Thursday, January 26, 2006

Attending Your Teleconferences - It's A Good Idea !

When I was working in call centers, it wasn't uncommon to have weekly team meetings. Thes meetings allowed management to keep us updated with policy changes, scheduling and technical problems and upcoming contests and events. There usually will also be an opportunity for questions and answers from the team. They are an invaluable tool.

I strongly recommend that if your direct sales or virtual call center offers teleconferences that you make these mandatory. This allows management to gives details that emails cannot accomplish. You get to hear the voice behing the name, humanizing the person. During Q&A session I find that many of my concerns are addressed. It also allows me to hear from my fellow team mates far and wide.

Recognizing that we cannot always attend the scheduled live call, many companies will archive the calls. So set aside some time, get a pen and paper listen and learn.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Make The Connection - Cervical Cancer

January is National Cervical Cancer Screening Month. This public education campaign is designed to provide information about cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) that may cause it. Cervical cancer is the world's second-most common cancer affecting women, with approximately 500,000 diagnoses each year, resulting in more than 280,000 deaths.

Regular PAP tests and healthy lifestyles choices can help prevent this deadly cancer. To get facts and to order a FREE bracelet visit Make The Connection.org website or call 1-888-4-HPV-CONNECT.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Gold Is Discovered at Sutter's Mill in California 1848

On January 23, 1848, gold was discovered on land belonging to John Sutter, in California. Once it was announced the news spread like wildfire.

Visit the Oakland Museum of California website for more details about the Gold Rush.

California Gold Guided Mining Tour website provides panning trip info, pictures, and gold nuggets for sale.

My teen and I just finished studying the Gold Rush last month. I included some African American history from edHelper.com, in our curriculum. During the Gold Rush, free African Americans and slave laborers were there. Many slaves managed to gain their freedom from gold mining. Some black settlers became rich after mining gold. By 1852 California had the wealthiest black population of any state.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Spouse's Day - It's Everyday !

According to the Holidays for Everyday.com website, today is Spouse's Day! I want to take this time to thank my best friend, protector, main provider and supporter for being the best spouse. My guy has seen me through some rough times regarding to my health. He encouraged me to look for a work at home customer service position when I realized I wouldn't be working outside the home. This guy works a full time and a part time job so that our family can have shelter, food, medical and clothes.

Thank you dogboy for being my spouse.

Love you always, Rona

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Rona's Movie Review - 'War of the Worlds"


My husband and I watched this one about a month ago. We managed to grab the last one, on the shelf. I really enjoyed seeing Tom Cruise playing a unlikeable character. My husband of course, loved the special effects. And I did jump at a couple of scenes. Would we recommend this one for the family? Sure would. Just be aware that there's some scary parts that might not be appropriate for the younger kids. Don't forget the popcorn.***********************

War of the Worlds - Yahoo Movie Review

The extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. Ray Ferrier, (Tom Cruise), is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel, (Dakota Fanning), for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.

Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.

Release Date: June 29th, 2005 (wide)

Rating: PG-13 for frightening sequences of violence and disturbing images