Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy 45th Earth Day America ! NASA wants you to share your favorite places EARTH and use #NoPlaceLikeHome


Share videos & photos of your favorite places on EARTH & use hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome to celebrate Earth Day and to also be a part of NASA's social media campaign.

“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." ~~ Gaylord Anton Nelson (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005) Founder of Earth Day, American politician from Wisconsin who served as a United States Senator and governor. Photo right courtesy of Mark Fisher, http://mustermark.co.uk, photo also on Wikimedia.org

WHAT WILL YOU BE SHARING?
NASA wants you to post your videos and photos using hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome on all your social media especially Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. NASA has been posting images and videos in preparation for Earth Day since the beginning of April.

Here are my #NoPlaceLikeHome favorite places on earth: There are plenty more at the FB links below. Enjoy!

☺ My home sweet home on #Facebook from the Winter Snow Storm on January 24, 2015
☺ Hilarious turkeys visiting my home sweet home on Palm Sunday (March 29, 2015)
Autumn leaves beneath the iced Bronx River along the pedestrian trail sometime in November, 2014
☺ This Egret has no egrets atop the beautiful cadcading waterfall at Bronx River one Saturday morning June 28, 2014
☺ Photo of my backyard after the blizzard February 13, 2014
☺ On my way to work after one of the blizzards February 13, 2014

Would you believe it, today is Earth-Day’s 46th event and 45th B-Day (April 22, 2015)?

It was on April 22nd, 1970 when the very first Earth Day event was celebrated nationwide. A time when the norm was hippy-happy flower-child culture, psychedelics, the passing R&B icons Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water" song, college students streaking across campuses protesting the Vietnam war, etc. Also a time of top network TV programs "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Gunsmoke," "Captain Kangaroo," "The Carol Burnett Show," and "I Dream of Jeannie."


Who would think Earth Day would also mark the modern environmentalist movement? It was April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, that led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

#EarthDay 2015 marks the 2nd year of NASA's global social media campaign. Earth Day is not just about water and sustainability." Earth Day 2014 marked the first #GlobalSelfie SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN from NASA. This year, NASA's theme is #NoPlaceLikeHome. NASA wants everyone to post videos and photos of their favorite places on EARTH and to use hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome for the latest #EarthDay



Earth Day 2014 NASA celebrated a milestone -- the first time in more than a decade of launching five Earth-observing missions in a single year. Photos above right and below left snapshots taken from NASA promotional video on RedOrbit.com

Click here to view NASA's promotion video for Earth Day from 2014 #GlobalSelfieEarthDay #EarthRightNow #EarthDay Social Media Campaigns.

BELOW ARE EXCERPTS FROM MY BLOG FROM EARTH DAY 2014


Do you think our leaders are capable of implementing a realistic, sustainable climate control program?

Some are (hopefully most), and I hope they put government spending into perspective and stop subsidizing the ultra-rich for their quaky, snake-oil programs. "We the people" need to know the real facts behind the outrageous ultra-rich alternative fuel subsizing.

"It's nice that someone managed to run his car on liposuction leftovers, but that doesn't mean he needs to be subsidized ... But why not at least agree that governments shouldn't pick losers to be winners? Unfortunately, that's exactly what is happening. The world is rushing to promote alternative fuel sources that will actually accelerate global warming, not to mention an alternative power source that could cripple efforts to stop global warming ... This is not just a climate disaster. The grain it takes to fill an SUV tank with ethanol could feed a hungry person for a year; biofuel mandates are exerting constant upward pressure on global food prices and have contributed to food riots in dozens of poorer countries. Still, the United States has quintupled its ethanol production in a decade and plans to quintuple its biofuel production again in the next decade. This will mean more money for well-subsidized grain farmers, but also more malnutrition, more deforestation, and more emissions. European leaders have paid a bit more attention to the alarming critiques of biofuels -- including one by a British agency that was originally established to promote biofuels -- but they have shown no more inclination to throw cold water on this $100 billion global industry ..." ~~ Michael Grunwald, writer, journalist, author; and a senior national correspondent at Time magazine. Quotes taken from his article "Seven Myths About Alternative Energy"
Obviously, according Grunwald's article on ForeignPolicy.com article (2009) titled "Seven Myths About Alternative Energy, the energy alternatives aren't magic tickets and they are not sustainable.


WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING EARTH DAY BY SHARING YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH USING #NoPlaceLikeHome ?

Share your #NoPlaceLikeHome with your favorite social media and show support for "sustainable environmental programs" that cost significantly less and are more effective than the current government subsized programs that are unsubstantiated.

My #NoPlaceLikeHome will be posted soon Where's yours?

Earth Day is a national holiday created to celebrate the Earth and environment. The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and was a response to the environmental crisis at the time, which included extremely polluted water and air.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created the same year as a result of activism and widespread popular support for cleaning up the environment. Children became very aware as many school programs brought about awareness of pollutants in the air and the importance of caring for the planet we live on.

Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The Earth Day Logo, above right, became the Official Earth Week logo that was used as the backdrop for the prime time CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about Earth Day beginning 1970 through 1996.

In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015. It may or may not change thereafter. Earth Day is credited to Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970.


Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. Ecology Flag, photo to the right, was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb in 1969.




Google Celebrated Earth Day 2012 with an animated Flower-power Doodle on its home page, photo left.
For 2014, Google created a lovely doodle with many different eco-creatures from the lovely humming bird to the not-so-lovely beetle dung; I was pretty grossed out by that portion of the animated doodle. To view go to google.com and share what you think.


Bing Celebrated Earth day 2012 with a picture of Nevada Solar One at sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Boulder City, Nevada, photo right.


Earth Day Timeline

1968 - Morton Hilbert and the U.S. Public Health Service organized the Human Ecology Symposium, an environmental conference for students to hear from scientists about the effects of environmental degradation on human health. This was the beginning of Earth Day.
1969 - John McConnell first introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at the UNESCO Conference on the Environment
1969 - The Ecology Flag was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb and published on November 7th in the Los Angeles Free Press, then placed in the public domain. The symbol is a combination of the letters "E" and "O" taken from the words "Environment" and "Organism," respectively.
1970 - The first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on March 21, 1970. Nelson chose the date April 22nd in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an "environmental teach-in". He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Also, it did not conflict with any religious holidays.
1971 - UN Secretary-General U Thant supported McConnell's global initiative to celebrate this annual event; and on February 26, 1971, he signed a proclamation to that effect, saying: “May there be only peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.”
1972 - United Nations secretary-general Kurt Waldheim observed Earth Day with similar ceremonies on the March equinox in 1972, and the United Nations Earth Day ceremony has continued each year since on the day of the March equinox (the United Nations also works with organizers of the April 22 global event).
1978 – American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, and declared: "Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space…”
1990 - The Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb was led by Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest (many years earlier), and marked the first time in history that mountaineers from the United States, Soviet Union and China had roped together to climb a mountain, let alone Mt. Everest. The group also collected over two tons of trash (transported down the mountain by support groups along the way) that was left behind on Mount Everest from previous climbing expeditions. The master of ceremonies for the Columbia Gorge event was the TV star, John Ratzenberger, from "Cheers", and the headlining musician was the "Father of Rock and Roll," Chuck Berry.
2000 - Earth Day 2000 combined the ambitious spirit of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. This was the first year that Earth Day used the Internet as its principal organizing tool, and it proved invaluable domestically and internationally. Kelly Evans, a professional political organizer, served as Executive Director of the 2000 campaign. The event ultimately enlisted more than 5,000 environmental groups outside the United States, reaching hundreds of millions of people in a record 183 countries. Leonardo DiCaprio was the official host for the event, and about 400,000 participants stood in the cold rain during the course of the day.
2009 - May 5, 2009 editorial in The Washington Times contrasted Arbor Day with Earth Day, claiming that Arbor Day was a happy, non-political celebration of trees, whereas Earth Day was a pessimistic, political ideology that portrayed humans in a negative light.
2010 - Billion Acts of Green (Beta) – Official Earth Day Network's "Billion Acts of Green" website for students and young adults
2011 - A Billion Acts of Green (®) – A "people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20" (as well as a registered trademark).
2012 - Earth Day 2012 – Mobilize the Earth 2013; Google Celebrated Earth day 2012 with an animated Doodle on its home page; Bing Celebrated Earth Day 2012 with a picture of Nevada Solar One at sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Boulder City, Nevada.
2013 - The Face of Climate Change.
2014 - Earth Day 2014 – Green Cities + Mobilizing Millions of People to Create a Sustainable, Healthy Environment by Greening Communities Worldwide. First Earth Day 2014 "SOCIAL MEDIA SELFIE CAMPAIGN" launch.


Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Network
The Canopy Project
Washington Post, Celebrating Earth Day around the world
History of Earth Day http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
Voice of America, Earth Day Prompts Calls for “Green Acts
If you have additional resources please list them in comments and I will add to post. Thanks.
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All photos courtesy of Wikimedia; If any screen shots were taken from video and websites credit will be mentioned. All other photos will be credited as required.
#NOPLACELIKEHOME + NASA SOCIAL MEDIA, April 22, culture, earth day, environment, global green, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, pollution, technology,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hello World. Happy 2015th Palm Sunday(March 29th) and 2015th Easter, Sunday April 5th




“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
~~ Pope John Paul II
sometimes called Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła (Polish: [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛf vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in history and, as a Pole, the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who died in 1523.


Hello World! Happy 2015th Easter America. Happy Name Day and Palm Sunday Mom.

Palm Sunday has always been a very special day for our family.

My late mom was born on Palm Sunday (March 28, 1926), which is why my grandmother named her "Palma."
This 2015th Palm Sunday would have marked her 89th birthday. Happy birthday to you mom and happy name day. I know that you are at peace and in a much better place and you are always in my thoughts and prayers.


Wonderful keepsake photo of my late mom with her mother, Grandma Elvira. They resembled each other so much.

They were so beautiful and similar in many ways - great cooking, baking, entertaining, etc. Everyone was welcome in their home.


Another great photo of my late mom with John Tesh. Mom was so fond of this photo. Hes smile radiates everywhere regardless of her age. In this photo she was in her late 70s. Amazing!
Photo collage of my late mom (TOP L-R, with her youngest grandchildren, Mariel & Anthony; granddaughter Mariel's lovely "get-well card; mom upstate New York holding me as an infant). (BOTTOM L-R, me & mom celebrating another bon-voyage cruise; mom in either CA or OK at a wedding; mom with her mom, Grandma Elvira.

Mom as the most beautiful bride with her handsome groom Dad during their wedding day, September 5, 1948.


Palm Sunday brought quite a few chuckles when much to my surprise, two wild turkeys strutted in my back yard and left quite an impression! Gobbling, trotting and pecking around.
Enjoy the Wild Turkeys Take 1 video !



Second video Wild Turkeys Take 2
or visit these links for Wild Turkeys Take 1 and https://youtu.be/ev8dcSwQtE8


About Easter

Easter (Old English Ēostre; Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, the latter two derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.

Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is for everyone, for adults it brings back memories of childhood days filled with beautiful spring flowers and fabulous Sunday celebrations.
Easter, like Christmas, is for children. Celebrating Easter with children is truly special – from colored Easter Eggs, Chocolate Easter Bunnies to Easter Egg hunts and parades and bonnets make this day extra magical.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox.

Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (although the astronomical equinox occurs on 20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily on the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies from 22 March to 25 April inclusive. Eastern

The precise date of Easter has at times been a matter for contention. By the later 2nd century, it was accepted that the celebration of the holiday was a practice of the disciples and an undisputed tradition.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.

Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church[12] and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb.

Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.

The Easter parade is an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday. The parade is somewhat of an informal and unorganized event, with or without religious significance. Persons participating in an Easter parade traditionally dress in new and fashionable clothing, particularly ladies' hats, and strive to impress others with their finery.
The Easter parade is most closely associated with Fifth Avenue in New York City, but Easter parades are held in many other cities. Starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s, the New York parade became increasingly popular into the mid-20th century—in 1947, it was estimated to draw over a million people. Its popularity has declined significantly, drawing only 30,000 in 2008.

