#GirlCrush Short Hair Looks

We’re our own worst critic. I’m too fat, my nose is too big to wear short hair. What if you found the right #GirlCrush short hair look for your face shape? Did that get your attention?

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Gems in Texas: Keeping Austin Weird

Vacation, one word many of us find ourselves always daydreaming about. But What happens when you’re on a budget or have just limited days to enjoy a get-a-way? Continue reading

Say Aloha to Hula in North Texas

Hula In North Texas? The moves, chants and aloha found at North Texas hula school Ka Pa Hula O Manulani will make you feel Hawaiian at heart and have you saying aloha to hula in North Texas!

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Sister Cities International

Bonjour – Howdy: Why The Sister City Relationship Does Matter

In a global and digital world, a sister city relationship also known as “twinning” may seem outdated. Guess what, it does matter because it puts cultural understanding and mutual respect at the center. Despite their differences, the people of the world come together into “One Community.” It is the advent of “Citizen Diplomacy.”

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3 Beach Hair Ideas for Short Hair

The countdown to Summer ’17 is here! It’s time for bathing suits, sunscreen and beautiful weather. How will you transform your short hair into the perfect beach hair? It’s really simple, with beach hair ideas inspired by these top 3 on trend beach hair looks.

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Preston Hollow Open House And Estate Sale

This Preston Hollow Open House is a rare gem filled with treasures!

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Alcohol-Free Activities in DFW

Drinking is overrated. But what alcohol-free activities in DFW is there to enjoy?

You have stopped drinking. Now what? What alcohol-free activities in DFW is there to enjoy? How do you stay off the alcohol binge?  How will you spend your weekend, not to mention Sunday brunch?  The good news is there is a lot of fun things to do that can benefit you (no pun intended) and not actually affect you. Continue reading

Vougeot, France, August 03, 2013. Famous Clos de Vougeot vineyard in Burgundy. Clos de Vo

Dallas-Dijon Twinning 60th Anniversary: you are invited!

Did you know that Dallas has a French twin sister? This sister city relationship looks like a well-kept family secret. Taking a closer look at the Dijon-Dallas twinning, you find a great match for two major cities and an anniversary this fall.

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Hard Proof: Advertising Creative Drives Sales

advertising creative drives sales when creative is good

Does advertising creative drive sales?  Indeed it does, according to two recent studies that have electrified the industry. The findings are significant:

  • Highly creative ads show double the sales impact of those that are less creative.
  • Advertising creative drives sales 5x as much as media spend.

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Stressed Working Parents

Why Working Parents Should Just Say “No”

Have you ever said “yes” to something, and then instantly regretted it? It may seem innocent enough, but all those small yeses add up. Continue reading

YEA World AfterSchool Pilot


YEA World AfterSchool Pilot tests the latest technologies 

Typically, AfterSchool programs are equipped with “hand me down” computers from organizations updating their own computer infrastructure. This does give access to the internet and hands on use of a computer. However, this approach does not give students access to the latest technologies and  further reinforces the image of being a second class citizen.  The YEA World AfterSchool Pilot brings the latest in technology.  Much of which is not yet available in the schools or society at large.  The objective is to instill a sense of personal pride and develop the belief that “I Can Go Anywhere I Want to Go and I can do Anything I Want to Do.  My Vehicle is Education”

H.I.S. BridgeBuilders has been selected as the initial YEA World AfterSchool Pilot.

Key Technologies and Products 


Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool. Take Field Trips to virtually anywhere from Machu Picchu to Antarctica to the International Space Station.  Explore career options by viewing the life in a day of fireman to microbiologist to astronauts.  Google Expeditions brings excitement and engagement to students in the YEA World AfterSchool Pilot.  



Google classroom is the control center assignments are created, distributed, feedback is sent and the teacher can see everything instantly, paperless and almost effortlessly.  The Google Classroom provides the key integration feature of the YEA World AfterSchool Pilot. 


Google Chromebooks have revolutionized education not only in the US but world wide.  In the US, 58% of classroom computers are Chromebooks.  Consistent with  he philosophy of YEA World AfterSchool Pilot Chromebooks with the latest technology have been selected.  The ACER Chromebook R11 features a touch screen and convertible from a laptop to a tablet. The ability to install Android Apps directly to the Chromebooks opens a whole new world to the Chromebook.



Snapchat has become the preferred social media application for the under 30 age group.  The ability to install the Snapchat App with the Android Apps directly to the Chromebook allows this to become the standard Social Media choice for YEA AfterSchool Pilot without the requirement for an expensive Smartphone.


Snapchat Spectacles allow the wearer to do a 10 second video and send to Snap Friends.


