Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bowling for Sisters!

Inevitably, brothers (possibly just boys) will try to "bulldog" anyone they can, while sledding.  I watched my 11 yr old son, reach out and grasp at others as he whizzed by them down the hill today.  I wasn't sure if he was just trying to knock them down or trying to pull them on to the sled with him.  I watched his buddies leap from their sled on to another sled as they caught up to it.  It's in their genes I suppose. 

Fortunately, the gaggle of 7 and 8 yr old sisters and their friends liked the attention and there was no whining.  Cheers to 8" of snow and a friendly afternoon of bowling for sisters!

On a side note, the round radial disc flyer stills seems to out perform the latest and greatest sleds.  Go figure.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Wonder What They Had This Year

I just had Christmas Eve dinner.  I thoroughly enjoyed delicious ham, hot cheesey potatoes, green beans with bacon...  you know, the works!  Of course, lots of discussions, loud laughs and some serious and not so serious looks over to the kiddie table where they were kind of minding their manners.  My 80 year old father, Bob Faulkner, left the table saying "speaking of dinner..."  and came back with something rather interesting. 

He had with him, the Thanksgiving Day menu for the troops, while he was serving in the Korean War, November 27, 1952.   What was served at Thanksgiving was also served for Christmas dinner.  After a brief funny story about my father getting ill on 10 year old military apricots in a rations box, burning down his pup tent and spending 3 weeks in the military hospital with pneumonia, on Thanksgiving... we all took a look at the documents.  It was comforting to see the intentional effort made at keeping the meals as down home All American as possible.   I think you'll agree, it's a good looking menu.  Keep in mind, they made this traditional American feast, while based in Korea.

Here are the cooks and Mess Steward for the dinner...

I can't help but wonder what they are having for Christmas this year.  Merry Christmas to our Troops and of course, to you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

What do you do, when one of your clients has a direct competitor moving in within a stone's throw of your client's front door?  
You welcome them to the 'hood, dagnabit! 
Cheers to Johnny's Tavern in Prairie Village, KS  for making the nice folks of BrgrKitchen feel welcome.

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's Not Just a Watch

I saw this on Twitter today... and you know how I like me a little Steampunk.

@readheadgirl RT: @Canageek: RT @vonslatt: Steampunk has appeal because it taps our desire to return to a time when we knew what our future would be like.

image credits by Boing boing

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Favorite Twitter Tool Right Now!

Can I just tell you how much I am loving Twitter Analyzer.  If you have any kind of brand your trying to raise awareness about... your in-home business, in a small or large company, non profit, an event, a school...  and you're looking for some way to measure your tweets on Twitter... this is it.  The best part is, it's FREE

To start with, it will graph out for you, your tweet frequency on any given day you've had your Twitter account.  It will tell you what the reach was and how many unique visitors went to your Twitter page on that given day too.   I gasped the first time I saw that.  Plus...  it will tell you what your most frequent words have been used when tweeting on your account, as well as any applications you've included, like,, the web.

Now get this...  it can also tell you, of your on-line followers, WHEN they are logged in!  I know!  Every 15 minutes a graph chart refreshes itself, so you can see how many of your followers are on Twitter.. are they abundant enough at a certain time to post something important... or not so important?  AND... it will tell you what days of the week your followers are most active.  I almost cried when I saw this.  What a crucial piece of information for your marketing strategy. In my case, my followers are mostly online Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (in that order) and they are logged in most frequently between 8:30AM  - 1:30PM.   The slowest day for my followers (keep in mind, this is for one of my clients I'm looking at the analyzer right now) are Sundays with Saturdays coming in second.  

Twitter Analyzer will also pie chart out the friends who are mentioning YOU the most in their tweets and in their chats with others!   There's also a representation of occupations and job titles of your followers on a graph. How about a pie chart breaking down the gender of your followers?  Yep, that's there too!  And yes, you can probably hear me squealing with delight from where you are... typing fast and furious...  I've hopped up out of my chair, arms raised in a V!

