Blizzard of 2016 January 22, 2016

Business’ closed, drivers stayed off of the roads, no transportation services in Maryland or D.C.. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie R. Blake thanks citizens and city employees for their work done during the storm. Governor Hogan mobilizes all departments for public safety and asks for a State of Emergency declaration ahead of the storm. All in all a safe state of emergency for the population and business.

Hopefully all residents can take this time to regenerate themselves after the holidays and rethink their future responsibilities and life paths for our new year. It can be utilized to catch up on sleep, and rest and give us time to just be in the precious moments of our lives. Sometimes we tend to forget that living is the daily living of life and we do not appreciate ourselves and our partners in life and families enough on a daily basis.

Now can be the perfect time to mend fences with those we have trespassed over, those we have unknowingly hurt, and those intentionally hurt. Why, because we don’t always get enough down time to think deeply about our actions and those of others who have been hurt in our lives.

Be a Blizzard Helper

There comes a time in life to stand up for our families, stand up for inequality, stand up for people who can’t do it for themselves. We all need to take a stand against people who lie to us intentionally! To take a stand against those who would bully us or our families, coworkers on a regular basis is sometimes necessary. Sometimes it’s necessary to file charges against people who would do us harm mentally or physically. Everyones life is different, some of us have deeply committed family members who will stick up for our basic human needs and others do not. We all need to stand up and speak out when necessary and decide when to help our families lives to be better. But a word of caution you need to ask for their permission to do that if possible. If your friend or family member can’t do this themselves, then that is a different situation.

Equality Matters

That my friends is why equality matters in all aspects of life. You can make a difference in someone else’s life if you choose to. Life is your personal choice and what you do about your life or others determines how much of a good person you want to be or how many people you want to help out when the are in need.

If everyone in this country decided to help one person every three months toward a more productive lifestyle or a happier life think how much this country would be able to change for the better. But, that is up to you and me and everyone else you know to help change the world. Do you want to help change the world in a real time basis so that it will be a happier place to live in for everyone. The go ahead and really help someone else today in any way you can.

Make Blizzard 2016 a Better Year For You and Others

Let’s help make the Blizzard of 2016 a beginning to begin a new and better way of life for us all. You’ll feel better about life in general and become happier yourself.

Things to do to help someone:

  1. Offer to fix them dinner so you can have a conversation
  2. Offer to drive them somewhere, or drop them off
  3. Invite them to a meeting or event with close friends who are like minded
  4. Develop a buddy system of others who are interested in helping as well
  5. Do this for six months and gauge how many you have helped to change their lives around for the better, then do it all over again!

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Doing Lots of Cursing Lately at Someone is Wrong on Any Day

It doesn’t make a difference if you are the CEO of a company, a foreman at a baking operation, or an angry husband! Cussing with nasty words that are derogatory or aimed at hurting someone’s feelings is wrong. I’ll say it again It’s wrong to use cuss words to hurt someone’s feelings, no matter who they are. It doesn’t matter if you are a football coach, another student at a school, a mentor to a student, or the wife or husband of someone you say that you love. It’s still wrong to say nasty things that are intended to hurt someone else no matter who you are or your work position.

You do not have the right to scream obscenities at anyone

No one has the right to yell, or scream curse words or obscenities at anyone else. No grandmother or grandfather has the right to demean one of their grandchildren by telling them to get the F— away from them. If you do that to anyone, I guarantee that they will say the same thing back to you within a few years. Stop hurling nasty curse words immediately, it’s wrong to treat a child in that manner or for that matter anyone else. If you are doing that under the influence of alcohol, or drugs it is that much more wrong because you are also disrespecting your own body. So, knock it off, now!

Do you deserve to be treated badly, or disrespected?

What you have to decide is if you want your family or working partners to respect you or not. If you are being disrespected you need to look inward first. Do you deserve to be disrespected? Are you doing or saying things that make people not like you and on purpsoe? Are you tearing other people down by being negative all of the time on purpose? Are you always calling people dumb asses, or stupid, or worse and in front of other people?

Stop It Immediately!

If you are doing these things it is time to Stop It Immediately! Your work life is just as important as your family life. Your accomplishments do not include insulting your employees no matter if that other person is your wife, or partner. That is not an accomplishment to insult someone else. In reality it makes you look like a complete failure because you can’t get that other person to do their work because they have lost respect for you.That is demeaning behavior and should not be tolerated by anyone. So when they yell back at you, or have stopped responding to you, you are in deep water and in danger of being relegated to the trash can or junk yard because of your behavior. Just like we do to other junk laying around the yard and being worthless.

Are you really sick with a terminal disease?

If your anger or sullen behavior is the result of having some terrible sickness that you have not told your family about, then it is time to fess up! That is a terrible thing to have to burden by yourself. But, it is still not an excuse to treat other people badly. Go get some help, ask at your doctor’s office. Talk to them about how to tell your family. There is help for all kinds of problems, but, you have to ask for the help!

