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Thanks for the reply Margie. It was buried in my Gagagarden email. I appreciate it. Gabi never answers the phone ever, Neither do her parents. 

I don't know why.

Luvya, 

Susan

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media: A Real Life Digital Town Without Pity

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Dear Margie,

The irony of learning to accept and accentuate "different' for me is kind of like my middle name. When I was a kid I railed about it. "Daddy! Why did you have to go to the dictionary and peruse all the names to find one so unique and strange that it rhymes with maleria?" You see my middle name is Valeria. I even fibbed and said it was 'Valerie' to be the same as every body else. Then, I don't know if it was a gradual thing but one day I decided it was the most wonderful thing to be unique in a world of "sameness"  to have a middle name that was "different." And I wished it was my first name and I wondered why did they name me such a bland name in a world of an ocean of Susans.

Yours Truly, 

Susan Valeria 'Proctor' Fox ;)

Meaning: The name Valeria is a Shakespearean baby name. ..In Italian the meaning of the name Valeria is: Strong; valiant. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Dip In Which I Stand

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Margie,

In general I do think people are becoming pretty desensitized to the suffering of others. I don't know why unless its just the age old "mans inhumanity to man." Perhaps its a constant barrage of media and even what passes for entertainment that include horrific images of the suffering of mankind. I do know this when I lost someone close to me and my suffering was indescribable, people told me they were reluctant to say anything because they didn't know what to say, others actually told me they avoided me out of fear that they might have to face death happening to them or their loved ones so they stayed away. Sad but true. Perhaps it translates into the online world as well.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media: A Real Life Digital Town Without Pity

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Hi Brian,

I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award and part of the rules are to leave a comment on your blog letting you know. 

http://www.gagasgarden.com/2014/01/sunshine-award/

Happy New Year to you and your family,

Susan Fox

7 months ago on 6 Vickery Dreams Headed Into 2014

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Dear Margie,

I have nominated you for the Sunshine award. Part of the rules is to leave a comment on your blog. So I'm letting you know.

http://www.gagasgarden.com/2014/01/sunshine-award/

I am also trying one of these recipes tomorrow. :)

Sincerely,

Susan

7 months ago on New Recipes, 2013

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Dearest Margie,

I love this and I cannot wait to try many of them! Number 8 sounds especially yummy! Gabrielle always calls my Chicken Cacciatore, 'chicken in red sauce' and she always asks me for it as her favorite at Gaga's house, so I am going to try your recipe. I also love the oatmeal recipe. Thanks for getting me excited about some great sounding foods to try!

Susan Fox aka Gaga

 

7 months ago on New Recipes, 2013

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Hi James,

It's a great inspiration to see an athlete who is also an academic. Young people need to see smart athletes as role models. That's why I am so glad to see that Gini has featured you. Both Gini and I are are especially enthusiastic football fans. To get over the near depression I sink into at the close of football season I have seriously considered "getting into" hockey. You my just be a factor to get me into following the sport. Well in closing I would wish you luck however as an executive's wife said to me upon requesting her to wish me luck, "you don't need luck you're smart a n d beautiful." ;)

Regards,

Susan Fox,

gagasgarden.com

7 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: James Halloran

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Gini,

Thx for your reply and I knew you would stick behind your Team. :) They did respond and answer even if robotic. Companies seem reactionary as if motivated by fear, paralyzed on some issues and others they turn a deaf ear. Interesting, huh? You sure do keep up with an amazing work load.

Susan

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Home Depot Crisis: Social Media Requires Being Human

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Gini,

In a climate of very little accountability in government when no one looses their job for any infraction, I think its very harsh to "throw out the baby with the bath water" and fire the agency and the person tweeting without finding out if this was an innocent mistake. I can guarantee you perhaps a totally non-racist person thought it was a clever statement and would have said that no matter what two players were with a costumed character. How sad that every statement has to claim someone's job with an unproven accusation like this without looking into the facts. How would you like to be fired for unsubstantiated charges? It may have been thoughtless at best.  In fact I have a very negative opinion now of Home Depot.

