Monday, October 20, 2014

Tamsen Fadal hosts 'Moving Families Forward Gala benefiting Ackerman Institute for the Family' in NYC at Waldorf~Astoria

"Raising a child with special needs puts the family in a category all of its own … The child’s needs become a powerful organizing force within the family and at the same time create intense challenges and strong emotions affecting family life and relationships ... Colin Farrell’s work with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome reflects his deep understanding about the many challenges that families with special needs children face."
~~ Lois Braverman, LCSW , President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Quoted during the Moving Families Forward Gala 2013. This post will be updated with the 2014 event soon. Bookmark this post and visit frequently.

Photo above left of Lois Braverman, President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Photo right pictured L-R Host Tamsen Fadal & Honorees Andrew Solomon, and Linda Dishy​.

Photos courtesy of and James Grant PR.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, philanthropists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and TV personalities gathered for the eighth annual "Moving Families Forward Gala benefiting The Ackerman Institute for the Family." Tamsen Fadal, four-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor hosted the Gala.

Besides Waldorf~Astoria signature dinner and Awards Ceremony the event featured a Silent Auction hosted by C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s and entertainment by renowned house band of the Carlyle Hotel, The Gillespie Quartet.

Photo below left of Moving Families Forward Gala 2014 information scanned from Web site.

The Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health.

Moving Families Forward Gala Benefiting the Ackerman Institute for the Family 2014 Honorees:

      ♦ Andrew Solomon, Author, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity with the Ackerman Partner Award
      ♦ Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member, with Ackerman Distinguished Service Award

Attendees and Special Guests:
■Lois Braverman - President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family.
■Martha Fling - Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chair.
■Alice Netter - Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chair.
■C. Hugh Hildesley - Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s, and Host of the Moving Families Forward Gala Auction.
■The Chris Gillespie Quartet - renowned house band of the Carlyle Hotel.

VIP Guests:
■ Scott Stanford​ – ​Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 News & Host WWE​.
■ Tim Morehouse – Olympic Medal winning Fencer and Founder of Fencing in the Schools.
■ Rachael Kun Morehouse – Five time Emmy winning Producer, 60 Minutes.
■ Camilla Barungi – Model, Entrepreneur and Activist of Project Runway fame.
■ Javier Gomez - Noted Fine Art Photographer & Host.
■ Cheryl Wills – Award winning Anchor & Author, NY1 News Television.
■ Marie C. Wilson - Co-founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Founder & President Emerita The White House Project & Ms. Foundation for Women.
■ Lori Sokol – Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post & Founder & Publisher of Difference Matters Magazine.

The event, held at NYC's spectacular Waldorf Astoria, is the most luxurious and prestigious art deco landmark in NYC.

The Waldorf Astoria is recognized as a “Historic Hotel of America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is also the first hotel to offer room service.

Photos above left, exterior Waldorf Astoria and below right crystal chandelier adorns the dining ballroom by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Photo below left of Ackerman's new downtown location, 936 Broadway, New York, NY taken from Ackerman News Blogspot.
Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges.

One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.

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Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include special interviews from the President of Ackerman Family Institute as well as honorees and host.

Additional resources:

ABOUT ACKERMAN INSTITUTE: The Ackerman Institute for the Family is a training institute for family and couple therapy. The Institute was founded in 1960, in New York City, by Nathan Ackerman, who became its first president and from whom the Institute derives its name. It is located at 936 Broadway, New York City.

Ackerman Institute's mission is to provide:
• Couple and family therapy services through its on-site Clinic (licensed by the State of New York Office of Mental Health).
• Training programs for mental health and other professionals on-site, in community settings and internationally.
• Research initiatives that focus on the development of new treatment models and training techniques.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bob Woodruff Hosts MHA-NYC Gala 2014 'Working for Wellness and Beyond' - Honors Corporate Leaders Committed to Hiring Veterans

See what you missed video of the MHA-NYC Gala 2014 "Working for Wellness and Beyond"

~~ Bob Woodruff, Award winning journalist and founder of Bob Woodruff Foundation, @stand4heroes; Master of Ceremony, MHA-NYC Gala 2014 'Working for Wellness and Beyond'
Photo above left, snapshot of Bob Woodruff Tweet about MHA-NYC Gala honoring corporations hiring Veterans.

