Saturday, May 23, 2015

Avery WON!!!

My little four legged, soft, silky Wheaten Poodle won the Pets on Parade 2015 contest.  The prize is two nights at a plush hotel in Newport Beach, dinner for two and a year's subscription to Palm Springs Life magazine. 

Of course, the most exciting part is yet to come.  He will be on the cover of the pet edition of the Palm Springs Life Magazine which comes out in August 2015.

My sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for him -- the voting process was not a simple one.

I so appreciate your support.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Six Housecleaning Tips

The six don't's of cleaning:
1.  Don't:  Use vinegar on stone counters -- it can etch and damage materials like granite.
2.  Don't:  Mix bleach with ammonia (can be seriously dangerous).  It can produce a gas that can constrict breathing.
3.  Don't:  Use laundry stain remover on carpets.  It can leave a sticky residue.
4.  Don't:  Dust furniture with a dry rag.  It will just move the dirt around and scratch the finish.
5.  Don't:  Use bleach to clean rust.  It will actually set the stain.
6.  Don't:  Use dish soap to wash your car.  It is harsher on the paint than a car wash.
--House Beautiful Magazine

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

COD Graduates

Congratulations for successfully completing your program of studies here, at the College of the Desert.  You made it !!!!!  Best wishes as you continue your journey either to a new job or onto a four-year college.  New beginnings are a bit scary, but also very exciting.  Embrace all of the new opportunities to learn and to enhance yourself as an individual.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Quotes of the Day

"The past does not have a future, but you do".
--Byrd Baggett

"It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich".
--Henry Ward Beecher

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Letters of Recommendation and Thank You Letters

To my students who are just finishing my three classes, please remember to send a thank you letter or a thank you card to those who have taken the time to write a letter on your behalf.  It does take time and effort from a busy schedule to write a letter of recommendation.  The very least that you can do is to show your appreciation with a proper thank you.  A quickly submitted email does not cut it. Take it a step further and slip a nice bookmark, attractive post-its or even a candy bar in the envelope -- it warms the heart.   Everyone  welcomes thoughtfulness.


"If you have only one breathe left, use it to say thank you."
-Pam Brown

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thank You Notes

There was a time when hand written thank you notes were a rigorous part of our culture.  Through the years, Hallmark made the process simpler by creating beautiful cards with an appropriate verses. Even though it lacked the personal touch of a handwritten note, it became the acceptable norm.

Very quickly it is becoming a lost art and, it seems, that many people are forgetting to acknowledge the thoughtfulness of others.  At best, many will send off a hasty email and call it a day.

Sitting down with nice stationery with pen and ink in hand, took time and thought--it was a deliberate, considerate act.  More than likely, it made the recipient feel happy and appreciated.

It would be so nice if more people returned to some of the old niceties of life.  Sadly, we rush through our daily activities without giving much of ourselves to others.  Buy yourself a nice box of note cards and an ink pen.  Start letting people know that you care--it just might start enhancing your relationships.