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 […]

Once Upon a Time . . .

A few days ago, I cleaned out my car and found something surprising. Wedged between the passenger seat and console was a Warby Parker glasses case that should have been in the house. I opened it to see if it held an old pair of glasses that should be put away or a new pair […]

A Love Letter for Sleep

Dear short sleepers, So many of you are in the news these days. And I’m genuinely worried about you. I’m sure you know who you are. You are the ones who work late into the night and rise early to get a jump on the day. Or you’re the ones who stay up well past […]

The Open Road

The Open Road

“I think I might have heard the highway call” — James Taylor, “Carolina in My Mind” We have a newly minted driver in our house. Because he’s our oldest, our son’s journey to get behind the wheel has been a source of great excitement, joy and a little (maybe more than a little) trepidation for […]

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

BY MARY BEST As with mattress making, design plays a crucial role in fulfilling the mission of a magazine. It draws readers into stories and illuminates their meaning. As with mattress styles, design is not static. It constantly shifts based on consumers’ — or in our case, readers’ — needs and interests, trends, market changes, […]

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

Walking the floor at ISPA EXPO 2018 in March in Charlotte, North Carolina, and talking with producers was an eye-opening experience. Several conversations with machinery makers centered on increasing automation and making production more comfortable for the human operators of machines. In this month’s cover story, BedTimes contributor Gary James reports on a number of […]

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