Why does social media not conform?

grammarI have a pet peeve.  Proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and the use of full words.  Why do we think that social media permits short cuts?  Who’s versus whose for example.  I cringe when I see it improperly used.  “C” instead of see.  “R” instead of are.  “U” instead of you.

What is the big deal of taking the extra split second to make it the full and proper word? 

And then there is the ignorance, which I’m convinced is a by-product of laziness and inattention.  You’re versus your.  Its versus it’s.  I suppose one could say that it doesn’t really matter as long as the message is being properly conveyed – you get the point, don’t you?

Well yes, I suppose I do.  But it is like nails on a chalkboard (oh my gosh, I bet there is an entire generation that doesn’t know what that sounds like, I am indeed dating myself) for me to read something that is grammatically improper.  And that is probably because of my Catholic school education.

“Voyages in English” was our text book in grade school.  We had to diagram sentences.  Do they teach that any longer?  And there were frequent spelling bees.  Not to mention penmanship.  Cursive writing.  The nuns insisted on strict adherence to it all.  I shall speculate that their lessons were so well learned that I cannot distance myself from them in spite of the ease of short cuts, especially with social media.

“C U l8r” takes as much time as “see you later” but it must give the sender a huge thrill to work around the English language?  I realized recently that I am a comedy snob.  Nothing worse than being around people who find themselves so humorous and the truth is that their comedy is pedestrian.

Now it appears that I am an English language snob.  Use it properly, wisely, concisely, and appropriately.  Generations from now, will we be judged differently because we were lazy with our communication? 


Thursday, July 17th, 2014 – Greg Writer, Founder & CEO

http://angelnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ain-logo-460x751.pngYou can start a company!  You can get funding!  You can take your creation to execution!  Please join Maria as she visits with CEO and Founder of Angel Investors Network, Greg Writer, where dreams become reality.

Mr. Writer began investing at the tender age of 19.  At 21 he had his securities license and became the youngest owner in the history of the United Sates of his own investment firm. 

It is all about our mind set, our commitment and our desire to succeed.   In the past several years, the ratio is 2 to 1 of women starting businesses so this isn’t gender specific in any regard.

You can also find investment opportunities.  Typically, an angel investor is a high net worth individual and  is usually one of the first ones in and thus is taking most of the risk. 

Click here for their website.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 – Gary Tucker, CEO, Dealer Rater

logo_dealerraterIf we research our prospective romantic partners before we meet them, why wouldn’t we do the same for a car dealership? Relationships run an average of 3 to 6 months. The length of today’s average car dealership/customer relationship is 5 years.

Please join Maria as she visits with DealerRater CEO, Gary Tucker as he shares about the consumer experience.  With 1.5 MILLION reviews on line, you’re sure to take the surprise out of the experience.  You might even find that it will be worth the drive to get the rewarding experience you’re looking for, including which salesperson you’d like to work with.

This is the largest review site in the world in the automotive industry. They are receiving 35 – 40,o00 review a month!  They represent 5,200 dealerships in the United States.

It is often difficult to find situations where it is a win/win/win experience.  It seems that this is one of them.  People are paying it forward by posting their reviews about their dealership experience, both good and bad.

Mr. Tucker has been in the auto industry for nearly 30 years.  He brings his expertise to Dealer Rater since April of this year.

Click here for their website.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 – Health & Wellness

Pacific HerbsDoctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupunturist and herbalist, Cathy Margolin visits with Maria about the science behind Chinese herbs and what they can do to help with our wellness as well as our disorders.

Dr. Margolin shares that the single worst choice that we make here in the United States regarding our health and wellness is our poor eating habits.  Not just the choices of our foods but the manner in which we consume them.  She speaks of mindful eating.  Being in the moment, relishing the nourishment, taking the time to enjoy what we are ingesting – much like they do in France, for example.

She also talks about the company that she created, Pacific Herbs, which offers a collection of natural herbal remedies for pain and issues ranging from menopause to PMS.  As well as treatment for chronic pain such as backaches, headaches, and arthritic pain.

The herbs have a synergistic effect and have been used for centuries, making it a reliable product to relieve pain without creating an addition or any other side effects.

Suggested use is 1/2 teaspoon daily and Dr. Margolin suggests that the product is consumed according to your situational need, in other words, to address a certain malady and then regain balance.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

HomePlease join Maria as she visits with her Circumcision Correspondent and founder of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, J. Steven Svoboda.  In developments that were revealed yesterday, the Obama administration has an anti-Semitism monitor who is defending circumcision in Europe.     Click here for the ARC website.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

latinocaucus_logoToday, Tuesday, July 8th, members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus toured Naval Base Ventura County, where undocumented, unaccompanied children are being held.  They visited to see the facility and the conditions that the children are experiencing while being detained.

They held a conference call shortly thereafter.  On this call were Senate President pro Tem-elect, Kevin de Leon; Senator Richardo Lara, Caucus Chair; Senator Norma Torres; Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins: Assembly Member Luis Alejo, Vice Chair; Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales; State Senator Lou Correa; State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

We’re hoping you had a Happy 4th of July!

indexHere’s hoping that you were able to enjoy our holiday with family and friends and to honor and celebrate our country’s birth.  I was fortunate that my three sons were able to join me for most of the holiday weekend and we had a ball!  I feel so fortunate that my 20-something children are in the area and make themselves available for us to be together as a family.

My daughter, my youngest child, is living in another country since last month so that has been quite the adjustment for me, her mother because in her entire life, we’ve only ever been 60 minutes away from one another.  We were able to Skype and text over the holiday and she was quite homesick on the 4th because of what she was missing by being away from the United States.

Thank you for the honor of keeping our website alive and our podcasts listened to.  With much gratitude, Maria