Friday, August 15, 2014

Monkey Man Terrorizes Simians at India Railway Station

Lucknow Railway Station Hires a Monkey-Man to Control Local Monkeys: Sometimes Truth Really is Stranger Than Fiction

When I was a child, my father was stationed at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, where we lived for three years. I have always been fascinated with India, so after I graduated from college and spent several years working in sales, I went back to India for a three-week tour. India is home to many strange things: snake charmers, sword-swallowers, wandering holy men, maimed beggars, and other oddities that can be a little overwhelming to Westerners.
However, my scariest moment came when I was opening a package of film to put in my camera, and a monkey attacked me, thinking the rattling sound was food. I wasn't injured except for a few small scrapes, as the monkey climbed me all the way to the top of my head where he grabbed the film out of my hand and took off. Monkeys are a problem in many parts of India; they are no longer afraid of humans, because they have learned that where humans are, there is also food. This has become a huge problem in many areas, leading to unusual solutions/

Monkey Man Terrorizes Simians at India Railway Station--Seekyt

One of the strangest stories in recent years has been the Monkey Man of
the Lucknow train station. At the Lucknow railway station in Charbagh,
India, the large monkey population had become such a nuisance that
railway officials were forced to take drastic measures to protect their
passengers and their property. Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar
Pradesh, the most populous state of India, and the busy Lucknow railway
station was home to thousands of pesky simians. The monkeys roamed the
large facility at will, damaging the station, ripping train seats, and
stealing food from the passengers.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Myth of the Direct Selling Personality

My Miss Katy: still loved; still missed.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I have mentioned Rodan + FIelds to someone who has replied, "Yes, but you have the personality for it. I don't have the Direct Selling Personality.

These people don't KNOW me. They have no idea I was so shy in elementary school I hid in the bushes next to the playground during recess EVERY DAY in 4th and 5th grade so the more outgoing kids wouldn't bully me. They don't know that for FORTY YEARS, I was not invited to my own high school reunion because I was so shy and quiet in school, apparently no one remembered me.

These are people who don't know that for over 20 years, I published my own local magazine from my home with only my sweet dog for company, because I was perfectly happy quietly working from home by myself. They don't know I wrote for several publications from home after my print publication closed, because I was introverted and preferred to be with my little dog rather than with an office crowd.

These are people who don't know the bite of hunger or the fear you might soon find yourself homeless because of back-to-back natural disasters that deplete your life's savings, retirement, emergency funds and every dollar you own.

They don't know what it is like to hold your beloved 17-year-old companion, pet and writing buddy in your lap -- alone at night -- and watch her slowly die because YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE EMERGENCY VET, and no one has been stepping forward to offer any help with the bills, not even the church where you had finally asked for aid when the money ran out. 

They must NOT know these horrors or they would understand that when you have lost all your money, resources and your precious companion, you either give up, or you beg your friends for money -- or you ask them to encourage you as you start a new business -- one where you have to step outside your comfort zone and learn to be more outgoing, but where you have the opportunity to get behind something you believe in and START YOUR LIFE OVER.

So, please spare me any references to the Direct Selling Personality. The only Direct Selling Personality I know about is the one that says:
"Don't give up. Pick up the pieces and start over no matter how scary your new road might be."

If you want to know about the Direct Selling opportunity that helped me turn my life around, let's connect!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jesus Was in Direct Sales: The Gospel of Direct Selling

Joseph the Carpenter by Georges de La Tour 
It's amazing how many people are willing to BUY things that are sold, but somehow "selling" and "direct selling" are dirty words! Guess who has been involved in Direct Sales? Almost everyone in the "good ol' days" before things like national retail chains, malls and the internet. This includes many people in Biblical times, like Jesus.

Direct Selling in Days Gone By

Yes, back in those long-ago days we look on with such nostalgia, farmers sold their eggs and produce  directly to the consumer. Dairies delivered milk directly to their customer's doors. Cobblers measured and sold their shoes, seamstresses and tailors measured/made/and sold clothes -- you guessed it -- directly to consumers. 

