Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sledgehammer -- Fiction at Its Best

Looking for a good fiction book to read? Look no further! This medical thriller will have you glued to every page as the drama unfolds and an ER doctor must stop a biochemical nightmare from happening.

6 days … 6 days to stop an epidemic and convince the government that terrorists have indeed used smallpox as a weapon against us. When one of the terrorists shows up in the ER with symptoms, time is of the essence to convince higher ups and the government that indeed this is the dreaded once thought eradicated disease smallpox. If not for the quick action and prior medical expertise of the main character, Dr. Max Kroose, fatalities could be in the millions.

What makes the book even more interesting is that the events unfolding in the ER symbolize real events that occur in emergency rooms daily. The author, Dr. Paulo J. Reyes, is a practicing Emergency Room Doctor and First Responder to disasters in Los Angeles, California with a medical career spanning 25 years. His medical expertise helped to create a medical environment that medical personnel, fans of medical TV dramas, as well as all science fiction fans will enjoy. Added to that, the characters are well developed and passionate in their quest for answers. Although the book is fictional, it’s based on extensive research and leaves you questioning-could it happen today?

With today’s ongoing terrorists’ threats, the growing concern of a biochemical attack, and the fear of a global pandemic, this book shows you how situations like this would be handled. Would the government be prepared? Do we have enough vaccinations for everyone? Should we have voluntary vaccinations now? Questions you will want answers for.

To add this book to your collection, stop by our site Also, sign up to be an affiliate and start selling Sledgehammer on your site now. Science fiction at its BEST! This book has gotten three 5 Star Reviews. Get it now and see why.


Dr. Reyes is an ER Doctor in California, First Responder and trained for disaster events. He has appeared on CNN. He is available for media interviews by contacting Diana at or (954) 971-4025. Free to reprint article as long as bio remains intact.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Shop Online For Great Holiday Savings & Gifts Not Found Anywhere Else

Florida, November, 2005. Gas prices, great savings, and time restraints have sent more and more people to shopping online this year. Why not join them and get great gifts for the holidays without the hassle of malls and crowds? Here are some gift ideas for all your friends and family as well as business associates. Shop early this holiday season and then relax and enjoy the best the season has to offer.

The Gift of Books – Everyone loves to receive books during the holidays and these favorites are sure to please. Sledgehammer, a fiction thriller you won’t be able to put down. In this book you experience six days in the ER where terrorists have unleashed the biochemical smallpox and a hospital physician must stop its deadly spread. You grow fond of the characters and eager to find the cure. Check it out at Or start the year out with a new business by ordering Virtual Assistant the Series, Become a Highly Successful Sought After VA. For the busy mom, how about a cookbook just for you -- Bizymoms Cookbook, Why not put together a gift basket of different books you know your friends and family will love.

The Gift of Jewels – Exquisite Mother’s Bracelets with matching daughter’s bracelet, birthstone bracelets, charm bracelets, baby bragelets, and more for all those special women in your life. Stop by Bragelets at and also sign up for the Send a Hint Program to let your special someone know exactly what you want this year.

The Gift of Knowledge – This holiday season give the gift that just keeps on giving … knowledge. At Bright Apple Tutoring, you can give a gift certificate for 4 to 6 hours tutoring for your children. Or better yet, give your friends the gift of starting their own tutoring business at

The Gift of Candles & Cards – At Patty’s Pretty Paper, find personalized holiday notecards with matching candles and stationery, plus so much more.

The Gift of Publicity – Whether you’re a large corporation or a small home-based business, your news is important. Ballyhoo Virtual Services offers publicity packages tailored to your individual needs. Visit to get your business the publicity it deserves.

Let your mouse do your shopping online this year. Mix or match these great products. For more information on any of these products, contact Diana at Virtual Word Publishing, Happy Holidays!

Diana Ennen has written numerous books on starting a business, does marketing and publicity and is available at, or or (954) 971-4025.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Preparing for the Next Terror Attack -- Are we ready?

Is the package at the Capitol an indication of what could happen?

California, October, 2005. Intelligence experts believe that it is only a matter of time before there is another terrorist attack in the U.S. Just today a suspicious package was found by the Capitol. Then you add in the recent scares in New York and Baltimore and the deadly terrorist bombings in Bali, Egypt, London and Madrid. These attacks are aimed at striking terror among millions of people. Of rising concerns is the fear that terrorists will use biological chemicals against us. What if this suspicious package contained a deadly chemical, such as smallpox or anthrax, are we ready? It appears not.

A study listed in Archives of Internal Medicine showed 631 doctors, mostly medical residents, were given a test prior to completing an online training course. On the pretest, half the doctors misdiagnosed botulism, 84 percent misdiagnosed plague and a case of routine chickenpox was misdiagnosed as smallpox by 42 percent of the doctors. "We've got a dangerous gap here and we need a much clearer strategic game plan," said Shelley Hearne, executive director of Trust for America's Health, which tracks how well states are prepared for bioterrorism or pandemic.

In addition to the lack of bioterror knowledge in health care professionals, high-ranking officials in the US Health and Human Services Department have stated major concerns about the government's ability to deliver medicines in the event of a bioterror attack. In response to these concerns, steps are being taken to address these issues. To improve the delivery of medicines in the event of a national emergency some suggested steps include the delivery of medicines from local fire stations, police stations, and even via the US Postal Service.

In the book Sledgehammer, Dr. Paulo J. Reyes describes a Smallpox outbreak, and how rapidly the disease can spread, the potentially devastating effects of air-borne contaminants, and the potential for extremely large numbers of fatalities. The point in writing the book, according to Reyes, is to bring to light the high potential for bioterrorist attacks in the United States and to demonstrate how critical it is to develop emergency response strategies to handle the delivery of medicines and the medical treatment.

The combined efforts of the United States government and the medical community are crucial in preventing millions of deaths in the event of such a disaster. Despite global efforts to eradicate terrorism, the threat of a bioterror attack remains high. The United States must prepare emergency response strategies and develop effective means of delivering medicines to all parts of the country. Let’s prepare now so our nation can respond rapidly and effectively resulting in minimal damage and loss of live.

For information on Reyes book, Sledgehammer or current news on smallpox and current events, stop by Paulo Reyes site at

Contact: Paulo Reyes, M.D.
(954) 971-4025

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Client, Laurie Hurley gets TV time!

Not only did Laurie's press release, Tutoring Business Offers Unique Opportunity for Entrepreneurs get published on KVOA, Channel 4 in Tucson, see here... but she also has an upcoming TV interview!

Way to go Laurie!

Diana Ennen

How to Build an Ezine List from Absolutely Nothing

Yesterday I was coaching a client who presented me with a not-very-unique problem. We’d just put the finishing touches on her website and blog, and were about to embark on promoting her new workshop series.

“Just one problem,” she said. “I have absolutely no one to promote them to.”

“Well, surely you have someone – like maybe a thousand? Or 500?” I asked hopefully.

“Nope,” she replied. “I have … like, zero.”