Photo right of Bob Woodruff on the red carpet by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Photo below, from left to right, Duncan Niederauer, chief executive of NYSE Group; Kevin Danehy, Board Chair of the MHA-NYC; Honoree Gregory J. Fleming, President of Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management; Giselle Stolper MHA-NYC CEO, and Jack Jacobs, retired colonel in the United States Army and Medal of Honor recipient, MSNBC + NBC Nightly News Military Analyst

On Wednesday, October 1, the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC, @mhaofnyc) hosted their Annual Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. More than 500 people attended the event, which raised over $1 million, a record-breaking milestone for this annual event.

The theme this year, “Working for Wellness and Beyond,” recognizes companies committed to educating and employing veterans including America’s Armed Forces and service members who experience significant mental health issues and unemployment while transitioning back to civilian life. Award winning ABC news correspondent, Bob Woodruff was Master of Ceremony.

Gregory J. Fleming, President, Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management was honored for his commitment and support for educating and employing veterans.

Also honored was Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, for raising awareness about veterans ongoing mental health needs. Sgt. Giunta is the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor. Interestingly, of the 79 living Medal of Honor recipients alive today, Sgt. Giunta was one of the two Medal of Honor recipients attending the gala.

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Photos already posted onto Facebook at Stay tuned for the “see what you missed” video to uploaded soon.

Special Guests, Dinner, Vice and Co-Chairs, and MHA-NYC Leadership included:

♦ Gregory J. Fleming, President, Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management, and event honoree
♦ Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient, the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the honor, and event honoree
♦ Bob Woodruff, award-winning ABC news correspondent, and his wife, Lee Woodruff, event Masters of Ceremony
♦ Frank J. Branchini, Chairman and CEO, EmblemHealth, and event Dinner Chair
♦ Ric Clark, CEO, Brookfield Property Group, and event Dinner Chair
♦ Kevin Dunleavy, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, and event Dinner Chair
♦ Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO BlackRock, and event Dinner Chair
♦ Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO of NYSE, and event Dinner Chair
♦ Col. Jack H. Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient, MSNBC & NBC Nightly News Military Analyst, and event Special Guest
♦ Scott Cutler, Executive Vice President, NYSE, and event Vice Chair
♦ Cynthia Zirinsky, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, New York Gracie Square Hospital, and event Vice Chair
♦ Sheri Danehy & Diana Gaines, event Co-Chairs
♦ Giselle Stolper, President and CEO, MHA-NYC
♦ Kevin J. Danehy, Executive Chairman, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, Inc. and MHA-NYC Board Chairman

Dinner Committee:

♦ Jennifer Ashley, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CBRE
♦ Mark Bavaro, Former NFL Tight End for the New York Giants
♦ John Glotzbach, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
♦ Eric Hesse, Director, NYS Department of Veterans Affairs
♦ Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield
♦ John Piccone, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
♦TV Personalities:
♦ Tamsen Fadal, Four-time Emmy Award winning Anchor, WPIX
♦ Cheryl Wills, Award Winning Anchor & Author, NY1 News
♦ Teresa Priolo, Reporter, Fox Good Day New York

Other Notable Guests:

♦ Andrew Cohen, Chair, Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services, NYC Council
♦ Kenneth Fisher, Chairman, Fisher House Foundation

NYC's Mandarin Oriental, known for its’ spectacular Manhattan iconic skyline views and locations in the heart of Midtown West Side, is one of the most luxurious hotels in New York City.

Photos right, Mandarin Oriental New York City and below left "Globe at Columbus Circle" sculpture adorns Columbus Circle by Gloria Buono-Daly, Founder of

MHA-NYC MISSION: The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is a not-for-profit organization that addresses mental health needs in New York City and across the nation.

Through our three-part mission of service, advocacy and education, we identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health.

Our subsidiary, Link2Health Solutions, is a leading innovator developing technology and communications infrastructure critical for supporting the emotional wellness of individuals and communities in need. Together, MHA-NYC and Link2Health Solutions provide high-quality services that reach more than one million people every year.

For more information visit MHA-NYC web site .

Event photos already posted on Facebook at MHA-NYC 2014 Gala - Working for Wellness and Beyond .

