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IPhones, IPads, IPods, Kindle… Too Much?

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

Recently, I ran into my friend Rhyanna who, when I saw her, was reading a novel on one of her latest “toys”. It was a Kindle; you know an ebook.  I was curious about it as I’ve been seeing advertisements on television about the product, and have to admit that I was skeptical about its claims and just had to see them for myself if it was all it was cracked up to be. Plus, is it really necessary? Why not just buy books? So I asked her to run through the features with me. I ended up being quite impressed with it and will admit that it is a nifty little tool that can reduce the use of paper and the need for storage (which is good if you don’t really have the shelf space anyway). You can download several books on the one gadget – pay and all – anytime you want to. No more running to the bookstore! Read the rest of this entry »

 

The Workplace, the Minefield of the Crazies

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

Ahhh the workplace. Such a conundrum of experiences… good and bad. You know I like watching “The Office”. A lot of what goes on in that show accurately depict life at the office. Seeing the “goings on” on the screen, I can finally get to have a good laugh or make all the comments I want about a particular situation that I’ve had to face or about particular persons that really sit on your patience and try your nerves. Oftentimes I’d want to give them a good tongue lashing or even have had to clench my fists and squeeze them tightly by my side to prevent a hand from suddenly flying up of its own volition and connecting with the offending person’s nose. A nice thought yes, but not a good course of action if one wishes to hold on to one’s job. Worse if it’s the boss. What can I say? With the range of personalities that exist in such a small environment – the workplace – it’s a wonder that more persons don’t actually come to blows, for its is typical that on any given day at work, one can go through such a range of emotions and experiences and with so many different types of people, it can literally make you feel like freaking out by the end of the day. All you can do is drag yourself home to take you sanity back to peak. Read the rest of this entry »