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Happy Halloween

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

For your Halloween and funny bone pleasure – See below!

Happy Halloween!

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Headstones

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York: Born 1903-Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way
down.It was.

In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery: Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up And no place to go.

In a London, England cemetery: Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid But died an old Mann.

In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery: Anna Wallace:
The children of Israel wanted bread, And the Lord sent them
manna. Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, And the Devil sent him
Anna.

In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery: Here lies Johnny Yeast.
Pardon me For not rising.

In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery: Here lies the body of
Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas Instead of the brake.

In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery: Here lays The Kid.
We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger But slow on the
draw.

A lawyer’s epitaph in England: Sir John Strange. Here lies an
honest lawyer,And that is Strange.

John Penny’s epitaph in the Wimborne, England, Cemetery:
Reader, if cash thou art In want of any,
Dig 6 feet deep; And thou wilt find a Penny.

In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England: On the 22nd of June,
Jonathan Fiddle Went out of tune.

On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees, Lies the body of Jonathan
Pease. He is not here, there’s only the pod. Pease shelled out
and went to God.

In a cemetery in England: Remember man, as you walk by, As you
are now, so once was I. As I am now, you soon will be.Prepare
yourself and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone: To follow
you I’ll not consent Until I know which way you went

Last add, from Boot Hill, in Tombstone, Arizona: Here lies
Lester Moore One slug from a 44 No Les No More

Thought for Today: “If you make the unconditional commitment to
reach your most important goals, if the strength of your
decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to
achieve your goals.” Robert Conklin Teacher, Author and Speaker

Tips and Techniques
Tomorrow I begin my video tips with an Introduction to PaintNet
I do hope that you will tune in.

Happy designing!

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Committment

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What is your commitment to excellence?

Do you have one? Is OK good enough? Sometimes it is, but most of the time I have to say no it isn’t.

OK is great when you begin a new project and are learning. It takes wins and sometime it can be a very small one. Once you can do something it then takes practice and getting better and better until it looks easy in the eyes of the beholder.

Have you ever watched the “Joy in Painting”? Doesn’t he make it look so easy to create magnificent oil paintings? If your goal is to create oil paintings, yes you can get his workbooks and his instructions and if the desire is there you can even copy his techniques. If you are creating for the sheer joy of creating, then good is OK. After all beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

If you are painting with the goal of becoming accomplished and selling your work then OK is never good enough.

Whatever you do, don’t dabble commit to and be the very best you can be.
Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Apprehension

After booking my 80-year-old grandmother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, I called the airline to go over her special needs. The representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair and an attendant for my mother because of her arthritis and impaired vision to the point of near blindness

My apprehension lightened a bit when the woman assured me that everything would be taken care of. I thanked her profusely.

“Oh, you’re welcome,” she replied. I was about to hang up when she cheerfully asked, “And will your grandmother need a rental car?”

Thought for Today:

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Vince Lombardi
1913-1970
Hall of Fame Football Coach

Tips and Techniques

If you haven’t got it yet, do go pick up PaintNet. It is a free open source application for manipulating graphics. I am so impressed with this application that I am working on a series of video tutorials showing how to use it. Watch for them in the blog.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Successful People Have a Dream

Successful people ask the question: “What is possibly missing that I could do today to move me closer to achieving my dream?” They ask this question every hour of every day.

They have it printed on the bathroom mirror, on their computer monitor and on their dashboard: “What is possibly missing?”

They understand that nothing kills accomplishment like trying to be perfect. They seek excellence, which allows for making mistakes and learning from them. Progress, not perfection is the value we strive for.

Successful people have ambition.

They want to accomplish something. They have enthusiasm, commitment, and pride. They
have self-discipline.There is more self-discipline in practice than there is perfection.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
The Cheese Wheel

Mexican family crosses the border to the Land ofMilk and Honey where the streets are
paved with gold. But the husband can find no work. His familyis hungry, so he takes a walk to a quiet place atthe foot of a big hill, kneels at the base of a tree, and begins to pray:

“Sweet Jesus, please show me a way to feed my family…”Eyes closed, the Mexican does not see a black mancoming over the top of the hill, who is strugglingwith a broken grocery sack and who loses a wheel of cheese.