Why is that important, besides making sure you're making progress for your time and efforts on Twitter? If you're ghost tweeting for other businesses, (like myself) it gives you measurability. It shows what you are talking about, how often and exactly how engaged you are with your followers.  It's the same as if you're tweeting for yourself.  Brilliant.

Please take a peek at this wonderful tool, while it's still free.  I fear some day, this information train of wonderful free online tools is going to come to a screeching halt.  Use it while you can.  Or... pay an ad or marketing agency to give you the same information.  

Better yet, I'll walk you through it.  Let me know how I can help.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Lot Like Hoarding Minus the Flat Dead Cats

I went to The River Market Antique Mall around 5th and Delaware in Kansas City, MO ... again. 

Gads, how I love that place.  It's full of the best crap ever!  If you're a "treasure" hunter like me, you'll know I mean "crap" in the best possible way.  4 Floors packed top to bottom with furniture, Mad Men clothing, 70's decor', an antique snow rescue sled, chandeliers, jars of buttons or marbles, deer heads, a wagon wheel, concrete statuary, metal marquee letters, an ER gurney, old typewriters and as my 11 yr old son pointed out... lots of Coke products.  The entire basement floor is BOOKS!  It seems the big furniture is on the 3rd floor, so heads up. 

Before we go any further, how does this correlate with social media?  I think everyone of these dealers should have a website or a blog.  They should also be on Twitter, tweeting about the new treasures they just found and even post a revealing the enticing little gem.   They could ask followers what they are looking for currently or down the road. Engage in getting to know their fan base.  A fan page on Facebook would be just as easy too letting fans know where they will be doing shows and to display video of their treasure hunts.  Sadly the link on the home page for antique mall has a broken link to submit your email for email updates.  So click HERE to send them an email i fyou want IN on the cool promotions they are having.

Here are a few things I found interesting on this particular treasure hunt...

The dealer, Donnie Volkart (like folk art! LOL!) was very conscious of how he placed these Four Seasons statues. Winter is of course up front and center. Spring and Fall behind Winter and close by.  Summer is off in the distance.  I really appreciate the thought he put behind merchandising it.

Who doesn't love big wooden columns and the blue table with all the white stoneware...

I'm a sucker for apothecary jars. These look filled with residue of something... hmmm?

A deer head as promised.  One of 5 we saw and great pricing!

Donnie Volkart found this historical finial (very heavy) from a steamboat that had it's final dock in St. Louis.  Cool!  And there's TWO!

I love the old fan and the floor lamp in the back, but the hospital gurney as the base of the table is my favorite!

What can I say?  Pee Wee.  On a parachute. Wha?

Trees made of bejeweled pins, pearl earrings, necklaces, etc...  were popular.

The dealer said it's a reindeer... I'm thinking llama.  Cute riding toy though.

A very cool Masonic robe.  Wear it to receive the secret handshake.

need an ornament or what?!

This is a huge wooden work bench recovered from the Kansas City, MO Fired Department!  How strange but how cool. It felt, looked and smelled like it weighed as much as a house!

I have a thousand more images, but you probably haven't even looked this far down.  lol... but if you have and you go to River Market Antiques, let me know what awesome crap you find!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

1 Potato 2 Potato...

Today Advertising Age announced it's Top Power 150 Marketing Blogs in the World.  Wow...  that's quite a feat!  Congrats to all who made the list. As I was perusing the AdAge link... I took note of the blogs I am already subscribing to and where they ranked.   I glanced over the names of the other blogs and several titles caught my eye.  Then I scrolled to the bottom of the page I was reading to see it was only the top 50 on this page.  2 More pages of blogs!!!   I think I literally rubbed my temples trying to absorb the idea of checking out these other blogs in a timely fashion.  But how?  I hardly have enough to time to read the blogs I'm currently getting!  How do we find a blog that appeals to us?

