Why BING?

WHY  I LOVE BING! 

Each day when I start my computer, I am compelled to go straight to the home page. The sceneries are always beautiful and interesting. The opening page changes daily and immediately takes me to another place and gives me pause at the animation that may be on the day’s page.  It can be beautiful landscapes from all over the world, animals, underwater scenes or unique, colorful backgrounds that grab the viewer.  I see other places in the world or even close by, that I may not know about.  It intrigues, captivates, teaches me and often makes me smile.  I usually want to learn more about what I am seeing and go to the the links on the page.

There are additional links at the bottom of the page which take you to news of the day or articles of interest, however they do not interfere with the beauty of the scene you are viewing.  I learn something new almost every day and usually call my husband in to share what is the “daily fare” on my homepage.

What a way to start a day!    I LOVE BING! Marty

The Social Ghost–YOUR Blogger

The Social Ghost—YOUR Blogger 

Do you have something to say, a story to tell, a business to promote, product to sell or just something to share? You really want to blog about it but  just can’t get started writing. 

Well—meet your new friend “The Social Ghost”!
They will create your blog content based on YOU, your business, your interests and your target market. They will do the necessary work to provide you a great blog, social connections, customers or clients and leave you stress free!  Now is the time to get started!

BEST INFO. on Websites & Blogging

Are you just learning about websites and/or blogging?  I perused the internet looking for a website where I thought I could really learn–easily.  There are many good “teaching” websites.   I, personally, have learned more about  Website Creation, Blogging, Internet marketing and just good common sense ideas from Lisa Irby at  http://www.2createawebsite.com/    I guess one of the main reasons that I am so interested in what she says is the versatility in how she presents her material and the many subjects that she teaches.  She has some materials on U-Tube, so if you are a person who learns things visually, you can see her. She often uses diagrams and visuals to help make an idea or subject easier to comprehend.  It is so helpful for a “newbie”  and you can keep advancing when following Lisa’s blogs.  She also incorporates other’s expertise and ideas.  There is always something new to see or learn.

 Even though I have had a couple of websites since the early 1990’s, targeted to one type of  “social expression” (yard cards),  I wanted to expand and write about more things that might be useful to a larger segment of society.  So as a senior, (you know–older) I have not really grown accustom to all that is technologically available and sometimes learning is time consuming and exhausting, mainly because things are not explained well. Now Lisa, she really explains things clearly, honestly and with enthusiasm.  I like that, and her site is the one I visit most, even when I get into an “internet slump” or start to feel discouraged with so much to learn.  You can just feel her enthusiasm and dedication and willingness to share. 

 If you are just learning about blogging and internet marketing, or even if you are a seasoned internet user, I would highly recommend visiting one of her websites and perusing her blogs for things that would be helpful to you. If nothing else, her cheerful voice and attitude will lift your spirits! Go Lisa!
           (written by Marty Miller with permission from Lisa Irby)

“You don’t get any rewards out of this life unless you make an investment”

TSA New Screening—My Opinion

We flew home from Maui on Nov. 21st, (a 45th Wedding Anniversary trip) and there was no scanner in the departing airport. Many airports will not have these available for up to one year–so it is back to the PAT-DOWN. My two replaced knees always set off the metal detector, sooo I was introduced to the “new” body pat/rub-down. Wow, in 2 weeks, since we left Denver, what a difference. The pat-down was definitely more aggressive and would make anyone a little uncomfortable when the hands rolled and poked several times over places you would not expect to be touched. The TSA screener, in this case, was very nice and only doing her job, but we have seen ones that have tried to intimidate and some who were verbally aggressive. Why does it seem that it is now only the “older” generation who have things such as knee, hip & shoulder replacements, pacemakers and surgically implanted devices that contain metal or ones that have medical appartus attached to the outside of the body to collect waste; are the ones getting the complete “works’.  Also those in wheel chairs or those with other physical issues (not necessary seen) are asked to lift legs, arms or worse yet, their buttocks to be checked, when it is physically impossible for them to do so? Dah–Wheel-chair. If it is politically incorrect to profile those who “may” be a threat, but those with these problems are the majority checked–just how is that going to be beneficial to our security? It seems that “random” checks are not being done as often for the fear of profiling.

My husband has a pacemaker and cannot go through the metal detector but goes through the scanner, if it is available. Some airports don’t allow those with pacemakers to go through the scanner, so it is back to the pat down, since the metal detector is the primary screening device. We must allow ourselves 1 hr. extra to do all of this and make it to our concourse when departing from DIA. As we are going through all of this we are watching people who look like they might or should be checked, but they are run right through as they have no metal in or on them and no-one wants to look like they are “profiling.”

We either stop traveling by air, which is our only practical method, or we subject ourselves to radiation or humiliation. Another option is to just not travel, which means not seeing family or taking those trips you have dreamed about all of the years you have worked.

We watch people that are using canes or walkers who are asked to put them aside to walk through the metal detector. We watched one lady almost fall when her cane was taken away. My 89 yr. old mother, who has hip and knee replacements, went through the pat down and then all of the contents of her carefully packed carry on dumped out and left for her to repack, as there was nothing unusual in it. She called us later almost in tears. That was when she was 86. She is in a Nursing Home now, so will no longer have to endure the “new” procedures. How humiliating for those elderly seniors. My husband’s C-Pap is completely handled by gloved TSA people who have had their gloves on everyone else’s things & doing body searches. I asked one TSA if they changed gloves–he said, “No, they are for OUR (meaning the TSA people) protection.”