When the Mexican man opens his eyes, the large wheel of Cheddar cheese from the Black
man’s grocery bag rolls down the hill and lands at the Mexican’s feet!

“Oh, thank you Jesus, thank you”, he cries, grabs the cheese, and runs straight home.

Upon returning home, he gives the cheese to his wife and instructs her to make nachos.”But wouldn’t you rather have cheese enchiladas and burritos and other things?”

she inquires. “No,” the husband says,

“Jesus sent this to me with amessage….. as I ran home, I kept hearing a voice yelling …………… “THAT’S NA CHO CHEESE!”

Thought for Today:

“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.”

-Aristotle 384-322 BC.
Philosopher and Scientist

Tips and Techniques

The tutorial to be posted for the October tutorial is in PaintNet. It is a free open source graphics design program. Now is the time to download the application so you are ready to learn graphics and graphic design. http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

During the month of November, the plan is to do little video tutorials using PaintNet so be ready!!

Happy designing!

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Big Mistake

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I Have Been Thinking

Is this mistake killing your profits?

You think your ad or your product is important.? Well maybe it is, but not to your customers. It’s important to you, your family, your friends, and your employees. But that’s as far as it goes.

Customers don’t care. They don’t wait eagerly to get your sales pitch on their computer, or in the mail. So if you want to grab their attention – and keep it – you must do something drastic.
And to do this, you must understand how to structure your ad.

So let’s consider the components of your ad.

Your TITLE
Most important!

Your title waves down the reader. It shouts, “Hey, read me now!” And what is that vital, not-to-be-missed thing that should stop your reader in his tracks? Is it your crash hot product?
No! Chances are they’ll pass right by your ad. They might have a mild interest in your product, but you’d better be able to seize their attention, to reach out and grab them by the throat in order to make your case.

You accomplish this by featuring a benefit in your title that is so potent, it can’t be passed over.

Look, you have only a few seconds to hold their attention. So you’ve got to roll out your biggest, loudest gun right away – prominently. Make it so irresistible that only an idiot would pass it by.

Now I shall share with you a colossal one-word change in an ad that has doubled results – and can double results for you.

Here it is:

The word is “YOU”.

One word. It’s so simple, but it means SO MUCH! So think of ways you can include words
like “you” or “your” in the title. “You” words instantly attract the reader’s interest.

Your BENEFITS

It’s vital that you don’t talk about yourself, your business, or your products. This is one of the most costly errors you can possibly make. Customers care about themselves, their problems, important goals they’d like to achieve, and the things that will make their lives easier or better. That’s just human nature. This means you focus on your readers – their wants, their problems. Talk about how they can get rid of their problem and get what they want by having your product or service.
It boils down to this:
You have pain? Get product. No more pain.
You have want? Get product. Your want is fulfilled.

Here’s what you do. You create a powerful customer benefit headline. You speak directly to the customer.

Read your copy for “feel”. Imagine you are the reader. Does it make you feel like you and the writer have a lot in common? That you have the same problems, goals, and aspirations? That “feel,” that sense of warmth and empathy, can substantially boost your sales.

3. Your OFFER

Again, make it personal: “You will receive…”
“You will save time and money.”
So have fun re-working that ad. Here’s to success unlimited!

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Jonathan Gray has been helping people succeed in small
home businesses for over three years. To discover some
powerful tips and strategies that can help you promote
your website quickly and cheaply, go to
http://www.businessrich.com

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Blind Comment

I’m a counselor who helps coordinate support groups for visually-impaired adults. Many participants have a condition known as macular degeneration, which makes it very difficult for them to distinguish facial features.

I had just been assigned to a new group and was introducing myself. Knowing that many in the group would not be able to see me well, I jokingly said, “For those of you who can’t see me, I’ve been told that I look like a cross between Paul Newman and Robert Redford.”

Immediately, one woman called out, “We’re not THAT blind!”

