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Archive for December, 2006

goodnight, mr. president

the butt of many jokes for his clumsiness, yet admired for quietly taking us through the end of Nixon’s administration following the Watergate crisis, gentle Gerald Ford has passed away at age 93. as a Washington Post correspondent said: he was just a regular guy.

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holiday hooligans

no, not the usual suspects. these were of the four-legged furry variety: our growing kitten and ‘his’ dog. the cat will not stay out of the tree (fortunately, nothing breakable) and the dog will not stay out of the goodies. he ate a plateful of chocolate chip cookies off a tray on the ottoman while no one was looking. fortunately, he didn’t get sick. unfortunately for him, he was on my ‘list’ all day!

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farewell, James Kim

last night, my techie son and i shared our thoughts, sadness and speculations over the tragic death of James Kim, the senior editor of Cnet. his body was found about a mile from the family’s snowbound car, stranded in Oregon. he was such a cool techie and a wealth of information. my heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to his young family. the web world will miss him.

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microlending – the new entrepreneurship

a couple of months ago, i was up watching late-night PBS and caught a story about microlending to women startup businesses in third world countries. the focus was upon, a san francisco based non-profit started by a couple of young folks inspired by something they experienced while on a trip overseas. as i recall, one had a background in commercial or investment banking (that always catches my interest, as that’s the world i came from). their goal was to find a way to provide small loans to assist startups where traditional bank lending was impossible/improbable.

this being the holiday season, i finally made a commitment to go ahead and become a lender by providing the final dollar amount needed to complete a small request, and am now looking through other requests to see where else i can contribute.

frankly, this is far more exciting, and promises to be far more fulfilling, than dealing with my squabbling siblings over who got left out of last year’s buddy or ornament exchange (from what i understand, it was because the recipient was out of town) and the fact that someone (related only by marriage) wants to impose what i find an alienating restriction upon who can participant.

after withdrawing myself from that madness, electing to focus on more important issues in life, i decided to review microlending opportunities and chose kiva.

already i’m excited about contributing to the growth of a third world woman’s business. this is what the spirit of the season is all about!

so, not only am i helping another aspiring entrepreneur, i’m fulfilling part of the entrepreneurial spirit in me.

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