunt, and a great family-friendly food adventure, some of the world’s best recreational scalloping can be found in Florida. Between July and mid-September, when the summer heat bears down on the glassy Gulf waters, families flock to Cedar Key, Suwannee, Steinhatchee, Crystal River and Homosassa with their snorkels, fins and dipping nets. Book ahead for a bed at the limited number of fish camps and you’ll be well rewarded. The annual crop of scallops is thriving in the shallow turtle grass. The limit is two gallons per person (or 9 liters) and adults need a fishing license to harvest. If you don’t have your own boat, local captains like William Toney ( and David Jefford ( charge around $300–350 for a half-day trip, while group scallop tours run by Majestic Manatee Tours ( charge $75 per person.

Searching out the real key lime pie

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Few topics in Florida generate as much controversy as the subject of its state pie. There are countless recipes, but few truly adhere to authentic ingredients, which means bona fide key limes; the yellow (not green) fruit of Citrus aurantiifolia from the Florida Keys. Part of the problem is that the Keys lime crop was decimated by a hurricane in 1935 so now key limes are only grown domestically. Getting your hands on them isn’t always easy, but for a classic introduction you can’t go wrong at Mrs Macs Kitchen ( where everything (crust, filling and cream) is homemade. MA’s Fish Camp ( offers a richer, more tart filling and a meringue topping, as does Blue Heaven ( But, for a treat, head to Lazy Days ( where you can indulge in the creamy, sweet tart with your toes tucked in the sand.

Sampling Gulf Coast caviar in Cortez

The process of making bottarga (sun-dried, salt-cured, pressed grey mullet roe) has long been a tradition in the Mediterranean where it is considered a delicacy akin to caviar. But the waters around Cortez abound with some of the largest, finest grey mullet in the world, much of which has been undersold to Europe for years. That was until Seth Cripe and Ed Chiles set up the Anna Maria Fishing Company ( in 2007. Now they hand-make bottarga much as it was thousands of years ago; using hand-thrown nets, the mullet roe is harvested and salted within a few hours of landing at the dock. The result is one of the finest tasting bottargas in world, with a subtle seashore flavor that accents seafood and pasta dishes as well as providing a delicious pizza garnish. Buy it online, or if you’re in Cortez stop by the Star Fish Company ( to dine on locally caught smoked mullet with a side of grits.

Miami’s food truck scene

Purple People Eatery. Image by Phillip Pessar / CC BY 2.0 Purple People Eatery. Image by Phillip Pessar / CC BY 2.0

Small and mobile, food trucks live or die by the quality of their food and the denizens of Miami are a critical, cosmopolitan bunch. To sample the latest culinary trends on four wheels, head north of the city to the Young Circle Park in Hollywood, where the city’s food trucks gather like a herd of gastronomic wildebeest every Monday from 5:30pm. They include Purple People Eatery (@purpleppleatery) offering gourmet bison burgers, Jefe’s Original Fish Tacos & Burgers (@jefesoriginal), Don Mofongo (@DonMofongo) serving Caribbean food, and many others.

Field-to-fork dining in Orlando

Once a dark hole of national chains and overpriced theme-park fare, Orlando is embracing the locavore movement with a passion and today it is easy to find creatively inspired and delicious locally sourced food. Ravenous Pig is the cornerstone of the trend with a menu that includes burger with truffle-oil fries, the state’s seafood specialties and quirky twists on classics. Other favorites include K Restaurant, run by field-to-fork star chef, Kevin Fonzo, and Cask & Larder, which focuses on Southern fare such as crawfish grits. To pack your own picnic, head to East End Market, a two-story food hall full of small-scale producers and food entrepreneurs.

Trace your seafood to its source

Chef Steve Phelps is a leading light in Sarasota’s locavore scene, which he strives to exemplify in his aptly named restaurant, Indigenous. Nor has his work gone unnoticed: the restaurant received Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award in 2012 and Phelps himself garnered a James Beard nomination for Best Chef: South in 2014. Aside from its locally sourced ingredients, Indigenous stands out for the ‘Hook to Fork’ section of its menu, featuring fish from St Petersburg-based seafood provider, Sammy’s Seafood ( Each fresh-caught fish from Sammy’s comes with a TRACE card allowing diners to research their fish from their smart phones. This way sustainably minded locavores can learn the date and catch location of their fine fillet, as well as the method of each catch (hook, line or spear) and the captain that brought their dinner aboard.