Thought for Today:

“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”

– Theodore Parker 1810-1860, Minister

Tips and Techniques

Is marketing a problem for you? I received a video from a friend and thought maybe this might be of interest to you. It is only about 6 minutes long and well worth the listen – or watch LOL. http://www.brettmcfall.com/20.html

Happy designing!

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Key Ingredients

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

That key ingredient is to make, offer and own your very own unique service or product.

Do not let this idea scare you.

If you can grasp this concept and act upon it, you will have established the foundation that you need to make some truly SERIOUS MONEY working online.

What is my definition of making truly SERIOUS MONEY?

SERIOUS MONEY is earning several thousands of dollars per month from all of your online efforts. Is this also your idea of truly SERIOUS MONEY?

Now let’s examine the key ingredients to the recipe for making this truly SERIOUS MONEY online:

1. Make, Offer and Own Your Own Product or Service.This is the KEY ingredient of the recipe.You MUST make, offer and own your very own unique service or product.

2. Have A Payment System In Place. You MUST have a payment system in place that will allow your customers to pay for your product or service online.

3. Identify Your Customers. You MUST know who is your customer and you MUST know why
they would want to purchase your product or service.

4. Establish Your Own Email List. The Internet is all about GLOBAL COMMUNICATION and the most fundamental as well as the very best form is email!

5. Build Your Web Site. Whereas email is the BEST form of COMMUNICATION, a web site is
the BEST form of INFORMATION DELIVERY. And, not only can your web site best inform your customer, it can also then lead him or her to the CLOSE OF THE SALE.

Afterall, that is the natural progression of a business transaction, be it in the real world or online in cyberspace. You attract the attention of a potential customer via COMMUNICATION, you INFORM the customer fully what, how and why your product or service will benefit their lives and you receive PAYMENT for the transfer of your goods or services.

These are the fundamental, KEY ELEMENTS, necessary for successfully making truly SERIOUS MONEY online.

I invite you to join a FREE 3-month email course that will show you in exact detail, a practical example of how to start and run your very own SERIOUS MONEYMAKING online business: mailto:recipe@emailexchange.org

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Opportunity is never lost
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Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Signs You’re Getting Too Old To Drive…

– You think an SUV might be too small to be safe.
– It takes more than four minutes to get out of your car.
– When backing into a parking spot, you just back up until you hear something.
– It scares you to drive the speed limit.
– The only thing you pass on the road anymore is the Amish.
– You use cruise control because your leg fell asleep.
– You use cruise control at 25 mph.
– You inquired if the dealership could install magnifying glass for the windshield.
– Your turn signal has been on since 2003.
-Your bumper sticker endorses Eisenhower.

Thought for Today:

“The only opinion about your dream that really counts is yours. The negative comments
of others merely reflect their limitations – not yours.” Cynthia Kersey

Tips and Techniques

I am having difficulty installing NOF, it seems to install but then nothing works.

It has been my experience that if you have Norton running on your machine it is a good idea to turn it off until you install NOF and many other programs as well. In Vista, you may have to install as an administrator.

Happy designing!
Carolyn

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

“How To Make SERIOUS Money On The Internet!”

Some people actually come online to make money.

They join every affiliate program and MLM opportunity in sight, they email everyone they can, place ads in all the FREE Ad sites that are available, join discussion groups and basically invest HUGE amounts of time and effort for the sole purpose of reaping a profit.

Does anyone actually make any money online?

Yes.

They do make money working online.

Some folks are even lucky enough to make a LOT of money working online, more often than not by being one of the first to join a program that gets hot. But the vast majority of people operating as I have described above, will NOT make significant amounts of income.

Sure, you can make money working as an affiliate for some other online enterprise. But you are working for someone else. The best you can hope for is to earn a small percentage of the total take involved. And, many have made money with MLM projects online but this is also a situation where you are working for someone else and for a small percentage.

You will earn those small $20 or $25 commission checks after investing several months of hard work and so much time that you are lucky to reap a few pennies per hour of your time nvested.

That is NOT the way to make money online, that is the way to earn meager money only.

