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“Online Dating Nightmare”

August 15th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Let me get this out of the way … I had a wonderful online dating experience.  I met my fiance and future husband on one of the most popular web sites and it was a very positive experience.   Based on my positive experience, my mother joined another dating site.
It was going very well for her and she started corresponding with an interesting man.  However, this posting is to warn anyone of the negative side of online dating.   They seemingly shared similar interests–they talked on the phone and traded emails.  They even set up times to meet in person.
Then the red flags started.   Here are a few of the red flags that she wanted me to mention.
1.    During their email session, he did not seem to be reading her comments.   She wrote about her background and feelings and the next email would be about religion or another topic.
2.    His phone voice did not match his background.  She had a feeling he had a different ethic background than he told her.
3.    He would cancel meetings at the last minute.
4.    He did not know some very common local locations.
She overlooked most of these but they were always on her mind when talking to him.  Then came the negative event.  He told her he was going to West Africa on business and they would meet up when he came back.
The next day she received an email from him.  He was in Africa and the electric voltage system in the country ruined his computer.  He wanted her to buy him a computer and he would wire her the money or she would charge it.
She told him she would not do this and she gave him alternatives.   Again, he disregarded her comments.  He became more insistent upon her doing this for him.  He wanted to mail the computer to her address.  She refused and told him  to use UPS.
He refused and started to make her feel guilty and he then cut off communication.
Please be aware of individuals who are scammers or who are trying to take advantage of you.
Online dating is a wonderful way to meet new people but there are users out there.
Be aware!

Boy, this is a slow news week!  It’s the dog days of summer and it seems like many are on vacation or just coming back to work.  Reruns are on TV and the movie theatres are filled with dreary comedies and airheaded action movies.
Don’t get me wrong, I love summer but I’m ready for the fall!
There is one enormous reason I’m ready.  On September 6, at about 4 p.m. I become a Mrs.  He is the love of life.  He wooed me with his gentle spirit, keen intellect, and handsome demeanor.
I met him last June and by August I was smitten.  He proposed in October.  We knew we were each other’s mates in a matter of months.
This posting is about that elusive thing called love.
I’m a lover of love:  Romance novels, movies and TV shows.   I longed to fall in love.  To feel that emotion everyone from Byron to Danielle Steel wrote about.
However, I did not see love coming.  I did not fall in love at first sight.  It was a gradual thing.
So how did I know I was in love?
Being with him was so easy.  We would even finish each other’s sentences.  He would suggest something for dinner and it was already being made.
Weird coincidences were rapid.
Also, when I looked at him, everything else disappeared.
So on September 6, I marry my soulmate.   I wish everyone the chance to find true love.
In the meantime,  wedding planning is coming to an end.  The details are frustrating and never ending.   So here is what I learned in the past year.
1.  Do not lose sight of the goal.  That goal is to marry the man you love.  I am going to race down the aisle.
2. It’s not about the dress.  Think about it.  It will be in the closet for the next 40-50 years.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Let other people help with details.
4. It will not be perfect.  Nothing ever is.
5. Lastly, surround yourself with a small group of people who have your best interest at heart.
Have a great day!
Sara

A Wonderful Night of Poetry

August 8th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

On Tuesday, August 6, I experienced an evening of laughter, joy, sadness and talent.  Poet and photographer, Ute Buehler gave a lecture about her new book,  at the Hudson, Wisconsin Public Library.  In a small book, surrounded by friends, family and fans, Buehler read from her book, showed her work as a photographer and mesmerized us all with her passion and talent as a poet.
We all sat in a circle and listened to her read her poetry.  Others volunteered to read as well.   The following are a few of the poems audience members loved.  Thank you to the Hudson Library!
To find out more about Ute and her work, go to www.Buehlers.net.

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Love
Love
This most amazing of all the emotions
Selflessly living
And yet so demanding

Love
This most challenging of all the emotions
Completely trusting
And yet full of doubt

Love
This most rewarding of all the emotions
Bringing bright sun to our souls
And happiness without remorse

The Giver
She is a giver
Not a taker

She gives her love
She gives her care

She gives compassion
She gives comfort

She gives advice
She gives a smile

A smile so like this flower
Filled with sunlight

A smile that links her heart to mine,
And through the windows of her eyes
Embraces me
She never seeks to take, yet,
She deserves so much

Food Court Wars Winner!

