Your Inner Grammar Nerd

Sometimes I have to laugh at myself!

The other night my husband and I were talking and he said, “there were multiple focuses…”

My inner grammar nerd could not contain herself. (I was so happy.)

“Thanks for saying that! Do you mind if I share something? When I was in grad school ages ago I learned that the plural of focuses is foci (pronounced fō-​sī). Now, don’t ever use foci when you’re writing because people will think you’re pretentious… but sometimes it’s fun to be a grammar geek, and I can only say that to you.”

Luckily, he laughed, too, because he knows me well! 🙂 (more…)

Overwhelmed by Writing?

With all the thoughts and words that have to come together to make sense for your reader, writing can get very overwhelming!

Don’t worry, it’s not just you!

It happens to all writers, even me, so today I wanted to let you in on one of my secrets to handling overwhelm…

To give you context, I take a poetry/creative writing class. The writing is very different from what I normally do so it stretches me, and I love being around the people in the class!

In class this week, they shared this poem by novelist Christopher Moore. It is a great way to think about writing when you’re overwhelmed so I wanted to share it with you. (more…)

Being Thankful: Thanksgiving Acknowledgements

I hope you are having a wonderful day! I’m drinking coffee, watching my grandkids play, and thinking about how thankful I am for you!

Why?

Because you want to help people! You want to make the world a better place by writing a book and sharing your experiences and knowledge with others so they may grow faster. So thank you!

When you think of who you’re grateful for, you may be wondering if and how to include those people in the acknowledgments section of the book you’re writing.

But who do you include?

First, it’s always appropriate to thank your family, so start with them. (more…)

Stories Are All Around Us

As I was traveling recently, I thought back to a story my family has told over and over that still makes us laugh.

I grew up in the DC area and often relatives from the Midwest would come to visit us. After doing DC sightseeing, we’d take them to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the famous Civil War battle was fought in 1863.

At the time, the Visitor Center contained a room-sized “electric map” laid out on the floor that demonstrated with colored lights the various troop movements during the battle. (This was pre-technology days — the map was pretty much paper mache with little Christmas lights placed in sections that would light up at different times to show where the troops were and how they moved during the battle.)

We were standing in line to get in when, all of a sudden, the door banged open and an indignant woman pushed her way out and with a loud voice of disgust said, “Well, that wasn’t worth the money. It’s the same damn thing every year!”

Haha! Our whole family cracked up!

Some people never see past the obvious… in fact, they usually need “the obvious” pointed out to them. (more…)

Remembering Peter Borsay: A Fallen Soldier I Never Knew

Peg and Peter BorsayIt was 49 years ago this Monday (Memorial Day) that my brother-in-law, Peter Borsay, was killed in Vietnam. Peter was married to my husband’s older sister Peggy.

Unfortunately, I never met Peter. Steve and I met when we were seniors in high school three years after Peter died so it’s a bit strange for me to “remember” Peter since I never knew him. But I wish I had known him.

I have always had a feeling that there was something incomplete in my history with Steve’s family since I never met Peter.

You see, Peter’s death was even more tragic (if there is such a thing) because he was killed by “friendly fire” during a ceasefire: military speak for our side killed him by accident. We heard that a helicopter still had its load of weapons and was told to discharge the load before returning to base by dumping it into an empty field. However, the field wasn’t empty.

Five men were injured, and Peter was killed — instantly, from what we were told. It was a horribly tragic communications glitch. (more…)

ASK by Ryan Levesque

Hey friends. You know I don’t usually do this (lately, I just pictures of my grandkids on Facebook!) but many of you know I collaborated on Ryan Levesque’s book ASK: The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy… Create a Mass of Raving Fans… and Take Any Business to the Next Level.

(It’s his amazing story and specific details on how to maximize your online business.)

