May & June 2017
What an honor!
I want to take express my sincerest gratitude to
all of my past clients for their loyalty and continued
confidence in me. This is the 6th year that I have
received the distinction of being selected as "Best in Client
Satisfaction" Five Star Realtor for 2017. For me, I cannot
imagine a greater honor and I sincerely thank you.
Some of you may already know how I received this
award, but for those of you are who are not familiar, I am
considered to be in the top 3% out of 30,000+ of the Realtors in the
Houston area based on 10 different areas of customer service. As
a result, I will be featured in the June 2017 issue of Texas
Click on the
Five Star Professional link to view the announcement in the
June 2017 Texas Monthly Magazine.
If you were a participant in the survey, please
let me know. I would love to hear from you so that I may
personally thank you.
Your referrals are the highest compliment that I
can receive. Because of clients like you, I truly LOVE
what I do. If you or someone you know could benefit from
my services, please do not hesitate to pass along my
information. I will treat anyone who is referred to me with the
same attention and care as I hope you experienced.
Again, my sincerest "Thank You" - I could not do
it without you.
Reviving Frank Lloyd Wright
According to online magazine, Dazeen, an organization
called the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative has big plans
to resurrect the architect's demolished or unbuilt projects.
first project scheduled will be the visitor's center for Banff
Originally commissioned in
1911, the Banff visitor center was finished in 1913, but due to
frequent flooding in the area, it was demolished in the late
1930s. Now, the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative wants to
bring back the unique design.
Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9,
1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and
educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures; 532 of which
makes Wright's structures so unique and timeless is their
harmony with humanity and the environment, a philosophy he
called ‘organic architecture’.
philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which
has been called "the best all-time work of American
architecture". Wright was a leader of the Prairie School
movement of architecture.
Wright went so far as to coin his own term: ‘Usonian’.
Wright proposed the use of the adjective Usonian in place of
American to describe his particular New World character of an
American landscape—distinct and free of previous architectural
Mother, May I?
month of May was perhaps named after Maia, a Roman earth
goddess, considered the mother of all things green and growing.
The derivation, May, stems from Miaus (Latin), meaning
"greater" or "growing larger."
According to Wikipedia, however, ancient etymologists (people
who study the origin of old words) also connected the month of
May to maiores (Latin), meaning "ancestors," which also
derives from Maius, referring to those who are "greater"
in terms of generational precedence.
word may as in “May I?” comes from Old English mæg, which
is related to Old High German mag (have power to), and
perhaps to Greek mēchos (expedient).
May is also another name
for the hawthorn flower, and May is a diminutive for the names
Mary, Margaret, and Mabel.
mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~ Emily
Why Can’t I Have A Boss Like That?
there was a lab technician, named Sam. Sam had forgotten to open
a critical valve on a piece of equipment he was using. The
pressure built up in the system and caused it to malfunction.
The resulting damage cost $250,000 to repair.
next week, Sam’s boss called him in to talk about it. Sam had
already cleared his workspace, figuring that he was about to get
enough, his boss started grilling him, asking why he didn't do a
proper check of the equipment first, and reviewing his past
the boss said, “Alright. Get back to work and don’t let it
was momentarily stunned. "Am I not getting fired?” he said. “I
thought that’s what you were going to tell me.”
boss said "No way! I just spent $250,000 teaching you a
lesson you'll never forget. Why would I fire you now?"
British and Dutch scientists have used high-tech imaging to
uncover the secrets of an ancient Mexican manuscript, the
eScience News website reports. The manuscript, known as the
Codex Seiden, is a strip of deer hide five meters long that’s
been covered with gesso (a white plaster composed of gypsum and
chalk) and folded accordion style to make a document 20 pages
dates back to approximately 1560, and was found in what’s now
known as the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Like other codices from
that area and others, the Codex Seiden uses brightly-colored
symbols to record history: wars, genealogy, and cultural
intriguing discovery: The high-tech imaging found the image of
an individual represented by a glyph of a twisted cord and a
flint knife. The man or woman resembles a character found in
other codices, and may be an important ancestor of two families
connected to other archeological sites in Mexico.
A Mother’s Day Story
years ago, my mother who lived in Nigeria, became a widow. The
life she had imagined for herself as a young girl quickly
evaporated. She tried moving on, finding a life with her
extended family, but she was always worried, always despondent.
offered the opportunity, soon after I was born, she gave me up
for adoption. An international adoption agency placed me with a
family in Canada.
might think my mother was weak; others might call her selfish.
