Saturday, March 21, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
From Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Morning Brew is one of my daily go-to blogs for a smile and a giggle to offset a look at the markets. Today they posted the following collection of good things people around the nation are doing to help those needing it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope it brings you a little cheer:
People Are Good Pt. 3,143
All week, Brew readers have been writing in with inspiring stories of people working together to help those affected by the pandemic. We compiled this list to a) make you smile and b) give you ideas about ways to mobilize your own community.
Stephanie: “To keep a local florist afloat, members of my community are sending each other bouquets. Once you have a bouquet sent to you, you send a bouquet to another friend, and then they send a bouquet to someone else, and on and on.”
Riley in NYC: “Sauce Pizzeria is delivering free pizzas ...
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal has compiled a list of "100 Little Ideas" that help to explain how the world works; In reading them over, I found a lot of them apply to the upcoming election in general, and tonight's Democratic Party debate in particular. For example, we might experience the candidates practicing Courtesy Bias: "Giving opinions that are likely to offend people the least, rather than what they actually believe."
Another tactic we may see is called Poisoning the Well: Presenting irrelevant adverse information about someone in a way that makes everything else that person says seem untrustworthy. “Before you hear my opponent’s healthcare plan, let me remind you that he got a DUI in college.”
Or how about the unfortunately named Buridan’s Ass: A thirsty donkey is placed exactly midway bet ...
Friday, November 22, 2019 / by Vanessa Saunders
I'm not a list maker but this one made me laugh, cry and pledge allegiance. Here are twenty things to do BEFORE 2020. They're from Rachel Hite, a contributor to real estate zine Inman News.(REALTORS®- If you don't read Inman, you should.) Although they are intended to apply to real estate brokers and agents, I think these twenty suggestions are good for everyone. And rather than sending you a link you can easily ignore, I'm going to re-publish them and make you read them RIGHT HERE AND NOW!
20 things you need to do before 2020.
1. Stop whining
Repeat after me: “I am in charge of my business and my personal success. I will not let outside factors sour my outlook on life and poison my joy for helping my clients. The Internet is not out to get me.”
Budget, and minimize expenses. Get lean and mean with your finances. Create an emergency savings account and a realistic budget for living. Commit to not riding the commission roller coaster in 2020. ...
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 / by Vanessa Saunders
While planting perennials last evening I came across this charming little yellow caterpillar! He was taking a joyful walk up the neighbor's drive with such verve and determination that I had no choice but to video him. He was so cute, all yellow with those funny little black feathers waving in the air. I wanted to pick him up and give him a good cuddle.
But after shooting this video and saying goodbye as he continued neighbor-ward, I did what any vigilant lepidopterophile would do - I googled him.
Turns out this little bugger is poisonous!
It is the caterpillar stage of the American Dagger Moth (Acronicta Americana), a not so impressive but well camouflaged gray-beige moth, which grows to a wingspan of about 2.5 inches. In its caterpillar stage, those black spikes on the little yellow worm are full of toxins which squirt out if the bug is touched or otherwise disturbed. On human skin, the toxins form large, itchy red welts in a few hours which are not a pleasant thing.&nbs ...