Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I remember Oprah several years ago talking about buying a cow for a family - she was hooked up with this organization called Heifer International.
Every year 15 million children die of hunger
For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years
Throughout the 1990's more than 100 million children died from illness and starvation. Those 100 million deaths could be prevented for the price of ten Stealth bombers, or what the world spends on its military in two days!
The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving. Over 4 million will die this year.
One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5. United Nations Food and Agriculture
Nearly one in four people, 1.3 billion - a majority of humanity - live on less than $1 per day, while the world's 358 billionaires have assets exceeding the combined annual incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world's people. UNICEF
3 billion people in the world today struggle to survive on US$2/day.
One out of every eight children under the age of twelve in the U.S. goes to bed hungry every night.
Half of all children under five years of age in South Asia and one third of those in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished.
Malnutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide - a proportion unmatched by any infectious disease since the Black Death
To satisfy the world's sanitation and food requirements would cost only US$13 billion- what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.
Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger
It is estimated that some 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition, about 100 times as many as those who actually die from it each year
What can you do? The most obvious answer is give money. Visit www.heifer.org
The next answer is get involved. Create your own Team Heifer. Click here for info.
When a family has a cow, every morning there's a glass of rich milk for the children to drink before heading off to school. Classes are paid with the income from the sale of milk, and there's even enough to share with the neighbors.
A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day - enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements.
Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal's first offspring is passed on to another family-then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on.
And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self reliance. Now that's a gift worth giving!
picture of heifer is from www.heifer.org website
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
As a member of the Cute Girl Sisterhood, I pledge to follow the Rules when wearing sandals and other open-toe shoes:
I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. And the sides and tops of my feet will not budge out between the straps.
I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.
I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow..
I will shave the hairs off my big toe.
I won't wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.
If a strap breaks, I won't duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back! into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.
I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my good friend Dr. Scholl's if my feet need him.
I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $4.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids' sizes. This is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of sweat and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.
I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.
I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend/sister/coworker when she asks me if her feet are too ugly to wear sandals. Someone has to tell her that her toes are as long as my fingers and no sandal makes creepy feet look good.
I will promise if I wear flip flops that I will ensure that they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.
I will promise to go to my local nail salon at least once per season and have a real pedicure (they are about $20 or $25 and worth EVERY penny).
I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs of wear... nothing is tackier than dirty white sandals
Sunday, April 26, 2009
- trust in building community and participation in a 21st century business
- Power positioning: from personal branding to online assets
- what to do, know and expect from a blog based business
- explore the changes that come with ramping up from business person to CEO
- ins and outs of writing for your readers and search engines
- expand the conversation into audio and video
- tools and strategies for keeping the back office on track
- tailoring your web content for the accessibility market
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Today I did the best I could at being in balance.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
They build reproductions of all the space craft and did most of the work for the Apollo 13 movies.
They also have an astronaut training program and a camp program - for all ages. That means they had all the toys my hubby was looking for! The multi axis trainer, F-16 flight simulator, centrifuge, and so much more! Hubby took a spin in some of the toys and is figuring out how to bring his grandson out for the Elderhostel program for grandparents and grandchildren.
The Cosmosphere also has one of only 12 domed IMAX theatres in the world. Their projector number is 12 - they've been doing IMAX for a good long while. We got a private tour of the projector area and Kevin got to load the film! Magnificent Desolation was the movie we saw. I remember when we first walked on the moon - and the joyous amazement all came back to me.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Put a group of bloggers together and what do you have?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I'll be at the firehouse all day Saturday for a Home Show Expo. I'm sharing the 8' x 10' booth with a friend who is a Watkins distributor.
Sunday in church I learned a new definition for dawn.
Sing in your own voice.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Sunday, April 12, 2009
What are you reading? It's a great suggestion to share what you read with your readers. Let's call it Link Love. Here's some cool stuff I've tripped over...........
Matthew 28:2-7 (The Message)
Risen from the Dead1-4 After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God's angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn't move.
5-6The angel spoke to the women: "There is nothing to fear here. I know you're looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.
7"Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, 'He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.' That's the message."
Picture found at www.ericpark.org
Friday, April 10, 2009
We've got a new writing assignment from Robert Hruzek. The assignment is to expound on what you've learned from adversity.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Do a Google search for Jenn Fowler and here's what you find:
Jenn Fowler on Twitter
Deb Ng and Jenn Fowler on Blogtalkradio
I met Jenn on twitter and had the pleasure of speaking with her this week. She has always responded to my tweets, is insightful and helpful. Oh yeah – and FRUGAL! Here's parts of our discussion.
Hi Jenn. I know you have children, how old are they? Tell us a little about yourself please.
My kids are 5 and 8. I live in upstate New York, near Binghamton. It's very much like Mayberry RFD! It's a small town atmosphere. I rode my bike to get my haircut today.
What was your intro to the internet? We didn't have computer lab in high school. In college there computers in our dorm and I got on some of the forums. Fantasy role playing was big. By the time I was in officer basic course for the army, I had an AOL account.
You were in the army for 11 years. Why only 11 and not 20?
