John Edwards trial: The business of family and emotions

John Edwards trial: The business of family and emotions

Leveraging Connections for Business Funding (contributor – James Kim)

You’re smart. You know that, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 64% of net new jobs in the past 15 years have come from small businesses. You know that small businesses are booming. You also know that there are plenty of business solutions out there offered by companies so that you can easily get your business off the ground without having to worry about every small detail. What you don’t know, however, is where to get funding for that business idea rolling around in your head. But you know what? You know people. Here are the top three ways to gain business funding by leveraging your connections:

1. Family and friends

Why not try the most obvious place? Go ahead and see if you have any close acquaintances who are either interested in loaning you money or even becoming a partner. You already get along well with them, so you know that they’ll be nicer to talk to about this stuff than an employee at the nearest bank. Just make sure you write up a contract so that, when everything is over, you’re still friends.

2. Networking for angel investors

Angel investing has been booming in the past few years. According to Travis Kalanick, CEO and founder of UBER, this change is caused by the ever growing importance of social networking. He claims that “how you get angel funding has substantially changed because we know who to go after.  It’s very clear because they’re all blogging and tweeting out their interests on angel investing and their thoughts on it … Now, it’s much, much quicker to get these deals done.” So start looking around your existing social networks or jump in by looking at the people you know who are already there. There are plenty of people out there who would love to hear about your idea!

3. Connecting to venture capital

The research firm CB Insights notes that “venture capital investments rose 19 percent, to $21.8 billion in 2010 — the first annual increase since the downturn.” There’s more venture capital money out there than ever before, meaning there’s a better chance for you to be able to get a piece of the pie. However, venture capital isn’t as easy to get as angel investment. You’ll have to work through the people that you know to find an “in” to pitch your idea and have the chance at funding.

When it comes to funding your new business idea, don’t think that you have to go on an arduous quest. Instead, look around you at the connections you already have and see if you can rustle up some money that way. It’s not always easy, but it’s easier than having to start from scratch!

James Kim is a writer for ChooseWhat is a company that provides product reviews and test data for business services and products.  Their goal is to help small companies make informed buying decisions on business solutions that help their business.

Real estate & the housing industry. What happened and where is it headed? (via Gillean Smith: Proven Business Methods)

Part Two of Two Part interview with Real Estate and Financial Planning Expert, Allan Glass.

Real estate & the housing industry. What happened and where is it headed? Allan Glass, President of ASG Real Estate Inc. ® based in Los Angeles, California says from an early age through the end of his teens he loved the idea of helping people solve problems. So, he turned to real estate. And although this line of work is not necessarily a business venture many might consider to … Read More

via Gillean Smith: Proven Business Methods

Just A Thought: History of The Chronicles of Narnia

One challenging topic to explain to your children can often be faith. But an extraordinary man decided he would tackle such an intangible subject, his own Christian faith and bring it to life in a series of children’s stories. The man was C.S. Lewis.

The book is, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” This Friday, December 10th, the fifth chronicle in the series of seven stories, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” sets sail on the big screen nationwide.

In truth, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. In addition to numerous traditional Christian themes, the series borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

What you may or may not know is that Lewis’ story, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardbrobe,” is actually the second chronicle. The first is, “The Magician’s Nephew.”

But the order you find the chronicles in the collection of Narnia stories is not based on the order Lewis wrote the stories. Rather, the order is based on a little boy’s advice to Lewis in a letter.

In 1957 an American boy wrote C. S. Lewis to ask about the best order for reading The Chronicles of Narnia. The boy’s mother believed the books should be read in order of their publication, beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

But the boy thought it would be better to read them in order of Narnian history, beginning with the creation of the enchanted world in The Magician’s Nephew.

C. S. Lewis wrote back to the boy, saying, “I think I agree with your order for reading the books more than with your mother’s,” and soon afterward the publishers began to number them in this way.

