Bed Bugs and Your Upcoming Hotel Visit

Many folks are getting ready to launch their vacation plans. Unless you are traveling in a RV, staying at someones house or hiking in the wilderness you just might visit a hotel. So I found this article insightful for doing an inspection of your hotel and things you can do to  protect your luggage.

Now, I am not saying that you cannot run into these critters riding on the bus or train to work. Yes you can! But let’s take a look at the hotels. Please don’t get paranoid but do be aware.

Read this article on bedbugs in hotels.

Facebook’s Changes-Can You Hack it?

Facebook has annouced major changes in their interface. Now most of these changes involve something called AP!’s. If you are a baby boomer like me who must define most technology terms before digesting here is a quick definition f orm Wikepedia.

An Application Programming Interface (API) is an interface implemented by a software program to enable its interaction with other software.
It is similar to the way the user interface facilitates interaction between humans and computers. APIs are implemented by applications, libraries and operating systems to determine the vocabulary and calling conventions. The programmer should employ it to use their services. It may include specifications for
routines, data structures, object classes, and protocols used to communicate between the consumer and implementer of the API
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Now, I am really considering going back to school so that I can create some of these cool API’s but that is for another discussion. Let’s go back to Facebook.

If you have visited in the last 24 hours you have already seen the changes. I was given the option to connect to my high school, graduate school and the town where my PO box is located. I decided to choose carefully the pages I will allow. However, all the information I have in Facebook can now be shared with other networks automatically.

I know there are some real privacy concerns. Yet, as far as I can surmise, it should be great for our business marketing efforts. So, I am sharing some current blog posts for your review. Please, for the time being, be very careful about very personal things you share late at night when you thing all is asleep.

Here are some important news updates to read:

ZNET

CNN Money

The Facebook Blog

 And For my Techi or Wanna Be Techi Baby Boomers  who want to know the API changes check out

Programmable Web

Short and Easy to Understand Video on Skype

I was just on an awesome baby boomer site called The Baby Boomer Entrenprenuer. This blog is run by a baby boomer marketing, copywriting and business coach expert-Andrea J. Stenberg.

Yes, this short post is about her post on Skype but please spend some time enjoying all the other rich information. I was very impressed as you will be also. Her site is bright, engaging and easy to navigate.

So take a few minutes and view the short video she has on her site about Skype.

In addition read her other post 7 Ways to Use Skype for Business. I never realized that you could send large files via Skype.

Baby Boomer Music-Leon Patillo

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series baby boomer music

Baby boomer musician and minister Leon Patillo has exceptionally inspiring music. Read this short bio sketch below from Wikipedia:

Leon Patillo (born January 1, 1947) is an American CCM musician.

Patillo’s first musical endeavor was with the group Creation, later called Leon’s Creation. Formed in the late 1960s, Creation was a funk group similar in style and composition to Sly & the Family Stone; they were signed to Atlantic Records. Aside from Creation, Patillo worked at times with Funkadelic and Martha & the Vandellas. In 1973, Patillo joined Santana, appearing on the albums Borboletta and Festival. He remained with Santana until 1981, launching a solo career on Word Records. He released a string of successful albums on the CCM market in the 1980s, and had his own television show on TBN called Leon and Friends.

Patillo founded his own record label, Positive Pop, in the 1990s, and his most recent releases have been on this imprint. Patillo also leads his own ministry.

Listen to some of his music now!

Not My Boy-A Story of A Family’s Battle With Autism

I know what autism is and some families, like a neighbor, who have a child with Autism Yet, like any disease you can sympathize but the day to day challenges are only known by the families. I was in my car this afternoon and heard only part of an interview on NPR with the father of a child with Autism. Now the first thing that came to my mind was a husband who actually left his wife alone to care for their son with the disease.

Yet, here on the radio was the voice of a Dad who shared his feelings, love for his son and some of the intensive research he and his wife did to provide support. Things like diet, communication and a refusal to accept the “it can not be done” by a medical professional they consulted with in the early days of their child’s disease.  I was so very proud of this husband and wife. But, I must admit I was more impressed with this man’s love and continued support for his family. Far from the disappointment I had with the young man who just could not hack it. I hope one day that he reads this book. If I knew where he was I would share it with him.

I also thought about my neighbors. They are a united family who are proud of the strides made by their child. They are also involved in activities that provide support and research.  They work as a team. I know it is not easy. They like so many are true heroes.

I have not read this book yet but want to share it with you, my readers, and hopefully with my neighbor and the resilient woman who is caring for her son alone.  I hope it helps to provide continued support and encouragement.

But remember, Autism is just one of many diseases that affect out children providing a continual commitment challenge for parents. If you would like to share your story or enlighten other readers on how to best support a family feel free to post your comment.

PS Also visit a great site called Be In The Know New Jersey for a continual faucet of health information and resources for families and professionals to keep families healthy. Remember, before I was a blogger I am a health educator. Hence, I just hope I can continue to empower and educate folks when I can.

Baby Boomer Music-Bluegrass Gospel by The Downings

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series baby boomer music

The Gospel singing group called The Downings recorded a lot of great gospel songs. Here is a short history I found on a site called Southern Gospel History.

The Southern Gospel group, the Downings, were a mixed quartet founded by the husband and wife team of Paul Downing and Ann Downing. Other founding members were Greg Gordon?, Sue Dodge? (Sue Chenault), and pianist Dickie Matthews?.

