Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: Priceless Gifts by Barbara Glanz

Books! I don't care what format they are in; paperback, hard cover, ebook or audio book, they are the backbone of modern society. Ever since old Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable type printing press in 1439, the book became a more and more integral part of our society. Amazingly, so far, books have remained in essentially the same format for 576 years. However, the "Digital Age" is changing that fairly rapidly. Here's the thing, no matter the format, a book is still a book.

Each of us has our own reading preferences. Some of us are voracious readers. Others, like me, are simply regular readers. And still others are occasional readers. Some of us like fiction in its various genre. Others, like me, prefer mainly non-fiction. One kind of book I really like is the anthology book encompassing brief chapters or essays by several authors or a book by a single author with numerous essays by that author. They are easy to read and you can pick and choose from a variety of topics. One of my favorite authors is Robert Fulghum.



But, this review is about a new favorite author. Her name is Barbara Glanz of Sarasota, Florida. Full disclosure is appropriate. Barbara is a long-time, personal friend of mine and a delight to spend time with. I could write an entire article just about Barbara, her background, experiences and adventures. For example, she is the only professional speaker in the world to have spoken to audiences on all seven continents (that includes Antarctica). But, Barbara will be the subject of a future guest interview podcast. This review is about Barbara's latest book endeavor, Priceless Gifts - Using What God's Given You to Bless Others.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WTF . . . Where's The Fire?

IMPORTANT: Before I begin this article, I want to remind you to take the very brief survey I asked you to respond to last Wednesday. I've received quite a number of responses to date, however, the more responses I receive, the better the information will be. The survey will only be active for one more week. After next Wednesday I'll be compiling the results and won't accept any further responses. The survey is short and simple. It shouldn't take you longer than 1 minute to respond. It is completely anonymous. I have no idea of who responded or how you responded. And, I want to thank you and those who have already responded for granting me this one priceless minute of your time. Here's the link to the survey. Survey Link   Please respond now, if you haven't already.
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WTF?  In today's vernacular those three letters have assumed the meaning of a pretty familiar and graphic question? But, I have chosen to use the same three letters to pose another question. Perhaps, many of us will adopt them to our own vocabulary of modern "text" abbreviations. Here is my question:

WTF? Where's The Fire?

Okay, for the grammarians reading this, technically, "Where's" is a contraction of where is. But, give me this one. The question is still valid, and, who knows, I may be starting a new text abbreviation.

The question, "where's the fire?" is one that has been settling in with me for a number of years. As you know, I always attempt to be honest and avoid being hypocritical, so I'm not only pointing the finger at others in a hurry, I have also been one of those people in a hurry. Infrequently, and that's very infrequently, I still allow myself to get into a situation of chasing a fire.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…It's about learning how to dance in the rain" - Vivian Greene

How much of life do we miss out on because we just don't want to get wet? It's like an automatic reflex. The sky becomes overcast and we immediately start thinking about reacting to some rain.

Why is that? We go home and take off our clothes and climb into a shower or slide into a bath. Aren't we getting soaked to the skin, literally? Is it because we are wearing clothes that may be ruined if they get wet? My solution for that is simple, on days when there will likely be precipitation, don't wear anything that might be "ruined" by some of nature's liquid sunshine. That's right, I called it liquid sunshine and, of course, that's not original.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Voluntary Simplicity - Book Review - Revisited

The Voluntary Simplicity book review was very well read. It dates back to February 17, 2012. Since the topic is an ongoing one in this blog, I thought perhaps it might be a good time to allow you to revisit it. If you haven't read it before, then now is a good time for you to become familiar with an interesting and topical book. I'm not going to republish the article here, I'm simply going to give you the link to the original article.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #226 Security With Style, Charleston, South Carolina, December 2004


There are bars and there are bars. No, I'm not talking about places you imbibe adult beverages or the kind you find in correctional institutions. I'm talking about the kind homes and businesses install on their windows and doors to keep the occupants of the house or business safe and secure from theft and physical harm. And who would perpetrate such theft and physical harm? They are the individuals who may patronize the bars where one imbibes alcoholic beverages and who often end up behind the bars in the correctional institutions. . . READ MORE

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up - August 29, 2015

Well, the weeks come and the weeks go. This is another week that was. 

I'm currently in Chantilly, Virginia attending the 2015 Veteran Speakers Retreat with a small group of professional speaker friends of mine. I coordinated and ran this annual retreat for 12 years, 7 of them with my late dear, long-time friend, John Jay Daly. It's always been a privilege for me to associate with this group of individuals and it was an honor to coordinate and manage the annual gathering. Now, I've reverted back to "civilian" participant status. My weekend is very relaxed compared to the past events when I was in the captain's seat.

I arrived here on Thursday and we'll wrap up tomorrow, Sunday at about 1:00 PM after a final lunch together. Tonight we'll honor five individuals, four living and in attendance and one posthumous, as we induct them into the prestigious designation known as "Legends of the Speaking Profession. It always is and will be a gala evening.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Tech Report: SiriusXM A La Carte Satellite Radio Service


Doesn't it really annoy you as you're traveling along listening to a country station playing all the great vintage artists and music you love or you're listening to a news report or an interesting talk show or a baseball game on your radio and you "run out of string." What I mean by that is you've crossed into the fringe range for the station or it's an FM station and you've passed to the other side of a mountain or a stronger FM station overrides the station you were listening to. 

I know it always frosted me when that happened. Public radio is a perfect example. You're listening to a really great Terry Gross interview on her "Fresh Air" program and you run out of range. So, you start looking for another public radio station to pick up the program, but the only other public station has a classical music or jazz program on. NPR, PRI, APR and the other public radio program providers are syndicators. That means the public radio stations that subscribe to their programming services can program the programs anytime or any day in their schedule. You may not find "Fresh Air" on anywhere else that day as you progress.