Sharing Information About Awards and Honors

We put our awards and honors on our C.V.s and resumes, but once we’ve started our own home business, we may either not know how to share this information in a classy way with prospects, customers, clients, and prospects–or we may forget that it can even make a difference. What happens when you receive recognition and how do you go about sharing that information and using it to help you build your business? Let’s say you are named an important “up and comer” by your chamber of commerce or other business group, or perhaps you receive an award for a … Continue reading

Book Awards: The Edgar

The Edgar Award is named after Edgar Allen Poe, and is awarded to authors who have distinguished themselves in the genre of mystery. It’s sponsored and awarded by the Mystery Writers of America and has been since 1946 with the first recipient, “Watchful at Night” by Julius Faust. The first step in the awards process is the selection of the General Awards chair. He/she then chooses chairs for each of the individual Edgar categories and one for the Mary Higgins Clark award. Then those thirteen chairs select four additional judges, but for the Novel of the Year, they choose eight … Continue reading

Book Awards: The Nobel

The Nobel Prize is one of the most coveted honors that can be received. The mere thought of being a Nobel winner sends chills down aspirants’ spines and makes them drift off into lovely daydreams . . . yes, I’ve had those daydreams and I know what they look like. Once you are chosen to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, you know that you have truly made your mark on the whole world, and not just a small portion of it. When Alfred Nobel outlined the criteria for nominees for this award, he said, in part, that the prize … Continue reading

Book Awards: The Whitneys

As you browse your library or bookstore, you’ll see various logos on the covers of the books – winner of the Caldecott, winner of the Newbury, winner of the Christy – the list is endless. Jaime Egan did a marvelous series on the Caldecott Medal and another on the Newbury last year, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at other awards that are available in the literary world. That way, when you see one of those logos, you’ll know why that book is being honored and what made it so special. I’m going to start … Continue reading

Scrapbooking with Awards, Certificates, Medals and More

It is that time of year again, where the books are being turned back in, desks and lockers are being cleaned out, pencils boxes with two markers, one broken crayon, two dull pencils and a chewed eraser are coming home and then the countless papers, and projects are finally able to be returned. But it’s also a time, when many children receive awards, medals, certificates and other items, commemorating their special achievements throughout the year. Perhaps it was for perfect grades, or just really great grades. Maybe it was for perfect attendance, which might not seem like such a big … Continue reading

Disney Honors Legends

The prestigious Disney Legends Award is one of the ways that the Disney Company honors achievements in creativity, quality and innovation. Disney has been providing these awards for the last 19 years. This year, the Disney Legends Awards were presented to Singer & Songwriter Sir Elton John ABC News anchor Peter Jennings Actors Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran (Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, Mickey Mouse Club) Actors Tim Considine and David Stollery (The Adventures of Spin and Marty) Actress Ginny Tyler (Mickey Mouse Club) Disney and Pixar animation story artist Joe Ranft Voice actor Paul Frees (Haunted … Continue reading

Winners of the Caldecott Medal: 1938-1942

I do not profess to be an art critic; however, through the inspiration of my fellow bloggers, I am writing a series of articles about winners of the Caldecott Medal. This series began with my article about the origins of the Caldecott Medal. Since I do not know a lot about art but what I see, I will simply give a brief synopsis of each book along with some comments about the artwork. Because I do not have the will power to write about the winning books and the Honor books (which would probably take me months), I will list … Continue reading

Fake Oscar Removed from the Auction Block

It is considered by most to be the most coveted award an entertainer can receive. Because of that, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asks its winners to sign a contract stating the award will remain in their possession. If an entertainer dies and his or her heirs wish to sell the Oscar, they must first offer it to the Academy for $1.00. The Academy always buys the statue and locks it away in a vault. However, the Academy did not instigate this contract until 1951, making all Oscars received before 1951 eligible for sale. When these Oscars … Continue reading

Plan a Neighborhood Talent Show

You can keep your kids busy for several weeks planning a neighborhood talent show. Have them gather their friends and find out how many would like to participate in some way. Make a list of children who would like to perform and those who would like to help create a stage, costumes, props, etc. Have the kids make up tickets, which can be handmade or printed from the computer. Sell tickets for a quarter or so (cheap enough that other children can buy tickets). Get your neighbors involved and encourage them to buy tickets. Try to sell tickets in advance … Continue reading

Hawaii or a Plasma TV

I am a member of United Airlines frequent-flier program. I have been for more than 20 years and it has paid off. At least once a year I accrue enough miles to qualify for a free round trip ticket to Hawaii. But, today I received a letter asking me to reconsider using my frequent-flier miles for award travel. Instead, United is trying to entice me to redeem my miles for a 27-inch high definition TV. The letter details how United is becoming the latest carrier to allow frequent-flier program members to redeem their miles for a variety of items such … Continue reading