Field of Flags for 9 11 at Kennesaw Mountain State Park

This sight always makes me weep – If you are in Metro Atlanta, make the trip. It is stunning, and heartbreaking at the same time.
WHEN: Saturday September 10th – 16th

WHERE: Processional of Flags from Grace Community Church on Kennesaw Avenue to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (approx. 1 mile)

Join us as we commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 with our third Field of Flags installation. One of the largest commemorative events in the nation, a flag will be placed in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for each life lost on 9/11. The flags will fly Saturday, September 10th through Friday, September 16th. See event website for full details.

Event Website

Edward Burns, Nice Guy Johnny, powered by social media

My Hero: Edward Burns

He has a list of screen credits that is incredibly impressive, and he’s good lookin’. (You need to hear me say that with a Southern accent, it will mean more!) But the reason I want you to know about him in this moment is the way he has leveraged social media in his indy movie productions, and how very successful he’s been at it.

His new movie “Newlyweds” had a reported budget of only $9,000 which he tweeted was broken down into “5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can.”

He has a slick, sexy blog at

Edward Burns Website

Yeah, look closely. Built on WordPress. (just sayin’)

He posts to his Twitter @edward_burns (no college interns for him!), and has a Facebook page, that he uses to interact with fans.

And, of course, a YouTube Channel, edward burns films for the trailer and film information.

EVERYTHING I’ve told you you should be doing to promote your brand!

No more lectures; here’s the trailer from “Nice Guy Johnny” – it is funny, and touching. Watch the trailer; rent the flick from Netflix. And when you’re done, work on that social media campaign of yours!

Edward Burns is known for acting, but he writes, produces, directs

Edward Burns, a lesson in Social Media Promotion

In fact, his film credits are too many for me to list through the keyboard

Edward Burns Filmography

My new favorite store: Frosdick of London

Unfortunately, a luxury expedition to Africa is not on my agenda this year (or even next year), but were I on my way, it would be in full “Safari Style” and I’d be shopping at my new favorite store in the whole world, Frosdick of London.

From their press:

  • launching its first line of bespoke*, vintage-inspired safari-style boots called the “Out of Africa” collection. Taking design cues from the British Colonial “great white hunter’s” classic attire, the boots are made entirely by hand in Northamptonshire, UK, using only the finest leather from Italian tanneries combined with pure cotton 20-ounce canvas woven in Scotland’s Dundee. The boots, available for both men and women, are lined with the softest calf leather for comfort and durability and trimmed with elegant, Italian solid brass buckle fastenings. The canvas uppers can also be finished in genuine Burchell’s zebra skin and ostrich leather, both ethically sourced in Africa.
  • The bespoke products will be available starting this summer with prices expected to begin at about $6,000 for boots and $4,000 for bags. Other items can be custom made and are limited only by your imagination.

No website, sorry, contact for more info.

* Bespoke (pronounced bih-spohk’) is a British English term employed in a variety of applications to mean an item custom-made to the buyer’s specification . . . the term historically was applied only to tailored clothing, shirts and other parts of men’s apparel involving measurement and fitting.

Bespoke Definition courtesy of Wikipedia

How to Communicate with Gen Y, the Facebook People

I love having a computer with internet access to everyone in the world (it seems), and having a cell phone so that I can be reached by my children anywhere I go.

I also love the fact that they have cell phones so that they can be reached anywhere they go . . . well if they pick up the call.

There is, however,  a level of frustration that comes with cell phone use – for instance, the child who texts, and doesn’t talk.  If I’m in the car driving to pick her up from work, she’ll TEXT me with her location.  I’m not going to read her text and drive, so I’ve got to wait for a red light, or pull over.  So the decision is: Do I wait til I hit a red light, and then learn I’m going in the opposite direction from where I should be going?  OR Do I pull over only to find that she’s at Smoothie King, next door to her work?

The real question is, Why didn’t she call? She drives, she knows I’m driving and shouldn’t be reading text messages, so why not TALK?

I’m convinced if she needed 911, she’d text h-e-l-p.

Secret Art of RockStar Buzz

I’m days away from the pre-launch of “The Secret Art of RockStar Buzz” and I’m excited, nervous, and perhaps a little sick to my stomach . . . We’re waiting on the final proofs for the cover – Suggestions?  Complaints?  Remarks??

And the last editing and rewriters . . . it is a week away and I dread it and can’t wait!

Samples are on the official website: ArtofRockStarBuzz.Com.