I’m very pleased (and a little proud J) to let you know that ASK hit #1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and even became the #1 best-selling business book in the country last week…

And, as of today, it’s gotten 69 reviews on Amazon: 67 Five-Star ratings and 2 Four-Star ratings! (I’ll admit to checking it fairly frequently to see what people are saying 🙂

When you order a copy of the Kindle Version on Amazon for $7.19 or the Paperback Version on Barnes & Noble for $11.34 today, Friday, May 1st before 11:59PM ET…

You’ll also get exclusive FREE access to a special online BONUS program:

The “Green-Light Project Checklist”: How to Decide Your Next Product, Project, or Market Opportunity BEFORE You Get Started…

This FREE bonus, which normally sells for as much as $197, is the perfect complement to the book ASK

Especially if you’re thinking about entering a new market, launching a new product line or division, or even starting a new agency…

How to Claim Your Bonus:

IMPORTANT: To qualify for this exclusive bonus, you must place your order on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble on Friday, May 1st no later than 11:59PM ET.

Here are the links:

After you’ve ordered your book…

Step 1:
If you order the Kindle version on Amazon, click the DELIVER button on the Amazon thank you page.

Step 2:
Find your email receipt from Amazon.com or BN.com after you place your order. (Either Kindle or paperback version of the book.)

Step 3:
Confirm that the date on your email receipt says May 1st (5/1/2015).

Step 4:
Forward that Amazon / BN.com receipt email to Kimberly (the author’s Customer Service Director) at contact@rlassociatesllc.com.

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You will receive an email from Kimberly with your FREE access to Ryan’s “How to Choose Your Market” Green-Light Project Checklist.

(Given the level of interest in this offer, please allow 2-3 business days to receive that email with your access…)

And that’s IT!

Thanks, friends. I think you’ll really like this unique business book and find it both interesting and super useful if you have any kind of online business!

Thanks for the love and support! Love to all!

K

 

Helping Children with Disabilities: Young Life Capernaum

Young Life Capernaum

Dear Friends:

At this time of year — a season of thanks and giving — Steve and I are mindful that Young Life Capernaum couldn’t do the loving work that they do without the generosity of donors and friends like you.

You can give a present of hope to a child with disabilities, and a present of gratitude to those who serve them.

Steve and I serve on the Young Life Capernaum Mission Wide Committee and our hope and prayers are that you will give your financial support this season to help us reach out to more young people with disabilities in the coming year. By giving, you will experience the joy and satisfaction of helping them grow spiritually and experience life to the fullest. Please take a moment to watch the brief video that will inspire your decision.

We invite you to join with us to help reach a world of special kids! To give or learn more, I encourage you to contact our good friend, Pam Harmon, Executive Director of YL Capernaum Ministries. She would welcome hearing from you.

Thank you so much for caring and giving, and best wishes for a joyous Christmas and New Year!

Warm regards,
Karen Anderson

P.S. You can also make your donation online. Thank you.

Remembering Peter Borsay: A Fallen Soldier I Never Knew

(This is a repost of what a wrote a few years ago about Peter and Peggy Borsay. Each year I remember…)

It was 44 years ago today (Memorial Day) that my brother-in-law, Peter Borsay, was killed in Vietnam. Peter was married to my husband’s older sister, Peggy. Unfortunately, I never met Peter.  Steve and I met three years after Peter died so it’s a bit strange for me to “remember” Peter since I never knew him.  But I wish I had known him.  I have always had a feeling that there was something incomplete in my history with Steve’s family since I never knew Peter.

Peter’s death was even more tragic (if there is such a thing) because he was killed by “friendly fire” during a cease fire: military speak for our side killed him by accident.  A helicopter still had its load of weapons and was told to discharge the load before returning to base by dumping it in an empty field. However, the field wasn’t empty. Five men were injured and Peter was killed — instantly, from what we were told. It was a horribly tragic communications glitch.

Peter was in his prime when he was killed; he was in graduate school with a budding academic career ahead of him. Peter and Peggy had only been married 17 months when she got the news the Peter was gone. She became a widow at 23 years old.  She never remarried or had children. She went on to get her doctorate and worked in the corporate world until she passed away in 2006  after losing a valiant fight with  breast cancer. But I think a part of her heart died that Memorial Day with Peter and there was always a sense that she never recovered from her broken heart.  On a cold December day, we buried Peg’s remains next to Peter’s, so many years later, in a family cemetery in West Virginia surrounded by Peter’s family.

