A bit of the history of Earth Day from our friends at Care2.com: “Unlike the first Earth Day in 1970, the 20th anniversary in 1990 became a huge event thanks in part to greater television and radio coverage and a multimillion dollar budget. More than 200 million people in 141 countries participated helping to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.”
Happy Earth Day!
Diane T. and furfamily
Thursday is the day to share your Writer’s Tips! Mine is about “The Elevator Speech”.
You may be asking yourself “What the heck is an Elevator Speech and How do I write one?” Imagine you are in an office building, you get on the elevator with other people and one person turns to you and asks “So, what do you do?” Pretend this person is someone who may be able to help you with your business in some way, or may purchase your product.
An elevator speech is a prepared answer that you are comfortable with saying to a stranger, that describes what you do and how to contact you in 30 seconds, about the time it takes for an elevator to travel a few floors.
You need to be able to look a stranger in the eyes, give your speech as though it isn’t overly rehearsed, and then hand them your business card.
Here is mine:
Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, my name is Diane Tegarden, President of FireWalker Publications, where we are fueling your future. I write, produce, publish and promote a variety of books, including self-help, poetry and science fiction. If you’d like to know more about my business, books or TV and radio interviews, please visit my website at http://www.firewalkerpublications.com.
This is from my poetry collection “Light Through Shuttered Window”.
by Diane Tegarden © 2007
Infallible, invincible, an angel of quiet mercy,
that’s who I thought she was.
Hands and arms to hold me,
to smooth my angered brow,
to hush my tears
and cool the fever of deepest pain.
broken on the wheel of my father’s self-hate,
the wheel crushing all those around him.
Who would dare
to question his judgment,
his actions, his words?
I would dare.
While those around me
would stare into their empty lap,
agreeing ever so silently
Yet in truth, the silence was their acceptance
of his awful, all encompassing authority,
his ignorance, his guilt.
Since only my voice
was raised against him,
I was the target of his rage.
Red hot and uncontrolled,
his hand would breach
that impossibly wide
gap between us.
He hit me in the face.
I had dared.
His hate, restless, mere violence no outlet,
he would verbally stab
at my every character weakness,
feeling strength in sounding my deepest wounds,
he would stab again and again,
screaming vicious, cruel lies at the tiny child within.
I believed him.
Eventually, after his anger was spent
after his fury had savaged my childish senses,
my protecting angel, would finally appear by my side,
Poem- On One hand-An Experiment in left-handed writing
by Diane Tegarden
(C) August 4, 2005
One day while waiting for a meal in a restaurant, I took out my ever-present writing pad, and decided to write a poem, the first half with my left hand and the rest with my right hand.
on one hand …
the external Gift of an
ancient, hollow life,
the remnants of civility
finally cast aside.
no more lies.
is for the callous.
we need a blush of fantasy
to color the
of our inner canvas.
I turn the page and a chorus of music came to me:
paint your body
paint your mind
you can only fool yourself
about some things
some of the time.
I turn the page and put the pen in my right hand.
On the Other Hand …
I speak to you in
clear crisp terms
I’m sure to be heard.
I don’t bother with
I demand respect
and get the final word.
I purposely ignored the correct punctuation for the left-handed writing and reverted to formal punctuation with the right-handed writing as a device to separate the left and right functioning of the brain and to show how the Experiment affected my own writing style.
I’ve written an unusual science fiction novel “Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time”. Creating my own world, peoples and language, the book is a “preventable vision of the future” with its hooks deep into renewable energy and the impending World Water Wars. The science in my book utilizes ocean energy and photovoltaics to power their daily world. People from the past become the Gods of the Future as they appear through the Rips in Time.
You can find “Anti-Vigilante and the Rips in Time” at Amazon.com today, just follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Vigilante-Rips-Time-Diane-Tegarden/dp/0974536911/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350751953&sr=1-2&keywords=Anti-Vigilante
Tax Tip#1. If you give to charities, make sure they are 501(c)3 charities, so your donations will be tax deductible. If they are 501(c)3 charities, they will usually send you a letter or receipt stating their status and the amount you gave with each donation. Keep all these in a file marked Donations or Charitable Contributions, and at the end of the year, they’ll be handy and easy to add up!
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