50 Days to 50 Years: Day 16, A spacious Saturday and the Weiland’s Summer Soiree

16 07 2016

“Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow”  — Edwin Way Teale

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The late Mr. Teale must have envisioned my life, as space of time and place are very scarce indeed. So it was good to have a Saturday with no busy agenda—space of time at least; nothing we can do about the physical space at present. So I spent the morning snuggling with my Panda Bubba, knoshing on black seedless grapes, and sipping coffee.

Then it was off to the San Fernando Valley, for Dave and Meegan Weiland’s annual Summer Soirée in Northridge. We have only missed one or two of the Weiland’s parties in the 8 years we have known them; now that we no longer attend the Congregational Church of Northridge, it was a great opportunity to see our old friends from the church!

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Last year’s 2014 Weiland Summer Soiree. Meegan had an accident and broke her finger, but the party still went on! They are such troopers.

Dave and Meegan have been throwing their party for over 20 years, and have a wealth of friends and relatives from across the spectrum of their lives. The usual suspects were there, starting with Rosie, who always does a phenomenal job on the grill! We brought some seasoned chicken to share, and she crisped it up and cooked it to perfection, along with the burgers, hot dogs, and other grill favorites!

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Another Weiland friend (L), Grillmaster Rosie (C), and Vicki Schmidt (R)

Our friend Vicki Schmidt was also hanging out, and enjoying some adult time. Vicki has a special needs son, so any time she can find to be with her friends is a blessing, and it is always a blessing to have her present. Our good friend Bob McNelis was also there, so we had a double dose of fun; and other current and former CCNers like Janette Knudson; Chris, Yumi, and Viggo Mahan; Bruce and Anne Dimock; Fin and Vincent Ortega; Larry, Shirley, Jennifer, and Alison Oya; Pam Davis; Lynette Thompson; and Beckie Cummins.

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Not a Weiland Summer Soiree, but Dave was with us, so it counts!

It was a lower key party than prior years, and we didn’t bring the Bubbas and Bubbette along this time, which everyone was surprised by! That is how hospitable Dave and Meegan are: they love animals, and have been gracious to allow our dogs to be in attendance. During those years when we lived at a place where leaving the dogs at home was a problem, it was a blessing and a help to be able to bring them along.

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2011 Weiland’s Summer Soiree with our sweet Shadow Bubba, who crossed the rainbow bridge later that year.

We hung out way later than we intended, but were so enjoying the lovely hospitality of the Weilands and seeing friends we had not seen in a while.

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I guess when space is given, time takes on a different dimension.





CareerCampSFV is a week away! See what people are saying about CareerCamp

15 09 2011

CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) is coming up, so I wanted to show some highlights from our last CareerCamp back in July, in the Santa Clarita Valley (CCSCV). We had a grand time and people were energized, empowered and inspired in their careers!

The below video link, created by CareerCamp Founder and Chairman Emeritus Douglas E. Welch shows the testimonials of attendees and speakers from CareerCampSCV.

The jobs news is bad, folks–initial jobless claims jumped last week to 428,000–the highest this quarter. But we at CareerCamp International don’t dwell on this! The beauty of the CareerCamps is that it equips individuals to take control of their skills and assets, and in doing that, take control of their future–so they can  build the career they deserve.

Registration is still open for CareerCampSFV on September 24, but may not be for long–don’t miss out on this effective and unique Career Event!

Video: What are people saying about CareerCamp?.





In My Orbit…

6 09 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl has been turning faster than usual lately in the thick of planning two Career events.

The first is a Social Media and Your Career panel on Wednesday, September 21. We are a featured part of Social Media Week Los Angeles this year! The Panel includes yours truly, Douglas E. Welch, Susan M. Baker, and Marla Dennis. We will be moderated by Colton Stenke and Denise “The Oracle” Cook.

Registration opens today (Yay!) and I have linked this Event in the sidebar, or you can click here.

I can’t believe that CareerCamp #5 is about to happen on Saturday, September 24. This brainchild of Douglas E. Welch, founder and Chairman Emeritus, continues to grow, and the Girl enjoys being an active part of it!

CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) is back where it all started, in beautiful Northridge, at the Congregational Church of Northridge. For those not familiar, CareerCamp is an unconference dedicated to “helping you build the career you deserve”. The day will include speakers, ad hoc presentations and breakout sessions on all aspects of building your career.

It doesn’t matter whether you are employed or not–the day is for anyone who wants to build and/or improve their career. However, if you are in between successes, CareerCampSFV is right up your alley!

Registration is in the sidebar, or click here.

This testimonial video was created by Sizzle in the Middle‘s Tracy Pattin. It highlights the unique benefits of CareerCamp from the mouths of the attendees.

And here a link to the video from my CareerCampLA discussion, “Building an enduring Career Reputation” back in March. It’s a taste of what you can expect from The Girl at both the Social Media and Your Career panel, and at CareerCampSFV.

These Events are FREE–so if you’re in Los Angeles, clear your schedule and make your way out to Social Media and Your Career on September 21, and CareerCampSFV on September 24!





In My Orbit…

1 10 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Politics and California and Hollywood, Oh my!

