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Still a Friendly Place | Easy Excel

I was stuck on an Excel problem ... It seemed simple enough but after I got the answer I knew I would have been at it for weeks until I thought to dig in the direction the answer was. I just wanted to have a date/time in one field, and in another the date in the first field, with 10 minutes added to the first. So when I change the first field the second will update with a bonus of 10 minutes. Right?! Simple. Ha!. I found a few places that seemed to have the answer, but the answers were confusing and difficult to understand. Then I came to   Frustrated I noticed their Contant offer and wrote them an email asking for help. Not only did the answer the question, they sent me a spreadsheet with the equation formula I was looking for. On top of that, it worked~ My life got simpler by several hours a day. So, Thanks and I do hope you are getting what you are worth.

By Country Tell a Different Story?

I'm currently checking into how this narrows down per country. Is this equal i the US for example? It doesn't seem usable at a world level. A Metric which really says nothing. What do you think? "Less than an estimated 20 percent of land in the world is owned by women — yet those few women who do own land are reported to see benefits." Their children are 33 percent less likely to be severely underweight, 10 percent less likely to be sick and these women are eight times less likely to experience domestic violence. Other studies suggest women with strong property rights earn up to 3.8 percent more income and dedicate more of their budget to education.

Today's Word | MoolaHoop

Despite the fact that women own 10.6 million businesses in the U.S. and represent 35 percent of startup business owners, they receive a piddling 4.2% of venture capital funding. This means women-owned companies tend to be smaller and grow more slowly than companies owned by men. MoolaHoop launched a crowdfunding platform for women entrepreneurs today to bridge this gap. View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Perspective and Experience | Hardlines

Perspective is a funny thing. Look forward and the path seems uncertain, the future unpredictable. Look back and all the dots seem to connect… except the dots that mark the choices you didn’t make and the risks you didn’t take. Experience is that thing you get, roughly five seconds after you needed it. There’s no other way to acquire this powerful and effective trait. You have to do… live through… View On WordPress

A Unifying Word?

Emma, during her speech, Sept of 2014, HeForShe’s announcement to the world at the U.N, said that they did not yet have a unifying word, but that we had a name. We do have a predecessor When he learned that women were marching, Mark Twain said “Votes For Women.” and set all of his talents to writing a speech. The, then elderly, Mark Twain traveled, and spoke, using all of his skills to convince… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

FaceBook Discussion Group

The FaceBook Discussion Group is up and running Discussion Group for #HeForShe up and running Time To Take Over The World! Meet you there. We got stuff to talk about! View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

HeForShe Key Messages

These are the Key Messages of HeForShe as posed by the UN Action Pack 1. Gender inequality is one of the most persistent human rights violations of our time. Despite many years of promoting gender equality, inequalities among women/girls and men/boys continue to manifest in egregious ways around the world 2. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that engages men and boys as advocates and stakeholders, to break the silence, raise their voices and take action for the achievement of gender equality 3. Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that affects all of us – women and girls, men and boys. We all benefit socially, politically and economically from gender equality in our everyday lives. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits. Gender equality liberates not only women but also men, from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes.

Word of the Day -- Sensitize

sen·si·tize ˈsensəˌtīz/ verb gerund or present participle:  sensitizing cause (someone or something) to respond to certain stimuli; make sensitive. "the introductory section aims to  sensitize  students  to  the methodology of the course" make (photographic film) sensitive to light. "the kit sensitizes any 35 mm film in hours" make (an organism) abnormally sensitive to a foreign substance. "the workers had been immunologically sensitized to the enzyme" This word is often used to describe the process of focused education. For example, when Rawanda was putting together their constitution, they wanted to have all of the people fully involved... which is why the process took 3.5 years.  Rawanda's ambasodor to the UN, Senator Tito Rutaremara, said  "We spent six months sensitizing the population on what a constitution is, what voting means, what democracy means. We created booklets in Kinyarwa

A Failure of Reporting Propagated by Omar Avolos

I brought this in to post mainly as an example of Feminist reporting reporting which has gone more toward the hot-topic sensationalism, than ‘news reporting.’. We are still putting out there that nudity and sex are “harmful”, which no study has shown or given any empirical data to promote this claim. The framework theory which birthed this claim, remains a frameworth theory which since 1997 has shown any hope of doing so with each study. Yet still this reporter pulls it in and chastises the world with its false authority. Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian posed for Paper Magazine in what they called an attempt to “Break the Internet”. I was able to go about my day without any internet problems, so its safe to say that Kim didn’t quite accomplish her goal. However, for many days my social media feeds were filled with people either bashing or defending the reality TV star. But this blog isn’t about whether or not… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

