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Strange Stories, Amazing Facts

As a child, I read World Book Encyclopedias and the Guinness Book of World Records. Yes, I actually sat and read volumes as a child. I still love reading factual information, especially when it piques my curious nature. My young mind couldn’t totally grasp all the content of these books, but it was enough to set me on a continuing quest for wisdom, odd facts, and spectacular human feats. I’m content to scour books, libraries, old newspapers and microfiche…and I’ve always been this way. For whatever reason, I tend to avoid “non-fiction” books because if it’s not something that actually happened, I don’t want to know about it.

Back in the 1970’s, Reader’s Digest published a book that I consider a classic to this day: Strange Stories, Amazing Facts. The subtitle of the book reads: “Stories That are Bizarre, Unusual, Odd, Astonishing, and Often Incredible”.

The book is, and was, a favorite of mine. Another editor confesses that this book is also a favorite of hers.

NEW! Rosarian Designs, Peach and Red

Being a rosarian is something I take pride in, and I love to dig into the notion whenever I can (no pun intended).

I honestly haven’t grown roses in years due to my location mobility, but I do check out municipal gardens whenever I can. I love the smell of roses, their growth cycle, their infinite colors…what’s not to love? You can grow them in a garden, in a pot, you can snip them off to enjoy at home. AND, once they’re “spent”, you can then dry them – everlasting joy!

So, if you’re like me, you are a rosarian – one who loves and enjoys roses. No need to ever have grown them to appreciate them. These 2 designs are for you!

Rosarian Red iPad Mini Cases
Rosarian Red iPad Mini Cases by CousinBelles
Check out Roses Cases online at zazzle
Rosarian Red Tag For Bags
Rosarian Red Tag For Bags by CousinBelles
See other Roses Luggage Tags at zazzle
Rosarian Red Shirt
Rosarian Red Shirt by CousinBelles
Look at another tshirt at zazzle.com

Cousin Belle’s Rainbow Colored Gifts

Amazon.com : Take Control with Independent Publishing

Amazon.com : Take Control with Independent Publishing.

Have you ever considered writing a book or short story?

There are a few other sites who allow you to self-publish, but since Amazon seems to have the corner market on it, I thought I’d post about it. Self-publishing is a real boon to the industry, and it seems like getting published is no longer a worry for most writers.

If you’re thinking about becoming a writer, fiction or non-fiction, consider Amazon for your needs. Many writers swear by them, and they do have the exposure to the marketplace that you need. I haven’t done it myself, but if I do, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

Amazon’s Kindle has some major advantages as an electronic reading device, so here are some benefits straight from Amazon:

Publish to Kindle

Publish your book for free and reach millions of readers.

Earn royalties of up to 70%. Available for sales to customers
in the U.S., U.K, Germany, and many more countries.

Publish quickly. Easily publish in just minutes and
have your book appear on Amazon sites within two days.

Distribute globally. Publish once and sell worldwide on
Amazon sites. Easily publish your book in multiple languages.

Publish to the Kindle ecosystem. Make your book
available for all Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Guest Blog with Us! – The Careerists

Guest Blog with Us! | The Careerists

For those of you who are great writers/bloggers, your articles could be featured on the The Careerists website!

What Topics are of Interest?

  • Check out popular categories on our homepage, TheCareerists.com
  • Leadership topics
  • Career & Job Search related topics
  • Topics of interest to professionals: Fashion, Food, Travel, etc.

Blogging By The Numbers

Dear reader, I see that you stopped in – THANK YOU!

I’m very thankful for everyone who tunes into what I have to say and display to the world. I try my best to have interesting Zazzle products and to post fascinating articles for your enjoyment. I’ve always loved current events and pop culture, so I hope you’ve had fun and learned something new from my blog.

I’m also trying to change careers – and for me, that’s led me to change focus a bit. I’m exploring photography more, so expect some more photos. I’m working on obtaining a DSLR camera to highlight what I believe is a burgeoning career in that field. However, that’s a longer-term project. In the short-term, I’m trying my hand, literally, at blogging to create an online portfolio to showcase my writing skills.

As of this writing, I don’t yet have 100 bloggers, and I see that many people I follow have thousands – I aspire to have that kind of audience! I’m learning from all of you every day.

Many of you are fellow Zazzlers, many are full-time bloggers, and many are WordPress supporters. You’ve been with me, clicking on and “liking” my posts, which is extremely helpful to me in so many ways. You are helping someone personally and professionally, and I sincerely appreciate it.

Again, thank you for your kindness in helping a fellow blogger out 🙂

Cousin Belle’s Zazzle Store

Welcome new followers who’ve joined the party!

My Zazzle store is here – zazzle.com/cousinbelles – but I know you’re not totally interested in all my store items. Hopefully you stay for the other musings, articles and photos I post; sometimes mine, sometimes others. I blog about things I think are mad, bad and dangerous to know…and fun, or course.

THANK YOU for subscribing, and if you’re not a subscriber, thank you all the same for reading!!

Cousin Belle

Friday Giftures and Goal Disappointment

From “Ben’s Bitter Blog” – animated gifs!

Ben's Bitter Blog

It is Friday and things have been a little too ambitious up in here.  For instance, I hear the weather in the vortexy area of the United States is working overtime stacking two inches of fat stacks of white frozen angel water upon the grounds of Georgia. When even weather is trying to meet goals, it is time to slow down.   It is almost February people!  This is the time of the year when people are giving up on our resolutions! Get less motivated people!  Start to quit! In case you needed some help, here are some demotivational gifs to get you back to slacking this week:

Set the bar lower for goodness sake:  

That’s good for today…

Do a little less Facetime chatting:

Do you ever feel like a paper bag…

Here we go…First load of the day…

Show someone how much you despise them…

Go nowhere fast…

Quit that diet…

Go to a concert…

Start a new…

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¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Can Anybody Help Me Get A Tech Support Job????????



Alrighty blog viewers, it’s entirely possible that you can help me get my next job!

~What will I do in return – um, dinner? No idea, but I can reward you somehow~



I’m all about relocating and traveling, and I’ve decided to move to the Wilmington, Delaware area – land of corporations! I’ll even move to Dover if the job is right.

  • I do desktop and network tech support – internal or external – and I have 15+ years of experience.

  • I know both Windows and Mac – hardware and software.

  • I’d love to work from home – telecommuting is fun!

  • I have a profile on LinkedIn.com – please contact me for more info.

  • I’m willing to travel, relocate, work night shifts, be on call – no young kids or spouse, so I’m free to move about the cabin.

  • …Except that I won’t fly. I’ll drive anywhere, though.

  • I don’t own a home, but I want to help my grown son get one – I need a secure job on paper in order to help him.

**I expect the unexpected, so at least I’ll take a shot at the blogging community to see what comes of it – surprise me!**

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!

Belle