Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:27 am Marisa Sung
To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.
Oct 11, 2014 @ 09:17 pm Marisa Sung
There aren’t many groups of four people in the history of the world who have for more than 50 years had people asking, “Who’s your favorite?” From 1964 on, Paul McCartney has been my favorite Beatle, and I lucked into marrying someone who agrees. Long before he was Sir Paul, he was “the cute one.” I suppose what influenced me was that the left-handed bass player had the happiest face as he, George and John shook their moptops as they followed “yeah, yeah, yeah” with “oooooh” while Ringo nodded his head behind them.
Kathy and I were about 40 feet from Paul on a recent night in Lubbock, sitting by coincidence next to a couple from our Amarillo church. For almost three hours, the former Beatle kept 15,000 people enraptured with music that for most of us is as familiar as a spouse and almost as beloved.
I know, Paul makes big bucks off our infatuation, but the fact that he’s 72 and still plucking that Hofner bass, still crooning “Yesterday” and still truly rockin’ tells me he loves doing it. He doesn’t need our money, but I think he still craves our affection.
The deep bond that many still feel for the Beatles and this half of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team was evident in people who arrived at United Supermarkets Arena three hours early. We talked to a 70ish woman from Big Spring who had driven up by herself just to see Paul.
A Hispanic couple — maybe 50 years old — was in line because the wife is a huge Beatles fan and the husband’s a musician whose family band plays gigs in the area. The man appreciates the musical influence of the Beatles. The wife knows details such as how Paul met John at a St. Peter’s Church fête in 1957 and how the Fab Four cut their rock’n’roll teeth in sweaty Liverpool and Hamburg clubs.
The crowd included a fair number of middle-aged fans who appeared to have their children with them — some of the kids wearing Beatles shirts – and a huge contingent of what I have to call senior citizens. I saw a man carrying an oxygen tank and at least two people using canes. Of course it makes sense that those screaming girls at the Ed Sullivan Show are in their 60s and 70s now, and this concert was as much a return to their youth as it was a performance by a man who released a new album (called “New”) this year.
In addition to the creative magic that Lennon and McCartney generated, I think people still flock to see Paul just because he’s fun. Millions of serious words have been written about the Beatles’ cultural influence, but it was pure energy and joy that got them started. Paul continues that.
He began one of two encores by running onto the stage with a huge Texas flag. Two band members followed with American and British flags, and the three waved them around for a minute before picking up their instruments. The cynical would say Paul was pandering to the Lone Star crowd, but I don’t care. It was an amazing moment, and I don’t say “amazing” often.
Equally impressive was his seemingly sincere praise of Lubbock’s Buddy Holly, who along with Elvis, Chuck Berry and others heavily influenced the Beatles. Paul sang Buddy’s “It’s So Easy” in front of a massive video screen showing images of Holly and the Crickets.
McCartney’s mostly upbeat approach appeals to me just like positivity does in other areas of life. I’m a Christian who would rather attract people with love than scare them with hell, although I believe spirituality is a serious business. Jesus certainly warned people about sin, but Paul (St. Paul, not Sir Paul) also wrote about the Philippians’ “encouragement from being united with Christ” and their “comfort from his love.” (Phil. 2:1)
The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” is a little too simplistic, but McCartney was right when he wrote, “In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” He ended the second encore with those words, and Kathy and I walked to our car with big smiles.
Mike Haynes teaches journalism at Amarillo College. He can be reached at AC, the Amarillo Globe-News or email@example.com. Go to www.haynescolumn
Paul McCartney & Wings 'Band on the Run'
Oct 11, 2014 @ 10:35 am Marisa Sung
Do not anxiously hope for that which is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past.
Let It Be
Oct 10, 2014 @ 06:47 pm Marisa Sung
An Ebola scare on a US Airways flight leaving Philadelphia prompted officials to meet the plane when it arrived in the Dominican Republic after a passenger reportedly said he had Ebola. US Airways flight 845 to Punta Cana was inspected upon arriving Wednesday "due to a possible health issue on board," the airline said in a statement.
An airline spokesperson told ABC News the report they have is that another passenger heard the comment and alerted a flight attendant. The FA then alerted the captain. The comment was made while the flight was on approach to its final destination.
