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Thursday, December 25, 2014

In The Mood For Celtic Holiday Music

Celebrating a Celtic Christmas with Music

Dylan Thomas A Child's Christmas

Begin with listening to a recording of The Thistle and Shamrock: Nollaig. Enjoy this holiday soundtrack from NPR. Enter the spirit of a traditional Scottish, Irish and Welsh Yuletide with special guest Cerys Matthews, Eileen Ivers and Anuna joining Fiona Richie. Hear Matthews read from her album A Child's Christmas. Click on the image to buy the CD.  Click Here to listen to the NPR program.

The carol "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" belongs to the Advent Season since it celebrates the expectation of Christ's coming rather than His actual birth. Celtic Advent is always Nov. 15-Dec. 24 Observance begins at Sunset on Nov. 14 and ends on December 24th at sundown, the beginning of Christmas Eve. Enjoy this video:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
by Enya 


 
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An Irish Christmas by Moya Brennan
An Irish Christmas  by Moya Brennan  I just recently discovered this album by way of Pandora. If you like the Christmas Classics, you may like this album. Listen to clips of this album on Amazon and purchase it if you like it. Click the image to check it out.  

What reminds us of Christmas tradition more than a yule log burning in the hearth. This video includes two dogs sitting in front of the glowing holiday fire, periodically moving in and out of shot. The crackling of the log fire will be sure to get you excited for the festivities of Christmas.  







    An Irish Christmas Blessing For You Click Here If you want to learn more about Celtic Christmas Click Here     Want to know about Christmas in Wales Click Here 

Edited 5/1/17

Friday, August 29, 2014

Is The Virgo New Moon A Lunar Re-Set?

"When you get right down to it, life is a grand mess – and in fact, it’s kind of beautiful that way. Maybe everything is already perfect, just as it is, and your only job is to figure out your place in it,"  writes April Elliott Kent on her blog 
Big Sky Astrology


Referring to the Virgo new moon in August, Kent writes that Virgo encourages us to "become better,  more useful. Be of optimal service. Figure out what the world needs from you, and organize your life in such a way that you’re able to give it." 

She offers that "If we orient ourselves in that way, she thinks "Virgo will be pleased with us – no matter how messy our houses, how unbalanced our checkbook, or how abundant our cellulite."

Molly Hall at About Astrology titles her entry Virgo New Moon — August 25th, 2014: Purify Thyself. She writes “So with this Virgo lunation, we enter the zone of decontamination from all that’s wafted and streamed through. It’s a lunar re-set, to redeem your sanity."

Hall asks "What are ways to sanitize your life?" She suggests that you ask yourself questions like, 

“What’s cluttering up my life?”  
or 
“What’s toxic to my body, spirit, and mind?"

Are you trying to figure out your place in the scope of things? Are you one of those people wondering what the world needs from you and how you are going to give it? Do you wonder what's cluttering up your life? If you answer yes to any of these questions, let me suggest a  book that may be very helpful for you.

The Practical Guide to Figuring Yourself Out: How to Go from Stuck to Star of Your Life


This is a step-by-step handbook, written by Pat Honiotes, of techniques and practices that can help you learn what you need to change in order to move forward and create an action plan for change. Click this image to order the workbook.

 
I wrote about this book when it was first released. Read my post here:




new moon image by Timo Newton-Syms
Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

How Valuable is a Loyal Customer?

"Lifetime revenue from a pizza eater is $8,000!" ~Harvard Business Review

"Loyal Kleenex family will spend $994.00 on facial tissues over a lifetime!" ~Kimberrly Clark

Whether you're selling pizza, Kleenex or something else, if you can keep the customer coming back year after year, it all translates into the same thing: Money!

Today is the third Thursday of the beginning of the quarter (January, April, July and October) That means it's


Actually, the purpose of this day is to remind us how valuable our customers/Clients are to us.

How well do you know your customers?
When was the last time your customers/clients heard from you?
What do your customers want from you?
Do your customers feel valued by you?

According to customer relationship management experts, companies can increase revenue by 50% if they retain only 5% more of their customers.
Don't you want your share of that revenue?

Develop Loyalty with your Customers and Clients
by Letting Them Know You're Thinking of Them.
How do you connect with customers/clients? Click here to find out about the system I use to put the process of keeping in touch on autopilot while being very personal at the same time.

Visit me on Facebook and tell me how you will observe Get to Know Your Customer Day Click Here

Read more about Get to Know Your Customer Day 

Image: Pepperoni pizza author and copyright holder, Jon Sullivan, public domain
edited 9/20/15

Monday, April 07, 2014

John and Yoko Inteviews


As this year is the Beatles U.S. Invasion 50th Anniversary, I feel ok about one more post about John Lennon. If you are a John Lennon fan, you may already know about the Smith Tapes. Now is the time to order your set of these interviews.

Never before released on CD, an 8 disc set of the five iconic conversations between John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Oscar winning film director, broadcaster and Village Voice journalist Howard Smith. These conversations took place between 1969-72 and the original tapes remained buried in the back of Smith's West Village loft for 40 years.

Smith Tapes: I'm Not the Beatles: John and Yoko Inteviews Audio CDs
Pre-order -- will be released on April 15, 2014
Click here to order Smith Tapes: I'm Not the Beatles: John and Yoko Interviews

These CD's include "discussions about music, love, creativity, peace and politics, following the couple's evolution from the Beatles into revolutionaries."

Beatles U.S. Invasion 50th Anniversary

Other posts you might like:
Today we remember John Lennon 
Remembering John Lennon


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Happy

You have probably heard this song already. It's everywhere these days. "Happy" comes from the film Despicable Me 2 soundtrack., for which Pharrell helped create the soundtrack.

Both the film and “Happy” were nominated for an Academy Award  for best animated film and best song.

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)

"Clap along if that's what you wanna do!"  





Updated 5/1/17