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@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.
17 hours, 59 minutes 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
20 hours, 11 minutes ago on 5 Must-Have Children’s Books on the Friday Blogging Experience
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.
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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 month, 4 weeks 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.
2 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?
2 months ago on 10 Women Who Should Be Writing for ‘Harper’s’ – Flavorwire
Happy birthday! Have a fabulous day!
2 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).
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months ago on Five Things I Love and Five Things You Love
Nicely done, Ken. Happy Valentine's Day!
3 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.
3 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.
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Danger of Silencing Your Enthusiastic Crowd