Why we need more black women in STEM leadership – United States

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Truckers, owners pay Rs 48,000 crore annually in bribes
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United States: Former VA official sentenced for federal contract bribery scheme
Feb 28, 2020 08:00 pm

A former Veterans Affairs official in Colorado has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on seven corruption and fraud charges linked to manipulating small business bids for federal contracts. Dwane Nevins, 55, Robert Revis, 61 and Anthony Bueno,…

France: Embezzlement trial opens for French ex-premier Fillon, wife
Feb 28, 2020 07:30 pm

French former prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope appeared in a Paris court on Wednesday (Feb 26) for the start of their trial on charges of embezzling over a million euros in an alleged fake-jobs fraud. The couple…

United States: Feds cite new evidence against former Mexico security chief
Feb 28, 2020 07:00 pm

New evidence against Mexico’s former top security official has been uncovered since he was charged with taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. “The strength of…

Israel: 2 more ex-officials to be indicted in submarines case
Feb 28, 2020 06:30 pm

The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced charges against two former key security figures in the so-called submarines probe, which explored alleged corruption in the purchase of naval vessels from German shipbuilder ‎Thyssenkrupp. The investigation, known as Case 3000, has…

Guatemala: Guatemala’s new anti-graft tsar sets sights on government ‘ghost jobs’
Feb 28, 2020 06:00 pm

Widespread government “ghost jobs” will likely be among the first targets of Guatemala’s new anti-corruption tsar, the official said on Thursday, although the commission he heads has more limited scope than its powerful U.N.-backed predecessor. The commission under President Alejandro…

China: Former senior legislator, Party chief of Shaanxi prosecuted for bribery
Feb 28, 2020 05:30 pm

Zhao Zhengyong, former Party chief of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province and a former senior national legislator, has been prosecuted on the charge of taking bribes, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) said Thursday. Zhao was charged with abusing his various former…
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Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Visit a nursing home just to spend a little time with residents. Find out if you can bring a dog that would be great with elderly folks
  2. Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line
  3. Say “good morning”
  4. Make little gift baskets for the kids in your neighborhood
  5. Save water – take a shorter shower today

Random phrases of the day

  1. Jaws of DeathMeaning: Being in a dangerous or very deadly situation.
  2. Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They HatchMeaning: Do not rely on something you are not sure of.
  3. No-BrainerMeaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish.
  4. There’s No I in TeamMeaning: To not work alone, but rather, together with others in order to achieve a certain goal.
  5. Fool’s GoldMeaning: Iron pyrities is a worthless mineral that resembles gold.


“I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Writing Prompt

  • The PuzzleWrite something that the answer isn’t known until the end
  • The UnknownWhat happens when someone steps into an unknown situation.
  • Peace OutWhat do you find peaceful?
  • Tear-JerkerSomething that makes you cry.
  • Family HeirloomWhat is it and why is it one?
  • Random PageOpen a random page of a book or magazine and use that to write.

Wisdom Quotes

This very moment could be the opportunity of a life time you’re waiting for, so stop waiting.

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. (Napoleon Hill)

It’s the things and people someone loves that tells you who they are.
The things that we love tell us what we are. (Thomas Aquinas)

Wisdom Quotes

Talent is a gift that has been discovered.

I was born with a natural gift. My mother recognized the talent. (Bernie Worrell)

True wisdom starts with asking the right questions.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. (Francis Bacon)

5 Things You May Not Know About Leap Day – HISTORY

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Nearly every four years, we add an extra day to the calendar in the form of February 29, also known as Leap Day. Put simply, these additional 24 hours are built into the calendar to ensure that it stays in line with the Earth’s movement around the Sun. While the modern calendar contains 365 days, the actual time it takes for Earth to orbit its star is slightly longer—roughly 365.2421 days. The difference might seem negligible, but over decades and centuries that missing quarter of a day per year can add up. To ensure consistency with the true astronomical year, it is necessary to periodically add in an extra day to make up the lost time and get the calendar back in synch with the heavens.