More to follow including videos. We'll keep updating to keep you informed so RSS feed this blog and visit frequently.

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Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include interviews from the MHA-NYC CEO as well as special guests.

Additional resources:
  • Facebook photos at
  • MHA-NYC on Facebook
  • MHA-NYC on Twitter @mhaofnyc)
  • MHA-NYC Web Site
  • James Grant PR: http://
  • Bob Woodruff Foundation on Twitter @stand4heroes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Peanuts, Americas most beloved, pop culture comic strip, premiered 64 years ago today, October 2, 1950

“My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?”
~~ Charles M. Schulz, aka “Sparky, most influential “American cartoonist, “Peanuts” creator, Charlie Brown protagonist, based on his life as a child.

Photo courtesy of
Sixty four years ago today, "Peanuts," known by many as the most influential popular culture comic strip premiered (October 2, 1950), in nine newspapers:
The Washington Post,
The Chicago Tribune,
The Minneapolis Tribune,
The Allentown Call-Chronicle,
The Bethlehem Globe-Times,
The Denver Post,
The Seattle Times,
The New York World-Telegram & Sun,
and The Boston Globe.
Trials, tribulations and life lessons of 8 year old Charlie Brown with subtle racial and gender equality issues, and dashes of politics were celebrated throughout this cherished, American comic series which appeared in print for over five decades, and quickly finding the way to TV, Theater, Film and later on, Digital.

Originally a daily comic strip -- the first strip was only four panels long.

Charlie Brown is shown walking by two other friends, Shermy and Patty. Shermy greets Charlie Brown as he walks by, but then tells Patty how he “hates him.”
Photo of first comic strip above, courtesy of

This marked the ultimate precedent -- the first time ever (1950s) where comic strips depicted a child expressing hatred for others.

Another early famous character in the strip, Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet dog with uncanny mind abilities, first appeared in the third strip, which ran on October 4. The first Peanut Sunday strip appeared January 6, 1952, in the half-page format.

Photos courtesy of

The final daily original Peanuts comic strip was published on January 3, 2000.

The last Peanuts strip to run in papers was on February 13, 2000, the day following Schulz's passing.

The strip began with Charlie Brown answering the phone with someone on the end presumably asking for Snoopy. Charlie Brown was the only character to appear in both the first strip in 1950 and the last in 2000.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was produced and directed by former Warner Bros. and UPA animator Bill Melendez, who also supplied the voice for the character of Snoopy.

Initially sponsored by Coca-Cola, the special debuted on CBS in 1965, and has been aired in the USA during the Christmas season every year since -- on CBS through 2000, and on ABC since 2001.

The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas (the birth of Jesus Christ).

Today the animated Christmas special is shown at least twice during the weeks leading up to Christmas. The special has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award.

Photos courtesy of
▲   Peanuts Official Web Site
▲   Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz Museum, History of Peanuts,
▲   Charlie Brown on Wikipedia

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Sweet 16th B-Day Google! 'Evergreen marketing insights' ▲▲▲
by Gloria Buono-Daly

Surprise to Google who turned 16 years old today (9/27 and not 9/4 as many of us once thought). Last year Google posted its very own Happy 15th B-Day doodle, a swaying piñata that when you hit with your keyboard space key you earn points! Will they have a cool animated doodle this year to celebrate? Not as cool as last year. Below is a snapshot of Google's 16th celebration doodle.
So let's all celebrate Google’s B-Day.

Ever since Google launched (September 27, 1998), there have been whirlwinds of internet momentum, controversy, and innovation.

Google doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. Google has created and acquired so much since it’s last B-Day.

Of the total 166 acquisitions Google has to date (through August 26, 2014), 38% (63) were made from 2011 to present. (Note, from 1998 through 2000 there were no acquisitions and therefore not counting those years in the average)

Interestingly, from February 12, 2001 through June 2013 (13 B-Day cycles) Google has on average, roughly 9.7 acquisitions per year (127 total divided by 13 years), through August 2014 (14 B-Day cycles, Google has on average roughly 11.9 acquisitions per year (166 divided by 14) which represents an increase of nearly 31% in 2014 vs 2013.