Oyster raw bars of Apalachicola

Shucking Apalachicola oysters. Image by Yvette Cardozo / Photolibrary / Getty Shucking Apalachicola oysters. Image by Yvette Cardozo / Photolibrary / Getty

Apalachicola Bay supplies 90% of Florida’s oysters, and is one of the last places in the US where the salty bivalves are harvested by hand by oystermen in small wooden boats. Get that straight-off-the-boat experience at one of the town’s raw bars. Up the Creek Raw Bar is one of the best with a variety of toppings that will make even oyster newbies come back for more. Outside of town on the 30A, the Indian Pass Raw Bar has been serving the area with fresh oysters for over 100 years. Inside it’s a basic affair: grab a beer from the cooler and take a seat at the shared table, if you can find a spot. The menu, posted above the bar, is simple: oysters three ways (raw, steamed or baked with Parmesan cheese), crab legs and a handful of shrimp dishes. It’s one of the true classics of Old Floridian culture.

The Garlic Peel

Posted By: Richard T.Mindler, Jr.

Over time, I’ve learned quite a few kitchen hacks that come in handy every now and then.

And when it comes to food and cooking, my all-time favorite kitchen hacks are those that are quick, easy, and accessory-free — like this hack that helps to double the amount of juice you get from your lemons.

But the hacks I use most often are those that help cut my kitchen preparation time in half. And when it comes to preparation, I have to say that peeling garlic is one of the most frustrating tasks.

Sure, there are tons of nifty gadgets and tools that can help do the job — but wouldn’t it be better if you could find the perfect solution in your very own kitchen?

Luckily, we here at LittleThings have found the answer, and all it requires is your microwave and 20 seconds.

I personally think this microwave hack is genius, and I can’t wait to try it out next time I’m using a couple of cloves for a roast dinner.

Watch the video below to see just how easily you can peel your garlic in mere seconds the next time you’re cooking.Will you be trying this out at home?

5 Things No One Tells You!

5 Things No One Tells You About Dealing With Death

Posted By:
Richard T. Mindler, Jr

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Writing a comedy article about death is a lot like starting a sexual relationship with fire: Finding a happy place in the midst of the pain is not nearly as easy as you want it to be, and the smell of burned pubes will bring tears to your eyes. But let it never be said that I shied away from a challenge. Not that anyone challenged me to write this, but it occurs to me that death is a universal experience and something we can all share, for better or worse. I can write articles about crazed Australians, sex toys, and vengeful goats until the cows come home, and there will always be a segment of the audience that stares at the words on their screen with a clueless kind of detachment, wondering if maybe I’m off my meds.

But death … that is something to which we all relate. And, by and large, something about which we rarely laugh. But why for? As the only part of life beyond the living of it that we all have in common, it should be as easy to laugh about as anything else. And it need not be mysterious and confusing, as we have so often made it. It only seems confusing because none of us reading this have done it yet. Not officially, anyway. Getting choked out by a lady you gave $400 to on a trip to Bali doesn’t count.

There are a lot of things no one prepares you for when it comes to death because no one likes to talk about it, really. So for the benefit of those who have yet to really face mortality, and those who are second guessing how they dealt with it in the past, here are some helpful observations from an Internet comedy writer you’ve never met, the closest thing modernity has to a thanatologist.

#5. Indifference Isn’t Evil

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If you use Twitter on a regular basis, you’ll notice a curious affectation of people when it comes to death. The moment a celebrity dies, the news surges across Twitter like a tiny, morbid tsunami, and you can watch it all happen in real time. At the beginning of May, Chris Kelly of the ’90s rap group Kriss Kross died, and the subject was trending on Twitter for two days. Thousands tweeted their condolences to whomever they think it is who reads their Twitter feed who might be checking up on how we respond to pseudo-celebrity deaths and then the rest of us arched an eyebrow and went back to playing Xbox.

Kriss Kross had a handful of hits in 1992. That was over 20 years ago. Two really big singles and something about missing a bus. Between then and now, few if any people probably had any idea what the two guys from the group were up to, and they were mostly a footnote to history as the goofy kids who wore their clothes backward in one of the lamest attempts at creating a fashion trend ever.