360 Degree VR Camera with Dual Spherical Lens

Dual Spherical Lens provide 360 degree view for both horizontal and vertical visual angle. Video recording (960P @30fps) up to 2 hours, video format of .MOV & converted video format is .mp4). Image (3008*1504/JPG)

Check the live view on the smartphone or choose VR Mode for more fun. Free Apps (SYVR360) available on [Google play] or [App store]; 

Built-in Wi-Fi allows wirelessly transfer files between smartphone and camera



This section will be fleshed out as experience is gained in the Google Expeditions portion of the YEA World Pilot. Will include the Joseph Campbell Foundation Follow Your Bliss

You're Going to be a Grandfather


You learned that you were going to become a grandfather. Initially, you feel like you’re growing old and that the best days of your life are over. However; you will eventually discover that the future holds more joy than you have ever imagined. Continue reading

Weather Needs Respect Around Dallas

The Journey Begins

The weather needs respect around Dallas, when on August 2, 1985, Delta Flight 191 crashes on final approach because of wind shear from a severe thunderstorm.  The media covered the story for days and a 12-year-old just moving to Dallas had his life changed forever.  Continue reading

Awesome Social Media Customer Service Team

How to Build an Awesome Social Media Customer Service Program: Part 2 Talent and the Team

An awesome social media customer service team makes customers feel valued, heard and understood. They do this while engaging to answer questions, resolve issues and build relationships. Make the strategy you developed following the steps in, How to Build an Awesome Social Media Customer Service Program: Part 1 Philosophy and Approach, work by recruiting and onboarding a team that executes well.

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Highest Tides in the World


Tide coming in at Noel Shore, Route 215

Tide coming in at Noel Shore, Route 215



Experience the highest tides in the world on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. About 100 billion tons of water move in and out of the bay twice a day.

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Microchips Save Pets Lives!

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A lucky Lady. Microchip information located her rescue after being scanned by the shelter.

Every day thousands of pets wander away or get lost from home. They dig out, get loose from their leash, or escape out a door. No matter how pets end up on the streets, a microchipped pet can find their way home much faster than an unchipped pet. Microchips help save pets lives by finding their owners quickly.
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Security Tips for Business Social Media

Consider these Security Tips for Business Social Media to prevent unauthorized access to information.

Institute a policy.
Social media policies must be in place to regulate employee access and establish guidelines for appropriate behavior. Policies must specifically state what can and cannot be said, referring to slang, abusive language, etc. Employers should train their employees on proper use, as well. At this point, many of the mistakes have already been made; a quick search for “social media policy” will return lots of great ideas.Security Tips for Business Social Media

Consider a no-employment disclosure.
Request employees leave their employment status blank when setting up a social site profile. Employees represent their employer 24/7/365, so what an employee says on or off the job and online directly reflects on his or her employer and, as stated in my credit union story, can be used against the organization.

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Overcome Your Fitness Plateau: Tips and Advice

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Don’t get stuck here!

You’ve been hitting the gym quite regularly lately and you’re seeing some positive results.  But for some reason, your results are slowing and the gains are fewer.  This is the dreaded fitness plateau.  This is one of the most frustrating and de-motivating phenomena that you can encounter in your fitness program.  You can overcome your fitness plateau by changing some things in your routine.  The following are some tips and advice to help you get off the plateau. Continue reading

Positive and Negative Aspects to Apartment Living

Apartment LivingThere are many positive and negative aspects to apartment living. Today there are more prospects looking to rent an apartment versus own a home than ever before. Apartment communities are filled with a variety of residents from young professionals to established business people with families. Continue reading

Moving Forward After Layoff

Stormoving forward after layoff-exit street signe closings and staff reductions are all over the news this month. JCPenney announced it is closing 140 stores and offering early retirement to 6,000 employees. Macy’s is closing 68 stores in 2017 and eliminating 10,000 total positions. If you’ve been affected by a layoff, you’re not alone. Whether you saw it coming or were completely shocked, time to take stock and prepare for what lies ahead. Here are 4 actions you can take when moving forward after layoff. Continue reading

Card Not Present Fraud

Card Not Present Fraud is a type of credit card scam in which the customer does not physically present the card to the merchant during the fraudulent transaction. Card not present fraud can occur with transactions that are conducted online or over the phone. It is harder to prevent than card present fraud because the merchant cannot personally examine the credit card for signs of possible fraud. Signs including a missing hologram, altered account number or non-matching signature are not present. In addition, alternative identification is not readily available.Card Not Present Fraud

BREAKING DOWN Card Not Present Fraud

Credit card payment processors take a number of steps to minimize card-not-present fraud. These include verifying that the address provided by the customer at the time of purchase matches the billing address on file with the credit card company, checking the validity of three-digit CVV security codes and prohibiting merchants from storing these codes. However, if the criminal has stolen these details, the fraudulent transaction may appear legitimate.
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Exciting Theater Performances in DFW


Go see a play at Undermain Theatre in Deep Ellum

Galileo at Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Do you want to experience exciting theater performances? World class theater is happening in Texas.  In fact, DFW counts among the most creative areas for American theater.

