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Revealing Character Through Communication

Some great points about thinking about how our words will be perceived, before we speak. I like Stephanie’s last paragraph were she gives some tips on how to be assertive and let other people know when they are being rude.

Revealing Character Through Communication.

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Goodbye

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I am sorry that I have not been posting much to this blog, I started three other blogs on more specific topics, All Things Chocolate is  about chocolate and desserts:

https://chocklutworld.wordpress.com

The Lemon Life,  about turning life’s lemons into lemonade:

https://lamonaide.wordpress.com

and The Virtual Virtuoso, my business blog where I write about marketing, entrepreneurship, and small business related topics.

These blogs take a lot of my time, so I am going to delete this blog. I am going to be moving several of my posts to either The Lemon Life, or The Virtual Virtuoso, and reposting them there. I hope you will follow one of those; happy reading!

Coline

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Toni Morrison Google Hangout Today @ 3PM EST

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The Fine Line, part 4, by guest essayist Amy Fernaays

Besides his family, the reservists’ has the added worry concerning his job. In our economic climate today, it is very possible that his job could be phased out or the company could close. Many National Guardsmen work for fire departments, police, and in hospital; which can cause a hardship for a small community when a unit is called up. (Jim Garmone 2004)
“’Large corporations have the depth to absorb a year-long loss of personnel,’ Said a state Guard official. ‘Smaller companies do not.’ Some companies have continued the Guardsmen’s medical coverage. Still others have made up the difference between the Guardsmen’s civilian pay and their military salaries.” states Garmone.
Some reservists’ take a pay cut when they are activated because their civilian salary is not connected to their military pay. The soldier must be prepared for the loss of certain income, benefits, retirement contributions and other investments.
Even though reservists are worried about their jobs, and benefits the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) does try to protect reservists. Judy Greenwald reports, “’Typically, the employer must reinstate within two weeks of the application for re-employment,’ Ms. Farmer said. ‘If there’s been several years of active duty the regulations recognize that it may take a little bit more time because you have to open up a position, which can mean laying off another employee or transferring someone else.’”
Judy Greenwald discloses, “Thousands of veterans could return to the workforce given President Barack Obama’s commitment to withdraw 23,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer and his plan to turn security entirely over to the Afghan government by 2014.”
This could spell trouble for businesses because some issues have already surfaced. One of those problems is that the USERRA is ambiguous in its wording. As troops begin returning home; reservists wishing to return to their civilian jobs are faced with employers unprepared to re-instate them. (Greenwald 2012)
Judy Greenwald asserts, “’Employers have to pay close attention to deadlines regarding how soon they have to bring the veterans back, which depends on factors including the length of time the service member was deployed and whether he or she was injured,’ said Shannon D. Farmer, a partner with law firm Ballard Spahr L.L. P. in Philadelphia.
It may seem that this act favors veteran’s and be a hardship for businesses, but this act doesn’t help veteran’s if there job has been completely phased out due to the recession or if the company has shut down. For a reservists income is only obtained through employment. Once they are out-processed from their active duty tour their income, and benefits come from a civilian job. This puts a large amount of stress on a returning soldier to become re-employed as quickly as possible. Knowing that you will have to fight for your job after spending a year fighting for your country is a hard pill to swallow for most reservists.

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Joining The Conversation

Two semesters ago I took Introduction to Literature; one of the textbooks we used was called Joining the Conversation. That meant reading what has been written about each topic we chose to write about, and then writing with the idea of adding something to the “conversation” that had not already been said; in other words, adding our unique viewpoint to the ongoing conversation about our topic. I am joining the conversation about a topic that has been widely discussed and argued by both sides. A lot of people had voiced their opinions on this topic, and it is one of the hot button issues of my generation. This is the most difficult blog I have had to write so far, but it is one I feel needed to be written.

My topic is abortion. Anyone willing to be honest will agree with me that abortion is wrong. Those who call themselves pro-choice have successfully moved the debate away from whether the act of abortion itself is right or wrong; now the debate is about a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body; but this is not the removal of an appendix, or one’s tonsils that we are talking about here, if it were, then they would have a case; but we are not talking about a body part, we are talking about a living human being, a baby who is its own person, not merely an extension of its mother. So that is my first point, let’s bring the abortion debate back to the ground it belongs on; the question is, is it right or wrong to take the life of an unborn child? Did it become right when it became legal? Why is it wrong to have the death penalty? Is it really wrong to put a convicted criminal to death, but right to put an innocent child to death for the weakest of reasons?

My next point; who profits from abortions? The answer is, a lot of people; abortion is big business, and from what I can see, it is a growing industry. If abortions were legally free, and abortion providers were no longer making money off this procedure, would they still fight as hard to keep it going? I think not.
My third point is the most powerful, and will convince all but the most hardened. A picture is worth a thousand words. These speak volumes. Most of these photos came from http://www.amightywind.com

This is a picture of aborted babies stuffed into a garbage bag.

This is a picture of a mother in China who was a victim of a forced abortion, performed by the state. Her murdered child is lying next to her. Sure, this picture could have been faked, but please ask yourself why anyone would fake a picture like this? Anyone who has morals has to agree that abortion is wrong, and a person with morals is not then going to turn around and lie.

Write to me and tell me how this is right.