Many Americans follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving baskets of candy. The Easter Bunny is a popular legendary anthropomorphic Easter gift-giving character analogous to Santa Claus in American culture.


On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. New York City holds an annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday.
Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide. The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans.
Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.

The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs—and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes.
Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter.

The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.

Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.

The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus[2] (About Easter Eggs) in 1682[3] referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children. In many church services on Easter Sunday, a live rabbit representing the Easter Bunny, is brought into the congregation, especially for the children's message.

An Easter Bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.

The "Easter bonnet" was fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin, whose frame of reference was the Easter parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral:



"In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade."
by Irving Berlin

At the depths of the Great Depression a new hat at Easter, or a refurbished old one, was a simple luxury.


Will you be celebrating Easter? Showing off your Easter bonnet or attending an Easter Day Parade?
















RESOURCES:
♦ The 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competion by the Theatre Development Fund, takes place on April 20th and April 21st at Minskoff Theatre, more info at https://www.tdf.org/shows/9214/The-29th-Annual-Easter-Bonnet-Competition (last year The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition by Broadway Cares http://broadwaycares.org/easterbonnet2014)
♦ Easter Day Parade http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_parade
♦ Easter Sunday on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Sunday
♦ Easter 2015 from Calendar 365 http://www.calendar-365.com/holidays/easter.html‎
♦ Easter Egg Hunts http://www.easteregghuntsandevents.org/
♦ Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City http://gonyc.about.com/cs/holidays/a/easter.htm
♦ Easter Parade – Fred Astaire and Judy Garland on YouTube


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Twitter reaches the BIG 009 on first day of Spring! Happy Tweet-Day to you! March 21, 2015


Happy 9th B-Day Twitter.

Still no definitive business model or $ profit yet Twitter continues to spread wings, ripple effects and much intrigue! Wishing you many more twitterers, tweets and TweetDays!

According to Stan Schroeder, writer of Mashable, Twitter's B-Day is today -- last year I was wrong, I thought it was March 22nd, but it's indeed March 21st -- the first day co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted his very first tweet. Here is Schroeder's article from Twitter's 6th (back in 2012), Happy 6th Birthday, Twitter!

Twitter hasn't changed much with the exception of it's phenomenal growth which is currently at +31% usage increase in the past year and +25% increase in the amount of tweets per day. Twitter recently reported they have 288 million active monthly users and 500 million tweets per day https://about.twitter.com/company.

Surprisingly, less than 1/4th are U.S. (23% or 62 million), and over 3/4ths of these users (77% or 209 million) are outside the U.S. According to many resources including Mashable and SocialMedia, Twitter had about 200 million accounts a year ago (2014), and averaged 400M tweets per day. While this statistic may be debatable since others including Mashable indicate that Twitter has over 500 million, Twitter itself has reported that as of February 2013, they have 200 million users. Not surprisingly, 80% of Twitter active users (400 million) are mobile.Below is a blog I wrote back in 2009 all about Twitter:

Twitter, a micro-blog with a 140-character-limit blurb known as a “tweet” having potential to create a chain of social media networking events that can lead to exponentially larger alterations of social media networking instances. Twittering appears to have maximized the power of connecting. In less than 4 years, it is  estimated that there are over 250 million twitter accounts worldwide.

But if you think that Twitter and the bird’s far reaching effect is enough to make your media campaign a success, try spreading your wings and flying. You just might find yourself in a nose-dive!

Of course, everyone is twittering, with hopes of creating shifts in perspectives that will lead to greater connections, better businesses and stronger communities.

It’s been said that a sea gull’s simple flap of a wing can change weather, and so too a simple tweet can create ripple effects in the customers, employees, friends, colleagues and even those people and entities that you have never known and now suddenly have become your followers.

Why then are there still no analytics for measuring effectiveness, or tried and true processes and marketing solutions from this bird?

