Blog Category: Mark My Words


Mark My Words—March, 2107

By Mark Lipton,

Safe Shopping in Dangerous Territory My daughter is home for spring break and was telling me about a trip to Israel she is planning for this summer. She could not have been more excited when she said “and while I’m there, there are two other countries I can walk across the border to, just to  … Read more

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Mark My Words—February, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  25 Independent Years When The Paint Dealer editor Jerry Rabushka asked me if I had a copy of my old byline picture from almost 25 years ago, my first thought was that I was getting an anniversary card or perhaps some sort of gift for my years of service. Little did I know that  … Read more

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Mark My Words—January, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  You Should Have Seen It,  It Was SO AMAZING! “I look at every item to make sure we are buying it right as well as pricing it right.” Collectively, my family has an impressive ability to describe everyday things we experience in overly resplendent ways. Every movie my daughter has ever seen was “the  … Read more

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Mark My Words—December, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Big, Bigger, and the Biggest-est The other day I found an old picture of myself from around 1990. I texted it to my daughter and she replied, “who’s that?” OUCH! It must have been the full head of hair, athletic frame and cool clothing that threw her off; I’m sure if I sent my  … Read more

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Mark My Words—November, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Competing With Care My daughter is off to college now and as a result, I find myself spending my lonely hours putting together care packages. I enjoy it actually or at least did enjoy it, until competition took all the fun out of it. Turns out that Mitch from down the hall has a  … Read more

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Mark My Words—October, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Independent Rivzlries I’m lucky enough to live my life on the better side of two of the greatest sports rivalries: Ohio State-Michigan and Yankees-Red Sox. As a Buckeyes fan (due to my daughter’s attendance there) and having been born in the Bronx and raised a Yankee fan, I am able to avoid the humiliation  … Read more

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Mark My Words—September, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  A Month of Sundries Whoever said, “don’t sweat the small stuff” never owned a paint store! Being an independent paint retailer, or at least being a good one, is all about sweating the small stuff. Think about your own stores and I think you would agree. We all like to sell paint by the  … Read more

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Mark My Words—August, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Recycling, Again Kids ask the craziest questions, don’t they? In the car the other day, my daughter’s bff (code for “best friend forever” for those that don’t speak the same English our kids do) asked, “do all the oceans have saltwater?” Adorable right? More like a little scary! The girl who asked the question  … Read more

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Mark My Words—July, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  The Count of the Bronx Has anyone noticed that we teach counting very early in school? Usually, before we even get to school, our parents proudly tell our families “Mark is counting to 10 now!” I get it why they start us so early: so much of life is based on counting and mastering  … Read more

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Mark My Words—June, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Get Ready For Freddie When my daughter was about six, she came running up to me one day when I walked in the door from work. She was so excited, screaming, “DADDY, DADDY, DADDY!!!” Back in those days she used to beat my Brittany spaniel to the door to greet me. Now they both  … Read more

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