Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 in Review

PROS:
1. Graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Communications
2. Still working part-time at Reckner, Inc in Montgomeryville, PA
3. Applied to more full-time jobs than I can remember.
4. Managed to schedule 3 interviews for 2011 - off to a great start!
5. Broke up with my boyfriend.
6. My brother and his girlfriend graduated from college and got excellent offers! (can't help but wonder what's wrong with me that I haven't found something?)

CONS:
1. Broke up with my boyfriend.
2. Haven't managed to find a full-time job.

SPLIT:
1. Told to not post things about my job search by people close to me despite the vast majority of advice I read tells me to talk about it to let people know that I'm looking for a full-time gig. It's all part of networking!

In sum, this year has been very good to me! I have a wonderful supportive family and network of friends, a job, a roof over my head, clothing, and food.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and wonderful 2011!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Career Resources for Communications, PR, Marketing & Advertising Job Seekers

This isn't your typical job search engine like CareerBuilder, Monster, or Indeed because Bloom, Gross & Associates are much more personal to the job seeker and employers. They actually have recruiters who have experience in the field and know how it works so they know who they are looking for. Their recruiters know how to get you the right job or the right employee.

Check out their website here: Career Resources

Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

I am currently reading the book title "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time" which is about Greg Mortenson's journey to building schools and educating children, especially girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's a brilliant story about a man's journey as a mountain climber who accidentally stumbled upon a small, isolated village in the Himalaya's. Upon leaving the village of Korphe, he promised he would return and build them a school. After several long hard months later, he returns to the village to attempt to build the school. He encounters many setbacks and learns many lessons along the way. Growing up in Africa, as an American, he must learn that the Balti people have survived hundreds of years without the help of outsiders, especially Americans. He soon learns that these people don't need to learn how to live -- they just need help.

Word of what he is doing in Central Asia gets around and with the help of a few wealthy, well-known people in their field, the Central Asia Institute becomes a reality. Visit the website here: http://www.ikat.org/ to learn more about how you can get involved.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall Ball Photos

Here are a few pics of a couple of the girls (given with consent):

Ready to swing!!

A little off balance!!

Good Eye!!

About to swing againg!!

No ball in sight! HIT!?

Pumpkin or Carrot?

Waitin on the pitch

Closing pitcher attemptin to stay warm on the bench!! :-)

Ready, set, swing!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Ball Tournament

So I've been coaching a fall ball softball team this year, which is actually turning out to be more exciting than I expected. We're playing in a tournament this weekend and have a great chance of winning the championship as long as the girls keep playing like they did this morning in our first game. The girls need to keep hitting the ball and making plays in the field!!

Gotta run and eat lunch before we head back to the field for our 2nd game of the day. We're in a single elimination tournament so the more we win the more we get to play! Can't wait, some of the girls have never played in a tournament before so it's exciting to see them having fun like this.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dr. David Janda explains rationing and why Dr. Rob Steele must defeat Di...



I am at a loss for words that the general public didn't know about this. As if the stimulus bill was bad enough, Obama's government decides to hide something like this in the package. This goes to show you how powerful the media are and how change isn't necessarily good.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Design Project




View Sellersville, PA in a larger map

This was for a class project, which allowed me to learn more about my community. The point of project was to incorporate media into a tour of any given location - in this case Sellersville, PA.

I came up with several different communications methods for this walking/driving “tour” of Sellersville and Perkasie. One could be the use of a cell phone where you could call a toll-free number seen on a sign of any kind. It could be the sign for the park, a bridge, playground equipment, street sign, or on the wall, anywhere. When you call, you will hear a recorded list of different stories to listen to—either a history of the general location, a story of the specific spot you are standing in or anything that relates to the location where you are.

Another idea for a communications method would be podcasts that are downloadable for the tourist who has planned ahead to take this trip. There would be a separate podcast for each location and I chose this medium because they can be paused and listened to later if the listener needs to stop it for any given reason. The podcasts would be a narrative of the location’s history and place in the community. With the podcasts, you as the tourist will receive an itinerary of things to do at each location, like a list of performances at the Sellersville Theater, community activities at the Menlo Pool, the library, and the hours of operation at the Carousel, and snapshot of the menu at the Washington House.