Many call her an opportunist, looking for a way to have her
children raised in comparative luxury.
think none of these things. Instead, I’m grateful for the life I
have and to have a mother who sacrificed our relationship to
give me a chance at a better life. She is courageous. She is my
mother, no matter who raised me. I carry her courage inside me
as all children of mothers do.
More People Closing Off The Kitchen
years the concept of a grand room with an open kitchen has been
all the rage. As a result, countless walls have been knocked
down and it’s rare to find newer houses without open kitchens.
is the tide turning? Are we returning to days when the kitchen
was an isolated room where smells were trapped and messes
Increasingly, home builders are hearing requests from customers
for a closed-off kitchen, and remodeling companies are being
asked to put the walls back.
Perhaps it's a matter of the grass being greener on the other
side...if you've lived your life with a closed-off kitchen,
maybe you want an open space. And if you've lived your life with
an open floor plan, maybe the novelty of a closed-off kitchen is
is a natural cultural shift. If you look at homes from the
1920's, bathrooms were seldom put inside a master bedroom,
kitchens were almost always isolated, and garages weren’t
attached. By contrast, homes built in the last 20 years have
attached garages, large master baths, and open kitchens.
there’s a shift taking place among builders, who take their cues
from the market. People are starting to ask for smaller homes
and cozier spaces, pushed in part by high property costs and in
part by a desire for simplification.
Ultimately, the footprint of homes over the next several decades
will depend on the cultural preferences of people who live in an
area, since we tend to take our housing cues from others in our
woman went to a lawyer. “My neighbor owes me $500, and he won’t
pay up. But I don’t have the loan in writing. What should I do?”
lawyer said “Easy! Write a letter asking for the $5,000 he owes
he only owes me $500,” the woman said.
when he writes you back to tell you that, then you’ll have your
Adventure Jobs Over 50:
Traveling Brand Ambassadors
Here’s a story that might give you some new ideas about
retirement! See the full article with other ideas by Gwen Moran
Silvana and Allan Clark’s youngest daughter went off to college,
the couple got the itch to travel and try something new.
were fans of the charity Soles4Souls, which provides footwear
for poor people in the United States. Silvana approached the
nonprofit with an idea:
Soles4Souls would buy the Clarks an RV, they would drive around
the country, giving away free shoes and promoting the
Clarks were effectively offering themselves as brand
ambassadors. The charity signed on and gave them the titles
“Sole Ambassadors.” For 19 months, the Clarks lived out of a
Soles4Souls-branded RV, never once returning home. After
arriving in a town, they’d receive shipments of shoes and would
sort, organize and distribute them out of the RV.
Who’s Smart Now?
named Johnny hung out in front of the local grocery store in a
small town. The manager noticed that the other boys who hung out
in front of the store always teased him, calling him stupid and
playing tricks on him. Johnny didn’t seem to mind, and always
looked a little surprised.
of their tricks was to offer Johnny his choice between a shiny
nickel, worth 5 cents, and a dusty old dime, worth 10 cents.
Johnny always took the nickel because it was bigger and shinier.
day the store manager took Johnny off to one side. “Look son,
those boys are making fun of you. They think you don’t know the
dime is worth more than the nickel. Don’t you know that?”
“Yeah,” Johnny said, “but if I took the dime, they’d quit doing
Great Gift For College-Bound Kids
The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason
which dispenses financial advice through a collection of
parables set in ancient Babylon.
Through their experiences in business and managing household
finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in
Originally a series of separate informational pamphlets
distributed by banks and insurance companies, the pamphlets were
bound together and published in book form in 1926.
only 44,640 words (approximately 145
conventional pages), it’s a quick read, filled with simple,
time-tested advice, such as save a portion of all you earn. Give
this gift early, so your teen has time to read before heading
out into the world on their own.
days, most people have heard some form of the idea that “what we
see can affect how we think.” But over a century ago, this was a
new discovery. According to an article on the Observer website,
in the early 1900’s gestalt psychologist Karl Duncker created an
experiment known as the “Candle Problem.”
Duncker led some test subjects to a table pressed up against a
wall. The table held three items: a candle, a book of matches,
and a box of tacks. He asked the subjects to find a way to
attach the candle to the wall so that its wax wouldn’t drip on
the table. None of them could do it, until Duncker made a slight
the second experiment, he used all the same materials, except
this time he removed the tacks from their box and placed them on
the table next to the candle. Most of the test subjects quickly
figured out that they could pin the empty tack box to the wall
using the tacks, so the wax would drip only inside the box.
point? This sort of “functional fixedness” can be seen in many
patterns of behavior, from taking the same route to work every
day to holding on to ideas that have outlived their purpose.
