Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year to You All


Happy New Year! I don't know about you all but I am ready to kiss 2007 good-bye and I am sooo ready for 2008. This will be my year. I can tell. I have more opportunities at my feet than I have ever had. I paid the price of learning lessons the hard way and my kids are turning out to be wonderful people. Yes, it's time that my life begin to excel and I know this will be the year that it all comes together.

In my new job with Primary Residential Mortgage/Lending Tree, I am not seeing the real estate slump in the Pacific Northwest that I am constantly hearing about on the news. I am seeing a large request for home loan information for such an unpopular home buying season. I am taking this as good news for my new sideline and am looking forward to assisting you (if you live in Oregon or Washington) in getting the best deal possible for your new home purchase.

I continue to receive requests for web design through About Time Internet Marketing, LLC and now that I am working with the Joomla! system, I am able to provide dynamic, professional web designs that include hosting, domain and an email bundle at affordable prices.

I continue with PR for the Latimer Group and look forward to a busy season with them as well. I am currently freelancing on an event I will be telling you about shortly with CoCommunicationsPR.

My son and I met with a holistic healer yesterday and meditation will be on the to do list on a daily basis. Once I get my internal energies firing on all signals, then my external energies will provide well for me.

Yes, it will be a great year. I will not temp fate. I will (and am) be grateful for every morsel of well being that comes my way. My New Years Resolution? Be happy and have fun! What a great year it will be! Digg!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas


Yes, I am wishing you a Merry Christmas! I'm not one of those (and never have been) who tears down my tree the moment Christmas is over. I don't thrust into the season and it takes me awhile to ween myself off of it. In fact, I consider myself ahead of the game if my tree comes down before mid January.


My Christmas was superb. And continues to be so. I have both of my children with me and I am happy to say that we had a white Christmas with a current blizzard warning in effect. Yippeee! It can snow til the end of February and that would be alright with me. We have settled into the house with wrapping paper reminents still hanging around, a cozy fire in the fireplace and plenty of red wine on hand. Just as I thought work and life would allow me no breaks or time, it has afforded me the happiest of Christmas' and I will be forever grateful. So settle in with those that mean the most to you and continue to reap the magic of this once a year feeling. I wish you happiest of continued peace this season and always.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Figgy Pudding Carolers Support Art Walk


Ask most people what figgy pudding is and they’ll have an idea that it’s somehow connected to Christmas and that it surely contains figs. But this holiday season, it’s also the name of a brand new event happening in downtown LaGrande – the Union County Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest.

On Thursday, December 20, caroling teams of five people or more will sing between 6 pm and 7 pm adjacent to the art galleries and businesses open late for the monthly art walk. Teams will be judged by celebrity judges in two categories:
Best Wild and Wacky Performance
Best Choral Performance

The audience will be able to select their favorite team, too, in a Peoples Choice Award, by voting with cans of food, which will be donated to Union County food pantries.

Seven teams have committed to the event, thus far, including U.S. Bank, La Grande City Council, Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy, Eastern Oregon University, John Howard & Associates, ODOT and the Alleluia Bells.

Organizers Christy Barber and Kelly O’Neill expect more teams to sign up and say the competition will be tough, with both silly and serious groups.

One team is made up of motorcycle enthusiasts who are planning to wear their leathers while caroling. Another team is writing custom lyrics to traditional tunes.

“Expect to be entertained,” says Barber. “It’s another great reason to come downtown and do some last minute holiday shopping, too,” she says.

Teams have until December 17 to register and the first 10 teams to sign up avoid paying a $25 “Figgy Fine” that will be donated to Mt. Emily Safe Center, a local non-profit that provides coordinated and compassionate medical services for children who may have been victims of child abuse.

Just come up with a fun name for your team and call Christy Barber at 541-786-1613 or Kelly O’Neill at 541-663-6117 to enter. Everyone is invited to participate including employers, churches, clubs, friends and families and individuals of all ages and voices.


The Union County Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest is sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Happy as a Pig In....


Once again there are changes in my life. Good changes! As my marketing business continues to grow and expand, I am now happy to announce yet another new avenue in my career. I have been asked to and have accepted a position with Primary Residential Mortgage under Lending Tree as a Loan Originator!


I am THRILLED beyond words at my new position. I will continue to build websites and market regionally and nationally. I love my job and am not prepared to leave it. The beauty of this new position is that it affords me to do both.


So please, consider me to assist you in building your business as well as to finance your home or commericial property in the states of Oregon or Washington. And...as always, I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Media - Stop Glamorizing Killers

Unbelievable. Once again some sicko has open fire on a group of defenseless innocent people. And again, his name and photograph are all over the news stations.

When is the media going to figure out that by doing this, it only encourages more violence? The killer said in his apparent suicide note that at least now he would be famous. Of course. And he is. By making that statement it reinforces that this killer has seen other murderers get their moment of fame after their killing sprees and subsequent suicides. Now my question to you is would he have been so willing to commit the crimes he committed if the media hadn't so glorified his predecessors?

I even heard this recent killer described on the radio as "a lost puppy that no one wanted". I couldn't believe my ears. This "lost puppy" opened fire yesterday on a group of unsuspecting citizens changing the lives of their families forever and inciting fear into countless others who will now be looking over their shoulders as they shop this holiday season. He has again robbed this country of it's innocence and by his constant new found fame through the national media, instilling the glory of his actions on yet another "lost puppy" in society to entertain thoughts of doing the same. Sickening.

I am begging the media to take his photos off the air. Stop reciting his name. Focus on the lives that are now forever changed by his selfish, horrific, indescribably ill mind. He is not a hero. He is not to be pitied. He is not a celebrity. All the facts are there. He would not have done what he did if did not think it would lead to notoriety. These random (or not so random) acts of violence on our innocent will not end until we stop glamorizing these sick, disturbed criminals. Get them off the air. Digg!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Don't Forget Customer Service About Holiday Stress


I belong to this great group call Success by Referral. Candy Bowman, as mentioned below, is also a member of the group and gave us and educational brief that I know I have kept in mind and maybe it will be of service to you as well.

In this time of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's easy to get wrapped up in your private affairs and engagements and neglect the common courtesies that need to remain in place during the holidays. Take the time to put a smile on your face before answering your phone. It may sound silly but it does make a world of difference to the person calling on the other end of the line.

Another member of the group said that the definition of a professional is bringing your A GAME to your business at all times regardless as to what is going on in your personal life.