Another idea is something I “borrowed” from what museums and zoos do, which will be primarily at the parks. There will be a stand with a picture of the place from when it first opened or other activity that happened there in past, a speaker, and a button you can press to listen to a brief description of the exact place you are standing or looking at.
This “tour” is primarily for people who have planned this trip ahead of time. If people are in the various locations where the recorded messages are, they will learn about the tour from a brief introduction or conclusion saying something like “if you would like to learn more about this tour please stay on the line or visit our website at the following…”

In the podcasts, the narrator will point out the trigger points, but in the use of the cell phones or story stands (as I am calling them) they will be visible to everyone in the park. The latter are supplemental to the narrative podcasts, but also stand alone stories for those who are not on the tour. The idea of this is to have something that is very random. Or it can be very planned out, yet different than the last trip. The trigger points are placed somewhere that can be visible to anyone and everyone in that immediate location in order to have maximized participation, which will most frequently be random because of curiosity. This is meaningful because it increases participation from community members so they can learn more about the place where they live. It also increases participation from people who may be just visiting, which increases meaning because they’ll then learn about a community that is different from theirs.

Navigation Instructions:

1) Start at Druckenmiller Park, watch whatever game(s) may be going on and if there isn’t, play your own game. If you have young children with them, let them play on the playground. After a half hour maximum, get in the car and drive to the next location.

2) Park at the Sellersville Theater where you can listen to each communication device and attend a performance if there is one taking place.

3) Walk next door to the Washington House and order lunch or dinner, preferably after listening to the narratives or stories. If there is a show at the theater, you can enjoy a meal before going onto your next location before or after a show at the theater.

4) After the Washington House (or a second trip to the theater), walk across the street to the gift shop and take a look around while interacting with the communication devices. Participants may or may not purchase something.

5) After the gift shop, you need to drive to the next location, which is the shopping center. This isn’t as important as the other stops and you don’t need to actually visit the stores, but can if you want to. It’s just a convenient location to park your cars and listen to the rest of the narratives. The shopping center is across the street from Lake Lenape Park which you can walk to.

6) Based on the narrative podcasts, take the tour around Lenape Park. Walk over the bridges to Menlo Park and take the rest of the tour or walk back to the car and drive around to the specified location. (stop at Dairy Queen for dessert if you want)

7) Arrive at Menlo Park and take the tour. Once the narrative is completed here, either walk or drive to the next location—Menlo Pool and the Carousel. If it’s a Sunday and it’s open, take a ride on the Carousel. If the pool is open and it’s hot, take a dip if one-time visitor’s are allowed.

8) Spend some time in the park/playground, especially if there are children involved and also be sure to visit the library where additional information can be found on any of the locations in the tour.


The narrative would be difficult to write without doing some significant research about each location on the tour. I do have a small narrative written as a part of the map. Each location has a short caption, picture, and some even have a web-link for those who want to learn a little bit about each location before making the decision to take the trip. Like I mentioned before, this is supposed to be a narrative tour, but inevitably there will be random participants once the cell phones signs or story stands are put in place. The narrative will be very fragmented because participants will be interacting with the location in order to fully experience and understand what the narrative is about.

This interaction definitely leaves room for chance or improvisation because you as the listener will not have the same experience as the narrator. Instructions include things like “now go to this location and watch the show if there is one.” Seeing a show is pure chance, especially at the parks. It’s the outdoors, nothing is the same from day to day in a park. There is definitely more than one story available to be told. There doesn’t have to be more than one story, but it definitely adds to the feel and history of the location.

This experience is more than just one. It’s at least one full day, if you spend sufficient time at each point on the map. Hana Iverson talked about things that could be experienced by people all over the world. Eventually, participants could be from all over the world once the map becomes more interactive. The goal is to make the map completely virtual eventually, but it definitely takes away the experience of actually being at the specific spot. Significant elements are hearing the sounds of the parks, riding on the carousel, reading books in the library, swimming at Menlo Pool, playing on the playgrounds, eating at the restaurant, and viewing a performance at the Sellersville Theater; things that wouldn’t be the same viewing online. Like most everything in life, participants have to physically experience each part of the tour to get the complete understanding of it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Posting to Facebook & Twitter

So it only took me an hour to figure out, lots of frustrating moments, missing part of the Phillies game and a great suggestion from Krystina to finally get my posts to show up on Facebook and Twitter!!

Twitterfeed.com works so this will (I hope) drive more traffic to this blog which is my whole intention in the first place.