Or how about this one, can you justify this. I believe this are real pictures, the truth of abortion portrayed in this picture is worse than anything a person could make up.

There are not enough words in the world to describe how awful this is.

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Memories Pour From My Veins

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New Blogs

I’m making some changes to my blog: I will be posting blogs about chocolate here:

http://chocklutworld.wordpress.com/

Lemon Life blogs will be here:

http://lamonaide.wordpress.com/

I will keep writing about my college experiences at this blog site. I figured this way it will be easier for people to find only the content that interests them. Oh, I almost forgot…The Self Employment Chronicles will now be posted here:

http://thevirtualvirtuoso.wordpress.com/

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The Power Of Networking

I have done a lot of reading about how to start an LLC. This is something I can do on my own, but per the advice I have read, I should have a lawyer review my startup documents. I plan to start out as a sole proprietor, so the paper work will be fairly simple and straightforward.  So finding an attorney should also be simple, right? Not exactly. Everything I have read strongly cautions against simply picking a lawyer out of the yellow pages. The reasons include: not all attorneys have knowledge of business law, and not all attorneys will be willing to let me do all the work; some may want to do everything for me, and I cannot afford that.

To find a good lawyer, I turned to my (you will have to sign in to see the discussion) LinkedIn network, and they did not let me down. I received some great advice, leads I didn’t expect, and I connected with several new people and expanded my network.

One of my contacts, an attorney in Wisconsin (I wish she practiced in New York, and I told her this), gave me the good advice that every business needs a good lawyer, and a good accountant. I already have an excellent accountant. In fact, I will give them a good plug:

It is a small business; they don’t have a website, but they are listed on Google plus: Cole Income Tax Service in Williamson, NY. They are great; Linda Strong has done my personal income taxes for several years. You can also read the Better Business Bureau’s review of Cole Income Tax on the BBB’s site.

Next, I will start contacting these attorneys, and see if they are willing to take me on as a client, with the understanding that I plan to do most of the work myself, to keep my startup costs as low as possible.

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Chocolate

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Ah, chocolat, chocolat, comment je t’aime ! Permettez-moi de comte les façons! (French)

(Oh, chocolate, chocolate, how I love you! Let me count the ways!)

I love chocolate, all things chocolate. (Well almost–some things would not taste good chocolate-covered; but I’m not going to go there.) For my very first chocolate blog, I will answer the question, where does chocolate come from?

Chocolate has been around for about 2,000 years. It starts as a bean from the cacao tree, which grows in tropical rainforests in South America. South America is also known for producing the best coffee in the world: which also starts as a bean. I don’t think there is any connection, but it is still interesting to think about.

Natives such as the Maya and the Aztec mixed the cacao beans with various spices to make a drink. No one knows for sure how the Mayans and Aztecs discovered the tasty properties of the cacao bean, but, when they did discover it, it began a treasured treat. Their artwork often depicts people gathering the beans, and enjoying drinks made from the cacao.

To make the chocolate, the Mayans removed the outer husk, and fermented and roasted the seeds inside. The seeds were ground into paste with a stone. The paste was then mixed with a variety of other ingredients, including chili peppers. They did not have any sugar back then, so they probably used honey to sweeten this drink.

Next time, I’ll look at some of the ways that the Mayans used chocolate.

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The Lemon Life

The idea for this started with a comment I made on my Facebook page:

“When life hands you lemons…”

I didn’t finish it, because everyone knows the second part; “make lemonade.”

I made this comment on my Facebook after finding out I did not pass one of my classes, and I would have to go to college for one more semester in order to finish my degree. I decided to add a couple of classes toward a second degree, to make in more worth my while, since I had to be there anyway. That was how I planned to make lemonade out of the lemon I was handed.

A few weeks later, a good friend of mine, inspired by my post, gave me a graduation gift (I was able to walk across the stage in the ceremony on May 19, I just can’t get my diploma yet) which included a lemon. I loved it! I put it in my freezer, where it stayed for about two weeks.

I’m going through a season of uncertainty right now; I do not have a job yet, and I am getting concerned about that. My husband and I are surviving on unemployment, and a student loan, which is now dwindling fast.

So how did I make lemonade with these ingredients? I’ll tell you later.

First, a few weeks ago, after a tiring day, I decided to make some iced tea. I boil it, so it takes about twenty-four hours, but I figured it would be a nice treat for the next day; I love ice-cold tea. So I started making it, then I remembered that lemon, in my freezer. I thought, ‘that will go good in iced tea.’ I pulled it out. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to cut it up while it was still frozen, but surprisingly, it wasn’t hard to cut.

All of this time, I was thinking about lemons, and making lemonade, when all of a sudden, I had an idea.

‘Why not blog about how people have overcome difficult situations—in other words—made lemonade?’ And “Lemon Life” was born. Lemon Life is where I will write about true inspirational stories: my own and other people’s.

Right now, I have the time, because I am not working yet. So that’s how I’m making lemonade with the ingredients I have been given.  

And this has been my first inspiring story! Thank you for reading it. Oh, I almost forgot—the iced tea turned out great! About the picture—I don’t like my smile, so I borrowed Julia Roberts’s. I realize the picture doesn’t look professional, but since I can’t afford fancy photo editing software, I did the best I good with the Paint program on my computer.

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