Every wonder how to be successful? Richard St. John was asked what creates success. In response, he did 500 interviews and created this 3 minute presentation.
The Secret to Success in 8 words.
This time of year, my mind turns to my honey bee hives. A hive can cling to life through the frigid winter, only to die in March due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Thursday Thirteen #22 - You can save the bees!
1. Don't use any neonicotinoid or imidacloprid product such as: imidaoliprid, thiamoxetham, acetamiprid, clothianidin, thiacioprid, or any neonicotinoid. READ LABELS. These products are universally toxic to honey bees. Most of them are banned in every country but the United States. If you must use these products do so before or after blooming season.
2. Petition your state and city to not use neonicotinoids or imidacloprid. The insecticide lobbyists have Washington in their pockets. (For example, even though the world believes insecticides are as least partly responsible for CCD. However, insecticides weren't allowed to be mentioned at a Senate hearing on CCD.) The only way to rid our county of this nasty chemical is a the state or city level. If your Mayor says he or she is a "green" mayor, ask him or her to prove it by banning these chemicals use or sale in your city.
3. Leave your dandelions alone. Dandelions are an excellent source of pollen (protein) for winter hungry bees. Is a perfect lawn really worth starving a species?
5. Think about hosting a hive: Every beekeeper could use another place to set a hive. Live in an apartment? How about the roof or your balcony? One of the most unique honey project is run in the skyscrapers of New York City. Most beekeepers will maintain the hive and give you some honey for a chance to set a hive in a new location.
6. Learn about the survivor bee movement: So much to say.... Basically, various beekeepers around the country are creating a new species of honey bee which they hope are resistant to the mites and diseases which make up Colony Collapse Disorder. We are getting our queens this year from ZiaQueen. Most beekeepers, myself included, believe that this movement will save honey bees.
7. Support research: In the last 20 years, very little money has gone into honeybee research. Why do we know so little about Colony Collapse Disorder? No research. When asked if you would support funds for honeybee research, say "yes". You may just save the planet.
8. Create a pollinator sanctuary in your backyard: While there's a lot of conversation about honeybees (due to commerce), every species of pollinator in North America has declined as much as 60% in the last 10 years. You can help support pollinators by creating a sanctuary in your backyard. Try a mason bee nest or maybe a birdhouse. Humming bird feeders work for butterflies as well.
10. Become a beekeeper: In 1950, over 50% of households had at least one beehive in back of their house. Beekeeping is fun, rewarding and a lazy person's hobby. And beekeepers are really great people. Think about keeping a hive. Interested? Email me. I'll point you in the right direction.
11. Plant bee loving flowers: Bees need flowers to survive. Replace a little bit of that waterhogging grass with some beautiful flowers. What do bees like? Coneflowers, Sunflowers, Cosmos, Baby's Breath, Gaillardia, California Poppy, Lance-Leveled Coreopsis, Siberian Wall flower, Purple Prairie Clover, Forget-Me-Not, Glove Gilia, Plans Coreopsis, Black eyed Susan, Corn Poppy, Bergamot, Aspin Daisy, Rocky Moutnain Bee Plant, New England Aster, Rockcress, Lavender, or Lamb's Ear.
13. Interesting bee facts:
6. The Pink Flamingo
9. Ann Bruce
10. Nicole Austin
11. Susan Helene Gottfried
17. Karen Bastille
18. Sandier Pastures
20. Adelle Laudan
24. marcia v
28. Deanna Dahlsad
29. Cheaper Than A Happy Meal
30. Rian Fike
32. The Happy Housewife
33. maryt/the teach
40. Dane Bramage
42. Angela Giles Klocke
43. Random Ramblings
45. Joy Of Desserts
46. no nonsense girl
47. nap warden
50. Our Happy Happenings
My Czech-girl-transplanted-to-Ohio blogging buddy, Ivanhoe, tagged me with the Make a Wish meme last week.I haven't done it.
Because every Make a Wish has some save the world message. And sure, I want that.
But my heart is full to the brim with another desire, a life long fondest wish, and what I want more than anything. I feel selfish because that desire is about me, for me, for my life.
I don't lie. I just don't do it. Embarrassed, I've ignored the meme and hoped it would go away.
And it didn't.
So, here it is. Here's my heart's deepest longing:
If you don't currently have a graphics program and aren't sure how to put your message on the picture you can either download one for free (Linda used IrfanView which is an image viewer but also allows you to customize and optimize your pictures) or email Linda at email@example.com, tell her what you're wishing for, and she'll customize the picture for you and email it back to you so that you can then post it.
Ivanhoe tagged:(She tagged: Kat's Krackerbox,It's a Shih-Tzu's Life, Brassy Apple, Conversations with my hairdryer, Pensieve, Quirky is a Compliment,Bleeding Espresso,Forever Daisies, Life through a Lens, My LA Blog, Viva Voce, I'm just Ducky Now!, Fully Alive...Ready to Smile, The Miss Elaine-ous Life, and
Sugar and Spice & little rice.)
I tag a few people who could use a wish: FuriousBall, Los Angelista, She became a butterfly, No Nonsense Girl, Mr. Fabulous, Miss Britt, Jameil, Heart in SF, Kevin Charnas, Squirrelly, Michelle at Lede me on and Michael C.
If you're like me, at some point early this morning, you'll run into a nattering nob of negativity. You might hear him on the radio, read her in the newspaper, or find him on your favorite blog. Maybe there's someone in your home - teenage girl or boy - who spews negativity. Could be your officemate is having a bad day or week or lifetime.
Mondays can be damn hard.
You hold your whole world in your hands. Just because they natter, doesn't mean you have to listen.
"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"
What do you think this straw looks like?