Below is a listing of acquisitions since it’s 13th B-Day, Sept. 7, 2011:

● Sept.   7, 2011 – Zave Networks, digital coupons for Google Offers program
● Sept.   8, 2011 – Zagat, restaurant reviews for Google Maps and Places programs
● Sept. 19, 2011 – DailyDeal, daily deals for Google Offers program in
● Oct.   11, 2011 – SocialGrapple, social media analytics for Google+ Plus
● Nov. 10, 2011 – Apture, instantaneous search for Google Search
● Nov. 14, 2011 – Katango, social circle organizer for Google+ Plus
● Dec.   9, 2011 – RightsFlow, music rights management for YouTube
● Dec. 13, 2011 – Clever Sense, mobile apps for Google Android
● Mar. 16, 2012 – Milk, Inc., social network Google+ Plus
● Apr.   2, 2012 – TxVia, online payment for Google Wallet
● Jun.   4, 2012 – Meebo, instant messaging for Google+ Plus
● Jun.   5, 2012 – Quickoffice, productivity suite for Google Docs
● Jul.  20, 2012 – Sparrow, mobile apps for Gmail Google
● Aug.  1, 2012 – Wildfire Interactive, social media marketing for Google, Google+ Plus
● Aug. 13, 2012 – Frommer’s, travel guides to enhance Zagat for Google Maps and Places programs
● Spt.  7, 2012 –,Security (SPAIN)
● Spt. 17, 2012 – Nik Software Inc., Photography (USA)
● Oct.  1, 2012 – Viewdle, Facial Recognition (Ukraine)
● Nov. 28, 2012 – Incentive Targeting Inc., Digital Coupons for Google offers (USA)
● Nov. 30, 2012 – BufferBox, Package Delivery for Google Shopping, Android(CANADA)
● Feb.  6, 2013 – Channel Intelligence, Product ecommerce for Google Shopping (USA)
● Mar. 12, 2013 – DNNresearch Inc., Deep Neutral Networks for Google and GoogleX (CANADA)
● Mar. 15, 2013 – Web Application Server Talaria, Cloud computing for Google Cloud (USA)
● Apr. 12, 2013 – Behavio, Social Prediction for Google Now (USA)
● Apr. 23, 2013 – Wavii, Natural Language Processing for Google Knowledge Graph (USA)
● May. 23, 2013 – Makani Power, Airborne Windturbines for GoogleX (USA)
● Spt. 16, 2013 – Bump, Mobile software (USA) Android
● Oct. 02, 2013 – Flutter Gesture recognition technology (USA)Google, Android, Google X
● Oct. 22, 2013 – FlexyCore DroidBooster App for Android (FRA)Android
● Dec. 02, 2013 – SCHAFT, Inc. Robotics, humanoid robots (JPN)GoogleX
● Dec. 03, 2013 – Industrial Perception Robotic arms, computer vision (USA)Google X
● Dec. 04, 2013 – Redwood Robotics Robotic arms, computer vision (USA)Google X
● Dec. 05, 2013 – Meka Robotics Robotics (USA)Google X
● Dec. 06, 2013 – Holomni Robotic wheels(USA)Google X
● Dec. 07, 2013 – Bot & Dolly Robotic cameras (USA)Google X
● Dec. 08, 2013 – Autofuss Ads and Design (USA)Google X
● Dec. 10, 2013 – Boston Dynamics Robotics (USA)Google X
● Jan. 04, 2014 – Bitspin Timely App for Android (CHE)Android
● Jan. 13, 2014 – Nest Labs, Inc Home automation (USA)Google
● Jan. 15, 2014 – Impermium Internet security (USA)Google
● Jan. 26, 2014 – DeepMind Technologies Artificial Intelligence (UK)Google X
● Feb. 16, 2014 – SlickLogin Internet Security(ISR)Google
● Feb. 21, 2014 – Anti ad-fraud (UK)DoubleClick Adsnse
● Mar. 12, 2014 – GreenThrottle Gadgets (USA)Android
● Apr. 14, 2014 – Titan Aerospace High-altitude UAVs (USA)Project Loon
● May. 02, 2014 – Rangespan E-commerce (UK)Google Shopping
● May. 06, 2014 – Adometry Online advertising attribution (USA)Google
● May. 07, 2014 – Appetas Restaurant website creation (USA)Google
● May. 07, 2014 – Stackdriver Cloud computing (USA)Google Cloud
● May. 07, 2014 – MyEnergy Online Utility Usage Monitor (USA)Nest Labs
● May. 16, 2014 – Quest Visual Augmented Reality (USA)Code Project, Google Translate
● May. 19, 2014 – Divide[disambiguation needed] Device Manager (USA)Android
● Jun. 10, 2014 – Skybox Imaging Satellite (USA)Google Maps, Project Loon
● Jun. 19, 2014 – Alpental Technologies Wireless Technology (USA)Google
● Jun. 20, 2014 – Dropcam Home Monitoring (USA)Nest Labs
● Jun. 25, 2014 – Appurify Mobile Device Cloud, Testing Services (USA)Google Cloud
● Jul. 01, 2014 – Songza Music streaming (USA)Google Play
● Jul. 23, 2014 – drawElements Graphics compatibility testing (FIN) Android
● Aug. 06, 2014 – EMU IM Client (USA) (USA)
● Aug. 06, 2014 – Director Mobile video (USA)
● Aug. 17, 2014 – Jetpac Artifcial intelligence, Image recognition (USA)
● Aug. 23, 2014 – Gecko Design Designs(USA)Google X
● Aug. 26, 2014 – Zync Render Visual Effects Rendering (USA)Google Cloud Platform