Methods of Direct Selling

Olden-days entrepreneurs sold their wares from carts, from tents, from boats, from the backs of donkeys, at makeshift markets, and from their cabins and houses or in their customers' homes for generation upon generation. In colonial times and earlier, direct selling was probably the most common form of selling,  because many people had little or no access to cities and stores. People commonly sold goods to each other and used the barter system. Even in rural communities today, direct selling of home-made and home-grown goods is commonplace.

The Gospel of Direct Sales

The Bible tells us Joseph, the father of Jesus, was a carpenter (tekton) and the gospel of Marks says Jesus was also a carpenter. Guess what carpenters do? They sell their services or they sell their products -- directly to consumers. Jesus and his disciples were also fishermen. Guess what they did with all those fish??? They SOLD them -- more than likely straight to the consumers. Oh, the SHAME of it!!!

But the "good news" is there is NO shame in it.

Definition of Direct Selling

Direct selling is the marketing and selling of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location 
So, where is the shame in that?

Benefits of Direct Marketing

With direct sales, you aren't dealing with a clerk who has no authority, no ownership and frequently no interest--you are dealing directly with a small business owner--someone who takes pride in his products and his business and who is INVESTED in the business and in marketing his products to build a relationship in order to build a business. 

So the next time you say "direct sales" with a condescending tone or like it is somehow less reputable than other professions -- like lawyers, politicians and IRS agents for instance -- slap yourself in the face and save me the trouble!

Direct Selling Opportunities

Since more and more workers with tenure are losing jobs in major businesses and industries --everything from accountants to retail clerks, from factory workers to teachers -- direct selling is proving to be a very viable business model. It is the oldest,  most reputable and usually the most profitable form of selling, after all. If you would like to know more about a great direct sales opportunity in skin care, partnering with the dermatologists who created Proactive, contact me!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Christian Poets Pen Blog for Inspiring Poetry

There's a blog especially for Blogger/Blogspot poets who write poems from a Christian perspective.Christian Poet's Pen is a great place for Christian poets to publish their poems and get feedback from other Christian writers. Membership is free and each poet gets his or her own personal profile page. If you like to read inspirational poetry, you can also sign up to be a follower and read new poems as they are published. There are already several respected poets contibuting who have been published in numerous anthologies, newsletters, websites and books.

Christian Poet's Pen has a long history. Started in the early 1990s as a bi-monthly print newsletter, Christian Poet's Pen was published for several years, publishing poems and passing along tips, before becoming a section on the website in 1999. For the past decade, the Poets Pen page on has provided a consistant voice for Christian poets.
However, with the advent of blogs where an entire community of posters can share and publish content, the opportunity arose for Christian poets to post their own poems and give feedback to other poets without having to go through an administrator or webmaster. Thus, the Christian Poet's Pen, blog was born in October of 2008.
Poets who want to contribute a poem need only find the comments link under any poem and share their poem as a comment. However, to become a regular contributor a poet must contribute at least two poems in the comments section, as well as become a follower of the blog. Contributing poets will also need to set up a free blogspot profile. After a poet has become a follower and contributed several poems and/or news, more than likely, he or she will be invited to become a contributing writer.
Contributing writers can publish their poems and news as regular blog posts, as well as insert images and edit their posts whenever they need to make a change. Contributing writers are also encouraged to post constructive comments for other writers as well as share news about poetry publications and other news of interest to poets. The Poet's Pen site also features original photographs from contributing poets as well as a section of links to the websites or individual blogs of contributing poets. It is a great place to gain exposure and get the word out about your poetry!
There is no payment for posting a poem, but poets do have the opportunity to join a network of other Christian poets, receiving constructive criticism and more visibility. In addition, contests are planned on the site in the future.
All poets hold the copyrights to their own poems and must be contacted individually for permission to reprint poems.
Come check out Christian Poet's Pen. Enjoy the poems that are there, become a follower, and share a poem or two. You will find a community of Christian poets who are always glad to make a new friend. Write on!