Monthly Archives: November 2011

Etsy’s New Facebook Integration

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Just in time for Christmas shopping, Etsy has launched a new Facebook integration that allows you to find that perfect gift!

Etsy now links to Facebook to bring in your contact list and compares their Facebook interests with items on their site.  It’s the perfect way to find that one unique gift.

For instance, here’s my friend Becca.  On Facebook, she “liked” the Florida State Seminoles, so Etsy recommends some Seminole gift selections.  Love it!

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Soul Pancake

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Wait…is that?…no, can’t be…

Yep, that’s Rainn Wilson.  Otherwise known as Dwight Schrute, from The Office.

Rainn has started this amazing new site called, Soul Pancake – A place for you to explore the human experience.  Rainn, who was raised in the Baha’i Faith, has created this new social network for people to dig into the questions of life – Why are we here?  How does your passion lead to purpose? 

Rainn wanted to create a space that welcomes all ideas around spirituality and life.  There is no doctrine.  Just a lot of love and creativity.  Even the background to the site, whether bug-eyed radishes or blinged-out gnomes, gets you immediately curious about what you can find here.

You can post questions of your own to have answered by the community, or you can read some insightful perspectives from other great minds.  Soul Pancake also has creative activities, like “Thanked in 60 Seconds” (which I love), that help you examine your own life a little closer.

It’s made me realize that I’m not alone in my quest for answers.  We all want to be the change agent in the world.  We all want to live up to our fullest self – find our passion, our purpose.  Rather than reading Haikus about Buddah or listening to some drone voice reading philosophy, get your creative juices flowing at Soul Pancake.

60 Miles? We DID that!

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Finished Day One - Feeling Good!

My sister-in-law, Wendy, and I just completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Dallas.  The 3-Day is a 60 mile walk around Plano, Richardson, Addison, Farmers Branch, the Park Cities and Dallas.

A big thank you to all of our donors and supporters.  There is no way we could have done it without you – including the lady on Webb Chapel handing out mimosas on Saturday morning!!!

Day 1, Friday

The 2011 Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day for the Cure began on a chilly Friday morning at Collin Creek Mall in Plano.  I was asked to carry one of the Honor Flags in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Team Tiara - Day One

The 18-mile route started with an incredible send off from the kids at Aldridge Elementary. It was the first of many schools that came out to support us. The day was filled with cheering stations and fantastic community support. Lunch was great at beautiful Valley View Park. We had plenty of sun, music and even a little bit of dancing. After we cheered the last walker into camp we had a delicious dinner, including Mac and Cheese!!, and celebrated our top Dallas/Fort Worth fundraisers.

Saturday’s 21-mile route started a little cold but the sun came out and it was perfect walking weather. How about the cheering stations on Saturday? The pink gorilla was back this year and Gene Simmons from ‘Kiss’ was spotted at a Grab & Go in the afternoon. There were nearly two miles of continuous cheering stations after we had lunch at the Hockaday Academy. We walked a little slower today but we made it to camp in time for dinner, a few games and the dance party.

Shoe salute for the survivors at closing ceremonies

Our final day of walking began with a quick bus ride to Ursuline Academy. We started our 15-mile walk through som of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Dallas. Then it was onto the Katy Trail and through Historic Downtown Dallas past the American Airlines Center and Pioneer Plaza with the bronze steer. Lunch was at Main Street Garden – what a view of downtown Dallas! The final miles of the route wound through the Deep Ellum Arts District and into the Fair Grounds for a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.

Closing Ceremonies - We did it!

The DFW Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure raised $7.1 million for research and community awareness.

What’s Next

I will be participating in the 2012 Susan G. Komen DFW 3-Day for the Cure!  You can find my personal page at:

www.the3day.org/goto/skmak

My Honor Flag

Dr. Sheri Phillips, National Spokesperson for SGK 3-Day for the Cure.

Wendy wondering where is that warm Texas weather?

Our amazing walker stalkers, Mom and Ali!

Our amazing walker stalkers, Mark and Clarke!