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http://www.vegas.com/lounge/centennial/urbanlegends.html. I found this by Googling "urban legends las vegas." I am sure there are more and you have just given me an idea for a story to submit to the magazine I write for.
1 year, 5 months ago on Friday Blogging Experience: Favorite Urban Legends
Great post, Sarah. I've always been thin, but I know it probably won't be that way forever. I can see the genetic writing on the wall. I do watch what I eat and I do exercise, but I don't obsess about it. I can't. I don't want to. But I also don't want to become complacent about it, either. For me, it's about staying healthy vs. looking a certain way.
1 year, 5 months ago on Body Image and the Internet
@Erin F. Monica Brown is a Latina author. She writes biographical books and fiction. She's written books about Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and more. David Weisner is also amazing. He wrote Hurricane, Tuesday, and more. Sector 7 is my favorite because it's wordless so it's great for older kids to use the illustrations to make up their own story.
1 year, 6 months ago on 5 Must-Have Children’s Books on the Friday Blogging Experience
Anything by Monica Brown.
The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg
Anything by David Weisner, but especially his wordless book, Sector 7
It's nice to read some good stuff happening on social media. I hope your friend gets her date - I think that's an awesome bucket list item.
1 year, 6 months ago on Why I Believe in Social Media: Of Hope, Lost Dogs, and Bucket Lists
@KenMueller I agree. I've discovered some amazing stuff on Spotify that I never would have found otherwise. I haven't managed to actually buy any of it, because iTunes is a luxury item these days, but if I could I would because I know how vital it is to indie artists of all types to have that support.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Changing Face of the Music Business
I'm also a music lover and the advent of Spotify has really aided in that interest. There's so much stuff out there from so many artists. You can listen to an artist's entire discography for free (although the free version has advertising). Of course, they also have several paid options to eliminate the ads, but the ads are not so overwhelming that they really interrupt the listening experience.
Unless it's my own, I don't use an image in my blog posts. If I'm doing a writing prompt based on a image, I just link to the post that contains the image. I am just making my bills each month, so I don't want to risk owing money for violating copyright law.
1 year, 8 months ago on That Photo You Found On the Internet Could Cost You
@KenMueller I love that. I saw a show on HGTV the other night where a couple had repurposed an old mill to be their house. I think it was in Virgina. I should also mention I live in Las Vegas, land of a thousand sins.
1 year, 8 months ago on On the Street Where You Live…
That's pretty cool. I live in a neighbor that is around 21 years old. Before it became a master planned community, it was desert. I'm guessing some pioneers or gun-slingers lived on the land.
Best list ever. I am going to check out all of these women. What about adding Joyce Carol Oates to the list?
1 year, 8 months ago on 10 Women Who Should Be Writing for ‘Harper’s’ – Flavorwire
Happy birthday! Have a fabulous day!
1 year, 8 months ago on It’s My Birthday and I’ll Blog if I Want To
I'm so envious of the fact you have a porch. Our house doesn't have a porch or a backyard conducive to working (we get afternoon sun in the back and the neighborhood cats like to use our patio table and chairs as napping spots).
1 year, 8 months ago on The Art of Building Community
As a journalist writing for a thriving Las Vegas publication, I love to see new magazines succeed. I've read many times over the years that magazines are doing well, despite consistent blows to the economy and the folding of newspapers on a near-daily basis. I'm a freelancer, so I can write for any magazine and this article has given me some things to consider.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Rise of the Artisanal Magazine – Flavorwire
1. I absolutely love Mexican food. I could eat tacos every single day.
2. My favorite band at the moment is Fun. This changes daily or weekly or monthly.
3. I loved Gilmore Girls when it was on. My current favorite is NCIS.
4. My favorite author has, since I was 14, been F. Scott Fitzgerald.
5. I don't have a favorite team, but I love baseball and basketball, if I must watch a sport. You will never find me watching football.
1 year, 9 months ago on Five Things I Love and Five Things You Love
Nicely done, Ken. Happy Valentine's Day!
1 year, 9 months ago on An Open Valentine Letter to Businesses from a Potential Customer
@KenMueller :). It's a huge pet peeve of mine. It's 2013, not 1951. You don't even need a husband.
1 year, 9 months ago on 5 Things I Don’t Want to See on Facebook
I can't stand when couples share a Facebook page, especially when it's only the wife who uses it and the husband doesn't give two hoots. He's your husband, not your tumor. Live separate lives. I have friends that bring their husbands/boyfriends everywhere, to the point I refuse to hang out, because Husband is tagging along yet again.
I was at Applebee's yesterday - one waiter and four tables occupied, two of which had finished minutes after my arrival, leaving two tables occupied. Our waiter kept us waiting 15 minutes before coming to take our drink order. We waited 10 more minutes after that to obtain our drinks, leaving when they didn't arrive. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. We watched the waiter talk to his manager for several minutes before moving to another task, which we assumed was getting our drinks. Unfortunately, they lost a customer yesterday, quite possibly for some time.
