Facebook is at it Again

    I just learned from LifeHacker that Facebook has changed your contact information email address to a address, without your permission. To read more, including the fix, click on this link:

    How to Pin Photos from Facebook onto Pinterest

    I just learned how to pin photos from Facebook onto Pinterest. It’s as easy as 1. 2. 3.

    1. Find the photo you want to pin. (Be careful to observe copyright info.)
    2. Right click on the photo and select “Copy image URL” on a MAC. It’s probably similar in Windows.
    3. Go to Pinterest and click “Add.” add
    4. Click in the “Add A Pin” space and paste the URL into the box, then select “Find Images.”addapin


    Write your pin description (be sure to include source info), select the board and you’re good to go.

    OK, technically that’s more than three steps, but who’s counting?

    For additional tips, visit TametheInternetMonster. I couldn’t quite get the Pin bookmarklet to work, though it would be a lot easier.

    To test my directions, I pinned two photos.

    This one from Michael Hyatt and this one from World Help.

    What about you?
    How do you use Pinterest?


    Work as Calling

    Mike Wallace

    Yesterday’s passing of Dick Clark, 82, and that of Mike Wallace, 93, on April 7th, have me pondering the importance of work as calling. Both men had successful careers, made significant contributions to their respective industries and helped shape culture, for generations.

    But these words from a recent US Today article remain in my thoughts, playing like a broken Bandstand record. The article mentions an interview Chris Wallace gave in December 2011, just months before his father passed away.

    “Physically, he’s OK. Mentally, he’s not. He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he’s uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions 60 Minutes. It’s as if it didn’t exist. It’s as if that part of his memory is completely gone.”

    Chris Wallace said the only thing his father talked about at that point in his life was his children and grandchildren. “There’s a lesson there. This is a man who had a fabulous career and for whom work always came first. Now he can’t even remember it.”

    I’m not sure how I feel about getting to the end of my life having spent years working towards something that I may not even remember. Or spending wasting *precious* time on things that don’t matter.

    And that’s not even factoring in eternity.

    God, give me wisdom. And tenacity. And grace.

    What about you?
    At the end of your life, what do you want to remember? 

    Creative Commons photos on Flickr by Mike Licht, and Terry Ballard.

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    Near Boiling Point at Work?

    Do coworkers ever drive you crazy? If so, you might find encouragement in this video.

    What about you?
    How does your perspective about The High Calling of your daily work impact your attitude?

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    Three Books for My Spring Reading List (Part Three)

    Earlier this week I shared about two books that are on my Spring Reading List. You can read about them here: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt and More Than Enchanting by Jo SaxtonThe third book is by my friend Noel Yeatts. Noel inspires me every single time I’m around her.

    Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time

    AWAKE by Noel YeattsFrom Amazon’s description:
    If we’re being honest, most of us live comfortable, safe, and relatively easy lives. We enjoy a quality and ease of living that most of the world could not even imagine, let alone pursue. After all, even the poorest people in America are amongst the top five percent of the wealthiest people in the world, and the faces of those who suffer the most across the globe are distant and unfamiliar to us. As we busily navigate the path towards the American Dream, another dream has been forgotten–the hope that what is broken in this world may be restored to its intended fullness. The truth is we know we should help those less fortunate than us, but the needs of the world are so overwhelming. Where do we start? Where can we make the most impact?

    This compelling, story-driven book urges readers to open their eyes to the needs of a hurting world. It is a gripping, to-the-point challenge to get involved in realistic, positive change–one life at a time. Building on more than twenty years of experience in humanitarian relief efforts and community development around the world, author Noel Brewer Yeatts urges readers to realize that working to build a better world is not about guilt, handouts, or charity. It is about justice, compassion, and personal investment. She encourages readers to live a life fully AWAKE. . . and doing a world of good.

    AWAKE is available for pre-order on Amazon for $10.39 in paperback. (You can use the widget below.)

    What about you? 
    How do you respond to the overwhelming needs of the world? And who inspires you to make a difference?

    More from Noel
    Watch Noel make an impact in Guatamala.

    Learn more about the Baby Rescue Project.

    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I’ve paid very little attention to affiliate marketing. This post is an experiment to see how one “pins” items from Amazon onto Pinterest and whether or not any sales would reflect an increase. Just curious, but wanted to be upfront about me raking in the cash. :)

    Three Books for My Spring Reading List (Part 2)

    Yesterday I shared the first of three books that are on my Spring Reading List. (Read my post about Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt.)

    More Than Enchanting is the second book on my list, from Jo Saxton of 3DM. Jo is a phenomenal speaker with a heart for helping others learn what it really means to follow Jesus as disciples. She’s spent years working with leaders in the UK, in the US and around the globe and has identified some specific challenges women leaders face (in business and in the church). In More Than Enchanting, she offers encouragement, ideas and some solutions women leaders crave.

    More Than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World

    More Than Enchanting by Jo SaxtonFrom Amazon’s description:
    Women have always been central to the life of the church. From the early hours of the first Easter, when women were charged to announce the resurrection of Jesus, to the state of the contemporary church, where women outnumber men in pews and positions of service. But as central as women have been, they’ve also found themselves regularly marginalized–and not only in the church but in the neighborhoods, cities and societies they inhabit.

    Sometimes they’ve had to endure the well-intended biases or benign neglect of the leaders of their communities; sometimes they’ve been sidelined by their own crises of confidence. Sometimes they’ve had to contend with both at once. Women who doubt their influence, who struggle to accept their distinct strengths and talents for what they are–gifts given through them to the world–suffer for it. The church, and really all of society, suffers with them. Jo Saxton invites women to discover (or rediscover) the gifts and talents that God has vested in us, and more important, the calling he has placed on each of us to seek first the kingdom of God where we are.