Video shot by a passenger and posted to YouTube shows a team in hazmat suits entering the plane. In the video, a flight attendant told passengers that the hazmat team boarding the plane would look worse than it was. "I think the man that has said this is an idiot," she said. Later in the video, a man appearing to be led out of the plane by the hazmat team says, "I ain't from Africa."
Ebola Could Be 'World's Next AIDS,' CDC Director Warns.
Dominican Republic officials cleared the plane after checking it in adherence with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the airline. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but the safety of our customers and employees is our first priority," read the airline's statement. On Saturday, a CDC crew in hazmat gear met a plane arriving in Newark, New Jersey, from Belgium after a sickened man triggered fears that he might have had Ebola. He later tested negative for the disease.
And you ask why I am a Germaphobe?? :(
Oct 10, 2014 @ 04:39 pm Marisa Sung
Covering our community and school fields with plastic grass and rubber soil is a disturbing and concerning trend. It has become a status symbol for many communities, where they are all too willing to raid already-tight education budgets and sacrifice good education for an artificial field.
While the science is far from settled, there is enough information to demonstrate that artificial turf may pose significant environment, health, safety, and quality of life threats to our communities. So far, the studies have found that artificial turf is:
1. Leaching toxins into our environment. Studies have concluded that artificial turf has the potential to pollute our environment with dangerous toxins like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and lead. As a result, runoff from an artificial turf field that drains to a local creek can pose a risk of toxic effects. And kids playing on these fields are exposed to leaching and off-gassing chemicals known to have carcinogenic, repro-toxic, mutagenic, and endocrine-disrupting effects.
2. Increasing sports injury severity. Researchers are studying the effects of artificial turf on increasing sports injuries, including increased frequency and severity of head injuries, and increased potential for infection and skin burns.
3. Creating heat islands. Artificial turf gets much hotter than grass. Studies have found temperatures on artificial turf exceeding temperatures on nearby natural grass in the range of 39° to 95°F--even up to 140°F--hotter. The result is play on artificial turf fields, where kids and adults are expected to play their best, at temperatures 117° to 157°F--and even hotter.
Decision makers need to recognize that until the full impacts of artificial turf are studied, understood, and known, they need to make the protective decision, the risk-averse decision, to keep natural grass in place.
While grass fields are not as environmentally beneficial as forests, wetlands, or meadows, they are many times better than plastic-and-rubber turf. And while typical lawn grass provides a limited degree of pollution filtering and opportunity for rainfall to saturate the soil before letting it run off into local creeks and streams, artificial turf provides no such benefits. Plus, with so much artificial nature and artificial play already in the lives of kids, providing living lawns, in which a child can quietly pull blades of grass while talking to friends, and that will cool their backs as they lay back to watch the clouds blow by, or cushion a fall during a sports game, is a small but significant quality we should protect in their lives.
Field of Dreams
Oct 10, 2014 @ 04:12 pm Marisa Sung
A friend who is just like a Sister to me sent this to me. I would like to dedicate this to all of the amazing women who are just like sisters to me. My half Sister Krista, my cousin Terryann, and my friends Kelly, Amy and Imma.
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother.. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance
upon her daughter...
'Don't forget your sisters', she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them.'
'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women.... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women always do.'
'What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'
But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favors.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away
than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life
will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,
praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on
your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you....Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters,
daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended
family: all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I.. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still. Pass this on
to all the women who help make your life meaningful.
I just did. Short and very sweet:
There are more than twenty angels in this world.
Ten are peacefully sleeping on clouds. Nine are
playing. And one is reading her email at this
The Beatles - In My Life
Oct 10, 2014 @ 12:10 pm Marisa Sung
Do not open a shop unless you like to smile.
