Monday, December 20, 2010

Farewell Murphy

Our beloved Golden Retriever Murphy has joined his sister Cody in Doggie Heaven. Murphy has left a hole in our lives that will be impossible to fill. We were blessed at Thanksgiving that even though Murphy was having a hard time walking he was still strong enough to make the trip and perform his kingly duty over his court of two Golden Labradors(Zowie and Lance), a mixed breed (Molly) and a Yorkshire Terrier(Mimi). Our other dog Casey stayed home because she doesn't get along with one of the Golden Labs. I regret she did not get to share in this last celebration for her brother Murphy. I also feel so sorry for Casey, because she has lost both her brother and sister and is all alone in the house. It is so sad to see her lay around because you sense that she is lonely or doesn't understand where her companions are? However, despite the terrible circumstances, I have gained a new shadow as Casey follows me everywhere. In past times I would be petting Casey and the micro second that my hand would stop petting her she would bolt away in search of another petter. Now she cuddles with me and stays and gives me her love. I am sorry for the reason, but I am thankful to have Casey give me her love at a time when I so desperately need it. I can't begin to tell you how fortunate I feel that Murphy spent his last few days surrounded by his loved ones and being the center of attention. I took photos and videos out the ying yang so I would have precious memories that could brighten my day anytime the tears started to well up inside of me. We had been preparing for this moment for about a year as Murphy's hind quarters continued to deteriorate, primarily due to two knee operations that he had many years ago, that never fully healed. I kept watching and praying that he was ok and not in severe pain and that we were not being selfish and self centered in keeping him with us. There was little warning when the actual time came and caught us off guard as his back legs completely gave out on him. We agonized for 24 hours as we lay with him praying to God that he would recover, only to fully realize that the time had come to say farewell to our beloved companion. The love and comfort that Murphy gave to us is a treasured memory that will hold near and dear to our hearts. I know when I need it most he will give me one of his smiles that he was famous for and playfully but oh so gently, take my hand into his mouth and pull me around the room. Both Mary and I were able to pet and hug him and make sure that his last moments on earth were filled with love. But to be truthful, our love paled in comparison to the love he showed this family. Our fondest and funniest memories that we will cherish of Murphy start with the puppy that in a overcrowded showroom was so calm and cool that he stood out in the crowd by his inaction. While he forever remained gentle and kind as he grew from puppy to doggie, we wondered if he would stay alive on his own as he had a tendency towards various serious acts of destruction. Not one for the cheap stuff, he made us prove that we were worthy of his love. Evidenced by his eating electrical outlets, power cords, cell phone chargers, refrigerant lines to central air conditioners and apparently to add fiber to his diet, crown moldings in multiple homes. We are all still amazed that he survived these ordeals, but it was so worth it. Our fondest memories of Murphy: -Like the time he held three baby bunnies in his mouth to protect them and wandered for hours with them in his mouth. -Like the way he let Casey groom his mouth every morning (see page four of our Christmas Newsletter for the picture,) I kept telling myself that I wanted a better picture of this oral hygiene but I kept putting it off, telling myself that I will have my camera tomorrow. I can't begin to tell you how terrible I feel about this procrastination. Hopefully it will be a life lesson learned to not repeat this mistake. -Like the way he would smile for you, sensing it when you needed him to reach out to you. -Like the way he got lost and wandered into a homeless village and showed me the real meaning of compassion and gentleness. Yes he was worth it, our family lost a treasured family member. Goodbye my friend.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessing

I've just returned from upstate NY where my family gathered for Thanksgiving. My sister, who hosts the annual event has a lovely holiday tradition that I wanted to share with you.
Each year instead of using a normal table top or tablecloth, we use posterboard material that we actually write on with our personal Thanksgiving Day Thanks. We then share with each other what we have written and the warmth and love that emanates from around that table is as the visa commercial states “priceless”.
This also allows those of our family that are unable to travel to share in their Thanksgiving Blessings and make this the special moment that it has become to all of us.
Here is my Thanksgiving blessing:
In a world filled with want and strife I stand before you a truly blessed man. I am so thankful for my family past, present and future for giving me the inner strength to survive. I would not be the man I am without your love and support and I hope you know the joy and comfort your love continuously brings to me.
Thank you one and all.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas Sampler: Get Them While They Are Hot