It's your business that has been their the other 11 months of the year and your business will be there after Santa Claus is long asleep after his journey. So take a moment to leave the stress of the holiday behind when working with a customer. Chances are that in doing so, you will find that you begin to feel better yourself! Digg!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Candy Bowman Specializes in Senior Real Estate


Candy Bowman, real estate agent for John J. Howard & Associates has recently earned her Real Estate Specialist for Seniors Certification (CRS).

After attending two and a half days of live class training and completing the certification test, Bowman was recognized as a certified member of the CRS network. In achieving this recognition, Bowman is now specialized in serving the real estate housing needs of the senior citizen community.

“What most seniors do not always realize is that planning needs to begin way before a Baby Boomer or senior needs it,” says Bowman. Bowman makes reference to those who hope to maintain their home, leave a family home to their children as they age, or enter assisted or retirement facilities.

According to Bowman, this planning often needs to take place three to five years prior to a senior actually needing the arrangement to be in place. “The time to plan isn’t when those hard family decisions need to be made,” says Bowman emphasizing that assisting a family now with their options could save money and heartache down the road.

Bowman also stresses that even though you may be looking at retirement doesn’t mean you have to sell your home. “Options are everywhere,” says Bowman. “Anything from Reverse Mortgages to proper estate planning can leave the control in the homeowner’s hands.”

When asked why this was a priority for Bowman to achieve CRS Certification, her answer is simple: “It’s always been important for me to help people,” she says.

Bowman has recently joined the John J. Howard & Associates Real Estate Team located in downtown La Grande. She can be reached at
www.CandyBowman.com or call 541.663.9000.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Don's Jewelry Snow Day Promotion


I'm lucky enough to fill in through Christmas at Don's Jewelry here in La Grande, Oregon. Don is very excited about his December promotion and as I think it is a wonderful concept, I wanted to share it with all of you! If it snows 7 or more inches on New Years Day in La Grande, Don will give all of his customers a full refund on any purchase they make from December 1 to December 24! Diamonds for Christmas, anyone? www.LaGrandeONLINE.com/DonsJewelry.


Snow Day Refund Promotion


Any individual who makes a purchase between December 1, 2007 and December 24, 2007 at Don’s Jewelry in
Baker City or La Grande is entitled to a refund in the amount of the full purchase price, excluding sales tax and delivery charges, if a minimum of seven inches of snow falls at the La Grande Union County Airport on January 1, 2008 between 12:00AM and 11:59 PM.

All Purchases made during the above period are final. No returns, exchanges or cancellations are permitted.

Individuals, who have made a purchase during the qualified sales period, must pay in full in order to be eligible to receive a refund as a qualified customer.

The Snow Fall will be measured by Weather Watch, at the La Grande Union County Airport. The official report provided by Weather Watch will be the only weather data relied upon in verifying the insured peril and whether refunds are to be made.

Please be advised that Don’s Jewelry will not be in a position to confirm that seven inches of snow occurred until a minimum of seven (7) business days after January 1, 2008.

In the event that the insured peril is met as defined in rule number one (1) above, refunds will only be made to qualified customers who agree to complete and sign the sales promotion rules.

In the event that the insured peril is met as defined in rule number one (1) above, please be advised that it may take up to sixty (60) days after the weather recording date to receive your refund.

All refunds must be claimed by April 1, 2008. It is the qualified customers responsibility to claim their refund by the above date. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Purchases made outside the qualified sale period, sales tax and delivery charges are not eligible for a refund.

Don’s Jewelry reserves the right to stop this promotion at any time, without notice, and honor those purchases made prior to the cancellation of this promotion.

Employees of Don’s Jewelry and their suppliers are not eligible to participate in this sales promotion.

No Purchase necessary. Individuals may enter by submitting a 3x5 card in a sealed envelope and mailing it to Don’s Jewelry 1216 Adams Ave La Grande OR 97850. All entries must be received no later than December 24, 2007. Entries must contain first and last name, complete mailing address including zip code and contact phone number. Incomplete or incorrect entries will be voided.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

___ I agree to the official rules as set forth under the terms of this promotion.

Customer Name:________________________________________________________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Sale Amount________________ Sale Date: ___________________ Invoice #______________________________________
Customer Signature:________________________________________ Date:_________________________________________

___ I choose not to participate in this promotion as described above, and understand that I will not receive a refund if the insured peril occurs. Customer Name: _______________________________________________________________________
Customer Signature _________________________________________ Date:________________________________________

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sean Taylor and The Black KKK




I saw this on the internet today and it intrigued me. I'd welcome your thoughts.

Taylor's death a grim reminder for us all
Jason Whitlock FOXSports.com, Jason Whitlock says Sean Taylor's death is more than a crime."

There's a reason I call them the Black KKK. The pain, the fear and the destruction are all the same.

Someone who loved Sean Taylor is crying right now. The life they knew has been destroyed, an 18-month-old baby lost her father, and, if you're a black man living in America, you've been reminded once again that your life is in constant jeopardy of violent death.
The Black KKK claimed another victim, a high-profile professional football player with a checkered past this time.

No, we don't know for certain the circumstances surrounding Taylor's death. I could very well be proven wrong for engaging in this sort of aggressive speculation. But it's no different than if you saw a fat man fall to the ground clutching his chest. You'd assume a heart attack, and you'd know, no matter the cause, the man needed to lose weight.

Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long.
When the traditional, white KKK lynched, terrorized and intimidated black folks at a slower rate than its modern-day dark-skinned replacement, at least we had the good sense to be outraged and in no mood to contemplate rationalizations or be fooled by distractions.
Our new millennium strategy is to pray the Black KKK goes away or ignores us. How's that working?

About as well as the attempt to shift attention away from this uniquely African-American crisis by focusing on an alleged injustice the white media allegedly perpetrated against Sean Taylor.
Within hours of his death, there was a story circulating that members of the black press were complaining that news outlets were disrespecting Taylor's victimhood by reporting on his troubled past.

No disrespect to Taylor, but he controlled the way he would be remembered by the way he lived. His immature, undisciplined behavior with his employer, his run-ins with law enforcement, which included allegedly threatening a man with a loaded gun, and the fact a vehicle he owned was once sprayed with bullets are all pertinent details when you've been murdered.

