Archive for December, 2009

What A Lovely Holiday!

Posted: December 22, 2009 in creative, inspire

Molly’s Holiday House Vid! (My kids are a riot!)


Year in the life video

Posted: December 21, 2009 in Uncategorized
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This video compilation is a “year in the life” of my girls and I.

Back in the day (and I mean, back in the 50’s/60’s) my Aunt Eileen was one of Manchester’s (England) well-known jazz singers singing with the Sid Phillips Jazz Band, one of England’s premiere bands and a favorite of Princess Margaret.  Her stage name, Stevie Marsh, was on the marquee of many a dance hall, and she made her family proud.  Her voice, reminiscent of a young Rosemary Clooney could belt out any jazz standard with ease.

Stevie Marsh (Eileen Taylor) Sheet Music Cover

It has been many years since any adult member of my family had heard any of her recordings.  At least, it was until my brother David got involved.  As a beautiful gift to my mother, and a tribute to our heritage, he searched for and found one of my aunt’s records on Ebay.  But, more than that, in order to get a digitized copy to my mother, he had to buy a special recording device to transfer the sound.  Although the story of him presenting her with this gift is personal, and one that I won’t share publicly, I will share the music – because anything this beautiful should be heard by everyone.

Stevie Marsh – Leave Me Alone

Stevie Marsh – If You Were The Only Boy In The World (In 1960, this was at #27 on the British charts)

(David – you’re a gem – you’ve given our Mum a gift like none other)

Seth says:

Now, more than ever, we need to shake things up.

Now, more than ever, we need a different way of thinking, a useful way to focus and the energy to turn the game around. I hope a new ebook I’ve organized will get you started on that path. It took months, but I think you’ll find it worth it the effort. (Download here).

Here are more than seventy big thinkers, each sharing an idea for you to think about as we head into the new year. From bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert to brilliant tech thinker Kevin Kelly, from publisher Tim O’Reilly to radio host Dave Ramsey, there are some important people riffing about important ideas here. The ebook includes Tom Peters, Jackie Huba and Jason Fried, along with Gina Trapani, Bill Taylor and Alan Webber.

Here’s the deal: it’s free. Download it here. Or from any of the many sites around the web that are posting it with insightful commentary. Tweet it, email it, post it on your own site. I think it might be fun to make up your own riff and post it on your blog or online profile as well. It’s a good exercise. Can we get this in the hands of 5 million people? You can find an easy to use version on Scribd as well and from wepapers. Please share.

Have fun. Here’s to a year with ideas even bigger than these. Here’s a lens with all the links plus an astonishing array of books by our authors.

Heather Says: Seth – thanks for this great E-Book. I found it to be a great read, and a valuable learning experience. Stay tuned for my riff.

Want to page through the EBook now? Here it is:

Return to the past

to experience your present

and gain knowledge for your future.

Your forefathers have already made the mistakes

you consider making;

Choosing stasis rather than challenge,

Choosing a mea culpa

over a line in the sand.

What won’t you do?

What will you do?

What CAN you do?

You can revisit history-


The Iliad,

And poetry of the lovelorn.

Theodore Geisel said it best:

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”.





These are codes to live by that will never betray you.

Choose well,

and when you don’t

for surely you will slip, as is the will of human nature

forgive Yourself.

Times have sure changed since I was in junior high. Long gone are the days of your basic book-report and boring poster board presentations. Now it’s websites, and movie creations posted to YouTube. Thanks to advanced technologies, teachers and students alike are treated to an “experience” that is far more powerful than the old book-report in front of the class fallback.

It’s really rewarding to watch your children embrace both the old school and new school, simultaneously, as my eldest did this week when preparing her version of a online movie presentation of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.

Over the course of a week she story-boarded, scripted, voiced, enlisted her sisters voices, shot video, rendered, and uploaded her movie to present in class tomorrow.

Here’s the video:

Yes, I’m proud.

Paid to Tweet?

Posted: December 3, 2009 in magpie, sponsored tweets, twitter money

For a while I have been using to earn revenue for posting to my followers. Althgough I’ve earned enough so far for a couple of latte’s and a Red Robin burger, it’s not working so well for me.

I’ve decided to give a different company a try. I’ve read some good things about Magpie, and we’ll see how it works out. Since I have more than one Twitter account, and many of them focusing on specific things, with my follower ratio being more than I could have hoped for, the potential earnings are pretty sweet.

Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how it does in 30 days.

The Google URL Builder has been one of the easiest and most informative tools I have used for tracking my tweets and facebook links that redirect back to my blog. If you’re not already using it, I highly recommend it.

See how easy this looks?

Besides being FREE to use, it’s also very, very simply designed with easy to follow instructions. Used in conjunction with Google Analytics and it becomes a powerful marketing tool.