August 6th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Congratulations to Tomme Beevas!  He won Food Court Wars on Sunday!  Whoo Hooo!
Tomme’s restaurant is Pimento Grille.
By winning the show, Tomme and his business partner won one year of free advertisement at the Burnsville Mall.
Go here to read more information about Food Court Wars:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-court-wars/slum-dogz-vs-pimento-jamaican/index.html

Here is Tomme’s web site: http://pimentogrille.com/

My Favorite Books

August 1st, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As a book publicist, I read books all day.  My passion in life is a great story and book.  I like adventure, romance, and also biographies.  I love reading about a person’s story.  What happened to them and how did they overcome their problems?
In this blog, I will list my favorite books as well as books I’m currently reading.  I’ll list my favorite biographies and romance novels.
Biographies:
There are many wonderful biographies.  My favorites are about Hollywood, specifically old Hollywood.   Here are a few of my favorites:
1.    Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans
2.    How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood by William J. Mann
3.    MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot by Michael Troyan
4.    TCM: Classic Movie Trivia: Turner Classic Movies
5.    Anything by David McCullough
Romance:
Ahh, I love a good romance novel.  They are pure fantasy.   My favorite thing is to sit on a rainy day with tea and read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.  Here are a few hidden gems.
1.    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
2.    The Gift by Julie Garwood
3.    Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
4.    Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
5.    Crossfire Novels by Sylvia Day
Enjoy a great story today!

Telling Your Story

July 30th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As a book publicist I strive to tell stories to the media.  First and foremost, I keep track of what is newsworthy as well as the current trends.  For example, currently the Snowden and Manning stories are in the news as well as the royal baby and the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Figuring out what is a credible news story has changed over the years.   One has to have an ear for what is interesting.  With social media and blogs, news moves very fast.  A publicist has to keep up with how fast the news moves.
Here are some tips for keeping up with the news trends.
1.     Download apps that are constantly updating.  Apps such as USA Today, CNN, TMZ, and Pop Sugar.
2.    Watch the news.  Listen to stories that journalists are already covering.
3.    How are they writing the story?  Let the journalist be your teacher.  Are they writing a story in   short sentences?  Chances are they are short and to the point.  Mimic that.
4.    Take a look at your history and story.  What is newsworthy?
5.    Be sure to be flexible with your story.   A journalist may cancel an interview but chances are they will come back to you in the future.  Be sure to follow up and follow through.
Let me know your thoughts!
Sara

Finding Inspiration

July 25th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Is it ever hard to find inspiration?  With work, family, friends and our past-paced society, sometimes it find it hard to find my passion.  I love books and story as well as media but it is difficult to be excited every day.
How do you find inspiration?
Here are some ways I find it.
1.     Read something totally different.  I love romance novels but I am searching for a new genre.  I love to find a quiet corner and curl up with a great book.
2.    Go to the movies.  Great movies are very stimulating.  They inspire and motivate.  My favorites are It’s a Wonderful Life and The Thin Man.
3.    Dancing.   Turn up the volume and dance around the house.
4.    Talk with a friend.  Call an old friend and reconnect.
5.    Exercise.  Take a run or do some yoga.
Have a great weekend!

Royal Baby

July 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Happy Tuesday!
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy!  Any guesses on the name?  I’m going with George.

Today, the 65th Annual EMMY nominations were announced.   I love awards’ season and the EMMYs will be a start to award shows honoring every celebrity possible from athletes to movie stars.   In the past there were one or two award shows:  Oscars and Grammys.  Today, we have the Kids’ Choice Awards, ESPYs, Daytime EMMYs, EMMYs, Oscars, Grammys and even more.

I love to watch the award shows for fashion, music and to see who everyone is dating.  Over the years the winners became less important.  In the past, the EMMYS would choose the usual suspects to honor.  If your program is on HBO or Showtime, you were a shoe-in for a nomination.

Today this rings true as well.  They nominated Modern Family, Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad but we also learned about a few surprises and one major surprise.   Kerry Washington from Scandal as well as Connie Britton from Nashville were both nominated.

The big news was Netflix.   Netflix original programs House of Cards and Arrested Development were nominated for Best Drama and Best Comedy.   It is the first time the academy nominated a program not broadcast on television.   The programs are streamable.

Is it the latest fad or a lasting trend?   In my opinion it is a lasting trend.   More viewers are turning to mobile devices to watch programming.   One does not need cable or a TV to watch programming.

Think about the implications:  Will we have an EMMY category for best amateur video,  best YouTube video, or event an awards show for mobile device entertainment.

It’s a brave new world!   Congrats to the EMMYs for being proactive.

“What a News Weekend!!!”

July 16th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Last weekend was a tremendous news weekend.  Some weeks are very slow in the news cycle and then at other times it seems like several major stories break at the same time.   Last weekend included a verdict in a major court case, two celebrity marriages and a tragic death.
Zimmerman Verdict:
A Sandford,Fla., jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on Saturday night.  The country is in an uproar about race and many riots broke out.   My only opinion is the public has no idea what goes on inside the court as well as in a jury room.  One should not comment until they know the law of the state.
Halle Berry and Jimmy Kimmel marry:
Not to each other…. Berry married French actor Olivier Martinez and Kimmel married his long-time girlfriend.
Glee actor Cory Monteith Dies
Tragically Monteith was found death Sunday morning in his Vancouver hotel room.  He had a past that included drugs and alcohol abuse.   An autopsy is being performed this week.
Stay tuned….