Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Just A Small Thought

Every home should have a paper / document shredder.  If your child is setting out on their own, give them a shredder as a house/apartment warming gift.  Getting married?  Then register at Staples, and choose a heavy duty shredder for the two of you.

Sounds a bit silly really, but it is one of the soundest pieces of unasked for advice you will receive.  If a person with bad intent has a small snippet of information about you, they can, and do everyday, use that snippet to bilk you, and others, out of hundreds, and thousands of dollars.  You can prevent it from happening by spending between $70.00 and up for shredder that will shred well, and shred for awhile.  Once you have the shredder home put it where it can be accessed easily, and begin the habit of shredding every piece of paper that comes into your home that does not immediately go into a file cabinet to be saved, or put aside for when you pay the bills.  Everything with your name on it, and/or your address on it.  Everything you do not wish to keep, shred.

Obviously, don't shred your bills, as much as you would like to, or insurance policies, and other important papers you will need in the future, but everything else...into the shredder once it has served its purpose.

Consider this preventive medicine.  A stray breeze could pluck a bank statement of yours from the trash, and place it right into the hands of a person who knows just how to access your funds with that small snippet of information.  Don't give them the chance.

Tomorrows Saturday, a good day to cruise the aisles at Staples.  You will never regret it.

Oh, and I don't get a kickback from Staples, but it would be nice.

1 comment:

  1. One step forward...Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Staples. Technology. Computer paper and electronics. Now you've got me thinking...
    Some of us are so careful about shredding papers to protect ourselves from those who would steal our info, our very identities, and use them. But many of us go right ahead and put that same info online...


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