COVID-19 Social Distancing Tips to Stay Connected With Others

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Working from home can lead to social isolation. The many people who have suddenly become unemployed because they were part time or contract workers have it even worse. These tips can help you avoid depression. Preparing your emotional and community support network is vital. People are tribal. We all need people. Talk with your family and get everyone on the same page, discuss roles, opportunities, and needs as this unfolds. Get to know your neighbors. See if you can organize  conference calls to discuss  resources that can be shared. Make sure to have phone and email contacts for people. Families …

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ZOOM TIPS COVID-19

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Are you Social Distancing? Working from home? There are many online applications to video conference with people and stay in touch. I have used ZOOM for work conferencing for over a year. Below are some useful tips for video calls.

Video Calls: How to not look like an idiot

Appearance: Make sure you have good lighting, keep the angle at eye-level or slightly higher, and have a professional background. It might be time to take down the “Saturdays are for the boys” poster, anyways.

Etiquette: Be mindful of where you’re looking when you’re lost in thought or talking. Mute yourself when you’re in large meetings, but don’t when you’re in small brainstorms. Call in from a quiet place and keep everything you need close by so you don’t need to leave the screen.

  • Write talking points and reminders on Post-It notes attached to your screen.
  • Quit out of any apps you won’t be using prior to the meeting.

Backgrounds: Try these fun ones for Zoom.

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Veterans Day-WWII MEMORIES and Vintage Photos

The Crew, England, WWII

My Dad served in the Army following Pearl Harbor. As a Colorado School of Mines Engineering student who already had an Associate’s degree from Kemper Military School, he served in the 373d Engineer G.S. Regiment, Company D. He was drafted when he was 21, in 1943 and discharged as a Sergeant, 68 points, on November 10, 1945. He served 35 months.  The photo’s are from his service years.  He never talked much about the war, but we have a lot of war memorabilia. When asked about WWII, Dad said “Sheer luxury in the army was a cigarette, we each got …

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Cute Chick Problems

This is the time of year when you start seeing cute chicks everywhere. Go to any farm/ranch supply store and you will see pens of them. People buy or build elaborate houses for their flocks and eagerly post pictures on social media of the different colored eggs that they collect. Personally, I am not a fan of farm fresh eggs. I prefer to buy pasteurized eggs at the grocery store. If you are thinking buying baby poultry or planning to, there are things to be aware of. The following information is from a newsletter put out by the Wyoming Department …

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Sage Advice: The Paradoxical Commandments

Something to think about… The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith 1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. 2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. 3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. 4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. 5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. 6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest …

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Plan Your Vacation-Italy

Today is National Plan Your Vacation day. I read that on average, people in the US take 17 vacation days annually. I know that in other countries, people have more generous paid time off policies and travel a lot more. That pesky Puritan work ethic, along with the economy keeps people from traveling. I have no idea how much the recent government shutdown will affect the travel industry. When people can’t pay their rent or buy food, the last thing on their mind is planning a vacation. 800,00o people is more than the entire population of Wyoming. Yet it is …

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

The actual song Total Eclipse of the Moon is from the Voyageur album by Enigma  but here is a fun take off from NPR to listen to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO4kSNwKvW0 Lyrics: Miles away from light at noon Total eclipse of the moon Many reasons to believe in life Just listen what it’s telling you Come and have a look inside Total eclipse of the moon Don’t be childish, don’t be so cruel I’m feeling just lonely without Without you I can see the wide horizons But debts have to be paid Our ways will cross again someday Believe, and come back to …

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New Orleans

My husband and I spent several days in New Orleans being tourists prior to a conference that I attended for work. We did everything we wanted to do and saw everything we wanted to see. We had both been there twice before, but before Katrina, which was in 2005. We noticed the changes, many of them for the better. The city did lose a lot of charm with the enclosed outlet Riverwalk mall. The prices there really aren’t less than in other locations. I miss the cheap strawberry daiquiri’s on the street and the street artists performing on Jackson square …

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Sunny Scottsdale, Arizona

I was in Scottsdale last week for a business trip. I lived in the Phoenix Metro Area many years ago.  It was fun to revisit old haunts and see the changes in the city.  If you are looking for a warm place to spend the winter,  Scottsdale is very attractive. Although the conference was at a Paradise Valley Resort, I stayed in Old Town Scottsdale.  I quite enjoyed walking around the area.  Several years ago my nephew graduated from the prestigious award-winning Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute  and my family enjoyed a few days together in celebration.  Food is a big …

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Faribault, Minnesota

We took a road trip in mid September to visit family. Eight days, seven nights, five motels, and four states later, we returned home. I brought two pairs of jeans and never wore them. It was too hot! It took a week to catch up at work and at home after returning.  It’s chilly in Wyoming now. We had snow above 8000 feet and freezing temperatures here in the valley at night. Fall has arrived, so fall yardwork has commenced. In other news-I have been accepted for publication in an anthology and will be listing an affiliate marketing link on …

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