Susan

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Home Depot Crisis: Social Media Requires Being Human

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Brian,

You've made another conversion analogy that really works for me. Its simply brilliant. Sometimes people just keep "talking" aka more marketing and out bound messaging and mega-bucks spent and just forget to listen "social media engagement." Maybe that's because we all like to hear ourselves talk. ;) 

Your fan,

Susan Fox

8 months, 3 weeks ago on 6 Brand Monitoring Lessons from an NFL Pick-6

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Hey Gini,

After reading Brian's sports posts all this time I had to hear it from you Gini that Brian is a Dallas Cowboys Fan. How could I not know this? I figured it out. He has become such a Broncos fan and so smitten with the Manning crowd its all we hear about ;) Gini, I think you really captured the essence of Brian. As my wonderful Mom used to say about me, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and I am glad he does. What a wonderful family man he is and a brilliant writer. Happy Birthday Brian!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Brian Vickery

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Margie,

Marketing and Sales are like notes and music. Everything we do comes down to an audition; our ideas, a job interview, a concept, we're always on the selling stage.

Susan Fox

10 months ago on Manage Your Marketing: Remember You’re in Sales

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@profkrg @gagasgarden Hi Kenna, I was just wondering how August ended up for your reading goal? :) 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Quotable: Garr Reynolds on Simplicity

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Brian,

This is a brilliant analysis. I think more and more football and everything else is about strategy, a plan and staying the course, or at least making adjustments based on good decision making, and trying to do the right thing. In football you can just watch mental attitudes win or lose the game. We see momentum change so often by just a simple little shift. I remember when a power outage shifted the momentum of a game for the team that "had it in the bag" and the team sure to win loses. Its the the Hawthorn effect, I suppose.  Enough "waxing philosophically" you are absolutely spot on. With social media not everyone that has a Facebook account should be drafted to be a 'player' on the field or dress for practice to send out the Company message.      

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media Lesson from a Denver Broncos Loss – Support Over the Top

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Kenna,

In high school I had an honors English teacher who's mantra was "vigorous and concise." I still hear those words today. Amazing how difficult it is to say something in a few words. You never cease to amaze me. It appears you are on track with accomplishing the goal you set out for the summer. :) Thanks for the great reminder. 

Susan Fox

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Quotable: Garr Reynolds on Simplicity

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Brian,

Your post moved me so... It has so much meaning. My baby Gabi, all of sudden 14 hopped in our truck the other day and tuned into country, we listened to it the entire time we ran errands. She said her folks don't really know she listens to country and likes it so much. You made me cry sport fan.

Warmest Regards


1 year ago on You’re Gonna Miss This – Daddy’s Toast to a Daughter’s Marriage

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Brian,

The devil is in the details, that's for sure. Dexter! You even wrapped up Dexter in your "12Differentiators!" Doggone it I darn near fell off the desk chair over the Dexter reference, lol! I didn't see one sports reference like "Defensive" like RIchard Dent, taking it on the derriere for the Team!

Great Post Sports Fan,

Susan Fox


1 year ago on 12 Most Dazzling “D” Differentiators of Great Leaders

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Margie, As is often times the case I think you cheer on the efforts of great people and in so doing it helps to bring out the best in all if us. I'm very inspired to read the contribution these fine and gifted friends of yours are making and though I know some vicariously through you I feel motivated to do and give back a little more. Thank-you, Susan Fox

1 year, 1 month ago on Amazing People Doing Amazing Things

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Kenna,

You know I think of Mack Collier as a Rock Star! Your great review makes me want to read his book! #blogchat is also a great way to learn and share ideas.

Susan Fox

1 year, 2 months ago on Book Review: Think Like a Rock Star

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Gini,

Truth be told I have never planted a single bulb! HA! Rose bushes & plant girl all the way, those tulips I took pictures of we're here when I got here!

Your Fan Club!

1 year, 2 months ago on Five Steps to Create Compelling Content

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Gini,

You are a true gardener in your heart of hearts! Anyone who can put together a crop spraying program for Bayer & keep farmers on it can grow anything from bulbs to business. You're my hero Gini Dietrich!

Susan Fox

1 year, 2 months ago on Five Steps to Create Compelling Content

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Dear Brian,

What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful wife and family. I am so glad you shared it. You are a true romantic. And as a romantic of course you love roses! What's a great romance without them?! Also I love Savanah pics!

Sincerely,

Susan Fox

1 year, 3 months ago on Happy Anniversary – Love of My Life – Krista Vickery

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Dear Margie,

Just like money can't buy class number of followers can't buy the right to talk down to those with less followers. I remember when I was new to Twitter and you were one of the first to actually engage with me and said "come on talk to her!" You taught me the ropes and cheered me along every mile marker of new followers. Quality not quantity is what matters. People out there actually buy followers and never engage with them. I noticed in chats some chat participants only chat with the headliners. They miss out. What if some one is just new to Twitter?

Thanks for reminding Twitter Big Shots to check their ego at the door.