The blogs I currently follow, I loooooove. A few interior design one's, a steampunk one, a local foodie, someone who interviews bands, and a boat load of social media and marketing blogs.  How did I find them?  A few ways.  I found some through social media channels and social network sites.  Several blogs started with me following the blogger on Twitter. They tweeted enough good stuff that people were passing around their messages as Re-Tweets to their followers.  Eventually I had some come my way, and that's where I connected with a few.  May I also say, these power bloggers I follow will engage in conversation with me nearly 100% of the time.  I really, and I mean REALLY, appreciate that about them.  "If someone loves what they do, they will reach out to you." (@CoolCatTeacher said that) and I find this is very true in social media.

Ask like minded friends, co-workers, your book club, fantasy football league and family what blogs they read... or join another social network(s) with the intent to meet more like minded folks.  Post on your status update what kind of blog you're looking for and let the suggestions roll in.  Quickly you'll find what the current buzz is about and where the information came from.  Twitter allows you to search key words to see what is being talked about regarding that subject and that's a very handy tool, especially if you're trying to read the sentiment on something particular.  Reputable influencers have their messages repeated like dominoes.

Finally, each blog I subscribe to has a list of other blogs (names and links) on their page that the blogger also likes!  That's a fantastic way to quickly find other like minded blogs from a blogger you appreciate all ready.

In the mean time, I found some interesting blog titles on the AdAge 150 list and I'm going to check them out, right now ...  #14 AdFreak, #73 If It's Hip, It's Here, #97 Damn I Wish I'd Thought of That!, and finally #133 Make the Logo Bigger. 

Carve an hour in to your day to read up on the blogs with subjects you find interesting.  Some bloggers post daily and some post randomly, so an hour may be too much.  Either way, it'll only do you good.  What's your favorite blog?  Let me know.

Monday, December 7, 2009

They're Watching Them, Watching Me on Twitter

Let's call this an accidental case study, shall we?

So here I am, on a Thursday morning in early Nov, Twittering and briefly chatt'n it up with folks on Twitter when I see one of them RT a message from Ace Hardware.  RT's are re-tweets, meaning they posted up again a comment they saw and it goes out to their own follwers list... great for word of mouth advertising. Ace Hardward's Twitter address is @AceHardware.  Personally, I love hardware stores. The HUGE one's and especially the mom and pop one's.  You never know what you'll find and probably don't need. 

The message read as such:  @AceHardware "25% OFF sack sale this Saturday at participating stores!" 

So I sent Ace this @AlexisCeule "@AceHardware    Sounds great!  How do I know which stores are participating?"  and honestly I wasn't really sure which stores near me were Ace Hardware's.

5 Minutes later, at 8:46AM, @AceHarware replies, "@AlexisCeule Thanks for reaching out!  Our Westlake and Ranchmart stores are participating in your area. Do these work for you?"
Wha?  Awesome!!!!  In that short time they figured out from my rather vague profile that I'm  near Corinth's Westlake Hardware and the one at Ranchmart about 3 miles away!  Brilliant and I greatly appreciate the personal touch and quick response.  That alone earns them my business.

A few minutes later, I send "@AceHardware   Fantastic!  Thank you for the speedy response too. I hope to get to one of them on Saturday."

I get another response from @AceHardware that says "@AlexisCeule sure thing! Glad we could help.  Let us know what you stuff your bag with."

A short time later, I get this tweet from @NutsandBoltsTV which has a store half a  mile from me.  "@AlexisCeule At Nuts and Bolts True Value, 95th n Nall,  this Satruday, you can get 20% off your ENTIRE purchase, you don't even need a bag."