What HeForShe is about | Elma's words

 If you want to reach a place it is best to know where that place is. I know that sound pitifully obvious but I have been on so many projects which had very little in the way of direction because we didn't know where we were going. We didn't have a clear idea of what the project would do, what it would be like when finished or even a full list of functionality. If you have experienced this, you… View On WordPress

FaceBook Group Open | Offer Your Voice

I’ve started the HeForShe Facebook Group. I’m likely going to need help with that, if it goes bang. Would love to see you over there where we can discuss things more freely. Bring your voice, offer your ideas. View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Guest Speaker #3 | TamedInsanity

TamedInsanity is not a fan of many things. Like our other Guests however, she does offer some good insights into the Anti-feminist movement which I’ve personally never looked into. Again there is the question of equality and what it means, which I’m happy to report that I’m finally making some sense of and coming to a point were something practical should be published soon. I would like to point… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Fact: Without Women There is No Sustainable Development

A baby girl born today will still have to confront inequality and discrimination, no matter where she lives. Women are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster than men, over 50 percent of working women have vulnerable, informal jobs with no benefits, and two thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. At the same time, 46 percent of global news content reinforces gender stereotypes so thousands… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Emma Watson is not interested in dictating, but in being as loud as she wants

Emma Watson has become a sudden feminist icon in Hollywood, but she explained that it wasn’t something she had to think too much about. Just last month, Watson gave a speech to the United Nations about gender inequality around the world, which launched a campaign called #HeForShe. Kristen Stewart and 5 other surprising celeb comments on feminism Watson will grace the cover of Elle U.K. magazine… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Is Common Core a Path To Greater Equality?

Is Common Core a Path To Greater Equality? With Common Core many schools which did not have the funds or resources now have an abundance of quality materials, books and lessons, they never could have afforded before. OpenEducation is providing materials at quality levels that even the best private schools would balk at, in terms of purchasing equal quality. The Common Core State Standards can have an invaluable impact on girls— particularly girls of color. In kindergarten through 12th grade There are achievement gaps in math and science between girls and boys; in particular, girls of color significantly lag behind their peers. On the eighth-grade National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, a nationally representative assessment of the… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr


Feminist?  "…a lot of us just don’t want to be associated with a supposed movement that has no unifying theme except for seeming both anti-man and against any woman who disagrees on the topic of what feminism means." ~ Salma Heyak coming in via Tumblr

Gender Equality - The Gap Report

I’ve been working all day, researching, pushing posts and twitters out, bugging people for their opinion – following up on our last Guest Speaker’s question, “What is Equality?” We should know the answer to this, don’t you think? I mean, how are you going to know if there is progress if you don’t know what it is? Well, many of the people I talked to suggested that they would know, because of the… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

50 Faces of Gender

Gender Equality just got a little more complicated, or perhaps just got a wakeup call. Emma, in her speech suggested that gender needs to be looked at with a little more fluidity. Seems FaceBook took her to heart and just added 50 gender choices to their profiles pages. That’s a fairly broad spectrum. PBS has an article on this change. Facebook users will find Thursday that they’re no longer… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Teens and Privacy with Mobile Devices

This isn’t our regular subject area but I felt that some of you would find the matter interesting. It appears that teens are far more aware of privacy issues with their mobile devices then what common knowledge suggests. Many parents, on discovering some of the open purges of information on their teen tend to freak out a little bit — and it seems that a recent study suggests perhaps freaking is a… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Brussels Griffon x 2 -- Guest Speaker #2

Brussels Griffon x 2 I met on the g+ network. She is participating in the Write A Novel challenge which happens every November (Write a Novel Month). I read a couple of her posts and noticed that she was also taken by Emma’ s HeForShe speech. So, I asked her if she would post her thoughts on where we are and where we’re going. This is her gracious reply which I’ve now read five times. Brussels… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Ms Young and Some Reason

Ms Young, a contributing editor for Reason Magazine wrote an article which Time put on their website, entitled “ Sorry, Emma Watson, but HeForShe Is Rotten for Men ” If you are not prone to falling down after be assaulted by demagoguery or fall victim to vomiting when experiencing violent twists of logic, then give it a read. Time, as a company, must be in dire straights. I look at the reactionary… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Men, Without Women

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” ― Mark Twain View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Anaïs Nin

“I hate men who are afraid of women’s strength.” ― Anaïs Nin “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to… View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr


“The source of sexual power is curiosity, passion. You are watching its little flame die of asphyxiation.” — Anaïs Nin View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

Celebrate or Lose It "People of our time are losing the power...

Celebrate or Lose It "People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. coming in via Tumblr

Slaughtering our Finest Impulses "Every day we slaughter our...