If “Warm It Up” touched your heart in some way, if you lost your virginity to the song, if it was playing when you overthrew the puppet regime that was destroying your little island nation, whatever, then it’s totally understandable that you might feel something at the loss of one of the musicians behind it. And it’s totally OK if you never even heard of Kriss Kross and you still offered up a message of sympathy for his family just because you feel for the loss of human life in general. But by the same token, you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t feel bad. Did that make sense? It better, or you’re going to feel so bad.

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“Start feelin’ bad or I’ll tell ya about my prostate!”

There’s a kind of weird social pressure when someone dies — either on a grand scale as it relates to a celebrity, or on a smaller scale when it’s someone in your own circle of friends and family — that makes it seem like you need to express remorse and sympathy, and it gets pretty awkward if you don’t actually feel those things. If it’s a family member, shit gets downright ugly if you seem to not particularly care. But it happens, and it doesn’t always make you a monster.

The thing not a lot of people appreciate is that sometimes you don’t care when someone dies; you weren’t that close, or maybe you just didn’t like the person. “Don’t speak ill of the dead” is a carryover from a bygone era, but some people are scurrilous shits, and being dead doesn’t change that. If you’re a rancid doucher in life, don’t expect everyone to be sad when you finally kick it. In fact, some people might secretly be happy you’re gone. Are a lot of people unhappy that the Boston Marathon bomber got shot? Probably not — he didn’t engender much goodwill over that last week. I’d go so far as to say that the man was a straight up turd gargler.

Someone dying is often tragic, but feeling like you’re being forced to pretend you’re in mourning when you’re not is pretty tragic, too. So even if you need to put up a front for the benefit of others, go ahead, but don’t feel bad about not feeling bad. Again, unless you’re a sociopath, but I suspect you’re still not going to feel bad anyway.

#4. Prepare for Assholes

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I learned when my grandmother died some years ago (and have heard of enough similar situations in other people’s lives to assume that this is a sadly common state of affairs) that some relatives will take this opportunity to flex great, billowy wings of clusterfuckery and flutter around you like a dick moth trying to clutch a flame made from your dead relative’s estate.

If you’re lucky, you come from a family that is based on love. I have heard of these things and once saw one in a movie from the 1950s and it seemed hokey yet somewhat comforting. If you are less than lucky, your family is a thick goulash of love, hate, tolerance, envy, jealousy, exploitation, and shitheadedness. A death in the family brings this to a boil that can end with lawyers and fights over how drunk Grandpa was when he made out that will.

Nothing ruins a death quite like greed, and it’s an unfortunate part of the aftermath that of course no one will cop to ahead of time. But the day after the funeral, when you notice that the attic has been cleaned out and all the valuable antiques have gone missing, you’ll realize that someone in the family is way more dickish than a lifetime’s worth of terrible Christmas presents had led you to believe. And even if it never gets to be as drastic as straight-up robbery (I like to think some of you come from families that don’t rob each other. Tell me it’s nice. Is it nice?), there’s still a high likelihood of arguments over funeral costs, the odd family knickknack, that tea set Grandma promised you when you were 12, and a dozen other things that make everyone bitchy for no good reason.

#3. Bureaucracy Cannot Handle Death

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The government and private business both hate nothing more than you. They hate you. Specifically you, reading this article and wondering if I mean you as an individual. I do mean you. The government hates you, your bank hates you, the insurance company hates you, the IRS hates you, I can’t even begin to imagine who out in the world does not hate you. Like I don’t hate you, I kind of like you more than a friend, but any big institution, forget it. Hate.

This hate will become abundantly clear in the weeks following a death that you have been forced to deal with as next of kin. You’ll get a bill for the deceased from someone whose business is run by a flatulating anus of a brain-dead half quat who will proceed to make your life miserable for weeks on end before it gets sorted out.

There are numerous stories of piss-poor customer service out there for dealing with deaths, from AOL telling a person their dead mother would have to call and cancel herself to Verizon billing a dead man because a death certificate isn’t good enough to end service unless a PIN number is provided. They’re not all as drastic as this, but many are a result of large businesses choosing to have their call centers manned by sleepy baboons and people for whom Lysol is a morning pick-me-up.