But Lewis, who had written bits and pieces of the books at different times, also noted that the order probably didn’t much matter: “I’m not even sure that all the [books] were written in the same order in which they were published.”

Below is the order the chronicles are found in the series along with the corresponding publishing dates:

* The Magician’s Nephew (1955)
* The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
* The Horse and His Boy (1954)
* Prince Caspian (1951)
* The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
* The Silver Chair (1953)
* The Last Battle (1956)

A fun or royal fact, as it were to note; Queen Elizabeth II braved the snow in London to attend the world premiere of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ where she met Liam Neeson and the rest of the film’s cast. (Dec. 1)

Speaking of trivia,, a website that is a part of Family Education Network offers a great deal of background, history, quizzes, features and a crossword puzzle on C.S. Lewis and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

If you can’t make it to the movie theater this weekend but want to give your kids (or the kid in you) something to enjoy and learn at the same time, here are some links offers.

Narnia: A Look Back

It’s been 55 (Earth) years since our first visit

C. S. Lewis

The man who created Narnia

The Chronicles

Which should you read first?

C. S. Lewis’s own chronology of Narnian history

Feasts in Narnia

From toffee trees to Turkish delight

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Crossword

1 Across: The children kept warm in coats made of this

Here’s a few other extras to keep your brain fed:

The international movie trailer of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” (in English)

Famous quotes from C.S. Lewis

Cynthia Occelli’s Journey to Business Success & Personal Growth PART II

Meet the author of, "LIFE. It isn't for the faint of heart."

Continuing my interview with Cynthia Occelli, self-described “author, mother, businesswoman, with a law degree & a black belt in shopping,” Cynthia shares why she started a blog, how she began growing blog traffic and what provides her the most joy from every post she shares.

Gillean: So far, you have been quite candid about your own personal struggles and how you used them to help better yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually and in the world of business. You’ve had an amazing life.

Cynthia: Yes.

Gillean: When did you decide you wanted to share information online and develop a blog?

Cynthia: Last year, I noticed it was something I was doing with a lot of people via email and there was a great deal of overlap and repetition. That told me that the challenges were common and many could benefit. It also streamlined the effort. There is also a benefit to those who are uncomfortable asking.

Gillean: So, anyone can ask you a specific question?

Cynthia: Sure, I take questions and do my best to give a meaningful, intelligent, practical answer.

Gillean: Do you have any specific background in counseling?

Cynthia: Not professionally. I have a law degree. Everything I know about people, relationships and success comes from my life experience and the experiences of others. Though I am an avid reader of psychology, self-help and various health texts, my home library has in excess of 1300 books, last time I did a rough count. I certainly don’t agree with or believe everything I’ve read, but I love to consider and conclude.

Gillean: And to be fair to readers, any information provided here is not meant to serve as a professional answer to a mental or emotional health problem.

Cynthia: Of course. I encourage everyone to seek professional help and never attempt to replace that.

Gillean: So you decided to develop a blog and share information that your current clients asked about most often. How did you decide what tools you would use to promote your blog?

Cynthia: Well, I didn’t know much about blogging and I expected my blog to be a place visited primarily by a short list of friends/clients. So I started on a free site with an easy user interface.

Gillean: How long did it take you to start seeing an increase in traffic, outside your client base?

Cynthia: My traffic began to gain momentum in the spring of 2010. A few of my posts were commented on and re-posted by other bloggers and that really helped.

Gillean: I’m sure that was neat to have someone actually take something you wrote and re-post to his or her blog. So many bloggers are looking for the most effective tools to help grow page views and so on. What do you consider the most effective tools that other bloggers may want to consider?

Cynthia: I’m definitely not versed in traffic tools, but if you’ve read my writing, you know that I believe that the universe conspires to help those who help themselves. So I did my part, put content from the heart out with no ulterior motive. The universe did the rest. I met people, outstanding people, who took me in and helped me tremendously. I know that isn’t the practical tip one may seek, but it reduces to this: Write great, genuine, generous content and see what happens.

