Self-Publishing Basics: How to Pick the Size of your Book

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As soon as you get serious about self-publishing a book, you are confronted with the choice of what size your book ought to be.For instance, if you want to get a price on how much a book will cost

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Come Join Us For Open Mic Night At Studio 5 Ten Saturday, May 14th: Doors Open At 8PM


ANNOUNCEMENT #3

TWO for $15 Tickets: FOR ONE DAY ONLY, we will be having this AWESOME special! So, instead of buying tickets at $10 per person, you can get 2 tickets for the price of $15. This ENDS TONIGHT Saturday April 23rd, 11:59PM !!!

Tickets are automatically entered into the event raffle. You must be present to receive the prize. Good luck!

For info go to http://www.eromn.eventbrite.com
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State Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws

Currently, I am researching info for an upcoming project “Jobs4U” (more to come in a later post) and I came across this site regarding the various state minimum wage and overtime laws.  I found it interesting there wasn’t a minimum wage setup for some states.

For more information click on this link: State Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws  Click on any state or jurisdiction to find out about applicable minimum wage and overtime laws.

Other resourceful links:

600 Kogo News Radio Blog

United States Department of Labor

National Conference of State Legislatures

The Economic Policy Institute: Wage Calculator

The Economic Policy Institute: Minimum Wage Tracker

 

Florida Department of Children and Families Upcoming Homelessness Committee Conferences Calls

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Homelessness Affordable Housing Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations regarding affordable housing to end homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Dial Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

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Homelessness Veteran’s Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

VETERAN’S COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations to end veteran’s homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

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Homelessness Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016

Event Type:
Date/Time:
Friday, April 22, 2016 – 14:00 to 16:00
Location:
4025 Esplanade Way, Room 320N
Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announces two public meetings to review the draft Annual Action Plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The first meeting is a public workgroup meeting on March 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The second meeting is a Public Hearing on the draft Annual Action Plan on April 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PURPOSE: To discuss the preparation of the Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 and to review the draft of the Action Plan once it is completed.

SUMMARY: The State of Florida is required to submit an Annual Action Plan to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to receive federal funding from that agency. The Plan must cover the grant programs funded by HUD. Grant programs included in the Plan are administered by four state agencies: the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Department of Economic Opportunity; the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) by the Department of Children and Families; the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) by the Department of Health. The Plan must specify the manner in which the funds will be distributed to eligible applicants.

ACTION TO BE TAKEN: At the work group meeting to be held on March 23, 2016, staff from the CDBG, ESG, HOME and HOPWA programs will provide an overview of the programs and answer questions. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Another public meeting will be conducted on April 22, 2016, to review and accept comments on the draft Annual Action Plan. The draft of the Plan will also be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.floridajobs.org/Annual-Action-Plan. The 30-day comment period on the drafted plan will commence on March 23, 2016, and will conclude April 22, 2016.

A copy of the agenda(s) may be obtained at http://www.floridajobs.org/Annual-Action-Plan, in person, by email or by contacting: Florida Small Cities CDBG Program, Department of Economic Opportunity, Caldwell Building, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, Telephone: (850)717-8410, Email: ginger.waters@deo.myflorida.com, Email:george.hutton@deo.myflorida.com.

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Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Ginger Waters, at the Department of Economic Opportunity at (850)717-8410. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

Groups audience:

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Homelessness Continuum of Care Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

CONTINUUM OF CARE COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations from continuum of care lead agencies to end homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: , Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Dial Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

 

Groups audience:

Homelessness

The Sunny Side of Falling Rain – Gaithersburg Book Festival

Hello my wonderful Peeps! I was invited on Facebook to read and vote to support Emerald Norman’s story.  I genuinely felt touched by this story and could really relate to it since last year I had to put down one of my dogs due to a snake bite.

Please read and vote for her if you feel as connected to the story as I was reading it. She is one of the finalist for the Gaithersburg Book Festival* this year.

Source: The Sunny Side of Falling Rain – Gaithersburg Book Festival

*The GBF is one of the nation’s premier literary events. Join us for author events throughout the year and save the date for the 7th annual GBF on May 21, 2016!

Let’s Dance! | Stuart Sheldon

“So, what do you do,” an attractive woman asked me at a party in Colorado years ago.  “I’m a filmmaker,” I said, taking a swig of Fat Tire. I’d just produced a TV commercial, my first, for the magazine where I worked.  When she stepped away a few minutes later, a friend sitting nearby said, “So now you’re…

Source: Let’s Dance! | Stuart Sheldon

Grab a Seat

Hi All! I know…it’s been a good moment since I last posted anything! Well, I have a lot of catching up to do. So, I’ve decided to peek on the other side of the Blogosphere and see what’s going on while my carpool co-worker drives us home.

