Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gardening topics today!


-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Perfection is achieved, 
not when there is nothing more to add, 
but when there is nothing left to take away.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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Sunday Gardening episodes air every 2-3 weeks from March - October annually featuring topics like bio-dynamic, sustainable, organic gardening and landscaping using square foot, inter-planting and succession crop methods, permaculture and layering in landscaping practices. Today's topic: June Garden activities
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Gmail Productivity Tips



Improve Your Productivity with Gmail



* Today's article was written by:
Anthony Codispoti is the founder of GetMyTime, a web-based time and expense tracking solution for small & medium-sized businesses. Founded in 2001, GetMyTime is the first web-based time tracking system to integrate with QuickBooks accounting software. A serial entrepreneur since he graduated from The Ohio State University in 1997, Anthony enjoys brainstorms, masterminds, and Chipotle.
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Gmail, how do thou increase my productivity? Let me count the ways:

1. Gmail shortcuts
If you think shortcuts are only for desktop-based applications, think again. Gmail shortcuts are available and can be enabled in Labs. Here are a list of Gmail shortcuts that may come in handy:

C - compose a new message
R - reply to a message
A - reply all messages
F - forward message
E - send message to Archive
G - return to inbox from message
J - move to next message (when on inbox)
K - move to previous message (when on inbox)
X -  mark an email (when on inbox)

You can even use shortcuts in combination. For instance, hitting Tab+Enter will send your message, J+X+E will archive messages in your inbox easily. You can even create your own custom keyboard shortcuts. Learn to use Gmail's shortcut combos and you're off to performing more tasks in less time.


2. Canned Response
Canned responses are essentially template messages. This is another Labs feature that can be enabled and will allow users to create an email template so that they don't have to repeatedly type or copy/paste the same message into the email window.


3. Boomerang
 This is actually a Gmail plugin and not a feature that can be enabled using Labs. Once installed on your Gmail, you can create a new message and send it later. For instance, you can reply to your boss' email on a Saturday night but send it on Monday at exactly 8am. This way, your boss would not think that you're working Saturday night and have no other life outside work.

4. Background Send
Gmail allows file attachment up to 25MB (If you need to attach a bigger file, you may need to attach it from Google Drive). While you're waiting for your attachment to upload, you cannot do anything on your email. If you enable Background Send from Labs, you can continue responding to other emails and doing other tasks while you're attachment uploads in the background and sends it when done. 




5.  Multiple Sign-in Accounts
How many email providers would seriously allow you to to link multiple emails in one account? If you have more than one Gmail account, it is--obviously--difficult to sign in to both accounts simultaneously using one browser. Thanks to Gmail, you can simply merge two Gmail accounts and be notified when you receive any email from each. No more switching back and forth just to check for new messages.

6. Gmail To-do List
Think of a to-do list that is displayed like a chat box in your email page. You can turn an email into a task or vice versa. You can print your tasks and even view it on your mobile device.  Again, no additional apps or software needs to be installed to remind you of what you need to do.

7. Rapportive
This is another social CRM Gmail plugin that can be installed on devices running Chrome, Safari or Firefox. What it does is replace your Gmail sidebar with a picture of the person that you are emailing and --drum rolls, please--their other social media profiles like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Obviously, this makes it easier for users to connect with the person that you are emailing on a more personal level and take a quick peek at their Facebook interests or a few Tweets.

8. Undo Send  
Do you sometimes wish you hadn't sent that email? Or did you accidentally hit on the Send button in the middle of writing it? Fret no more because when enabled, Undo Send will allow you to stop the email from sending, even AFTER you've clicked on the button. But hurry, the Undo Send message will only stay on top of the screen for 30 seconds tops.

9. Labels 
Labels can be used as folders to file your email. One good thing about it is that you can assign as many labels as you want to each email. This will allow you to easily filter through your email and see only what you want to see. Labels come in different colors so have fun coloring your emails.



10.  Unsubscribe (quickly) 
Spam emails from email marketers are just too annoying, right? Search through your inbox for "unsubscribe OR email preferences OR subscribed OR newsletter). Once the list is generated for matching emails, unsubscribe to your heart's content.


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Referral Corner



-- Quote of the Day -- 


“I had one of my students draw me some dolls and I gave each of them a name and started assigning them with affirmations – and that was 10 years ago. And I had another friend who makes dolls and she started to make them into dolls, my goal now is to get each girl to design her own doll and give it a name that reflects her own thoughts or personality. …So girls who leave the program they will be given self esteem kits and a declaration that says: ‘Because I am free I have power, I know who I am, I can dream big, I can open up and let the sunshine in, I can relieve stress, I can be charitable, I can save a penny, I can have hope, I can have a new beginning.’ …I wanted to take this pain and give them a reason to smile and a reason to go on – and that is what life is all about, to encourage someone else. …If you don’t have anybody to encourage you then you do things to feed into whatever the ‘in’ crowd is doing. …Because they don’t love themselves.”



~ Carrie Robinson




Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Carrie’s Sunshine AtticOrg.


