Color by Numbers

When I was a little boy, I enjoyed painting pictures by the numbers. I looked at the image comprised of lines and numbers to see if I could identify the subject before I applied the color. It usually wasn’t too difficult. I could see the hidden subject with pride – accompanied with an attitude of “cheating the system.” But even though I could tell what the picture was going to be, it lacked life.

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I Have a Confession.

Dear Internet,

I have a confession to make… I’m 3 months “sober” of Diet Coke. I know, I know. It’s shocking. I get it. Trust me, no one was more surprised than I am. But, well… it was time. I needed a little break, and to give my body the chance to rid itself of the caffeine addiction that I’ve held onto for a long, long time*. Plus, I promised to support my sister when she had to give up caffeine for some health issues.

Yesterday I was on a business call and the person I was talking with, had Google’d me before the call. He had seen my blog post about my love of Diet Coke, and asked me if I had had one today. I kind of laughed, when I told him I was giving it a little break right now, to which he replied, “What? I thought that was part of who you are?!” And I realized he was right…

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Thatch

In every lawn there is a layer of thatch. Thatch is the layer of dead and living materials that sit on the top of the soil. This layer is made up of dead grass, leaves, pine needles and other things that a lawn collects over a period of time. This layer can become excessive and cause problems for a healthy lawn.

Thatch - Day 2

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The Mozart Effect…Sort Of.

The Mozart Effect

The Mozart Effect is a controversial theory, suggesting that those who listen to classical music at an early age may become smarter. This possible discovery is the reason why so many parents play Pachelbel or Mozart for their infants, in hopes that they will experience an increase in brain activity and have a higher IQ later in life.

Whether or not you agree that classical music has any correlation with early childhood development or human intelligence, I think that most of us have a playlist for just about everything in life – working out, vacations, a girl’s night out, songs to listen to when we’re down, etc. It’s “the soundtrack to our life,” as I like to call it, and it can help direct our moods and can even make us more productive. Don’t you run a little faster when an upbeat song comes on? Exactly.

For those days when I’m buried in busy work, music can really turn a day that drags into just a busy day that wasn’t so bad. A good playlist can Read More

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Scraper Sites and Google Penguin – Why We All Suffer

Millions of websites have inadvertently reaped the benefits of scraper sites. A scraper site crawls the internet and scrapes snippets of information from other websites, compiling it all into a single domain. You can’t stop scrapers from finding your website, it’s just one of the things out of your control. But webmasters have learned to use this “black hat” (shady) SEO tactic to their advantage.

Scraper Sites and Links

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Putting Out Fires

With the heat wave going around the country and wild fires burning right outside my window as I write this, what better topic to write about than putting out fires. I come from an extended family of firefighters so I grew up hearing all kinds of stories. Fires can be extremely dangerous and fast moving just like problems in the workplace.

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The Power of Being Punctual

“The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.” – Franklin P. Jones

Now if you know me, you know that I am not the most punctual person in the world. I try to be & I have intentions to be, but it’s an area I’m constantly working on. But when it comes to making your business appointments and deadlines, punctuality is key.

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