Let’s Talk About Happiness for a Change

Let’s Talk About Happiness for a Change

Labor shortages, market disruptions, workplace emergencies — BedTimes has covered all of it. But, this month, we’re setting all of the heavy topics aside and focusing on a different subject — workplace happiness. Do you think being happy at work is too tall an order? In this month’s cover story, writer Julie A. Palm interviews […]

Crossing Channels at Las Vegas Market

Crossing Channels at Las Vegas Market

Perhaps it won’t be a typical show in hot-hot Las Vegas after all. Normally, the Summer Las Vegas Market (July 28-Aug. 1) is sort of sleepy from a product-launch perspective, but this time the news releases are rolling in. In addition to all the companies bolded in this article, my email inbox holds news releases […]

Cashing in at Interzum Cologne

Cashing in at Interzum Cologne

There are two ways for mattress manufacturers to make more money — sell more beds or reduce costs. That thought was at the back of my mind for four days in May, as I checked out exhibitors’ booths at Interzum Cologne. What new components, machinery or technology could help you increase sales and cut costs? […]

Tactile Arts

Tactile Arts

We had two sewing machines set up on a long table, beside the wall of windows. My daughter, who is a Girl Scout, was there, along with another member of her troop, that girl’s father and my mother-in-law. The object? To begin their Girl Scout Silver Award project. They had made plans with the local […]

The Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May

Hands down, May is my favorite month. The world seems to come alive again, with green springing up in gardens and flower beds. It seems appropriate, then, that the fifth month of the year is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants and represents the majesty of spring. As the […]

Safety First

Safety First

A couple decades ago, I lived in Oklahoma for a while. I had little knowledge about the Sooner State, except it was known for college football, wind and tornadoes. Being from North Carolina, it never occurred to me that at least one of those famous — or infamous — stereotypes was founded in twisting reality. I […]

You Know It When You See It

My children frequently ask the meaning of words they run across in their school work. Recently, one asked me to define “wrought.” If you’re anything like me, you immediately understand the word but coming up with other words to define it feels ridiculously impossible. Thank goodness for dictionaries! I think innovation is one of those words. […]

Information, Please

Information, Please

The night before I wrote this column, I discussed it with my husband. I told him I’d like to write something related to our cover feature on workforce training. Then, being the wonderful idea guy that he is, he started brainstorming around the idea of training. I found it fascinating that all of his thoughts about […]

Creature Comforts

As I write, a pristine blanket of snow covers my yard. The cat and I have been peering out the window throughout the day — she to see the fluttering of birds in tree branches or, if she’s lucky, our window feeder; me simply to admire the sheer beauty of a whitened world. We typically […]

What Would an Elf Do?

What Would an Elf Do?

There are many reasons to be thankful at this time of year. Here’s one of mine: the movie “Elf.” I know this might not be everyone’s idea of a reason to be grateful, but it’s genuinely one of my favorite things at this time of year. And it’s possible that I love it for mainly […]

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