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-- Referral Corner -- 

 
Doctors Without Borders - an international medical humanitarian organization that won the Nobel prize for their passion to offer impartial assistance in more than 60 countries aiding those afflicted by violence, neglect, and a variety of catastrophes. 

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Info: http://DoctorsWithoutBorders.org


Scrap Action is a nonprofit organization that inspires creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.



Giraffe Project - a non-profit organization that celebrates, highlights, and supports individual heroes around the planet. 
Info: http://Giraffe.org




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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Unlocking Our Full Potential

 
 
-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“As is one’s thought, so one becomes.”

~ Maitri Upanishad
 
 
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Author, motivational speaker, and movie producer Raven Magwood had already graduated from college, published three books, won a national gymnastics championship, and spoken to tens of thousands of individuals all over the country by the time she was 20-years-old. Her latest book The 7 Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes is not just a tool for student athletes. Coaches, CEOs, parents, teachers, managers, and professional athletes have all credited the book for helping to change their perspectives and leading them to unlocking their full potential.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Celebrating Cities with Organic Waste Systems





-- Quote of the Day --
 

“I really wanted to travel, I was a good writer but I hadn’t really developed my travel writing voice – and that is where my blog came in. I blog on it regularly – the first few posts are a little embarrassing …but you develop your voice over time, it was only through practice really… you know that 10,000 hours at something to really become good at it. …The blog allowed me the opportunity to be able to see what really resonated with people, to digest their feedback. Before I wrote my first book I had already had years of writing experience and communicating with others interested in this topic.”

~ Shannon o’Donnell



Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on … titled: Volunteer Travel



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-- Positive News -- 


New York city plans on doing a citywide composting system including large business and apartment buildings, schools and residences. According to the article I read the city actually has the burden of burying 1.2 million tons of organic compostable waste in landfills annually, at a cost of $80 per ton. The organics bins will be made available in the same areas as recycling and garbage bins, to increase participation. Starting in selected areas of the city the program will eventually include everyone in the city by 2016… saving them about $100 million dollars per year, not to mention income generated from the composted product.




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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

elder care




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Today we are featuring David Willis the CEO of The 60-Plus Club - a US-based association whose primary aim is to help members grow older in the same homes and neighborhoods that they have grown to love, rather than in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. This means that there will be services required to help those facing age related issues, enabling them to live independently, while maintaining their pride. We will learn about the organization’s growth, the people involved, what the organization offers and how others might be able to participate in the organization. David will also offer some insight as to what it takes to run an organization like this.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Networking Advice


Networking Is About More Than Just Numbers

Article written by Jan Hill - a freelance Journalist who writes for VistaprintDeals.com, offering official Vistaprint coupons on networking materials to help freelancers and other professionals make a strong impression. Jan’s work has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, and business trade publications.




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When it comes to business networking, having a diverse network is just as important as having a large network, according to Business Insider.

While it is human nature to want to hang around (and network) with people who are like us, the problem is that they often have similar contacts to the ones we have, making it difficult to grow our network by connecting with new people or companies with which we want to do business.

Why a Diverse Network Is Important

Just as a diverse network can help someone get a good job because a variety of acquaintances naturally improves a jobseeker's chances of having at least one really useful contact, so variety in a business network greatly improves a company's chances of attracting more business and thereby increasing sales.

According to Business Insider, having a diverse network means just as much, and maybe even more, than having a large network. For example, if your network is filled with people from your industry or social group that are exactly like you, it will eventually become narrow and predictable; whereas, if your network is diverse, you're in a position to be connected with people you would have never met otherwise, and these new contacts may be able to help you grow in ways you never thought imaginable.

A diverse network enables business owners to include linchpins in their network. Linchpins are people who cross over between different groups of individuals because of their overlapping interests or connections, and are not easily replaced, according to blogger and marketing guru Seth Godin.

Connecting with linchpins is vital because they can be gateways for their connections, creating shortcuts across groups of people. As stated by Entrepreneur, the more diverse the network, the more likely it will contain one or more linchpins that will link seemingly unrelated groups of people together.

Developing a Diverse Business Network

Networking means more than securing the next sale. It should be a daily activity done to expand a business. To develop a more diverse network, try connecting with people on a level other than business -- possibly through hobbies or other interests that you may have in common. These types of connections often result in deeper, more solid relationships that will ultimately last longer than superficial connections made only for business.

When your network is diverse, it is more important than ever to maintain your connections by actively reaching out through a note, phone call, meeting, email, or a link on a social media channel. With the many options to reconnect that we have today, there is really no excuse not to stay in touch.

If you desire to build a powerful personal network, Dr. Ivan Misner of Business Networking has one suggestion for you -- branch out. Build a diverse network of professional contacts that includes individuals that don't look like you, sound like you, talk like you, or share your background, education, or history. The only thing that they should have in common with you and the other people in your network is the desire to succeed in whatever business they are in.

If you develop this type of personal and business networks, you'll have a network that can help you connect with anyone you choose, and some that you've never dreamed of.



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