Win Friends, Influence People

Once a classic, always a classic. Originally published in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People was updated in 2011 to include winning and influencing  . . .  In the Digital Age. Even the book’s cover has a 21st century glow.

Dale Carnegie & Associates are enlightened to offer time-tested advice that endures during our transition to the online world.

“Now the first book of it’s kind has been rebooted,” the book jacket reads, “to tame the complexities of modern times and will teach you how to:

    • Find nuance and value in online mediums
    • Build and capitalize on a solid network
    • Project your message widely and clearly.”

Hmmm …. Take interest in others interests. Share your journey. And, smile! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Word Nerd

I’m a lover of words short, long and in clever combinations. I love words so much I will rearrange their letters to make other words. Does that make me an eco wordsmith? Perhaps.

Now, I’m a digital wordsmith with the help of the Anagram Generator, where I’ve discovered the hidden gems in my name. Two of which I adore:

  • alchemy sorcery jar. Am I thus the holder of transformation or magic or supernatural powers?
  • merry solace. Apropos the double Libra in my Vedic astrological chart; how pleasant!

Other favs, courtesy of the  Anagram Hall of Fame, include:

    • Mr. Mojo risin’ = Jim Morrison (from the Doors song, L.A. Woman)
    • Elvis = Lives
    • Clint Eastwood = Old West Action

And, on this lovely spring day consider these words of nature:

    • The eyes = They see
    • The ears = Hear set
    • Butterfly = Flutter-by
    • Sunshine and Shadow = Show in Sun and Shade

Now it’s your turn.

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Bonjour. Ca va?

Amid a flurry of spring cleaning I uncovered the journal from my first trip to Europe, a six-week journey across the continent with a borrowed backpack and a Eurail pass.I’m struck with the desire I declared in the 1980s — to be fluent in:

    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    • German
    • Dutch
    • Scandinavian languages
    • Ukrainian.

Last year I pared the list to a top three of French, Spanish and Italian for now. I’m preparing for a May trip to Paris + Provence and am eager to brush up on my high school/college French. Gotta start somewhere.

Recently, I discovered Livemocha, the online language community “committed to helping every person on earth achieve fluency in a new language.” Wow! Plus, they say:

Research shows that learning a second language can exalt cognitive functions, by building IQ and improving attention switching abilities, and even postpone Alzheimer’s and dementia for years. … This ultimately enhances the health and wellness of the individual and aids longevity.

Learning new things, through technology-enable language instruction for example, is proven to help keep your brain young!

I’m getting started avec francaise. Et vous?

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Make a Dent in the Universe

Steve Jobs so inspired me, helping shape my perspective about life on many levels — beauty & technology and faith & courage.

For years, I’ve carried one of his quotes: ”Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I downloaded Walter Issacson’s tome, Steve Jobs, last fall and picked it up again this morning. It is a compelling look at the man, his genius and his legacy.

Of Jobs Issacson says, “Steve was filled with contradictions. He was a counterculture rebel who became a billionaire. He eschewed material objects yet made objects of desire. He talked, at times, about how he wrestled with these contradictions. His counterculture background combined with his love of electronics and business was key to the products he created. They combined artistry and technology.

“He was a genius at connecting art to technology, of making leaps based on intuition and imagination.”

I encourage you to broaden your perspective of technology, and beauty, with Issacson’s biography. Available for your reading or listening pleasure on all manner of mobile devises and tablets. And, in hardcopy from or at a bookseller near you.

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As much as I love of technology, I’ll admit my fondness for paper. Especially things I can hand to someone when we meet face-to-face. Like a business card or an old school calling card.

My current favorite is’s MiniCards, sweet & petite at half the size of traditional business cards. They are super simple to create on moo’s intuitive website.

Personalize the front of the card with your own art, or select from the many beautiful designs available. Then, add personal details to the back.

the unfurrowed brow mini cardmy calling card

I created the two cards pictured here. The Unfurrowed Brow carries a tagline and contact information on the back. My personal calling card features a stunning-to-me photo of a peony taken with my iPhone.

Right now, moo offers 20 percent off when you enter the code MINI20 at the checkout. Just in time for me to order a third card to promote my new shop for my jewelry line.

So, go play with’s technology today and tell me all about it!

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I Heart

Screenshots of my iPhone show the love I shared with the ilove app, hearting:

    • Geniuses
    • A parade
    • Walter the pig
    • Louis the pug
    • Dear family & friends
    • Moi

So, it turns out, smart phones ARE useful for more than checking e-mail and the weather.

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Talking Cat App


“My Dad just got an iPhone and you would think he would be amazed by the touch screen, the e-mail capabilities and how clear the picture is, but no. He’s mesmerized by the talking cat app.”

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“Technology has given us the gift of attending the most interesting dinner party on a daily basis … embrace it, love it and appreciate it. Make sure you tip the staff. Don’t get too shit faced while you’re here. Save that for when we get together in real life.”

Srinivas Rao, blogger, cofounder Blogcast FM and surfer

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