Wow. OK, I thought, let’s just put together some speedy and highly visible ways to get folks on your list. And as I thought about it, a number of excellent ways leapt to mind.

Here’s my foolproof way to build your list to thousands in a relatively
short time. (But you do have to do these steps... like, REALLY, honestly do them ... or it won't work.)

1. Get a kick-ass bonus. There’s just no other way to put it. Your bonus has to be something everybody wants and simply can’t resist. Mine for this newsletter used to be a list of '25 Top Self Help Literary Agents' which worked pretty well, except that this limited my market to self help authors.

Then I changed it to the more general ‘Suzanne’s Top 50 Media & Publishing Contacts’ and that works MUCH better. If folks want your bonus, they’ll also get your ezine – because you’ll be adding them to your list.

2. Hold a contest. Last spring I doubled my list and my web visitors by inviting 12 partners to help me put a $4500 Marketing Makeover contest. They all got lots of exposure, and I got lots of entries – almost 1500. And you can bet every one of those entrants got on my ezine list as well. I let them know that joining was the ‘price’ of entering the contest. And they were happy to do so!

3. Announce your contest or other ezine give-away event on or any other press release submission service on the Web. But be sure to only plant press releases that are truly newsworthy, and thus likely to get press attention. Even if the media don’t use your words this time, they’ll hopefully file you as an expert for future use.

4. Give away a bonus for other sites to use based on your ezine. A popular web marketing technique is the special one or two-day promo that offers big bonus lists when you buy a certain product on those particular days. (I cover this promo technique in more detail in my e-book/binder, Get Known Now; How to Build Your Platform as a Self Help Expert.) So collect some of your best ezine essays, pack ‘em up in a downloadable PDF-based e-book, and offer it as a bonus these sites can use in their special promos.

Don’t forget juicy descriptive copy about your ezine, and a subscribe link at the end of your e-book. I’ve gotten hundreds of new readers this way, and plenty of hits on my sites.

5. Sponsor other people’s contests. Give away copies of your bonus (and ezine) to pertinent groups, contests, and conferences that request it, regardless of size. (Make sure their target market matches yours.) Simply run an announcement in your ezine that you’d be happy to sponsor comparable events. Ask them to provide a URL for an event description so you know it’s legit. Then offer up your gifts, and ask for a plug for your ezine on their site and in their materials (i.e. handouts, goodie bags, etc.) and for them to talk up your dazzling freebie, as well.

6. Give away something totally unique in your content. Who’s not
covering something important in your world? (And remember, your ezine can be really short.) One of my favorites – at (Totally Unique Thoughts) – is only a few sentences long. But it’s got GREAT pass-along value, and has a huge list of 40,000 because of it. Think about what info you could offer that would REALLY motivate folks to forward the email to friends. And make sure your 'Join Here' info is really prominent in each email.

7. Brevity is key. As proves, brevity is key. Make sure your ezine doesn’t blab on forever but is so pungent, and boiled down to the essence that in our time-pressed era, anyone can make time for it.

8. Feature the bonus attached to your ezine in all of your email
signatures. Again and again and again. And be sure to make it sound
tantalizing AND hyperlink it. And while you’re at it, load the graphic of that bonus up high on the typelist (margins) of your blog with a direct link to sign up.

9. Consider Google Adwords or other pay-per-click search engine listings. Google’s got the biggest, and for many categories, the most expensive ads but you can’t beat the tra.ffic. (There’s some great information on how to manage this business at for f.ree pointers on how to use Google Adwords effectively.) And drop by my blog at as I play with a Google campaign to build my list ... and post about the results.

Download Suzanne’s free list of 50 Top Publishing & Media contacts at . Drop by her blog at http://www.painlessselfpromotion/ for almost daily tips on how to get known now … the easy way!

Reprinted with permission from Suzanne
Want to reprint this article? Email Suzanne for permission at She'll send along her bio to attach at the bottom. Thanks!

Friday, September 30, 2005

The Virtual Edge Newsletter - September Edition

Welcome to The Virtual Edge -- What a tremendous month we had. It was a difficult month with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita but a month of recovery and joy as well. I was so pleased to see so many come together and help us in our donations for the hurricane victims.

I'm now doing a regular segment on the CWAHM Talk Radio so be sure to tune in!

We welcome our new clients!

Good news -- We will be sending out the newsletter now every month. We welcome your comments.

Diana Ennen


Top Five Qualities a Parent Should Look For When Hiring a Tutor

Hiring a tutor can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you have never done it before. The following five qualities are the most important ones that you should look for when matching a tutor with a child:

1) Their ability to “connect” with your child and you.

2) Their teaching style – does it match your child’s learning style?

3) Their ability to be patient and empathic when your child is truly struggling.

4) Their reliability and dependability.

5) Their tutoring experience backed up by current references.

It is imperative that the tutor immediately makes a strong connection with your child. The tutor should use part of the first session getting to know your child by asking questions about their likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Setting the rapport is important so future sessions run smoothly and productively. The tutor should also be able to easily communicate with you after the session and give you adequate feedback regarding what he or she accomplished during the session.

If your child is a visual learner, the tutor should bring appropriate materials (a small white board, for example) so the learning process compliments your child’s learning style. Conversely, an auditory learner would benefit from reading out loud with the tutor or talking through math problems. A kinetic learner will need the sessions to be very hands-on and interactive.

There is nothing worse than a tutor giving up and getting angry with a child when the going gets tough. Patience is definitely a virtue and every tutor needs to posses this quality to put your child at ease. An inpatient person will have the opposite effect. Chances are good that your child will not want to be cooperative in the future with anyone who can’t relate to their problems. The reason you hired a tutor was to find someone who can repeat themselves numerous times if necessary or present information in a different way until it “clicks” with your child.

A tutor who is constantly late or just doesn’t show up without calling should immediately be terminated.

Checking a tutor’s references is imperative. Written references should not be older than a year old and you should call the author of the letter anyway, just to confirm they wrote it. The best references are from individuals who have observed the tutor teaching or tutoring. Other parents who have used the tutor are the best references, but don’t dismiss your gut feeling about someone you are interviewing.

An extensive interview must be done to be sure you are selecting only top-notch teachers and tutors. You will want to conduct a thorough background and criminal check and call all of the references provided.

Most importantly, a visit to every home to meet the family before attempting to place a tutor is imperative. This complimentary visit proves invaluable when making a “match” with you child.

Bright Apple Tutoring Service, Inc. has been offering tutoring services above requirements are met and that you get only the best tutors. If you are looking for a tutor, or looking to start a career in tutoring, contact Bright Apple Tutoring Service,, at 1.888.847.0033

Laurie Hurley, President, Bright Apple Tutoring Service, Home Tutoring Business, , 1-888-847.0033. Laurie is available for media interviews, discussions on education and home-based business opportunities such as starting a tutor referral business.


