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Career Transitions In A Depressed Economy – Worth It?

Career Transitions In A Depressed Economy – Worth It?

I’m going through this as we speak. The former corporate management role I once had, is no more. While I don’t mind that, I still need a job, but who’ll hire me? I’m a minority three times over – Native American, female, middle-aged.

People have asked, “why don’t you start an 8A business??”, but what they don’t realize is, I don’t have the money to do that. I have plenty of hobbies that I could turn into a home-based business, but I don’t have the money to go without a full-time income at this point, so that idea is out.

Wouldn’t you know, the economy is still in a depression, and I refuse to believe it’s a recession – we had that before the last decade ended, and it’s much worse at this point. This economic depression might be slowly getting better, but there aren’t many places for someone my age and demographic. Or is there? What kind of career pays no attention to demographics?

I’ve decided to change careers entirely, so we’ll see where it goes. I think the key to a complete career change is to word your cover letter masterfully – pick a career you’d like, and build your past experience around that. I’m going to use my past to get into a another career altogether…I’ll let you know how it goes!

Belle

“Find A Grave” – Mobile App for iPhone

Find A Grave – Mobile App for iPhone

(all screen caps property of FindAGrave)

Some people find it very morbid to go online to “find a grave”, but as a research hound and amateur genealogist, I can vouch for the FindAGrave website being VERY valuable! I’m a member (it’s free) and have located and documented dozens of gravesites for my family and have helped others find their long lost relatives. I can’t wait to use the Mobile app!

From a genealogy standpoint, I think it’s important to know where your ancestors are located. For example, I asked many elder relatives where someone was buried/baptized/attended church, and most didn’t know where their grandparents were buried, much less great-grandparents. In our day and time, the location solution isn’t elusive – it is entirely available to find where your ancestors were buried, even if they’re in another state or country (the FaG site is international).

In my own family, I located 2 previous generations buried in the same cemetery as my great-grandparents, but very far apart…and no living relative even knew they were there. Sometimes, one discovery leads to two, to three, and so on. And, you’ll find peculiar stories involved – one great-great-great grandfather of mine wasn’t buried with his wife – she was buried with her parents in another cemetery. Oh, the things you find when you look at your family tree! Also, for your legacy’s sake, I think it’s important to know where your people came from so you can tell your children and grandchildren. And, it’s a great feeling to find “lost” relatives because it can lead to other discoveries as well as closure. It’s literally a treasure hunt.

The FindAGrave site is a real community – photographers, ministers, researchers, genealogists (amateur and professional), archivists, historians, geographers, and regular people like you and me. Because this is a community-based site, most people volunteer to help you find your friend’s and/or relatives’ final resting places if you can’t. I’ve volunteered to take photos of headstones in areas where I lived or was traveling, and the people who posted their needs for a photo were incredibly thankful for my work when I did locate their people. I love helping the world at large, so this is a passion for me. Imagine you’re not able to be several states away, near your family, and someone unknown to you accepts your request to take a photo of an ancestor’s headstone for your posterity – it’s really a labor of love for all involved.

Side note, I met a cousin of the founder of FindAGrave – small world! He considers himself a “Graver”, as they call themselves. Well, that makes me one, too! I’m very happy to promote this website as being such a great boost to the world’s archives as we know them. Speaking of which, I read that Ancestry.com bought FindAGrave – I’m hoping Ancestry incorporates the FaG database with photos, somehow.

Soon, I’ll be posting some helpful hints for how to clean headstones, but until then, I encourage you to use this information, or forward it onto someone who’s really into genealogy so they can add another great tool to their electronic research arsenal!

Belle

Shelling / Beach-combing – A Year Round Hobby

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Shelling is a favorite pastime of mine, and the best part is, it can be done year-round.

Storms churn the sea, bringing up many long-hidden ocean treasures up on shore. Yes, the windy Winter months are harsher for shellers, but with several layers to keep warm (a rain poncho helps), you can gather those hard-to-find shells you’ve been waiting for.

Where I live, the Gulf Stream is ever-faithful to bring up surprises from all over. My latest goals are finding dark purple quahog and conch shells. I’m going to make some wampum jewelry with my trusty Dremel tool, and I need some conch shell to experiment making other jewelry beads, or whatever I come up with. Will post pictures when I can get further South…

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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 🙂

A Global Pastime: Watching American Bald Eagles Online

It’s ever-increasing in popularity – watching American Bald Eagles on webcams!

