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Monthly Archives: November 2019

April Braswell: Breaking the Ice with People

Getting into a Conversation Comfortably, Confidently, and Casually When the Holiday season is in full swing, this is a particularly easy time of year to break the ice with people every day of the week. Whatever the time of year or season, there is often a seasonal event or occasion upon which you can lean to assist you in how you break the ice with people who are complete strangers. This can assist you whether you’re a single looking to date and get more comfortable and socially skilled or a new sales person needing to sell items, services, or just yourself as a professional. Developing your ease and agility for breaking the ice with people stands you in good stead in all social and business professional interpersonal situations. Whether you’re a single hoping to get the cute guy to ask for your number or a get the beautiful woman to talk to you and give you her phone number when you ask for it, or possibly a sales man or woman looking to make more selling connections, many people want

Karen Kingston: Don’t worry, be happy, live longer!

Winston Churchill once said, ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’ Which you choose to be can literally change your life. Always look on the bright side of life It says a lot about the English that the most requested music at funerals is no longer Christian hymns. A survey of over 30,000 funerals in 2014 found that by far the most requested piece was Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, from the jaunty crucifixion scene at the end of the Monty Python movie, Life of Brian. Sung with a cheerful Cockney accent, the song begins: Some things in life are bad They can really make you mad Other things just make you swear and curse When you’re chewing on life’s gristle Don’t grumble, give a whistle And this’ll help things turn out for the best Eric Idle sang it live at Monty Python Graham Chapman’s funeral in 1989 and it’s gained more and more popularity ever since, appealing mostly to baby boomers who have Pythonesque humour

Ker & Downey: Plan Your 2019 Christmas Vacation

Plan your family Christmas vacation 2019 before it’s too late, since the holidays are fast approaching. Ditch the usual presents and give the gift of travel this year instead. With options fit for the whole family, designing your journey with us will open a magical world of travel to your loved ones. Get inspired to make this a holiday your family will cherish forever. Private Colorado Ranch Say howdy to the holidays at a cozy ranch in Colorado. This is a Rocky Mountain wilderness experience that amps up the luxury. Picture this: 10,000 acres of pure nature and pristine trails for you to explore. Bring the whole gang; there’s plenty of space for up to 20 with 11 rooms and nine bathrooms. The home embraces a cabin-chic design with views of the snow-dusted landscape. Your kids will keep their eyes fixed to the starry sky looking out for Santa’s sleigh. A private chef takes care of your meals, leaving you to kick back and relax in front of a crackling fire. Beyond the ranch, Colorado’s winter wonderland awaits. Go with

Russia: A Visitor’s Dive into Cultural Dynamics

From the grandeur of imperial Russia to the stark soviet era, Russia has a rich mix of heritage and culture to explore. We had the opportunity to visit Russia a couple years ago, spending four nights in Moscow, two nights in a small town named Suzdal, and another four nights in St. Petersburg.  Our trip was arranged through Exeter International which, in my opinion, is the best way to travel to Russia if you are seeking private or small group tours. The special touches added by Exeter throughout the trip illustrates their existing relationships and experience in this part of the world. Red Square After settling into our lovely hotel, the St. Regis, which is literally a couple NYC blocks from Krispy Kreme …  and, oh yeah, the Kremlin … we met the first of our two extraordinary guides, a gentleman named Genaddy, a history professor and former member of the military.  A fabulous guide adds so much to a trip and we were incredibly fortunate to have been accompanied by two special professionals throughout our trip. Unforgettable Moscow Our stay

10 Travel Essentials: Top Travel Gear for Your Next Trip

We’ve listed 10 convenient accessories to make your travel less stressful and more enjoyable. Oh, the joy of travel! We’ve listed some of this year’s top travel accessories that are truly useful, convenient, compact, and lightweight. We’ve picked travel accessories that have high customer ratings and they’re all available on Amazon. No bulky, too technical, or silly travel “must-haves” here, just functional gear you can really use. Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery No more lost luggage! Place this little device on your luggage, keys, wallet, camera, handbag, and they’ll be quickly located using Bluetooth-enabled tracking. Easy peasy! Use your smartphone to ring your Tile Pro to locate items within 300 ft. Can’t find your phone? Double click the tile to make your phone ring. You can even tap into the world’s largest lost and found community to help you locate your lost stuff. The long-life battery is guaranteed for one year and you can replace the battery yourself. Rugged and stylish, this little tracker will give you peace of mind. Check out the details on the Tile website or Amazon.