Direct Sales -- Getting Customers

Let's talk about stepping out of the WAHM zone and reaching beyond mothers in business to find a more target market of shoppers. This can be done in 3 easy steps:

Step one: Knowing your Customer

To find your ideal customer, you first have to know them. Other than the fact your future customer wants your products, what else do you know about them? Ask yourself some of the following questions:

1. What hobbies do your customers have?
2. Do they have children?
3. Do they prefer buying online or offline?
4. What are their fears/concerns?
5. What makes them happy?

Step two: Finding Your Ideal Customer

The next step is a piece of cake! Once you discover what your ideal customer's interests hobbies, and lifestyle is, finding them is the easy part. There are TONS of message boards, groups, newsletters, and websites dedicated to specific groups of people. You can do some research to find these places on Yahoo Groups, Ezine Directories, or just by searching.

Step three: Discover Your Own Interests

Take a minute to realize your own hobbies and interests. Do you like to read and sell coffee or candles? Join a message board that talks about books and get to know others there. Make sure to put your business in your signature line! Use a creative ad such as "Relax with a cup of (your company's name) coffee and a good book", or "Relax with a (company name) scented candle and a good book". Try and get as creative as possible so your signature line really stands out and makes other want to click.

Also be sure to ask yourself why you joined this particular business to begin with (aside from the money!). Sometimes this will give you ideas of where your customers could be. For example, if you joined a bath and body company because of your concern for the use of store brand soaps on your children, you may consider seeking out a group or message board of other mothers that share your same concern. Again, be sure to use signature lines targeted to those who your products are targeted to!

Of course this is just the beginning. While you may choose to pay for simple advertising on some websites and newsletters (and this is fine!), if you are involved in the community be respectful to the current members. Don't just place ads and leave, but instead get to know those in the community. Follow the rules as you should within any community - don't post with the assumption everyone will automatically buy from you. Build relationships, be helpful, and the sales will follow!

~Kara Kelso & Anita DeFrank~

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Virtual Assistants – The Perfect Work-at-Home Opportunity

With gas prices rising, many displaced from their jobs, and more and more businesses downsizing, comes the need for finding an alternative way to make a good income. One Industry that is increasing in popularly today, being rated one of the top 5 home-based businesses for 2005 by Entrepreneur Magazine last year, is virtual assisting. Becoming a VA allows you to work from anywhere in the world and requires little in the way of start-up costs or fees. The main requirement is the ability to type well and a good understanding of the Internet.
By definition, a Virtual Assistant or VA, is a highly skilled professional who provides administrative support and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, authors, online businesses, executives, sales professionals and others who have more work to do than time to do it. Many VA's also provide web design and maintenance, publicity and marketing, desktop publishing, word processing, and business start-up consultations. The services are endless depending upon the VA’s knowledge, skills and creativity.

"What started out in the 80’s as home-based word processors has grown into what we are seeing today," says Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing. "Plus more and more clients are realizing the need to outsource their work and let a professional virtual assistant do it, so they can focus on that they do best, running their business.

Professionals realize they can make more money by utilizing our services. We take care of not only running their office, but also implementing new marketing campaigns, sending out newsletters, follow- up with clients, etc.”

Virtual assistants also they have a solid understanding of the latest tools to make a business succeed. One example is blogging. We all know that it is essential for a business to have a blog today to succeed, yet many businesses don’t have the time to create and maintain a blog. A good virtual assistant will handle that for you keeping it up to date. Other areas of expertise include search engine optimization. Virtual assistants can optimize your website so it rates high on Google and others and your potential clients find you easily. Ennen, along with co-author Kelly Poelker have written, "Virtual Assistant ~ the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA. It has the endorsement of work-at-home experts Priscilla Huff and the Mompreneurs® as well as a number of others and has helped thousands over the years start their own thriving business. Virtual Assistant The Series is also the primary textbook for the Red Deer College- Canada VA Certification Program in Canada, Owens College, and several other large colleges, and is required reading for students of "Virtual Assistance U" -- an online training center for virtual professionals. For free information on starting a virtual assistant business or to find a qualified virtual assistant, stop by Ennen’s new site, You’ll also find publicity tips, free booklets on obtaining clients, and sample letters and chapters from their book. Start today in the successful career you’ve been longing for – a home-based virtual assistant business.

Diana Ennen is the author of several books including: Virtual Assistant the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA, Words From Home, Start, Profit and Run a Successful Home-Based Word Processing Business and Home Office Recovery Plan: Disaster Preparedness for Your Home-Based Business Contact her at
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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Hurricane/Tornado and Storm Preparedness -- Leaving at a Moment’s Notice

Sometimes, we may just have a few moments notice before we are forced to leave our home. In this case, here is a list of things you should have ready and grab on your way out of the door. *

· Medical supplies: prescription medications and dentures. · Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water

· Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member

· Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's home)

· If you own a laptop computer and cell phone, this is the time to take them with you. Make sure they are always kept in an easily accessible place in your home so you can just grab and go.

Supplies Needed:
Flashlight and extra batteries (at least one per family member)
NOAA Weather radio
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries (Check that it works and that batteries are the right kind.)
Portable, battery-operated TV/extra batteries. You can find these for $20.00. (Optional)
First Aid Kit
Food (non-perishable) -- See Below
Water (one gallon of water per person per day) -- 2 week supply
Water -- Also full your bathtub for extra water for additional purposes. Water is so important. You can’t have too much!
Bleach -- For water purification
Non-electric can opener. Also, try and purchase most cans that have pop open tops.

Cash -- Get cash out in case the ATMs are down. Do this in advance. Often in times of crises the machines run out of money. This has happened in two hurricane preparations in my area. Temporary problem, but stressful.

Essential medicines -- Prescription and non-prescription. You should have at least a two-week supply. Keep this in a secure location. Make sure you have noted somewhere exactly what you take, dosage, time of day, etc. Also, note your doctors. We have this in the list.

Baby supplies (diapers, non-perishable milk, baby food, formula, diaper rash medicine, any medication, and cream for bug bites or cuts.).

Pet supplies (Food, liter, etc.). Make sure your pet has a tag on them with their name and address on it in case it gets lost.

Personal items, such as toilet paper, toothbrush, towel, soap, etc.

Bug Spray -- Good amount. Extremely important. I recommend at least two bottles. And also Avon’s Skin So Soft.

Generator if possible.

Rain Gear (for each person)

Fill the gas tanks in all cars. Put extra water and food in car. (I leave in my trunk a small box of can goods, and a jug or two of water all the time.) While preparing though, I’ll add a couple more in case I get stuck in traffic. With three kids, I have snacks.

Activities for kids. Age appropriate. You can be locked in your home for a couple of days. Get creative.

Sturdy shoes

Charcoal for grill. Buy extra even if you have a gas grill. In case something happens.
Charcoal Lighter Fluid


Gas Grill -- Make sure it’s full and working.

Important telephone #s

Denture/Eye Glass Care

Clothing and Bedding - Have your clothing and beddings items protected by placing them in waterproof boxes, plastic bags or other suitable containers. Include at least one change of clothing and footwear per person. Some items to consider are work boots and gloves, rain gear, blankets or sleeping bags, towels, hat, sunglasses.