To think it took Larry Page and Sergey Brin less than 2 years to incorporate Google -- in 1996, both were PhD students at Stanford University, working on a research project when Yahoo! and AOL were the major search engines.

Sixteen years later Google has embarked on hundreds, if not thousands of innovations, ventures and acquisitions. Below is a brief timeline of my most notable Google milestones (note clicking on the table below, and then once again, will enlarge for viewing):

This chart (as of 9/4/2011) has not been updated with the latest additions listed above. One of these days, it will be updated so bookmark this blog and visit frequently. Thanks!

"Happy 16th B-Day Google!" is part of the evergreen marketing insights ▲▲▲ series by Gloria Buono-Daly

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 11th, 2001 – Thirteen Years Later ▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌

Thirteen years ago today our country was attacked, crumbling NYC's World Trade Center.
I turned this controversial photo upside-down 3 years ago to celebrate the 10th year and today marks 13 years of resilience; Also a symbol of rising peace. Flagship 1 WTC stands at the symbolic height of 1776, when we Americans declared our independence and "all men created equal," now once again, 1776 beautifying NYC's skyline. This photo is truly symbolic for our rising towers, faith and independence.
Photo below, "The Falling Man," by Richard Drew; which I call
"Flipped Falling Man."

two haikus

▐║ 911 ten
▐║ years later falling man is
▐║ still provocative

▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌

▐║ pin-straight
Falling Man

▐║ endless time still shows
the world

▐║ our
land, brave and free

Buono-Daly       (c) 2011

Emotionally charged, mixed feelings - 2001 to 2013. From Poet Laureate, Billy Collins' prose commemorating all of the 9/11 victims, "The Names," posted below, to one of the most provocative, unforgettable images by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew, of a man falling from the twin towers, positioned perfectly in the middle. The photo was taken at about 9:41 am on 9/11/01 -- 15 minutes before the 1st building, the South tower, collapsed. Videos would show that the falling man was actually a tumbling man in the air and this is one moment in his time that was captured.

Note how perfectly straight, positioned in the middle and parallel to the burning towers the falling man is. The above photo was branded distasteful and voyeuristic -- never to be shown again, yet the incredible "falling man" is still around.

There is much up side and only 13 years later. By the 11th anniversary (2012) the new multibillion-dollar World Trade Center, was back up in lower Manhattan's skyline.

One World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) which was completed on August 30, 2012 with the final component of its spire installed on May 10, 2013.

Additional complexes include 7 World Trade Center, three other high-rise office buildings, a museum and memorial, and a transportation hub similar in size to Grand Central Terminal. The Four World Trade Center is on track for completion and occupancy by 2014. The 9/11 memorial is complete, and the museum opened May 21, 2014. Three World Trade Center and the Transportation Hub are set to be finished by 2015. Two World Trade Center's full construction has been placed on hold until tenants are found, but it is still expected to be completed before 2020. WTC overview photo above by Joe Woolhead, Silverstein Properties

Budgeted at 3.9 billion upon completion, flagship, One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is expected to open sometime in 2014. At 104 stories (1368 feet high), the decorative architectural spire atop makes the building stand at the symbolic height of 1,776 feet. Observation decks will adorn the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. Tenants so far include magazine publisher Conde Nast and the federal government's General Services Administration. Visit time lapse of 1 WTC video animation of rebuilding 1 WTC.