And that means you have opportunities to experience remarkable performances and to meet with directors, actors, playwrights and many other interesting people who produce and enjoy exciting theater.

Here are some ways to make live theater a part of your life. Continue reading

Elements of a Good Press Conference: Beyond the Basics

Star elements of a good press conferenceWhat are the elements of a good press conference? Beyond basic planning and logistics, a good press conference captures a certain essence appropriate to the announcement. It reinforces your brand and connects to your audience. While the nature of a press conference can vary widely, here’s a few insights to consider. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Online Dating When Looking For Love

Pros to Online Dating

There are both pros and cons to online dating when looking for love. Meeting people online in hopes of making a romantic connection can be very convenient, especially for people who lead busy lives. Online dating gives hopeful romantics the opportunity to meet potential matches from the comfort of their own home. For many people who have little free time traditional dating can seem almost impossible. Online dating gives hopeful’s the assurance that whomever they are communicating with is looking for the same things they are. Continue reading

How to Survive Your First Post College Roommate

How to Survive Your First Post College Roommate

Typical post college roommate attitude

Learn three tips below on how to survive your first post college roommate. Living with a roommate post college may seem like a good idea to save money, but maybe there is a reason more and more people eventually decide to live alone. If you find yourself in a financial bind and have a roommate, find how to survive your first post college roommate.

Accepting the hard facts

Bills, responsibilities and pressure, oh my! College was a beautiful four years. But post college no one will hesitate to remind you that that was then and this is now. It’s time to get to work and show people what you spent four years of your parent’s money learning in college. Your parents will put pressure on you to perform professionally and to primarily support yourself in the meantime. It is tough at first, but it is a necessary adjustment in becoming an adult.

One of the hardest adjustments post college is living with someone to save money. You are working an entry-level position and on your way of establishing yourself as an adult. However because of financial responsibilities, you find yourself living with someone whose maturity level is still in college.

It’s not you, it’s me

People like to pretend that they are mature. Life is happening, things are changing at a rapid rate throughout your twenties. If you live with an immature roommate, you will soon know because they have to comment on everyone’s life updates on social media the moment you get home from work. In this situation, respond to your roommate and retreat to your room. In time, your roommate should take a hint that this is not the type of stuff you want to talk about post college.

Hands off

Sharing is not caring. Post college roommates like to treat the fridge like the sorority house kitchen. Rule of thumb, if it is not yours do not touch it. If you find your post college roommate can’t take a hint, start labeling your food. That will get their attention.


There’s nothing worse than living with a slob. If you live with a post college roommate who refuses to do the dishes, vacuum or take their laundry out of the dryer, then it is up to you to lead by example. Don’t pick up after yourself for a week and see if it bothers them, hopefully they get the picture.

Starting A Fitness Program: Avoid Injury and Get Results

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Start Slow, Think Big

Starting a fitness program? Great! You are on your way to a healthier more enjoyable life. That said, the next step is to hit the gym and get some big results, right? Slow down. Jumping headlong into a fitness program can leave you physically exhausted and injured. Before you head out there and tear it up, consider the following. Continue reading

Embracing the Four Agreements-Find Your Best Self

The Four Agreements-Embracing your best selfIt’s easy in our fast paced lives to neglect our spirits. Maybe you’re pleasing many others and not taking time to feed your soul. In the best selling book, The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz gives four rules that can help create balance and happiness. Consider this your roadmap to increase the satisfaction in your life. Small changes over time will add up to really big improvements in your outlook and relationships. The Four agreements below can help you re-write the script of your life. Continue reading

Overcome Writer’s Block With a New Perspective

Get happy again and overcome writer's blockThe air possesses the hint of writer’s block as the cursor sits silently on a blank, white screen. A few minutes pass, the cursor is sleeping and the screen begins a conversation with the keyboard. Continue reading

Social Media-Saving Garland Shelter Animals Lives

Garland Mesquite Rowlett Animal Shelter Page



Recently city animal shelters have engaged social media to save their shelter’s animals lives. While small suburban and county shelters, with little foot traffic, rely on volunteers for their social media outreach.  At the Garland Animal Shelter, volunteers have stepped up to do just that.  Continue reading

Hilarious Gym Weirdos: A Guide to Sideshow Entertainment

If you have been to the gym in recent months you have noticed the massive influx of new members.  With this influx comes a golden opportunity for personal entertainment.   It is absolutely amazing how many hilarious gym weirdos there are.  This article showcases some of the best sideshows the gym has to offer.  Enjoy, and be on the lookout!  You could be missing out. Continue reading