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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Writing Effective Emails
Making Sure Your Messages Get Read and Acted Upon
Do people respond to your emails in the way you want them to? Or do they seem to ignore them, or miss important information? And are you sure that you're making the best possible impression with your emails?
When you compose an email message, there are some simple rules that you can follow to ensure that your emails make a positive impression, and get you the response you want. We'll look at these here, and we'll illustrate the points we're talking about with both good and bad examples at the end of each section.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
A fellow blogger over at tightwadblog.com shared these very interesting alternative uses for hairspray. I'd have to say they are quite clever. My favorite? Being from Louisiana it'd have to be...Zapping Pesky Mosquitoes! Of course.
"Unless you are particularly fond of mosquitos you may consider having a bottle of hairspray around to get them a quick zap. One blast will stiffen their wings and immobilize the little critters."
Go over and check out the other uses...I'm going to have to head to Wal-Mart tomorrow to buy my first can of Aqua-net since my "big hair" days back in the 90s.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
l currently sell books on Amazon and am working on creating my own website; www.bookphilosopy.com. I fill my days with conjuring up new stuff for our family to do.
My dream is to open an animal rescue organization. If it is meant to be, my husband and I would really love to have our own animal sanctuary. I think we've got a head start with our home zoo...seven kitties (one lives permanently indoors, the rest come and go): India, Lynx, Mila, Shiloh, Picasso. Nietze, & Harley, a parrot-Gigi, and a fish-Tiger.
I pride myself in being a genuine person. A believer in God and Karma, I do not follow organized religion...when I decided to put my life in God's hands and stop trying to figure out everything on my own, things just started falling into place. I believe wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule; The Serenity Prayer has gotten me through more than one of life's trials.
My life has been unconventional from day one. I’ve lived a sort of gypsy lifestyle up to this point. I managed to complete a four-year college degree over an eight year span and five college campuses later. My degree is in Political Science...although I'm more inclined to Political Activisim than anything.
I am now a wife and mother, a very new-to-me adventure. My son, Isaac, is almost three and my daughter, Liliana (Lili AH na...people here in the south pronounce it WRONG and it's so annoying), is just two months old. They are my greatest contribution to this world. My husband, Mike, is the only person in the world that can put up with me...he's a very hands-on father and I just adore him.
We purchased our first home two years ago...boy was it a mess. We are in the painfully slow and expensive process of rennovating it. Hopefully we will sell it one day for beau-coup cash. We are nature lovers and want to move somewhere with wide open spaces. We both grew up romping through the woods, me in the mountains of Arkansas and he in the bayou-land of Southeastern Louisiana. We want to have a lake for fishing and canoeing, trails for hiking and riding four-wheelers, a huge organic garden and to build a house that is almost complete self-sustaining.
While staying home with my children and pondering the meaning of life, I still struggle with the whole domesticity thing. I really don't cook. I love to buy cookbooks, though, and watch the Food Network. I like to EAT good food, sometimes I do cook and I actually do it pretty well if I do say so myself. I think I could say I'm in a cooking rut while my mental creativity is going towards other ventures...hopefully that will change eventually.
I prefer to spend my life learning and teaching my children, not being a slave to housework. I have a sign hanging in my kitchen for visitors "I understand the concept of COOKING and CLEANING; Just not as it applies to me". I'd describe my home as "happily lived-in" but, don't get me wrong, it's not dirty! The dishes may sit in the sink for a day or two while we spend our time flying kits and touring museums, but I'm not embarrassed if company decides to unexpectedly drop by.
My husband and I are very adventurous and like to dream big. We love to travel…this past year we visited Cancun, Mexico and Seattle, Washington. Next I'd like to go to Europe: Ireland, England, France...my ancestors' homelands. I am really into Genealogy and have managed to trace portions of my family tree back almost 1,000 years.
Please feel free to comment all over my blog...I want to hear from you.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Apparently I wrote this back in 2004 as a comment on someone's blog...I really do have an awful memory!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
This is a poem I read a long time ago, but had forgotten, by W.H. Auden. I rediscovered it today and realized that different lines from it would play in my head from time to time...I just couldn't remember what they were from...well here it is. A reflective journey...
As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.
And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
'Love has no ending.
'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,
'I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.
'The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world.'
But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.
'In the burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss.
'In headaches and in worry
Vaguely life leaks away,
And Time will have his fancy
To-morrow or to-day.
'Into many a green valley
Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
And the diver's brilliant bow.
'O plunge your hands in water,
Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
And wonder what you've missed.
'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.
'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
And Jill goes down on her back.
'O look, look in the mirror,
O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
Although you cannot bless.
'O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart.'
It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on.
A special thanks to Toby for having this poem on his FB page!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
1. I will practice acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.
2. Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself.) I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
3. Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
"Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a way of entering into the quiet that's already there,”buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day." -- Deepak Chopra
Monday, July 05, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
I struggle daily between the convenience factor and the environmental impact of my family's lifestyle. I am a work in progress.
We throw away our best lines
in casual repartee'.
I say to you
I am no longer saving
for a rainy day.
The devil beats his wife
while voyeur sun
peeps from the thundercloud
or sends a bolt of lightening
to burn away a shroud.
Well, should I not speak at all?
and so conserve
the log of thought
for some long wintery night,
then throw it on the flame
to watch it blaze
before the dazzled eyes
we tried to close,
before the prickling ears
we sought to stop.
Hush, hush, my soul;
these sputterings are unwise.
See, while we contrive
the fire dies.