Maybe you know this, maybe you don’t… (If you do-it’s time for a hobby!):)
Each year, I celebrate October 10th as my Official “Happy Day”. This started in my college days, my Sophomore year to be exact. I lived at an address “1010 Philadelphia Street”, and enjoyed a beautiful fall day sitting on my window sill in the Round Room of “The Castle” (nickname of the aprtment) enjoying the beautiful air of Fall. Good things happened that Fall. Some bad, but inside my soul-good things happened. I learned that “I am” meant exactly that. Sometimes I don’t always exactly know who that is, but know my dreams are alive and unique and….mine.
So…on this October 10th, I find myself very introspective and “at peace”. I hope you are enjoying the same. I’ve been taking some pics.The mountain view is today from my deck, and the river is from a walk I took a few days ago in Durango – on the hike bike patch.I absolutely love the fall!
All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
I read an interesting and telling post today from one of the forums I monitor. It was very telling of the differences in perceptions about our industry.It made me wonder how many people withhold helping thinking that helping another talent will reduce the success of their own freelance business?
Here is an excerpt of the post:
“It’s a tough market to break into, and I find that most of the other voice talents out there aren’t quick to give advice to new comers like you and me. Some do and others will just ignore you. I suppose that’s about par for the course for any professional endeavor though.
I’ve been monitoring this site for a while now and have picked up some pretty good stuff, but like I said, only a few will actually sit down and answer your questions.”
Ironically, one of my favorite blogs to follow had a related topic up for discussion today:
Success Isn’t a Competition: Boosting Others Helps You in the Long Run
Excerpt from the post “By freeing yourself from the bounds of competition, you free yourself to help others, even if they might be competitors. And in doing so, you gain relationships, and those can be amazingly valuable — in terms of having great friends, and maybe gaining something in the long run. Friends, of course, are much, much more than what they might give you (and you shouldn’t make friends because they might give you something), but you can see the point: it certainly doesn’t hurt you to help others. ” (read entire post here)
I would love to hear from you if you need help, or if you have a comment or opinion on the subject.
Here is my somewhat related video. Well, the title is related, but the rest is just plain old cute!
(The information posted below has not been confirmed, fact checked, or politically “Correctified” )
I’m against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America ina We Deserve It Dividend.
To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.
Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, womanand child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as aWe Deserve It Dividend.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free.So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.A husband and wife has $595,000.00.
What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved. Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads Put away money for college – it’ll be there Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs. Buy a new car – create jobs Invest in the market – capital drives growth Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else
Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folkswho lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other companythat is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.
If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it….instead of trickling outa puny $1000.00 (’vote buy’ ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.
If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!
As for AIG – liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.
Here’s my rationale.We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.
Sure it’s a crazy idea that can ‘never work.’
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!
How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 BillionWe Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC
And remember, this plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returnedinstantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as its either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!
I promise there will be more coming soon. I need to revive this blog and have fun again!
In the meantime, I thought the scenery should change with a new reader feed for your reading pleasure. I found a new Gig Feed. It’s not as robust as my personal feed, but it may help those who need it!
Whether you celebrate Easter traditionally, only the fun parts or not at all-have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the start of Spring!
What is a Virtual Easter Egg?– Is it simply a picture of an Easter Egg……like this one?
A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. The term draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many western nations.
Google Tricks, Hacks and Easter Eggs….hmmm?
Easter, also known as Pascha, is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. This year the Equinox fell on March 20th.
This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people
used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
If Easter seems to be a little early this year, it’s because it is only the second earliest date it can be based on the Hebrew dating. This year marks the earliest we’ve seen Easter celebrated in 95 years.
This YouTube is a serious depiction of Good Friday.
I’m writing today about something most of us have done done, usually both in life and in our careers. There is a reason for the timing of my writing since we are coming to a Holiday weekend. A time where we juggle more and an opportunity for either work or personal promises are forgotten or dropped.
Perhaps when you have “dropped the ball” you felt a little something like the guy above….becoming someone else or a shell of someone else when attempting to recover the “drop”.
You may be tempted to devise some little lie….. or even a large fabrication to pass the blame on to someone else or some situation that deemed you blameless. This turns your human error into an intentional act of deceit and usually doesn’t sit well with either you or the person who suffered your fumble.If they believe you, you achieve only that lie. If they don’t believe you, you lose trust forever. In either situation, you learn nothing.
There is a vast difference between feeling like a failure, and actually being one. -Brian G. Jett
If you want to do the right thing it’s best to be honest.
Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to do the right thing. There is an etiquette to follow.
Neglecting to apologize….(Or, neglecting to apologize properly)-Admitting you were to blame for an error is a great thing, but if you neglect to apologize for it you may send the message that you don’t care about the damage it caused. “I’m Sorry” or “I Apologize” say to a person that you did not intend to cause any negative consequence.
It is very important that you are sincere with your apologies. Saying,
“Hey, Sorry I missed the deadline. I’ll git ya caught up right now!”,
is NOT an apology.
“I don’t care that you were inconvenienced”
“I don’t need your forgiveness”.
It also implies that it can and probably will happen again.
