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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Yesterday, I indulged in the ultimate luxury. I spent hours reading The New York Times. In addition to the Sunday edition, I also had a pile of "catch-up" reading; I subscribe to all seven days, so that pile gets pretty big some weeks.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Me. Last Friday. Hulking out. Hulk no like experts! (Yet another expert pitchin' on a LinkedIn "discussion" set me off...You won't like me when I'm angry.) But seriously, I find it simpler to not be angry. It's better for me (and everyone else)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Choosing to operate from abundance not scarcity. Once you make the decision, all other choices flow from that foundation. And, I'm not talking about how to make more money. You don't have to pay a life coach. You don't have to buy books.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Following on Yvonne's post last week, The Power of A Woman's Face I admit - I look at "stars without makeup" photos on occasion. Most of whom look like normal, pretty people on their day off. And, I'd certainly hate to have people... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Guest Blogger Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, recently admitted that she leaves work at 5:30. And has been doing so ever since her children were born. I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I'm home for dinner with my kids at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Ann Romney hasn't worked a day in her life. - Hilary Rosen Some of my favorite people are moms (Hey, Yvonne!) I still have a mom. But, now that the outrage has died down a bit, I encourage us to not forget the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt Marketing Troubleshooter Last Friday was my - ahem - 54th b'day...and as luck would have it, Yvonne chose that day, in her Friday musings, to talk about the aging face in the mirror. Like me, she loves her life...and yet...where did the time go? What... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Over lunch the other day, a friend sighed, "I'm torn between caring and not caring." As we were discussing, there is JUST.SO.MUCH. involved in being a responsible, caring person. Combine our personal challenges with the constant bombardment of bad/good/BREAKING news...and it's easy to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Women make up the majority of bloggers, and half of bloggers are aged 18-34 More women vote than men. In 2008, almost 55 percent of women ages 18 – 22 voted in the presidential election, about 8 percentage points more than men of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter One of my and Yvonne's friends on Facebook posted a link to the news re Limbaugh losing advertisers. Emboldened by Rush Limbaugh’s public apology over the weekend to a law school student whom he had called a “slut” and a “prostitute,” critics of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Lipsticking
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I do. Evil characters are often more interesting and more complex (and stronger) than the "good" ones. Not to mention smarter...and funnier. (Remember Kevin Costner's Robin Hood movie? Alan Rickman, the evil Sheriff, was terrific and hilarious. Kevin, not so much.) Pick the movie or soap of your choice. Think... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Lipsticking
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Yep. I know. That sounds way over the top. But it's not really. Stay with me here. We'll never be able to save the whole world. But, we can save a bit of it. Those bits could (eventually) add up to the whole. I've been writing about our Adopt-A-Village project... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter When Toby Bloomberg, Yvonne and I had our first con call with Jeff Power, of Global Hope Network Int'l, re our Adopt-A-Village project, at one point, I said, "No offense, but if you want it done, give to a woman." Jeff's reply: "No... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Following on my post of last week, "Teach us," is the cry of the women where we introduced the Adopt-A-Village project we're working on with Global Hope Network International (GHNI). We all get so much bad news; it's great to read the good.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt Marketing Troubleshooter This is a quote from the Global Hope Network International's web site about a village in Afghanistan the group is helping become self-sustaining. Qala e Nadar is a small village framed by rugged mountains on one side and less than fifteen kilometers from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter From Christian Science Monitor: Why did Michele Bachmann's campaign crater? Gaffes...defections...and - ta-da! Women. You would think the only female candidate in the GOP race might attract a disproportionate share of woman voters. But Bachmann didn’t. According to an Iowa State University poll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt Marketing Troubleshooter We all love getting gifts, especially if they're unexpected. However - unless you're some hideously spoiled rotten socialite - it really is the thought that counts. And, according to the NYT, gift giving doesn't have to be expensive or painful. Traditionalists and etiquette... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter People talk a lot about giving thanks, being grateful, giving back, mellowing out and such during the holiday season. We write feel-good blog posts. Tweel uplifting quotes. Post heart-warming FB links. Stuff dollars into the Salvation Army kettle...hug our grandmas... Then January rolls... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter It's that time of year again... When the Trader Joe's parking lot (and store) resemble a war zone (I actually saw a fist fight last year, complete with bloody noses, over a parking space.) When I take my life into my hands to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter Note I didn't say I don't shop online. But, buying? Well, that can be difficult. Way too often it seems that companies don't want to sell you anything, based on their web site designs. In my grumpier moments I think this must be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Lipsticking
By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter, LLC As regular readers know, I don't own a television, so I watch shows online. Of course, there are still commercials. And, really, I don't have a problem with that. I understand that the networks/show producers need to make money. I even enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt Marketing Troubleshooter Hey, it's Friday - let's talk a little mindless fun. Yes, me and about a million teenagers. So, here I am. A woman of a certain age blowing the viewer demographics once again. Or am I? Now that I've TOTALLY blown my cred... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter (Title of NYT article, 10/17/11) Yay! Us! But, hey on second look...The target reader is age 24-34. And, it's all about fashion...and Katie Holmes is on the cover...with an exclusive "Behind The Scenes at Katie's Day Job." Oh. Well. 'Cuse me. Gotta go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt Marketing Troubleshooter I don't see many commercials, since I don't own a television (and I go do something else while the online ones play.) I had read about the Summer's Eve "Hail The V" campaign, however, and thought it sounded both offensive and stupid. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at Lipsticking
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By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter BBC: Nobel Peace Prize Recognises Women Rights Activists This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to three women - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen. Hmmm...Liberia and Yemen. Not exactly easy places to live,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Lipsticking