Food: -- If you are without power for a long time you will need some variety, especially with children. Peanut butter and jelly is great, but the kids will get bored fast. Variety is the key. Here we have included some of the basics to have and then some ideas as well. It’s recommended to have a three-day supply. Here in South Florida, they tell us a two-week supply. Know your kids and what they will eat. This isn’t the time to try something new on them, just because it’s in a can. (Believe it or not, I’ve seen a mom do this!).

You normally will be able to grill. Get several bags of charcoal and lighter fluid for the grill. Also, if you have a gas grill, make sure you have plenty of gas. For cooking on the grill, get the Reynolds Hot Bags. This will allow you to grill about anything. Also, Reynolds Wrap Release Non-Stick Aluminum Foil makes cooking sticky things over coals easier. No problem with cleanup.
Foods/Beverages Dry Cereal or Granola Protein or Fruit Bars Peanut Butter/Jelly Nuts Canned Juices Crackers Non-Perishable Pasteurized Milk Bread/Bagels/Dry Toast Canned Fruits Ready to Eat Soups Quick Energy Snacks Tuna Canned Foods--Kid’s Favorites White Chicken In Can Chips/Pretzels/Snacks Packages of Ketchup/Mayo, etc. Noodles for Cooking Velvetta/Cheese Fruits/Vegetables Coffee (Instant) -- Gotta have! Trail Mix Water / Juice Boxes for kids

Pet Food -- Not to eat naturally.

You will be able to boil water with a pan. So consider some of the following ideas. Also, many use a can of sterno. Again the thing is to be creative now!

Velveeta Cheese (Stores well) -- (Crackers/Tuna Sandwiches/Top of Rice & Vegetables/Mac & Cheese Noodles -- Spaghetti/Mac & Cheese Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (simmer the boil-in-bag 4 minutes) -- Different flavors Can Fruits/Pop Open Tops -- Can mix with Jell-O if you have plenty of water. Different dessert for kids.

Food safety: Food kept under minimal refrigeration (in an ice chest) is prone to food safety issues, so be very careful how you handle it. At a time like this, food safety rules are very important. Use the disposable food cutting sheets for preparing meats and vegetables. And wear disposable gloves.Rinse once: When using a variety of canned beans for one meal, place them all in a colander and rinse them all at one time instead of one kind at a time. This saves water.Buy cookies, chips, pretzels, crackers with processed cheese in single-serving snack packs so that they don't succumb to humidity and get soggy once opened. For a sweet treat, stock mini candy bars.To go with those chips, purchase pop-top cans of dip. They come in a variety of flavors including onion, bean, mild cheddar and jalapeno cheddar (Wise and Fritos). Sitting with the family enjoying these as you heat the grill for dinner is a good way to help everyone relax at a trying time.

FIRST AID SUPPLIES Sewing Needle Sun Screen Thermometer Tweezers 2” Sterile Gauze Pads Latex Gloves Moistened Towelettes Safety Pins 4” Sterile Gauze 2” Sterile Roller Bandages First Aid Cream Personal Items Hand Sanitizer Gel Pain Relief such as Tylenol

There are many things you need to have prepared in advance for your children.

In the unfortunate events of 9/11 and others we have seen many times where the children were left with no parents. Never would we want this to happen. However, if this were to happen, let’s make sure that you have done everything possible to secure their future.

First and foremost we need to know who to call. Let’s get information on your family.
Members of Family:






Grandparents Names & Phone:

Aunts and Uncles Names & Phone:


Diana EnnenVirtual Word Publishing, Inc.

Emotional Readiness

One of the effects of Hurricane Katrina for those of us who were fortunate enough not to live in the affected areas, is an increased interest in disaster preparedness.

The newspapers are full of advice about what to pack under your bed and in weatherproof boxes--everything from water purifiers to matches to copies of prescriptions and extra pairs of glasses. Great advice we should all follow.

But these directives fail to take into account a vital survival tool--our emotional health. What if we make it through the worst, but forever after feel dead inside?

So I say that along with a couple week's supply of water, clothes and canned goods, we should pack an emotional disaster relief kit. Its primary component is resiliency, the ability to bounce back from and even thrive after trauma or adversity.

Over the last 20 years, a great deal of research in psychology, sociology and related fields has focused on the qualities of resiliency, especially in children. Why is it that some youngsters can survive the most heinous crimes against them yet turn out to be competent, well-adjusted adults, while others disintegrate and never recover?
The answer is resiliency.

According to Al Siebert, Ph.D., author of The Resiliency Advantage, resilient people:--Are optimistic--Tolerate uncertainty--Quickly adapt to new situations--Can laugh at themselves--Know how to express feelings and are willing to do it--Have a healthy self-concept--Learn from experience--Are problem-solvers--Are flexible--Have friends they can count on--Are empathetic--Are non-judgmental--Listen to their intuition--Enjoy life

Many of the attributes that make up resiliency may be inborn, but they exist on a continuum. Some of us are naturally better problem-solvers than others, for instance. But fortunately, we all have the ability to develop our innate abilities.

We can practice improving areas that will help us in traumatic situations by focusing on daily stress. How we react when someone cuts us off on the freeway or we don't meet a boss's expectations, are mini indicators of how resilience is functioning in us.

To become more resilient, take Siebert's list and practice improving in areas where you are weak. Fake it 'til you make it. Next time a friend starts moaning about something that appears insignificant to you, practice empathy. When you make a mistake, ask yourself what you've learned. Make a joke or two at your own expense. Be a good friend. Share your inner life with someone you trust.

Doing so may be just as important to your survival as packing that water purifier.
And now for all you literal types...There are some items you might add to your physical emergency preparedness box that may help you move through the immediate grief and loss you will inevitably experience if faced with disaster. If you have additional items that might be helpful, let me know.

1. Books or messages that inspire you. For some people this will be a Bible or other religious book. For others, poetry or song lyrics. Whatever speaks to you in times of grief or fear could be included.

2. A small object that soothes you. Choose something simple, not expensive. It might be a rock you can run your thumb across or a vial of perfume.

3. A list, as long as possible, of intangibles for which you are grateful, i.e. the love and support of specific friends, the ability to feel, see, hear, memories.

4. A photo that shows people you love laughing. This might include friends or family members who have passed on.

5. A small object that represents who you are today. Know that even after disaster strikes, while you will be changed, the core you will remain.

Seeking new subscribersIf you enjoy, appreciate, laugh at and find inspiration in this newsletter, I would love your help. My goal as always, is to inspire as many people as possible to live their best lives. This newsletter is one way I do it.

Please send a note to a friend today and ask him or her to go to and take a look at the current edition of the newsletter or forward this one and encourage them to sign up. Thanks very much.

They did it! Stacey Kanneberg's dream job turned into a dud, but she let it go and discovered her real dream job lay closer to home

"I had my dream job selling a line of French skincare products for the only USA distributorship. The high end products sold themselves and had already received press in major magazines like Elle, Vogue, and many celebrities, including Arnold & Maria endorsed the product line. I had been hired to increase sales via the phone.

