Verbatim Column
Early in 2020, Cetane’s Nancy Coop started a human interest column in BPN (Butane-Propane News). Modeled after the familiar “Heard on the Street” interview, Nancy sent questions to a group of propane colleagues who replied by e-mail. The monthly questions and responses were published in BPN and appear here verbatim. It’s an uncommon insight into colleagues’ honest replies to provocative questions.

If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Why?

Starting the new year with something on the fantastical side turned out to produce both sincere and entertaining responses. Enjoy the replies as you imagine how satisfying it would be to, just for a moment, have a truly useful, super power. In this column, adopted from the familiar “Heard on the Street” format, we offer […]

What impact, if any, has social media made on your organization or you personally?

Do you find yourself texting with a teenager who has replied quicker than anyone else you text and then after your rather quick response–in an effort to keep the conversation going–you get crickets for as much as hours, days, or weeks? That’s social networking on a personal level that I experience within my family of […]

What are some new habits you want to develop?

Are there optimal times to develop new habits? Certainly, at the beginning of a new year is a traditional time to set a resolution to change elements of our lives that we deem need improvement. During the past year-plus, I’ve heard from many friends and colleagues that they took the unknown stretch of time of […]

What’s the best gift anyone’s ever given you? Why was it “the best”?

Certainly not a hard-hitting question for this month’s column, but it does make one stop and think. Which gifts in the form of a bauble, trinket, photo, name, adventure, or living being do our colleagues share with us? Please read on, enjoy their answers, and take a moment to consider what ranks as “the best” […]

What’s something about yourself or your life that might surprise others to learn?

This is the kind of question that pulls back the curtain on some of our colleagues’ more familiar lives in propane. From lifelong learning to horses and service, career switches, courage and music, this interesting group shares their little-known backgrounds which often reveal that a career in propane was not Plan A. There is, also, […]

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