We plan to sell on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle Readers, Sony Readers, etc.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, and read those samples!  10 essential Plugins for Social Media; 10 Essential Plugins for The Bones of Your WordPress Blog.  Twitter Tools to use and abuse – there are dozens!

As always, I wish you the best.

Apture Plugin

I recently read that the apture plugin is a great boon to word press bloggers.

You are able to insert media, like so:  Slick, easy, and pretty, to boot.

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

I was shocked when Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail, and other (in my opinion lesser) Banks were saved.

From Larry McDonald’s email to me about his book:

I am exposing the few that HURT so many. Over 2 million jobs lost since Lehman failed. This NEVER should have happened!

The product description on Amazon.Com says:

One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers—right from the belly of the beast.

In A Colossal Failure of Common Sense, Larry McDonald, a Wall Street insider, reveals the culture and unspoken rules of the game like no book has ever done. The book is couched in the very human story of Larry McDonald’s Horatio Alger-like rise from a Massachusetts “gateway to nowhere” housing project to the New York headquarters of Lehman Brothers, home of one of the world’s toughest trading floors.

We get a close-up view of the participants in the Lehman collapse, especially those who saw it coming with a helpless, angry certainty. We meet the Brahmins at the top, whose reckless, pedal-to-the-floor addiction to growth finally demolished the nation’s oldest investment bank. The Wall Street we encounter here is a ruthless place, where brilliance, arrogance, ambition, greed, capacity for relentless toil, and other human traits combine in a potent mix that sometimes fuels prosperity but occasionally destroys it.

The full significance of the dissolution of Lehman Brothers remains to be measured. But this much is certain: it was a devastating blow to America’s—and the world’s—financial system. And it need not have happened. This is the story of why it did.

Can’t wait to read this one!

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Victoria, Australia bushfires, from someone who's living it . . .

I just received this from one of my Australian connections on Linked In.  I had NO idea the bushfires were so extensive in Australia.  Here it is in her words: Dear Traci, I am taking a minute to email all of my LinkedIn connections in relation to the horrific Bushfire situation in Victoria, Australia. I live in the rebuilt township of Cockatoo, Victoria; the worst hit town, obliterated in the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in which 75 people died and 2,545 homes were lost, total land area burnt was approximately 2,100 km². On the weekend I evacuated my young family ahead of the warnings that the fire conditions on Saturday 7th January 2009 would be worse than those on Ash Wednesday, and they were. Thankfully our area was spared this time around, however many areas weren’t. The current situation is that there are 25 fires still burning out of control and a total 152 fires burning in Victoria yet to be declared safe, 173 people are confirmed dead and over 750 homes lost, 3,218 km² of land burnt, and still more to come. I personally have dear friends still missing in Kinglake and Narbethong, including two children aged 6 and 3, and several other friends are thankfully safe, but without homes. It cost $1.3 billion (in today’s adjusted terms) to rebuild after Ash Wednesday. Victorian citizens, Corporate and Government have already raised $28 Million, however it will take much more to rebuild after this devastating event. I am making a heartfelt appeal to anyone who can spare a few dollars to please make a donation to the Australian Red Cross, Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 on this link, every single dollar counts. Please could you also share this email with your professional networks, or on blogs, etc. Thank you for your consideration and for sparing a thought for all who have lost beloved ones, animals, homes and memories. Kind regards, Katherine

Is 55 the new 35??

I read in George Hamilton’s new book that Liz Taylor decided 55 was the new 35 and set out to prove it . . . Here she is in a photo by Zihnigoglu/Sipa Press that makes the new 35 look pretty good . . .
liz, at 55, the new 35

liz, at 55, the new 35

And here am I at 52 a few years ago . . . now that I’m over 55, I’m looking to get to the new 35 via biodentical hormone therapy . . . starting tomorrow. Traci at 50 . . . More when I’ve seen my new favorite dr . . . Dr. Donohoe on West Paces Ferry in Atlanta. Kisses

so, the results are in . . .

I have NO testerone . . . and yes, as a woman I should have it . . . and I have no progesterone . . . and I have WAY TOO much cortisol.  Hence the weight gain. I also have a biodenticals prescription for my specific needs hormone wise (to add to them and to take some away) which is being compounded by a pharmacy that doesn’t do “off the shelf” So, the good doctor says I’ll sleep better (hooray), feel better (Really?) and Lose Weight!! We’ll see how long this takes . . .

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