Slaughtering our Finest Impulses "Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. coming in via Tumblr

It Doesn't Work

It doesn't work to talk about Equality, and then not allow the other a voice. Emma is right, the term Feminism no longer popularly means what it meant before the twisting effects of the last few decades. In her speech she said, just before announcing HeForShe at the end of her speech, that "We are struggling for a uniting word..." I didn't really get that until today. That is the only trouble with Emma's speech. It is dense. She doesn't waist words.

How did a Nice Guy Like Me...?

I just ran into a  Woman Against Feminism  and a guy who hates feminists, but believes strongly in equality of rights -- on tweeter.  Tweeter is horrible for conversations like that, but I learned quite a bit. I'm weekss from being 50 years-old, so I've been around watching the Feminists getting more and more brutal for awhile. I get that the movement has gone awry. They pick fights when to do nothing would be to their benefit and make a stronger statement. They go after fights they can't win, ignore objectives where they could succeed, and frequently disown allies -- I'm incredibly happy I don't have to deal with them. To be honest I forgot who Emma Watson was until she mentioned Harry Potter in the speech which I didn't catch when I read the transcript the first time. I checked around and it appears she wrote that speech herself. What is she? 18? 19? Wish I had a world view like that at 18.

In Less Than A Minute...Farhan Akhtar

In Less Than A Minute…Farhan Akhtar: With clarity, and purpose, Farhan delivers awareness and a call to action. Farhan Akhtar is a HeForShe. One of those guys like Patrick Stewart who radiat reasonable reason. Eloquence, is a word that comes to mind. The message is simple, understandable with clear goals and purpose. His focus is impressive and it presses you to see more clearly. (more…) View On WordPress coming in via Tumblr

At Equality Ms. Young is as Obtuse as a Senator

Ms Young, a contributing editor for Reason Magazine wrote an article which Time put on their website, entitled " Sorry, Emma Watson, but HeForShe Is Rotten for Men " If you are not prone to falling down after be assaulted by demagoguery or fall victim to vomiting when experiencing violent twists of logic, then give it a read. Time, as a company, must be in dire straights. I look at the reactionary and purposeful angst of their headlines lately -- Time is becoming more like the National Enquirer every day. Did you see the one with the Teachers? Soon Time will be publishing articles titled "Emma Watson has Big Foot in her Cellar ". Yes, I understand that Cathy Young, a contributing editor at Reason magazine, came up with the title for this ... what is this? An Essay? or just an Editorial? It is basically bias, and often irrelevant opinion. Is that what an Editorial is these days? It use to be that the editors chose higher roads than the writers and reporters, b

Emma Watson's U.N. Speech

When I heard this speech, back in September of this year, my first thoughts were to marvel at how  optimistically powerful  she was. You don't get that much -- powerful and optimistic. Most of the time powerful speeches are dramatic and hard hitting. Or they are on the other side, being funny and pointedly humorous. A commonality found in most powerful speeches is the  direction of force  -- toward you, the listener -- which doesn't hold the energy of optimism without discord and degradation.  "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." a line from a powerful speech, which demonstrates what I'm talking about with the idea of  Direction of Force.  It's all on you.  You  can change the world.  You  can make this country great.  You  have the power.  You  rise up and face the challenges because  you  are what this country needs. These claims might sound optimistic, but in fact they are closer to cheerleadin

Word of the Day -- Optimism

op·ti·mism ˈäptəˌmizəm/ noun 1 . hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. "the talks had been amicable, and there were grounds for optimism" synonyms: hopefulness,  hope ,  confidence ,  buoyancy , cheer , cheerfulness, good cheer, sanguineness,positiveness, positive attitude "I wish I had your optimism" 2 . PHILOSOPHY the doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.

Tools for World Domination -- and a couple of Writer places too

If you are interested in being part of the Internet, or using it ... to advance your professional life, these are some places you should know about. There are also a few that will add a bit of quality to your personal life as well. 1. Trello Trello helps you manage all your ideas and due dates and keeps track of what you’re in the process of completing. Plus, it looks nice—it’s like the Pinterest of to-do lists. 2. Hackpad Think Google Docs—only better for collaboration. Invite as many people as you want to contribute to your docs, or set them to private so they’re just yours. 3. Coffitivity What is it about a coffee shop that gives you such laser focus? Coffitivity streams the background noises of a coffee shop so you can get your creativity A-game on. 4. FaxZero FaxZero lets you send and receive faxes through your email—because nobody likes the fax machine. 5. RescueTime RescueTime lets you monitor how you spend your time on your computer and mobile devices.