Although Twitter’s wide massive appeal has grown so quickly in such a brief time, it is still considered new. Twitter became available to the public in 2006 but really gained momentum in April 2007. According to Wikipedia “The tipping point for Twitter's popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest, SXSW, festival. During the event usage went from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000.” This all occurring after the Web 2.0 buzz of 2006, which arose 2 years after the first Web 2.0 Oreilly Conference, October 5 – 7, 2004, at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA.

Today, there are many factors that contribute to the success of a social networking marketing campaign and Twitter is just one of the many digital integrated marketing tools. Besides having experience, skill and passion about what you are communicating, successful social media marketing requires a well thought out, detailed, marketing plan and timeline. Even with all this, there are still no guarantees; What works for one company or person  may not be as effective for another.

While there are no magic bullets that will guarantee the overall success of your campaign, below you will find a listing of some helpful tips to guide you through the process of integrating twittering into your corporate digital marketing programs:

1. Create momentum with effective communications and set up kick-off meetings well in advance of your deliverables

2. Optimal participation is key. Schedule regular (weekly or bi-weekly) meetings (virtual or in person) and involve as many employees/departments in your organization.

3. Ensure that your meeting handouts include guidelines for branding specs, e.g., having company logo included on all tweets, regardless of whether a company is using different blog/tweet names for different products,/themes, etc., appropriate tone, buzzwords, keywords, etc.

4. If your social marketing media campaign calls for multiple bloggers and twitterers, make sure your respective tweet names match respective tweet blogs; This information should all be mapped out (e.g., spreadsheet) and incorporated into your digital marketing plan alongside all of the other marketing tools you will be integrating

5. Use common sense and discuss best practice to ensure employee tweeters know their leaps and bounds when contributing to avoid compromising your blogs/tweets integrity and reputation

6. Tie in tweets with your company’s blogs – an example is how Martha Stewart’s tips, ideas, etc., from her blog into tweets – again, not necessarily coming from someone from her company, but created such a brand following that followers as well as employees include her ideas in their blogs

7. Understand and learn of the importance of following potential customers, existing customers, vendors, suppliers, etc.

8. Incorporate short and simple auto-respond tweets for new followers – assuring real-time reply in the event no one is able to respond immediately; Although the majority of folks recommend not using auto-responds, my suggestion is to test the waters but keep auto-responds short, thanking them for connecting and sharing relevant information.  If you feel auto-responding is working against you, simply remove it. At least you can say you gave it a try.

9. Understand the importance of hashtags and other application enhancements and use them carefully. E.g., including hashtags in your tweets, e.g., #followfriday; and applications, Tweet Meme, etc. There are pros and cons to hashtags - some folks feel the short 140-character blurbs get distorted from the #hashtag symbol while others are embracing it. So far, I haven't been incorporating hashtags into my tweets. I plan on giving #hashtags a try soon.

10. If you are interested in following please feel free to follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gbdaly

"Twitter reaches the BIG 009 today! Happy Tweet-Day to you!" is part of the "evergreen marketing insighter" series by Gloria Buono-Daly This blog is updated every year on Twitter's birthday and was originally written by Gloria Buono Daly (c) 2009.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Try My Irish Soda Bread Easy 1-2-3 Recipe


"A best friend is like a four leaf clover : hard to find and lucky to have!"
~~ Anonymous Irish Quote

Slàinte
(pronounced: slawncha, like "lawn-chair" but with an "s" in front of it, is how one would say Cheers in Irish Gaelic)
My favorite Irish soda bread, as posted every year. Enjoy!