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“Customer service is job one! Wet shit dribbling down my calf is job two!”

While it seems logical to those of us who can eat a meal without missing our mouth with the fork more often than not, for some reason death just doesn’t factor in debt collection in the world of business. The people who man the phones are trained to believe that you are a lying sack of scum-sucking toilet brisket, and they really don’t care what you say if it’s not confirming how much you’ll pay and when you’ll pay it. You could be on fire while you’re on the phone and screaming in pain, and a bill collector will just try to work out a system of communication consisting of one shriek for full payment, two shrieks for partial payment.

This is extremely jarring when you first encounter it and apt to be quite upsetting for most of us, because the last thing you need is someone billing a dead loved one for services they no longer require, but few businesses advertise their inability to apply common sense to everyday occurrences, and that’s why most of us get blindsided by this douchebaggery when it happens. But at least you know about it now if you hadn’t heard of it before, so if it does happen to you, feel free to tell the assholes you’re on the phone with that Felix Clay says they need to secure their own head in their ass and make themselves into a shithead tumbleweed so they can roll on out of the building and never return.

Can Envy Be Good For You?

Can Envy Be Good For You?

How do we respond when we encounter people who are more successful than we are?

How do we respond when we encounter people who are more successful than we are? Often, we imagine two paths: admiration and envy. Admiration is seen as a noble sentiment—we admire people for admiring others, detecting, in their admiration, a suggestion of taste and humility. Envy, by contrast, is thought to be inherently bad—a “feeling of mortification and ill-will occasioned by the contemplation of superior advantages possessed by another,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. If he can, Bertrand Russell wrote, the envious person “deprives others of their advantages, which to him is as desirable as it would be to secure the same advantages himself. If this passion is allowed to run riot it becomes fatal to all excellence, and even to the most useful exercise of exceptional skill.”



Why Small Businesses Fail

Posted By:
Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

June 2nd. 2015

Why Small Businesses Fail


  1. Poor planning: Yes, you must have a business plan. It can be a simple three-page plan or a huge 40-page plan. The point is that you’ve looked at all the aspects of your business and are prepared to handle problems when they arise. Your business plan helps you to focus on your goals and your vision, as well as setting out plans to accomplishing them. And don’t get mellow – revisit and revise your business plan annually.
  2. Entrepreneurial excitement: Entrepreneurs often get excited about new ideas, but are unable to determine if they’re “true opportunities” and/or put them into practice. Test every new idea against your business plan and mission statement before deciding whether to undertake it or not, and ask yourself, Do I have the time and skill to implement this?
  3. Putting all your eggs in one basket: Too often, small business owners will have just one product, one service or one big client. They cling tight to this one thing because it brings in good revenue. But what if the one thing disappears? Variety and diversification will cushion you against the ebb and flow of business tides.
  4. Poor record keeping and financial controls: Yes, you have to keep financial and business records, you have to review your revenue and expense report each month, and you have to file taxes and other business-related filings. If you don’t know how to do these, or don’t want to, get help from someone who does.
  5. Lack of experience in running a business or in the industry you’re entering: There are so many hats you have to wear, from marketing and selling in order to run a business effectively. On top of that, you have to understand your industry, the skills required to offer your products and services, and the trends in the industry. If you don’t know about these basic skills, educate yourself. Talk to others who are successfully running their own businesses, talk to industry leaders, get a book, find a website, get a coach, do your homework. And keep increasing your business and industry skills by attending classes or reading new books every year.
  6. Poor money management: You need to be able to live for one to two years without income when getting started; often businesses are very slow to get off the ground. Also, you have to create and use a realistic business budget, and not constantly drain the business income on personal spending.
  7. Wrong location: If your business has a “bricks and mortar” location, you need to make sure that you are convenient to your customers, and near to your suppliers and your employees. Even something as simple as traffic patterns and parking can make or break your business.
  8. Competition: Customers will go where they can find the best products and services. It’s important for you to know who your competition is, what they have to offer, and what makes your own products or services better.
  9. Procrastination and poor time management: Putting off tasks that you don’t enjoy will sink your business faster than anything else. You can’t afford to waste time on unimportant tasks while critical tasks pile up. All tasks need to be done; if you don’t like to do them (or don’t want to spend your time doing them), hire someone to do them for you. If your time management and prioritizing skills are rusty, hire a small business coach or take a class to help you.
  10. Ineffective marketing: Learn the basics of marketing and make sure that you track the success or failure of each marketing technique you use, then dump those that aren’t working to help you figure out what’s not working.
  11. Ineffective sales techniques: Once you have a potential client, you have to know how to lead them down the sales path. If you don’t understand the basics of selling, get some education on it immediately. If a selling technique doesn’t work, try another one.
  12. Poor customer service: Once you have a customer, you have to keep them. There are two key points here – make sure you pay attention to what the customer wants (and how these wants can change over time), and make sure you provide quick return of phone calls and emails, proper billing, win-win problem solving and an overall pleasant demeanor.
  13. Entrepreneurial burnout: owning your own business requires a huge investment of time, money, energy and emotion. It’s easy to work long days and forget to take time off. But in the end, this only causes burnout where your motivation and creativity will suffer, and a pessimistic attitude prevails. You’ll find yourself unable to balance your business and personal life, and both will suffer. Schedule self-care time into your work week and be religious about taking time off from your business.
  14. Poor cash flow: Let’s face it — having enough cash on hand to pay your bills is crucial. And having enough cash on hand, or access to capital via a loan, to launch the next stage of your business growth is mandatory. Too many small business owners stall because they don’t have enough cash.Thanx, see you next time…


