Lorie’s List – 9/9/2016

And I’m back with another addition of Lorie’s List! This one is pretty short and sweet because I wanted to tell you about two new websites I came across this week that you’ve got to know about. One is business related and the other is writing related. If your business is writing then I suppose they’re both business, so I stand corrected. Regardless – on to the websites.Person on computer with smart phone and notebook

  • getrecommended.com – I learned about this site during a freelance usability project I did earlier this week, and I’ll tell you I found something I was really excited about. The site is built to be an virtual word of mouth – a cross between LinkedIn and Facebook – where you talk about the business your do and recommendations from people that have used your products or services. It’s still somewhat early days for Aaron and the team at getrecommended.com, but I see a lot of potential here! After talking to Aaron and hearing about some of the things they’re working on I think this could be huge!woman-865111_960_720
  • Inkitt.com – I stumbled across this a few days ago when I heard they were sponsoring a writing contest. They company helps get authors published, I won’t go into the details, but it’s based on algorithms to determine what’s getting the most hits and what is most likely to sell. Right now they’re sponsoring a novel writing contest that will see three finalists get their books published, a professional cover, and money for marketing. The books will also be presented to bigger companies for additional distribution – which could be huge if one of the companies pick up the book!

I would love to know what you think about both of these sites. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Long History of Hard Work

Happy Labor Day! I’m not writing a long post today, but I wanted to take a moment to remember and solute the reason for celebrating Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”  Not to toot our own horn, but I think we have a lot to celebrate.

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Historic Johnstown steel mills helped build America

For generation after generation, Americans and those who have made America home, have worked hard and build something out of nothing. New technology was created to make things easier and help improve our way of life. (I know that at least one of my ones of readers is thinking about the harm to the environment – I’m not necessarily disagreeing, but I am that’s not the focus of the post.) I’m proud to say that my family has been a part of that story for a very long time.

I come from a long line of steel workers, and coal miners, and farmers, and women working inside and outside the home. The story of American Laborers is my story. I am proud to say that I have iron and coal dust in my veins. The people who helped build the United States built my family tree.

While I may not work in a mill, or a mine, or field, I try to live up to the work ethic of those who came before me. I work hard to take care of my family and continue the story they started.

So, thank you to all of those who helped build the country I love. Thank you to those who continue that work.

Sometime the Story Just Won’t Be Told

I’ve talked a lot about telling stories. About how important it is to tell your story, because no one else can. But, something I haven’t really discussed are the stories that can’t, or won’t be told.

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Some stories just won’t be told.

I’m not really talking about stories you can’t tell for legal or moral reasons. Really, those are kind of self explanatory. I’m talking about the stories you can’t tell because…well you just can’t. Maybe they’re too personal. Or too emotional. Maybe you don’t even know where to begin. Maybe even the thought of putting words down just makes you anxious. Well, I’m here to tell you, that’s OK too.

Right now I’m in one of those places. There is so much going on, so much happening (and none of good if I’m going to be totally honest) that I can’t get the words out. My usual approach to stress is to write about it, but right now I can’t.

I can’t write. I can’t talk. All of it just swirls around in my head and I can’t really grasp a single thought that I can use to start with. Normally I can put something down about what’s going on and impart some positive wisdom at the end. The light at the end of the tunnel.

But not now. Not yet. Maybe never.

Maybe one day I’ll find the words. Maybe one day the story will want to be told. Maybe I’ll find the happy ending and I can turn it all around. Today is not that day.

And you know what, I think that might be alright. Maybe some stories are just not meant to be told. Some stories are so personal, so overwhelming, so…big that they just can’t be told.

SO, today’s advice on storytelling: if you have a story that just won’t be told, a story that you just can’t tell, give it time. Give it space. Today may not be the day to tell that story. Don’t give up though, there are lots of stories out there waiting to be told. So hang on, grab the next one and don’t let go.


Lorie’s List – 8/26/2016

Lorie’s List is back! My list usually appears on Fridays and is a fun and/or helpful list of things to do, websites to visit, or overall useless information that I find interesting. To keep
with the theme of this week, today’s Lorie’s List is all about education. I’ve got something for just about everyone!

  • ABCYa.com – This site comes recommended by my 6th grader. She said it was
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    ABCYa.com comes highly recommended!

    a really fun site and educational. There are lots of games for Pre-K through 5th grade. And, if you find the games too easy, you can move up a grade level. “R” says it’s something that teachers should check out too!

  • Study Island is a website that my daughters’ schools have used that covers a wide range of topics for each grade level. The site is geared for schools and the teachers set up questions, tests and games for the students to use to help increase comprehension and retention of information. It’s a great tool! If your school doesn’t use it, talk to your child(ren)’s teacher and ask them to check it out.
  • Khan Academy is an awesome site for the whole family. If you aren’t familiar withKhan Academy logoKhan Academy, Wikipedia describes it as: “Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman “Sal” Khan with the aim of providing a “free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. You can find lessons on everything from basic math to accounting and science. They have classes for adults too! These aren’t just lame thrown together lessons, these are usually tied to colleges and universities so you’re basically getting a college level course for free. Both of my daughters have gotten homework and reference help there as well as lessons recommended by teachers. And yes, IT IS ALL FREE! So go check out that Organic Chemistry class you’ve always wanted to take.


What educational sites do you or your family love? Share below in comments!