We also saw a lovely lady with darling twin girls (about 4 months old) having to remove them both from a double stroller, fold up all of the things necessary to take for young babies and then be asked by the TSA screener to remove the bottles out of the babys’ mouths and hand them to a “gloved” TSA fellow who handled the bottles and then opened each bottle and stuck a dip stick of sorts into each bottle and then handed it back to the mother. Now the mother was left with handled, contaminated bottles to feed her babies and she was probably late to her concourse to get on her plane. I was appalled at the insensitivity! This was BEFORE the new screening rules were in effect. 

These types of situations are where common sense should be employed. If you are looking for a particular type of flier, then profile! Most of us would never mind being pulled as a random check every now and then, but to have to go through this every time you wish to fly because you are in a wheel chair, have a baby stroller or have surgical implants it is just plain ridiculous. How safe does this make us feel?

I am not pointing fingers at the TSA employees (although some would deserve a little finger pointing) but more at the entire system. When suitcases are not scanned or screened, any person can board a plane and use a cell phone to trigger something inside of their suitcase. Also a “real” pat-down to find hidden objects requires MUCH more than can ever be done in an airport. Flying has become difficullt enough, do we need to be subjected to all of this before we even board the airplane. From now on, I am making sure the screener has on fresh gloves.

The screeners are forced to employ these methods to keep their jobs.

Let’s bring back some respect for human dignity! 

Cell Phone Courtesy?

When I originally authored an article “ Do You Hear What I Hear?” on cell phone courtesy or lack thereof,  in 2002, cell phones were pretty much a  new item.  I was astonished at the scrambling around that people did in a Meeting or public place, searching for that ringing phone. Cell phones all rang about the same then, so each person started digging in purses and briefcases.

After a rather embarrassing situation where a speaker was interrupted by a loud ringing phone and the subsequent hustle of people looking for the offending phone,  I wrote the article which was published in several smaller periodicals, such as Zenith Woman, now www.denverwoman.com/ .

WOW, that was nothing compared to today! Now we have Black Berries, I-phones, Texting, Sexting, and a plethora of different types of hand-held devices that are social “connectors”.  Families even text or call from room to room in the same house. What’s up with that?

Shortly after reading an article, last week, by Alexander Green, of www.spiritualwealth.com/ I had the personal experience of seeing an example of just how far people will go with inappropriate cell phone use.

We were in a Drs. Office this week, where all the chairs were filled & in close quarters.  Most of the people were either waiting for a procedure or the person driving the patient home following the procedure.   Anyway, all was pleasantly quiet until a woman made several phone calls regarding an event; giving out people’s names, phone numbers and the address of the event.  She even mentioned who would NOT be invited.  There was a look of discomfort on most people’s faces.  WHY did she not leave that small area and go into the hallway?  Well, I did—I left the waiting area and moved to seating in the hallway, partly out of downright embarrassment for her. I felt as though I was intruding on HER conversation, by just being in the area. It should not be that way.

I remember the first time I heard a person giving a credit card number, his name and address over the phone in a meeting area, where people were quietly waitng for the meeting to start.  Yowser, a little dangerous don’t you think?  Anyone could jot down the information and call to order up some really nice stuff. 

Doesn’t it make you uncomfortable when you are out shopping or at a restaurant eating with a friend or client and someone at a neighbor table is talking so loudly on the phone that it is difficult to talk to the person at your table?  Or even worse, as highlighted in the “Spiritual Wealth” article of Oct. 22nd, you are the one sitting across from someone who keeps answering his or her phone and you must sit and wait to resume the conversation.  Once in awhile it is necessary to use a cell phone in a place of business or restaurant, but out of common courtesy, remove yourself from the table or wherever you are and go to a more private area.

Oh there will be more on this subject—just wait & visit again!  Please leave your comments. 

“Everyone is important and deserves your attention and respect”

Southwest is BEST!

Do we still have friendly skies?  Yes, with Southwest Airlines

If you have flown recently you have probably experienced how uncomfortable air travel has become.  After the rigors of going through security; removing your shoes, coats, things from your pockets, computers, 1quart plastic bag with liquids and THEN the scanner. I have replaced knees so that means it signals a warning of “metal” & then the BODY SCAN.  Usually that is not too bad, most TSA folks are quite caring and friendly, but last flight a Security person was dumping the contents of my carry on and rescanning and testing the bag and contents, as I was being body scanned. It was given back to me with contents dumped out for me to repack and we were already running late because of long lines.  I am sure every flyer has had these experiences & more. 

Well—take a breath—if you are flying Southwest Airlines at least you will get friendly, uncomplicated service.  Their web page is easy to follow and if you need to ask a question, just call—no need for long waits on the phone.  You can leave a message and they will call you back.  How nice is that! They don’t treat you like you are interrupting their time—they are truly friendly—at least the ones I have spoken with.  And if you need to change a flight, no change fees—the flight fare is plopped into your little flight bank and you can use it next flight.  

When I took my fall and ended up in MI for one month instead of 8 days, our SW flight was rebooked to when we were able to come back to CO and the money we had already paid was used for the new flight.  No Bag Fees for your 2 bags—Great!  What other airline does that?  

If you use a computer, you just sign in 24 hrs or less prior to your flight  and you are put into A, B or C Group and then you line up in an orderly fashion according to your letter –A is best, but B is good too and then you just board the plane and actually pick your own seat. 

You are given snacks and a drink and you may be asked if you would like 2nds—no extra charge.  Sometimes you may even have a “witty” flight attendant who tries to entertain those on the flight.

Wake up other Airlines—Southwest is IT!