Rendering of 1 WTC photo left courtesy of Wikimedia.

At 72 stories (977ft high) Four World Trade Center, will be the first office building to open, scheduled next month (October 2013). First tenants will be Port Authority, the bistate agency that owns the trade center site and lost its headquarters when the twin towers were attacked. According to many articles and documentaries, there were about 200 people who jumped to their deaths, some were able to be identified only for the victim’s families and to provide closure for them. But there was no time to recover or identify those who were forced to jump prior to the collapse of the towers. We lost almost 3,000 lives that day.

Where were you on 9/11/2001?
I was working on Wall Street( on the corner of Wall and Water Streets). It was a beautiful, clear skied morning. I arrived early as I usually do and was at my desk on the computer when I heard a loud bang and felt rumbling underneath my desk at 8:46 a.m. I shouted "What was that?" Then 15 minutes later another bang, as some fellow employees arrived - initially we thought it was from a missile. Hard to imagine it would be the biggest single attack on American lives. I still keep asking myself "how could this be?" I was curious and ran outside to see what was happening.

As I was walking on Water St. and reached Liberty St., it was at about 10:00 am, I saw large billows of gray smoke, appearing to turn day to night, enveloping hundreds if not thousands of people running for their lives – apparently heading towards the river. I asked some folks what is happening and all were in shock. With all the commotion, all they could say while they were running was “it’s down, it’s down.” At that moment, I thought another plane came down. I ran back to the office and learned from colleagues that the South tower collapsed (incidentally, this was the 2nd building hit). The North tower (1st building hit) collapsed at about 30 minutes later. And the world would never be the same.

"The Names" poem by Billy Collins posted below:
Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night.
A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze,
And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows,
I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened,
Then Baxter and Calabro,
Davis and Eberling, names falling into place
As droplets fell through the dark.
Names printed on the ceiling of the night.
Names slipping around a watery bend.
Twenty-six willows on the banks of a stream.
In the morning, I walked out barefoot
Among thousands of flowers
Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears,
And each had a name --
Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal
Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins.
Names written in the air
And stitched into the cloth of the day.
A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox.
Monogram on a torn shirt,
I see you spelled out on storefront windows
And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city.
I say the syllables as I turn a corner --
Kelly and Lee,
Medina, Nardella, and O'Connor.
When I peer into the woods,
I see a thick tangle where letters are hidden
As in a puzzle concocted for children.
Parker and Quigley in the twigs of an ash,
Rizzo, Schubert, Torres, and Upton,
Secrets in the boughs of an ancient maple.
Names written in the pale sky.
Names rising in the updraft amid buildings.
Names silent in stone
Or cried out behind a door.
Names blown over the earth and out to sea.
In the evening -- weakening light, the last swallows.
A boy on a lake lifts his oars.
A woman by a window puts a match to a candle,
And the names are outlined on the rose clouds --
Vanacore and Wallace,
(let X stand, if it can, for the ones unfound)
Then Young and Ziminsky, the final jolt of Z.
Names etched on the head of a pin.
One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled into the skin.
Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart

Additional information at the following links:

║See CBS video, “The Passionate Eye,”

║Video “911 The Falling Man” Images of bodies hanging out of windows, holding on across the steel across windows, leaning out for air.