What Will Housing Be Like In 2050?
Today, the population of
the world is about 7.4 billion. By 2050, the UN predicts it will
be 9 billion. What does that mean for the future of housing...
and how might that affect you?
One thing is for certain:
New homes will not be built at nearly the same rate as
population growth. We will have to make smarter use of what we
have, and rethink the space and resources we need.
For instance, consider
household size. In the early 1900's, 5-person households were
normal. Today, 1-person households are common. By 2050 there may
be a shift back to more shared housing, including granny flats
and duplex conversions.
Homes in 2050 will not
look much different than homes today on the outside, because the
vast majority of houses that will exist in 2050 have already
been built. But on the inside, many older homes will be upgraded
with smart technology, and new homes will likely be built to be
smaller and more efficient.
A need for resource
efficiency could promote water recycled within each home,
integrated solar panels, ultra-thin insulation, and
Tighter housing may drive
the value of remaining single-family homes on large lots sky
high. But older homes that lack innovations may lose value.
One thing that won’t
change... location, location, location will still be the
dominating factor in real estate.
The question to ponder is
what locations will become important in the crowded world of
2050 and beyond?
Things You’ll Never Hear a Dad Say
#7. “Well, how ‘bout
that? I’m lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for
#6. “I noticed that all
your friends have a certain hostile attitude. I like that.”
#5. “Here’s a credit
card and the keys to my new car. Go crazy!!!”
#4. “Your Mother and I
are going away for the weekend. You might want to consider
throwing a party.”
#3. “Well, I don’t know
what’s wrong with your car. Probably one of those doo-hickey
thingies—ya know—that makes it run or something. Just have it
towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.”
#2. “What do you want
to go and get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to
the number one thing you’ll never hear a dad say:
#1. “What do I want for
Father’s Day? I’d like a new phone, and that new speaker we saw
at the store, and a TV, and a…” (Actually they will probably
say, “Aw, your love is enough for me.”)
is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a
special place in
heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” ~John
Strategic Fasting to
Numerous studies have shown a positive impact on your health by
following a fasting diet. Impacts of fasting include the
reduction of chronic disease risk, longevity, and weight loss.
Contrary to first impressions that fasting will leave you
hungry, most people report that fasting actually takes their
food cravings away. Fasting is not a "one-size-fits-all"
approach, and success often means trying different models. Here
are three approaches to try:
Fasting. To find a 12- to 14-hour
fasting period, don't forget your sleep time! If you cut off
your food intake at, say, 6 pm, then don't eat again until 8 am,
you've fasted. Yea! Nothing to it. After that, eat a normal
5:2 On-Off Plan. If your goal is to
lose weight or reduce belly fat, try a traditional 5:2 plan. Go
for two "fasting-on" days, where you consume 500-600 calories,
split between breakfast and dinner. The other five days of the
week are your "fasting-off" days, where you follow a healthy
regular diet without calorie restriction. This intermittent
fasting may help reduce cravings and have beneficial impacts on
insulin and C-reactive protein.
monthly periodic approach. Studies
show a monthly, periodic approach to fasting can help to
increase longevity and reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes and
heart disease. For five consecutive days each month, consume
about 35 to 50 percent of your normal calorie intake, divided
between 10% protein, 40% carbohydrate and 50% fat. For example,
if your normal intake is 1,800 calories, then for five days in a
row, you'll bring it down to 700 calories, and focus on lean
proteins, healthy fats and high-fiber carbohydrates.
You Hear Me Now?
old lady had a hearing-aid fitted, hidden underneath her hair.
week later she returned to the doctor for her check-up.
wonderful - I can hear everything now," she reported very
happily to the doctor.
is your family pleased, too?" asked the doctor.
haven't told them yet," said the old lady, "And I've changed my
will twice already."
Punctuation & Grammar Errors
if you’re not a writer, chances are your brain will recognize
the difference between a well-written paragraph and one riddled
with mistakes. Though we live in a world of auto-correction,
good punctuation and grammar still count for a lot in how others
perceive us through our writing, particularly at school and
work, in job applications, and even in emails. It pays to become
wise to these kinds of common errors:
Their, They’re. Example:
Are we driving their together? Correct: Are we driving
up possessive and plural forms.
Example: My sisters
car is old. Correct: My sister's car is old.
Missing a comma.
Example: If the
weather remains the same we'll leave early. Correct: If
the weather remains the same, we'll leave early.