Marcellus Wiley, a former NFL player, made the radio circuit Wednesday, singing the tune that athletes are targets. That was his explanation for the murders of Taylor and Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams and the armed robberies of NBA players Antoine Walker and Eddy Curry.

Really?

Let's cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period. Go check the coroner's office and talk with a police detective. These bullets aren't checking W-2s.

Rather than whine about white folks' insensitivity or reserve a special place of sorrow for rich athletes, we'd be better served mustering the kind of outrage and courage it took in the 1950s and 1960s to stop the white KKK from hanging black men from trees.

But we don't want to deal with ourselves. We take great joy in prescribing medicine to cure the hate in other people's hearts. Meanwhile, our self-hatred, on full display for the world to see, remains untreated, undiagnosed and unrepentant.

Our self-hatred has been set to music and reinforced by a pervasive culture that promotes a crab-in-barrel mentality.

You're damn straight I blame hip hop for playing a role in the genocide of American black men. When your leading causes of death and dysfunction are murder, ignorance and incarceration, there's no reason to give a free pass to a culture that celebrates murder, ignorance and incarceration.

Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it's not OK to "super man dat ho" and end any and every dispute by "cocking on your bitch," nothing will change.

Does a Soulja Boy want an education?

HBO did a fascinating documentary on Little Rock Central High School, the Arkansas school that required the National Guard so that nine black kids could attend in the 1950s. Fifty years later, the school is one of the nation's best in terms of funding and educational opportunities. It's 60 percent black and located in a poor black community.

Watch the documentary and ask yourself why nine poor kids in the '50s risked their lives to get a good education and a thousand poor black kids today ignore the opportunity that is served to them on a platter.

Blame drugs, blame Ronald Reagan, blame George Bush, blame it on the rain or whatever. There's only one group of people who can change the rotten, anti-education, pro-violence culture our kids have adopted. We have to do it.
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According to reports, Sean Taylor had difficulty breaking free from the unsavory characters he associated with during his youth.

The "keepin' it real" mantra of hip hop is in direct defiance to evolution. There's always someone ready to tell you you're selling out if you move away from the immature and dangerous activities you used to do, you're selling out if you speak proper English, embrace education, dress like a grown man, do anything mainstream.

The Black KKK is enforcing the same crippling standards as its parent organization. It wants to keep black men in their place — uneducated, outside the mainstream and six feet deep.
In all likelihood, the Black Klan and its mentality buried Sean Taylor, and any black man or boy reading this could be next.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

And We're OFF!!


I hope each and everyone of you had a terrific Thanksgiving. Mine was perfect. I had 8 people for dinner and it was a non stress perfect day in every way. Now, it's back to work. In Christyland, my own private world that I think everyone should join, no one works from Thanksgiving week until January 2nd. Bills all get the month off and as do all your utilities. The only things that need to be paid for are food and merry making. Wouldn't that be great? Give the world time off, share a cup of eggnog and just enjoy the season. Someday when I am elected president, that will be my entire campaign platform. The world according to Christy. Yes, I like the sound of that. Well, I'm off to get a jump on the work week so I can enjoy a little of the season. I wish all of you a magic holiday!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


I wish each and every one of you a blessed Thanksgiving that contains full tummies and laughter around the table with friends and family. Thanksgiving is, by far, my favorite holiday of all. And now that the weather finally feels like November here, I am into the spirit full swing. Thanksgiving to me is Christmas without the stress. Without the emphasis on gifts and more on being together and being GRATEFUL! It's my big time of year to shine. Thanksgiving dinner is on me complete with huge turkey and all the traditional trimmings. Not normally an entertainer, it's my time to shine. Now that my kids are older, they are in the act too. They help me cook which starts on Tuesday. Before we eat, I ask everyone to state what they are thankful for. Sometimes the answers are interesting. But it's alway good to call to mind what it means to you. I have learned that I am all about anticipation. Thursday is my favorite day of the week and Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. I still have the magic of Christmas to look forward to. I remember one day, on a gloomy (just the way I love it) November day, I was looking out my window and I saw my neighbors loading up in their car to head home to family for Thanksgiving. And I remember feeling this warm glow and know that that is what the holiday season is all about. My daughter will be home tomorrow and I am going to take some time off. So until this Thanksgiving is past, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take moment to give thanks. It's so important. Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ruby Peak Naturals Shares the Wealth


*Bloggers note: Wouldn't life be a lot better if we all took this approach? Read on...


Jane Harshman, of Ruby Peak Naturals, offers a healthier lifestyle to the citizens of Wallowa County while she increases revenue for roughly fifteen other businesses from Oregon and Eastern Idaho.

Supporting local business has been a priority for Harshman, since opening Ruby Peak Naturals in 2005. “I want to work through our local vendors and provide products that promote green lifestyles”, says Jane Harshman. And she has done just that!

Since the inception of Ruby Peak Naturals, Harshman has worked with such companies as Bee Crow Bee, Backyard Gardens, Thiel Potatoes, Hozho Shopping Bags, Sei Mee Tea, LLC, Mary Jane’s Backpacking Food, Prairie Creek Farms, Aziza Essential Oils, Wildflouer Bakery, and Hidden Springs Eggs. She also sells whole bean coffee from Strictly Organic in Bend, Oregon, Fireworks Pottery, local grass fed beef and lamb, two types of gift cards made locally and honey made in Wallowa County.

She has no intention of stopping there.

“I’ve begun negotiations with a Rock Creek Nut Company and have also been talking with June Colony”, says Harshman. “June is a past county commissioner candidate who started the Generations Project. One aspect of the project is to refurbish used items and, with proposed grant funding, will provide low income women with sewing machines an avenue for income by producing a recycled fabric line of dish towels and aprons.”

To support progression of this business, Harshman has recently applied for an Individual Development Account (IDA) through the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and Connecting Oregon Rural Entrepreneurs (CORE). “I have my application in and I’m just waiting to hear back”, says Harshman. Harshman heard about the IDA through Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD. “I call Lisa often to learn what new programs are available through NEOEDD and CORE”, says Harshman. “This looked liked something that could help my business”.

The IDA Program is designed for business owners with a proven record of success in saving money. Once qualified, business owners such as Harshman can open a separate savings account where the amount a business owner saves will be matched three dollars to every dollar saved.

Jane Harshman is looking to replace some of the bulk bins that cost $165 for each new one. Currently the store has 30 bins. She is also hoping to expand the store’s inventory of green living products with items such as water purifiers as well as build the base of local organic products.

