• Book Review of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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    Two Opinions: Leslie’s POV: This book has many characters, many stories, even genres. Maybe too many.  The author sets us up with three distinct narratives about characters who do eventually all come together.  That is, eventually.  Before the admittedly intricate [...]

  • Wedding Costs: Fantasy vs Reality

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        According to a recent study by the Bank of Montreal Canadian couples expect to spend about $15,000 on their wedding, and invite an average of 100 guests. When I read that figure I laughed out loud. I mean spitting-out-my-tea-all-over-my-computer-screen laughed. It [...]

  • Hipsters

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    At the end of this month I will undergo a total hip replacement for my aging right hip.  This situation has actually come on quite briskly.  Just one year ago my x-ray read “moderate” arthritis with a few bone spurs [...]

  • Arrow and Flash – First Look

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  • 2014 CDMC to be Held in Sydney

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    On the heels of a very successful Catholic New Media Conference held last year in Melbourne, Australia, the people at the Southern Cross New Media Project, an alliance that seeks to bring together Catholic new media practitioners in Australia and [...]

  • The Karate Kid Trilogy with Ralph Macchio on Netflix!

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    Seems like yesterday it was the mid 1980′s and Karate Kid with the guy from Eight Is Enough (Jeremy Andretti), burst onto the Movie screens.  I still remember the underdog connection I had with Daniel.  In some ways Daniel was every kid [...]

  • Amazon.com Prime Lifestyle

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    I would have never guessed that Amazon.com would become a vital part of my every day living.  In the past, Microsoft’s Windows or Office dominated my business, workplace and later Google with Google Apps.  But my personal life was not [...]

  • IPad Art Gallery #15

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    This edition of my ongoing art blog highlights drawings that are layered on top of the same background. Part experiment, part expedience. Please view the previous editions of my iPad gallery. iPad Art Gallery #1 iPad Art Gallery #2 iPad [...]

  • Filipino-American Fish Eater

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    Mmmm, fish. I love fish. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed ever since I was a kid. (Well, the time I had a fish bone stuck in my throat when I was 5 years old doesn’t count. ) Earlier this evening, [...]

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My Squiggly Path

Barry Abraham | Brickway Marketing

Barry Abraham | Google AdWord Specialist

I am very pleased to introduce you to Barry Abraham, owner of Brickway Marketing.  Barry is a Certified Pay Per Click Specialist and author of the book The Internet Marketing Strategy Book. Barry and his wife are entrepreneurs and have [...]

Megan Gebhart | 52 Cups of Coffee

Megan Gebhart | 52 Cups of Coffee

When I started this project, My Squiggly Path, my goal was to interview people who had in some way or another embraced technology and found themselves in a career that was somewhat unexpected.  I had sort of assumed that my [...]

Westchester County NY Interior Designer | Laurel Bern

Westchester NY Interior Designer Laurel Bern

I have wanted to get Laurel Bern, Westchester NY based interior designer, to do a podcast with me for a while now, and finally today we were able to connect.  I chose Laurel to speak with because the amount of [...]

Opinion

Say What you Mean and Mean What you Say

Say What you Mean and Mean What you Say

How many times has someone said they would call you, then not? How many times has a friend said they wanted do something with you, and then did not? This is one of my biggest ‘pet peeves’ and I really [...]

Airport Blues

Airport Blues

Given the many awful aspects of air travel, it is a wonder airports teem with passengers at all times and in all places. In addition to the cost, which manages to go up constantly, there is the captured audience spectre [...]

Review of Philomena

Review of Philomena

Review of Philomena with Dame Judy Dench   April 2014 The arresting blue eyes of Dame Judy Dench haunt long after the movie, Philomena, has closed on the screen. They convey sorrow, horror, fear, but as importantly, they convey the [...]

Review of Johnny Cash/ The Life by Robert Hilburn

Review of Johnny Cash/ The Life by Robert Hilburn

This recently published biography of Johnny Cash is as balanced as it is thorough.  The author, who has also written biographies of John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen,  was the pop music critic for the LA Times for many years, meaning [...]

Life

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Coffee Mugs

Hello, my name is Eileen and I am addicted to coffee.  I don’t just have a physical need for caffeine, I have mental component to my enjoyment which directly correlates to the cup from which I drink.  I know its [...]

Succeed In Life - Make Your Bed!

Succeed In Life – Make Your Bed!

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and [...]

Chronic Pain: Pills or Pump?

Chronic Pain: Pills or Pump?

Chronic Pain, (CP), is pain that has persisted for at least 3-6 months as opposed to acute pain, from an injury such a cut finger, that goes away when the injury has healed. It is estimated that 100 million Americans [...]

