Monday, October 31, 2011
At 72, Dyan still looks wonderful, with a perky personality that shines just as bright as it did when I first met her over 20 years ago. Dyan is very excited about her new memoir, "Dear Cary: My Life With Cary Grant". Her marriage to a true member of Hollywood Royalty produced a daughter, Jennifer who also recently wrote a book about her dad. Dyan has been making a series of public appearances on a book tour, and definitely has her followers. I believe she said her book is at #2 on the LA Times best sellers lists. Dyan smiles easily, laughs heartily and enjoys life. Perhaps most impressive is her deep spirituality and how passionately she speaks about finding love within. Dyan is a pure delight. I only just picked up a copy of her book, so I've not read it yet, but knowing Dyan, she has quite a story to tell. I'll let you know how it reads.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I don't claim to be a car enthusiast or even be knowledgeable about cars. However I can appreciate the beauty of these timeless classic American cars that kicked off the Great American Love Affair with our cars. These cars helped define an era here in America that is gone but not forgotten. I had the opportunity to attend a classic car show recently and really enjoyed it, so I snapped a few photos to share here for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The only question I have for you, Gentle Reader, is what song or artist of this era popped into your mind as you look at these cars? Personally I had a combination of Elvis and The Four Seasons...although I admit my timing on those might be a bit off for a few of these cars but you get the gist.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|Before the Groomer Visit|
I asked them both, in my best pitch if they wanted to go the grooming salon today. Their ears perked up as they cocked their heads in unison. Tails began to wag hurriedly, as they made their way back into the house. Just the jingling of my keys was all that was necessary to rally them to the front door- they were ready to head out. They climbed into the car and waiting impatiently- stomping their front feet in expectation of a day of fun and frolicking at the groomer's with all the other dogs. Take a look at the photo of them above, neither were too shaggy, but both needed a good brush and fluff. When we arrived at the salon, they quickly disappeared behind the counter and quickly forgot all about me, opting instead for their canine buddies.
|riding home after the groomer's|
|After the Groomers, all clean & fluffy!|
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The book(s) I've been writing (I use that term 'book' loosely) are still very much rough draft concepts, yet I know that among the hundreds of pages are a subset text that will one day rise from the file and become a reality. One of my life goals is to publish a few books pertaining to self-motivation, and turning dreams into reality. Yesterday I wrote a post about the power of positive thinking. Those concepts have guided me through life since I was "knee-high to a grasshopper", so it is hardly a surprise to me that I am still drawn to these basic truths.
I expect that I will continue to write around this subject matter until the moment is right; when the time comes I'll know it. Just the other night I awakened from a deep sleep with an idea of someone with whom I could partner on a book concept. Not sure exactly why that person's name came to me while asleep, but I'll never question it. I sent her an e-mail the next day to see where it may lead. Until then, I'll continue writing and writing and writing...
Monday, October 10, 2011
I'll spare all the details- those belong more in the pages of a book than a blog post. But suffice to say I had an epiphany one weekend that the center of my universe was about to shift away from San Diego to a pleasant desert community about two hours away. It seemed crazy. Work was in San Diego, "I CAN'T" go there, I thought. But quickly those negative thoughts were replaced by an understanding that "I CAN". Yes, certain sacrifices would be made, with an eye toward the future. Yes, a few mistakes might have been made along the way, but none that interfered with the vision of the world I wanted.
When the relocation to Palm Springs happened, it didn't take long for the Universe to respond--in spades. Within a short time, my life was filled with the very things that were missing just a few weeks prior. That change initiated a series of actions that have affected me (positively) ever since. I remember a time when I thought I was "stuck" in San Diego, yet once I shifted my mind I found a reality of how to move my world.
Back then, I didn't understand the power of positive thinking, or how our thoughts can affect us. I like to describe it as a combination of prayer and positive thinking. Prayer is a very powerful force. The act of acknowledging a Higher Power and directing one's thoughts and mind toward that can be incredibly effective.
Today I am blessed with a life that is just what I envisioned. To achieve that is very fortunate indeed. The road of life is filled with many twists and turns, some painful and full of sadness. Yet how we handle those twists in the road, how we think about them, makes all the difference. The energy we expend with our thoughts is like a "cause and effect". So regardless of your current situation, your current reality, or the current "world in which you live", always remember that with our thoughts we make our world.
If you are reading this, chances are you, or someone else you know may need this message. Feel free to share it as needed. If it sparks a thought to just one person, it was worth the time it took to type this post. But in truth, I already know it is.
You are welcome to hear more on this topic from my radio radio show clicking here.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
This post is not written as a rant toward anyone in particular, but more from a point of view that I miss the days when using proper English mattered within our society. Our fast paced world of e-mail and texting has brought a host of abbreviations, acronyms and seemingly a loss for attention to detail. While these may be appropriate in a text, it frustrates me to see these trends creeping into formal written communications. I'm not sure what is worse, the fact people communicate poorly, or that they are not aware their grammar is so poor. Perhaps some people just do not care.