“I would like to carry more products as they become available”, says Harshman of working with local growers and entrepreneurs. “It just makes sense”. Harshman says she will also continue to call CORE to learn about new business opportunities for rural entrepreneurs.

To learn more about Ruby Peak Naturals, email Jane at
rubypeaknaturals@eoni.com or call 541.426.4042. To learn more about whether or not you may qualify for an IDA through CORE, contact Lisa Dawson at 800.645.9454.Digg!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Different Glass Ceiling


It has recently been brought to my attention that there is a different sort of glass ceiling that is causing as much if not more damage than the traditional type. More and more statistics support that in the next few years, there will no longer be a "middle class" in society. And that indeed we are heading to a "have's" and "have not's" society. I see this becoming evident as the lower middle class strive to bring their standard of living up. I don't understand what a person's credit rating has to do with their ability to do a job effectively. It has been brought to my attention by people I work with applying for higher paying jobs that provide benefits, 401K's and other perks that come from stable, fulfilling full time employment in the corporate and sub corporate world need to provide information and consent to credit checks. This can affect a decision made by an employer as to whether or not to hire the applicant. Are you kidding me???? I have to say it! This enrages me. Chances are that the applicant does not have stellar credit rating due to the low income circumstances in which they have been living. If the employer sees qualities that enable the applicant to do the job regardless of their previous income, shouldn't that be enough to hire them? Why can someone who seems so suited for the job be declined due to a credit score number? In my mind, this is another example of keeping the lower class where they are and not allowing them to infultrate the upper class sector of society. A practice that, in my opinion, is so wrong. Let's take that out of the job market, increase the over all economy and bring that bottom line up. A previous credit score may reflect a low time in the applicants life, a divorce, an illness and many other things that have nothing to do with the applicants ability to fulfill a job. Did you know the difference between having a home for a single income family and have that same family homeless is 2 paychecks? Think about it. Let's hire our employees based on their credentials and not their credit scores. Digg!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rethink the Gift Card


This came across my email today and I thought I'd share:


Holidays have rapidly devolved into what amounts to an exchange of cash. A gift card says nothing about the personality of the recipient -- but it says lots about the giver.

By
Liz Pulliam Weston

Gift cards are incredibly popular. They're also an oxymoron.
A gift, ideally, says, "I thought about you. I considered your likes and dislikes, your needs and wants, your dreams and desires, and found you this token of my esteem that I hope will delight you."

A gift card says, "There! Checked you off my list."

It's not just me that says so. Judith Martin, the doyenne of etiquette known to millions as
Miss Manners, dismisses gift certificates -- and, by extension, gift cards -- as "a pathetic compromise convenient to people who do not trust their judgment about selecting the right present for those whose tastes they ought to know."

Think about it. Would a lover, in the flush of romance, lean close to the object of his affection and present … a gift card? Would proud grandparents present the latest addition to the family with … a gift card? Would your best and closest friend, the one you've known for years, who's stuck with you through the roller-coaster ride of life, walk into your hospital room and give you … a gift card?

(If the answer to any of those questions is yes, by the way, you need to start hanging with a better class of people.)

Yet gift cards continue their relentless spread:
Last year, 74.3% of respondents surveyed told a National Retail Federation survey they planned to buy at least one gift card, up from 69.9% the year before.
Half of respondents (50.1%) said they would like to receive a gift card, up from 41.3% two years earlier.

The younger you are, the more likely you are to be delighted by a gift card: 82% of Americans under 44 said they appreciated receiving gift cards, according to a national survey by Coinstar, purveyor of coin-counting machines and gift cards.

The death of shame

Many young people are so enamored with gift cards, with being "empowered to make their own choices," as one retailer laughably put it, that they don't even realize what they're missing.
Older people might, but hey, they're busy, cards are convenient, so what's the harm?
The harm is that the art of gift-giving is quickly devolving into an entirely commercial exchange. How much longer until we simply start thrusting wads of dollar bills at each other?
Some people, apparently, would be delighted with that prospect. While researching party themes for my daughter's upcoming celebration, I stumbled across a posting by a woman who proudly included the horrifying words "monetary gifts would be much appreciated" on her 3 year-old child's invitations. She went on to explain that "I wanted money as gifts for my daughter's savings and for us to buy bigger toys, like a big kitchen and a Barbie Jeep that she wanted, instead of guests giving her small toys."

It's official. Shame is dead.


*A Note From the Blogger...

I think it depends on the gift card!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

How Does Your Child's Vitamin Stack Up?


Do you want the best for your children? Call me! 541.786.1613

Friday, November 9, 2007

Blue Lapis for CHRISTMAS!


Not to early to start! Buy this stunning one of a kind blue lapis and sterling silver necklace and earring set from Moonlight Treasurez, hand crafted by Sabina Mulryan. No two pieces by Sabina are the same. Each piece is of the highest quality craftsmanship and materials. This blue lapis choker measures 8 3/4 inches from the top of the clasp to the bottom of the large stone. Earrings are included in this set for a one of a time price of $58 plus $5 shipping and handling. As always, your satisfaction is guaranteed. For this and other items from Moonlight Treasurez, call 541.786.1613 or Email Info@MoonlightTreasurez.com.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Is it Time For Social Media


The LA Times might be ready. Or at least out of the starting gate according to blogger David J and his blog About Results Marketing. In this blog, David talks about a presentation he recently attended where the conversation led to the potential of mashing and the ability to track data effectively. The conversation eventually led to the evolution of social media. David J asked the question if this would eventually lead to more bias in the media. On the contrary, I feel that it will lead to the ability to find the REAL story. I think we are already seeing some of this in online newspapers where public comment is allowed. I have had the unfortunate personal experience of losing a family member in Alaska. The comments in the enews there paint a picture of the man accused with a hauting background and the testimonial that this is not the first time he has behaved in the manner. Will that be admissable in court? That remains to be seen. I also know of another situation in the Pacific NW where two dear who had been raised in captivity were taken from their home by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The public outrage that ensued on the local news channels blog held the fish and wildlife department accountable for the actions and the public demanded explanation. I know, only in Oregon. But my point is, social media is already taking effect. People are getting say through the internet and they are not afraid to do it. And as far as bias goes, the media is already doing that on their own whether we want to admit it or not. Fox News has already been labeled conservative and CNN is the more liberal station for information. As anyone who has lived through a crisis situation. They will either tell you the media played it up too big or didn't get even close to the full picture. I am in favor of social media in MODERATION due to the fact that is may paint all sides of the picture. It's up to the media companies to maintain factual accuracy but lets let those in the trenches tell the story. Thanks David J for such a well written article. Digg!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Funny

"Do you know the present value of your husband's policy?" the life insurance salesman asked his client.

