What a career–Pianist, Prime Minister, Grape Grower!

Looking for a career change? Need some inspiration? Take a look at the life of Ignacy Paderewski. Paderewski was a brilliant pianist, a pretty darn good composer, and a Polish statesman advocating for the independence of Poland. After working with Woodrow Wilson and becoming the Prime Minister of Poland, Paderewski relocated to sunny California. Just what does a polish statesman and pianist do during the…

English Language–Talk is Cheap, but Tricky!

When money talks, does anyone critique its word choice, spelling or grammar? It’s a wonder anyone ever learns the English language with all of its rule and exceptions. Never fear. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, is always here. Tonight, instead of working on my current book project, I’ve decided to “go off on a tangent.” Is anyone else perplexed by the rules of the English…

Junior Mints®. Let’s Sue the Slackers.

Junior Mints®, a brand name since 1949, has been slapped with a lawsuit. No. There’s no listeria outbreak, salmonella poisoning or Red Dye Number 2 involved. No one has gotten sick, died or suffered a burn from the cool minty flavor. So why would someone from New York want to sue Tootsie Roll® Industries (owner of Junior Mints®)? Correction. Why would some attorney try to…

Cleaning House is as easy as Pressing a Button

“Step away from the keyboard,” I hear Keith telling me as he walks through the room. A pretty common statement in our household. But this week brought a new twist. Does anyone around here clean up their data, pictures, emails, texts or documents? I mean really clean them up? I mean wipe them off your actual computer, not just the phone? Of course you do!…