For those who wonder how I did this, you need to go to twitterfeed.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Once you have an account, click on Create New Feed and follow the steps. The URL is usually the web address to your blog. If that doesn't work, then go to the help section and that will tell you how to find the correct URL. In Step 2, click on the account you'd like the blog to be posted to and authenticate it when prompted. Click on All Done and it's that simple!! :-) Repeat those steps for every account you'd like your blog to post to. Or for every blog you'd like to post to each account.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Selected Poetry

God Bless America
On September 11, 2001
Who could have known?
Hundreds and even thousands of innocent lives are taken
Thoughts we think of, why has thou forsaken?
As a nation we come together
And the innocent who died are remembered forever
Americans run for life in fear
And this memory we will hold forever dear
Together we mourn and grieve
This act of terrorism, so hard to conceive
Day by day we deal with sorrow
Will we be okay tomorrow?
Someday we will find who committed such a crime
Every penny we spend adds up to be a precious dime
United We Stand and become stronger each day
Each and every morning we look to heaven and pray
We pray for those who lost their lives
And for those who’ll ignore the truth and tell such terrible lies
There are so many we must convince that as a nation United We Stand
And so they will hear a chorus of voices singing, God Bless America
©11 September 2001

Face to Face
When I feel like I am all alone
I look above me to the sky
to find that friend I cannot phone
that friend, who so long ago, had to say goodbye

I wish I could see Him face to face,
and talk to Him like a human friend
I wonder what it's like up in that heavenly place,
to spend time up there with Him, a time without end.

When I am alone with no one to talk to
and no one wants to listen or has no time
I know I can talk to Him or do what He wants me to do
Whatever I do, help the poor or comfort a friend, He approves

I wish I could talk to Him face to face
and have a one on one friendly talk
But I know it'll be years before I see that place
I wish He was in the physical form, but He's
right here next to me, so all I have to do is pray
and He'll listen just like He's face to face
Summer 2000

Strength
Forever will my love be strong for you
Through good and bad times my love is true
I mean it from the bottom of my heart
Because without you I would fall apart
Sometimes you feel like you don’t fit in
And this world doesn’t know what you hold within
But in your presence I sense something rare
You’re a bird that can fly anywhere
You shouldn’t need to worry
For when we are together you won’t be sorry

You’re not only one who feels left out
There are more lonely people out there without a doubt
I am one of them and I often feel that I don’t fit in
And the world doesn’t know what I hold within
When I am in your presence I sense you can tell I am something rare
I am like a fish and I can swim anywhere.
Summer 2000

The Wings of A Falcon
With the eyes of an owl
I will see you anywhere
With the determination of a fox
I would do anything for you
With the wings of a falcon
I will fly to you

With the speed of a jaguar
I will be with you in no time
With the agility of a leopard
I will dodge everything in my path
With the wings of a falcon
I will fly to you

With the love of a dog
I will stay loyal forever
With the beauty of an eagle
I will love you as you are
With the wings of a falcon
We will fly away together.
©4 April 2001
 
Listen
listen to the music
listen to the heartbeat of the pouring rain
listen to the birds chirping on a summer's day
listen to the children laughing in the background
look for the musician, for he has a song
look for the rainbow, for it has a pot of gold
look for the shining sun, for it has a story to tell
look for the girl with the misty eyes
ask her if she wants to stay and share her story,
for if you listen,
she'll be loved.
©14 November 2004

So she's broken inside
and it seems that time cannot erase the pain.
it's been said that time will heal her pain
and time will dry her tears,
but it's also been said that certain medications are not for everyone.
© 18 December 2004

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Living in a Lighthouse


If there's one thing I've always been fascinated by, it's lighthouses. Although I've never gone out of my way to collect items or photographs pertaining to lighthouses, I've always enjoyed the mystery, the history, the story behind a lighthouse. What kinds of things have these buildings witnessed in the hundreds of years they've stood watching over our waters? Oh what gorgeous sunsets and sunrises they must see and horrible storms washing destruction upon the land.

Every time I get to visit a lighthouse, which isn't very often, I revel in the mystery it holds. The untold years it's seen. I'd love to live in one, or at least see one from my house...the view would be so gorgeous! The seclusion from so much of the world would be such a nice escape. I wouldn't necessarily want to live there year round - having a vacation home in one would be so wonderful and relaxing.

The last time I definitely remember visiting one was when I was a kid visiting Massachusetts. My family and I went to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Plantation, just south of Boston. I don't remember exactly where the lighthouse was, but it was definitely part of that trip and I remember being so overwhelmed with interest that it's stuck with me to this day. We were able to walk through the lighthouse and see how it worked and look out over the ocean. It was such a gorgeous view, I loved it.