My boss was a Ph.D. Wellesley graduate. I thought I would learn so much from her. Unfortunately, she was so rude during her appearance on an Oprah show that they asked her to leave and never return! She had us in tears most of the time but I was still able to increase sales.

My first week, I increased sales by 300%, the second by 500%, the third by 800%. One day my boss called me in to her office to say that sales were going through the roof and asked if I could prepare a presentation to other members of our staff the next day.

I made my presentation to a standing ovation, was called into the office an hour later and was fired. My boss was trying to purchase the USA distributorship and with sales going down the tubes, the price had been going down too. Unfortunately my sales showed the executives that something was going on and they wanted to reevaluate her offer.

I went on to find my own dream job.

In 2004, my neighbor and I founded Cedar Valley Publishing. We were inspired my Oprah to write and self-publish, Let's Get Ready For Kindergarten!, a book that is getting national acclaim.

Now, I'm the boss and I will never, ever treat someone like I was treated. You get what you give."

You can see Stacey's book and get in touch with her by going to

From my ego to you with a stop at a terrific bookStephanie Chandler has written an excellent manual, The Business Startup Checklist and Planning Guide that features an "Entrepreneur Profile" of yours truly.

If you are considering going into business for yourself or know someone who is, I suggest you take a look at the book and not because I'm in it. It's filled with ideas and suggestions that will nurture anyone who wants to jump into entrepreneurship. You'll find the profiles interesting and yes, even inspiring.

Check it out at

Leave 'em laughing: Signs of our timesIn a Paris hotel: Please leave your values at the front desk.In a Bangkok dry cleaner's: Drop your trousers here for best results.In a Vienna hotel: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.An ad by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Podcasting at it's best!

The Christian Work-At-Home Mom’s Internet Radio Show – Podcasting at It’s Best

Nebraska, September, 2005. With a computer in practically every home, iPods definitely hot on the holiday gift giving list this year, and more and more people seeking expert advice via the computer, Internet Radio or podcasting is hot. Online listeners can’t seem to get enough of the great how-to information available and inspirational messages that are out there. One that stands out among the rest for quality programming is Jill Hart’s Christian Work-at-Home Moms Internet Radio show.

Founder of Christian Work at Home Moms, Jill Hart offers a unique combination of spiritually uplifting Christian messages along with sound work-at-home advice. Her biweekly Christian Work-At-Home Mom’s Internet Radio Show was created for all parents who have the desire to work from home. Hart states, “Helping other parents find a way to work from home and be with their families is one of my passions and also one of my husbands who created Christian Work at Home Dads,

So what exactly is a podcast? By definition, it’s a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” What are the advantages? Here are just a few:

· The ability to listen while you work or play on your computer. The broadcast can play on the background of your computer while you continue with your normal workload.

· The ability to download to an iPod and listen while you exercise or drive.

· The opportunity to re-listen to parts or hear the entire broadcast again.

Never listened to a Podcast before. No problem. Here’s the latest

September 9, 2005 - CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! -- Topic: Hurricane Relief Efforts. Devotion – helping those in need and Verse for the week – Proverbs James 1:26 & 27 & Interview with Diana Ennen of Virtual Word Publishing, Inc.,

Ennen will soon be teaming up with Hart to present the “Success From Home Segment.” Ennen states, “This is a great way to provide valuable inside secrets to starting a business. We will be discussing getting publicity for your business, choosing the right business, and everyday tips for success, plus so much more.”

The 30-minute show airs bi-weekly. It includes an interview, a devotional, a memory verse and other informational topics. Stop by today and listen to podcasts from the past and sign up to subscribe to the podcast. Here's the best place to get spiritual inspirational and sound work-at-home advice right from your computer.

Media – Jill Hart recently presented at LifeLight. Her articles appear regularly on Dr. Laura’s website and she also writes a monthly column for Wisconsin Christian News. Her website, Christian Work-At-Home Moms gets over one million hits a month. Contact Jill at or 888-241-0990 to schedule an interview.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Home-Based Business vs. Second Job -- The Choice is Yours

Many families today rely on two incomes to pay their bills not being able to make ends meet month to month. They face several options to secure that extra income they need, one being obtaining a part-time job and the other a home-based business. It’s a decision with advantages and disadvantages to each. I want to provide some suggestions to help you make the right choice.

When deciding between a standard second job and a home-based business, it is important to consider the expenses incurred in both. For those considering a second job, many do not take into account the numerous extra expenses that go along with childcare, clothing, gas, etc. Crown Financial Ministries offers a worksheet online ( ) to help you determine how much you will actually make once these expenses are deducted from your income. By breaking it down and seeing the guideline, you can see just how much extra you really bring home each week.

A home-based business also incurs expenses, but most of your business related expenses will be at least partially tax deductible. The IRS looks favorably on home-based businesses. The more money that you save with legitimate tax deductions, the more finances you’ll have to increase the size of your business. This in turn creates more revenue for the IRS.

A home-based business can also offer flexibility that a second job cannot. You can work from the comfort of your home – often in your pajamas if you choose. You can work the days you want and the hours you need. Your schedule is up to you! For example, Diana Ennen, author Virtual Assistant the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA, states, “I enjoy the flexibility my home-based business provides. You can easily wake up at 5:30 a.m. to work or work until 2:00 a.m. whatever fits your personality. Many people enjoy it because they can start work after they have put the kids the bed and work a couple hours and earn extra money without having to hire a babysitter. Plus, it's all in the comfort of your own home. No costs on dry-cleaning, travel to work, gas expenses, etc., and you can't beat the one minute commute to the office!”

Allowing your family to be a part of the business is another benefit that not many jobs can compete with and thus another positive benefit to home-based businesses. Depending on the type of home-based business you choose, there may be small jobs that your children can assist with in the daily operations. These include: Helping prepare your mailings, preparing packages if you have a direct mail company, or even answering the phone - depending on their age. Your spouse can also be a part of your business and may be able to help run the business when you are not able to be at home.

Helping others be successful working from home is another great perk of being a part of a home-based business. Most home-based businesses allow you to build a team of people to work along side you. Finding other people that are interested in owning a business and then helping them succeed is satisfying and can be financially rewarding as well.

There are, of course, negative aspects about working from home. The success of your business depends solely on you. You need to be determined, efficient and organized to be successful. You must take the time to work at the business or you will not see the additional income that you desire. It can be very easy to let your business slide when you are tired or feeling discouraged. However, if you are aware of these temptations, you can create a plan to overcome them when they arise.