It's that time again, it seems like it was only yesterday. That sounds almost as trite as it was a dark stormy night. Oh well, you gotta trust me that Christmas Sampler is just way better.
The BWG are announcing our upcoming book signing events, like I said, Get them while they are hot!
“A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales” By the Bethlehem Writers Group
A Redheaded Holiday: Countdown to a Christmas Hug (My contribution)
Hardcover: 978-160844-111-2
Paperback: 978-160844-110-5
eBook: B002MH3ZC4

Hope to see you there?
Saturday November 13th: 1:00 to 3:00 @ Moravian Bookstore, Bethlehem PA ( )
Friday December 3rd: 6:00 to 8:00 @ Lion Around Bookstore, Quakertown, PA ( )
Saturday December 4th: 1:00 to 3:00 @ Moravian Bookstore, Bethlehem PA ( )
Saturday December 11th: 1:00 to 3:00 @ Borders Bookstore, Whitehall PA ( )
Saturday December TBA ? @ Sayre Public Library, Sayre PA ( )

Friday, October 29, 2010


Tech Tip # 7 (How to Improve Your “Outlook” on Life (CTRL + K and Shift + Delete)

Nowhere is technology more evident than in our avalanche of emails that we deal with on a daily basis. While this surely beats using a telephone or snailmail with a stick, it is still a daunting task to keep track of all of our E communications. In addition, this email collects in our Inboxes and approaches the density of a dark star and quickly fills up our mailboxes, thereby disabling our ability to receive more emails. Now wait a minute, my mailbox fills up and I can’t get more email. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmm! No Email to worry about, that’s a bad thing Right?
No district memos, no parent requests, no Idol Results, No Last chance to invest in the franchising of Exotic Ant Farms Spam emails. Ok you get the point. In Outlook (not Outlook on the web )when you need to send an email to that Baird guy about your TetraData account because of that darn “Inactive” message. However, you don’t know how to spell his name or what his email address is, here is a simple solution. Get your email ready and click the ‘To” Field, then type the first few letters of the name and use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + K and you will get the check names dialog box. Choose that Baird guys name and OK. You can now send off a pithy message about accessing your data.

The next helpful tip combines a recent Technology Tip on using CTRL + Click or Shift + Click to select multiple items in a list.
Here at Data Central, we like to follow the educational pedagogy and provide cross curriculum and multi grade level stuff to lay the foundation of becoming fluent in the language of Technology.
Lets say for instance that someone in the district has sent you a 7 MG Instruction Handout on how to open the Instruction Handout. Coupled with all of your other emails dealing with Ants R US you have filled your email mailbox and you now need to delete emails in order to get the newest offers on collecting your inheritance from your long lost 17th second cousin twice removed on your fathers uncle’s side as long as you pay the $367 taxes in cash.
To insure that you delete the file and then don’t have to delete from the deleted items folder. If you hold the Shift Key down as you delete the email it will automatically delete from your Deleted Items . Thereby saving your mailbox for really important messages. For past Technology Tips you can find them by visiting:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wilkes University ED 530 Spring Semester

My next Wilkes class has been tentatively set for the Spring Semester at Catasauqua High School as ED 530 Emerging Technologies.
The class is set up as a hybrid class. Half of the classes will be a face to face structure, that's right in your face. :) The remainder of the class material will be conducted on line. Hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact me with course questions.