Click here to learn more about Boston, Massachusetts: South of Boston Tourist places - Plymouth Plantation and more!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Food for Thought...

"Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga." 

*David Ogilvy

Monday, July 26, 2010

Can't Help But Wonder

Dreams consume my sleep
wake up still thinking of you
wishing everything could be better
easier, relaxing, relieving
love takes over my mind
controls my heart
deception is prominent
can't think straight around you
i can't make my own decisions
would like to do so many things
feel like i'm being held back
don't want to regret us
don't want to regret giving up on my dreams
second guessing isn't fun though
can't help but wonder
what's on the other end of the rainbow?
can't help but wonder
if there's life out there
if we stay together, will i forget
not pursuing my dreams?
will i regret not traveling?
but if we do go our separate ways
we will wonder what could've been
whatever happens,
i will love you forever
there will always be a special place
for you in my heart

written August 28th

Career Search Update

So the interview that I had a few weeks ago didn't pan out into anything. They, just like everyone else so far, did tell me that they decided to go with someone who has more experience matching what they are looking for. I did spend my entire weekend looking for jobs, updating my list of companies to apply to and also applied to several openings. Something has to pan out eventually. I mean, I've been looking for at least 6 months. How hard can it be to get a full-time job?

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Car

I got it a new car about a month ago!! My awesome parents bought it for me as a graduation gift. :-) I definitely feel so much safer and comfortable in the new car. It's a 2001 Subaru Forester and it has a bunch of bells and whistles that I don't need but could definitely get used to - like heated seats, a sun roof, heated side mirrors and rear window, and air conditioning that works!! It also has a 6-disc cd player, but no iPod hookup, which is a given considering the mp3 player wasn't invented yet in 2001. This car is an awesome upgrade compared to my 1994 Subaru Legacy SW, which has 301,235 miles on it and is still running. It's at my mechanic for the moment, waiting to be sold to someone he knows is looking. We're getting $1200 for it and that money is going torward my new car, which my parents paid $6700 for so it'll be $5500 they dished out for it. Not bad at all!

The only drawbacks about the car is that I had to replace some things with the rear brakes - the right rear caliber, pad and roater (sp?) and the left rear brake pad. The front roaters need to be replaced sometimes this summer too, before early August anyway, because I'm taking it on a trip to Indiana with my mom to visit family and that's not going to last that long.

Thank you to my parents, you are awesome!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Music

There's this thing called music that inspires people to do great things or to truly feel what they're going through. Somehow, no matter how non-creative someone is, they can still feel something through the notes that blast from the stereo.

More often than not, it's either country songs or classic rock songs from the '60s and '70s that speak to me. Maybe it's the hippie in me and maybe it's like my father said: I should've been born 30 years ago in the music industry. And he's right--I love Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Guns 'n' Roses, Aerosmith, and Queen, among others.

Whenever I need inspiration, I just plug in my ear buds and hit the gym, or take a walk in the park for a photo shoot. All the while listening to my own personal soundtrack that I've created to portray my personality. Which reminds me, I wrote a paper on how the younger generations have their personal soundtracks and tend to live their lives as if they're in a film because they're so accustomed to listening to music all the time with the popular mp3 player. I'll have to find my USB so I can post it for you all to read.

That's all for now. "I'll be dreaming of you tonight, til tomorrow, I'll be holding you tight..."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Grandma

It's been awhile. I haven't had much inspiration. I've had quite a lack of inspiration and motivation the last month or so, which isn't good at all when it comes to finding a full-time job with benefits, which I need because of my health. The burning sensation in my stomach when I eat or apply pressure to the area has gotten somewhat under control after starting medication on a daily basis. But still, after a multitude of tests I still have no idea why I can't eat without pain or why I'm having recurrent UTI symptoms.

Then earlier today I read a tribute that my cousin wrote about our grandmother. It brought tears to my eyes and reminded me how fragile life is and that pain is supposed to bring us back to reality. Grandma's pain reminded us all that she wasn't as young as we all fooled ourselves into believing. She certainly acted younger than her 87 years...she definitely took advantage of the free time she had to travel the world and visit her children and grandchildren all over the country and went with some of them around the world.

She had so much patience and love to give out and was so understanding. I think of her every time I walk out of my room because her little Willow Tree Angel of the Heart statute is sitting right on the corner of my bookshelf by the door. She's definitely an angel of the heart--and will always live on through the hearts of the ones she's touched. We love you Grandma and always will.