I remember the first time I went to the Vietnam memorial in Washington and looked up Peter.  There is a large book with all the soldier’s names and I looked up Peter Borsay.  He is on Panel 23W – Line 25, pretty much
smack in the middle of the memorial.  The names are engraved in the granite and I remember touching the stone and running my hand over the indentation.  There was something almost comforting, if that makes sense,
about touching the name of this man who loved my sister-in-law, a womanI loved like a sister.

Peter and Peg are both gone now.  We don’t always understand or agree with “policy” but what I do know is this: Real people give real lives for our freedom. My life has been touched by a soldier I never knew and the world is different place because of his sacrifice.

I guess that’s the essence of Memorial Day: to remember those we knew, and those we never had the chance to know, who have served our country by giving their very lives — and also to remember those that loved them. For that, this Memorial Day, I am grateful.

How I Saved My iPhone After It Went Swimming

iphone-in-water1Okay, this may qualify as bragging…

A couple of months ago I was getting a pedicure and accidentally (duh) dropped my iPhone into the tub of water. It was like watching a scene in slow motion. I saw it start to fall and tried to grab it; time slowed down as I saw it plunge into the water while my hand was reaching out to try and prevent what in my mind I knew was going to happen.

I was not happy, to say the least. Crushed is more like it. And since I am waiting (not so patiently, I might add) for the 5 to come out, I didn’t want to get a new phone yet as it requires a new contract plan with AT&T. In fact, I had decided to forego the 4S (which I really wanted because it has a better camera) in order to get the 5 (I’m assuming the camera will be better yet). So the whole phone in the water thing was a bit of a crisis.

But I came home and dutifully did what I thought I remembered should be done if ever a catastrophe should occur (and this qualified, IMHO). I found a bag of rice (had a few weevils in it but I figured that wouldn’t make a big difference — and given how much I cook I wasn’t surprised). We had just gotten one of those food saver vacuum seal machines so I thought, why not? I got the little container and filled it with rice, put in my iPhone and sucked all the air out. I put it aside for about a week (since I thought it was dead anyway). I eventually dumped the rice out as I needed the container back and set my phone aside (RIP).

Fortunately, I had a friend come to my aid and loan me his old 4. (Good Samaritan that he is.)

There’s a new cell phone repair shop (cleverly called CPR) that opened in town so I took my phone in this morning to see if I could sell it for parts. The guy said he didn’t buy phones that had water damage but he’d look at it any way.

When he opened it up he notice a grain of rice and said I had done the right thing by putting it in rice. He asked me how long I had left it in there and then casually said most people only leave it in rice a few hours because they’re not patient enough but it really needs to be in at least 3 days.

Then he said if I hadn’t told him it had been dropped in water he wouldn’t have believed it. He said my phone was in perfect condition. No corrosion (which is what the problem is when water is involved) and that probably vacuum sealing it had helped as well.

He said it needed a new battery ($55) and he thought it would work fine. He fired it up and I have to say when the little Apple logo lit up, so did my heart (trust me, I’m not being melodramatic here).

I was able to sync it on my Mac so all my data is up to date and everything is working perfectly. Transferring sim cards was the last step and now I’m back to my old phone!

I’m still eagerly waiting for the 5 to come out but I’m thinking about getting a waterproof case when it does…

DCA Admiral’s Club Amazing Bloody Marys!

bloody mary

(The secret’s the Old Bay seasoning — having lived in Maryland, Old Bay is a staple that gives these drinks some added zip!)

  • Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary Mix
  • Vodka (to taste)
  • ½ Lemon, squeezed w no seeds
  • 2 shakes of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Old Bay (or more!)
  • Splash Tabasco sauce
  • Squeeze of Lime Juice

Shake (or pour into another glass to mix) & enjoy!

Garnish with olives, celery, lime…. yum.