║Google Blog:

My two 911 haikus:
║ 911 ten ═ years later falling man is ═ still provocative

║ pin-straight Falling Man ═ endless time still shows the world ═ our land, brave and free

Search engine stats for the term 911 on Sept. 11, 2014
Match type    Broad         Exact
Google   44,900,000     44,400,000
Yahoo     54,200,000     54,100,000
Bing       54,200,000     54,200,000

Search engine stats for the term 911 on Sept. 11, 2011
Match type    Broad         Exact
Google   981,000,000     431,000,000
Yahoo     246,000,000     240,000,000
Bing       245,000,000     242,000,000

▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌ Soothe your soul by listening to music in memory of 911 like Unhappy Birthday, by The Bacon Brothers, Originally from the album "White Knuckles" reworked for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 with updated lyrics, written by Michael and Kevin Bacon, Directed by Bill Keller
▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌ visit the NYC FireStore on Greenwich Street, NYC
▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌ World Trade Center Status Detailed By Developers 11 Years After September 11th Attacks , by the Associated Press, September 10, 2012
▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌ World Trade Center Timeline, by WTC organization

▓▌▄▒║ ▓║ ║▌ Downtown Manhattan Future Skyline animation, by Silverstein Properties

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

book review by Gloria Buono-Daly
GBDaly Smile Rating - 5 of 5 smiles Up )))))

“ . . . If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention . . . ~~ Simon Cowell , English reality television judge, A&R executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist, record and television producer on PR and getting attention   @SimonCowell (Photo above left, Simon Cowell courtesy

From 2nd century B.C. watermarks on hemp paper (origin China, later spreading to Middle East and Europe by A.D. 13th century) and centuries-old carvings on bricks, soaps, etc., to the latest mobile-multi-screen optimization and image-sharing viral marketing campaigns, the world of branding has been revolutionizing the way brands receive exposure and create that much-needed "bada-bada bing-bing-buzz."

With the increase in small-to-medium-sized brands continuing to gain leverage among the existing over-saturated big brands, now more than ever, the importance to stand out has become a necessity. "Brand Famous: How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business" by entrepreneurial brand guru, Linzi Boyd, is an excellent resource for all brand strategists, particularly those small to medium sized business owners and marketers. From front to back covers and in-between pages, Boyd makes it loud and clear that standing out in the crowd involves a big, beautiful mouth and much, much, more.

In the ever-changing digital ecosystem, "Brand Famous" is a surprise eye-opener that compellingly conveys why “putting your brand where your mouth is” is integral for not only making your brand stand out above the competitive crowd but also for understanding the importance of transforming your business particularly in the revolving, multi-faceted world of digital and blogosphere.

If you are passionate about driving exposure and fame for your brand, and taking your brand to the most optimal level “Brand Famous: How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business " by Linzi Boyd is what you will need to make your brand idea into a reality.

Intelligently crafted and written, “Brand Famous: How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business " is organized into 8 sections:

        PART ONE – Standing Out From The Crowd
        PART TWO – The Five Steps To Stand-Out Brand Success

Boyd shares her deep thought processes and illustrates how passion, excitement and commitment are integral for brand fame and exposure. The book design sizzles with neon-orange markings throughout which compliment her deep insights and creativity.

“Brand Famous: How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business " is highly recommended and comes with a GBDaly Smile Rating - 5 of 5 smiles Up ))))).
(Photo above left, Rogue Wave, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos)

Boyd explains why and how the importance of getting your brand's momentum going is by creating energy, buzz and using all platforms -- traditional print, evolving digital, mobile and ever-changing social media.

Besides wonderful helpful tips and examples throughout the book, Boyd shows you how anyone can make a business a household name. (Photo right, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos)

Boyd stresses the importance of knowing where your brand is at from the getgo, why you must become famous to achieve "brand fame" and how to "stand out from the crowd."

She does this by sharing her personal and professional experiences as well as helpful tips including her two diagnostics -- "BAROMETER OF FAME" and "STAND-OUT SURVEY."

Before you begin to PART ONE, you need to know how to apply these steps by knowing the level/mode your brand is in (e.g., 01. BUILD, 02. RENOVATE or 03. REFRESH). Boyd also provides an excellent how-to with more helpful questions which help you achieve your starting point. (Photo above left of BRAND image and below right of FORTUNE/FAME image courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.)


Based on her 20 years experience in making brands famous, her 8-point barometer scale helps you understand where your brand is now and what you need to do to make your brand famous.

Boyd shares the many questions about your brand or business you need to answer in order for you to have clear grasp of what your brand currently is and how famous your brand is or is not.