Case in point: I've been assisting a friend with recruiting and hiring for an open position for her company. I offered to sift through a few cover-letters and resumes, and be part of the interview panel. Throughout the process, I have been mortified by the quality of cover letters and resumes submitted for this position. Resumes with spelling errors, poor punctuation, and wrong use of words were common among the candidates. One person's cover letter read as follows:
Can you imagine? The errors within that are not only laughable but made me think about calling the police to report a murder confession. For a brief moment afterward I slipped into a gloomy state of mind, feeling as if our world was "going to hell in a hand-basket" as they say. Why is it that learning and using proper grammar is not valued anymore?
Without a doubt I am a bit of an "old school" person; I still enjoy sending postcards, hand-written thank you notes and holiday cards. I realize that the world is changing and technology is moving very fast. I believe it is important for people to hold one another accountable to communicate properly. Parents need to teach and correct their children. Grandparents should set the example in their spoken word at home. Within the workplace, companies should train their employees to use professional business grammar, and not accept substandard communications.
All I ask is that people slow down a bit, try to use proper English to mean what you say and say what you mean. With that, Gentle Reader this post draws to a close. Thank you for reading this rant.
P.S. all corrections to grammar within this post are welcome!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I ran across a few passages attributed to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, commenting about his own battle with pancreatic cancer...some of you may find these words of interest.
“The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months,” he told his shocked audience.
Although a biopsy later showed the cancer was treatable, Jobs said it had made him think seriously about dying for the first time.
“No one wants to die,” he said. “Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.
“And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
“Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”…
- Steve Jobs
Monday, October 3, 2011
2004 Matt's Mood
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Well one exhibitor, called Pet QR Tag had a nifty item for pet ID tags that had the QR Code technology, which is very clever. That way if you move, change your number or even post a special message on the website, it is easy to update, but the QR code on the pet's tag allows you lots of options. In all honesty, QR Codes are still not in heavy use by the general public but it is a fascinating way to communicate. I suspect lots of people, like myself just don't know how to get their phone to be able to scan QR Codes. (all you need to do is go to the App Store and search for 'QR Code Scan' or 'barcode scan' and a bunch will come up. I like 'Red Laser' which was free, and is easy to use. Start looking around, you'll see these QR Codes more and more, so explore them and have fun.
It was great to run into my friend and fellow paw-pal Diane with her flat Cosmo, better known in the Twitterverse as @CosoHavanese. This is one cool dog who can do amazing things! Diane is really sweet and does a lot to help raise money for pet charities and all sorts of groups. If you don't follow @CosmoHavanese on Twitter you should do so!
In addition to the learning sessions throughout the Expo, there was a nifty room for blogger networking, where attendees could sit, relax, catch up on e-mail, chat with other folks, or just relax and watch the giant screen in the room with the live Twitter feed from people using the #Barkworld hash tag. It was a nice quiet, cozy space that is rare to find at conferences today.
Barkworld founder Denise Quashie (center photo) is one of the nicest people I've ever met. She plans and hosts this entire social conference, providing a wide range of interesting and valuable sessions for attendees. This year was an impressive event even over the prior year, which I thought was pretty darn good too. One of the sessions I attended was presented by Cheryl Lawson, CEO of 'Party Aficionado' an event planner and Social Marketing Specialist. She is a very sharp person with a heck of a lot to offer, should you ever need a consultant or assistance within your organization. Anyway, Cheryl's session encouraged me to engage with Google+ so I filled out my profile and have that up and running. I prefer Google+ to facebook, as I don't really want to share every facet of my life with everyone, so Google+ is closer to what I want out of an online social presence.
As I mentioned earlier, it's always a big plus to have pets at an event. They add an element of warmth to the activities and for those of us who missed having our pet with us it was great to have a fluffy friend to pet. Some of the pets were the "voices" behind some of the top Twitter handles on the Internet, others were just along for the ride.
One of the exhibitors, petco had a preview of their holiday pet fashions, toys and other cool things. They had a drawing for a free petco gift card and digital camera, which seemed to generate strong interest from everyone passing by their booth. As one a 'diamond sponsor' of this year''s Barkworld Expo, petco was engaging with pet bloggers and social media experts to enhance relationships and build more opportunities for the future.
I love this photo, it is of 'Precious' known to many online as the personality behind @ImaJackRussell on Twitter. Precious is wearing the red shirt, and next to her was a super cute friend in a pink satin dress, with a pearl necklace, sniffing around in her mom's Juicy Couture bag.
I'd like to give a shout out to Denise Quashie from Barkworld who did a great job this year.
I give Barkworld "two paws up" for the entire event, and recommend attending next year; I know that I plan to do so. By that time, I hope my Sheldon has a bigger following on Twitter (he is @SheldonGryffin) and maybe I'll bring him to Atlanta for meet and greet!
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