Walmart told this mother that they were "rocket ships".
This was the closest thing I could find to a rocket ship. It's a private rocket ship.? (Click the photo for the NYTimes article.)
Let's help Walmart out.? What do YOU think the straw looks like??
"There's always something to suggest that you'll never be who you want to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving."
- Phylicia Rashad
We each have a lot to wake up to this Monday morning.? As the world gets more cloudy, we are buffeted by more winds of worry, deceit, and drama.
I hope this week, you are able to hear your own wisdom, work toward your own goals, and focus on the joy, love and laughter in your life.
Let's face it. There are just some songs that make your panties just fall right off. And hell, who needs panties on a Friday right?
We used to do a lot of book reviews, and interviews with authors, in the Open Grove. In an effort to see what I want to do, and see what's interesting to people, I agreed to write a couple book reviews.
Because of my diverse background, and ability to read quickly, I am often approached to review a certain kind of book - complicated, smart, and/or scientific. Hell, Kathy Reichs likes me (which is saying a lot given what she thinks of psychology).
I have a stack of books that have requested a review. Please note: I do not receive a dime for this review.
Let me know what you think. Does this work? Do you read book reviews?
I have a fascination with sales.? Growing up, my sisters and I sold everything from magazine subscriptions to girl scout cookies. Our schools were strapped for cash and selling was the way to make the ends meet.
I was never very good at sales. My embarrassment over my own need (to make money or sell this crap), made opening my mouth virtually impossible.? Only the housewife down the street bought my products.? But she never said "No" to anything (including the mailman.? That's another story.)
As an adult, I saw less qualified people get promotions and raises. I had friends who could easily move from high paying job to high paying job with ease. (One guy had 13 jobs in 5 years! At each new job, his salary increased by thousands of dollars.) Then along came the Open Grove.
If I ever hoped to be successful, I had to learn how to sell. Seth Godin, Marketing Professionals, and a thousand books gave me some sense of what was necessary. Because sales is not my strong point, I will read any book about sales.
All-Star Sales Book is an easy and entertaining read.? There's nothing profound here.? Believe in your product, visualize your goals, and move forward with integrity.
There are some nuggets.? Here's one:
"We also lose confidence as we face life's struggles and challenges - personal failures, business failures, bankruptcies, getting fired or laid off, failing to achieve important goals.? Some of these situations are within our control while others are not, but they can all negatively affect our confidence.? The bottom line is this: most adults struggle with a lack of confidence.
"So how can you regain this lost self-confidence?? You gotta take action!? Here is a simple formula I use when teaching people how to gain more confidence.
"action ---> results ---> success ---> confidence ---> action" (p.13)
Whether you are a sales professional or a troglodyte like myself, this book is a good refresher. ? I like it.
If you live here in Denver, Billy Cox, the author of All-Star Sales Book is going to be in town today, March 11 and tomorrow, March 12.? He will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble at Southlands Town Center on tonight at 6 p.m. and the Barnes and Noble at Thorncreek Shopping Center tomorrow at 6 p.m.
For more information go to: Billy Cox International
Oh so much to update.....
With much reluctance, I entered into a process of renewing the look of this blog. Sigh. It's time to move away from the Open Grove a little bit. We continue to languish in trademark hell, so I need to find ways to continue forward without that mark. Because a couple of my blogging buddies had a great experience with Cynthia at Nap Warden, I thought I'd try it.... And what a joy!
What do you think of the new look? I wanted something light, fun, energetic, and a little feminine. She came up with the image, made the design, and even installed it. Whoo Hoo!!
Squirrelly at Lone Grey Squirrel bestowed me with a tremendous honor. He gave me the Blog Mentor award. Wow!
He said: "I have always felt that Claudia kind of "adopted" me and has made it her role to challenge me and probably all her other readers to expand our minds, our experience and our experimenting with this blogging media. She gets me in a lot of trouble but its all fun."
There are a few people that I feel really mentored me in the blogging process:
BroLo: BroLo is the physical representation of my inner Capuchin. He sat me down one day and told me step by step how to get blog traffic. Where he learned this information? God? Who knows what resources these mysterious brothers have? He's just returned to blogland with an amazing post about a saint.
Moobs: Moobs has an amazing capacity to translate his feelings and experience into words. Through his essays, I was inspired to share a bit more of my life and strive to express myself with language. As a middle child, I always figured no one really wanted to hear what I was thinking or feeling. Go figure that I would learn this from an oldest! ;)
Seth Godin: I can't imagine that Seth would give a crap about a blog award, but in all honesty, 100 years ago, I heard Seth speak on blogging. I followed his blog every day for about two years before starting this blog. If you've never read Seth's work, you owe it to yourself to take a look. Yes, it's marketing, but marketing is really about life. He is one of the best thinkers on the Internet.
Heart in SF: I admired the manner with which people related to her and she to them. From her, I learned to comment back. She is an excellent example of someone who always remembers that there is a human, fragile heart at the other end of the key board.
Yay. I continue to learn, continue to be mentored... this list is woefully incomplete.
I heard from ZiaQueen!? They will be the source of our bee revival this year!? Yea!!? I should receive four Rocky Mountain Reina queens sometime in early spring.? This is very exciting!
I am getting some sleep. Thank you for all your kind thoughts. I need to get a bit more exercise, and a few people out of my head. Onward toward the week? Yay!
As always, thank you for reading.
Thank you for caring.
I am humbled in your presence and kindness.
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Claudia is the author of the Alex the Fey thriller series, the sweet and crunchy Denver Cereal, the post-apocalyptic tale Jornada del Muerto, the Seth and Ava Mysteries, Suffer a Witch, and the Queen of Cool.
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