1 year, 9 months ago on Small Business, Numbers, and Humanity: A Tale of Two Restaurants
@KenMueller Agreed. There's awareness and there's fear. I tend toward awareness.
1 year, 9 months ago on When Online and Real Life Collide
I love when I get to meet my online friends in real life. It doesn't happen too often, since most people I meet online don't live in my city. It's perfectly safe to meet online connections in real life, though, because online is real life. Obviously, there needs to be a certain amount of awareness, but it's not something to fear. I know someone who is scared just because that's what feels right, but she's missing out on so many amazing adventures because of that fear. It's becoming a real problem and preventing her from living any kind of life.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Danger of Silencing Your Enthusiastic Crowd
I agree with what Liz said. I'm not much for photographing food, but I'm not saying I've never done it or won't do it in the future. If someone is busting out a professional set-up on a Tuesday night to photograph their dinner, the manager has a right to say something. If someone has their phone out and Instagram open, I don't think an owner/manager has a right to say anything. A phone is a lot less intrusive then a Canon or Nikon.
@KenMueller True. :)
1 year, 10 months ago on Being Real vs. Being a Parrot
I'm constantly learning. I recently got an editing job that has shone a light on my grammatical inadequacies, so I bought a couple of grammar books and am working my way through them, learning things I never knew existed.
@Lisa Gerber From my perspective, it's a lot of self-induced pressure. We all want to be the next big singer, film maker, writing, artist, whatever, so we put a ton of pressure on ourselves and it quickly becomes unrealistic.
1 year, 10 months ago on You and Your One Million Subscribers
I'm thrilled to have the subscribers I do. To aim for anything more would be setting myself up for disaster. I already struggle with marketing my books and my blog.
1 year, 10 months ago on Weekend Video: Man Experiences Childbirth
@barrettrossie Very true!
1 year, 10 months ago on What Small Businesses Need to Learn from Nonprofits, (And What Many Nonprofits Need to Relearn)
@KenMueller @barrettrossie Thank you, Ken! I saved the link at work so I can check it out next week. I need to talk to my boss about blogging.
I work for a non-profit and was recently made the PR/Marketing person (not a huge leap when there are six people in the office). Do you have any tips for amping up our social media presence? We have a decent number of fans on Facebook, but our page is kind of stagnant.
@KenMueller Thank you! That makes sense.
1 year, 10 months ago on Facebook in 2013: What You Need to Know
Okay, so I have a question. I'm trying to get to 200 fans. When I do, I want to give away a copy of my book. I can't run that contest on Facebook, correct? Can I run it on my blog and have people like my page as one of the criteria for entry?
1 year, 10 months ago on Dreamy, Symmetrical Portraits of Identical Twins
More Frank & Linh!
1 year, 10 months ago on A Friday Blogging Experiment
True. I mean, I didn't get up in arms when Instagram changed its TOU, but I know people who did, acting like it was the be all, end all of photo sharing apps.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Social Life of Frank & Linh: 2013
You had me at Allende and even more at Sedaris.
1 year, 11 months ago on Flavorpill's 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2013
I love this.
1 year, 11 months ago on How Social Media Works, or What I Learned from a Banana Slicer
I wonder how many responses to that list were based on gut reactions to experiences people had with workers in those categories, whether good or bad. We may trust nurses inherently, but one bad experience could color our view of the entire nursing population. Nurses are just example - any of those professions could be inserted.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Trust Problem
If that becomes the headquarters of Inkling Media, I assume you'll be hiring. :). Let me know where to send my resume - I can relocate at any time.
1 year, 11 months ago on Taking a Look at Your Business From the Outside In
@jasonkonopinski Thanks, Jason. I had no idea such a thing even existed.
1 year, 11 months ago on Google is Your Business’s Friend: Use it!
@KenMueller I didn't think of looking academically. Thanks for the suggestion!
I use in the internet all the time to research thing for novels. The most recent thing I Googled was childbirth in the 1920s. Unfortunately, there isn't much, so I'm going to have to wing it.
@KenMueller I think I might need your services. Do you work with authors?
1 year, 12 months ago on Sentiment Analysis: What Do Your Customers Think of Your Business?
What if there is no feedback? What do you do if you can't gauge how people feel about your business?
@KenMueller It is sad.
1 year, 12 months ago on Post This, or Facebook Will Own Your Soul…and Your Kids…and Your House…
A friend of mine posted that comic yesterday. I've seen so many people posting that status update, though. People who should know better actually believe that posting that status protects them legally.
Not celebrating holidays is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there's no stress. On the other hand, there's no tradition, no memories being made. I'm not sure either way is the right way to go.
1 year, 12 months ago on It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year
1 year, 12 months ago on The Social Life of Frank & Linh: Shop Around
I agree 100% with this post. I also find it applies to friendships and romantic relationships. Just because you've been friends with someone for ten years doesn't mean you're going to stay friends with that person forever. Sometimes it becomes apparent the relationship has been one-sided the entire time. You have to mourn the loss and move on.
2 years ago on You Can’t Force Relationships