localism: Christmas Lights and Midtown Minions - 11/30/08 12:14 PM
Susan Mangigian was right: Play dough and microwave should "never, ever, ever be used in the same sentence" (LOL). I've been joking in Twitter about this and I must say when it comes to ironic humor Ruthmarie Hicks has got me and my little people down pat. She has come up with a brilliant blog post idea and I can't wait to present it. Now if I can only stop laughing long enough to write it. ;-)
I am going to dedicate this post to my girlfriend Poppy Dinsey who has been a bit quiet in Active Rain lately. It appears … (35 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Shea Stadium and Citi Field Autumn 2008 - 11/17/08 05:27 AM
The wonderful thing about blogging is the connection you develop with people. I love my Realtor friends because of the tenacity they have for overcoming difficult obstacles and sticking it out in a market which is both volatile yet strangely consistent. People will always need a roof over their heads. It doesn't matter whether the market is good or bad, people will always seek shelter.
Blogging lets a potential customer or client find out tid bits about you that may later influence their decision to initiate contact. It's not always about business transactions, by the way... Sometimes, people contact a blogger … (21 comments)

localism: Okay Appraisers, This is Fun and I Love Video (http://www.visre.com) - 11/14/08 10:54 PM
I'm always looking for new income opportunities. I love Trump University on-line and they are great for getting students to think outside of the box. So here I am recreational reading in my e-mail and I get this really cool press release about Visre.
Like the Geeky Virtual Junkie I am, I click the embed links. Wow! I am sooooo buying me a video camera mount for my car (LOL). I am not giving up my turtle runs, mind you, but a 2 AM night ride in Manhattan would be lots of fun to share here. It's prime time for … (26 comments)

localism: I Love Being An Artist... I Have Such A Thing For Eye Candy! - 10/31/08 08:55 AM

Flushing Meadows Park, Queens County, New York City
I love being a Work-At-Home-Mom (WHAM). I love being an artist. I have such a thing for eye candy and am always looking for something beautiful to enjoy. I don't know about you, but I am definitely a Spring-Fall baby. There is something about those vibrant colors that just gets my brain rolling in high gear and makes me want to whip out my oil paints and create a new work of art...
I am on a very interesting team that is judging an art contest between Realtors. I've enjoyed some fascinating … (37 comments)

localism: Tann-Starr Video Listing: 2 Family New Construction in Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435 - 09/25/08 03:31 AM
2008 2 Family Semi-Detached Contemporary (brick and concrete construction) with private drive, full finished basement, 2 eat in kitchens, L shaped living/dining room, gas fuel, steam heat, 2 heating zones and separate hot water heaters. Lot size is approximately 40 x 50. Building size is approximately 40 x 20. 3 Bedrooms, LR/DR combo, EIK, 2 bathrooms.
Open House: Sunday, Septembr 28, 2008 from 4-5PM
Open House: Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 10-11AM
                   147-50 Glassboro Avenue, Jamiaca NY 11435 (off the corner of Sutphin Blvd).
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localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Cocina Latina Bar and Grill, Kew Gardens, NY - 08/19/08 12:44 AM

This foodie paradise report is inspired by my girlfriend Deborah Burroughs, an Agent/Loan Officer in Vista, CA. We enjoy sharing a lot of information about our home towns and she has just added a wonderful addition to her Volcano Plug series which you can read here. Deborah, besides supplying some wonderful photographs to take you on a virtual tour of the area, talks about the history of Oceanside and mentions several foodie paradise spots of her own with gorgeous sea scape views. I figured I give her a little New York eye candy: an interior city scape view starting … (23 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York - 08/01/08 03:01 AM
Today's turtle run showcases The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. This is my favorite hiding place, where I can go to get away from it all, relax and enjoy some "me time with God." The Cathedral history is pretty cool, it was founded in 1834 after an incident that transpired in 1787. (You can read all about The Allen Legacy here.)
There are over one hundred programs and groups to choose from in the Allen directory and if you ever stopped by to take a peek you would discover that the future direction of the Cathedral is a very … (21 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY - 07/31/08 12:12 AM
Rumor has it this arch has been standing since 1884. I believe it, for there are signatures on the bronze statues from the likes of William Rudolf O'Donovan and Thomas Eakins 1893 & 1894. According to Wikipedia, "It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1867." It is also reported by Wiki that, "it is perhaps best known for the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch, Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe." You can read the full article with some very interesting historical links here.
There is nothing to compare the feeling of watching countless newly weds … (26 comments)

localism: Localism Success Story - Club Chaos Eye Candy: Citi Field, Shea Stadium, Flushing NY - 07/30/08 05:17 PM
I love being a Work-At-Home-Mom (WHAM) and previously blogged upon that subject. What I didn't know, and could not have possibly imagined, was the fact that my WAHM blog would capture so many people's attention. Turns out it had a very nice following on my outside blogs, which directly resulted in my receiving an informal invitation to venture on-site to record the installation of the new Citi Field sign. It was installed early this morning on the stadium under construction adjacent to Shea. Both sites are in a state of transition, just like some of my close friends.
The construction crews, … (16 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn NY - 07/29/08 10:55 PM

If you ever find yourself on Avenue U and East 33rd Street in Kings County, then you must pull into Marine Park and visit the Salt Marsh Nature Center (SMNC) located at 3302 Avenue U, Brooklyn, New York 11234, (718) 421-2021. I absolutely love this place and the kids are wild about it. Where else can you meet up with the Urban Park Rangers, the History Club, do some sketching in the Zen of Seeing and Drawing program as well as participate in Woodworking Workshops, Birding, Yoga, Pilates, Tap and Line Dancing all under one roof?