Susan Fox

 

 

1 year, 3 months ago on A Letter To Those Of You With 1,500 Twitter Followers Or Fewer

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Margie, You have touched on a phenomena of the times. I read awhile back CEO's surround themselves with boards of directors that will perform in Snow White fashion, mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of the all?" With the correct answer came perks & financial rewards. The online world works in likes & quid-pro-quo, I suppose. You like me, I like you. Real friends care enough to give us constructive criticism.

1 year, 5 months ago on Dear A-Listers: I’m Worried About Your Souls

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Hi Gini,

Sounds like good manners, etiquette and common sense all rolled into a neat package. I also remember getting out the big green Bacon's books. According to Nick Kellet everyone loves lists and this is a good one. I have also coached the C staff on not going it alone with an interview and they thought they would be "fine."  There is no off the record. You should have seen the opening quote for that interview. :)

Susan Fox

1 year, 5 months ago on I Hate PR People: The Rules of Pitching Bloggers and Media

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@profkrg @gagasgarden

Kenna,

I think Mark Ragan is a genius.

I just frankly love that publication!

You have so much great information here it's a day well spent going through all of it. The jobs posting was a very good thing.

A fan,

Susan

1 year, 5 months ago on Blog Worth Reading: Ragan’s PR Daily

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Hi Kenna,

Ragan's PR Daily is the high point of the day. Funny, savvy, timely it covers it all. I could not agree with you more. Even life's lessons are rolled into this witty publication. Great to see you agree.

Susan Fox

1 year, 5 months ago on Blog Worth Reading: Ragan’s PR Daily

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Gini,

 

I just love this, I want a bustle, and an invisible car costume!

Simply a must have!

Happy week-end!

Susan Fox

1 year, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Pranks, Public Dancing, and Ballet

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Dear Margie,

I am humbled to be among Margie's Favorite Posts of 2012.  More than that it inspires me. I want to thank Margie for the role she plays in being a connector of people. She has been a conduit in so may ways by introducing me to some great writers that I learn from every single day. I enjoy topics that run the gambit from light-hearted banter to deeply engaging discussions on social issues. And yes we laugh about lots of things and sometimes we are deeply sad together.

Thank-you Margie.

1 year, 6 months ago on My 100 Favorite Posts of 2012

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Margie, Since you took me under your wing and became my Twitter mentor I have seen so many changes as Twitter morphed into the powerful platform it is now. Just look at the role it played during the campaign, and throughout the world in countries fighting for freedom. However, in marketing jargon I read a post early this morning by a marketing guru that suggested Tweets during business hours should be primarily all biz all-the-time. I think like you often say people want to do business with people they have relationships with, then inadvertently place barriers to building them.

1 year, 7 months ago on The State of Twitter, 2013

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Gini,

I Love Gin & Topics! It's always high energy, filled with great stuff, and of course your dazzling personality shines through :) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Best Wishes for a bright 2013!

Susan

1 year, 7 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Holiday Edition

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@ginidietrich It was amazingly entertaining! So fun & spirited. I loved it!!

1 year, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Hexaflexagon and the Most Adorable Boy

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Gini,

Absolutely love this! Especially the basketball team from McMaster University! The little ukelele player is absolutely a doll! Thanks for making my day.

Susan Fox

1 year, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Hexaflexagon and the Most Adorable Boy

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Margie,

Neither of the candidates are talking to me either. Having worked my entire life outside the home and raising children, I also took care of my mother as she battled inflammatory breast cancer for 10 valiant years. My 401(k), and IRA took so many hits during these years that profligates & wastrels ran our government that like many it's been decimated. Now if one will need what theses out of touch politicians declare as "entitlements" spat out of their mouths like we are a pariah on society we are made to feel like 2nd class citizens. I care about the future because I watched as corporations circled the wagons on their compensation packages and refused to hire and pay younger people any type of wage that they can prepare for their future. I might add some of those companies were taken over by genX that have an even more carefully crafted greediness. I care about social security and Medicare for you and my children. Margie most Americans are a job away from not being able to make it whether they make 40k or 250k. Both candidates are out of touch with real life in America. I usually vote for smaller government only because I believe most of the elected officials now are in it to win it for themselves.

In the same boat,

Yours Truly,

Susan

 

1 year, 9 months ago on An open letter to the Presidential candidates

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Margie, I am humbled & inspired, as well as maybe a little bit delighted ;) to be included on this list of extraordinary people. The common thread is that we are all drawn to you and your beacon of brilliance. Thank-you. Susan Fox

1 year, 11 months ago on 100 People Who Don’t Get Enough Credit Online

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Margie,

Your mind is a treasure trove of ideas. It's a wonder you have enough time in the day to record the ebb & flow of all the energy and excitement then transfer those thoughts to the online world.