    More Than Enchanting is available for pre-order on Amazon for $11.70 in paperback. (You can use the widget below.) I’ll tell you about the third book later this week but you can see and pre-order it as well, by using the widget below.

    What about you? 
    What are you reading about women in leadership?

    Listen to Jo speak at WMUV Getaway Weekend 2011 
    Ordinary Life, Extraordinary God: It’s a Beautiful Exhange (Part One) begins with a testimony by Valerie Carter (inspirational in her own right). Jo begins around the 8:29 mark.
    Ordinary Life, Extraordinary God: It’s a Beautiful Exchange (Part Two) includes Jo Saxton and Sally Breen. (Jo and Sally have been tremendously influential to me in my latest endeavor: Oikos Living.)

    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I’ve paid very little attention to affiliate marketing. This post is an experiment to see how one “pins” items from Amazon onto Pinterest and whether or not any sales would reflect an increase. Just curious, but wanted to be upfront about me raking in the cash. :)

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    Three Books for My Spring Reading List

    It’s been unseasonably warm in Lynchburg this winter. Daffodils in full bloom tell me it’s time to think about my Spring Reading List–even though I have unread books in bookcases, on my nightstand, and on my Peter’s Kindle. I’m “in the middle” of reading more books than I can recall at the moment but three books have my attention!

    Each of the authors are experts in their subject matter; they’re great speakers. They’re people with a heart for others and for the Kingdom. And I consider them friends. Here’s the first one:

    Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

    Platform by Michael Hyatt book coverFrom Amazon’s description:
    “To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.

    “In Platform Hyatt will teach readers not only how to extend their influence, but also how to monetize it and build a sustainable career. The key? By building a platform. It has never been easier, less expensive, or more possible than right now.”

    Platform is available for pre-order on Amazon for $15.51 in hardcover and $9.99 on Kindle. (You can use the widget below.) I’ll tell you about the other two books later this week but you can see and pre-order them as well, by using the widget below.

    What about you? 
    What books are on your Spring Reading List? 

    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I’ve paid very little attention to affiliate marketing. This post is an experiment to see how one “pins” items from Amazon onto Pinterest and whether or not any sales would reflect an increase. Just curious, but wanted to be upfront about me raking in the cash. :)

    Pinterest is the New Black

    Source: via Cheryl on Pinterest

    Over the last six months or so, I’ve gone from:

    “What’s Pinterest?” to
    “Who has time for another social network?” to
    “Thanks for the invite. I might try it sometime,” to,
    “OK, I’m here. Now what?” to
    “This makes no sense to me at all!”

    But now, I’m completely addicted to enamored!

    I’m not alone. ABC & CNN are calling Pinterest “the hottest social network” and TechCrunch just awarded the site “Best New Startup of  2011,” (though technically, they started in 2010).

    In a weird way, Pinterest has reignited my passion for social media. The possibilities are huge! I’m working with an existing client, helping them incorporate Pinterest into their marketing mix and will work with another client on a similar project next month.

    Over the last week, I’ve had friends ask me about Pinterest, what it is and how do you use it. I considered writing a “Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest,” but why recreate the wheel when you can read Mashable’s version here.

    What about you?
    Are you on Pinterest? If so, give me a follow. I’d love to see what you’re pinning. Not on Pinterest and need an invite? Leave me a comment below.

    And of course, if you like this post:
    Pin It!

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    A Day in Photos

    Clinging Rain


    Kale Salad Marinating for Dinner


    Later? A Game of Jacks


    What about you?
    How are you spending your time between Christmas and New Year’s?

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    Inspired by Michael Hyatt: Standing Desk Review

    Inspired by Mike’s post Why Sitting is Killing You, this week I’ve been experimenting with my own version of a standing desk. Since giving up my downstairs office for a teenage bedroom, and truth be told, long before then, I’ve all but abandoned using my desk, so I figured it was probably a good time to try something different.

    I most prefer working in rooms that have good natural light, so I scoped out the kitchen for possible options. After a quick inspection, I decided to try the top of the microwave, normally tucked under the corner of the dish cabinet. I pulled it out and went to work. The newly acquired height placed the screen at eye level, perfect for reading online.

    Microwave Standing Desk

    Not so perfect for anything that required more than a tiny bit of keyboarding. I found myself having to stand on my tip toes to lift my arms above the keyboard. After a while, I retreated to a favored chair in the upstairs Living Room.

    This morning I wanted to try something more at arm’s reach. Once again I stood at the counter, this time trying to imagine the perfect keyboarding height. With that in mind, I went in search of something to build a small tower. I was unsuccessful at finding the Amazon box that arrived the other day, but I was undeterred.

    What could I use for my own version of a standing desk?


    Stock Pot Standing Desk

    My newly constructed, portable standing desk is not much to look at, but it’s certainly affordable and nearly the perfect height for a morning of keyboarding. This option, however, presents the opposite problem of my microwave standing desk.

    Now the keyboard is at optimal height, but the screen isn’t. Fortunately, I can type fairly accurately without looking at the keyboard, so when I’m simply typing, I can enjoy watching a flurry of cardinals feast on the berries outside the kitchen window. And use psellcheck spellcheck.

    I suppose if you had a traditional computer with separate monitor and keyboard, a standing desk like this might give you the option to elevate the monitor and keep the keyboard at arm’s length.

    Maybe one day, we’ll invest in a more permanent “real” solution. For now, I’m content to switch my laptop back and forth, between microwave and stock pot. Or is it stockpot? Spellcheck didn’t catch that.

    What about you?
    What creative things are you doing in your workspace? In your home? Or both? 


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