Disney to sell radio stations

Posted By: Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Swish some salt water

A teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of boiling water makes a pain-killing mouthwash, which will clean away irritating debris and help reduce swelling. Swish it around for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and draws out some of the fluid that causes swelling. Repeat this treatment as often as needed.

Radio Disney to sell almost all of its radio stations

  • Posted: May 1st, 2015

(RDMAs). Earlier this year, the RDMAs drew a larger audience than the “MTV Video Music Awards,” the “Billboard Music Awards” and the “American Music Awards” in youth demographics.

Disney said it is keeping its flagship station in Los Angeles and that station will be the driving force for its national network programming and the prime source of content in the future.

According to published reports, the sale won’t affect Radio Disney’s Latin Am

If you’re a Radio Disney fan who still listens to the network’s programming the old-fashioned way ­­ –  you know, on the radio – you might want to tune out this latest news.

Then again, there are so few Radio Disney listeners using AM and FM radio to tune in to the stations that this news might not affect too many of you.

Disney announced Wednesday that it is selling almost all of its 24 radio stations across the United States. The sale will take place Sept. 26 and will mean more than 180 positions will be eliminated.

Locally, Orlando’s WDYZ, AM 990, broadcasts Radio Disney for all of Central Florida. Gainesville, Riviera Beach, St. Petersburg and Miami also have AM stations that carry the network.

The reason for the sale is fairly straightforward. According to various reports, only about 18 percent of Radio Disney listeners catch the network’s programming via AM or FM radio broadcasts. The rest of the network’s listeners catch the network’s programming via digital platforms, such as satellite radio, the Internet and mobile phones that take advantage of digital radio distribution apps.

According to a Wednesday report at, quoting an unnamed source, Disney’s internal research shows that of Radio Disney listeners 6 years old and older, 37 percent listen to the radio via satellite, 35 percent listen to radio via the Internet and 31 percent listen using mobile devices. The rest listen via, well, radio. The percentages don’t add up to 100 because people listen via multiple platforms.

In a memo to employees, Radio Disney’s General Manager Phil Guerini said the network plans to invest resources in what he calls “multi-platform extensions of Radio Disney’s programming,” such as the  talent competition Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing (N.B.T.) and the highly popular Radio Disney Music AwardsAmerican partnerships, nor its partners in both Canada and Russia.

Radio Disney has had a partnership with SiriusXM for more than a decade. On July 1, the company inked a syndication deal with Dee’s Entertainment that put Radio Disney’s Top 30 program on programming segments at various U.S. radio stations.

Disney said it plans to grow the efforts of its popular Radio Disney App, which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
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Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Jolly Joe sells WGPA SUNNY 1100

Polka legend ‘Jolly Joe’ Timmer, sells WGPA radio for $95K

By Anthony Salamone Of The Morning Call.

Posted by Richard T. Mindler, Jr.