Put On A Happy Face
Oct 9, 2014 @ 08:51 pm Marisa Sung
When I was working at American Express, I had a decent size office so I put my imagination to work and redecorated the place. I logged in more hours in that office that anywhere else at that time so I transformed the room! People would joke that it was nicer than Harvey's (the CEO) Office and smelled like fresh cut flowers and sweet perfume instead of old furniture and cigar smoke! Co-workers would refer to my office as "Headquarters" or "Victoria's Secret" because of my love of English Chintz. I went to town and displayed the artwork of friends of mine and bought things at craft stores to spruce the place up! I even had handmade pillows that my Nanny made for me years ago. Colors, incense and architecture can create positive Feng Shui. So many offices look like jail cells or an Institution. I put fresh flowers and plants that I supplied myself. After a while, I started a trend and others began to ask me to decorate their offices. Harvey even joked about it and actually came down to visit "The Enchanted Gardens" I have to admit my love of English Country and Laura Ashley at that time earned that title! It got to the point where men felt uncomfortable sitting in my office because it was super femme! :)
It is very important to incorporate positive colors, plants, animals (I would have brought my dog if that was allowed) paintings, photos, and lovely flowers and artifacts.
Redecorating your desktop may be job one for avoiding colds or the flu this season. That's the takeaway from a recent study in the journal Ergonomics, which found that people in open offices (with no or only partial walls) take significantly more sick days than workers in closed spaces. The explanation: Cube dwellers tend to interact with more people than those sequestered in private areas, exposing them to more germs. Luckily, employing these four moves to make over your work space will help keep you in tip-top shape.
1 Get a plant
Along with illness-causing germs, indoor air often contains higher levels of fatigue and headache-inducing pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde than outside air.
Try putting some potpourri, and air freshener on your desk. Also place a pretty hand sanitizer as to encourage others to use it when working with you! :)
2. Learn to be clean and organized. Nothing is worse than looking at a dirty and/or messy and completely unorganized workspace! It tells a lot about you so please do try to be clean and organized. I cannot tell you how many times I would cringe as I had to touch a co-workers papers and go through their mess! It was usually a female co-worker too=very poor habits and very sloppy. As I am a germaphobe, I have a lot more problems with this than most people.
3. Display lovely photos that make you happy and put you in a great mood. When I say this I mean "appropriate photos." I don't want to see you in a bikini drinking a marguerita, your wife in a hospital bed after having given birth, my boss without a shirt flexing his muscles and pulling on a fishing rod, a photo of you sitting on your throne etc. You get my drift! :)
4. Display appropriate artwork. Unless you own and run the company, it is not advisable to display any type of artwork that the Met would be dying to get their hands on! Lovely paintings can really spice up an office space.
5. Keep your decorative toiletries in your office. It is always nice to have your favorite perfume and body lotion in your drawer.
6. Men, please keep a few extra pressed white shirts and some decent clean ties in your office. I cannot tell you how many times I had to run out to Brooks Brothers because my boss looked like a slob! Sorry, I tell it like it is. If you are a socialite, please keep a tuxedo with a nice bow tie in your office as well. :)
Dress You Up
Oct 9, 2014 @ 04:24 pm Marisa Sung
The master's in business administration has officially become the most popular graduate degree in America. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 191,571 people graduated from U.S. schools in 2012 with advanced degrees in business, representing about one in four of all master's degrees conferred nationwide. Yet while trends point to ever-higher business-school enrollment, the debate over the value of an MBA--the return on a high-priced investment--roils on. Here's what two business experts had to say about the degree and its pros and cons. "You have to know all this stuff if you're going to work in business."
For all the wisdom a student might accumulate in a full-time, two-year MBA program, the real value in a graduate business-school education is in learning how to think like a businessperson, says Germain B?er, director of the Owen Entrepreneurship Center at Vanderbilt University.
"Most MBA students know that in a business you've got to have more cash coming in than cash going out," he says. "You say that ought to be obvious. But I don't think it is obvious for people going into business."
At the Owen Graduate School of Management, the core curriculum includes courses in accounting, finance, marketing, operations and strategy. "We have decided you have to know all this stuff if you're going to work in business, no matter what you do," B?er says. "We make you take accounting to learn why it's important to keep track of how much money you owe people and how much money they owe you."
Many business schools also offer extracurricular programs, such as the opportunity to study abroad. At Vanderbilt, B?er says, nearly all MBA students take an international trip in connection with their studies. And each school year B?er organizes 20 lunches on campus to which he invites entrepreneurs to talk with MBA students. "We do stuff that doesn't fit the typical academic model," B?er says, "but it exposes our students to a lot of different ideas and viewpoints."