My first post is a delish read that I could not pass up! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Please accept this wonderful reblog as well as the rest that I find during my transport home.

Yours Truly!

Enjoy!

The Squeaky Robot

For the budget-conscious person in Hanoi, there are no better alternatives to eating than traditional Vietnamese dishes found on every sidewalk, corner and alleyway. One needn’t look far. The food here is delicious, cheap and fun, as it requires a level of proactivity and interactivity that is unfamiliar to many cuisines worldwide. I say proactivity because the best places in Hanoi only serve one thing, and they only serve that one thing for a short window in the day. My favorite bun cha place is open for three hours a day at most, even less if they run out of food. So you must plan and run. Once you plop down on a dubious plastic cube, the interaction begins. Fix your plate with whatever options are available: limes, chili sauce, garlic vinegar, pepper. Mix whole chilies into your fish sauce – let it rest! The chilies must permeate everything. Many…

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Gmail Password Leak Update

This is why I love using WordPress… 🙂

The WordPress.com Blog

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each account. Using the same…

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Not a Touching Story by Stuart Sheldon

I’m at lunch and read this post from Stuart and just had to share it with my Blogosphere Peeps! For whatever reason, I could not use Press This feature to reblog this post.

Enjoy!

 

Not a Touching Story

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The little girl kept doing it … marching straight to the front, skipping everyone in line and going down the water slide. After the 3rd instance, I stepped in. The 6-yo culprit stood poised at the top in her one-piece, staring down the ramp, while my and my friends’ kids stood silently, confused.

“Excuse me. Everyone here is waiting in line and you need to wait too,” I said. I lifted her by the shoulders and placed her in line behind the other three kids. “Do you understand that?” I added. She instantly wilted and walked over to the railing, where she stared out into space. My 4-yo was next in line, and down we went together, singing as we curved, banked and burst into the splashy landing.

As my giggling boy and I emerged at the bottom, a tan woman in a pink bikini approached us with fire in her eyes. “Do you work here?” she barked into my face.
“No … I don’t,” I said.
“Then, why did you touch my child?” She stepped closer, her fury growing.
“She kept cutting the line in front of all the other kids.”
“You DON’T touch my child,” she growled. “She has autism.” Her grim-faced husband walked over.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t …”
“Try not to be so ignorant,” she said.
The lifeguard walked over and  asked, “Is there a problem here?”
“This guy aggressively touched my child,” the woman said, never taking her eyes off me.
“Listen, I’m sorry … Sincerely, I meant no harm.”

King of Nothing, acrylic, corrugated cardboard and antique book pages on canvas. 36"x48", 2005, Stuart Sheldon

I walked away, shaken by a seemingly simple situation that quickly became very complicated. “You didn’t know,” my wife reassured me. But then she asked a superb question, “What if that was our son, and you saw someone touch him?” THAT was the crux of the issue.

None of us want any stranger’s hands on our kids, especially not in a disciplinary manner. And, while I did not “aggressively touch” that little girl, I certainly lifted her up and moved her without reservation. I realize now that I was wrong to assume I could just step in as the referee. The moment I touched her daughter, the rules changed. Her autism, of course, made things far more delicate. Though, while my heart ached for what those parents must deal with daily, that was not the primary issue at hand.

I got spanked more than a few times by the principal in elementary school. But he was granted that authority by the system. As a former babysitter, summer camp counselor, stay-at-home dad and generally huggy person, I assume I can step in and, literally, handle situations involving my kids and their environment.

I may have been right in defending the fairness of the slide for the other children, but my touching that little girl, harmless as it was, was more wrong than my fairness was right.

I stepped onto a foolish and disrespectful, slippery slope. Those parents were justifiably indignant. And I felt genuinely ashamed for being so naive.

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I’m a good father, but that doesn’t mean I don’t make bad choices. Next time, I’ll think twice before I deem myself judge and jury for someone else’s child. Yes, it takes a village, but we must know our fellow villagers well before we can touch their kids

Manga – Comics Made In Japan.

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The word ‘manga’ (漫画, マンガ)  was invented in 1814 by a famous artist Hokusai (self-portret below).

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He used two Chinese hieroglyphs – “man” (“sloppy”) and “go” (“Image”) to describe his funny drawings – meaning grotesque, strange or funny pictures. However, Manga-like sketches existed in Japan thousand years before Hokusai. According to Will Eisner, the first medieval Japanese scrolls can be considered to be the first mango samples, in which the pictures were interspersed with the text. Early rolls (such as the rollout of the 12th century in the 1st picture or the rollout of the 13th century in the next picture below) were only meant for the elite, and only later have they gone to the masses.

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In the late 18th century throbbing consumer culture of the middle class urban population produced the manga-like entertainment that was more mainstream. Printed on wooden tablets stories with narration, dialogue…

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