Whoa!!!!!!!  Hold on!  I was literally giddy to have Ace and True Value duke'n it out for my business for a short little blip in time.  A cage match for the mom in Overland Park, Kansas!   Awesome!   And clearly, they are watching eachother and who they are talking to, because they have the same demographics for the most part.   I love that they made the effort to connect with me, because both of them did.   Of course I in turn RT'd @Nutsand Bolts offer because it was good too and my local KC followers would appreciate knowing that information.  

See...?  Do you get it, those of you with a business?  This is doing business on Twitter.  This is marketing, branding , promotions, public relations, customer services... all on Twitter.   Over the course of the month, I have told dozens of people this story. I was actually impressed.

@AceHardware  as of today has 1,867 followers and this location is out of Illinois.  I don't know if this is their HQ, but they are proudly helping out all Ace Hardware stores nationwide!  They are engaging with customers on most tweets and posting specials frequently.  They are moving forward nicely!

@NutsandBoltsTV is up to 85 followers for this particular store down the street from me. Sadly, they haven't tweeted since Nov. 25th.  WHY?   If you go to that Twitter page I am apparently the only person they engaged in conversation with from Aug. 21st to Nov. 25th.  The other tweets were very informative and biz like, but you can't just keep posting info on a wall to no one.  I told one client recently "It's like posting a party invite down a hall where no one goes".  You have to meet people!  What ever possessed the person tweeting for them that day to engage with me is exactly what they need to be doing EVERY day.  They can just as easily find other Kansas City based businesses looking for the same demographics and follow their followers and engage with them.   To me... this is a BLAST!  This is FUN!  This is SELLING DAGNABIT! (shaking my fist in the air!)  and it's easier than EVER!

What do you think about all this?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Researching My First Flat Screen

I wasn't about to read through Consumer Reports or any other techie type of publication to find out what's the most popular flat screen TV.  I simply asked YOU.   One day last week, pre-Thanksgiving hubub, I posted on my Twitter and Facebook pages "I'm looking to purchase my first 40" to 42"  LCD flat screen TV.  Suggestions?  Where?" 

Here's the response in a nutshell:

There were also unsolicited suggestions about warranty and service, which I gratefully took note of.  Surprisingly, Walmart and Target were suggested frequently.  In my vast (not so much) experience in purchasing electronics, those are two places I normally wouldn't have thought of.  However, Best Buy and Nebraska Furniture Mart are... and yet NO ONE suggested those.   Interesting eh?

Ultimately we purchased a 42" LCD flat screen TV from Costco.  WOOT!  While we were playing Ratchet & Clank on our PS3, my husband Matt looked at me and said "What were we waiting for?"   LOL!    We love it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Twitter Ads are Evil - Here's Why

Advertisers are frustrated. You’re all having direct conversations with friends on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the rest while totally bypassing the mass mediums they understand. Rather than consuming content all day on TV, in newspapers and on the radio, you’re engaging, one-to-one, with individuals you trust. They can’t get in the middle of that. They hate it.

So it’s perhaps predictable that we’re experiencing the rise of in-stream Twitter advertising. How do you get inside those conversations? “You pay to do it!”, they exclaim. Ah yes, so suddenly we have Sponsored Tweets, and others offering to pay users to Tweet out their ad messages. Problem solved! Except it’s not. That’s the exact same outdated model of interruption-based advertising that we’ve been trying to block out with a TiVo or an internet ad blocker. We don’t want it. We’ll ignore it.

** This is a repost from Mashable! The Social Media Guide Nov. 30th 2009.   They did a nice job of calling this out. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The 15th Annual Turkey Bowl Kicks Off "Bowling" Season

Admire the players of The 15th Annual Turkey Bowl yesterday at Arno Park on Ward Parkway in Kansas City!  It was glorious weather and 911 did not have to be called this time.  WOOT!   We know other bowl games were going on the Friday after Thanksgiving... The Gibblet Bowl and The Gravy Bowl to name a few.  We hope they faired as well as we did... lots of laughs, some amazing trick plays not allowed in sanctioned football and they hopefully let their kids play too.

