Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Right Hand Ties from Doug E. Shirts and

The Right Hand Ties from

The Right Hand (The Hand)

The Hand design. You can choose the Right or the Left. Maybe it's for when you're busy or lazy and you want to say, "Hi!" Or it's you letting some know to keep your personal space boundaries. Or maybe you just want to let people know which hand you use more often. You've got the upper hand when you have this design on one of these products!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Portland, Maine Hoody from Doug E. Shirts and

Portland, Maine Hoody from

Portland, Maine
Maine's Largest City

A moose, Portland's skyline, and a fact about the city. Does it get any better?

New Designs! Cartoon Happy Face from Doug E. Shirts and Zazzle!

Yep, it's Cartoon Happy Face! Doesn't it give you a happy, joyful and positive vibe? This also comes in additional flavors - American, GLBT and Irish. Let me know if you would like any other versions. On many products at Doug E. Shirts!

I used the image I previously used on my Thanks! Card because I liked it. I worked with it in Illustrator to come up with something I like. Let me know if you like it as well.

Cartoon American Happy Face Keychain

Cartoon Happy Face Tote Bag

Cartoon GLBT Happy
Face Coffee Mug

Cartoon Irish Happy Face Lady's Tee

See more personalized gifts from Zazzle.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thanks! Card from Doug E. Shirts and

Thanks! Card from

Thanks! Card

Cards for thanking the people who matter.

Sending a simple thanks really can make someone's day. Go ahead - do it. You know you want to...

I'm Gonna Be FAMOUS Trucker Hats from Doug E. Shirts and

I'm Gonna Be FAMOUS Trucker Hats from

I'm Gonna Be FAMOUS

Who's gonna be famous? You are with this Doug E. Shirts trucker's cap, Baby! Let everyone know what the future holds for you.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I Like Scared Stiff TV

I like me some old-school horror and suspense. And a friend of mine does, too.

Doug Plomitallo created Scared Stiff TV. He saw that there was a void on YouTube of original horror and suspense content. I've known Doug a very long time and I know of his love for such movies as Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Halloween series. Each short story is full of plot twists, spine-tingling suspense and even some truly funny moments. His acting troupe is a combination of local Connecticut actors and his very talented family.

The latest episode is The Game. Don't watch it alone!

W.S.P.L. TOTE BAGS from Doug E. Shirts and


Work Hard, Sleep Well, Pray Fast, Live Love

Great for mission trips and themes! A mantra for today's involved person.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

IMO: Live by Your Hourly Wage

Wouldn't life be easier if we could make all our decisions by what the cost was? Well, I kind of think we can (with conditions, of course).

Some may balk at reducing life's decisions to dollars and cents; but, many times, we already do this. For example, if you are buying a car, you figure out what you can afford. If you're planning a trip, you save up for it after figuring out how much it's going to cost. I would argue that many of us could use this methodology a little more in our lives.

Let's set up the criteria for the following examples. Doug makes $30,000 a year, which works out to $14.42 gross per hour/24 cents gross per minute. We'll call the per minute rate Per Minute Value (or PMV). 

My theory is that I want to come out ahead most of the time and that my time is valuable; in fact, using the example criteria, my time is worth 24 cents a minute. This value, by the way, is a lot more than one can earn in many other third world countries. So the questions I would always have to ask myself is, "Is what I'm doing worth my time? Will the outcome of what I'm doing be worth my invested time?" It doesn't work for every situation; however, I find it a great starting point for deliberation.

Example #1 - Watching an hour-long TV drama

Okay, let's do the math. For the sake of argument, the show is 60 minutes; so the PMV is $14.42. Was the show you just watched worth that much to you in enjoyment? In other words, would you pay $14.42 to watch that show (on top of what you're already paying for cable access)?

Example #2 - Working on my online store

Let's say I work on stuff for my online store (site, blogging, tweeting, marketing, creation) and I spend 14 hours on it for the week. That would result in a PMV of $201.88. Was it/will it be worth it? If it's the beginning of your online business, you can expect start-up costs. But if it's Year 3 and you've only sold one item, maybe you need to think about if this is still worth doing. If you're really happy, so be it. But I would re-examine why you started this in the first place and if there's anything you can do to change your results.

Example #3 - Working out at home for 30 minutes 3 times a week

Two words - heck yea! You spent $21.63 of your PMV and, aside from saving money not paying the gym, you're most likely adding years and quality to your life. I definitely think you come out ahead on this one.

Again, you may not be able to apply this to every situation in your life; in fact, I recommend that you don't. It's important not to over-value yourself when doing this. But this can be a very useful tool in the evaluation toolbox when examining life's choices.

A reminder to yourself and others to make "right now" count! Available at .

Join To Participate T Shirt from Doug E. Shirts and

Join To Participate T Shirt from

Get the wear that's sweeping the nation! Let everyone know that they "must join to participate." You decide what it means.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amena Brown - You

In an earlier post, I mentioned I had been getting into spoken word. On a lark, I had "Googled" Christian spoken word. Thank God for Google and my inquisitive mind. I found Amena Brown and her talent. I find that this is very spiritual and wish this found it's way to my church (I working on it!). I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.