Lock Laces: Footloose and Fancy-Free

Forget about lacing and unlacing your shoes, turn them into comfy slip-ons! The Problem with Shoelaces Recently I noticed an article in BuzzFeed entitled 22 Products I Don’t Understand How You’ve Lived Your Whole Life Without. The very first item on the list caught my eye! At the time, I had never heard of no-tie shoelaces that could supposedly be used to convert any pair of shoes into slip-ons that would remain ridiculously comfortable forever! And, frankly, I didn’t buy into the headlines, but it intrigued me enough to look into them a bit further. Let me be candid here —I was never really good at tying my shoes, I know that’s pretty embarrassing, but I like to be extra comfortable and it’s always been too tight or too loose, never just right.  And too frequently, it seemed that my shoes would become untied at the most inopportune times. So, I figured I would look into these things, known as Lock Laces, particularly in light of the fact that they had over 10,000 great reviews on Amazon! You can use them on

Scammers, Spammers, Robocalls, Oh My!

Sick of telemarketers and phone scammers annoying you every day? Here’s how you can avoid them… Like most people you’ve probably received the phone call that sounds too good to be true or one that prompts urgent action regarding your credit card account. And then there are the ones you get up to answer and there’s no one on the other end. These are just a few of the examples that not only irritate you but are intended to really harm you such as sucking funds out of your bank account. All they need is one gullible person and their day is made, and unfortunately, there are way too many of those around. Sometimes these callers sound so official, often naming real companies like Microsoft or government agencies like the IRS. You may have received calls to renew that service or membership you never knew you had. Or how about winning that contest you never entered. And there’s nothing more unnerving than receiving a call that threatens a fine, lawsuit, or jailtime. Oh, and that call with no one on

23andMe: Discover Yourself!

Decoding the human genome is the most profound scientific endeavor of our lifetime. You’ve seen the television commercials which may have piqued your curiosity about getting your own genetic profile. Technology has simplified how every day people can find out about their own genes and chromosomes. Ever wanted to know more about your ancestry? Now you can learn your family bloodline going back generations. There are over 1,000 genetic tests available today and one of the most popular services is 23andMe. Through their online platform, you can choose their Ancestry Service or get the Health + Ancestry Service for the full experience. Instead of relying on historical records, 23andMe differentiates itself from other services by analyzing genetics-based ancestry reports and tools. They have over five million genotyped customers so far. Take a peek at their short video about the importance of genetics… Finding Your Ancestry Covering over 1,000 global ancestry regions, 23andMe provides you with an ancestral regional breakdown by percentages and can connect you with DNA relatives. You can learn about your ancestral origins going back 500 years or

Laura Galante: Cyber Crime Fighter

Expert in cyber intelligence and 4-H clubs she’s looking to build a future for rural Virginia. There are some undeniable threats to safety, such as an assailant with a gun, a natural disaster, or a burning building, but what about the threats that are more mysterious? Like those that lay in the dark webs of cyberspace. Just because the naked eye can’t see them doesn’t make these threats any less dangerous. In fact, because of this they are even more dangerous, according to Laura Galante, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert. She deals with these types of crises every day. From security breaches that hold entire governments hostage, viruses that seek to steal your personal information, or teams of cyber spies attempting to sway public opinion, these are obstacles that Galante conquers. She’s spoken to the United Nations about hackers and malware, and documented Chinese interference with American trade secrets. Her skillset has allowed her to regularly appear on CNN, BBC, and other networks and in publications on matters of cybersecurity and adapting to digital threats. Fighting cyber crime is a taxing

David Solie: Sixty Is The New Sixty

One of the new mantras of aging in the twenty-first century is the refrain “sixty is the new forty.” Maybe. Good health and an impressive array of lifestyle options certainly make many of today’s sixty year olds look different compared to their parent’s generation. But appearances can be misleading. In their rush to celebrate biological vibrancy, sixty year olds could miss a crucial piece of information about what occurs developmentally on the journey to seventy. Biology is not psychology, and failure to appreciate the difference could leave elders uninformed and ill prepared for their final mission. Sixty year olds represent an “in between generation,” meaning not quite middle age and not quite old. Developmentally, “in between” is an appropriate characterization of a transition period marked by “agenda crossover.” What do I mean? Middle age and old age have markedly different developmental agendas. The transition between these age groups is not sudden. It is a crossover process where one agenda ramps off while the other ramps on. From a psychological perspective, knowing where you are coming from is interesting; knowing where