"What do you mean?" countered the woman.

"If you should lose your husband, what would you get?" asked the salesman.

The woman thought a minute, then brightened up and said,"Probably a poodle."

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Get out your jingle bells and last years fruit cake because ready or not, the Christmas season fast approaches. Already (even before Halloween) holiday shopping ads were filling the air waves. Maybe you've started your shopping, maybe you need that extra push but what I want to know is, where do you shop? Many communities (including my own) have campaigns to shop locally with great statistics about how that helps local economy. Do you do it? How many of you have a Super Wal-Mart in your area? We do. And the day after Halloween it was full of Christmas trees and holiday fare everywhere. Do you take advantage of their discounted prices? Or how many of you (us) who work at our computers all day find the ease of internet shopping and having it shipped to our work to keep it from the kids extremely convenient? I live in a rural area with usually heavy snowfall and yet I know of many who travel to the nearest mall to do their shopping. And yet, I do believe that many of us complete this joyous task with somewhat of a hybrid of all the mentioned. But what do you do? What is the most likely means you will the Christmas or in Christmas' past get the job done? Take a moment to answer the poll you see to your left. Or drop me a comment!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Help This Guy Out!

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Happy Election Day!


In our current corrupt society, it's hard to get geared up to go out and vote. Oh I'm not just talking about our current presidential state of the union, I'm talking about every day politics. You don't know who is telling the truth. You don't know if what they say is really what they mean or their true beliefs. And it's often hard to decipher what is the true (or hidden) meaning in a ballot measure. I can't fix or explain the intent of who is running for election or what how you should vote a measure that is being presented by your state. What I do know is that if you don't educate yourself, if you don't take the time to fill out your ballot or get out and vote, you don't have the right to complain if you aren't satisfied with the state of your government.


For example: I live in the eastern part of Oregon in a rural community. Most of our statewide measures are decided in the more metropolitan west side of the state. As I mentioned, I live in Oregon. Most national politicians do not see us as a "must win" state. But I vote. I vote every election. I study my voters pamphlet. I get as educated as I can on the issues at stake and I vote. Yes it takes time. But a lot went into giving me that right and I take it seriously. Get informed. Take a stand and vote! Digg!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pro Bowl Now a Popularity Contest?


Being a nearly lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL, it saddens to me see advertised on every game these days is to vote for your favorite players to go to the Pro Bowl. What???? It used to be in days gone by that the top players with the best statistics for their posistion went. If they were unable to go for whatever reason, then the next in line took their place. Granted that probably most of the players who are getting the votes are top in their field, still, I have to wonder if it's not becoming more of a popularity contest then a forum for those who had the best year to compete against one another. My vote? Get rid of the popularity contest and send the best of the best. Bar none.

Digg!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Traditional Right or Massive Slaughter?

When does the traditional right of centuries past turn into a mass killing of innocent animals in the 21st Century? Though this appears barbaric and the numbers that are destroyed seems inhumane, I want to know what is done with these dolphins. It is said that this is key to the livelihood of the people in this Japanese community. Why? Native Americans in this country have lost their rights to ancient fishing ground and prairies of hunting to preserve wildlife numbers that have diminished over the years. Can something like that be done if not eliminate these horrific practices all together. It is once again creating a balance between man and wildlife that shear population numbers have made neccesary. Conflict, conflict. Don't get me wrong. I am completely appauled by what is shown in this video. It is crminal, inhumane and all that I deem as evil in my constant support of animals all over the world. However, I find myself conflicted as I believe in a Native American's right to fish the salmon in our rivers as they have done for centuries above the rights of others to do the same. The difference? That is what I am struggling with. What I do know is that I will be boycotting Japanese products in protest of what I see here. I encourage others who may be outraged by this video to do the same. Digg!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Learning Till the Brain Hurts


Why is it some of us feel we know all we want to know by the time we reach 35? And then why are there still others who have such a thirst for knowledge that they never seem to tire of learning? One of my best friends recently told me that I was the hippest chick she knew because I still enjoyed learning and she had come to the point where she just wanted someone else to do it for her.


We all have heard that we only use roughly 5% of our brain in our lifetime. I don't want to die with 95% of knowledge left to know. My need for increasing my knowledge comes from not being satisfied with being all that I am right now. Don't get my wrong, I think I have worked miracles in my life and am happy with the accomplishments I have had. But I want more. Many, many more.


I still see myself writing that book some day. I still see myself on a stage motivating others not to give up and encouraging them to increase their own personal knowledge base. I see me getting that degree that has thus far eluded me. I see me financially solvent with my animals and maybe some grandchildren enjoying the great outdoors.


For now, I want to learn a new computer application that makes the web sites I design that much better. When I see a new icon on someone elses blog I want to look it up and know what it is. If my fellow blogger knows it, I surely want to as well. And someday I want to design that icon for my site/blog that someone else has to look up to know what it is.


Now, that I have embarked on a career that I am loving and is still in its infancy, and when my children are close to being grown, now is when I have the time and the brain capacity to take it all in. So much so this week that my mind feels full. I am excited at what lies ahead. I'm excited to learn what is new and what seems to be passing me by at an alarming, lightning fast rate. I want to tell you one day my story. And I want everyone to know that it's not too late to change the course they may be on or to decide to step (or jump) over to the other path that leads to the dream; whatever that dream may be. It might not be easy. I'm betting it won't be. But the one message I heard over and over at the convention I just attended was "Don't Give Up". I have no intentions of it. Digg!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

What If....