Gillean: Content is truly everything. Without it, no matter what leads someone to your blog, he or she won’t stay or come back without content that means something. I happened to notice you on BlogCatalog (BC). I will be honest. You were staring at me all of the time.

Cynthia: LOL

Gillean: You have been on the home page for quite awhile. Has BC helped you grow your following with others like me? Just so you know the staring obviously worked. But the content got me hooked. It is always well-written and gives me reason to stop and think.

Cynthia: I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with BC. I signed up for their Recognition Program because I was really starting to fall in love with my blog community and what it has added to my life. I wanted to grow my readership and make a career transition into writing, speaking, coaching etc. I also needed to talk with experts who know how to navigate the web and use it to accomplish goals without being “spammy” and intrusive. Their program delivered everything it promised, but the relationships that came out of it are the greatest result. It was beyond logical expectations.

Gillean: So, BC was able to help your blog businesswise as well with technology assistance? Did they review your blog and offer feedback to help you grow your traffic and your friends?

Cynthia: They suggested I move to my own domain name and then masterfully replicated my site and made the transition effortless. They counseled me on what was good and what I could improve on. Tony Berkman, specifically, was instrumental in helping me become clear on my direction, content, intention and limitlessness. He’s a visionary and I am grateful to have had his influence and attention.

Gillean: That’s helpful to better understand what BC can do. It’s obviously much more than having your blog on the home page of BlogCatalog.

Cynthia: Even without the Recognition Program, one can benefit tremendously by interacting, asking questions, observing people who are succeeding at doing what you want, “exposing yourself” and giving your expertise to others. Everything you give away will be replaced with something you need.

Gillean: Speaking of business, we have been talking a lot about the value of self-worth, how to recognize any need one might have and how to direct one’s focus on actively pursuing a positive lifestyle. How have you used this in the business world?

Cynthia: Our whole life reflects our inner world, careers and business included. Whatever fear, doubt, anger, worthiness and trust issues one has will influence their business decisions. People often don’t advocate for their best interests because of an underlying sense that they don’t deserve the best. People with unresolved negative feelings toward certain situations or personality types will behave unreasonable or unwarranted ways in new situations that trigger those feelings. People, who don’t trust themselves, don’t trust others.

Gillean: These are obviously all substantial employer/employee issues.

Cynthia: Often wounded people attempt to make themselves better by asserting too much control over transactions, people and situations. These presets shape one’s career and business.

Cynthia: It also helps to know when you’re dealing with these people. Carrots, sticks, awareness and complete self responsibility. That’s what we move through.

Gillean: How do you walk into a company and convince someone who has not recognized a specific characteristic the opportunity to change to make him or herself a better person and a better employee?

Cynthia: Let me explain.

First we talk about carrots – the potential of the company or person. We discuss their vision of success, their goal, what it would look like when they achieved it “all”.

Then sticks – how painful is it going to be if you never achieve any of it? What are the consequences? How will it feel? What will it mean to everyone connected?

Then awareness – we search out problems, obstacles, hindrances, poor approaches, regrettable decisions.

Then total responsibility – One must assume complete responsibility for the problems and their role in them, all of it.

Once the blaming stops, the past is released and they accept the current state of affairs – the power to make the changes necessary to achieve those carrots becomes available.

Gillean: When should a business owner consider having someone like you visit their company?

Cynthia: People should call me when they know what they’re doing isn’t working and they don’t know what will work.

Gillean: Business is always about the bottom line. How much does what you are able to do impact a company’s bottom line?

Cynthia: I work primarily with entrepreneurs and they are brilliant as a group, but because they are the substance and structure of their companies, they can get themselves so entrenched in what’s before them that they lose perspective, confidence and the ability to remain nimble.

Gillean: And following your experienced advice and discussions, have any of your clients seen a difference in their bottom line?

