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You’re Welcome!

I’m a big baby about going to the doctor. I recently had to bribe myself into going. One particular doctor is in Springfield, so I asked Big Al if we couldn’t stop by a certain restaurant after my appointment. He agreed. It’s one of his favorite stops; mine too both for the food as well as watching the behavior of a specific waitress. Before that last statement settles in and reads as incredibly creepy, let me point out I’m obviously not the only one. She has an entire restaurant of… Read more You’re Welcome!


“Hey Lori!” I heard a girl yell across the parking lot. I turned to see an old friend coming toward me. We hugged and talked excitedly back and forth. Within minutes she laughed and pointed to my hand. “I see you’re still using the same notebook.” I’m a bit of a gadget geek. I love my iPods and now my computer tablet. I’ve had many versions of PDAs and electronic organizers. Regardless of how organized and synced across various platforms I am, I always write my most important notes for… Read more Thumb-worthy

The marriage of technical and paper notes

I’m a techno-nerd. There’s no denying it. I love my iPhone. I’m deeply attached to my laptop. My Kindle accompanies me everywhere. I was introduced earlier this year to the Evernote application. Evernote is a program that allows you to save just about anything; pictures, video files, notes, and even voice recordings to electronic notebooks. You can share your notebooks with individuals via emailed links. I quickly signed up for the paid subscription finding that I “maxed” out the free version’s information allotment size within days. Having just described my… Read more The marriage of technical and paper notes

My True LinkedIn Skills

Do you remember when LinkedIn, self-described as “the world’s largest professional network on the Internet” was hacked? A Russian techno-thug managed to obtain 6.5 million of the over 161 million users’ passwords and uploaded them to a website. For a couple of days news groups that cover social media and people who are active on LinkedIn were busy updating their information and encouraging their contacts to do the same. Of course I was right in the middle of it. As I’ve written previously, after my email hacking experience last year,… Read more My True LinkedIn Skills

Allergic to Negativity

I’m developing a stronger and stronger aversion to negativity the older I become. I try to check my own negative reaction to all things “snarky” but find it sometime in short supply. I especially have little patience with my own occasional bad attitude. Take this week – I have found so many reasons to be thankful and appreciative. Rather than complain about the high cost of gas, I’m appreciating the opportunity to work and meet “remotely.” Yesterday afternoon I had a meeting via the phone and internet with one of… Read more Allergic to Negativity

Monkey passwords

I read an article recently that listed the worst passwords. As you can expect there were a lot of passwords that listed ‘123’ or ‘321’ as part of their makeup. ‘Superman’ and ‘monkey’ are apparently used quite frequently by individuals as their personal password; so frequently in fact that they are two of the combinations that hackers know to try when working to gain access to accounts. I love it that people think of monkeys when creating their personal passwords. I’ve created elaborate lists of obscure letter, number and symbol… Read more Monkey passwords

Prepare for the Best

Recently, I was kindly admonished by a friend that I was “worse casing;” envisioning everything that could go wrong with a situation and discounting the positive. I had to agree. Maybe it’s part of the public relations landscape that I always try to prepare for the worst. I think of all the tough questions, prepare for inclement weather, and anticipate the inevitable hiccup in the plans. For some that practice would simply be thought of as thorough planning – being prepared. What it doesn’t allow for is the unexpected surprise,… Read more Prepare for the Best

Photographing The Way We Live

New Year’s resolutions when followed out for a time have a wonderful way of reordering our personal experience. Since agreeing with myself that I would “knit the sky” each evening, I have both spent more time looking up than looking down and been able to carve out just a few minutes each evening for my favorite pastime. This past Monday the sky was a beautiful shade of almost perfect blue. I kept being caught up in the vastness of the space above. I had great spans of time in which… Read more Photographing The Way We Live