Being this is the first bowl we know of before the more publicized collegiate one's, we say "CHEERS TO BOWLING SEASON!"

Friday, November 27, 2009

Cool Hand Lex

Growing up as a kid in the Midwest, I couldn't wait for Thanksgiving.  Truly, it was off to Grandmother's house we go... in Joplin, MO.  Lot's of touch football with many fun-loving relatives of all ages.  The men were always so nice to include me in the football games... even as a squirrely 7 year old girl.  I appreciated that then and I do now.  I mostly remember laughing.  I come from a family of loud laughers and this annual family event fueled that birth defect for all of us! 

Now, as an adult with my own family, we have another family tradition for Thanksgivings.  We go to my brothers farm in Bucyrus, KS.  That's Blue Sky Ranch to the rest of you.  It's a beautiful rural oasis on a hill next to a Christmas tree farm on the outskirts of Kansas City.  The view in every direction is fabulous.  The winds rarely stop blowing and several times my brother has called me from his cell phone outside to yell "I'm standing at a 90 degree angle into the wind and not falling!"  

This year, Owen and his wife Laura, along with their two young children, graciously and dare I say excitedly hosted Thanksgiving again. For a decade they've pulled out the stops for up to 25 of us, continually wowing us with the details. We know we can count on a hayride no matter what the weather.  Sometimes we'll ride the ATV's, pet the horses, throw the football...  but this year we got something new.  We had the first annual TURKEY SHOOT!  We used my great grandfathers rifle, given to my father in 1938 and then to my twin brother when he was in high school.  We grew up in a nice surburban neighborhood of Kansas City, but what do you with an urban teenage boy who's infatuated with westerns, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, John Wayne and Paul Newman?  Apparently you give him a rifle.  Many times my brother would shoot the gun in our basement, at a target built from many blocks of wood hammered together... it even caught on fire one time.  We'd all be about the house, doing our thing and then "BOOM!" and the windows would rattle... and the smell of gunpowder would float up through the vents.  I never shot the gun.

Yesterday, I did shoot the gun.  I don't want to brag, but maybe I do...  I'm a born shooter.   Here's the proof in the photo...  My first time at bat, I got a 10 pt. shot just outside the red bullseye.  My 2nd and 3rd shots were IN the BULLSEYE!  The raised eyebrows by the rest of the men/boys witnessing, was totally worth the wait of 44 years to figure this out. My father however, thought the event should have been us running with the rifle shooting at the target and probably yelling... like a pioneer might have, and not so much in the "sniper" position I chose.  I went on to the 2nd round with Owen, Scott and Cotton Smith.   I didn't get a bullseye to move on to the final round... but was thrilled with my efforts nonetheless.  Mainly because I wasn't really trying.  I pondered if my success was genetic especially this being my first time. Perhaps. 

I can't wait for the next Thanksgiving... my membership to The Bullet Hole begins Jan. 1st.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Word of Mouse Wins Porter Hovey a Role on AMC's Mad Men!

Congratulations to Kansas City naitive Porter Hovey for winning a walk on role at AMC's Mad Men for season 4, Fall 2010.   Porter is a freelance photographer in NYC and when this opportunity arose, she and her sister, Hollister Hovey, compiled the chic look with vintage clothes and accessories... and took some shots.  It worked!  From what I could tell, back in August, Porter was one of the few, upon thousands and thousands of entries, to dress for the era.  Her effort paid off.   On Nov. 19th, AMC announced her as the winner of the Banana Republic Mad Men Role contest!

I couldn't wait to ask questions and she has graciously obliged.  Being in the thick of social media, my mind was whirling thinking about how awesome this process went down using social networks and blogging.  Porter and Hollister both posted the link to vote on their websites and KABLAM! ... word of mouse began.  Others began posting Porter's submitted photo and AMC voting link on their blogs, Twitter and Facebook pages.  According to AMC, Porter was the early front runner and it pretty much stayed that way.  To think that so many strangers took the time to read a message from a friend, go to the link, click to vote... sometimes for many days...  is humbling to Porter.  The use of social media as word of mouse (like word of  mouth, but on the web... you get it, I know...) was textbook perfect.  Or should I say e-book perfect.