I have an idea. More likely a proposal. Most of us spend money on either a flat budget or pay per click to bring people to our business website. I host Google Ads on my website and will continue to do so. I also purchase Google Ads for my business and will continue to do so. We play the Google game and most of the time it benefits our businesses. But I would also like to make another offer. Email me your logo or icon and I will Invoice you through Pay Pal for $25. With your $25, I will leave your logo or icon on my page for one full month. I will also add a link to your business page on the left side of my page as a sponsored link. The great thing about this is that I will be able to know how many clicks you get for your advertising dollar from my site. You will be placed on a first come, first serve basis. This is a feature that you are not able to get from newspapers, radio or even TV. Today is a new month. A great way to promote for the holidays. Let's give it a try! Send your logos to Christy.Barber@hotmail.com. Please write BLOG ADS in the subject bar and you will have my immediate attention. I hope to see all of your logos here in the very near future!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Beautiful Jewelry


It is NOT too soon to start your Christmas shopping! In fact, I find that if I haven't started by August, I'm in big trouble! Well I'm about to make that task much easier! I am happy to introduce Sabina Mulryan and her one of a kind, hand crafted jewelry from Moonlight Treasurez. I was thrilled when I met Sabina and saw her gorgeous works of art. Each piece is unique with an intriguing style of it's own. No two pieces are alike! All sets come with a necklace and matching earrings. I wear mine all the time and constantly receive compliments and comments. This year, give her the one of a kind gift she will never forget. Visit http://www.moonlighttreasurez.com/. If you see something your like, don't hesitate! Once that piece is gone, it's gone! Enjoy your shopping!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Poll and Big Town Marketing and Small Town PR


I'm back! With a full mind and tired soul. I just returned from my convention on Rural Business and how to cope in that environment. It went very well. The topic of my company was Big Time PR for Small Communities. Wonderful! We met so many great people that need or do not know how to market their own businesses. How to promote and network in a fashion that leads to new business and PR to get word out about who they are and what they do. We were able to help so many people and get word out about how to help. As I have mentioned, I do freelance for PR for The Latimer Group. I am fortunate through The Latimer Group team to have a core network of talented marketers that compliment each other and can support one another for the benefit of a client or company. I was honored to represent this company at this convention. And this week will be a very busy week contacting those we met and setting up proposals on how to best support these businesses.

In looking at my poll results, I am curious as to those results. Or lack of participation. Is there a certain amount of apathy in the advertisment industry? Do people not know the best way to advertise their businesses? Or possibly advertisement is not the way businesses are getting word out these days. In the amount you can invest in advertising, you can easily hire a publicist that can get word out about who you are or your event. Often, the clients I have through my private business as well as The Latimer Group, the cost of a monthly retainer can bring in placements that can equal $5,000 to $10,000 worth of advertising. Don't get me wrong. Advertising has it 's place and my business has certainly benfitted from well placed advertisings. But, if that is not doing the trick for you, you're not sure where to place advertising or just wish the media would throw some love you way, why not give a publicist a chance. You might be suprised at the benefits of a publicity company. Please visit The Latimer Group or About Time Internet Marketing, LLC. We look forward to hearing from you.Digg!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

While I'm Away...

I will be attending a conference for rural businesses these next few days. I hope to bring back wonderful insight to you all. In the meantime, I would like to share my favorite You Tube post! And maybe a little insight to my soul? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Falling Behind in Your House Payment? Lisa Page Can Help!



This time of year it's easy to get there! October is slower for business. Kids need school things. It's easy to fall behind just a little in your mortgage payment. Then a little more. Before it gets out of hand, meet my friend Lisa Page. Lisa Page is a mitigator for US Loss Mitigation and Stop Foreclosures Assistance. Lisa is a kind and wonderful person who wants to help you save your home. Here's her story.

LISA PAGE ASSISTS HOME OWNERS



With foreclosures at an all time high, interest rates gone through the ceiling and government supposedly unable to do anything about it, many homeowners are in dire straits trying to make ends meet and stay financial ahead of the home mortgage game.

According to FT.com, housing foreclosures doubled in September with 223,538, a 99% increased compared to a year ago. Adding that mortgage banks have stated an increase of late mortgage payments, the online magazine is citing that this housing trend is nowhere near an end.

The impact this trend has had nationwide has reflected in a depressed economy as well as large corporate businesses such as Countrywide Home Loans to reduce the number of employees creating a depressed job market as well.

According to Lisa Page of US Loss Mitigation and Stop Forclosure Assistance, this does not have to be the case. “Sometimes it means just having someone help you get current again without having to acquire huge late fees and interest to get back on track”, says Page. “Often a homeowner can bring their payments current with the equivalent of one payment versus what’s now due, past due with late fees and interest”.

“There are ways we can help a homeowner get their mortgage problem solved often in as little as 30 days”, she says. Page’s company allows a homeowner to work within their current mortgage bank and prevents a homeowner from being faced with some unpleasant alternatives such as having to sell, rent or lease the property or having to borrow money. “Often that places a homeowner in a difficult financial situation when they may already be struggling”.

Accredited by the Better Business Bureau, US Loss Mitigation and Stop Forclosure Assistance offers free consultation and no application fees. “We also have a 98% success rate”, adds Page. “We are designed to assist you in getting current with your payment, retain your home and see what we can do to save your credit standing.”

Page is afraid that people don’t know that this type of assistance is out there. “I met a lady the other day who said she could have kept her home had she known this was an options”, says Page. Page also emphasizes that the time to contact her is before a home goes into foreclosure. “If you start to get behind 30-60 days, that’s when you need to call me”, she says. Waiting longer may not provide Page’s company the time it needs to reverse the situation.

For more information on Lisa Page and how she can be of assistance to you, please visit www.USLossMitigation.com/lpage, www.StopForclosureAssistance.com/LisaMariePage or call 541.962.0997.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Difference Between Marketing and Sales


There seems to be confusion in the business industry between what is marketing and what is sales. I have thrown my hat into a few arena's when I hear of a marketing position that is open only to find that what they really wanted is a sales consultant. I overheard one of my USANA colleagues on day tell someone they are in marketing. What she meant is that she is a consultant which involves sales. Agreed, when you are selling a product you are in turn doing some marketing and marketing may lead to sales but there is a distinct difference between the two and I hope to dissolve some of the confusion.

Sales: Sales is the position in which you are distinctly promoting a product or a service. Pay is often acheived based on a commission of the sale price. You can be on a salary but I have found that the reward comes from eating what you kill. You are out for the purpose of making a sale for your company.

Marketing: Now marketing on the other hand is usually done prior to the sales consultant doing their job. A marketer primary focus is to get word out about a product or a service and generate interest in that item. This is done through publicity, campaigns and advertising. The result of good marketing is sales but the goal is more to create a buzz.