Cynthia: Absolutely. In that context, every moment spent must be tied to the bottom line. I coach people personally, but not unless we’ve discussed and defined that as the primary goal. If the primary goal is business assistance, I draw on my history of building my own businesses, developing real estate and marketing. I am versed in straight business consulting (i.e. personnel, entity structuring, insurance, location, cost cutting, internal control, quality assurance, real estate leasing & purchase, accounting) but I gain the most satisfaction from transforming the energy and belief/mission statement of the business. I also write and implement business start up and growth plans.

Gillean: I have to agree with your assessment of the joy it brings to help empower a company and its staff to embrace the company’s core messages by understanding fully what the company does and how each employee helps the company provide the best of its products and services.

Cynthia: That is the impetus behind my transition out of traditional business coaching. I know what I love to do, I’ve seen the results and I want to give that.

Gillean: What advice would you offer a company that doesn’t know if they are really in a situation that requires another experienced voice of employee empowerment? Are there things that a company should look for as areas of concern?

Cynthia: If I had to choose one aspect that is vitally important today it’s know and treasure your customer.

Gillean: I suppose the golden rule applies? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

Cynthia: Always. But also, there is a tremendous opportunity to set one’s business out of the pack by being great to do business with.

Gillean: Great customer service never gets old, does it?

Cynthia: The days of happily handing dollars over to faceless corporations are over. People want to do business with people. That doesn’t mean they’ll stop shopping at Walmart. It does mean they aren’t getting warm fuzzies doing it.

Gillean: Cynthia, what can someone visiting your blog hope to find?

Cynthia: They’ll find hope, encouragement and inspiration interwoven with logic, practicality and strategy.

Gillean: I couldn’t have written a better ending to introduce you to Broowaha and its family of readers and writers from all across the world.

If you want to discover something extraordinary and meaningful, I hope you will take a few moments to dig in and serve yourself a hearty helping of Cynthia Occelli’s blog, “Life. It isn’t for the faint of heart.” After all, once you visit her blog, you become another treasured friend and part of her family. And family is always welcome to find something that will satisfy their appetite.

Cynthia Occelli’s Journey to Business Success & Personal Growth

Who is Cynthia? She likes to say that she’s an “Author, Mother, Businesswoman, with a Law Degree & a Blackbelt in Shopping.” Discover for yourself in this interview that she is so much more.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much are a few sentences worth when the words give you hope, opportunity and empowerment, both at work in your personal life? That’s what I hoped to find out by interviewing a new member to “The BROO,” Cynthia Occelli.

Cynthia’s blog, “LIFE: It isn’t for the faint of heart,” (, is filled with a multitude of relatable life lessons that, Cynthia says come straight from what she has learned herself, throughout her own journeys in life.

I first discovered her blog on one of my regular visits to BlogCatalog. Cynthia says BlogCatalog has been a useful tool in growing her following. She says she prefers to call anyone who stops by her blog, a friend, whether a new friend or returning one. To sum up who Cynthia is, in just a few words, is simple. She’s already done the work:

“Author, Mother, Businesswoman, with a Law Degree & a Blackbelt in Shopping”

(A blackbelt in shopping catches my eye in a beautifully relatable way. Always a woman with the ability to connect with not just words, but the right words.)

Gillean: What brought you to Broo? How did you find the citizen’s online newspaper?

Cynthia: I discovered Broo after meeting several talented and kind writers at

Gillean: When you reviewed the site, what did you see and how did you see it as an opportunity for you?

Cynthia: Well, my first impression was that it is different from so many sites in that the focus is on good writing. I liked the layout, simplicity and relatively small population. The opportunity that jumped out at me was how much I could learn. Watching other authors choose topics and writing styles as well as connecting to the human aspects woven into every article is fascinating for me. I believe it makes me a better writer, broadens my horizons and keeps me current.

Gillean: Having read so many of your posts, I would have to pass along the title of ‘inspirational writer’ your way. What made you develop your first blog?