B?er believes the MBA path can be especially helpful for aspiring entrepreneurs, who might be brimming with ideas but lacking in business acumen. He recalls an Owen School alumnus, a serial buyer and seller of small businesses, who told B?er his MBA education helped him reduce the time it takes him to consider potential transactions from two weeks to a single day.
"MBA training teaches you how to think about business issues so that if you do start your own business, you have a way of thinking about things you're going to encounter," B?er says. "A lot of people who start out as entrepreneurs, they don't know these things. I don't think you can train entrepreneurs, but I do think you can help bring out the entrepreneurial spirit in people who have it inside of them."
B?er concedes he would not recommend that every businessperson pursue an MBA, though he's adamant about its advantages. Chief among them, he believes, is the compression of the learning curve. What someone might learn on the job in five or 10 years, B?er says, an MBA student might learn in a classroom in two. "Sometimes learning can be extremely painful and expensive," he explains. "If we can help you avoid mistakes, that's worth something." "It's like a cherry on the cake, but a cherry does not make the cake."
At 25, Mariana Zanetti worked as a marketing product manager for Shell in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina. But when her husband's job prompted their move to Spain, Zanetti enrolled at the IE Business School in Madrid, which the Financial Times ranked the best business school in Europe last year. An MBA, Zanetti figured, would hasten her career climb.
That was 12 years ago, and while Zanetti has high praise for her IE education, she looks back on her MBA experience with no small regret. Not only was it costly--about $30,000 for the one-year program in 2002 (and more than double that today)--she doesn't believe it has played a significant role in helping her get a job, promotion or raise. "I don't think, if I went to Harvard, I would have a different opinion of the MBA," Zanetti says. "I was ambitious, but it was not the MBA that gave me that. I had that."
Although Zanetti enjoyed a successful career in the decade following graduate school, she never budged from her belief that her MBA was overrated, if not entirely unnecessary. When she left her last corporate gig--as a manager with a medical device firm in Lyon, France--she put her reluctance into words. The result is The MBA Bubble: Why Getting an MBA Degree Is a Bad Idea. Written in the spirit of Philip Delves Broughton's Ahead of the Curve and Josh Kaufman's The Personal MBA, Zanetti's book calls into question not just the value of the education that business schools provide--a topic of debate that has intensified since the economic meltdown of 2008--but what she calls their "unethical" marketing strategies and rising cost.
Young businesspeople who are thinking about returning to school for that coveted graduate degree would do better, Zanetti contends, to save their money, take a few courses or read a few books and apply themselves in their current positions.
"If they want to go into management consulting or investment banking, I would tell them you are going to work 100 hours a week," she says. "If you want to do that, then go get your MBA. Otherwise, I definitely wouldn't advise getting an MBA. It's nice to have, but it's not worth the cost. It's like a cherry on the cake, but a cherry does not make the cake."
She considers the business-school curriculum to be woefully out of date. "If you want to become an entrepreneur, you have to create a business model," she says. "I'm not talking about analyzing huge Excel worksheets. It's about taking action. You don't need analytical skills to create a business. You have to have some personality, some kind of fire inside. You don't get that at business school."
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Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Oct 9, 2014 @ 12:05 pm Marisa Sung
I was very disturbed and saddened to hear that Stephen Collins is a supposed pedaphile! I truly admired him as an actor and loved his body of work! :(
The Stephen Collins Scandal: How a Hollywood Marriage Became a Nightmare
When actress Faye Grant met Stephen Collins on the set of his short-lived action series Tales of the Gold Monkey in 1982, she immediately fell for the dashing star.
"I thought, either he's gay or a complete jerk, because he can't be as fabulous as he looks and be available!" Grant told PEOPLE in 1999. The feeling was mutual – Collins, who was previously married to writer Marjorie Weinman before the pair divorced in 1978 – was smitten with Grant, best known for starring in the alien invasion TV miniseries V.
After a romantic two-year courtship, the pair wed in 1985 in New York City. When she became pregnant, Grant said her husband was "incredibly attentive," playing guitar for their unborn daughter Kate, now 25, every night.