Apparently E-Bay Meg Whitman, California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, has been blindsided by her former housekeeper and illegal alien Nicky Diaz Santillian.  The illegal housekeeper is being represented by media whore herself, Gloria Allred, of the Tiger Woods’ slut brigade.

You know the drill as it’s older than dust.  Whitman claims that Allred is working for Democrat Jerry Brown, and trying to discredit her weeks before the election.   Whitman and her husband, who allegedly wrote a note on the smoking gun SSA letter alerting them to a discrepancy in Diaz Santillian’s social security number, should have been smarter about such things, especially since Whitman has had political aspirations for quite some time, and you would think her counselors would have upended every rock they could to make sure she was scandal proof.  In defense of Whitman’s husband, he’s a doctor, and after my husband and I looked at the handwritten note on the letter, we quickly surmised that there is no way any doctor could have written that neatly–especially if he was in a hurry–which the note, if written by Whitman’s husband, seems to indicate.

Whether Jerry and Gloria are playing dirty tricks (more than likely) or Whitman was just plain stupid is still yet to be seen.  We know they are both vying for that all-inclusive Hispanic vote, and this is just the fodder to tip the scales one way or another.

But a new Gallup study is indicating that this may be a futile attempt on the Democrat side of things, as Hispanics are starting to drift toward the Republican ticket.  Gallup blames this on Obama dropping the ball (what else is new) and the popularity of the Arizona law nationwide among Hispanics of South American and Cuban descent.

Hot Air sums it up more accurately and succinctly–It’s the economy, stupid.  Take a gander: Hispanic Voters drifting back to the GOP.

And now for something completely different–a city with two indie films!

Like Dandelion Dust is premiering in the Los Angeles area today, and it’s at least in three theaters within a 15-20 mile radius of my vicinity (Thousand OaksSimi ValleyTorrance).  I can’t say enough good about this movie, which I previewed in last week’s In My Orbit.  If you’re looking for quality entertainment that is worth the price of admission, then this movie fits the bill.  Find a theater near you either on the Like Dandelion Dust Facebook page or via the website.

Also premiering this weekend is Midnight Reckoning, a film by Derrick Warfel, fellow USC alum and Premise member.  The film stars Persia White of “Girlfriends” fame, and soap opera-hottie Bruce Michael Hall.  It has received accolades across the film festival circuit this past year, and will be shown in limited release through the month of October, with a DVD release two weeks from now.

I’ll be viewing the film at the Cinemark Theatre in NoHo–come and join me!





In My Orbit…

21 08 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So the Girl is really taking it easy today.  I slept in until all of 9:00 am (for me these days, that’s late), and after feeding the pups, have been easing myself into the day, which is, amazingly enough, almost half gone…

So what’s in My Orbit?  Well, I’m quite stoked after reviewing the book, Humanitarian Jesus and interviewing the authors, Christian Buckley and Ryan Dobson.  I have always strongly believed that as a Christian, my witness is shown as much (and sometimes more) by my hands and feet, as by my mouth, and one should not diminish the other, but complement.  The authors, and the leaders of the humanitarian and relief organizations who are a part of the book also express this belief, among others.  Hop on over to my Examiner.com page and take a read:

Book Review: Humanitarian Jesus

Meet the Authors: Ryan Dobson and Christian Buckley

And I am currently in the Sherman Oaks Apple Store, writing this very blog post on a MacBook Pro!  Yes, yes, I’m seriously considering stepping away from the Dark Side (many of my friends are saying, “What took you so long?!) and buying a Mac.  The cost, more than anything is the main hesitation.  But now that my life is more about writing, blogging and the creative things that I do, and less about the training and software support which used to be my bread and butter, I feel as though it is time.

So far, I’m loving it!  It’s intuitive, in terms of applications, they are not a whole lot different than the comparable Windows’ ones; and probably a bit easier to use.  And the ease of switching interfaces and applications is a huge PLUS in its favor.

I better wrap this up, because it’s a zoo in here, and I’m sure someone is waiting to test this puppy out!  I’m going to move on to the low-end laptop (the MacBook) and see what it has to offer, then it’s off to a summer party.  Leisurely Saturdays are few and far between in my life, so it’s been a slice!

Until next time…





In My Orbit…

15 02 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Lindsay Lohan and Jesus Christ.  Sound like an improbable combination?  On my Examiner page, I talk about how the twain have met and what it means for Hollywood: Jesus and Hollywood: not so mutually exclusive.

Connecting Voices has published “Desperate Time Call for Different Measures” an article I wrote about Tuesdays with Transitioners and CareerCampLA–give it read…

And if you are a part of the Los Angeles community, The Valley Rescue Mission is having a rummage sale this Saturday, March 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills at 10400 Zelzah Avenue in  Northridge.   This is the first of three fundraisers to generate money and awareness of the Mission’s work in feeding, clothing and housing the San Fernando Valley‘s homeless population.

Donations and Volunteers are gladly accepted!  You can drop off donations at Granada Hills Presbyterian on Friday, February 19, after 5:00 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to set up Friday evening and to help out on Saturday.

If you’d like to participate, contact Gye Di Capua, Volunteer Coordinator at gyepower@sbcglobal.net.








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