Here is our brief interview...  enjoy her thoughtful responses:

Q:  How do you feel about what’s to come your way… publicity, paparazzi, calls from old boyfriends to get back together and such…?

I’m pretty excited about everything. Throughout the process, it has been great reconnecting with old friends. But it was the support from strangers that I found truly amazing. It’s quite a lot to log onto a website every day so some gal you’ve never met can have her 15 minutes. It was utterly cool and humbling to see so many people take the time and be so kind.

Q:  Are you a “Jackie” or a “Marilyn” or other? Explain? (Mad Men's Don Draper said all women want to be Jackie Onasis or Marilyn Monroe)

It’s a hard one . . . Even though I try to flirt like Marilyn, I lean more toward Jackie. For years, I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with the Kennedy family and even dedicated a semester-long photo project to them.

Ironically, in the way that Jackie gracefully became the cornerstone of the family during times of crisis, it’s Joan who fills that role at Sterling Cooper. Betty, the outwardly more Jackie-esque character, tries her best to keep it together while teetering on the brink – much more like Marilyn. I suppose I’m a less polished, ever slightly less graceful hybrid of them both - with a tad less smoldering angst than Marilyn.

Q:  With the strong overtones of sexism throughout MadMen, and you being such a Renaissance woman… do you have any concerns about what kind of female role they’ll give you?

I’m not worried at all. I think that’s really what’s so wonderful about the show – even though these women are in mostly traditional roles, they’re all very strong and independent in their own right. I’m excited to see where I fall into the story line – even if it will just be the background.

Q:  Your photo submitted in the MadMen voting, had you in what seemed a perfect era of clothing. What is your authentic style?

I’ve always considered myself pretty preppy with a hip edge. I love classic vintage finds. I look to the classics for inspiration and then try to add my own unique spin to them. My mom was always adamant about the importance of wearing nice shoes, bags and jewelry. So I tend to wear a lot of basics and mix in the accessories. You can’t tell in the photo, but I actually have a sharp, ‘20s style bob, which is like a vintage accessory in itself – and probably my most iconic feature to those who know me.

Q:  What childhood experiences do you have that will help guide you through this new one?

My mom’s constant nagging to straighten my back! I cannot look like quasi modo in a sweater set on national television!

Q:  What do you feel was the biggest contribution to winning the contest?

I couldn’t believe the out pouring of support from the blogosphere. My sister and I posted the link on both of our blogs. Suddenly everyone was excited about it and wanted to help out get the vote out! Michael Williams (A Continuous Lean) posted it on his twitter page, Joanna Goddard (Cup of Jo) posted it on her blog, and it really went from there. I couldn’t have done this alone with just my friends. I’ve never experienced anything like it!

 Q:  If a movie were to be made about this experience, what current actress would you like to see portray you… and why?

I’m just in love with Carey Mulligan. I thought her performance in An Education was brilliant! She’s now one of my new favorite young actresses. She just really lights up the screen with such a presence and carries herself with such maturity and poise – just like I do. Ha!

Q:  Have you always wanted to act on the stage, TV or movies?

Well . . . I’ve always been a bit dramatic! : )

Thank you Porter for playing along and we give you a tip of our Jackie O pillbox hats in honor of your win!