I found a terrific site on the “Art of Apology”. Perfect Apology
This site goes into detail on the best way to apologize.
It is a great asset to those that don’t have naturally warm sensibilities or who have anxieties over saying “the right thing”.
Also check out Life Learning Today on How to Recover from a Fumble at Work.
In business, the inability to recover from errors could mean a loss of accounts and financial suffering.
In our personal lives it means being misunderstood and the suffering of loneliness.
My Blog has been listed as a Resource for Voice Over Talent on Voices.com.
Voices.com yet again assisted the VO Community with a wealth of knowledge by publishing 100+ Industry Resources for Voice Over Talent. This is an enormous help to the industry. It would be like taking everyone’s messy bookmarks relating to Voice Over, excluding the waste and cleaning it up to where it’s easy to navigate and provides info at a glance.
With all that information, it seems unnecessary to add to it. But since these sites have proven their value to me in business, perhaps they can be a new resource for some of you.
This website is a site of links to anything that a person running a business may need. Like Voices.com, CEOExpress.com created a beautifully organized list in a category specific format. You can link to Legal Issues, Business forms, Trends, Periodicals, Marketing help, SOHO, etc.
Since I am incredibly cheap, Fatwallet is a resource I use to save some Scratch! This site talks about deals, financing issues,links to special finds and also has a “cash back” feature that sweetens the pot!
Check out the links to the FW forums:
Hot Deals » King of the forums! Hottest deals, coupons and offers.
Expired Deals »Dead deals…but comments and follow-up still welcome.
Travel Deals »Hotels, flights, cruises, rentals, and more.
In an effort to learn something new everyday, I definitely met my goal yesterday when I learned that TODAY is World Kidney Day; a day intended to raise awareness of kidney disease and educate “at-risk” people about the importance of prevention and early detection. I guess today is the official “Nephro” Day…”
Since I do a large amount of my work as KatsVoice is performing Medical Narration and Health Education, I thought a strong mention of this enlightened day would be very relevant.
Image from www.nlm.nih.gov/
Every day our kidneys filter and clean 200 liters of blood – a quantity that would fill about 200 bottles or 20 buckets! Besides this impressive, daily feat, kidneys also help to control our blood pressure, to produce red blood cells and to keep our bones healthy……. Excerpt Taken From www.WorldKidneyDay.org
Take some time today and learn about your risks, prevention and testing available for ESRF (End-Stage Renal Failure). It’s always a good policy to follow to take better care of yourself.
Here are some places to learn more about it:
NKDEP (National Kidney Disease Education Program) http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/ NKDEP is an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK),
National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
Here you will learn more about:
What your kidneys do.
What kidney disease is.
Your risk factors for kidney disease.
How your doctor diagnoses whether you have kidney disease.
Treatment options available for kidney disease.
What would happen if your kidneys fail completely.
Where you can find more information about kidney disease.
You can also watch a video where an African-American woman living with kidney failure shares her story…
Learning, just as everything in life, should be fun!
Learn about your Amazing Kidneys, find events in your community and empower yourself with information to celebrate World Kidney Day at www.WorldKidneyDay.org And….let’s see what YouTube has for us….
Daylight Savings Time snuck up on me with little notice. My 8 year old son reminded me of it this past weekend. I thought “Yeah, Winter is finally over!”.
But, after doing some research, I realized that winter has been far from over in our history.
Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Blizzard of 1888; The most famous snowstorm in American history that lasted from March 11 to March 14, 1888. A storm that paralyzed the Northeastern US Seaboard killing over 400 people. New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut were home to major devastation as transportation was shut down and man people were confined to their homes for up to a week without services with over 40-50 inches of snow falling in a period of 4 days. If anyone is prone to throwing themselves a pity party this time of year crying for winter to end, read more about how bad it was and could have been here (you pansy):
Impact of this Devastating Storm on New York Transit
Excerpt….” When the storm first hit New York City, the temperature was mild as a light rain began to fall on March 11th, gradually increasing in ferocity. By March 12th these torrential rains changed to heavy snow and buried the unprepared city in drifts of up to thirty feet deep! The temperature plunged and winds reached over eighty miles per hour. This continued for the next 36 hours. Sources vary on the total devastation caused by this massive storm, but over 400 people lost their lives, some 200 in New York City. This snow storm became legendary, earning the nickname “The Great White Hurricane,” after it paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine. Ships at sea sunk or were grounded, telegraph and telephone wires were down cutting off communication between major cities. All transportation was immobilized. An estimated $25 million was caused in property damage from fires alone. Many cities were hard hit by the blizzard, but New York City was hit hardest of all.”
The Stamford Historical Society’s Recount of the event….
Excerpt….“The most famous snowstorm in American history, the Blizzard of 1888, has acquired an almost legendary status. Although there have been many heavier snowfalls and significantly lower temperatures, this blizzard’s combination of inclement conditions has been unmatched in 110 years.
The ‘Great White Hurricane,’ as it was called, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine……” AND…Since I can’t seem to lay off the YouTube Videos in my blog, I need to ask if you would prefer a Medium Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard instead…?
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