Business

Small Business - Online Reviews To Win Customers

Small Business – Online Reviews To Win Customers

Small Business -  James Martell interviews Don Campbell of Expand2Web about how Small Business can use online reviews to obtain new customers. When people begin their purchasing decision, it has become a habit to start with reviews. For example, when we look [...]

The Koomohost Project - Origin

The Koomohost Project – Origin

Logo Design by Wekey Since 2009, I have offering website services.  It started out with helping small business get online using Microsoft’s now defunct Office Live Small Business.  It was a simple HTML editor, very dated layout/designs, built in email integration and [...]

Marketing Is Different, Yet The Same On the Web

Marketing Is Different, Yet The Same On the Web

I laugh when people with a Marketing Degree or background think they know and clearly they don’t understand how the web works. I can’t really blame the Marketing professional.  All this Internet marketing is still new and only recently have [...]

Technology

Is digital media isolating or uniting us?

Is digital media isolating or uniting us?

Have you ever been in the same room with someone and yet communicated with them by texting them or IM’ing them via Facebook or Gchat? I’ve even seen two people texting each other, even though they were sitting right next [...]

iPhone or iPad: Follow-Up

iPhone or iPad: Follow-Up

Way back in October, 2012, I had posed the question here of whether or not I should upgrade my iPhone 3GS to an {iPhone 4/iPhone 4S/iPhone 5} or get an iPad mini. At the time, my initial two-year contract had [...]

Reviving an old MacBook

Reviving an old MacBook

A very kind friend of a friend had dropped off an old MacBook, stating if we could get it to work, we could have it. He said it belonged to his wife, who passed it to their teen-aged daughter. When [...]

Creative

IPad Art Gallery #14

IPad Art Gallery #14

Here is the newest round of drawings, centered around fire and fear.   Please view the previous editions of my iPad gallery. iPad Art Gallery #1 iPad Art Gallery #2 iPad Art Gallery #3 iPad Art Gallery #4 iPad Art [...]

IPad Art Gallery #13

IPad Art Gallery #13

Following further down this path. Seeing where it takes me. Please view the previous editions of my iPad gallery. iPad Art Gallery #1 iPad Art Gallery #2 iPad Art Gallery #3 iPad Art Gallery #4 iPad Art Gallery #5 iPad [...]

IPad Art Gallery #12

IPad Art Gallery #12

Here is the latest batch of artwork for 2014. It was slow going at the beginning, but a new direction has made itself known. Please view the previous editions of my iPad gallery. iPad Art Gallery #1 iPad Art Gallery [...]

iPad Art Gallery #11

iPad Art Gallery #11

These are images I created during the holidays. Much has happened, and I hope these pictures reflect that. I’ve included several refiltered Instagram versions that offer an interesting spin from the originals.

Spirituality

Offer It Up

Offer It Up

Back in the day when I was at St. Patrick’s Elementary School, there was a saying the nuns often fell back on.  When something uncomfortable or awkward happened, or when there was some awful chore you had to do, the [...]

Remembering Blessed Pope John Paul II

Remembering Blessed Pope John Paul II

Today marks the ninth death anniversary of Blessed (soon to be Saint) John Paul II. I still remember keeping ‘vigil’ with my eyes glued to the TV and CNN’s coverage. For a while, it seemed like the whole world was [...]

What to Give Up (Getty Images)

What To Give Up For Lent

OK, we may be half way through this year’s Lenten season but it is not too late to think of things to give up.  As my friend pointed out, our New Year’s resolutions have long gone so Lent is our [...]

Anniversary of Pope Francis' Election

Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy. It has certainly been quite an interesting year! Pope Francis has certainly attracted a lot of attention, and the media have been producing a lot of stories about [...]

Entertainment

Amazon Prime Music is Here!

Amazon Prime Music is Here!

  Started out with free shipping, exclusive deals then Amazon Prime Instant Video.  Now Amazon has upgraded the service to include popular music, artists and for me, a way to replenish my CD collection!  Thanks Amazon. Not sure if I [...]

General

Hipsters:  Count Down

Hipsters: Count Down

In two days, I go in for the anterior hip replacement surgery.  Aging Hipster that I am, I have friends in the same boat.  In fact, one brought me some indespensibles over the weekend:  one shower seat;  two grippers, in [...]

Gone Too Soon…Again - Tony Gwynn

Gone Too Soon…Again – Tony Gwynn

It happened merely ten days ago… It was a typical Monday morning in June. Though a light marine layer covered San Diego County there was excitement in the air. The San Antonio Spurs had just won the NBA Finals and [...]

The Hemingway Home in Key West

The Hemingway Home in Key West

Situated at the far end of the Florida Keys, Key West is a cool place.  Hopping with tourists enjoying the full array of restaurants and art galleries, Key West beckons to the wild soul in all of us. People who [...]