What … (13 comments)

localism: Hello AR Groups: Check Out This NYU Non-Profit Bootcamp (Aug 2008) - 07/29/08 01:16 AM
Hello ActiveRain Groups,
I've been keeping my eye on the Craigslist Foundation because they host interesting networking events. One up and coming gathering has me very excited because I've been working behind the scenes to help create some non-profits with a few of my Club Chaos members (and it would be really nice to see Barbara Ries formalize her ministry work).
There is a lot of research and paperwork involved when one contemplates forming a Non-Profit, so when something useful pops up to help one make an informed decision, I usually send someone off to explore the information on their own. … (19 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Welcome To A Jamaica Estates Tour of Homes (Vol 5) - 07/27/08 04:07 AM
This series of residential tours is inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub (of Sacramento) and Poppy Dinsey (of London, UK). The Weintraub Gallery features her favorite Land Park Homes in Sacramento (NY Times, About.com), while Poppy D (Zoomf) takes us on an eclectic tour of her neck of the woods in "A Walk Around Chester, England," and "A Walk Around London England."
In "Home Inspections" Elizabeth asks us, "Where Do You Draw The Line On Repair Requests?" If you haven't been acquainted with her blog, please make it your business to do so, for it is definitely a must read. E's … (47 comments)

localism: I Love Being A Work-At-Home-Mom (WAHM) - 07/26/08 12:32 AM
There are so many wonderful things I love about being a Work-At-Home-Mom (WAHM). At the top of my list is the ability to be there for my learning disabled children. My six year old son, Noah, suffers from Autism. My two year old son, Stephen, suffers from Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). When you are balancing two sets of therapy schedules, three freelance positions, and trying to get a little face time in with your husband, things can get a little crazy in your daily planner. No one really knows what anyone else’s life is like and I am … (58 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: City Hall and City Hall Park, New York, New York - 07/24/08 03:22 PM
This turtle run was inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub, (NY Times, About.com) a Sacramento Real Estate Broker for Lyon Real Estate and Poppy Dinsey of Zoomf, London, UK. It is dedicated to a very talented gentleman, Gary Woltal, a Dallas Ft. Worth Realtor at Keller Williams Realty and my dear friend Melody Botting of Melody Botting RE/MAX Empire Realty. Mel gives us a taste of her vacation in the U.K. with her blog entitled, "Subaru Family Bragging Rights."
In "It All Counts," Gary presents some excellent talking points about how we influence people with our words. My favorite thought includes … (20 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: The Brooklyn Bridge - 07/20/08 09:57 PM
This has been, by far, one of the best turtle runs I have ever been on. It took four visits to collect these pictures and conduct a little research so that I could give an account to my out of state/country friends some history behind one of my favorite spots to enjoy some eye candy. This post is dedicated to my girlfriends Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating, a fellow Club Chaos Brooklynite, Elizabeth Weintraub, Sacramento Real Estate Broker, Lyon Real Estate, Poppy Dinsey ~ Zoomf, London, UK (who inspired this entire project with a delicious piece of eye candy of London's Tower … (47 comments)

localism: I Think I Discovered Something New About Localism... - 07/20/08 04:33 PM
I was scrolling through checking out the New York Home Page and realized people were posting Google Maps from the phone book to show where a grouping of items (like hotels and schools) were.  Fascinated, I started checking out their blogs and noticed that everyone's blogs seem to hold ten items in a list on the left so the more you write the more they drop off. I went back and noticed I only had ten articles as well. My listing of recents posts were gone as well.
Was I the only person under the impression that what we post to … (43 comments)

localism: Saturday, 07-19-2008 Dear Diary - 07/20/08 07:28 AM

Yesterday, I had a fabulous turtle run photo-shoot by the award winning landmark Brooklyn Public Library.  It's  located right off of Grand Army Plaza, across from Prospect Park (which houses the Brooklyn Zoo and a host of other famous attractions and monuments. The Brooklyn Public Library is also adjacent to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Since I was born and raised in Brooklyn, I love doing turtle runs in my old stomping grounds and have quite a bit of eye candy in store for you. Here is a sneak preview of two Grand Army Plaza shots for my next localism article … (22 comments)

localism: Sunday, 07-20-2008 Dear Diary... - 07/20/08 06:18 AM

Today, I did a Turtle Run at Marine Park in Brooklyn...

After my run, I went across the park to the Salt Marsh Nature Center...

They have an atrium full of eye candy... like birds and water views. I shall showcase it tomorrow for Localism...

Writing to my diary may actually be fun... Thank you, Deb.
Here's one last bit of eye candy for your sneak preview:


localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Welcome to a Flushing Tour of Homes (Vol 4) - 07/20/08 12:08 AM
This series of residential tours is inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub (of Sacramento) and Poppy Dinsey (of London, UK). The Weintraub Gallery features her favorite Land Park Homes in Sacramento (About.com), while Poppy D (Zoomf) takes us on an eclectic tour of her neck of the woods in "A Walk Around London England."
In "A Cactus Flower Blooms For Only One Day" Elizabeth makes some interesting analogies regarding missing your moment if you wait too long to purchase the home of your dreams (while providing a little cactus eye candy). In "Are You As Green As You Can Be?" … (16 comments)

localism: Club Chaos Eye Candy: Welcome to a Jamaica Tour of Homes (Vol 3) - 07/17/08 01:17 AM
This series of residential tours is inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub (of Sacramento) and Poppy Dinsey (of London, UK). The Weintraub Gallery features her favorite Land Park Homes in Sacramento (About.com), while Poppy D (Zoomf) takes us on an eclectic tour of her neck of the woods in "A Walk Around London England." Her London blog was recently featured at Localism.com. She also poses a very interesting question in her latest blog: "Is it time to get rid of the stigma of being a renter? No matter where we are in the world?" You can read, "UK  Rental Attitudes Are … (16 comments)