Drama will destroy your business, your life and you.
Surround yourself with positive energy, positive people,
positive words and you will go far!
When life get's you down ---> RUN from the DRAMA!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Help The Big Cats Today

I just got a email from The Animal Rescue Site. They always post a spotlight on domesticated cats, but this time they want to talk to you about the plight of some much larger, less tame cats: Africa's lions.

Yes, the king of the jungle need your help!

There are an estimated 20,000 lions left in the wild areas of this massive continent, an alarming decline from the roughly 450,000 that existed in the 1940s. With the loss of their native habitat, poisoning through the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and the still lucrative poaching market, the King of the Beasts could face extinction in their native land in a mere 10 years.

We can help today by signing a online petition to Help Save Lions And Other Rare Animals. This online action will send a message to U.S. senators, asking them to support the Great Cats and Canids Act. This vital legislation will provide financial support for groups working to protect rare great cat and wild canine populations outside of North America. Many of the countries native for these species lack the resources to conserve these animals within their borders...a global effort is needed.

Help these majestic creatures survive: take action today! See more at their website:

Thank you for helping animals in their homes and yours.

Yours truly,

Luis E Galarza,
Marketing Specialist.

Blog: http://LuisGalarza.blogspot.com

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I can see autumn from my house

We were happy to move this year. Each changing season has shown us new things on our new property, filling our year with fun surprises.
Autumn has turned our front yard tree a lovely shade of red. I enjoy the view so much I had to take some photographs to share. Most of our backyard trees have already dropped their leaves, but this tree is hanging on. It's nice that our neighbor's tree is a match to ours. I will be looking forward to these beautiful red leaves every fall.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Remarkable Birthday Wish

Is giving part of your life, if not it should be... You missing out on the fulfilling emotion that you can expienrence by giving to those in need.

I want to tell a little story of a wonderful person that made a remarkable birthday wish!

Her name is Tonya and she did something awesome, she donated their birthday to charity! Yes, instead of asking for gifts, Tonya started a Birthday Wish event to raise money for a great cause. Here's the full story in her own words:

"I can't stand to see animals abused!!! They are God's creatures too!!! Even though I have a very bad allergy, to animals, they still have a special place in my heart!!! I now have 4 dogs and they are like children to me!!! I love them with ALL my heart!!!"

So please check out Tonya's Birthday Wish, spread the word, and make a donation if you can at:


Thanks so much!

We're so lucky to have such awesome people in this world.

Your truly,

Luis E Galarza,
Markting Specialist.

Blog: http://LuisGalarza.blogspot.com


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Never to old to learn

Upon going through some papers the other day, I came across this. I'm sure some of you might have already read it, but this will be just a reminder.

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.  She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm 87 years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm her to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of kids.." "No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always
dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next 3 months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went...She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her 3 by 5 cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so may people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are 19 and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn 20 years old. If I am 87 and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn 88. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose." She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over 2000 college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never to late to be all you can possibly be. These words have been passed along in loving memory of Rose.


We make a LIVING by what we get, We make a LIFE by what we give. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it--He will bring you through it. Lord I love you and need you, come into my heart today. For without you I can do nothing.

My you have a blessed day.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Attutude -- It really is everything

I got this in an email today and it spoke to me!  I didn't want to keep all this attitude for myself, but thought it was worth sharing with everyone!   This is the way I try to live everyday.  

There once was a woman who woke up one
morning, looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.' 
So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.' 
So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that she had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a
pony tail.' 
So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her
'YAY!' she exclaimed.
 'I don't have to fix my hair
Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary,
for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of
Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly,
and pray continually.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Angel Was Watching Over Us

Sometimes things work out in ways we never expect.  

Last spring my daughter needed us to be in Chicago for a very serious surgery. While we were there a (Danna Crawford - PowersellingMom.com) invited us to a memorial service for her Grandma. 

As a side note we met "Grandma" several times when we visited and stayed at Danna's house while we were visiting Ocala, Florida.  She was a lovely lady (in the truest sense of the word) and loved Gene, even proposed to him while they were joking around one day.  

I feel we were privileged to share a few hours with a wonderful person. 
So back to Illinois - We had driven our RV to a campground in Joliet and the service was about 30 minutes away.  As we were driving to the small farming community I notice yard sale signs. Wow there was another one - Hey look there is the same sign on each corner.  Turns out it was the day for the community yard sales.  

We went to the lovely service and after we left decided to stop at several of the sales.  Even though we have been selling on eBay for many years, I don't have alot of experience in yard sale buying for reselling. 

That day we found what we though were many great deals and unique things.

We listed them almost right away and as of today of the 30 items we bought 25 are sold at a 3 -5x what we paid profit. 
Both us truly believe Grandma was helping us, directing us and giving us the tap on the shoulder to say - "way to go"!

Even though the service was a celebration of her life (and her 'famous' cookies) it was still sad to know she was gone. And what could have been a reflective, sad day turned out to be joyful and a true celebration.  

Thank you Grandma!! ((( )))

Monday, October 11, 2010

Challenge, Photography and Flowers all-in-one

  I know a lot of you'll like challenges and many want to improve their photography skills, so I thought this might be of interest.  I just ran across this site while challenging the left brain. I think you may like the entire site and the flower challenge looks like fun.


Blueberry Craft and Hobby Time
Craft and hobby ideas, weekends in Ireland and my attempt at photography

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pandora Radio Plays Happy Music I Like!

Music! What we do without it? When I want to change my mood, I play a song. Turn it up loud and enjoy life. When I need a quick listen I turn to Pandora.com. I listen on any computer, work, personal, even my Android mobile phone. The great thing about Pandora is how it selects music to suit your mood. Enter a song that you like, create a station and Pandora selects other similar songs. You get an automatic playlist, called a "station". You can like and unlike the songs to narrow it down to your taste. You can also see your Facebook friend's stations. I play my Paul Simon station a lot lately! It was my brother's station originally. I recommend you have a listen to the Paul Simon station - you will feel happy!

Here's a link to my stations:
elegantkb Pandora