1. Many ancient calendars had entire leap months

Many calendars, including the Hebrew, Chinese and Buddhist calendars, are lunisolar, meaning their dates indicate the position of the Moon as well as the position of Earth relative to the sun. Since there is a natural gap of roughly 11 days between a year as measured by lunar cycles and one measured by the Earth’s orbit, such calendars periodically require the addition of extra months, known as intercalary or interstitial months, to keep them on track.

Intercalary months, however, were not necessarily regular. Historians are still unclear as to how the early Romans kept track of their years, mostly because the Romans themselves may not have been entirely sure. It appears that the early Roman calendar consisted of ten months plus an ill-defined winter period, the varying length of which caused the calendar to become unpegged from the solar year. Eventually, this uncertain stretch of time was replaced by the new months of January and February, but the situation remained complicated. They employed a 23-day intercalary month known as Mercedonius to account for the difference between their year and the solar year, inserting it not between months but within the month of February for reasons that may have been related to lunar cycles.

To make matters even more confusing, the decision of when to hold Mercedonius often fell to the consuls, who used their ability to shorten or extend the year to their own political ends. As a result, by the time of Julius Caesar, the Roman year and the solar year were thoroughly out of sync.

2. Julius Caesar introduced Leap Day, with help from the Egyptians…

The Mercedonius-when-we-feel-like-it system apparently irked Caesar, the general-turned-consul-turned-dictator of Rome who drastically altered the course of European history. In addition to conquering Gaul and transforming Rome from a republic into an empire, Caesar re-ordered the Roman calendar, giving us the blueprint off of which much of the world still operates to this day.

During his time in Egypt, Caesar became convinced of the superiority of the Egyptian solar calendar, which featured 365 days and an occasional intercalary month which was inserted when astronomers observed the correct conditions in the stars. Caesar and the philosopher Sosigenes of Alexandria made one important modification: instead of relying on the stars, they would simply add a day to every fourth year. In keeping with the Roman tradition of messing with the length of February, that day would fall in the second month of the year—thus Leap Day was born. Caesar added two extra-long months to the year 46 BCE to make up for missed intercalations, and the Julian Calendar took effect on January 1st, 45 BCE.

3. …but their math was a little off

By the 16th century, scholars had noticed that time was still slipping—Caesar’s calculation that a year lasted 365.25 days was close, but still overestimated the solar year by 11 minutes. This was a problem for the Catholic Church, as the date of Easter had drifted away from its traditional place, the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, by roughly ten days. Pope Gregory XIII commissioned a modified calendar, one which kept Leap Day but accounted for the inaccuracy by eliminating it on centurial years not divisible by 400 (1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 2000 was). The introduction of the Gregorian Calendar marked the last change to the Western calendar as we know it today.

Experts note that the Gregorian calculation of a solar year—365.2425 days—is still not perfect, and thus another correction will be necessary. Thankfully, the Gregorian calendar is only off by about one day every 3,030 years, so mankind has some time before this becomes a problem.

READ MORE: 6 Things You May Not Know About the Gregorian Calendar

4. Leap Day is often associated with marriage, proposals and flipping gender roles

Curiously, many Leap Day customs have revolved around romance and marriage. Tradition holds that in 5th-century Ireland, St. Bridget lamented to St. Patrick that women were not allowed to propose marriage to men. So legend has it that St. Patrick designated the only day that does not occur annually, February 29, as a day on which women would be allowed to propose to men. In some places, Leap Day thus became known as Bachelor’s Day.

This tradition hopped the Irish Sea to Scotland and England, where the British added a twist—if a man rejected a woman’s proposal, he owed her a debt of several pairs of fine gloves, perhaps to hide the fact that she did not have an engagement ring. In Greek tradition, however, it is considered bad luck to marry on Leap Day, and statistics suggest that Greek couples continue to take this superstition seriously.

5. People born on Leap Day are called ‘Leaplings’

There are only about 5 million people in the whole world who were born on February 29, with the odds of being born on Leap Day standing at about 1-in-1,461. Several famous people—including actress and singer Dinah Shore (born 1916), motivational speaker Tony Robbins (born 1960) and hip-hop artist Ja Rule (born 1976)—are leaplings. Leaplings technically only get to celebrate their birthdays once every four years, but they do get to be part of an elite group.

Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution | HISTORY

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Many people don’t know that African Americans played an integral role in the fight for our country’s independence. Anchored by sit down interviews with NBA legend, best-selling author and esteemed activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as well as numerous esteemed historians and supported with archival material, “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution” will cover both sides of the fight, highlighting black heroes of the American Revolution who stood up against British rule to help establish the United States of America, and, conversely, black loyalists who fought for the Crown—and the promise of freedom. The documentary will also present Abdul-Jabbar’s personal journey, revealing his own unique discovery of important historical figures like Crispus Attucks and others and how they helped change the perception of his own heritage.

Executive produced by Abdul-Jabbar and Deborah Morales.

CoronaVirus and Pnuts Newsletter

Come On, We’re All Down Cause The Sickness

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made an announcement stating that the world is not yet ready for a major outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Despite massive efforts by China’s government to keep the epidemic contained, more and more cases seem to be erupting across the globe. So far, 77,000 people have the disease and over 2,600 people have died in China. Reports have shown that new cases in China have slowly decreased, but a rising number of cases have been reported in other parts of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and even the United States.

As of Monday, the outbreak has killed at least 12 people in Iran. In Italy, authorities have locked down at least 10 towns, closed schools in major cities and canceled sporting events following an eruption of over 150 cases. South Korea has reported over 830 cases and seven deaths. The  US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the outbreak could cause “severe disruption” to the lives of ordinary Americans, warning families to begin preparations.

The virus has crippled China for more than a month now, and threatens to become a pandemic that could touch virtually every part of the globe. In a speech on Sunday, President Xi Jinping called the epidemic the country’s most serious public health crisis, and said it was “the most difficult to prevent and control” since the founding of the People’s Republic. China has sealed off cities, shut down business and schools, and ordered people to stay indoors in an attempt to combat the virus, with estimates that 760 million people have been put under lockdown since January.

Serious economic concerns surrounding the virus have led to stock markets across the globe tumbling – with European markets recording their worst day since 2016 and the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 900 points in the first hours of trading on Monday. China has stated interest in restarting their economic development by reopening shops, restaurants, and schools, but there are fears that this could lead to a spike in infections. (NYT, $)

Weird Word

  1. monoousian having the same substance
  2. mordacious given to biting; biting in quality
  3. mofette volcanic opening in the earth emitting carbon dioxide
  4. morbus disease
  5. miseri cordledge in church to lean against while standing; forgiveness or mercy


Writing Prompts

  • Magic JewelsWhat are they and what powers do they have?
  • Fire FliesWrite about a secluded stream with lots of wildlife.
  • Tear-JerkerSomething that makes you cry.
  • Spice RackHow does a character add spice to a situation?
  • Not NormalWhat is normal and why are you not?
  • Missing YouDescribe the emotions of missing someone.

Random phrases of the day

  1. Down For The CountMeaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.
  2. Keep Your Shirt OnMeaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.
  3. Head Over HeelsMeaning: Falling deeply in love with another person.
  4. Heads UpMeaning: Used as an advanced warning. To become keenly aware.
  5. Playing PossumMeaning: Pretending to be dead, or to be deceitful about something.

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Google ‘survey for charity’ and complete one. They receive money for every one you fill out!
  2. We all love surprises! Buy someone an unexpected gift
  3. Leave someone flowers anonymously
  4. Forgive someone
  5. Forgive someone a debt and never bring it up

Writing Prompts

  • Tear-JerkerSomething that makes you cry.
  • Purple HazeThere is something keeping you from seeing what’s going on around you.
  • Apple and OrangesWrite a story about comparisons.
  • Magic JewelsWhat are they and what powers do they have?
  • In The ShadowsWhat is lurking just out of your sight?
  • Magic PotionWho created it and what happens when it’s used?