I get migraines, even though they were controllable, I was not deployable. The decision was mutually made to leave the service. The expectations when I left was that every 3 or 4 years you would get deployed. With migraines that are not scheduled and a family, it was a decision I could live with.
What did you specialize in? Maintenance shops – I ran them. (vehicles, weapons, radio systems). I was a training developer and created plans on how to train officers. At one point I was the commander of a training company and had six drill sergeants working for me.
How did you get interested in being frugal?
When I had my daughter I got a copy of the Tightwad Gazette from a friend. It was a lot of out of the box thinking. I had always been fairly careful with my money (whole Yankee way of thinking) . When it became clear I was leaving the service, I knew that we would need to be more frugal. I started participating in frugal forums.
I was that annoying person who took over everyone's thread! I figured I should start my own blog. I started blogging on January 1, 2006.
How are you learning to make an income from blogging?
My youngest went to kindergarten this fall. My husband and I had to decide if I could play around with this internet thing and make some money. I decided to follow my heart and go for it. I started on Twitter last May and in July Jon Andrews got a hold of me. He said Wal-Mart is forming this money saving community and why not get involved? That was 11 moms. By the way, we are not paid for that. Now marketers want to talk to me about giveaways and product reviews. It's led to associations with the other women. One of the other moms said that I needed to place ads on my site.
I'd like to make money by speaking and helping others with social media.
For most people a blog winds up being a springboard to other things. I've been encouraged to write a book about frugal living. I've started a blog talk radio show. I have a background in theatre and love to get in front of people and talk. So that's a great combination for me – radio and blogging. You can find the station here: Www.frugalcoast2coast.com We have been doing this since January and are excited about the prospects!
I've done some local speaking and am working on speaking engagements for the rest of the year and will let you know when I have that schedule.
What conferences have you gone to that helped you?
Something about meeting people face to face cements a relationship. First one was Blog World Expo – it is aimed at blogging and social media. It's a great start for a new blogger. Basic info and lots of other bloggers there to help.
My 2nd conference was Chicks who Click in Colorado – a one day seminar.
The 3rd one was Moms 2.0 summit in Houston. I got sponsored by @moneymanagement for the conference fee. That was the first year for that conference. It was aimed at moms and marketers and how they interact.
At SXSW - I was sponsored by Hersheys. When Wal-Mart starts to do something the other vendors start looking closer. Hershey came out of that and sponsored me for SXSW – they covered the entire conference! They were able to see the power of it and see the sessions. Its actually 3 conferences. I got more out of the networking aspect of the conference. Meeting the guys from radian6 and Richard and Lionel at Dell, the Blog Talk Radio people, Ted Murphy and Deb Ng. I ran into Chris Brogan and Brian Solis. I learned how to talk to people, start conversations and put yourself out there. It forced me to step outside of my shell and put myself forward.
I'm going to blogher in July in Chicago. Wal-Mart is sponsoring a lounge there and we are part of the 11 moms.
Any advice on getting sponsorships?
Finding the right person to talk to is the hardest part of finding any sponsorship. Ask people who they know. Twitter is a great spot for that. Figure out what it is you are offering the company you are approaching. It is more about being a brand evangelist for the company. How can you do that?
You have to educate your sponsor about what the conference is like and what they will get out of it.
It is important to make sure that you and your sponsor are very clear on how you will be representing them at the conference.
Any last statements?
Social Media is still such a new field, and there are so many directions a person can go in. I am in the process of feeling things out and seeing what direction is best for me.
Website: Frugal Upstate
Twitter Id: @jennfowler
Thanks Jenn! I will be following you.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Top Ten Reasons
Assignment Number 1 from Problogger project:
Create Your Elevator Speech.
Here's what I had on the blog.
INTENTIONS, PURPOSE AND PERMALINK
The intentions of this blog is share knowledge, entertain when possible and merge work life with home life. Interviews and information for and about small businesses and network marketers - that's what you'll find here. The purpose is to educate, always to educate.
So to revise that Darren at Problogger suggests your elevator speech should:
solve a purpose or a need
define your audience
keep it short
be energetic but not hyped
consider using a question
be ready to expand your pitch
I just organized all my labels this past weekend. Here's the ones I had:
100 series, 12 for 12k, blogging,Franklin County,God, group writing, interview, Iowa, network marketing, Old Stone House, review,shop local, SOBCon 2009,twitter
I will narrow that down to:
100 series: my challenge to write 100 blog posts to determine the direction of my blog
12 for 12k: support for non-profits, differs each month
blogging: how to and related directions
Iowa: all things related to Iowa
God: some spirituality for all of us
Group Writing: a couple of writing projects I belong to where you are given a writing assignment
Interview: Different people I've interviewed
Network Marketing: my business, ideas, suggestions and how to's to help the network marketer
Review: reviews of places and things
SOBC2009: preparation for, attending and follow up for this event
Twitter: how tos and related directions
Based upon my labels, which are indicators of what I'm writing about on my blog I can now refine my elevator speech.
Iowa based blogger writing interviews, strategies for network marketers, reviewing places and products, sharing what I've learned. Out, standing in my field.
What do you think?
the picture is a tree standing in a field in Warren County Iowa
Monday, April 6, 2009
SOBCon09. I'm registered. That means I got sponsors!