Sunday, December 30, 2007

Blues In A Bottle by Frank Schaap

This is my favorite street musician. Frank Schaap plays in Northampton, Massachussetts on occasion. He usually lives in Paris, but plays in other countries too. He opened for Madeleine Peyroux in Paris many times. I bought his CD, and it is wonderful I am hoping to see him in 2008, and maybe get a new CD?? Let's hope he shows in Northampton! I know he said he wasn't too thrilled about the tipping there. Cheap assholes!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Photoshop Art

Alex and Grandpa Joe.
 Alex never met his grandfather. This is an art piece I did of Alex thinking about his grandfather in old B&W movie form. The picture of my Dad was taken back in 1978, and orginally was in color. I used photoshop to create the piece.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Playing With Photoshop CS3

I was playing with Adobe Photoshop CS3. I took a regular digital photo, taken with a Canon SD800 point & shoot camera, then applied the new Black and White feature to the picture. Then I applied a Lomo script to the second picture. Which do you like better and why?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I'm the Chaser

I made the mistake of chasing someone I loved. Never again.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Linus Explains Christmas

I just love the original Linus voice in "A Charlie Brown Christmas". I remember watching this every year.
Although I was raised Catholic, I don't follow any one religion. I choose to believe that spirituality is in the heart and mind (in how a person lives with integrity, love and a spirit of service in giving), which transcends all man-made religions. This Collaboration with Charles Schultz and Vince Giraldi was truly genius!

The real meaning of Christmas

Monday, December 03, 2007

Roberts Rules Of Entrepreneurship

This is an article written by Flori Roberts for the SCORE website on the Rules of Entrepreneurship.

Roberts Rules of Entrepreneurship

By Flori Roberts

You believe in yourself. You have ideas and dreams. Use these convictions to create a rewarding and fulfilling business life, where you are the boss. During the agonies and ecstasies of starting my own company, I learned these "rules of entrepreneurship" the hard way…on the job! Perhaps it can help those of you who are just beginning, to start on the right track and to avoid the road blocks along the way.

You probably need a break from the complexity of starting a business. Here is some fundamental business advice—simple, straight forward and easy to implement.

1. Find a need—be ahead of your time.
Find a niche where the Giants won't bother to go.

2. Identify your market and learn all about it.
You have to know everything about your business at the start.

3. Prepare a business plan...yes you have to.
No bank will take you seriously without a plan for profits.

4. Have adequate financing to start and to stay.
Success does not happen overnight, so be sure you're financially fit.

5. Pay for the best professional advice.
Lawyers, accountants, insurers do work on an as needed, fee basis.

6. Keep your overhead low and your standards high.
Work from home or at a low cost, convenient location.

7. Establish a clearly defined distribution network.
Whatever your product or service, how will you present and sell it?

8. Be creative—your new idea does count.
Depend on marketing strategies rather than costly advertising to grow.

9. Seek and hire the most qualified people.
From the first employee, look for someone who knows more than you.

10. Know your competition and work to win.
Be persistent, focused and flexible…anything can happen.

11. Learn from the success and failure of others.
Read, watch trends, and observe what is "hot" in your industry.

12. Use technology as a tool for building your business.
From computers to telecommunications to the Web-use them all.

13. Don't be sensitive and don't take it personally.
Be prepared for rejection, but never give up your dream.

14. Never underestimate the power of passion.
You will need to take risks and believe when no one else does.

Starting a business requires discipline and discipline requires rules. You may want to follow my "rules of entrepreneurship" or create your own set of rules. But you must clearly identify your goals and live by them. Use them as a road map to your success. Good luck!

Flori Roberts is creative advisor to The Roberts Group, a cosmetics sales and marketing company. Roberts co-founded Flori Roberts Cosmetics and Dermablend Corrective Cosmetics. As an entrepreneur, she launched and grew two businesses to multi-million dollar proportions.