American Bald Eagles are no longer an endangered species, therefore, many more are in existence to watch. With funding from various public donations and private resources, webcams over nests have captured compelling day-to-day lives of bald eagles – sleeping, waking, eating, mating, birthing, feeding, nesting, protecting, hunting and other various socializing activities of these majestic raptors.

With today’s technology, scientists and the public can now see bald eagles up close and personal. And it’s become a passion for some.

Bald Eagle webcams are very popular in America and worldwide. Can you imagine? Some of the most fervent and passionate bald eagle viewers are on every continent. The bird-watching and raptor-watching community is very thankful to have the support of citizen watchers from all over the globe, every hour of every day. Several webcams are solar powered and may not be on during the night, but many (with helpful grants and donations) have upgraded high resolution cameras that run 24//7 so not a moment is missed.

Think about it – it’s like another “citizen science project” that I previously blogged about: people from around the world are watching our American bald eagles for their own education, and they’re providing very valuable feedback about their observations. Many classrooms are reported to have regular live viewings of these majestic raptors. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to viewing Bald Eagles in their natural habitat, so the public is voracious in its appetite to catch a glimpse of a yet unknown world.

Until this year, I hadn’t seen bald eagles in person; I’d only seen them on a webcam or TV. Side note, I checked out the website called “eBird” and found out where bird-watching hotspots are in my area. Because I did that, I was thrilled and privileged to be about 20 feet from one in a tree. What a glorious sight to behold!

To send you to the right places, I’m listing some great eagle-watching websites and webcams:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Cam 1 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Side View)
Cam 2 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Overhead View)
Cam 3 – (High Res Inside Nest View)
Cam 4 – (High Res Side Nest View)

If you can’t get physically out there to watch American Bald Eagles in action, go online – take flight!

82-Year-Old Supermodel Still Stuns And Admits ‘I’m Still Figuring Out How To Do The Job’ [ Carmen Dell’Orefice]

WOW, this woman is GORGEOUS!!!!!

82-Year-Old Supermodel Still Stuns And Admits ‘I’m Still Figuring Out How To Do The Job’

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Check Out The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Tonight!!

How I wish there was a real-time Northern Lights webcam – but alas, there is not that I can find operating anywhere in the world!

However, without delay, please check out the AuroraMax High-Definition cam that’s live. It’s located in the town of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

The link is on behalf of the government of Canadian Space Agency – thanks, eh!!

If you’re into this sort of thing like I am, I follow the AuroraMax alerts on Twitter so I can be sure to check out the Northern Lights.

Here are 2 webcam screen shots I got from the above site – the first shows a faint green and pink ribbon, and the second shows a very bright neon green showstopper!

AuroraMax1 AuroraMax2

I have actually seen the aurora borealis for my own eyes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; I used to live there and saw their greeny splendor (well, they were green that night). I can’t really explain the beautiful, yet eerie nature of their appearance and movement. They’re sometimes referred to as “sky sprites”, which I think is accurate. They’re like color-changing, shape-shifting neon curtains that sway slowly and gracefully in the night sky…visually, they’re kind of difficult to keep track of since they appear, change “shape”, disappear, and reform. Yeah, it’s kinda like that.

While I’m at it, feel free to check out another Northern Lights webcam in Fairbanks, Alaska from Ronn Murray’s Photography – they maintain the “Alaska Aurora Webcam“. Ronn Murray Photography is also on Twitter.

Below are 3 screen shots from that webcam – notice the variations  and intensities of the lights:

AlaskaAurora1 AlaskaAurora2 AlaskaAurora3

Apparently, we’ve got incoming solar flares, so perhaps the show will be brighter and more intense Feb 1st and Feb. 2nd…? AURORAMAX ALERT • A G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is now in effect.

Check out what the Northern Lights look like in “real time”:

Enjoy God’s natural wonders,

Cousin Belle

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THANK YOU To The Customer Who Purchased My “Night Bridge Post Card”

THANK YOU!

I hope the card serves you well…

Belle

Emerald Isle Shell Closeup Card by CousinBelles

I can honestly tell you…I have no idea what this is. 

Is it a rock? Shell? Bone?

Whatever it is, I was intrigued enough to take this photo at Emerald Isle, NC.