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Yesterday we announced our intention to acquire Six Apart and create SAY Media. And as CEO of the new company I want to reach out to TypePad bloggers directly, echo Ben and Mena's message yesterday,... Continue »
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The handwriting on the wall is now etched in stone. TypePad has been acquired by ad network VideoEgg. VideoEgg actually acquired Six Apart, which is the parent company of TypePad and Moveable Type. Moveable Type is the platform used by mega blog Huffington Post, as well as many others. Does this mean changes for TypePad bloggers are inevitable? Let's take a look. What to Watch Notwithstanding the dire predictions of Mashable, it remains to be seen what is on the horizon for those of us that are passionate about blogging - and enjoy doing so here on the TypePad platform.... Continue »
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So what happens when you allow other people and the things around you to distract your focus away from your goals? You get too wrapped... Continue »
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"Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!" More great advice from Yvonne Costin, featured woman & business owner for the Here We Are spotlight article WOMB: Woman On a Mission in Business. Continue »
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Professor Aneel Karnani’s article, “The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility” in The Wall Street Journal, takes a position that goes squarely against the merits of CSR. Digging deeper, we see that Professor Karnani believes “social responsibility is a financial calculation for executives, just like any other aspect of their business.”... Continue »
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CLICK HERE to listen to the Chick Flick Chat episode, "It's Complicated." This movie, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, and Lake Bell, has more layers than a seven layer cake without the icing on top! Co-host, Susan Ragazzo, and I dish, detail, and dissect the relationships and interconnections that make this film a delightfully complicated view into marriage and divorce. No matter how you slice it, It's Complicated serves up a provocative look at the past, present, and future after stirring the characters together in life's sticky melting pot. Thrown in with the batter are new wives, old friends, and kids, making for a funny and poignant adult drama. Tasty questions arise along the way in this film... Who are we in our relationships? Outside of them? Can one ever escape the labels we put on ourselves as women? Is it enough to start something new and move forward or do you first have to heal the past? Do people really change or do their roles change? Are there "right vs. wrong" choices? Sex, age, men, self-discovery, guilt, confidence, and painful admissions all play a part in this bittersweet plot. Join us to unravel the meanings and search for answers to the many questions this film cooks up. Continue »
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This is a fast, healthy, and easy recipe for grilling salmon. Depending on your preference, both topping options are used in the same manner. The fruit options can be adjusted according to the amount of salmon you are grilling. Estimate two pieces of fruit per average size salmon steak (approx. 4 x 5 inches). What you will need: Oven mitts Non-stick alluminum foil cut into packet size appropriate for the amount of salmon to be grilled Set grill temperature to medium-high heat or 350˚F Cookie sheet for transport of fish packets on and off the grill A timer A large spatula or tongs to lift cooked salmon out of packet Ingredients for both versions: Salmon steak(s) Salt & Pepper Ingredients for the Apple & Ginger Topping If possible, buy organic apples of your choice, wash well but do not peel; cut into 1/4 inch slices, discard core [use 2 apples/average size salmon steak] NOTE: slice immediately before use to avoid oxidation Drain approx. 1/4 cup of Natural Pickled Sushi Ginger slices, do not rinse Ground Cinnamon (optional) ********************************* Ingredients for the Kiwi & Orange Topping Peel and slice kiwi into 1/4 inch rounds (crosswise) [use 1 kiwi and 1 orange/average size salmon steak] Peel and slice orange into 1/4 inch rounds (crosswise), remove pits Approx. 1/4 cup fresh, chopped Cilantro ********************************* How to arrange packets... Continue »
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Announcement, Updates, and Reminders ANNOUNCEMENT Chick Flick Chat Returns: Life is not simple in the hit movie, It's Complicated. Dealing with marriage, divorce, dating, kids, and career, has never been so multifaceted or confusing. Join us live for the Here We Are radio show on Saturday, August 14, at 10:30am EST, for this episode of Chick Flick Chat: It's Complicated. We'll chat about the meanings, messages, and search for answers that Meryl Streep's character embodies for all of us. Co-host, Susan Ragazzo, and I will try to unravel this funny and poignant tangled web! This film is a definite "must see." UPDATES Gifts, Gifts, Gifts: The winner of June's gift, Chasing Harry Winston, is Here We Are email subscriber, Rivergirl. I hope she leaves a comment with a review of the book when she's finished. Thank you to all our commenters in June. Oops! I forgot to tell you in July: Summer's Jewel that the gift for July is a hardcover of Second Chance, by Jane Green. The Call For Comments continues throughout August. July's gift giveaway to one commenter who is also an email subscriber will be updated in September's Announcements article. NOTE: When you subscribe to HWA, feel secure knowing we never share or sell your info, ever!About Comments: Please note that "Comments" are moderated, so you won't see them immediately upon submission.... Continue »
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We are so blessed to live here in Florida, that have some of the most beautiful sunsets! Continue »
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I thoroughly enjoyed this article. It humbled me to remember my own experience I had years ago. I've only had enough hatred in my life twice... after eleven years, I discovered that something was making me sick! It's amazing how truthful I find this article to be. Reading it reminded me of that time in my life when I finally let go of all the madness and disappoint I had carried for so long. And the wonderful feeling that engulf my body the minute I raised my body from prayer. I prayed that morning that I could forgive and that... Continue »
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We first introduced the Dashboard and Recent Activity stream to TypePad users with the launch of the new TypePad design. Since then we've continued to look for ways to improve your in-app experience. With this week's release, we have several... Continue »