The two work beautifully hand and hand together but are different. At times my job as a "marketer" does involve sales. But that is at the request of my employer and has a different set of circumstances applied. And I do sales for myself every day regarding the work that I do and how it can help a business.

So next time you look for one or the other, be precise on what your needs are. Sometimes you can find both with the same company but be sure to define what your business needs are. That will make it easier for you to get exactly what you are looking for.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Diabetes - Treatable and Preventable


I am currently representing an Family Nurse Practitioner in my area. I had a wonderful and enlightening conversation with her in preparing to present her to local media interests. I'm glad to say that the media has taken to this information like ducks to water and I was so engrossed in my conversation with her, that I thought this information was worth passing on. I hope you find it as insightful as I did.

FNP Believes Preventative Care is Key

La Grande, Oregon: A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) takes on several roles as a health care provider. In many instances they need to discern what is beneath the surface even if the patient doesn’t volunteer the information.

Renee Edwards, FNP, owner and founder of Village Health Care located at 1215 Washington Avenue in La Grande has found a passion in early detection and preventive health care, with a specialty in pre-diabetic diagnosis. “Often I can tell before any testing, that that person is in a pre-diabetic state,” says Edwards. She correlates the current diabetes epidemic with the rise in obesity.

Not a condition to be taken lightly, Edwards stresses that the results once a patient goes into a full-blown diabetic state are not desirable. “Diabetes damages nerves and vessels, harming the eyes and organs. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, blindness, amputation, candida and other skin infections, and kidney disease.” Edwards believes that preventive health care before the onset of disease is essential in warding off suffering down the road.

Edwards begins a diagnosis by collecting patient history and risk factors, observation, and testing, to determine a patient’s current health status. She feels that it’s important to assess the situation and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of employing various types of treatment. Helping patients understand their care is also an important factor. “For example, I want to help them see that taking preventive medication does not necessarily mean that they are sick,” she adds. “Many of us already take vitamins and minerals for preventive health. Some of us need a bit more.”

Along with endocrinology issues, Edwards also likes to focus her practice on other chronic health conditions, mental health and skin problems. “My favorite thing is to figure it out,” says Edwards. “Many illnesses aren’t easily diagnosed and I like that challenge.”

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ray's New Car

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mutts and Moms...Give the Dog Back

Wow what a tearful plea. I am a huge animal lover. I support so much that these organizations do for the good of animals. But I have to say that I think this organization went way too far. They alerted the media and the police when the arrived to seize the dog. I use the hard word "seize" because that is what it seems they did. They took the little pooch as if it were an illegal alien being harbored by law breaking aiding and ebedding criminals. It's a dog. It's a dog that got a good home with loving people. Inspect the home if you must. Though ridiculous, charge Ellen a readoption fee if you must. But give the dog back to a family that loves and cares for it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Poll Results


Thank you to the four of your *L* who participated in my blog poll. All four had the same answer. They NEVER take nutritional supplements. Now what I want to know is why. As a Usana representative, the big reason I hear is that they just can't remember. I get that . It takes some time to get into the habit of taking a supplement. It's the same as implementing a new work out or a skin care regimen. It takes time for it to become your habit. My advice to those of you who are in this category is to be sure to put your supplements somewhere where you won't forget them. In a drawer or in a cupboard is out of sight, out of mind. When I first started implementing nutritional supplements, I kept them by my coffee pot. When I got my coffee in the morning, I took them. When I set the pot at night, I took them. If you are trying to get your children in a routine, the toothbrush holder is a great idea. Same for non-coffee drinking adults. Also, USANA provides your with a Health Pak. This contains your AM and PM vitamins in a handy package. No bottle to mess with and it's easy to travel with. If you have special health supplements that you take like Procosa II for joint and muscle pain or other Optimizers, USANA just introduced My Health Pak. I (or your representative) will work with you to design a Health Pak that suits your particular needs. Again in a easy to use pouch formulated just for you. If it matters, try these and see if it doesn't help. If you would like a Health Pak sample, please let me know and I will see to it you get one.

Now for those of you who do not believe, (and I cannot stress this enough) the majority of degenerative health conditions are preventable. If you say you get what you need from your food you are wrong. Proper nutrition in your diet is one very important step but it's not the whole picture. You don't brush and not floss or see the dentist. You have to complete the whole nutritional picture. Start now. Before you have a health issue. You know what they say about hind sight and 20/20. Why wait that long? Take care of your health now. Improve your overall energy level and do all you can to ensure your health lasts a very long time. Let me know how I can help you do this.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dr. Northrup on Oprah



Nationally renowned physician Dr. Christiane Northrup is to appear on Oprah on Tuesday, October 16th. Long respected for her information on women's health issues, what you may not know about her is that she is a strong proponent of USANA products. In a recent letter, she lays claims to the health benefits you can receive from using USANA Nutritionals. If you would like a copy of this letter, email me and I'll forward a copy of it to you.

In the mean time, here is a copy of the information that I received today.

Dr. Christiane Northrup returns to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for
not one but two incredible OPRAH shows this fall! The first show is
scheduled to air on Tuesday, October 16th and features Dr. Northrup
one-on-one with Oprah--who confesses (among other things!) that she keeps
her copy of THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE next to her bed! Tune in for the fun,
fears and the facts of being 35- plus, as Dr. Northrup debunks the myths of
menopause and offers hope and health to the millions of women who are
entering (or in!) what can be the most confusing, but also what she calls
the most dynamic and exciting part of their lives.


The second show, scheduled to air later in the fall (date to come, we'll
keep you posted), is another must -see show where Oprah and Dr. Northrup go
one-on-one (as only they can) to answer a full hour of audience
questions-including the ones you were sure they'd be afraid to ask! It's a
fun, frolicking and informative hour about your body that you won't want to
miss!


