Gifts with Heart ❤️


Despite the tragedy and profound sense of losses, we can still hope and seek a silver lining this holiday season by giving from the heart to heal hearts.

I have compiled a list of organizations or companies that want to help the greater good by doing good.  Please consider their efforts when you are gifting others’ during the holidays or just “any day”.

Writing Your First Blog


You have heard about “blogging” and maybe even attempted to start your own without any guidance. Yet if your experience is like many I know, before you knew it frustration settled in and you gave up! No need to give up entirely – let me help by offering you a step by step “short- course” on surviving the writing of your first blog posts!

Should I write the post or not?


Recently, I have become a bit agitated by events going on around me. Our political arena seems to be topsy-turvy. Some people in my sphere are not making the best of choices and seem to be posting their very strong opinions and photos carelessly and without regard to whether or not they are experts in a field or being sensitive to the feelings of others. Some things are just not making sense.

Which blog posts were the most popular and favorite of 2015?


Today a question by a blogger was posed on WORDPRESS – “What was your favorite post that you wrote in 2015?” That is a tricky question. The posts I enjoyed writing or felt had the most “impact” were within the “social good or philanthropy”. But, interestingly the post that had the most direct readership (from Wordpress directly vs. a “third party”) was a fashion blog – a topic I rarely discuss.

BLOGS WORTH READING


Do you read blogs to be inspired? Perhaps to find some humor in life? Or maybe to add to your personal learning?

Which blogs do I read faithfully? Loads! I could write a list that would take FOREVER to read.. but for now I will limit to some of my “must reads” for fun! Let the list begin! …
Love to read BLOGS – May I recommend hopping over to TRIBERR!

Do you want our readers to check out YOUR blog? Feel free to list it in the comment section. ( I reserve the right to hide any comment that is disrespectful or links to a blog that obscene or promotes negativity)

Vintage + Contemporary = Steampunk!


If you had asked me four months ago to describe Steampunk I would have answered with a blank stare. I had NO idea that this was an art form let alone one that is quite unique, intriguing and most of all taking the design world by storm!

In essence, Steampunk is the melding of vintage objects with a contemporary flair. In order to learn more about Steampunk I enlisted the help of Beverly Holman who lives and works in Hermosa Beach, CA. Despite being a senior citizen she is no way near retiring, as she has jumped in with both feet and wizardry hands to create the most funky of designs! Imagine placing an eyeball and a license plate on to an old camera. Strange grouping you may think? Well look below and see how this odd matching of objects becomes a work of art!

Why Instagram is a GREAT Choice for Engagement


I started to be a shutterbug in 1967 – the year my parents took us to Disneyland. I must have snapped every photo on my roll of 24 within minutes of arriving to the gates where Mickey Mouse stood! (The image below is one of SPACE MOUNTAIN before we realized it was not an educational ride!) Since then I have snapped THOUSANDS of photos including countless pics of places I have visited. Which is why when Instagram, a photo driven social media site that depends on engagement, became all the rage and I quickly became – “an early adopter”.

I CHANGED MY MIND


YES, I am guilty. I changed my mind – AGAIN!
I have tried THREE different newsletter services, only to realize that the most efficient way to disseminate information about SIGNING FAMILIES, the 411 VOICES network (including my radio show) and more was via my WORDPRESS blog!

YES, I promise to make sure that the content is equally, if not MORE GROOVY, than what was in my prior newsletters!
HOW TO GET this GROOVY INFORMATION? Simply go to my sidebar on this blog and complete the FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL or if you use WORDPRESS you can opt to press the FOLLOW button!