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Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings Part 2: First Steps and What the Heck Does 10 Karat mean?

Sometimes before there can be construction, there is destruction in jewelry making.  Metal must be melted down or in this case, old jewelry must be torn apart. My brother’s wedding bands are going to be gold, and we’d collected a good amount from various family members, friends and kindly donors who were tired of unwanted…

My Favourite Apps

My mother in law’s new iPhone is behind this week’s post of my favourite apps.  Here’s what I love, recommend, or can’t live without: FOOD & DRINK *STARBUCKS:  Add your gift cards, pay for coffee, and earn points for free beverages.  This app gets me going in the morning and keeps me going all day. …

Vertical Video Syndrome: Share it to save just one video

Our iPhones & smartphones are smart… but not smart enough. Save yourself from vertical Video Syndrome . Please.

Jewelry Blog: Making My Brothers Wedding Rings, Part 1

It’s a daunting (by special) request as a hobby silversmith; can you please make our wedding rings? My brother and his wife-to-be have requested I venture out of my almost exclusively silver-working, and create matching wedding bands for them in gold. To Match My Mom’s Ring This is no ordinary task either; the band is…

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Travel: Craters of the Moon — on Earth

With all the billionaires paying millions to rocket into space, it’s too bad they don’t know there’s a way to pay a visit to a lunar surface, without leaving earth, and without the sky-high cost. Buried deep in the middle of Nowhere, Idaho, is a small park; a national park, no less. But hurtling across…

Journalism: How to Pitch Your Story to the News

So why does some news get covered and some doesn’t? That’s a whole blog post in and of itself.  But I can say with certainty that getting a story–any story–covered starts with a good pitch. Got a big event happening and want to invite the news?  Grandparents celebrating their 60th Anniversary and you think it…

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What the Modelling Industry Taught Me

Sitting in an office beside my mother, I was nervous.  I’d been called in by my small town local modelling agency to meet a big city scout. A steady stream of girls were going in and coming out of the office she’d comandeered to pore over us and judge our fitness in the “real world”…

Food & Drink: Just ONE Bite

Kids don’t like a lot of things. Knowing that, I don’t get why people allow their kids turn their noses up at whatever’s on their plate. I know parents who don’t even feed their kids vegetables AT ALL, since they figure if junior isn’t going to eat them, why bother? Here’s the problem with that.…

Why that package you ordered to Canada costs so much – Saving Yourself Money on Shipping/Brokerage

If you LIKE paying more than you should for things, stop reading now.  If you think brokerage fees are a terribly blatant overcharge, carry on. For those of you who receive packages from the US particularly:  did you know you can save a lot of money on your shipments relatively easily? Major shipping companies like…

Perverts, Spies & Videotape, or, How I Busted a Criminal

It was supposed to be a 10 minute errand. It turned into a two hour stint at the mall involving the police, security and a foreign detainee. Yes, I busted a perv. Here’s how it went down … I was in a shoe store (the upscale Arnold Churgin outlet in Sunridge Mall, if you must…