Cynthia: Starting my blog was the natural extension of my daily life. In my business and social circles, I am always sought after for creative, or obvious but unseen, solutions, inspiration and advice. In my relatively short life, I’ve experienced a tremendous amount of challenge and success. Inspiring, encouraging and revealing the potential in others is my passion. My blog allows me to do that at any time.

Gillean: What is it you do specifically offline as a career? It sounds as if you are a consultant?

Cynthia: I am currently making a career transition to motivational writer, speaker and coach. For the past ten years, I have worked as a business consultant and real estate investor/broker. I continue to work with certain clients and manage my real estate, but my ongoing efforts are changing.

Gillean: Your writing is always so in-depth about emotions, their value and how we, as individuals can better understand them and better use them to improve our daily lives.

Cynthia: Yes, I know firsthand that a person who is able to master their mind, uncover limiting beliefs and do the work required to change them can achieve whatever they genuinely desire. Many people believe they are who they are and there isn’t much they can do about it. I know that isn’t true.

Gillean: Well you have opened up the box, per se. What types of experiences have given you a personal understanding of emotions and beliefs about oneself?

Cynthia: Well, I’m an open box, in that respect. I believe that every situation can be used for good, including and especially the “bad” parts of ones life.

Gillean: Fortunately or unfortunately, I would agree with you 100%.

Cynthia: I grew up a biracial child in a home where racial slurs were common parlance. As a teen, I dropped out of 9th grade, got in with a very bad crowd, and ended up living in a garage on welfare with a baby. That was my first challenge. I made many bad decisions because my fundamental belief was that I wasn’t good enough. This belief underlies the majority of negative self views. In my specific situation, having a baby helped me. I thought I wasn’t worthy of a good life, but my child was, that was the motivation I needed. Ideally, we parents teach our children this instead.

Fueled by my desire to get us out of the ghetto, I began reading every self improvement book I could get my hands on. My mind began to open to new ideas and gradually I began to believe that I could live a better life. Within 5 years, I was living in a new city, going to law school, working and on my way to building a successful business.

(To be so open, so raw and honest with one’s personal details is just another indication to me that Cynthia is a rich and never-ending resource of honest hope and possibility, sent in a care package of carefully chosen words. I wonder if she knows just how significant what she writes, what she shares has positively influenced and impacted so many people’s lives.)

Gillean: And how is it that you have been able to gain so much from self-help books that line the shelves of bookstores from year to year? I suppose, what I am saying is that an average person can pick up a self-help book and be back within a month or so, trying to find THE answer to life through yet another self-help book.

Cynthia: I trust my gut. I will read ANYTHING and I strive to, but I know what’s right for me when I encounter it. It resonates with me. It’s almost as if I’m remembering something I knew, but had forgotten. Beyond that, there is no escaping doing the work.

Gillean: The work someone must do on behalf of his or her own situations?

Cynthia: None of the books I read had magic in them. Great change in your world comes from great change within.

Gillean: There you go again. You pass along another great few words that provide much more than the total sum of words together.

Cynthia: That makes me smile. I try to break things down into short direct statements because when one is swimming in thoughts and challenging their habitual beliefs, complex ideas don’t help. I want to say something that sticks.

Gillean: I can’t think of a time that I have walked away from a post that hasn’t made me think, brought a smile to my own face or made me anxious to read your next post. To be fair, this is my opinion. However, it appears you have quite a number of followers?

Cynthia: I prefer to call them friends. I have a plethora of friends who give me as much as I give them. I have never enjoyed anything more. Of course, my writings aren’t for everyone. That is as it should be.

Gillean: I would hope that most people would feel comfortable agreeing that we all are a work in progress. With this in mind, what do you currently find is the biggest need in a man and in a woman, regarding emotional understanding?

Cynthia: Kindness. To self and others

Gillean: Really? Not love?

