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GI Bill complaint system helps protect vets and families

February 3, 2014

A team of gov't orgs, including Veterans Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Defense, and Education are working together to help vets and military families regarding the GI Bill and other programs. There's been SOME REPORTS OF abuse by some education orgs regarding this, so they've built "a new online student complaint system where service… Read more »

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Things I Carry: A Nerd's Survival Kit

January 24, 2014

To make sense of the following, consider that I identify as 1. nerd, fifties-style, and 2. customer service rep for over eighteen years. While customer service comes first, my time is also spent in public service and philanthropy, quietly for the most part. For me, all that means I need a lean and effective set… Read more »

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Microsoft Word - MLK08 Project Leader Flyer Fullsize.doc

5 Great Martin Luther King Jr. Photos

January 20, 2014

“Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This motivates most all of my public service and philanthropy and proceed. Folks, been thinking a lot about MLK today, a real good man who was taken from us too soon. Here's 5 great… Read more »

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5 websites you should be glad exist

January 17, 2014

It's a little hard to say, since most of my reading is via RSS feeds. But if I were to pick a few sites I couldn't live without, I'd have to go with the following. Maybe Political Wire for best political summary. HuffPost for general news… Dilbert; Seriously, I lived the Dilbert life for nearly twenty… Read more »

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Infographic by Women Who Tech

10 Women Run Startups You Should Know

January 14, 2014

Folks, there are a lot of really good businesses out there, and my team and I want to highlight 10 women run startups that you should really know about. These startups are doing great work and really getting the jobs done in their arenas. We took a little bit from each org's website to capture… Read more »

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Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

January 11, 2014

Hey there, the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge just ended on Thursday, and you won't believe how much the organizations raised collectively in small donations for their nonprofits: $2,394,827, more than double last year’s total for the Vets Challenge. Yup, that's right, over two million dollars. Plus, I gave $75k, in grand and weekly bonus prizes and that money was… Read more »

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5 More Ways VA is Helping Out Vets

January 9, 2014

The Department of Veteran Affairs doesn't get the recognition they deserve. They're really working hard to help vets. As the official VA Nerd-in-Residence, I'd like to begin 2014 by reminding folks of a few of the VA's efforts. The VA is doing more and more to give homeless vets a hand. The move is part… Read more »

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Big Deal: CrowdRise Holiday Challenge Has Raised Over $1.6M

January 4, 2014

Folks, I've been supporting the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge this season by giving $75k to the campaign. Nonprofits nationwide have been participating to raise money for their causes. Right now, $1,655,270 and counting has been raised, excluding the money I donated. This is huge. I think we'll be able to raise even more by the end of… Read more »

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Hummingbird, Anna 2

20 Awesome Bird Photos

December 31, 2013

Folks, it's been a great year for wildlife at my "home office" as I've had lots of visitors. I thought the beginning of a new year was a great time to share some of my favorites, especially since I recently posted some tips about how to attract feathery friends (and squirrels, too) to your yard…. Read more »

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5 Viral Videos from 2013 That Will Wow You

December 30, 2013

Hey folks. I get asked by organizations how they can promote their issues better online. Sometimes creating videos can make a big impact.  Anyways, here are some of the best viral videos of 2013 that tackle some important issues and a couple that might be intolerantly cute.   1.  Code.org: What Most Schools Don't Teach… Read more »

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