According to Boyd, "STAND-OUT" success involves many forms of engagement in order to be successful, and there must be a solid strategic plan with well-thought out objectives and specific quantified results so as to obtain desired ROI.
"When you are a stand-out brand you will no longer have to fight for a place in the market, you will simply take ownership of the marketplace." ~~~ Linzi Boyd, (pg 34)
"Brand Famous: How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business" also includes her step-by-step method for building, renovating and refreshing your brand. Boyd helps you dig deep every step of the way including dealing with any obstacles or setbacks you may have.


Boyd's "surgical operation" (aka THE METHOD) includes a 5-step sequence which is needed in order for your brand to "stand-out" from the crowd. Each of these steps can be used as a standalone.
        STEP 01 #DISCOVER (going beneath the passion)
        STEP 02 #CREATE (fit the brand use the right tools)
        STEP 03 #CONNECT (reach your target audience/s)
        STEP 04 #COMMUNICATE (360-degree PR strategy)
        STEP 02 #EVALUATE (track KPI and ROI)

"Brand Famous" helps readers understand why some brands are successful while others are lost in the over-saturated crowd. Largely due to not knowing what their brand stands for. (Photo left of success schematic and below right of brand strategy diagram courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.)

“Brand Famous - How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business," by Linzi Boyd is a must-have for all those marketers who need a solid brand strategy and want to know the best way to bring exposure and awareness to their brand all while simplifying the complex aspects. Gloria Buono-Daly smile rating, 5 smiles up ))))).
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is CEO of Surgery Group, Board Member for Shirlaws Coaching, The School of Brand Fame and author Number One Brand Best-Seller ‘Brand Famous.’

Boyd has launched, developed and sold is a successful business woman and business management speaker who has successfully launched, developed and sold many businesses.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy 132nd Labor Day America (or 120th when became an official holiday)

“Labor day is a great American holiday that people celebrate by going out & buying products made in China.” ~~ David Letterman,
American television host and comedian; Host of CBS Late Show with David Letterman, recently surpassing Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the USA, on the irony of Labor Day

Letterman photo above courtesy of

Today is Labor Day. Happy 132nd Labor Day America. Let’s admit it, this holiday has been amazingly ironic over the past several years:

Imagine American’s celebrating workers, particularly in light of our country’s high unemployment rates which are a lot higher than our government reports.

Stats and economy aside, all across America, this holiday which was once symbolic for back to school, the end of the summer and the archaic fashion trend – where wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas – have all been passé for years. Fashion trends rarely pay attention to this rule; Also back to school shopping is now done during the end of July and month of August.

Labor Day photo left courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos

According to StyleChicago blog, Fashion & Style section, Fall 2014 colors will be unusual and reflect individuality inspired by the "increasing need for women everywhere" to be unique. Sangria and Aurora Reds, Mauve Mists and Raiant Orchids as well as Cypress Greens, Cobalts and Misted Yellows are all colors of the year that will "transcend time and place." And of course, there's always that controversial "after Labor Day white."

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® "Fall 2014 is a season of untypical colors, one more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, and on that which inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint." Fashion Trends & Tips - Fall 2014 Color Trends

Labor Day also marks the beginning of bargain shopping and also when sports excitement begins as the NFL and college football seasons begin.

NFL photo left courtesy of

For the many attentive parents and their children, it's the end of summer reading programs and making sure all of their children's book reports and other assignments are in order.

In a world of digital, it is also a great idea to use the internet for exciting news and interesting ideas.,, and are very helpful sites.

So much happens over the summer and discussing a few books (or just 1)that your child has read, (a simple question will do) is a great refresher and memory exercise. This also best prepares your child for the first day of school.

What about vacation? Talk about a great memory or event during summer family visits and travels.

Back to School photo above courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.

HISTORY (sources: and HISTORY Channel)

One hundred and thirty two years ago (1882), Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. In the United States and Canada, however, the official holiday for workers is Labor Day in September. This day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City.

After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.

Labor Day weekend: what to do.

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▐■  Labor Day weekend: what to do,
▐■  In Praise of the American Worker, Life Magazine
▐■  The History of Labor Day, United States Department of Labor
▐■  History of Labor Day, Knights of Labor,
▐■  Labor Day, Wikimedia
▐■  Wear White Immediately -- We'll Show You How (PHOTOS), Huffington Post
▐■  You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day? These 7 Fashion-Tech Founders Say Otherwise,

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