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When Times Get Tough

In Inspirational Quotes, Interesting Photos, Monday Morning Motivation on January 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

 

 

“The only way around is through.”

-Robert Frost

 

 

 

 

 

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“My screen looks strange after using a projector!”

In Social Media Madness on January 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is rather random, but if you’ve ever plugged your laptop into a projector, you may have noticed that everything looks different.  After experiencing this time and time again (and begging people in the office to try to fix it for me)…I’ve found a solution!

I’m not sure exactly what causes the “magnification” of the screen if you will, but I wanted to let my readers know the trick to getting their screen back to normal!  I finally stumbled upon a helpful article after googling the issue & here’s the trick!

Fn + F4

So simple & works wonders.  If you ever experience this issue, I hope this post helps! Thanks google!

Order a Singing Valentine for your Sweetheart!

In Community Events, East Hampton, Holiday, music, Support Local Business! on January 28, 2011 at 1:53 am

 What a fabulous idea….

Let’s all support the Sound of New England Chorus this Valentine’s Day!

Let a quartet from the Sound of New England Chorus show someone special that you’re thinking of them on Valentine’s Day. Quartets travel to offices, homes, schools, restaurants and hospitals to deliver your message in 4-part female a cappella harmony.

Call to schedule your singing telegram to be delivered live and in person throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts or we’ll call your sweetie over the phone for a phone telegram!

Monday, February 14th, 9:00am – 9:00pm

$35 for two songs, a personalized card, and an adorable teddy bear. Or, send one song by phone anywhere in the U.S. for $20.

New York Life Child ID Program @ 2011 FM Auto Show!

In Child ID Program, Community Events, New York Life, Support Local Business! on January 27, 2011 at 7:06 am

This weekend, January 29 & 30th:

Local Connecticut New York Life Agents will be bringing our CHILD ID program to the Frank Maratta Auto Show!

Some of the show’s features:

MEET JOEY LOGANO!
Joey “Sliced Bread” Logano Autograph Session

Sunday January 30th
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Meet Joey Logano, driver of the #20 Home Depot Toyota

Camry in the Nascar Sprint Cup series for Joe Gibbs Racing at this year’s 52nd Annual Frank Maratta’s Auto & Cycle Show.

Live Airbrushing with Alan Pastrana
Sponsored By: Auto Air Colors
Meet the world renowned artist and view works of art that will blow your mind.

All Weekend Long!
Come see world renowned Airbrush Artist Alan Pastrana and the legendary, “Hip Hop Bike” featured both in “Easyriders” and on the cover of “Airbrush Action” magazine. Pastrana Unlimited will be doing live airbrushing demos all weekend long and showcasing the most amazing, mind blowing, works of art on custom motorcycles. Also featured are custom builds by Evolution Cycles and Vindicator Cycles. Stop by and say hi, we love to talk you about your next paint job.

For more information on Alan Pastrana and his custom artwork, visit his website at www.pastranaunlimited.com.

For more information on admission, times, videos from past shows, and features please visit the FM AUTO SHOW’S website here.

Protecting Assets During Challenging Business Times

In New York Life, Professional Advice, Support Local Business!, Why you need life insurance on January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Small businesses are the engine of the economy, and when the economy sputters they often feel it first. In the current climate of uncertainty, many small businesses have cut expenses to the bone and tried to make their operations as lean and efficient as possible.

But even if a small business owner can’t control the marketplace, he or she can take steps to protect their key assets: the people the business relies upon.

Details Matter To Customers

A recession tests customer loyalty, as people cut back on spending and carefully weigh their options for even necessary purchases. For businesses that are strapped themselves, it may be easy to let attention to the details of customer service slip. But this is the time that details matter most, whether it’s taking the trouble to send a holiday note to your mailing list or offering special deals to prize patrons. The key to their loyalty is to let them know they matter to you.

Appreciate Your Employees

Of course, you want your employees to know they’re important, too. You need their knowledge and experience to navigate the uncertain times. The recession might mean sacrifices for everyone, but it is also a time to make sure valued workers know how much they are appreciated. Even small gestures, like movie tickets or a night at a local restaurant, can keep morale steady.

Supplement Benefits, Not Costs

You may want to consider “beefing up” your employee benefits package. A “Voluntary Payroll Deduction” (VPD) program is one of the most popular ways employees can purchase additional, personally-owned buy life insurance. A VPD program can usually be set up using your existing procedures for payroll deduction. A life insurance agent would then meet individually with each employee to explain the benefits of life insurance and the ease with which it can be purchased. All products purchased through VPD are employee-owned and paid for, with no direct out-of-pocket cost to you except the cost of administration. The VPD offerings can be a smart way to supplement your overall benefits package, without draining your budget.

Note: Employee participation in a payroll deduction insurance program is completely voluntary. Since this program is not intended to be subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), employers cannot contribute to, or endorse, this program.

Protect Yourself

As the owner of a business, you are the most important piece of the puzzle. And especially during difficult times, it is important to think about how the business would function without you. One thing that can provide a greater sense of security is a comprehensive life insurance policy. It can be tailored to fit your needs and ensure that those who rely on you every day would be provided for.

So when you think about protecting your assets in this economy, consider your human assets first.

This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Jenilee Wirtz. For additional information on the information or topic(s) discussed, please contact Jenilee Wirtz at jfwirtz@ft.newyorklife.com.

Animal Loyalty

In Animals, Interesting Photos on January 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

This brought tears to my eyes….

From CNN “THIS JUST IN” as seen on BarStoolSports:

As the death toll from devastating flooding in Brazil continues to rise, a single picture drives home the sense of loss.

Leao, a medium-sized brown mutt,  lies next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the catastrophic landslides caused by heavy rain.  This AFP/Getty picture was taken on Saturday, the second consecutive day that the dog refused to leave the woman’s grave at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero.