The group went through several personnel changes throughout the early to mid 1970s, and eventually disbanded in 1977. The group released 18 albums in 8 years. Ann and Paul were voted favorite female singer and favorite bass singer respectively in 1973 in the Singing News Fan Awards.

Paul and Ann were in the process of trying to reform the Downings when Paul passed away in 1992.

So enjoy one of their songs.

Baby Boomer Music-Andrae Crouch and The Disciples

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series baby boomer music

Did you know that Andrae Crouch has been recording music since 1969? Read this short summary from Wikepedia.

Andraé Edward Crouch (born July 1, 1942, in San Francisco, California , is an American Gospel musician, minister, recording artist, songwriter, arranger and record producer He has been  playing piano and singing before he was 10 years old.

Musical career

Crouch’s first group was the Church of God in Christ Singers (COGICS) in 1960, which included Billy Preston who later played organ for Ray Charles, Little Richard, The Beatles and Eric Clapton and who also had a major secular solo career. One singer, Blinky Williams was a Motown act, opening for the Temptations with Chuck Jackson. The COGICS were the first group to record the song “The Blood”. Continue reading “Baby Boomer Music-Andrae Crouch and The Disciples”

Boomer Time Music-Remember The Servant Band?

Ray and I are reviewing and listening to some baby boomer time music from various genres. Well, thought we would share some known and unknown LP’s. Some will be from our private collection and some will be from other folks. Yes, we admit some of the records we are attempting to record to CD.

But some of these records have an awesome history. Ok. lets look at a group called the Servants.  The album we checked out is Shallow Waters. This is a LP on the original label. If you want a copy just click on the Ebay button on the site. However, if you are reading this post months or years from now still check it out on Ebay or Amazon.

This type of music has received some criticism. It is progressive and full of social commentary.  I found a cut on You Tube for you to check it out for yourself. This cut is called “Holy Roller Blues”.

Here is a bit of history from Wikipedia.

Servant was a Christian rock group  that grew out of the counter-culture Jesus Movement of the sixties and seventies. The band was founded in Victoria, British Columbia in 1976 and performed to audiences throughout North America, Europe and Australia  for over 12 years. Originally named “Higher Ground”, the group quickly changed their name to Servant. They were known for challenging the Christian  church to turn back to social justice and caring for the poor.

A Servant rock concert was like a festival event. The band was known to incorporate comedy and short skits in their sets on stage. Servant was also the first Christian rock group to use laser lights, flame tubes, fireworks, fog machines, in addition to an extensive light show and quadraphonic sound (a precursor to surround-sound).

In the early 1980s some critics considered Servant’s theatrics, light shows, smoke-bombs and flash-pot stage performances too raucous to be authentically Christian. However, the band’s mission was to reach the ears and hearts of those who might not feel so comfortable in church buildings. Shying away from self-centered Jesus-and-me praise lyrics and easy-listening rock styles that typified most contemporary Christian music, Servant instead attempted to offer edgy, rhythmic, passionate rock and an aggressive stage performance filled with a kingdom message, and spiced with strong social commentaries.

A CCM Magazine review of their 1981 release, Rockin Revival, stated that the band’s lyrics reflected Christian communal subculture, and contained elements of social protest and criticism.[1]

Servant toured extensively throughout America, Europe and Australia in concert halls and at music festivals like “Creation” and “Greenbelt”. They recorded 6 studio albums with songs that ranked in the Top 40 Contemporary Christian Music Charts including “Come Jesus Come”, “Holding on to You”, “Thank God”, “We are the Light”, “Surrender”, “Harder to Finish”, and “I Will.”

From 1981 to 1985, opening acts for Servant included Grammy Award winning Petra, DeGarmo & Key, Joe English (of Paul McCartney & Wings fame), Will McFarlane (recorded with Jackson Browne), Randy Matthews, Jerusalem, and Steve Camp. Petra opened for Servant on tour in late 1981 and early 1982 just as Petra’s breakthrough album, Never Say Die was being released.

Formative Years: Servant has some origins in 1973 from “Lonesome Stone”, a Christian rock musical touring Europe that Jim Palosaari billed as a multi-media production of the Jesus generation portrayed in music, film and drama to rival the likes of the musical Godspell. Lonesome Stone was an outreach of Jesus People Europe, which came out of Jesus People Milwaukee. (Jesus People Milwaukee also formed the basis of what eventually became Jesus People USA in Chicago.) After Jesus People Europe broke up, a year later Palosaari and others formed the Highway Missionary Society based in B.C., Canada, with Servant the primary outreach of the Society, based on the West Coast of North America. In 1984 they were renamed The Servant Community in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ebay, Baby Boomers and Collectors

It appears that many many baby boomers are buying and selling on Ebay. Now, some are doing the selling to augment retirement income. While others are seeking hobby focused collections. Whatever the case Ebay is one of the largest online auctions around.

I found this well written, comprehensive article by Philip Moeller. He writes for US New and Reports. He also has extensive  experience in business journalism, including reporting, writing, editing and publication design and production, both in print and online.

As such, he is a credible source for the article I am sharing with you.  This article looks at the baby boomers and Ebay use. It also gives a birds eye view of what is hot for purchase and sales on Ebay. I loved it. I think it will added value to your Ebay efforts as a buyer or seller.

So, take a few minutes to check out this article about Ebay, baby boomers, collectors and retirement.