Here is a photo of Porter and her sister, Hollister, in their apartment in NYC... what's not to  like... dark walls, animal heads, fencing gear, apothecary cabinets ... omg... I want to move right in!  This is definitely the look of someone who SHOULD be a star!    I'll keep you posted as filming begins.  WOOT!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Grade Your Website to Become a Modern Marketer

Here's a great tool for you, if you are a social media marketer wanting more money from your CEO/President to fund your social  media efforts...  Website Grader   It's the brainchild of HubSpot who provide awesome analytical software for businesses to track their efforts through social media.   To get your grade is really easy...  simply type in your company website AND, this is the best part, type in competitor websites too!  It will give you a grade for all.  Take that information to the powers that be, to shake more funding out of their pockets for your social media efforts.  This is a wonderful way to get a baseline and build from there.

What next?    Prepare to show them how the company grade is getting better and better each quarter because of your fabulous social media skills.  Woot!

There is also Twitter Grader, which is a really great tool so measure Twitter activity, view the user historytime on Twitter, analyze followers and who you're following and if your grade is worthy of sharing...  display it on Twitter!      

Facebook Grader, Press Release Grader to name a few more.  All by  

Tell me if you found these tools helpful...  now go play on the internet!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Avian Einsteins" Fuel My Bird Thang

I was excited to recently see a video on Facebook from my friend, Beth Taylor... an incredibly smart and funny woman... regarding a conference at the World Science Festival back on June 2-13th, 2009.    World Science Festival?   I know.  I probably wouldn't have watched it if it wasn't endorsed by my friend Beth.   It had  segment with Bobby McFerrin (yes, of music with only his mouth fame) in a conference called Tones and Neurtrons.  This segment was about 3 minutes and it was riveting.  Really!  Then, I ran across another conference there called Avian Einsteins.  This was a study about learning to speak... the connections between language and movement... through birds.  Again... the series of video segments were spellbinding.  ( Apology to my parents for not being a fraction of this interested in high school or college about neuroscience.  My bad. ) The inspiration and motivation behind these studies came from video of a cockatoo named Snowball.  The video has over 3.5 million hits in the year it's been on the web... and with an avian scientist owner now, this bird has over 12 self taught dance routines ... and making up more all the time!  

Snowball's original owner loved the Back Street Boys and played them non-stop.  Apparently, Snowball doesn't mind their music even after all these years.   

Here's another dancing bird,  Frostie, who loves songs with a good beat too... in this case, Ray Charles singing "Let Me See You Shake Your Tail Feather"! 

Why the interest?  Birds are really smart!  They are a lot like humans.  They like to be chatty and social, they  mate for life, they imitate what they like, they have friends and enemies, they each have a signature song and when slowed down for our ears, those songs are beautiful!... and like the chimp, they invent tools!   If you watch the video, be sure you check out the one about the crow that makes a hook out of small piece of wire using its mouth and a hole in the wall and fishes out a small pail of food.  Brilliant.

This just hammers home from a previous confession... I dig birds!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quotes I've Enjoyed on Twitter

Here are some quotes I've seen on Twitter and have been earmarking for future or frequent reference.  Some are from famous people.... some are anonymous.  Either way... I like them and hope you do too.

Your tongue can make your ears deaf.

A clever person solves a problem.  A wise person avoids it. 

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.

People can keep nudging us off course a little at a time until finally, we find ourselves asking, "How did I get here?"

No person was ever wise... by chance.

If you reach out to someone who loves their profession, they will reach back to you. 

Don't wait for people to be friendly... show them how.

Your mind is for having ideas... not holding them.

If you think you can, you can.

Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

If you have a college degree, you can be absolutely sure of one thing... you  have a college degree.

No one has ever become poor, by giving.

The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right man to do it.

The only lead worth having is the one you generate.

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

To have more than you've got, become more than you are.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Urban Mining, Amy Barickman and Christmas Stuff... Yea!

Last Thursday, I had the pleasant task of going with Amy Barickman (Vintage Workshop, Indgyo Junction and many many books!) to one of our favorite antiquing digs in town... Urban Mining Homewares.  It's only open one weekend a month, and this was a preview of the Holiday treasures for sale.   Check 'em out.