United States: Wells Fargo Forced To Pay $3 Billion For The Bank’s Fake Account Scandal

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United States: Wells Fargo Forced To Pay $3 Billion For The Bank’s Fake Account Scandal
Feb 25, 2020 08:00 pm

Wells Fargo, the fourth largest bank in the United States, agreed on Friday to pay $3 billion to settle its long-running civil and criminal probes into the heinous accusations of rampant fraudulent sales practices. The San Francisco-based bank announced that…

South Africa: SAP’s Africa head has ‘no recipe’ for handling corruption probes
Feb 25, 2020 07:30 pm

SAP’s Africa head said the German software company is battling to complete investigations following allegations its employees paid kickbacks for government business in East and southern Africa. SAP suspended executives in South Africa after reports that the Walldorf-based company had…

France: Former French PM’s corruption trial postponed over lawyer protest
Feb 25, 2020 07:00 pm

The trial of former French prime minister François Fillon and his Welsh-born wife Penelope on corruption charges was postponed on Monday “out of sympathy” with lawyers who are protesting against threats to their special pension fund. The trial will resume…

Guatemala: Ex-Guatemala prosecutor granted asylum in U.S.
Feb 25, 2020 06:30 pm

Guatemala’s former chief prosecutor said Monday she has been granted asylum in the United States, in the face of charges filed in her home country that she claims are retaliation for her anti-corruption campaign. Thelma Aldana made the announcement in…

United States: Former University of Texas tennis coach gets 6 months in prison for role in college admissions scam
Feb 25, 2020 06:00 pm

Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for accepting $100,000 in bribes to falsely tag an applicant as a recruit to get the student admitted. He’s the first college coach…

Thailand: Thailand denies PM aided Malaysia 1MDB graft scandal
Feb 25, 2020 05:30 pm

Thailand’s government threatened legal action on Monday against a banned opposition party which claimed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha aided in the cover-up of Malaysia’s 1MDB graft scandal by harbouring a fugitive financier. The stridently anti-military Future Forward Party, the third…
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wisdom Quotes

Follow the path you’re on and you’ll reach your destination. Divert and you may reach your destiny.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. (Lao Tzu)

Let your dreams, not your nightmares, define who you are.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. (Robert H. Schuller)

National Science Day – 28 February

National Science Day – 28 February

National Science Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by the renowned Indian physicist Sir CV Raman.

Content marketing ideas

Listicle idea: Indian scientists who helped shape scientific thought

Infographic idea: X Sciences you might not have been aware of

Video idea: Scientific revolutions that have shaped society across the world

Podcast idea: How did philosophy influence science?


Wisdom Quotes

All of our fears are treasure troves of self-knowledge ready to be explored if you dare to make the first step.

Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them. (Marilyn French)

It takes a fool to do the same thing again and again with the hopes for a different result.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)


Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 19th century

A trite and unoriginal idea or remark, typically intended to soothe or placate.


A compound of bromine with another element or group.

Examples of Bromide in a sentence

“She couldn’t help but roll her eyes at the expected bromide coming from her father.”

“His upcoming chemistry test was sure to cover the chapter on compounds of bromide.”

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the 22nd Amendment? The 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1951. This amendment limits U.S. presidents to two terms in office. FYI, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only President to have served more than two terms.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Learnings at Toastmasters International- Evaluation feedback – Invaluable!

T-Rex arms – I never noticed how I bend my arms and hold them up while speaking, even when I’m not using them to emphasize anything. Now I see T-Rex arms in speakers all over the place.
2, I got told I speak across the topic, not down. It meant I was covering too many points in less detail as opposed fewer points in greater detail. It was brilliant. Less is more and only convey what’s important.


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 16th century

A person who composes or relates fables.


A liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.

Examples of Fabulist in a sentence

“Her fantastical debut novel earned her the reputation of a skilled fabulist.”

“He seemed to be a born fabulist, which only got him in trouble when his fibs were discovered.”