“Jolly” Joe Timmer sells WGPA-AM radio station for $95K

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

“Jolly” Joe Timmer bids adieu to WGPA

Joseph W. Timmer, known to many legions of Lehigh Valley polka fans as “Jolly Joe,” has rolled out the last dance tune on his Bethlehem radio station, WGPA-AM.

Confined to a nursing home, the 85-year-old Timmer was declared incapacitated last year by a Northampton County Court judge.

Timmer’s nephew, Richard T. Mindler Jr., one of two court-appointed guardians, said Tuesday that Timmer and Timmer’s wife, Dorothy, are in a Bethlehem nursing home.

Mindler and others said that the 250-watt station at 429 E. Broad St., also known as “Sunny1100”, has been sold for $95,000 to CC Broadcasting LLC of Kutztown. The Federal Communications Commission must rule on the license transfer.

Timmer, through his guardians, also is trying to sell his other assets, including real estate and a picnic grove in Moore Township.

“It’s a shame,” said Mindler, “but AM radio is dying out and Jolly Joe was WGPA.”

The station, which broadcasts during the daytime, has featured a mix of music, including Timmer’s polka shows, talk and syndicated shows. Revenue has dropped at WGPA since Timmer stopped working at the station about two years ago, Mindler said.

Timmer was popular with his orchestra and brand of polka music before he bought the station in 1992. The International Polka Association, which inducted him into its hall of fame in 1980, said Timmer began holding events beginning in 1970 at his Moore Township grove, featuring some of the country’s best polka bands.

At one time, the Bethlehem resident also had shows on radio and television, a band and music store — all strongly promoting polka music.

For years Timmer appeared on RCN-TV each Thursday night, and the “The Jolly Joe Timmer Show” was running repeats until March 2015 of past musical performances, according to Mindler. The show also featured guests in a talk format.

One of Timmer’s final public appearances was at last summer’s Musikfest, where he performed nearly every year and was well-known for his polka tent.

Mindler said he petitioned Northampton County Court to assume the role of power of attorney after the death last summer of Timmer’s bookkeeper, who had power of attorney, combined with Timmer’s deteriorating health.

Ronald Crumbliss, 66, one of two owners of CC Broadcasting, said he followed Timmer as far back as 1969, when Timmer worked at WHOL-AM in Allentown. He described gaining ownership of the station as fulfilling a “lifelong dream.”

He intends to keep the station in Bethlehem for the time being, but plans to change its format to “Ameripolitan,” which includes Rockabilly, oldies and country music.

“We’re going to play all good, upbeat music,” Crumbliss said.

That also includes some polka. “We’re not going to forget our polka listeners,” said Crumbliss.

The status of the FCC application was unclear Tuesday. Attorney Deborah DeNardo, the other court-appointed guardian in charge of handling Timmer’s assets, did not return messages seeking comment. Michelle McClure, another attorney who is representing WGPA’s corporate owner, Timmer Broadcasting Co., in the WGPA license transfer, said she was not authorized to comment.

WGPA-AM and WGPA-FM [now WZZO-FM] began Feb. 16, 1946 and were part of the former Bethlehem Globe-Times on Brodhead Avenue in south Bethlehem.

Timmer bought the station in 1992 from Chadwick Broadcasting; the “Sunny1100” moniker had been adopted a year earlier. The station moved twice in Bethlehem during Timmer’s ownership – to the Dodson Building at 528 N. New St. and, in May 2013, to 429 E. Broad St.


Copyright © 2015,  via The Morning Call / Allentown, Pa.

WGPA SUNNY1100AM to be sold

Richard T.Mindler, Jr.

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

     Boys and girls, it’s a sad day here in the lehighvalley, that radio station WGPA SUNNY 1100 has been put up on the auction block only to be sold in the $90,000 bracket.
The station has been failing the last few years and should be sold due to the fact revenue has been down with the inception of Satellite radio, HD FM signals and repeated decline of the AM frequency;  ASCAP, BMI and CSAC continues to take royalties for any music played on radio stations.

         This is the real reason WGPA has relinquished it’s authority to compete in the Philadelphia small market.
        AM radio cannot survive with the FCC limitations put forth in the 20st. century.
        Low power and day/night stoppage of the signal will not and can not  produce revenue that is needed to produce a thriving business.

       These antiquated laws are the demise of a station like this.
Thank you:

Richard T. Mindler , Jr