The benefits of a home-based business can many times override the work and time you must devote. When compared to the expenses occurred by taking a second job it is a great alternative. Because of the tax breaks when operating a home-based business, it is many times a more profitable option. You may not make a million, but it may allow you the freedom and income that you need to make life a little easier. Even with the disadvantages, many who work-at-home wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope this helps you make the right decision for you and your family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jill Hart is the founder and editor of Christian Work at Home Moms,, and the author of the e-book, The Two Week Devotional Journey for Christian Work at Home Moms. The website is dedicated to providing moms with free resources to aid them in their work at home search. The site also provides current work at home moms with opportunities to promote their businesses while at the same time providing them spiritual encouragement and articles

How to Charge More and Work Less

By Alexandria K. Brown, "The E-zine Queen"

I remember when I first launched my first business as a copywriter seven years ago, I had no clue what to charge. Without putting hard thought into what type of results my work gave my clients, I started out with an hourly rate that didn't scare ME! I would still even stutter when I said to clients, "My rate is si- si- si- sixty dollars an hour." Deep down, I wasn't confident in myself, so of course I wouldn't let myself charge more. And of course, as a result I attracted lame clients, worked like a dog, and stayed broke all the time.

Well, things are VERY different today. I have no problem saying my consulting rate is $500 an hour, or that a private mentorship with me starts at a minimum of $9,700. And, here's the kicker: Because I take on so few clients now, at higher rates, and the bulk of my income comes from information products, I work LESS than I used to!

Obviously this shift didn't happen overnight. Here are a few things you can do NOW to move in the same direction:

1. Become an expert in something.

Experts are more respected, get media attention, get paid more, and get less price resistance (meaning people are happier to pay you what you ask). I went from being a general copywriter to one who specialized in newsletters. Then in email newsletters.

Then I dubbed myself "The Ezine Queen". I had no idea at the time how much that would help me get famous and be remembered. Did you know that Muhammad Ali became known as "The Greatest" because Ali himself said it? Yep -- he just kept saying it, and then eventually so did the media!

There's a reason people happily pay more to get to the wise man at the TOP of the mountain! (Meanwhile the man at the bottom can't even seem to give it away.)

2. Raise your rates.

This may seem like a given, but you wouldn't believe the resistance I get from clients when I poke and prod them about this. Last year, I hired a personal trainer for a few months who only charged $50 an hour. Honestly, because his rate was so low compared to other trainers in the area, I was worried he wouldn't be that good. I learned he was actually great.

He often complained that his schedule was so jammed it was killing him. To make a living at that rate, he obviously had to take on clients morning, noon, night, and weekends. He was also disorganized, frazzled, and late most of the time due to his schedule.

He had no idea that he was such a good trainer I would have been happy to pay him $75 or even $100 an hour for his time. I remember suggesting he raise his rates, and he replied, "But then not as many people would work with me.

"Well of course! That's the idea. Let's say he decided to double his rates, and half of his clients dropped off. Why wouldn't you want to work HALF as hard as you are now for the same income? This also opens up more time for you to work on new projects, like creating information products and programs. (See #5.)

If you're having trouble raising your rates across the board, bring in fresh clients your new rate, maintain old clients at current rates, and drop off clients that are pains in your bum.

3. Restructure how clients can work with you.

For many solo-professionals, a much better way to approach working with clients is on a project basis, or "flat fee". That way you simply assign a value to the *results* you're giving them. For example, my friend Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero is a copywriter who charges $10,000 to write a sales letter. Does that price-out some clients who can't afford her? Of course! But she much prefers to work on a few projects at a time with stellar clients who truly value her work.

Or instead of taking on one-shot projects, work with clients on retainer (a set fee per month) or require them to sign up for a number of months with you. One trend in coaching and consulting right now is moving toward six-month or annual contracts with clients. Not only does it help guarantee your cash flow, but you attract better, more qualified, and more committed clients.

Example: After I was tired of doing so many one-shot consultations, I created my VIP Private Access Mentorship Program so I could only work with a handful of select people at a time and coach them closely for several months. Right now the program costs between $9,700 and $16,700. It's especially rewarding for me to see my clients implement the recommendations I make, follow along with their progress, and share in their sales successes!

4. "Clone" Yourself.

Have you ever wanted a "Mini Me?" Or a whole team of them? Well there's no reason you can't. If you have a duplicatable system or process you use in your work, why not teach others how to do the same? Then have them work for you on a freelance basis, or consider "licensing" people to use your method or teachings.

Consider working with a team of other coaches and consultants. For example, one of my early life coaches, Talane Miedaner, offered me this choice when I was interested in coaching: Be coached by her personally for a high fee, or work with one of her associate coaches at a lower rate. Because I wanted her personal help, I paid her the higher fee and she did all the work. But if I chose one of the other coaches, I'd still pay her company, the associate would do all the coaching work, and Talane would keep a good portion of the fee. (Smart lady!)

5. Create and Sell Information Products

If you've read other articles of mine, you know I'm a big fan of transcending the exchange of time for money. You simply will never make the big bucks if you keep getting paid solely for your time. I'm at the point now that about 90% of my income comes from selling my knowledge via information products such as ebooks, manuals, courses, audio programs, and occasional live events. This has helped me almost TRIPLE my income in the past two years!

Instead of "work, get paid" ... you want "work, get paid, paid, paid, paid, paid, paid, paid, paid, paid!" I may spend a good chunk of time creating a new product, but then it can sell forever. I may put a lot of effort into creating a one-time seminar, but I also record it and create a home-study version that can sell forever. (I did this with my recent Online Success Blueprint Workshop.)

I hope you get the idea! There are many other strategies to restructure your fees and leverage your knowledge, but these are great ways to get started.

© 2005 Alexandria K. Brown WANT TO SEE MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE?See Alexandria's Small Business Marketing Blog.

Online entrepreneur Alexandria K. Brown, "The E-zine Queen," is creator of the award-winning 'Boost Business With Your Own E-zine' system. To learn more about this step-by-step program, and to sign up for her FREE how-to marketing articles and FREE audio class, visit

Monday, September 05, 2005

Disaster Recovery Planning -- Essential Information You Need to Know

Being prepared for a disaster is essential not only for your business but also for your family. You can read our latest press release about Disaster Planning which includes some tips on preparing here

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina --- Disaster Plan Offer

The following is from Patty Gale, the Co-author of the Home Office Recovery Plan. We are offering this book free for the next week to those in the effected areas. Be smart/Be Prepared!

My name is Patty Gale and it has come to my attention that you are looking for products related to emergency preparedness to help families and/or families with small children.

I work from home and, last year, co-authored a book for others who work from home and their families. There are many people in this country who either have a home business, telecommute, or have a home office as part of their existing business. The book is called the "Home Office Recovery Plan", and is a step by step workbook to help those who work from home to prepare a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for their home and home office.

The emotional loss of a primary residence is difficult, but to lose what may be their sole source of income at the same time can be devasting without a plan of action to prepare and recover.

Since the goal of most of those who work from home is to stay at home with their children, we have included topics not only related to preparing a home office for disaster, but for family members as well, including those with special needs. For example, we help people to document creating a family call plan, how to document procedures for those who have children in school, and for those with students away at college, how to document insurance information, important medical information and more. We teach people how to create computer backups, how to store information offsite and how to retrieve it.

We include tips on what to prepare and have on hand for small children in the event of an emergency, how to keep them calm.

This is not another "how to" book, but a workbook that people can use to simply fill in the blanks and have a plan ready.