Example: It's cold,
But we are going out. Correct: It's cold, but we are
days of yore.
Example: Your going
to enjoy that new car! Correct: You’re going to enjoy
that new car!
Commonly confused words & spellings.
make these mistakes alot. Correct: People make these
mistakes a lot.
know enough who know how to learn.” ~Henry Adams
rich investor was bragging to a famous author at a cocktail
know, I made more money on one investment last month than you’ve
made with all your best-sellers. I’ll probably make more money
this year than you’ll make in your entire life.”
author replied, “That may be true, but I have one thing you’ll
“What’s that?” asked the investor.
65? Think Again!
Thirty years ago, people typically started work at a fairly
young age (age 20), worked to 65 and then retired. Statistically
they lived to age 72, so they had many years to earn and save,
and just a few years to spend.
Typical retirement age has been 65 for a long time. In developed
countries like Canada, the US, and Australia, social retirement
benefits only start to kick in at 65.
today, our statistical lifespan in these developed countries has
increased to 78 years. Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily
mean we have a whopping 13 years to enjoy retirement
(statistically speaking). Instead, many seniors are now
choosing, or being forced by financial circumstances, to work
to be left behind, governments are slowly increasing the
retirement age before benefits kick in. The cost savings are
immense, even for a 6 month delay. Who knows…as life spans
increase, perhaps our grandkids won't be able to collect
benefits until they’re close to 70!
Corporate Mind-Set Hard For
spark of something that one person can see inside their own
“mind's eye” is often invisible to others. But if our ideas
always made sense to others, we'd never have change or
innovation. For instance, we wouldn’t have the iPhone without
the spark of brilliance in Steve Jobs’ mind.
Recognizing this, many corporations state in hiring that they
like innovative people. Unfortunately, while corporations may
recognize the need for innovation, they seldom provide
opportunity for innovation to express itself.
innovative-minded employees, that can be frustrating. On the one
hand, they see opportunities for change and growth all around
them. But on the other, a corporation is like a large ship in
the middle of the ocean… it takes quite a while to turn a large
ship. So innovation will often be ignored or take so long to
embrace, that the moment passes.
Employees who see opportunities for change have an uphill battle
to get their ideas recognized. Their best bet is to paint a
picture of what’s inside their “mind’s eye” sufficiently
detailed that others can see it, too. Get input from trusted
allies and clear up the questions before presenting ideas to
Office & Home Wi-Fi Killers
might be surprised what everyday items and situations are
bringing your network to a crawl. Here are the top 12 common
issues impacting office and home Wi-Fi.
You’d think Wi-Fi signals
would sail right through, but they don’t. Tinted glass often has
metal additives that can heavily absorb Wi-Fi signals. So if
your office is full of wall-to-wall windows or glass conference
rooms, it’s going to impact your signal.
These are huge Wi-Fi
vampires. Mirrors can cut signal strength up to 50
percent because they reflect back the signal. If the bathroom is
between the router and your desk, it’s part of the problem.
You may love that aquarium
in the office, but water is a massive Wi-Fi killer due to its
density. It absorbs and traps the signal. If you’ve ever seen
your signal drop at the beach or near large bodies of water,
Most routers tap out at
10-20 devices. With today’s explosion of tablets, smartphones,
laptops and wireless office equipment, bandwidth gets absorbed
many separate Wi-Fi networks.
It’s not uncommon in some
office environments to rig up several different routers running
on different channels with different passwords to increase
coverage. But Wi-Fi networks in close proximity can interfere
with each other. Set your system so each router or access point
is on the right channel for limited interference.
It’s important to space
equipment to ensure a consistent signal to all work areas. In
other words, don’t lock your one router for the whole office in
the back cabinet and seat your graphics team near the front, by
the glass doors.
Wireless signals degrade
going through metal so don’t place your routers or access points
in a room filled with file cabinets. It might seem obvious, but
you’d be surprised how often it happens.
Kitchen appliances. Major
appliances eat away at Wi-Fi signal strength. Refrigerators and
especially microwaves provide interference, so keep equipment
out of the range of the kitchen.
Really? Absolutely. The
human body is 50-65 percent water, and crowds of people at an
office party or in a conference room can be a highly effective
barrier to Wi-Fi. The solution is easy…mount your access point
in the ceiling to minimize the chance of interference by your
April 2017 Answer
On what date did the first man walk on the moon?
Answer: July 20, 1969
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May & June 2017 Trivia Quiz Question
(A riddle) What goes up when rain comes down?
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