Peony Flowers, And What Memories They Hold For Me

May 8, 2018

My mailing Manager, Amy Motsinger brought me this lovely bouquet of Peonies.  I mentioned that these were my Mother’s favorite flowers so she wanted me to have this beautiful arrangement that she picked from her yard.

My family, as did many other families, in my childhood had decoration day at the cemetery and then usually a dinner outside at a relative’s house.  I loved it because I got to play with all my cousins.  Mother grew the Peonies to put on the graves of her parents and other loved ones.  She called them “Pineys”.  It was not until I was an adult that I knew that they were called Peony.  I can remember her say “I sure hope my Pineys are in bloom by decoration day”. The flowers were picked and put into big tubs of water to later be put in vases at the cemetery.   My brother-in-law, Delmar Haynes, joked that his job was to carry the tub on decoration day. It is strange how just a flower can invoke memories of childhood.  My sisters and I have carried on the tradition of putting the flowers on the graves at Asbury Cemetery but we don’t grow the flowers we buy them from a green house.  I wonder if the tradition will continue after we are gone?

Thank you Amy for the lovely flowers and the lovely memory that came with them.

 

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WOW! What Great Color We Are Getting Out Of Our New Konica Minolta Accurio C6085 Digital Press

April 6, 2018

We ran our first jobs on the new digital press yesterday after they finished the installation and the color and registration is EXCELLENT.  We also have finishing capabilities such as booklet making and stitching.  The thing that we did not have before was the banner capabilities.  I am not talking about banners that you hang with grommets,  but the ability to print much longer sheets of paper and other substrates.

We would love to have you schedule a visit and see for yourself the quality of color.

A reminder that Burns Mailing & Printing offers graphic design, offset printing, digital printing (we now have two digital presses) and direct mail service.  Why run all over town when we can do the entire project from the concept to the mailbox.  Call me, Phyllis Burns, at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com. We are a 100% women owned and certified by the State of TN as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

 


Deadline for Guaranteed Delivery Of Political Mail is April 23rd

March 22, 2018

Just a reminder to our political customers that April 23rd is the cut off date for the post office to guarantee delivery of political mail.  April 23rd political mailings will have to submit a signed waiver stating that their mail may not be delivered before the election.

 


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from everyone at Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc.


Amazing Vintage Footage Of Gladys Ingalls Repairing An Airplane Midair

March 14, 2018
Amazing Old Aviation movie.
Without a Parachute Mid air repair…by a woman 1924.
Fabulous footage, although grainy due to time and bad equipment in those days compared to today.
Gladys Ingalls was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920’s. Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main landing gear wheels. Ingalls is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as “Up She Goes,” a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack.
In the film, Ingalls transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire. She then works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning propeller. It’s certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn’t even try on the ground with the engine running.
She died at age 82.

Taking Care Of Things That Irritate Me

February 19, 2018

There are two things that have really been irritating  me lately.  The first is an issue with my Mac computer.  About once or twice a day the Mac mail freezes up and I have to do a hard start to get it to work again.  My IT company has looked at briefly but did not get it fixed.  So I take it to the Apple store today and got surprisingly quick service as I did not have an appointment.  I could have gotten an appointment but it would have been 8:00 PM tonight.  No thank you, I do not do West Town Mall at night by myself.  They could not get it to replicate what I was telling them but they did do something that that thought would fix the problem.  Don’t ask me what because most of this is Greek to me.  I am back at work and keeping my fingers crossed that the fix is in and I won’t have anymore problems.  I did look at new computers while I was there since mine is a 2011. They did comment that my computer was in good shape and is quick to open for its age. Since I am of a certain age, older computers do not bother me unless they don’t work.  It seems the new models do not have a lot of things that my current computer has such as USB ports, ethernet ports, etc.  So if I got a new computer I would have to buy, wait for it, adapters to make all of that work. That would total around $120.00.  Why don’t they just put them in the computer and charge me for them? While I am on the subject of Mac computers, I have a pet peeve.  I use folder for my customers and I sort the emails so that I can go back and reference what I have done on their print/mail projects.  Mac computers does not alphabetize those folders, they must be done manually.  Apple has come up with so many innovative things and they can’t alphabetize my folders. What??

The second that has been irritating me is two big scratches on my prescription sun glasses, right in the center.  Now this is the first prescription sun glasses that I have ever had and I thought I was really taking care of them.  Apparently not.  So I go to see about the scratch and I thought maybe they could just polish the scratch off.  Wrong.  A new lens is require.

I was determined to get these two issues fixed today, so I am hoping that the Apple store got my email issue fixed and I definitely have the sun glass issue fixed.  I was pleasantly surprised that Apple did not charge me for working on my computer, no so with the sun glasses, ouch.


The Joys Of Being A Business Owner

February 1, 2018

It is a lot of people’s dream to own their own business.  They think that they would not have any bosses to answer to and that would be great…wrong.  Every customer is your boss and you had better be paying attention to what the boss is saying.  Owning a business is not just having a product, selling the product and then go home at night.  Oh, if it were that easy.  My days are spent dealing with IT companies, vendors, employee issues, government regulations and certifications.

How I deal with all of this is that I have great employees and I don’t have to do it alone.  My philosophy is to hire people smarter than me and get out of their way.  We develop team work and we have a production meeting every day so that everyone is on the same page.  The real joy of owning my own business is when I get a message like the one below from a satisfied customer.  That is what it is all about.

Phyllis,

I know I’ve emailed before, but I want you to know what an incredible experience I’ve had with Burns and continue to have.   Because of the outstanding customer service, product and quality, we will be transitioning all of our needs to Burns as they arise – ( newsletters, publications, business cards, brochures, etc.)  Your team has made me feel educated and knowledgeable about everything from sizing, cost and turn around times that I will consider Burns to be my go to company from now on.

Thank you, Burns!

Michaele F. Butler

Vice President of PR and Development

Call  865 584-2265 today for a free estimate or consultation or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com