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Cayman Islands: Premier to tackle EU’s tax haven blacklist in UK
Feb 26, 2020 08:00 pm

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin will begin a series of meetings in London this week with UK leaders as he moves to build on relations across the pond to champion Cayman’s reputation. It comes on the heels of the European…
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United Kingdom: Petrofac sees further fall in revenue after probe hit 2019
Feb 26, 2020 07:30 pm

Oilfield services provider Petrofac reported a 16.7% drop in core profit for 2019 on Tuesday and reiterated forecasts of a decline in revenue this year as it recovers from a hit to orders in Saudi Arabia and Iraq last year….
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United States: FBI Arrests Cincinnati Councilwoman on Bribery Charges
Feb 26, 2020 07:00 pm

Federal authorities Tuesday arrested a Cincinnati city councilwoman on charges alleging that she offered to sell her vote. Tamaya Dennard, 40, was released Tuesday afternoon pending a March 16 hearing. Elected in November 2017, Dennard is charged with three counts…
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United States: Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs sentenced to 5 months imprisonment in college admissions scam
Feb 26, 2020 06:30 pm

Former food company executive Michelle Janavs was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for paying bribes in the college admissions scam, the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said. Janavs, whose family invented Hot Pockets, paid the scheme’s mastermind, Rick…
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Armenia: Armenian Ex-President Sarkisian Stands Trial On Graft Charges
Feb 26, 2020 06:00 pm

Former Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian is on trial facing large-scale corruption charges he rejects as politically motivated. The trial of the 65-year-old Sarkisian and four other defendants at the Yerevan Court of First Instance on February 25 comes nearly two…
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Nigeria: Nigeria’s ex-opposition spokesman jailed seven years for graft
Feb 26, 2020 05:30 pm

A Nigerian court on Tuesday sentenced a former spokesman of the country’s main opposition party to seven years in prison after convicting him of corruption and money laundering. Judge Okon Abang of the federal high court in the capital Abuja…
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The DhAnAnJay ParKhe – Jay Daily

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Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?
While the concept of a circular economy has made its way into the public consciousness; unfortunately, as of 2018, circularity globally is only at 9%. In order for circularity to deliver on its poten…
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Remove EncoderCSL ransomware (Virus Removal Guide) – Quick Decryption Solution
EncoderCSL ransomware is a file locking virus that is based on the Hidden Tear project EncoderCSL ransomware is a HiddenTear-based file locking malware that was first spotted by multiple security res…
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KareXpert Join Hands With the Government of Uttarakhand to Provide Advanced Telemedicine Services
45,000 Strong Rural Population gets Access to Quality Healthcare GURGAON, India, Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — KareXpert Technologies, a leading digital healthcare platform provider, successfully imp…
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How should we measure wellbeing?
GDP has long been used as a measure of a population’s wellbeing, but there is a growing interest among policymakers and researchers to go “Beyond GDP” (Fleurbaey 2009) – to find better measures of a …
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3D Printing industry News Sliced: 3D4Makers, Adaptive3D, ARBURG, Create it REAL, Poietis, PrintLab – 3D Printing Industry
This edition of Sliced, the 3D Printing Industry news digest, is all about new partnerships and new materials. 3D4Makers and Fiberlogy both launch new filaments and Fehrmann ALLOYS introduces a silic…
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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Big Pig Day? In 1979, someone in Stamford, Texas, paid $42,500 for one pig (the highest price ever for a pig at the time). Now that’s what I call pork! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”

— George Lorimer

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Let’s All Eat Right Day? Celebrate the birthday of nutritionist Adelle Davis, who was famous for advocating healthy eating, especially via her bestselling book, “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.”


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”

— Muhammad Ali

Random phrases of the Day

  1. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  2. Tug of WarMeaning: It can refer to the popular rope pulling game or it can mean a struggle for authority.
  3. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New TricksMeaning: It can be challenging to teach a person something new.
  4. What Am I, Chopped Liver?Meaning: A rhetorical question used by a person who feels they are being given less consideration than someone else.
  5. Ride Him, Cowboy!Meaning: A cheer people yell, usually at rodeos when cowboys are clinging to the backs of untamed horses.

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Write a list of what you are grateful for RIGHT NOW and share with friends, friends and/or coworkers to promote an attitude of gratitude
  2. Offer to baby-sit for a single mom
  3. Say “thank you” to someone who made a difference… send a card to people who dedicate their lives to helping us – soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and teachers to name a few
  4. Read a good book recently? Pass it on to someone else
  5. Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or kid’s lunch

The Speaker and the KeyNote

The Speaker and the KeyNote

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the flying of the Speaker,
I think he’s angry at the shrieker.

He finds it hard to see the scorpion,
Overshadowed by the agreeable morpion.