Brazilians are bracing for more rain, fearing more landslides after waves of muddy water swallowed towns in the country’s worst flood disaster on record.

At least 655 deaths were reported in a mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro state, northeast of the city of Rio.

As a certified dog lover, this picture was heartbreaking!  Anyone who has known the love of a canine friend can relate.  We keep the suffering Brazilians in our thoughts.  Don’t forget to give your pups an extra belly scratch tonight to thank them for their loyalty!

Please read the full story here.

Attitude is Everything

In Inspirational Quotes, Professional Advice on January 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

The amazing Adam Degraide, one of the founders of Astonish Results describes how attitude is everything.

*Clap *Clap..It’s going to be a great day.

Try it for 30 days, I dare you.  :  )

Attracting and Retaining Excellent Employees

In New York Life, Professional Advice, Support Local Business! on January 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Winning over employees, keeping morale high, and building company loyalty are as important to your business’s success as a healthy balance sheet. Sure, you’ve hired good people, but how do you keep them happy and productive? A competitive salary is a good place to start, but that’s just one element in an attractive package.

 Recent studies show that a key concern of employees is finding the right balance between their life at the workplace and their life at home. In addition, employees are looking toward their employers for help in managing their basic needs, such as adequate health care coverage, life insurance, and putting something aside for the future.

Management must respond to workers’ needs while carefully containing the cost of funding these programs. In recent years, many cutting-edge companies have experimented with creative new personnel ideas. A wide range of programs, from “telecommuting” to “voluntary payroll deduction,” have been designed to enhance employee quality of life while boosting company productivity.

Innovative Attendance

For some businesses, the 9 to 5 grind is a thing of the past. Depending on the nature of the business, it may not be necessary for every employee to work strictly a 9 to 5 schedule. “Flextime” allows employees to select their own starting time (within a range of hours, say, 7AM – 9AM), and then leave work eight hours after their starting time. With two working parents as a norm, “telecommuting,” has become a way for companies to keep valuable employees who otherwise may leave their job. This work-at-home arrangement uses the technology of laptops, fax machines, and e-mail to make working outside the office easier than ever.

Supplement Benefits, Not Costs

In the past decade, “Voluntary Payroll Deduction” (VPD) programs have emerged as a convenient way of supplementing the range of benefits provided to employees. It’s rapidly become one of the most popular ways to buy life insurance, and it’s at home in businesses as diverse as Wall Street law firms and Main Street small businesses. A VPD program can usually be set up using your existing procedures for payroll deduction. A life insurance agent would then meet individually with each employee to explain the benefits of life insurance and the ease with which it can be purchased. All products purchased through VPD are employee-owned and paid for, with no direct out-of-pocket cost to you except the cost of administration. The VPD offerings can be a smart way to supplement your overall benefits package, without draining your budget.

Why Employees Like VPD

Most people agree that adequate life insurance coverage is a necessity; however, many employees rely heavily on their group plan, and don’t purchase it on their own. A VPD program affords employees the opportunity to get the coverage they need in a relatively painless fashion. Because the policy is being offered to many employees, premium rates are generally quite competitive. Since employees own their policy, it’s portable — they can take it with them if they leave the company. If they choose permanent life insurance, along with vital insurance protection, the policy accumulates guaranteed* cash values.

 Attracting the Best and the Brightest

As the pool of qualified employees shrinks, employers must go “beyond the nine dots” to attract and retain talented people. Companies perceived as employers of choice are successful largely due to the superiority of their personnel policies and the range of choices they offer their employees. If a VPD program sounds right for your employees and your firm, you’ll want to choose a top-notch insurance company to serve as the provider.

 Note: Employee participation in a payroll deduction insurance program is completely voluntary. Since this program is not intended to be subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), employers cannot contribute to, or endorse, this program.

*Guarantees are dependent on the claim-paying ability of the issuing company.

 

This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Jenilee Wirtz, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Jenilee Wirtz at jfwirtz@ft.newyorklife.com.

Jets-Pats TV rating highest for NFL divisional game since 1997

In Sports on January 18, 2011 at 12:35 am

CBS’ Jets-Patriots game Sunday drew the highest overnight TV rating for any NFL divisional playoff game since a Dallas-Carolina game on Fox in 1997.

The Jets’ win Sunday got a 26.2 rating, which translates into 26.2% of TV households in the 56 local TV markets measured for overnights. That’s up 13% from CBS’ comparable coverage of a Jets-Chargers game last year.

Thanks for the info USAToday!

Now Rex Ryan’s rowdy bunch is headed to its second straight AFC championship game after New York backed up its coach’s boasts with a 28-21 win Sunday over the New England Patriots — the team with the best record in the NFL.

 The game:

Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes and the Jets sacked Tom Brady five times in the most-hyped of the weekend’s four postseason games following a week of verbal potshots from both teams.

 “Maybe everybody else never believed, but we believed,” Ryan said. “We’re moving on. Same old Jets, back to the AFC championship. The only difference is this time we plan on winning.”Now Rex Ryan’s rowdy bunch is headed to its second straight AFC championship game after New York backed up its coach’s boasts with a 28-21 win Sunday over the New England Patriots — the team with the best record in the NFL.

Celebrate YOUR dreams as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.!

In Monday Morning Motivation on January 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm

August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King delivered a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that would forever change America. 

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But 100 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.

And so we’ve come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a cheque. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of colour are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad cheque which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we’ve come to cash this cheque – a cheque that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

Sweltering summer… of discontent

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.

There will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvellous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.

Trials and tribulations

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights: “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied and we will not be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

The dream

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.

With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning: “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.
But not only that.
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Thank you KidGlue for the text!