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John F Kennedy Elementary School

JFK is a winner in so many ways…. now they have “WON” an $1000 Service Award from Wells Fargo. I applied for this grant and the school was selected. I requested money for books for the kids I read to — this feels oh so good!!


John F Kennedy Elementary School’s mission? This school is one of 10 elementary schools in the Jefferson School District in Daly City, CA. JFK school has always provided a supportive and multi-faceted education to it’s students. Many of the children have siblings and relatives that have gone to this school over the years. This school welcomes the community and it shows in the many murals that decorate the walls and the Artwork that is proudly posted next to each class.

There are never enough volunteers or enough books. This is a great place to volunteer. The personal reward is incredible! I read to 3 kindergarten classes of 24 students each. The kids are amazing, smart, funny, sweet and interested in the new books. Get involved – volunteer! You can help read or find another fun task. — the editor

The teachers at this school are dynamic, talented and focused on the education of their students. We all really enjoy the Reading First program. At JFK, the community is involved and volunteers are welcomed +donations of books are greatly appreciated. The Library has many great books for all levels. The students are actively engaged in reading, going to the school library and developing their curiosity through books.

Would you like to apply for money or write a grant? KNBR and Wells Fargo have teamed up and are awarding money for schools. Here is the information, click this link.


Step Up To the Plate for Education

Back-to-school season is in full swing for families with school-aged children. Many parents and guardians have been spending money on school supplies, back-packs and new outfits for their children. During this time of year, parents are also asked to donate to school fundraising efforts and to sign up to volunteer for various activities.

Wells Fargo and KNBR are proud to team-up with Brandon Crawford to support Step-up to the Plate for Education. Together, we award one-hundred thousand dollars in grants to help youth education locally.

Fill out the form, you can find it on the website, to nominate a school. http://www.knbr.com/stepup

For weary parents we have good news: now you can work with local schools to apply for Wells Fargo/KNBR “Step Up to the Plate for Education” grants.
Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor of this grants program and provides $100,000 to support local schools. KNBR Radio will select the winners. Professional baseball player Brandon Crawford serves as the spokesman for the program and is featured on radio ads promoting the grants.

Mental Toughness from LaRae Quy

As an inspirational speaker LaRae Quy was amazing for our women’s group. Her direct, thoughtful, no-nonsense approach took me by surprise. She was clear, accountable and inspired. She teaches skills, and discusses examples that are real and motivating.

Take a look at her blog to learn more about achieving your goals IN A POWERFUL WAY!!!

LaRae Quy was an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. Faced with stressful and fast-moving situations, she needed to move through barriers if she was to succeed.

Mental Toughness is the birthplace of personal leadership development. It is the ability for each person to look inward and find solid ground when the going gets tough. Strong minds identify productive patterns of behavior so they can become successful in areas that are important to them. Once individuals understand their behavioral patterns, they can choose to respond from a place of strength when confronted with risk and uncertainty in unpredictable situations.

Mental toughness is not something you’re born with; it is a quality that you can develop with experience and coaching by:

Saying no to your self-limiting beliefs

Rewiring your brain for new patterns of behavior

Empowering yourself—the opposite of helplessness

Cultivating the attitude of positivity

Surrounding yourself with people who build you up

Leading from the heart

September is National Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

Be Kind to a Writer! Yippee! We do have a lot to look forward to…. but this is a special occasion. Bloggers are part of this group of course, so lets all pat ourselves on the back!!  Recognition may start with being kind to yourself, you know.  Let’s just say you’d like to be kind, what could you do? You could post a suggestion or comment on a few blogs, you could offer to read a writer’s draft copy, you could say a few encouraging words, you could offer to get a worn out writer a cup of strong coffee. You could rescue the mechnaical pencils in the house that have not been taken apart by the toddler and put in new leads and erasers.

OR you could become a writer! Write a bit everyday, without judgement on your skill level. Ask a writer friend to read a few pages and offer constructive criticism. Take a look at one of the many writing sites, I’d suggest Read Write Web which has inspired me so many times! There are many other ways, join a book club [which are full of writers], go to  a poetry SLAM, participate in a reading/writing workshop! Have fun! Get out your plumed pen and scribble a few verses.