Cynthia: Love becomes confusing in different contexts. Real love is always the answer, but many people use their version of love to be possessive, jealous, resentful etc. Kindness has no wiggle room. It is love specified.

Gillean: Another nugget of wisdom for me to file away. You spoke of how you didn’t view yourself as worthy when you were young and with child. I would say that this is a common occurrence as far as emotions go. You said that you read every self-help book you could get your hands on. But how would you suggest someone with the same struggle begin to strip away the layers of self-loathing? Are there some basic steps to keep in mind?

Cynthia: Depending on how ingrained the beliefs are and the personality involved it can be a monumental undertaking that requires outside assistance from a counselor, psychologist or religious/spiritual adviser. It’s an individual decision. For those who choose to work on their own exercises, self-awareness is the starting point. One must become aware of the self talk and automatic beliefs and behaviors that run like an automated program. It is there that all change begins. Shining light on things in the dark is a huge first step.

Gillean: Do you see the way one feels about him or herself as a direct result of how he or she grew up with certain parents and in a certain environment? Does your self-worth always begin with those who are parenting you?

Cynthia: I think that knowing the source of the problem is less important than addressing the problem.

Cynthia: My self-worth was initially shaped and patterned by the environment I grew up it, however had I looked to my past to change my future I might still be living that way.

Gillean: Isn’t what has happened to you in your past a direct correlation to the level of self-worth you have for yourself?

Cynthia: It can be, but absolutely does not have to be. I think that young people are definitely the most likely to be living the self worth that they derived from their life experience and the meanings they drew from it, however when one desires to change, they have the power to do so and then that correlation can be broken. Left to run on default, yes people just go on living the future with the mind of the past.

Gillean: Knowing that your self-worth begins and ends with an individual, realizing there is a problem is huge. But aren’t there often times that even after this, there seems to be no solution, no matter what the tool tried? Counseling and medicine are tools used today.

However, I would say that knowing you have to choose how you feel about yourself is often such an uphill battle. Are there small things one can do that can help direct someone in a more positive frame of mind?

Cynthia: The solution is commitment. One must really want to do, be and have better. One must be committed to doing the work, taking three steps forward and two back sometimes. Your question makes me smile because I just sent an e-book, tentatively titled “The Inspiration Reboot” for formatting yesterday. It is a short, free book filled with strategies and tools to snap one out negative states and launch themselves into powerfully inspired states. The more time one spends in an inspired, positive state of mind, the more opportunities they recognize, the better decisions they make, the better relationships they have etc. Living in an inspired state gradually changes one’s entire life. I learned this during my second major life challenge.

Gillean: First question, where and when can someone find your book and secondly what was your second major life challenge that brought you to a clearer understanding of ‘taking care of you?’

Cynthia: My e-book will be available for download free from my site as soon as the final is out. I would like to have it up before Christmas. I really want to give this gift.

Gillean: You get paid for your insight and you will be offering this e-book at no cost? Why?

Cynthia: I can’t really explain with justice how good it feels to give it.

(Now I realize how much I am happy to be called her ‘friend,’ as I follow her posts.)

My second major life challenge was after I’d transcended my rough teenage years and achieved everything I’d set out to. I’d graduated from law school (top 3% of my class with no high school diploma or undergraduate degree), built a thriving business, married a man I loved, had a daughter and was building my dream home on four acres overlooking the city of Los Angeles. I’d started an acting and modeling career, traveled the world and built relationships that I valued. It was a modern day Cinderella ending I thought.

Gillean: Sounds like one.

(I ask about her family and children and so on. And just as open and honest as she is about her own life, she gently and courteously asks me if her family can be left out. Cynthia says she respects any family member’s right to share what they want about themselves at the time they choose. I am happy to honor such a request.)

Cynthia: Then one day after several weeks of a debilitating headache that no doctor could figure out, my (then) husband suffered a brain aneurysm and in an instant my life changed forever.

