Dads are Important, Too!

A few months ago, a book was released that emphasized the important role that dads have. It is possible that the book may have influenced some parents to take a moment and think about the importance of dads and whether society might need to update its idea of what dads can do. Let me begin by clearly stating that I think that both dads and moms are very important to their children. Each can have a very strong influence. Whether that influence is positive or negative depends largely on the individual choices each parent makes. A book called Do Fathers … Continue reading

No Inductees for Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Ah, baseball – it is said it’s America’s favorite past time.  However, this year, there will be no joy in Mudville because for only the second time since 1971, no former Major League Baseball players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s not because the ballot wasn’t full of talent.  No, quite the contrary.  Among this year’s nominees were Barry Bonds, the all-time leader in career home runs (with 762).  Roger Clemens, an 11-time All-Star, two-time World Series winner, and 7-time Cy Young Award winner, was also on the ballot. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were there too.  … Continue reading

Tools of the Trade

Each of us has certain items that we rely on day in and day out to keep our home based businesses going. The collection of items that you depend on to help you get the job done will vary depending upon what you do for work. Today, I realized that some of the items that I depend on do not exactly fit the traditional description of essential office equipment. There are plenty of things that I use that are things that one would expect to find in a writer’s workplace or a law office. My laptop and cell phone are … Continue reading

Things Happening at SCGS Jamboree – Pre-Event Day

The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree takes place once a year. This year is the forty-third annual SCGS Jamboree. It will take place June 8, June 9, and June 10 of 2012. There will be a pre-event day happening on June 7, 2012. Here is what will be happening on the pre-event day. The SCGS Jamboree will not happen until June. However, they are offering an “Early Bird Discount” to anyone who registers to attend the Jamboree before April 23, 2012. In order to help you decide if this genealogy event is something you would like to attend, I will … Continue reading

Do You Blog About Your Homeschool?

Do you have a blog? And if so, do you blog about your homeschool? When you go online and type “homeschool blogs” into a web search, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips. Just a quick search in Google yielded me 4,110,000 results – wow. Think of all the resources those four million blogs could hold for me. Think of all the inspiration, the lesson ideas, the motivation I could get by tapping into that completely free resource. With all those blogs already in existence, is it still important for you to add the topic to your blog … Continue reading

The Trend Toward Co-Blogging and Blog Contributors

I first began blogging about two years ago. Up until that point I had not even read a blog. I began blogging to house my writing and share my thoughts. I never intended for blogging to become an important part of my life. I’m a wife with four kids and a business. That last thing I needed was another thing on my plate. However, soon blogging became a passion of mine. In my time on the blogosphere I noticed an interesting trend. Solo bloggers are starting to become group bloggers. The trend is not lost on me. I contribute to … Continue reading

I, Too, Am A Writer

I have really enjoyed reading the recent posts about writing that were written by my fellow home business bloggers Stephanie Romero and Richele McFarlin, who are both writers. I, too, am a writer and sometimes I wonder what people think when I tell them that that is what I do for work. Whenever someone does ask what I do, I explain it thoroughly yet briefly since I am not one to go on and on about myself. I simply say that I’m primarily a stay at home mom, and I practice law and do freelance writing work on a part … Continue reading

Be a Cheerleader to Other Writers

In many markets there is a lot of competition…but should that be the case amongst writers? Are writers supposed to encourage one another or is it every man for himself? When you think about the business world, not too many of them are quick to boost up another. For instance, if you own a plumbing business it is not likely you will tell your customers about how great the other plumbing business across town is. That would be foolish. So does the same apply to writing? Not necessarily. It can be tricky when it comes to writing. You want others … Continue reading

The Tools

I think a lot about tools. Sometimes I think about tools to a fault. Choosing the right tools for the task, however, is very important as choosing the wrong tools (or even just less capable tools) can be a very bad thing in the long run. The problem with choosing the “right” tool upfront is having the knowledge to know why it is the right tool. Often, since you lack knowledge at the beginning of a project, you are incapable of knowing even the right questions to ask concerning choosing the right tool. Sometimes, if the task isn’t going to … Continue reading

Online Tools For Professional Development

If you are a home-based professional who works on a freelance basis, you are probably well aware that you are in charge of your professional advancement. That is, whether you remain at the same level that you at now or move yourself onward and upward in your career is a product of the choices that you make and the actions that you take. This can be a very empowering thing, as there is no one holding you back from success besides yourself. Fortunately, career advancement does not require that you spend a great deal of time and money to acquire … Continue reading