The Michigan-bred actress gave up her career to become a stay-at-home mom, and the family settled into a two-house compound in the affluent L.A. neighborhood of Brentwood. For 27 years, the couple appeared to be the rare example of a Hollywood marriage that worked, while Collins built a long – and highly paid – career playing squeaky-clean good guys. Between 1996 and 2007, he made millions playing upstanding minister Rev. Eric Camden, the father of seven children, on the WB series 7th Heaven, which became the network's highest-rated show.
Family Man Image
The family man image wasn't only onscreen. Collins began serving as a lay eucharistic minister at All Saints Church, an Episcopal congregation in Beverly Hills, and spoke openly of his religious faith. "It just happened one day out of the blue," he told PEOPLE. "Just something inside me that said, go to church this weekend."
The Amherst College graduate said his spiritual work influenced his acting on Heaven, and the show's creator and executive producer, Brenda Hampton, saw him as a mentor to the show's young actors, saying, "[He's] not just the dad on the show, he's the dad on the set." One who even quizzed his teen costar Beverly Mitchell on whether her boyfriends had good intentions. And when costar Jessica Biel, then 17, appeared scantily clad on the cover of Gear magazine, Collins criticized it as "child pornography." Away from the cameras, he doted on his real-life family. "I guess life does imitate art!" the actor said. There was but one public departure from the straight-laced persona. Collins, who published two novels, wrote a psychosexual thriller in 1998 called Double Exposure.
"I'm interested in sex," he said. "I like to write about it."
But in 2012, Collins filed for divorce from Grant. "She has been my dearest friend and a loving mother," he said at the time. "I know that we'll go through this process in a way that honors our family." Grant said she was blindsided. "Stephen's filing for divorce is a surprise," she said. "I wish him the very best in whatever path he chooses to take. Twenty-seven years of marriage in Hollywood is the equivalent of 189 dog years."
Bitter Feud over Money
What no one disputes, is that in the years since, the pair have been engaged in an increasingly bitter feud over money. Grant claims that Collins earned as much as $3 million a year during the marriage, and that she's entitled to half of the fortune, which also includes the two multimillion-dollar Brentwood homes and millions in investments and retirement accounts, as community property.
In the midst of the dispute, the tape of Collins that purports to reveal him admitting to inappropriate conduct with three minors was leaked to TMZ. Grant admits to making the tape, and handing it over to police. She also claims in court documents that he used a 12-step model for sex addiction and was seeing a "sexual dysfunction" therapist, but refused to seek "proper help or hospitalizations for his predilection towards children."
Still, Grant says she had "no involvement whatsoever" in leaking the tape to the media. Collins's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, holds her responsible. "Faye has repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media, unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than to which she was legally entitled," said Kaplan. "It appears that she has finally an audience for this tape. Not surprisingly on the eve of the trial in the divorce case."
Jobs Now Lost
Just how much money the pair will have to fight over in the end is a question. Collins's once-lucrative career as an actor is unlikely to recover. On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reported the producers of the movie Ted 2 fired Collins after the molestation allegations surfaced, and TV Guide Network and UpTV have yanked 7th Heaven from their schedules.
In any case, what seemingly started as a storybook relationship has taken a toxic turn few could have predicted. Back in 1999, the pair told PEOPLE that they were so close, that they were considering collaborating on a novel some day. Said Grant: "We work well together." I don't know Stephen Collins or his wife but my guess is that Stephen Collins's Wife is using his Confession to Extort Money. She knew about this for a long time and during the tenure of their marriage. It was only after he decided to leave her and get a divorce that she came out of the woodwork so to speak in order to expose this story. This is every American Married Man's worst nightmare=why they don't get divorced even if they want to more than anything in the world! Believe it or not, it could be worse. I know of many divorce cases where the bitter ex-wife reported the Ex-Husband to the IRS which then resulted in the seizure of assets and a prison sentence. As bad as it is, it can always get worse! :( Like the saying goes, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!"
The Babysitter's Seduction
He also starred in the film about the infamous "Betty Broderick." AKA Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned! :(
Woman Scorned The Betty Broderick Story
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