How to Read Like a Writer

How to Read Like a Writer Posted August 26th, 2011 by Karen Banes and filed in Writing Tags: reading, Writing, writing tips 12 Comments If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. -         Stephen King As writers, we are constantly given the advice to read, read, read – and analyze what we read, but is there a trick to getting the most out of what we read? Is there a knack to reading as ...more

One Less Maverick

Yes this is another post about Steve Jobs leaving Apple, but not quite either. This post may just possibly be about you. The announcement of Jobs stepping down as CEO was met with universal grief, akin to a death. Stock issues and Apple's future aside, majority lamented the end of an era marked, uniquely, by one man's ethos. One man. In a world where you learn to acquiesce to mediocrity for survival, and consensus and conformity are prized, Jobs ...more

Tell Your Friends You Are Into Saving Money

Welcome!! We are so happy you are here, If you never want to miss a deal again please subscribe to FFD, you will get a free eBook that could save you $1000's of dollarsShareToday’s frugal tip is to spread the word that you are now saving money. You might be surprised at all your friends and family might do for you simply because they know this fact. They might: Save cans and bottles for you to recycle and get ...more

Living with $100 a month for food

Inspired by my West Coast girl Krystal, who caught some flack for mentioning wanting to try out an emergency food budget of $100 a month, I thought I’d post BF’s war menu. See, this idea came about when he saw our food budget rise * *Mostly due to his desire to make me gain a little weight because he thought I was too skinny. He was surprised at our food budget going out of control, and then he started ...more

Menu Monday

This is the view around my neighborhood, it is Notting Hill Carnival which unfortunately signifies the end of summer.  So out with the  BBQ and in with the Dutch oven.  I do have high hopes of an warm September so fingers crossed. Here is the menu - Monday – Jerk chicken, rice and peas and maybe even a bit of roti – we are eating Carnival food. Tuesday -back to work after the long weekend – beloved is making his special puttanesca . ...more

My Garden Notebook

The summer garden season is winding down for me. I have a lot of green tomatoes still hanging, but the majority of what I grew has been harvested. I am hoping there will be enough hot weather left for the tomatoes to turn red. As I begin to clear out the garden, I am making notes for next year. I have been keeping a garden notebook ever since I started my garden back in the summer of 2002 and ...more

Make Your Professional Business Cards a LinkedIn Tool

A few months ago I attended the National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference. I brought home fifteen professional business cards from valuable career development contacts with whom I hope to collaborate on this or that project. I decided to invite each of them to join my LinkedIn network as a way of reaching out for further contact. Sadly not one of those professional business cards had a LinkedIn address on it. And, to my dismay, I realized I had ...more

5 Ways to Trendspot New Article Ideas

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