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My Favorite Blogs

Hiking Rim to River to Rim at the famed Grand Canyon! | Brushed by Fame Blog on

This is the first "Brushed by Fame" blog that does not include a brush by an actual famous person. Instead, it's a brush with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon.

CVBs on Pinterest, June 2013 update

Let's take a look at where CVBs stand on Pinterest! Some accounts have reached a few milestones worth noting in this update. *data collected May 30, 2013. Los Angeles has over 30,000 followers now. VisitSavannah Georgia has nearly 25,000 and Pure Michigan will probably be the next DMO to reach 10,000 followers.

This Isn't Even My Final Form!

There's always a gap in everything you do: the gap between who you are currently are and what you'll one day be capable of. That effing gap. It's the worst thing in the world. You want to cross it and just get it over with, but that's not how it works.

MVP Clinic with Sean Murphy

Entrepreneurs can present where they are with their MVP and hypotheses about customer, problem, solution, and value. The roundtable will brainstorm issues that founders are having valuating their MVP. This is an very interactive session, so seating is limited. Tuesday July 16, 7:30am in Sunnyvale

4 Important Real Estate Lessons Learned From Superman

Superman is one of the greatest stories told through motion picture. At least that's the way this girl growing up in the 1970's with three major Superman movies sees it. The latest production, Man of Steel is definitely a cut above the rest, with a story line that has twists and turns, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Communication Inspirations

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a "conversation" with someone who is technically delivering a monologue? Have you ever tried to join a conversation or discussion that is being hijacked by one speaker? I call those individuals Chain-talkers and they can be hazardous to healthy communication.

Fine Whine

I honestly cannot say. I love to pick up a book, new, used, (love Alibris) and library. Also love my Kindle. I will never catch up. But I am getting very used to reading on my iPhone, mainly because of a lot of stuff going on lately.

The Way, Way Back in Theatres Next Week + Prize Pack Givaway (2 winners!)

In case you missed my post last week, one of the movies I'm really looking forward to seeing this summer is THE WAY, WAY BACK (in select theaters starting July 5th), starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Liam James!

Business Marketing Matters

Published January 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm - No Comments Check out the latest strategies for SEO on! Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post Published July 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm - No Comments Does your webpage get customers to buy?

Cygnet Updates

Everyone has their favorite summer events - you know, the ones you'll drive hours to attend, the ones that become traditions for your family and friends. But after a lazy summer of outdoor music, local festivals and weekly farmer's markets, what is there to look forward to?

Family History Stories

Did you know there is a second Mona Lisa? Yes, and I'm related to the man who found her, Hugh Blaker. Of course, I had no idea about any of this until a couple of hours ago. Here's what happened. Today I went to the National Archives in London with no particular game plan.

Footprint Management Systems Inc.: Greenwashing: "Putting a Bird on It"

Have you ever watched Portlandia? I love that show! It is a laugh out loud satirical comedy that shamelessly mocks some of our "first world issues". can understand why I like it.

10 Tips to Improve Verbal Communication in Your Job Search

June 24th, 2013 by Kira This post was originally seen on Career Rocketeer and was written by Perry Newman. Every situation you are in during a job search requires verbal communication so here are some pointers to improve your ability to communicate with others when networking, at a job fair, in a job interview etc.

Alternative Travel, destination guides, travel places - GoNOMAD Travel

Alternative travel, destination guides, articles about exotic trips, travel planning

Chuck Sambuchino's Guide To Literary Agents Blog |

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and published author who runs the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, one of the biggest blogs in publishing. His site has instruction and information on literary agents, literary agencies, query letters, submissions, publishing, author platform, book marketing, and more. 2. Suspects are the main characters.

What Did I Miss? 5-14-13

LUNCH TODAY KCRAR Roadshow Teaches How to be a Paperless REALTOR ® KCRAR is going back on the road with a new KCRAR Roadshow in May. "Navigating to a Paperless Workflow" will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 at the Kansas City Police Academy; 6885 N.E.

Grand Central at 100: Its a Toyminal Not a Station (Audio)

Posted on February 3, 2013 Photo Credit: Jason G. Lewis I didn't make Grand Central Terminal's grand birthday party Saturday, but I did pay homage last week, as one of the 750 thousand who visit daily.

Jill Browne

Hello, Thank you for stopping by. My name is Jill Browne. I love to travel and to write, and sometimes I edit other people's work. I've put this website together for two reasons. First, as a quick and concise portfolio, and second, as a place to put ongoing notes and observations - a blog in the original, informal, immediate sense of the word.

How Many Employees Does It Take To Hurt a Brand? One. | Peter Shankman

Short story time: A guy walks into Charlotte International Airport on a flight to LaGuardia. He's flying USAirways, because out of Charlotte, one doesn't have any other choice that costs less than a mortgage.

Recipe: Garlicky Kale with Fried Eggs and Salsa

At work the other day I took a reservation from a guest whose only dietary restriction was a strong aversion to poached or fried eggs on top of her dish. She pointed out that this was becoming rather trendy (it has), and I got to thinking: that wasn't the first time egg non-lovers have mentioned this (disturbing to them) trend.

Setting Standards for Sustainability

Have you shopped for a product or service and wondered about the seal of approval displayed on the product or its website? What does the seal mean? If we were to learn that the seal isn't valid or current, or that it was purchased and not deserved on merit, how would we feel?

Tips for Jump Starting Employee Recognition Program ROI - ROI of Engagement

Originally published as a guest post at In our last post we noted that smart organizations are actively investing in their people. Measuring the ROI of these investments can be of great value. In short, measurement can help justify, defend and improve these programs. Don't know where to start?

There's More To Goal Setting Than Making Them SMART

The following was originally posted on When I talk to clients about effective goal setting someone invariably mentions that good goals are SMART goals - specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. I agree these are critically important to strengthening goals. But they're not the whole story.


Tim Leffel's new book, Travel Writing 2.0, is probably the most useful "how-to" book about travel writing on the market today. Why?

How Facebook Can Be Your Blog's Best Friend

If you're like me, you may have resisted Facebook for years - I was practically dragged kicking and screaming into joining. In retrospect, I'm really sorry it took me so long because, if you have a blog, a Facebook fan page can be your best friend.