Below is the table of contents and here is the link to the main site of the book. I would be more than happy to forward a copy of the book to you for your review.
I can be reached at 262-649-6553 or via email at

Thank you for your time.

Patty Gale

Table of Contents

Introduction – A Note from the Authors

Why a Disaster Recovery Plan?

How to Use this Guide

Just for Telecommuters

Administrative Information

Associate Information

External Resources

Insurance Information

Supply & Equipment Inventory

Valuable Documents

Backing Up Computer Data

Business Continuity Plan

Meeting Place

Emergency Contacts: (i.e., neighbors or family)

School or Daycare Disaster Response Procedures

Students Away at College

Precious Pets

Disaster Response Plan - Putting it All Together

Establish A Call Plan

Safekeeping of Your Plan

Safe Deposit Boxes

Hurricane/Tornado and Storm Preparedness

If You Live in an Earthquake Zone

Leaving at a Moment's Notice

Special Needs

Preparing in Advance


Author Bios

Additional Resources

Friday, August 19, 2005

I've been mentioned on Dr!

Author and radio personality Dr Laura helps people with a wide range of personal, work, and family problems. She "preaches, teaches, and nags about morals, values and ethics." Her website has a lot of great information for everyone.

She recently posted an article about working at home vs. taking on a second job and I was mentioned! You can read the article here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Do you have the Virtual Edge?

The Virtual Edge – The Website that Shines!

Do you have the Virtual Edge with your business? That website that when people go there they say, Wow, I want to work with that company. If not, here are a few pointers.

Packing a Punch

Your website is the one thing that defines you and your business and has the potential to draw the entire virtual world to your products or services. How important is it? Well, I just recently had mine redone, and I immediately starting gaining more clients. Also, because I added a more professional edge to my site, I started getting clients who were a higher caliber and who paid more!

Here are a few pointers I think you might find useful:

* The First Glance - Hook Them!! Keep in mind that the first thing listed in the main body of your site should be the best you offer. The main thing you are bringing people to the site to see. It has to clearly state what is it you want to sell, offer, feature, etc. Go look at your site, have you done it?

* Buttons That Tell & Sell - Those side and top buttons—you need to clearly set up so that people want to click on them and find out more. Also, you need to have these labeled correctly so they know what they are clicking on to see. That name is critical to making them take the time to check out that page.

* Bullet Power- Clients often skim sites and rarely read through the entire site. They look for items that interest them. If you list paragraph after paragraph, it won’t get read. Think back, do you read those paragraphs. I don’t! Therefore use bullets or symbols instead. And try the slanted bullets or a different bullet style for more eye appeal.

* Chose Your Words Wisely - Every word on your site should say something important. Absolutely you need to use keywords, but you also need to use convincing words to sell you and your business. Don’t get so caught up in keywords that you lose the focus of the site. Write the text, edit and delete, and repeat that last step over and over until you have it just right.

* Convenience -- Clickable Links -- In the body of the website itself, whenever you are providing a reference to a site, make sure you have a clickable link, even if you have it on the side panel. People often won’t take the time to go look for the button, so make it easy for them.

* Colors Are Cool -- Match your colors to your business and you. I just started another new site and added my favorite colors to it. It has a softer feel and look to it and yet still has the professional edge I need for virtual assisting.

* Front Page Magic – Offer Something FREE - On your front page, it helps to offer something for FREE. I offer a free booklet on obtaining clients in a pdf format. How about a free 10 ways to do whatever it is you do? That sort of thing. Let people long after they leave your site remember you and want to come back to you with their money and business.

* Contests - Come One- Come All -- Yes, we know they work. They get people to your site and that adds to your traffic. But, here’s a tip to make them really successful. Follow-up each response with a personal e-mail. Now, the key is not making it a hard sale sales letter they will never read. Instead, a “Hi, thanks for entering the contests, I’m sorry you did/didn’t win, but I’m ...” And then give them something special, including a coupon off of your services. Make them feel special.

* Newsletter -- List your newsletter on numerous pages if not all. This is what is going to be reconnecting you to your clients and potential clients.

* The Eyes Have It - I strongly suggest you have another friend or business associate view your site and offer opinions. It’s incredible what they can see that you don’t as you are too close to it.

* Eyes -- Take Two -- Right now, stop and check out your site. Have you looked at it from a potential client’s viewpoint? What did you think? Did it clearly define you and what you offered? Did it spark your interest?

I hope these tips help you to get the virtual edge you need for your business. Good luck!

Diana Ennen is the author of numerous books including Virtual Assistant: the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA and Words From Home, Start, Run and Profit from a Home-Based Word Processing Business. She specializes in publicity and book marketing and is president of Virtual Word Publishing and Articles are free to be reprinted as long as the author’s bio remains intact.

Not Another Carpet Sweeper!

Don’t want another carpet sweeper this year for Christmas?
Unique “Drop-A-Hint” Plan Sends Your Gift Wishes Via E-mail

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Bragelets were designed because Moms Love to Brag! More than just another piece of jewelry, this is a true reflection of you and your family and the pride and joy you feel towards them. Bragelets offers the finest in custom made jewelry including Mother’s Bracelets, Birthstone Bracelets, Name Bracelets and Charm Bracelets for Kids, and Baby Brags ®, the perfect keepsake or christening gift for the newest member of the family. All styles all custom-designed to your unique personality with the finest sterling silver letters, 14K gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Media & PR -- Finding places to send your press

What a week. Doing research this week for several different clients I found what amounted to a gold mine of media connections. Who would have known that you can go to a site and find all the newspapers, radio shows, TV broadcasts and more. I also found two of the best books on publicity. One is Marcia Yudkin's book, 6 Steps to Free Publicity, and the second is Dan Poynter's book on marketing. Here are some of my amazing finds for your media connections. -- Newslink / -- Talk Radio / -- News 365 / -- These are just a few of the great resources available. BTW, my new site, is coming live this week. We are offering free text ads. Stop by! there a real threat?

How Safe Are We Really?
Could the Next Terrorist Attack Be Against The United States
and Our Milk Supply?

Los Angeles, California, July 25, 2005. With the tragic events unfolding in London on July 7, 2005, the scare of terrorists attacking on US soil, rampant reports of the possible threat to our nation’s milk supply, and school less than three weeks away, one is left to wonder how safe we really are? Could terrorists use biologic agents, such as smallpox or anthrax, against us? And has the government done all it can to protect its citizens? Dr. Paulo J. Reyes thinks we need to do more and continues to bring awareness about what he considers “clear and present danger.”

Headlines of the dangers to our milk supply were stirred by a recent report by researchers at Stanford University. This report generated significant press coverage including articles in Washington Post, Fox News, USA Today, and CNN to name a few. It reiterated the vulnerability of our nation’s milk supply. Study leader Lawrence M. Wein, noted what raised even greater suspicion was the fact that the government tried to delay the report’s release. Rick Weiss wrote in the Washington Post on June 29th concerning the report, “About a third of an ounce of botulism toxin poured by bioterrorists into a milk truck en route from a dairy farm to a processing plant could cause hundreds of thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in economic losses, according to a scientific analysis that was published yesterday despite efforts by federal officials to keep the details secret.”