Tips to get you out of that deep hole you have dug yourself into:

  • Early in the day, say something nice to the main person you have been tearing down lately, but say it nicely. Even if it is Good Morning!
  • Don’t say anything bad the entire rest of the day, don’t, no matter what is being said back to you.
  • Do this for an entire week, but only once a day.
  • Do not tell anyone else about this.
  • Give yourself a treat for being good everyday. Go out for lunch by yourself for an entire week
  • Get ahold of yourself early in the day and remember to say something nice to the rest of the employees as well the second week.
  • Once a week treat the entire office to lunch or at least the person you have been treating badly. Do it but don’t tell anyone about it, especially the person.
  • You must do this for at least three weeks.
  • During the fourth week people will begin to respond much better to you, but only if you have kept the faith and not said anything bad about anyone else.
  • Continue to be nicer to your staff or special person because they are responding to the vibes that you are putting out.
  • You are responsible for the feedback you get and no one else.
  • If you want professional business coaching go here

Herding Kittens Much Like Herding Creative Ideas that Then Speed Away from the Brain

Kittens are cute, jumpy little fluffy creatures who inspire you to try something different as they jump on everything, find themselves in corners or in bags that they then jump out of to make you laugh.

Creative Idea Percolating Inside

To me sometimes that is my brain with a creative idea percolating inside! If it makes me laugh it’s good. There is a new advertisement on TV for “Old Navy” coats. A policewoman stops a car of young people, makes them get out of the car and inspects how their coats zip up. She laughs at one of the young men as she zips up his coat and says I like how it’s hung. Then she tells them to turn around. as they explain the sale that is now going on. She takes off in the squad car and says she’s going to “Old Navy” to shop. That was a good commercial. No I didn’t write it, but wish I had.

Write With a Twist

But those kind of things that happen make you want to write with a twist and humor which will get any publishers or advertisers attention. One year Progressive insurance even burned Flo at the stake for knowing too much. They caught a lot of flack for that one because they had effectively killed “Flo”  their golden egg character whom almost everyone likes. Big mistake fellows!

FYI

Herding cats can be hazardous to your health. Cats will run to you like crazy teens running to a movie star, but, only if you shake the bog of crunchy kibble cat food. Maybe some will respond to a whistle, but not all. Not everyone will respond to a whistle, now remember that one. You have to give your clients something to whistle about for their product to be recognizable, fun and memorable. You don’t have to use sex either all the time as these previous ads didn’t, rather humor was way more effective.

The Brain Can Only Hold so Much Horror and Violence in Nightime Drama TV Police Series

You must give people more than that all of the time. Remember the male brain doesn’t mature until the age of 25 so researchers say. After the Sunday football games, basketball, and soccer are over, which commercials are going to be remembered? Your writer needs to be customer smart in an intelligent manner in order to influence the older and attract newer clients. After the sports games are over fans will run out of the doors much like herding cats will do when released. What will the fans remember about your ad that has just been written? Don’t use victims in your advertisements please. It makes you look like a Neanderthal! No high pitched- screams, no blood dripping on a wall! And no polititicians spouting half truths.

They have killed off Flo their number one best representative for their company!

What sets Progressive insurance apart from other insurers?

Well, there isn’t much anymore.

Why?

Well, for one they have killed off Flo their number one best representative for their company!

What, you yell at me! Yes, it’s true and they showed it on Television, so I know it’s true.

Flo of Progressive insurance fame has been killed off. The powers that be at Progressive executives have succumbed to the right wing male ego who want to take abortion right away from everyone and, if it’s a woman kill her, especially if she is a success at anything.

What Progressing is forgetting

What they are forgetting is that the Progressive sales professional Flo has been a rounding success at the numbers game. She is like the Aflac duck for God’s  sake.

Who is the moron that signed off on this commercial?

Not only do they kill her off in their latest commercial, but, they burn her at the stake. How moronic is that, they must believe that she has been a witch. Which puts me in the mind of women haters worldwide. Don’t dare a woman do something really good, but then call her a witch and burn her at the stake because of it. Who is the Moron that signed off on killing Flo?

You have lost face with all of your women buyers

That is not funny, nor is it entertaining guys. You have truly lost your way by going with  the right wing group of republican women haters that seems to pervade our society. You have lost face with all of the women who buy their own insurance and their families.

By disrespecting your “number one ad personality a woman named Flo” you will lose out big time, women will stop buying insurance from you because in disrespecting her you have disrespected them!

It does not matter that your company has the highest rated services in the industry. What matters is now your company is just like the other women haters in America by disrespecting your “number one ad personality a woman named Flo”, a character that people like and respect. Lets see where you rate in the next six months?  Does that mean you no longer respect all of the women who buy insurance from you? Or that Flo has done something wrong, or that you found a flaw in Flo?

“you have killed the golden goose who lays the golden eggs”

Or, have you just flown the coup over to the extreme right wingers of this nation who daily continue to go against their own wives and mothers? Could be that “you have killed the golden goose who lays the golden eggs”.

Six Photography Tips I Learned From A Wildlife Photographer You Can Use Anytime, Anywhere

Great tips for travel photos.

The Insatiable Traveler

(I chose to show this leopard with his kill in the tree to underscore him as a predator) (I chose to show this leopard with his kill in the tree to underscore him as a predator)

Photographing wildlife in Africa is a unique experience, but what I discovered about photography when I shot with professional wildlife photographer Gerry van der Walt, director of Wild Eye, and his team in Kenya this past September was surprisingly universal. Whether in the bush or in your own backyard, you can use these six tips anywhere, anytime.

1. Ask yourself: What’s the story I want to tell?
One day on safari I asked Gerry the best way to shoot a scene, and he replied, “Why are you picking up your camera?” At first the question stumped me. Wasn’t it obvious? There was a huge leopard in front of the jeep. Gerry smiled and said, “If you think about the actual reason, the story you want to tell, you will be…

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