Happy Saint Pat's Day!
This year it's Tuesday, March 17th! With many being bit by the leprechaun earlier in time for the many parades through the country beginning today. The oldest and largest of the St. Paddy’s Day parades in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1762 -- New York City's St. Paddy's Day Parade -- and this year marks NYCs 224th St. Patrick's Day Parade! NYC's 2015 Parade can be viewed on 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. If you are not in NYC, you can watch the parade at this website beginning at 11:00am on March 17th.
Like many households on Saint Patrick's Day, in the center of our breakfast table you will find tasty, Irish, soda bread to celebrate the luck and charm of the Irish. I baked this easy Irish soda bread earlier today and just had to share my easy recipe by posting on my blogs. The great thing about this is the prep time was slightly less than 5 minutes and it baked in an hour.
INGREDIENTS:
► Flour 3 1/2 cups
► Sugar 3/4 to 1 cup (or try sugarfree alternatives; e.g., splenda or equal)
► Baking powder 1 tablespoon
► Eggs 2 medium size
► Milk 1 cup
► Melted butter - 1 stick
OPTIONAL:
► Raisins 1 cup
► Caraway seeds 2 tablespoons
► Be imaginative. I used Flax Seeds

Step 1 : Soda Bread Dough (3 min)
► Prepare oven at 375°; In large bowl combine dry ingredients
► Flour
► Sugar
► Baking Powder
► Optional ingredients - I added 1/2 teaspoon Flax seeds
► Add remaining ingredients - Milk, Eggs, Melted Butter


Step 2 : Knead Dough (2 min)
► Knead dough and divide the dough into 2 round loaves
► Sprinkle flour if dough is too moist and sticky
► Using a cake knife, mark the top of each dough loaf with an X

Step 3 : Place loaves in 375° oven (60 min)
► Wait at least 10 minutes before slicing

Total time - 1 Hour and 5 Minutes




“Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.”
--Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Irish author and satirist.


Additional resources:
Saint Patrick's Day parade schedules: Where and when, Washington Times
New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick's Day Parade NYCgo.com
Saint Patrick's Day Parade New Orleans



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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Women around the world are celebrating the 104th International Women's Day and Google celebrates with a doodle


“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
~~ Abigail Adams, Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady, 1776 (née Smith; November 22 [O.S. November 11] 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams, the first Vice President, and second President, of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President.


Did you know that March 8, 2015 is the 104th anniversary of International Woman's Day?


Google has done it again and celebrated with an inspiring and engaging doodle.

Here's a snapshot of it to the left:

Last year Google posted a very charming doodle to celebrate IWD 103rd (see right).

And the year before that, it's 102nd, see below.
Happy 104th Anniversary to International Women's Day! Also, did you know that March is Women's History Month?

International Women's Day (IWD), originally coined International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8th every year.

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is "Make it Happen." #MakeItHappen.

Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, attended the UN event "Equality for Women is Progress for All," on March 7, 2014 in New York City.

The event was part of the UN International Women's Day, which is celebrated tomorrow (March 8). IBTimes UK has an interesting list of top inspirational quotes on women empowerment. What's your favorite?

Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal.

International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action."

In many countries, International Women's Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments.

Join International Women’s Day on Facebook at facebook/internationalwomensday and for breaking news follow #womensday.

International Women's Day is an annual day observed in many nations around the world on March 8 each year. (Jumping Woman photo above by kongsky / freedigitalphotos.net)


President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month", calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history.


Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges", on the eve of IWD.


Photo above left taken by U.S.Army Photographer: Spc Tobey White, is of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Pam Moody, 319th ADT, and resident of Indianapolis, Ind. Here she hands out pencils to Afghan women at the International Women's Day gathering held in Khowst City, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, March 8, 2011.

Every year events take place on March 8th to commemorate the anniversary of International Women's Day. In 2011, IWD's 100th anniversary, 100 countries participated in events.
Kudos to all women for all we do!

Do you have a theme of your own to celebrate International Women's Day? IF so, share it on the International Women's Day website.

There's plenty more for women to be inspired about. The Global International Women's Day Arts Initiative is filled with a spectacular gallery of women artists and writers for you to stay connected anywhere, anytime. Do you have creative to share? If so, you can visit The International Women's Day Creative Website page and share.

All the artworks and stories have been created by diverse women from around the world to inspire, challenge, entertain and provoke thought from a gender angle.

Resources for Women’s History Month:
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/03/08/international-womens-day-inequality-in-charts http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
http://www.nwhp.org/whm/index.php
http://www.nwhp.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_History_Month
http://www.infoplease.com/womens-history-month/
http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history-month
http://www.gale.cengage.com/free_resources/whm/