Remember, it took a writer to create those instructions that you depend on to fix your cell, reread your favorite passage, call up a meaningful quote….. sending a hug to all you inspired writers!

Mover and Shaker: GE

Who do you want to SEE YOUR BRAND? Who do you want to WANT YOUR PRODUCT?

There are few B2B brands rocking new media harder than GE. From staging a robot concert to their Unimpossible Missions video series, they’ve made cool content their mission.

The Unimpossible Missions video really hits the mark …. showing a SNOWBALL’s day in HELL…. I am surprised and it caused me to question what I know about GE. Provider of small appliances, kitchen appliances and some power grid stuff …. or …. innovator, provider of new ideas…. mover and shaker in the topsy-turvey world of machines, technology and cutting edge science. Keep Going! — the editor

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Late last year, GE kicked off a new podcast called The Message. It’s a science fiction story that played out over eight episodes. In it, the NSA hires a group of young hackers to decode an alien message, and intrigue ensues.

The brand wisely keeps to the sidelines—there’s no “Quick, Johnny! Grab my GE Electro-Drill by GE!” It’s a surprisingly well-done experiment in old-timey radio drama with a modern sensibility to it.

A study from Ypulse last year showed that 35% of millennials listen to at least one podcast a week. GE seized on the opportunity to reach their audience via unconventional means, making something genuinely entertaining in the process. Their efforts paid off—the podcast stayed on the iTunes top 10 for all eight episodes.

Diversity Top 50 List

Diversity: The uniqueness each of us brings to the table.  It is the unique combination of various diversity dimensions that makes each of us different from and similar to others.
Inclusion: The ability to interact with people in a way that makes them feel as if they belong and are welcome to be themselves.
Do you feel like you belong at your job? Don’t take this as a rating of your performance…. but rather…. do you understand the goals, do you feel the ethics are full of YOUR core values? Does your company strive to incorporate new people, cultures, ideas, ages, races and religions?
If it does you are more likely to have a creative, innovative team ….. rather than a group of employees that are doing a task in a cubicle.
It’s important are you one of the puzzle pieces in the puzzle?  Additional insights and the full article from DIVERSITY INC.




A Dog for Charlie film

Focused on autism and the healing power of the love of a dog, A feature length documentary about a child with autism and his service dog — the film is in production! Will it go to the  next film festival?

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I am a local filmmaker making a film about a non-verbal autistic child and his service dog. I filmed Charlie and his family for four years, from age four to age eight. Aspen, Charlie’s service dog, comes into Charlie’s life when he is five. This is the story of a child and his family face the challenges of autism, all with the help of the love of a dog. I am now fundraising to finish the film so that I can enter it into film festivals this fall. I need to pay for editing, music, sound, color correction and other important post-production activities needed to create a feature film. Any help you could provide me in getting the word out about our film, and our fundraising campaign, would be most appreciated. Our website is www.adogforcharlie.org, and on the website you can sign up for our newsletter to keep up on our activities with the film. Donations can also be made at the website. We also have and Indiegogo campaign, just enter “A Dog for Charlie” in the search button at indiegogo.com.  — Barbara Cray


Barbara Cray
A Dog for Charlie
303 Twin Dolphin Dr., 6th Floor
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
(650) 654-2729
(650) 654-2727fax

Details? Contact barbara@adogforCharlie.org

Or check out the FACEBOOK page

September Days to Remember!

It has been a long hot summer.
Did half of your staff just fall on the floor at the mention of another 2 hour long staff meeting? ugh!
Could there be an insurrection?

Don’t let it come to that! Bring Playdoh to your next meeting and watch the faces light up with smiles.
You might have 3 minutes of giggling but you can still hold your meeting and get things done. Your team will appreciate the break. They will!