Dr. Paulo J. Reyes, a practicing Emergency Room Doctor and First Responder to Disasters in Los Angeles, California with a medical career spanning 25 years, is also the author of the medical thriller, Sledgehammer (ISBN # 0-595-66984-0). He has spoken for years about the threat of a smallpox attack and is an avid supporter of nationwide vaccinations. Through extensive research, his training as a First Responder for terrorist’s attacks, and his understanding of the health care system, he feels there is enough evidence to support the possibility of terrorists using smallpox as a weapon against us. Reyes contends, “What if smallpox, a disease thought to be eradicated, was used to devastating effect as a weapon of mass destruction? U.S. intelligence has publicized the possible existence of stocks of smallpox in Iraq, North Korea, France and Russia as grounds for concern that it might be used as a weapon of mass infection against us. Knowing what we know about the workings of al-Qaeda, shouldn’t we do more to protect ourselves against this?”

Reyes’ book, Sledgehammer, details an outbreak of Smallpox and its devastating and fatal effects. It portrays how rapidly the disease spreads, the potential extensive devastation if air-borne, and the fatality of those in contact. Of utmost importance is the alarming realization that the government won’t accept the reality and diagnosis because of their belief smallpox is no longer a threat. Reyes acknowledged once having first hand experience of a case in the ER while working, which presented with symptoms similar to smallpox. However, in contacting the CDC he was informed of the improbability of it being that disease. Reason given -- This disease no longer exists. We know that the danger exists today. Let’s bring this possible threat to the table and address it, solve it, and then rest assured that our nation has done all it can to fight the evils against it.

For more information on the dangers of smallpox go to Dr. Reyes website at His book, Sledgehammer is available online at Barnes & Noble and other leading bookstores.

Media -- Dr. Paulo J. Reyes, the Author of the fiction thriller, Sledgehammer, has previously appeared on CNN and is available for TV, Radio, newspaper and other media interviews. Please contact Diana Ennen at or (954) 599-3067 to schedule Dr. Reyes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What is an aggregator?

An aggregator allows you to read all your blog feeds in one centralized location. They are a great way to keep up with all your favorite blogs without having to remember to go to each individual blog site.

There are two types of aggregators. Web-based aggregators allow you to read all your feeds online through a website. Other aggregators must be downloaded onto your computer before you can use them. A few aggregators you can try out are:

NewsDesk BottomFeeder
EffNews RSS Reader
NetNewsWire (Macintosh)
NewsMonster (Mozilla)

Posted by Mel of Ballyhoo Virtual Services

The joys of Pinging!

Pinging is a way of letting RSS feed aggregators and Blog directories know that your Blog has new content added. In theory, the more often you Ping your Blog, the better your Blog will do in directories and search engines. Take note though that some sites have rules on how many times you can have your blog pingged in a set amount of time.

So how do I ping my blog?

You can use PingMyBlog or my personal favorite either one are simple to use. Just enter your Blog information, check off all the boxes, and click "Submit Pings." You will receive a confirmation that your Blog was pingged by each of the sites you checked off.

It’s fast, easy and well worth it.

There’s also a PHP Blog Pingger that you can download but I haven’t had time to check it out yet. It’s called Blogpingger

The following sites will also let you ping your blog:
My Yahoo!

Posted by Mel of Ballyhoo Virtual Services

Monday, July 25, 2005

How and why to start a blog

Internet marketers often use blogs as a way to promote their products or services. The use of blogs has become quite popular because the constantly updated content allows the search engines to spider them quickly and keep them indexed. A blog, simply put, is an online journal or diary where articles and updates can be posted frequently with the intent of drawing traffic to your web site. There are several types of blogging software that can be used to create your own blog on whatever topic you choose.

You can choose to use a free blogging service such as the one we are using ( - my personal favorite) or you can host your blog on your own site (if your website hosting package allows for it) or purchase a separate hosting package strictly for your blog.

A lot of people say it's a good idea to purchase a domain and host your blog without using free services if you are using it for your business because it looks more professional. Instead of your blog name being mybusinessblogname/ it would just be Although I see their point and would agree if it were a website, with a blog being less formal, more friendly I think its your choice and it won't make or break you either way.

There are benefits to using a free service such as having pre-made templates at your disposal, the ease of use - you can have your blog up within a half hour, and you don't have to know HTML to name a few.

Once you have your blog up, a good way to get lots of content is to quote and reference material found on other blogs and web sites relating to your topic, and posting comments as you see fit. Now, I'm not saying to copy/paste other people's work word for word but if you find things that are related to your topic and think your readers might find it interesting or helpful, then quote or reference it. In time you can start to blend in longer articles to express any additional thoughts you may have.

Keep in mind that you should write about the things that are of interest to you. If you try to post to your blog about topics you think your readers will enjoy but its things that you dislike, you will become frustrated and you may lose interest. I found an article on another blog called the Top 10 Topics to Blog About and they have some great ideas listed there.

You can draw attention to your blog by linking to the blogs of others and making appropriate comments. If your posts to other blogs are interesting and informative, they will eventually link back to your blog, making their own comments, which will lead to an increase in traffic to your blog and your web site.

When creating your blog, make sure you have a comment form and your email address readily available so your visitors can send feedback. At first you might not get much feedback and it can be frustrating but the more interactive content you add and the more you leave comments on other people's blogs, the more comments you will get.

It is also a good idea to create a page giving your readers a bit of personal information as to who you are and what type of business you operate. Blogs tend to be more "personal" than a typical website so your readers will feel more comfortable if they know a little about you.

Having a Blog can help you increase your web site traffic which should result in increased profits. The best part is that blogs are quick & easy to get started and if you decide later on that you don't have time or it's not drawing more profits, you can always delete it with no hassle.

Posted by Mel of Ballyhoo Virtual Services

Easy RSS for Bloggers

Do you need help adding RSS feeds to your blogger? It’s really easy and here is how you can do it:

Log into your blogger account

Go to "settings"

Go to "site feed"

Copy the "site feed url"

Then go to

Scroll down to "try feedburner today" and paste your "site feed url" and then click next. You'll be at "select services" There are lots of options on that page and you can look through them all, but to get to the feeds you need to go to the bottom of that page and click on "next".

Then you can log in or sign up. It's free to sign up. After you fill in your info then click and that page will allow you to "activate your feed". Click on that and then click on "launch your publicity tools" and then click on "chicklet chooser". Then you have many options. I personally always choose the “my yahoo”, “my msn”, “newsgator” and “xml”. Click on each one and you'll see the code you need to grab. You have to do it for each one.

Then just go back to your template and put it in. You're set. As you can see there are other different things you can do too. So look around in there and check them all out.

But that is just the very basics of getting a feed up. Now, when you get that feed added let me know so I can add you to my personal “my yahoo” page!

Nell Taliercio is the owner of a leading work at home mom resource website packed full of unique information for the telecommuter, business owner and virtual assistant.

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