But there is a secret to breaking that meager money cycle.You will NEVER make significant amounts of money working online until you change one key ingredient of the online money making recipe.

Just follow the above fundamental, KEY ELEMENTS, and you will be successful in making truly SERIOUS MONEY.

Tune in tomorrow for A.T. Rendon’s key ingredients
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Ice Breakers
Broken Lamp

Billy called his mother from his friend Charlie’s house and confessed he had broken a lamp when he threw a football in their living room.

“But, Mom,” he said, brightening, “you don’t have to worry about buying another one Charlie’s mother said it was irreplaceable.”

Thought for Today:

“Nothing in life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it.”
Ellen Glasgow
1874-1945, Novelist

Tips and Techniques

I have a 4 page website that has the master page but no layout on the home page. How do I add a layout to the page? Thanks Eddie

Check that the left/right and top/bottom master border tabs aren’t squished together.
Look for the grey tabs on the ruler and drag them apart. Go to this tutorial:
http://www.efuse.com/tutor/Page/M-Border/m-border.html and look at the “Resizing a Master Border” section. Also look at http://www.efuse.com/Build/fusion__pageview.html#masterborder in the Setting a Page Size section. Those tutorials are old, but still apply to NOF10, NOF has gone through many upgrades but the basic elements have all remained the same.

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Good News

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A HUGE HELPING OF GOOD NEWS

Have you had a large helping of good news lately?

A woman called her pastor. “We just won $100 million in the lottery!” she exclaimed. “But I’m afraid to tell my husband. He has a weak heart and I’m afraid he may have a heart attack. Pastor, would you be able to tell him for me?” she asked.

The clergyman thought that perhaps he could, so he came right over and sat down with the man. “What would you do,” he began, “if you were to win $500,000 in the lottery?”

“My wife could quit her job and I could work less and relax more,” the man said.

“What would you do if you were to win one million dollars in the lottery?” the pastor asked.

“If I were to win that much we could both retire,” the man said. “Life would be good.”

The pastor forged on. “Well, what would you do if you were to win five million dollars?”

“We could do anything we wanted!” he exclaimed. “We could travel, live anywhere in the world and enjoy a life we never dreamed we could live!”

Finally the clergyman got to it. “Tell me…what would you do if you won ten million dollars in the lottery?”

“Ten million dollars? Why, if I ever won that much, Pastor, I’d give half of it to you and the church!”

The pastor had a heart attack.

It might be dangerous to pass along too much good news all at once. But, on the other hand, I’d rather be exposed to a huge helping of good news than bad.

And I’d rather dish out the good – even if it only comes in small bites. A day nibbling on bite-sized bits of encouragement and good will can fill a life so full that there is no room for that junk that only hurts us.

It’s a diet for health and happiness.

Steve Goodier Publisher@LifeSupportSystem.com is a professional
speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for
more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love
and Laughter at http://LifeSupportSystem.com.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Blah, Blah, Blah

The CEO was scheduled to speak at an important convention, so he asked one of his employees to write him a punchy, 20-minute speech.

When the CEO returned from the big event, he was furious.

“What’s the idea of writing me an hour-long speech?”
he demanded to know. “Half the audience walked out before I finished.”

The employee was baffled. “I wrote you a 20-minute speech,” he replied. “I also gave you the two extra copies you asked for.”

Thought for Today:

“Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worth while achievement.” Henry Ford 1863-1947, American Industrialist

Tips and Techniques

Hi, been running NOF 10 in XP Pro, no problems, wanting to upgrade system to Vista Business and have a precautionary question.

Need to reload all my apps, my NOF 10 is an upgrade purchased via download. The purchase documentation says this:

NetObjects Fusion 10 Upgrade (Download) 1 Download Version English Win2000/Win98SE/WinME/WinNT/WinXP Item No.: 216003-085

It does not explicately say Vista, so just wanted to make sure before installing. Would this work or do I need a Vista version? Thanks in advance.

I use NOF 10 with Vista with no difficulties. A couple of things to do, however. Once you install NOF, check for updates. Install in administrator mode and all should work fine.

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