Lessons in Happiness, Love and Protection

My family has the cutest chihuahua in the world!  Her name is Lily Belle.  Go ahead and gaze upon her beauty…her absolute cuteness and try – just try – to deny it.  I’ll wait.

Lessons from Lily Belle

Now that you and I are on the same page, let’s continue.

Lily Belle’s cuteness is not her best feature, however.  She has many other traits that, if we adopt them, we would find our lives much, much better. [Read more...]

3 Lessons Learned From (Trying to) Learn French

In the fall of 2009, I won a $13,000 trip to Normandy, France from Forbes and Porsche.  It was named the Road to Normandy Sweepstakes.  It included round trip airfare from Houston, Texas to Paris, France; a car rental plus five days/four nights in the Forbes’ private residence in a tiny village called, Balleroy…which is about an hour south of Omaha Beach.

Aside from visiting Niagara Falls when I lived in Western New York State, I’d never been to a foreign country before and therefore never had been exposed to a different language, nor did I want to learn one.  In Paris, they are very diverse and English is spoken in most places but in the small towns of France, not so much.

Trying to Learn French

My family and I are planning on returning to France in the summer of 2016.  Hopefully for an entire month, and it is my goal to become conversationally fluent by then.

I’ve got a little less than two years to accomplish my goal.  And so, I’ve been studying French with the free iPhone and iPad app, Duolingo. [Read more...]

Website 101 Part 4: Is Less Truly More?

Got a website?

In this fourth part of my Website 101 series, I talk about the concept of less is more and why it is absolutely critical for you and your website.

By the way, if you missed parts one and two, here are the links to them:

Website 101: The #1 Thing

Website 101 Part 2:  What Platform To Use?

Website 101 Part 3:  What does Mobile-Responsive Mean?

Just like in school, these videos are intended to break these concepts down for you.  I figure the easier I make it for you, the more likely you are to take action.

Ya ready?

Enjoy the video.

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Three Questions You Need to Ask Your Web Developer

So you know you need a website or perhaps a website makeover.  Now, what?

Well, as you start looking for someone to build a website for you, there are three questions you need to ask prospective web developers.

Questions you need to ask

What’s missing…on purpose

You’ll notice that in the three questions below that price is not listed.  And that’s intentional.  Price should never, ever be among the top considerations when choosing a web developer.
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4 Strategies to be Successful at Social Media

Professional athletes have them.  Business people have them.  But do you have a social media strategy?

Winning at social media is not really that hard…once you know how.  If you do an Internet search for “how to win at social media”, you will get many results.  But you don’t need to do that because I am going to give you four strategies.

Social Media

Winning at social media…

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