For the exact time when the show will air in your area on October 16th,
please visit: <http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml>
http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Noise Pollution Solution


If you have ever struggled with getting a good nights sleep or simply finding peace in a noisy environment then you know how frustrating it can be. I recently discoved SoniScape, a natural sound masking CD produced by Brett Houston. This peaceful CD gaves a sense of nature and allows you to block out disrupting sounds that don't allow your body to relax or sleep as it needs to. For a sample of this CD, visit Noise Pollution Solution and for yourself if this is something that can improve the quality of your life.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Me and My Gang

A Note for My Blog Log Friends


Is it just me or have any of the rest of you got into a blog and then couldn't back out of it? I hate it when that happens. And I find it a bit offensive. I read your blogs for entertainment and information and I don't want to feel like I'm trapped in a room when I am ready to go. So if you have this feature on your blog, I will not add you as a contact and I will not be a repeat reader. Anyone else want to weigh in on this one?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling


This month is National Women in Business Month. Since this is something I hold near and dear to my heart as a female entrepreneur, I wanted to take a moment and address the proverbial glass ceiling known to exist to women who are trying to climb the corporate ladder. Living in a rural community where everyone struggles to get ahead, the encounters I have had with this have been limited to old fashioned thinking and the good ol' boys club. I have had in business situations a gentleman pass me by to shake the hand of a male boss. Didn't fly well with me. Then I realized how my actions could have changed that scenario. What if I would have gone out front, introduced myself and extended my hand before he had the opportunity to pass me by. Yes, it's tragic that men see men in the business world. And yes, we as women often have to assert ourselves in the role that we want more so than men. But in my experience, if we wait for men to come to us as leaders in the business world, it may be a slower journey. We as women need to assert ourselves in the work place. We need to be involved to the point that the decision makers that sit on the business panel include and equal number of women to men. Same with those we seek out to assist us in financing our businesses. Don't wait to have our hand shaken. Make sure we do the shaking. Treat others with respect and demand to be treated the same way in return.

Friday, October 5, 2007



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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Preventative Health is Essential


I had an enlightening meeting the other day with a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in preventative medicine for people who are in a pre-diabetic state. So much of it was information I try to share with others on a regular basis. So many diseases can be prevented. Like my client said, look around us. How many overweight people do you see around you? Too many! She said the situation has become so bad that she can usually tell before she runs tests whether someone is in a pre diabetic state. People, this doesn't have to happen to you. Since I have been involved with USANA, people seem to have a lot of reasons for putting their health on the back burner. That makes me the saddest of all. I hear that the family is cutting costs. Cut out a lot of things but make health your priority. When you compare the cost of insurance, the amount of your deductible, work time you can lose and worst of all, the emotional and time cost to your family. Isn't proper nutrition worth that? Isn't it worth it to invest in a little preventative health care now to save so much in the long run? Isn't your family worth it? Call me.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ann Coulter...GET HELP!


I try very hard not to mix politics with my business blog but this is worth mentioning. Did anyone else happen to see the once again embarrassing interview with Ann Coulter on the Today Show yesterday? Does she really represent the Republican party well? Do Republicans really look to her and say, "Yes Ann! That's exactly who we are and how we feel!"? I watched her interview yesterday and didn't feel the usual contempt I feel for her. Instead I just felt embarrassed for her like you do for a parent who's child has just behaved badly or for the pre teenager who means to say something intelligent and ends up with an ill-timed and unfortunate comment instead. It's the inner cringe factor that makes you almost pity that person. I said "almost". She is the perfect example that we tell our daughters, "pretty is as pretty does". Her soul is ugly and thereby erasing any physical beauty she had the potential of possessing. As I watch her I also have to wonder about the possibilty of arrested developement. Her comments are so void of intelligence and maturity that I have to wonder about an underlying disorder. I will not honor Ann Coulter ever again by mentioning her here. I will not post her photo or a video of her spewing her mess on society. I will NEVER purchase anything that will put a single dollar in her pocket. I do not find her intelligent, insightful or, above all, productive in doing anything that helps people or contributes to society. Not only do I wonder if Republicans cringe at her bottom dwelling comments on behalf of their party, but I have a hard time believing that Christ looks down upon her and says, "Yes my child. That is exactly the message I want to deliver".

Friday, September 28, 2007

It's Happened


I have a million and one things to talk about but nothing to say. For days I have come to my blog and found...nothing. My head is so full and my life is so busy. I'm not complaining. Not by a long shot. No offense but I would rather be busy with so many clients and not be able to write to you all here than be able to add several posts a day. Work has been busy. Life has been busy. But when I sit down to write to you all here. Dry. Tumbleweeds come out of my ears. Sand. And it's not that I have nothing to say. But it all has come out like statements rather than profound words of wisdom. Take your vitamins. Take the RIGHT vitamins. Get your affordable website. Market appropriately. Should celebrities be candidates? Why didn't Oprah call back? Deadlines. Deadlines. The end of the month brings many of those, doesn't it? My new house takes to holiday decorating very well. Yes, those Halloween decorations came out of the basement. Websites abound as do new accounts. It's a good problem to have. The holiday's fast approach and businesses are quick to get on board to get the most traffic they can, virtual or otherwise. Boundries are important to set for oneself but at what cost? To the cost of your own spare time? Or your business? And what do you feed a thoroughbred mare when she has an injury and you can't have her too hot? These are just a few of the insights in my mind that have gone on lately and the reason you haven't see a quality post in a few days. How do you narrow that mess down? Awwww....writers block. With the new interesting people I have been able to meet here of recent, watch for this space to improve. But until then....thanks for hanging in there.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Oprah! Answer Your Fax!


Yeah...it's been that day. The one where you chase your tail ... the one where you just can't get Oprah to pick up her fax. But in my attempts to reach Oprah today, I got to thinking about how many people want her to run for office. And then I got to thinking about the candidates debate. Who is your favorite? Are we ready for Hillary? I don't dislike Hillary. She is third on my list right now. Edwards is #1 (how can you not love him?) and Barack is my #2. I want him to be president in the worst way but not just yet. I like what Hillary has to say and I will definatley vote for her if she is The One. But what about Oprah and celebrities running for office? Are you for it or against it? Are they really ready to take the office or do they run on a popularity ticket? And do we really know what candidates stand for or do just know what their supports pay for them to endorse. Back to chasing my tail.

Monday, September 24, 2007

USANA Funnies: Ray Needs Energy

I've Said It Before...


And I'll say it again. Know what you are getting when you purchase nutritional supplements. Bottom line. The easiest way to do that? Look at the Comprehensive Guide to Nutritional Supplements. Buy it at your local bookstore or check it out at your library. There is a lot of information and misinformation floating around out there about vitamins. What is good, what is bad, etc. Don't take anyone's word for it until you do your own homework. The Comprehensive Guide is an INDEPENDANT study ranking the top vitamins in the world. Know what your doing. Be responsible for your own health and do your homework. And then when you are ready for #1, call me.