November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street?


I am in New York attending a conference. Tonight I had an opportunity to spend about an hour chatting with five people on their way home from a busy day protesting with the Occupy Wall Street group. I'm guessing these men and women were in their mid to late thirties. I was curious about the movement and asked a number of what I thought were "probing" questions. Here is what I learned from this small sampling of protesters.

September 20, 2011

Fishing With My Girl!

Having just returned from our annual weekend fishing trip, I thought I'd create a video chronicle of some of our past memories.

June 16, 2011

Blogging for your Business

I just finished reading ProBloggers Guide to Blogging for your Business. I highly recommend you read this book. As a business owner I don't have the time to take the trial and error approach to blogging and this book was a great help to me.

June 12, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 13

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 11, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 12

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 10, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 11

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 9, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 10

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 8, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 9

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 7, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 8

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself.  Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 6, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 7

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 5, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 6

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 4, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 5

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself.  Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 3, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 4

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 2, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 3

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

June 1, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 2

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself.  Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

May 31, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 1

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself.  Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

May 3, 2011

31 Days To Build A Better Blog - Price Increase

It has been two years since I became an affiliate and have been urging you to purchase and read Darren Rowse's book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.  Over that period of time the price of the book has been $19.99.  On May 10, 2011, the price will increase to $29.99.  Click on the link to the right and purchase the book now for $19.99.  If you require more information, read about the price increase in Darren's own words.

March 31, 2011

Will the 9/11 First Responders Law Do the Job?

This Guest Post is written by Barbara O'Brien. Barbara's blogging at The Mahablog, Crooks and Liars, Alternet and elsewhere on the progressive political and health blogosphere has earned her the notoriety of being a panelist at the Yearly Kos Convention and she was a featured guest blogger at the Take Back America Conference in Washington D.C.

In the final days of the 111th Congress, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Act, also called the "9/11 First Responders bill," finally passed. The Act will provide medical monitoring and care for those who worked on the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks, as well as for many who lived and worked nearby.

However, at the insistence of some senators, the final bill was considerably watered down from what it had been originally. More than $3 billion in funding was cut from s previous version of the bill, for example. Will the revised bill still do the job?

When the Senate passed the bill, initial news reports said that the monitoring and health care program would end after five years. However, the actual language of the bill provides for funding limitations for monitoring and health care after fiscal year 2016, which suggests the program might continue if Congress authorizes funding for it.

The monitoring issue is particularly critical. The collapse of the mammoth World Trade Center towers released thousands of tons of toxic particles into the air. For many weeks after the attacks, people who lived and worked in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn suffered burning eyes and hacking coughs from the foul air. Yet at the time, the federal government and the city of New York assured people the stinging fumes were not dangerous, just unpleasant.

Several days after the terrorist attacks, some independent researchers slipped past the police barricades to take samples. They found the air contained more than twice the number of asbestos fibers considered “safe,” as well as deadly levels of benzene, dioxin, and other toxins.

Why should people exposed to the toxins continue to be monitored? Asbestos in particular is a very slow killer. It has been well documented that the first symptoms of the deadly lung cancer mesothelioma may not show up for 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. But early detection should prolong lives and make mesothelioma treatment and other medical care more effective.

The final bill does close the Victims Compensation Fund in five years, which is separate from the health monitoring and care part of the bill. It also provides for more stringent monitoring of benefits, which might make it harder for people to get into the program.

Today — more than nine years after the attacks — many rescue and recovery workers are suffering deteriorating health. A study published in April 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that New York City firefighters and emergency workers continue to suffer from severe and persistent lung problems because of their exposure to the World Trade Center debris. Some of these 9/11 heroes already have died.

Firefighters, police officers, and other responders who had been begging Congress for help for nine years called the passage of the bill a “Christmas miracle.” Let us hope the final version of the bill will do the job.

February 14, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day each year makes me think about an old Stevie Wonder song I once had played over the phone to a very special person in my life. That was awhile ago and I'm happy to say, she's still a very important person in my life.

Take a stroll down memory lane, then pick up the phone and call someone you love, and tell them.

 
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