Friday, April 29, 2005

Magistria interview

Here's a recent interview with photo: Authors Page

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Wildlife University

Learn Sustainable Gardening Practices

Come take a FREE online course from Wildlife UniversityTM! Become a wildlife-friendly gardener and learn many practical, easy things you can do in your backyard to create a habitat that is beneficial to both wildlife and the environment. Click here.

From National Wildlife Federation newsletter

Choosing color for your home

Who's afraid of a little color?  From calming shades to bold splashes, choosing the right combination is easier than you think.  Get the secrets here:Home & Garden Television: Choose Color

(From HGTV e-mail newsletter)

My online interviews (links)

Owl Goingback: The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Web Site

Ken Rand: Interview with Ken Rand by Joy V. Smith


NWF Program Comes to Busch Gardens

A day at an Anheuser-Busch Adventure Park is filled with extraordinary animals, but appreciation for wildlife doesn't have to stop at the exit gate. The new attraction at Busch Garden's Tampa Bay now teaches visitors how to build a Backyard Wildlife HabitatTM site and enjoy wildlife at home. It truly is a place you must see for yourself. Come and take a look!

From National Wildlife Federation e-mail newsletter

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Selling your house

I'm reading a book, Freakonomics; and it mentions terms used in real estate listings.  Here are five terms, the authors say, that correlate to a lower sale price for homes: Fantastic, Spacious, !, Charming, and Great Neighborhood.    Want a higher sales price? [they say]  Then use the following terms: Granite, State-of-the-art, Corian, Maple, and Gourmet.    

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Janice's Natural Comfort Collection

I got another organic catalog recently.  It has bed linens, clothing, bamboo cutting boards, soap, household products, etc.  Link:


Friday, April 22, 2005

Online interview

Here's a link to my online interview transcript: Long Ridge Writers Group  I discuss blogging and marketing.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Be an action hero for the environment!

Earth Day message from Steven Seagal:

Being an action hero means fighting a lot of important battles.

The fight to protect the Earth is one we can't afford to lose.

If you've seen me in On Deadly Ground or Fire Down Below you know I'm not a "Johnny-Come-Lately" to the environmental movement. I re-wrote those scripts hoping I could make the world a better place and bring people's awareness about the environment to a higher level.

(From The National Wildlife Federation e-mail)


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Building a home (schedule link)

... many Americans are choosing to build new homes from the ground up. But before you put your present home on the market or notify your landlord that you want out of your lease, you should know that few homes are built in a day, or even in a year, for that matter. About how long can a homebuilder spend designing and constructing a new house? Bob Hale, former president of the Los Angeles chapter of The American Institute of Architects, is an expert on what it takes to build a new home, from the first design sketches to the moment the moving trucks arrive with furniture.

For more: Home & Garden Television: Planning / Permits

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Contractors Who Care (After the Florida hurricanes)

When the hurricane hit, the Florida building industry felt the impact in every way possible. Building materials for construction projects were diverted to help shore up damaged homes and buildings. Crews, already working at capacity, were mobilized around the clock. And contractors, whose homes and businesses themselves were damaged or destroyed, set aside those needs and focused on the business of rebuilding the state.  

The contractors' stories are many and varied, but all provide a glimpse of how the building industry pitched in to help the state recover. From providing food at the disaster site, to creating programs and offering financial assistance, to climbing up on roofs and stretching resources, the building pros were on the job – and continue to be.

 For more: Press Releases

Room planner from HGTV

Link: Home & Garden Television: Room Planner

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Blogging and Marketing

I'll be interviewed by author/host Mary Rosenblum Thursday night, April 21, 9 – 10 PM Atlantic/CANADA 8-10PM Eastern 7-9PM Central 6-8PM Mountain 5-7PM Pacific Time In the Long Ridge Auditorium: Long Ridge Writers Group - Interviews

House hunting advice link

From Oprah: 'O at Home' Spring 2005 Tips: House-Hunting Advice

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day.  Connect with nature by taking a walk in the park, putting a toad house in a flower bed, thinking twice about adding toxic chemicals to the lawn, ...

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Sugar Time MP3 audiobooks

My time travel tales are now available as MP3 audiobooks: Shop MWS Media! | MWS Media