Let's Fight -- Koch vs Gates

After reading what amounts to the silliest article I have ever come across which attempted to Pro the Koch involvement in Public Education, I have the following to say... Let's see here... Koch is pushing libertarianism ( which is one step away from anarchy, and yes, their idea that raising minimum wage will lead to Nazism is so far out there it could be considered a horror ) Advancing Liberty is good? You must be stuck with the Patriotic sense of the word Liberty , rather than what it really means. The Koch have a definite idea what Liberty means with clear goals on achieving it, such as, getting rid of public education, the Dept of Health, Welfare, Social Security, ripping apart business oversight, doing away with worker safety (OSHA), EPA, highway systems ... it gets sillier from this point. The point is, that their only involvement in the Schools is to bring them down, and diminish their ability to succeed. Cherry pick information all you want. That is their publicly

Tools for Writers -- and a few for World Domination

These are a bunch of things that you didn't need until I listed them. FreeMind  A mind mapping program which I find very useful. Scrivener     This is the all-in-one planning, research, drafting, writing, and publishing tool you've probably heard a lot about. CoSchedule   CoSchedule is an editorial calendar, task manager, and social media planner for WordPress. Evernote   I store my brain in Evernote. This is an amazing notebook tool for research. Another is ... Google Keep     Fast, easy, light and backed up on your Google Cloud. Never loose any note again. iA Writer   Minimalist writing app for iPad. Using Dropbox, you can sync writing in iAWriter between your devices and Scrivener. TweetDeck   MarketingTweetDeck is the easiest way to keep track of your social accounts without needing to log in every time. Buffer   Buffer is a lifesaver. It posts automatically, using a queue-like list of your scheduled updates. AWeber    It's the #1 mailing list prov

The Right Word, not The Most Interesting

Oscar Wilde is my hero. Ever since I learned his last words. This quote is so bloated with meaning I could have gone to hero-worship on it alone. People only hear, what they understand. That's a maxim that should be taped to the desk right beside the keyboard, and never covered. People do not ask what a word means. Even though they could right-click the mouse and ask Google to define the word for them, they don't. What they do, is ignore the whole sentence and make something up. This is true. Read " Predictably Irrational ". The whole sentence -- just gone..Your pitch is useless from there on.

Why are sex scenes in most books unrealistic?

Who wants real sex? I mean, seriously. First time sex is always a little awkward. Someone's foot always winds up in someone's face. Hands flutter into each other. Takes a while to get a good rhythm going with each other. It is fun. God yes, but seriously. Write a first experience down and then read it out loud. If you aren't one of the participants, it is dull stuff. Like watching golf. It is not sexy. It is not a turn on. It is certainly not visual and more often than not it breaks the Willful Suspension of Disbelief -- that last being why I never go for realism.  Yes, yes, it is unrealistic and be as critical as you would like, but it is a turn on. If you are going to have a sex scene that doesn't turn the reader on, I would ask, WHY? Why bother. First off, they are difficult to write, even for seasoned erotica writers. You mess up on them, they turn into a lurid low-budget snafu -- just add one wrong moment, or bad line. It takes some practice to get them down and

Build Readership? or
Finish the novel First?

This is just my opinion, but after a couple decades doing this, I would worry about finishing the novel first. Marketing is a full time job, and you want to be a writer . So, Write. Seriously. Get the novel done, beta read, edited, and then the cover completed. Now, this is a fast easy way to get your novel going so you can get back to writing. Because that is what we do, we write novels, right? 1. Write three short stories that go with the novel. Each between 10k-15k words. Craft them with all the skills you have, and tie them directly to the novel you just finished. 2. As a cycle, putting out one short story every week, on Wednesday morning -- Go on to Amazon, e-publish one of those short stories. List them for $0.99 but use the Special pricing of FREE for the four days they will allow you. One per week, and in-between start mapping out and researching your next novel. 3.  At the end of the run, publish your novel at $3.99 on amazon, no free option. 4. Once your nov

Your reviews don't matter
Don't Read Them

Never read your own reviews. And, Never, Ever, EVER respond to them. Here is a horror story of a man who couldn't follow these two simple rules. You can skim the review. Go down to the Comments area, where the author answers -- and then replies to his answer -- and then replies to his reply -- and then throws caution to the wind and replies to that reply.. . Finally a third party offers an opinion and the author spirals completely out of control -- now arguing with himself, and the newcomer at the same time. More voices enter into this rising storm -- and it is like a car wreck with a body on the road -- you're horrified but you can't look away. Then some people try to offer comments to the Author of the Review Post, and it is like Greek Fire across the deck! ... and then … it just gets amazingly weird after that. Bad Author! No Biscuit! Now, a success story, of a woman who doesn't have good mechanics, but doesn't let that stop