Archive for February, 2011

Selling the Experience

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I do feel like I’ve gone to the dark side, performed some sort of mortal sin and put Borders out of business (three stores are closing in the Los Angeles area).  Why all these feelings?  Well, two weeks ago, I got a Kindle.

Although I am often times on the cutting edge of new technology, I was not an early adopter of the eReader technology.  In fact, I was pretty dead set against the idea of a device replacing the experience of holding and reading a book.  The feel of the paper, the quiet sound of the pages turning as you travel with the author into his imagined world.

However, what I’ve to come realize is that Amazon is not “replacing” the book, but rather enhancing the experience of reading.  The weight of the current version of the Kindle is about that of a paperback book.  It is slightly larger than a paperback, but thinner and it fits neatly in my purse – like a thin day-runner (when those where so popular).   (more…)

Taking a Step Back

Monday, February 21st, 2011

We get so busy in our lives, performing our daily juggling acts of home, work, exercise, down-time, that we rarely take a step back to see if the circus has left town without us.

In my last article, I shared with you all that I am taking the Brave Girls Club online Soul Restoration course (  This 6 week course is drawing to a close and what it has given me is a lot of perspective on my life and how caught up I am in the routines that I truly do not enjoy at all.

I am a doer.  I have always been good at doing.  Have a task that needs to get done, give it to me and I’ll get it done.   This is not necessarily a bad thing; however, it has created a laundry list of activities in my life that truly bring me no joy (including laundry itself). (more…)

She Did It Anyway

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

As many of you know, I love to learn.  So, I am taking a 6-week online Soul Restoration course put on by the Brave Girls Club (  I took the course for a number of reasons, but mainly because it sounded like fun – 6 weeks of crafting projects exploring your own inner child (what more does a girl need).  I am 4 weeks in and I have to say I am having fun creating and writing, but I am also learning a lot about myself.

This week’s topic is looking back at women in our own history who did it anyway – despite the odds against them.  I have a lot to draw from as some of my relatives came across country in covered wagons – leaving friends and family behind – to fulfill their dreams of a better life.

As I gave this more thought, I realized that I also came across country leaving friends and family behind to fulfill my dreams.  Of course, I had an air conditioned car and there were lots of Motel 6’s along the way – as this brave girl does not “camp.”  I moved to Los Angeles in 1992, just after the riots.  People said I was crazy, (more…)