Darcie

The best things in life are a warm cup of coffee, a crossword puzzle, and the... read more

What Can Make People Think You're a Jerk

Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having no money. Fear of having an unhappy family. It is followed by an intense frenzy of too much work. Trying to turn around jobs as fast as possible. Trying to win new clients. Trying to keep a spotless house. Trying to take your kid to every event they want to go to. Lather, rinse, repeat....more
@Darcie Thank you Darcie! When I feel overwhelmed I try do do what you suggest. I let myself ...more

Buying Homes: For the Greed of Money or Love of Living

In California, for a family trying to buy a home (be it condo, townhouse, or detached single family home) in the Bay Area—Eastbay, North Bay (Napa, Vallejo, and San Rafael), South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco—for example, is nothing short of needing a miracle. How are families able to compete with investors who are offering cash and/or astronomical moneys, offering as much as double what a house is listed for? It suddenly becomes a bidding war, and a couple with a modest salary and a worthy down payment does not stand a chance!...more
@JuliaHanna Home in the Bay Area are ridiculously high. I agree. And my son-in-law and daughter ...more

Buying Homes: For the Greed of Money or Love of Living

In California, for a family trying to buy a home (be it condo, townhouse, or detached single family home) in the Bay Area—Eastbay, North Bay (Napa, Vallejo, and San Rafael), South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco—for example, is nothing short of needing a miracle. How are families able to compete with investors who are offering cash and/or astronomical moneys, offering as much as double what a house is listed for? It suddenly becomes a bidding war, and a couple with a modest salary and a worthy down payment does not stand a chance!...more
@JuliaHanna Home in the Bay Area are ridiculously high. I agree. And my son-in-law and daughter ...more

Living the Passion: Danny “The Count” Koker of Counting Cars

Danny Koker, known as “The Count”, from the television show, Counting Cars, has a passion and obsession for restoring and customizing cars: classic automobiles to vintage cars—motorcycles included. He and his crew have the talent, patience and love required to restore and modify them. They can transform out-of-date vehicles, often in desperate need of a facelift—because beauty is, after all, simply, in the eye-of-the-beholder....more
@isthisthemiddle I haven't been on BlogHer for quite sometime now (reasons I won't disclose at ...more

Buying Homes: For the Greed of Money or Love of Living

In California, for a family trying to buy a home (be it condo, townhouse, or detached single family home) in the Bay Area—Eastbay, North Bay (Napa, Vallejo, and San Rafael), South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco—for example, is nothing short of needing a miracle. How are families able to compete with investors who are offering cash and/or astronomical moneys, offering as much as double what a house is listed for? It suddenly becomes a bidding war, and a couple with a modest salary and a worthy down payment does not stand a chance!...more
@JuliaHanna Home in the Bay Area are ridiculously high. I agree. And my son-in-law and daughter ...more

Buying Homes: For the Greed of Money or Love of Living

In California, for a family trying to buy a home (be it condo, townhouse, or detached single family home) in the Bay Area—Eastbay, North Bay (Napa, Vallejo, and San Rafael), South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco—for example, is nothing short of needing a miracle. How are families able to compete with investors who are offering cash and/or astronomical moneys, offering as much as double what a house is listed for? It suddenly becomes a bidding war, and a couple with a modest salary and a worthy down payment does not stand a chance!...more
@JuliaHanna Home in the Bay Area are ridiculously high. I agree. And my son-in-law and daughter ...more

Buying Homes: For the Greed of Money or Love of Living

In California, for a family trying to buy a home (be it condo, townhouse, or detached single family home) in the Bay Area—Eastbay, North Bay (Napa, Vallejo, and San Rafael), South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco—for example, is nothing short of needing a miracle. How are families able to compete with investors who are offering cash and/or astronomical moneys, offering as much as double what a house is listed for? It suddenly becomes a bidding war, and a couple with a modest salary and a worthy down payment does not stand a chance!...more
@JuliaHanna Home in the Bay Area are ridiculously high. I agree. And my son-in-law and daughter ...more

See You At the Movies, Roger

“No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough" — Roger EbertI grew up watching Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, first on PBS on a show called Sneak Previews, and then later when they had their network show, At the Movies. Coming from a long line of opinionated people who have never been shy about sharing their likes and dislikes, I loved hearing their opinions on the latest movies, and disagreeing with both of them (although I tended to disagree more with Roger than Gene.)...more
I have to agree "At the Movies" was never the same after Siskel passed way. But the great thing ...more

Roger Ebert Challenged Us to Think About What Makes a Movie Great

RIP Roger Ebert: The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic, who wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years, died on Thursday, April 4, at age 70, after a long struggle with cancer. Two days earlier, Ebert had announced he was taking a "leave of presence" from his job, writing: ...more
How did I miss this tribute???   Where the heck have I been for the last few months.  I LIVED ...more

Roger Ebert Challenged Us to Think About What Makes a Movie Great

RIP Roger Ebert: The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic, who wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years, died on Thursday, April 4, at age 70, after a long struggle with cancer. Two days earlier, Ebert had announced he was taking a "leave of presence" from his job, writing: ...more
How did I miss this tribute???   Where the heck have I been for the last few months.  I LIVED ...more