In one moment, he lost his memory of us and became severely impacted.

In that same moment, I became a single mom again, but this time I had a $1mil+ mortgage, several unfinished business deals, two contentious law suits and a broken heart.

Cynthia: For 67 days, I sat vigil in the hospital waiting for my husband and our life to return. A year later, I was still hoping. At some point, it became clear that the life I’d had was over. Around that time, I really wanted to give up. I was pretty angry at life, at God and at myself.

Gillean: How do you begin yet again? What did you use as a compass and source of strength?

Cynthia: I met a lot of people who’d suffered unimaginable tragedy at the hospital. Most were zombies, they’d given up their belief in faith, hope and love and were just occupying a body until their turn to die came. Many were bitter and resentful. One struck me and I saw my future self in her. I didn’t want that. It inspired a lot of compassion in me. I knew that I had to make a choice. I had to choose between becoming her or returning to life, bruised and battered, but wiser, more loving, more understanding. For a year, I studied forgiveness and when I became able to honestly forgive every single person who had ever caused me grief, I was healed. I would never desire another to live that experience, but I accept the gifts it gave me gratefully.

In the next part of this interview with Cynthia Occelli, find out why Cynthia decided to share her life lessons by way of a blog, how she has used her blog to help others in business and in life and what she did to take her blog to a more available level on the world wide web.

What’s Your Favorite Quote & Why? (via Growing Your Business Strategically)

What's Your Favorite Quote & Why? "Be Still And Know I am God." It never fails. Every time I hear someone say this quote or this phrase comes to mind, I am reminded how often I am speeding through the day or time in general and forgetting Who is truly in control. It makes me pause to consider a much bigger picture than getting the laundry folded or even adding a new post on my blog. What about you? What's your favorite quote and why? … Read More

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My Dinner With Helen Thomas

With the recent incident that happened just before the summer, Helen took a break from public life until just two weeks ago when I visited Washington, D.C. to have dinner with Helen and some other very generous bidders who won Dinner With Helen Thomas with all proceeds going to a very worth charity.

As time permitted during our time that evening, we took a few minutes here and there to talk about life, how she was doing and just what she planned to do next. A woman with much to say, and a vast amount of information only Helen could share, Helen gave all at the dinner table more reason than ever to encourage her to share some of the most amazing stories than no one has ever been told about the numerous presidential administrations she served under as Dean of the White House Press Corps.

We spent a fair amount of time listening to her recount the days she spent traveling with then President Richard Nixon to China. Oh the stories she shared. None of us had any idea of what actually took place during that trip – at least not from the eyes of the woman walking alongside the President of the United States.

If you haven’t met her, to understand Helen Thomas you must be willing to accept the following as 100% true:
Helen Thomas is pro humanity and anti-war, anti-killing or anything that can put people in harm’s way. She does not nor will she ever accept war as an answer to anything but an increase in the loss of life.

Now, take into account the comments that caused Helen Thomas, who some consider the first lady of journalism, to end her career.
Don’t stop now. There’s more!

Genius Is Rare But Alive & “SmARTistically” Flourishing!

What do you do when you see the cigarette industry hit hard with thousands of cigarette machines taken out of businesses and community locations nationwide? You revamp the machines into Art-O-Mats of course. I’m a bit prideful in saying I actually used to work alongside the founder of Art-O-Mat.
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Someone’s Been Investigating Me. A Detective! Yikes!

So, I’m checking out BlogCatalog and visiting different blogs I find interesting. Then, lo and behold, it’s me! That’s right. The blog “Be Your Own Detective” is actually featuring me on its latest post! Must have been a slow day in the detective business. Actually, the point of the story was pretty neat. How often do you take the time to see how much information is available about you on the world wide web? You may think you know. Then again, you may be surprised! Check it out for yourself!

Visit Investigating Other Bloggers – Check out some of the other posts and leave a comment or two. Just a thought.