   1  Happy Birthday to Dr. Phil  (Talk Show Host)

   2  In 1970, NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon,

   3  National Welsh Rarebit Day (United States)

   4  Google is founded in 1998. In 1972, Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.

   5  National Cheese Pizza Day

   6  Read a Book Day

   7  In 1979, The Chrysler Corporation asks the United States government for US$1.5 billion to avoid bankruptcy.

   8  Pardon Day

   9  Teddy Bear Day

 10  Swap Ideas Day

       Hot Dog Day

 11  National Hot Cross Bun Day 

 12  National Chocolate Milkshake Day

 13  International Chocolate Day

       Positive Thinking Day

 14  National Cream-filled Donut Day

 15  Felt Hat Day

16  Independence Day (Papua New Guinea), celebrates the independence of Papua New Guinea from Australia in 1975.

 17  National Apple Dumpling Day

       Be Kind to the Aged (Japan)

 18  National Play-doh Day

       National Chocolate Day

 19  National Butterscotch Pudding Day

 20  Sophia Loren,a beautiful iconic  Italian actress,  is born on this day in 1934

 21  International Day of Peace

 22  National White Chocolate Day

 23  Checkers Day

 24  In 1948, the Honda Motor Company is founded

 25  National Comic Book Day

 26  National Pancake Day

 27  Google is born in 1998

 28  Ed Sullivan is born in 1901, a TV show host, he brings us The Ed Sullivan Show (d: 1974)

 29  National Bay Leaf Day

30  National Mulled Cider Day & Anniversary of the Flintstones Cartoons

AUGUST DAYS are here!

October Days are here!

August 26 National Dog Day!!

TODAY August 26 is National Dog Day, a celebration of man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Founded in 2004, National Dog Day is intended to be an observance to both honor your pets and remember how many dogs still need to be rescued, according to the holiday’s website.

Between 37 and 47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, which shakes out to about 80 million dogs total, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The most popular breeds are retrievers, German shepherds and bulldogs.

Whether you’re celebrating your pup with an extra treat, a long walk or an end-of-the-day cuddle session, make time to paws and read these quotes, collected from Goodreads, Dogtime and BrainyQuote:

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ? Charles M. Schulz

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ? Josh Billings

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” ? Dean Koontz


“Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine?” ? Gabrielle Zevin

French bulldog puppies pose at a press conference at the American Kennel Club in New York on Jan. 31, 2014.  Getty Images

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” ? Charles de Gaulle

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ? Andy Rooney

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” ? Doris Day

It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor.” ? Kate DiCamillo

“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” ? Jill Abramson

“To show too much joy in a place such as this would be unseemly but, as he padded toward her, his tail was extended in a manner which would make wagging possible should all go as expected.” ? Eva Ibbotson

“Cry Havoc!  And let slip the dogs of war.” –William Shakespeare

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” — Dave Barry

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” — Cesar Millan

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” — Ben Williams

“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” — Gene Hill

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” ? Robert Wagner

“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” ? Caroline Knapp

“The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” ? Konrad Lorenz

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

“Actually, my dog I think is the only person who consistently loves me all the time.” ? H.G. Bissinger

Taking VIRTUAL WORK a few steps Further

You goal may be to work from home 2 days a week. What if you could take your entire business on the road? Take a look at the Nomad List and other possibilities…

One of Pieter Levels’s sites, called Nomad List, ranks cities around the world by how hospitable they are for working travelers, based on factors like cost of living, safety, air quality, and Internet speeds. The site can help aspiring nomads find coworking space in cities from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, or find apartments for rent in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s sponsored by job ads from Automattic, the company behind WordPress, which is known for its remote workforce. (full article link follows)

Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad

As for Coworking spaces, they are all over. Some can be life-changing,  inspiring places too. NextSpace  CitzenSpace  Top 7 in SF   The Harvard Business Review article….. “Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces”

…unlike a traditional office, coworking spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects. Because there is little direct competition or internal politics, they don’t feel they have to put on a work persona to fit in. Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger. Our respondents were given the opportunity to frequently describe what they do, which can make what they do seem more interesting and distinctive.

Off the Grid?  Heading to the beach to work is possible and can be more than therapeutic. Or you can take your stressed-out job, reduce the hours, make it virtual and move to Felton, CA. Good Vibes. YES!