Susan Fox

 

 

2 years ago on Ten Super Sources for Content Ideas

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Margie,

You are a person that I think many could model their entire social media life style around.

You have been a listener, instructor, mentor and always there at the right time for me. I am proud to call you my friend. I will go so far as to say you've been my champion as I jumped in with both feet new to Twitter. ;)

Thank-you,

Susan Fox

 

2 years ago on Meeting People When You're Supposed To

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Hi Gini,

Ok Like Margie I am cheating. I read your list.  Fountainhead is one of my all time favorites and Atlas Shrugged, Wuthering Heights, and then fast forward to The Stand by Stephen King. That's 4. I own The Red Tent but haven't read it. Now I will. I love anything Nelson Demille writes so I will pick The Gold Coast.  I love The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. The Bible, All works by Joseph Conrad. If I have to pick then Heart of Darkness. I know it spans many genres but I love to read.

2 years, 1 month ago on Top 10 Favorite Books of All-Time

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Margie,

It's the most logical next step. You are a brilliant and prolific writer. This I am sure is just the beginning of many to come. Your book is now on the Top Shelf of my iPad library next to Divine Justice by Baldacci, and Winnie-The-Pooh.

Yours Truly,

Gaga

2 years, 2 months ago on The ABCs of Marketing Myths – A New E-Book

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Margie, People can spot a phony in a New York minute. I think being open is the best policy. True, it can make us vulnerable to hurt and disappointment but that old saying nothing ventured nothing gained may have some merit here. Thank you for a thought provoking post. Susan Fox

2 years, 2 months ago on The problem with armor

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Margie,

Little know fact, I took an auditioning class in Chicago by Kordos & Charbonneau. It was one of the best classes I ever took. You know why? Because life is an audition. I'll share one of the best takeaways from the class: treat each interview, aka audition as if you are an invited guest, be yourself and enjoy every minute. Some directors and producers aka readers will like us and some won't.

Yours Truly,

Gaga

2 years, 3 months ago on What bloggers could learn from Jim Abbott

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Dear Margie,

Your gut-wrenching, beautifully stated memorial of the ultimate price these photojournalists paid to get the story out about the savagery being wrought upon so many, reminds me that much of the news we actually see is "reported" by commentators rather than journalists hired by media moguls to simply dupe and distract us. I'm so sorry for our loss. @ufo4u 

2 years, 4 months ago on In Memoriam

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I would highly recommend Margie Clayman as a resource to establish your company's social media campaign presence on the Web. Listening stations are essential to protect your company's good name in this day of branding by word of mouth and instant endorsements or disparagement via social media. Margie has and continues to be a pioneer in the social media industry. Susan Fox

2 years, 5 months ago on ClayComm2.0 Social Media Services

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Margie, I think for the collectors of the dough the end justifies the means, not about educating anybody. Who said it? "There's a fool born every minute." These wranglers are proud to round up any available bucks online and be on their merry way to the next big social media idea. The speed that social media is changing is scaring the perpetually uninformed middle manager & they will gladly cough up $139 for an expense report to make them feel like someone is trying to figure out what's goin' on out there. Let me tell you a funny story. Three year old Ella told us when she heard a fire truck siren roar by, "when I grow up I'm gonna be a fireman cause I wanna know what's goin' on out there!" Yours Truly, Susan Fox

2 years, 5 months ago on For the love of the shame

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Dear Margie,
Hate comes in many forms. It seldom can be disquised. At a young age kids need to be accepted, let them figure out who and what they want to be not ostrosized for their possibly temporary maybe permanent life choices. Thanks for shedding light on this tough subject.
Gaga

2 years, 6 months ago on The good thing about the Girl Scout cookie boycott

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Hi Margie,

I'm nodding. Ok I'll date myself. Remember Randy Newman's song Short People, if not go to You Tube and listen to it. According to http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=6188

This song is widely misinterpreted, which generated a great deal of exposure for the song and controversy for Newman. On the surface, the song is making fun of little people, but "short" is meant in a figurative sense, intending to poke fun at people who are short-tempered and small-minded, which is quite the opposite of the literal meaning. A lot of people didn't get the joke and thought of Newman as a bigot. Many radio stations refused to play it. Of course if you even listened to it you would get it. Just like reading. Most people even people I have worked with consider themselves too smart & think they get what you are trying to say before you say it and know content before they read it, lol. Jokes on them.

Yours Truly,

Gaga

2 years, 6 months ago on Are you actually reading this?

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