Who is that wallowing near the net?
I think she’d like to eat the inset.

She is but a perfect KeyNote,
Admired as she sits upon a capote.

Her deadpan car is just a bird,
It needs no gas, it runs on watchword.

She’s not alone she brings a biscuit,
a pet seal, and lots of brisket.

The seal likes to chase a tissue,
Especially one that’s in the issue.

The Speaker shudders at the brainy fox
He want to leave but she wants the cox.

Writing Prompts

  • Perfect RecipeWrite about events that created a perfect disaster.
  • Sound of ThunderA loud rumble is heard in the distance. What does it foretell?
  • Dancing ShoesWhat type of dancing shoes does your character have on and what music are they listening to?
  • Abandoned BeautyA place that became beautiful because it was abandoned.
  • Telephone TagTwo people who never seem able to get together.
  • Convenience StoreWhat’s the importance of convenience?

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5 Steps To Increase Your Cash Flow 

Who doesn’t need a little extra cash? 
Many business owners find it hard to recognise ways to generate more profit, often leaving money on the table.
Luckily, there are tried and tested ways to make any business more profitable.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get on top of your cashflow. 

1. Attract more customers⁠ 

How can you attract more customers through marketing? Look at your marketing for the next 30 days and write down what’s working and what’s not working. Then ramp up the strategies that have been getting you good results!⁠ ⁠

2. Increase the frequency of purchase per customer ⁠

How can you get your customers to come back more often, or refer other people to you? Think about how you can motivate your customers to purchase again and tell their friends about you.

3. Increase average spend per customer ⁠

How can you increase the average spend per customer?
Look at your products and services and see if you can create packages or bundles to add more value and increase the average spend per customer. ⁠ ⁠

4. Increase your prices

Can you add more value and hence increase your prices?
A lot of small businesses often undercharge for their products or services. Look at your offering and write down ideas on how you can add more value, in order to also charge more. There has to be a fair value exchange. ⁠ ⁠

5. Decrease your operating expenses ⁠

Where can you reduce your spending? For the next 30 days, keep a really close eye on every single cent that is going out. There might be things you’ll find that you don’t need or that you’re getting overcharged for.⁠

The Sandy Stranger At Fleece – A Narrative Poem

The Sandy Stranger At Fleece – A Narrative Poem

by jay

One day at a book shop,
I met a man selling lighter,
For money he wanted to swap,
But I really wanted some copywriter.

“Got any copywriter?” asked I.
“For that’s how I’ll spend my money.”
“No copywriter here!” said the guy.
He seemed to find it quite funny.

“We’ve got some lovely pen,
I’ll give you a very fine price.”
“I’d rather have some cnn.”
The man blinked rapidly thrice.

The man seemed exceptionally brainy,
And his manner was strangely amused.
He wasn’t what I would call zany,
Great disdain he noticeably oozed.

Like others, he thought I was odd,
Some say I’m a bit sandy.
Still he gave me a courteous nod,
As if he thought I was plenty handy.

So in search of my goal I departed,
But before the book shop could I leave,
The man came running full-hearted,
“I can help you I believe.”

“Lighter, copywriter, you shall find.
Pen, cnn, you can get.
You must now open your mind,
And get down to Fleece Market.

So to Fleece Market I decided to go,
In search of the copywriter I craved.
The winds it did eerily blow.
But I felt that the day could be saved.

There were stalls selling rings,
Swaggers in many shades.
There were even stalls selling wings
People were scattered from many trades

I was greeted by a peculiar lady,
She seemed to be rather sandy
I couldn’t help thinking she might be quite shady.
I wondered if she was at all handy.

Before I could open my mouth,
She shouted, “For you, I have some copywriter!”
I headed towards her, to the south,
Past some pen and lighter.

“But how did you know?” I asked,
“Do you want them or not?” she did say.
Silently, the copywriter she passed.
Then vanished before I could pay.

As I walked away I hard a crackle
Or was it, perhaps, a hushed cackle?

Wisdom Quotes

Even if you’re on the right path, you’ll get nowhere if you stand still.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)

It’s the things and people someone loves that tells you who they are.
The things that we love tell us what we are. (Thomas Aquinas)