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I was going through an archive of posts at Allbusiness.com which had never seen the light of day, and found this one, which I wrote in 2006. The information still seemed useful, so, with a bit of editing, I'm sharing... Continue »
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Given that social media networking and marketing is largely a human experience, it is logical that one can use it to tap into those common human emotions that we all share, which naturally includes needs and wants, and everything that is associated with them. Next week I'll be presenting a social media program to an association whose members are committed to providing skilled health care for residents (temporary and long-term) who are predominantly seniors. During our pre-programming today, one of the comments that jumped out at me is that the decision for engaging with the health care services these companies... Continue »
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Part 6 of the Here We Are series, Live Your Life Out Loud Today is day #208 of 2010. There are five months or 157 days left in the year to do what you set out to do this year. Where are you so far with your hopes, dreams, plans for the year? It is as good a time as any to reassess, reevaluate, and remind yourself of what it is you want to achieve or accomplish. First, acknowledge and reward yourself for those things that have been completed. Then analyze the items idling on your list. Are they still important to you or meaningful in your life? If the answer is YES, rewrite them with a new perspective of what you've learned this year; write a "how you can get it done now" plan beside each item. Second, if the answer is NO, but you don't want to give up on the item, don't feel pressure; instead, take the time to think about why it wasn't done. If it is still possible and probable that you can do it, rewrite it and decide "how you can get it done" on or before the year's end. Third, if your current circumstances prevent it from happening, it is no longer important to you, or meaningful in your life, admit that this item is a NEVER and... Continue »
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The ability to laugh at life is right at the top.....in the hierachy of our needs. Humor has much to do with pain; it exaggerates... Continue »
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Whether you are planning to attend a Saturday morning Farmer's Market, or happen to be driving by one, be prepared to pick fresh, local produce anytime. With a few minutes of planning and packing, you'll be ready at a moment's notice week after week throughout the Farmer's Market selling season. Here is a "go prepared to pick" list to help you take home the newly harvested ingredients in an easy, enjoyable way: 1. Bring cash in small bills, and a full change purse. This will move you through the line quickly; some vendors don't take credit cards at certain market locales. 2. A hat and sunglasses are a must, as is a comfortable pair of sneakers. If the market is in a parking lot, it gets very hot and rarely is there shade. Also, keep an umbrella in the car so you can take your time on a rainy day as you walk the stands. 3. Dig out the old cooler in the basement and leave it in the trunk of your car. This will be invaluable on hot days to keep your greens crisp. It will also buy you time if you have to make a stop on the way home. 4. Next to the cooler, put a small, sturdy cardboard box to hold purchases like apples, potatoes, ears of corn, jars of pickles,... Continue »
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Fashion: animal-friendly version of tortoise shell. With this creation we propose a great fashion collection of accessories suitable for all seasons. www.parismodeshop.com Continue »
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Here is a simple, summer style tip that is easy to remember: When you are walking the beach or sipping a Daiquiri at the poolside bar... Show the bust, hide the butt! What do I mean by this? Summer after summer, I see women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wearing ONLY a tee-shirt as a cover-up over their swimsuit. The tee-shirt stops at the waist leaving the lower half of the body uncovered except for the suit bottoms. Sure, the tee is easy and quick, but you are putting out TMI (too much information). Leaving a little to the imagination still works wonders when it comes to maximizing figure assets and minimizing liabilities. It is simple to CYA (cover your, ahem...assets) and make the most of them at the beach or poolside. What woman doesn't want to look good and feel more comfortable on the beach? No one expects your assets to equal Gisele Bundchen's, but the old tee-shirt doesn't yield the highest return on investment to make you look your best. It's time to reassess your beach cover-up... Save the tee for sleeping and think in terms of a cover-up that accentuates the positive. Throw on a tunic that hits at the top of the knee or mid-thigh. If a tunic is too much coverage, try a beach skirt that matches your swimsuit;... Continue »
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I have to share a great story with you that demonstrates the power of social networking. Recently I posted about 5 Ways a Blogging Buddy Can Help You Blog More Consistently. Since my blog content is syndicated to my Facebook wall, the post was immediately published there as well. I also posted a question on my wall asking how often people were posting on their blog. The question generated over 30 responses. The powerful part is that people on my Facebook page started connecting with one another seeking out blogging buddies. A couple of days ago I got this note... Continue »
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A post by Here We Are Contributor, Emilie LoGiudice Summer is finally here! There is plenty of time for socializing with friends and going on a family vacation. Many teenagers, myself included, tend to try to roll both concepts into one. A lot of parents might assume that since their kid wants to bring a friend along on the family vacation, they don't want to spend time with the family. This is definitely not the case. Here are six reasons why I like to have a friend along on our family vacation; they may be similar to why your teen wants to bring a friend on vacation this summer: 1. Because my family and I aren't always on the same page, it's nice to have someone who understands my point of view and sense of humor. A friend can appreciate my outlook on life. 2. The things that I think are cute or funny are very different from those that my family thinks are cute or funny. I might see a shirt I think is cute, or a sign that strikes me as funny, and it's more fun to have another person there who laughs with me. 3. I love spending time with my family, but when everyone is settling down at night, it's good to have someone to hang out with. My parents talk... Continue »