Tech Tip # 6 (Microsoft Word: Print Preview)
You’ve just finished putting your heart and soul into creating the perfect test for your upcoming unit. You are so proud of your devotion to the pursuit of excellence and the quest to quench the thirst of knowledge. You go to print the test so that you can share with your team of teachers and out prints an extra blank page that you hadn’t expected. You assume it is the gremlins of students past playing tricks on you, so you try again, same result. You look around for the Candid Camera or for you new generation, the Punked Camera’s to see if someone is scamming you. Finally you blamed technology and gave up. Once again beaten into submission by the Technology Gods. However, now you can stand up and reclaim your technological dignity. There is a little known codicil in the Faber College bylaws, oops wrong scenario.
If you look on the Word Menu under File, for Print Preview or the icon on the shortcut menu, you can use this magic tool to “Shrink by one page and if it can it will automatically reduce margins, font, spacing, etc. all in an effort to shrink your measure of knowledge by one page, thereby saving paper and natural resources at the same time. So not only are you providing for the education of our future, but you are practicing sound environmental concepts at the same time. A WIN WIN situation.
Right Students?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Christmas in November

Merry Christmas. The traditional Christmas holiday season officially begins in Bethlehem PA at the Moravian Bookstore on November 13th @ 1:00 to be specific. This is when Santas little helpers by way of the Bethlehem Writers Group has a book signing of our holiday book: A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales. Contained within is my humorous holiday adventure: A Redheaded Holiday: Countdown to a Christmas Hug. So HO Ho Ho, Hope to see you there.
Hardcover: 978-160844-111-2
Paperback: 978-160844-110-5
eBook: B002MH3ZC4

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Pinnacle of Pain

My thoughts have turned recently to Bill Cosby before he became a famous TV star. He had a comedy routine about driving the hills in San Francisco. Basically the joke was that he gunned the motor to get up to the top of the hill and when he got there was no more hill, "Where the heck did the land go, for crying out loud!"
This all came to mind as my son Ryan and I went hiking at the Pinnacle of Pain in Berks County. I started off all gung ho and quickly realized that the trail leading to the top was very steep. So steep in fact that not even a Pudding Pop was going to help me make it to the top.
I was huffing and puffing after a short distance and was taking water breaks every few nano seconds. Ryan took pity on me and offered to take the backpack with him after I bribed him. But nothing could stop him from walking in front of me so that he wouldn’t be seen with his old, out of shape Sissy Mary, father. No bribe was going to fix that problem.
I am proud to say that I made it to the Pinnacle of Pain and began my decent. Believe it or not I had more problems going down the hill than going up, with the minor exception of exchanging O2 for CO2. I must have stubbed my toe or stepped on something, but whatever it was hurt like heck, every single step, no matter how I limped or hopped, I winced with pain.
I finally made it to the parking lot and was about to do the limp of joy when I sadly discovered that my car battery was dead. In my mind all I could think of was hearing Bill Cosby utter that famous line. HEEEEEEYYYYYY, HEEEEEEYYYYYY, HEEEEEEYYYYYY.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Never Knew Google Could Do That? Why Educators Should Know?

Google is the all knowing, all seeing wizard of the 21st century. They have so much to offer that most people don't know the potential.
Well now you can know the behind the scenes secrets. For any educators in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a Graduate 1 credit course at the CLIU in Schnecksville PA on two successive Saturdays.
Oct 30th and Nov 6th. 8-4 and 8-3 respectively.
You can sign up for the class at or
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nurses, Nurses, Everywhere

On Tuesday and Wednesday (8/3 and 8/4) I am presenting at the School Nurses Institute at CLIU 21. I am giving a lecture on Technology and how to effectively make use of it.
Doing all the prep work for the conference has brought back fond memories of growing up many years ago and my Mom working as a Nurse at the Robert Packer Hospital. This experience led me to volunteer as a hospital volunteer Candy Striper the summer of my junior year in college when no job was available. What a great time I had that summer.The people that I worked with made the summer a lasting memory.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nomadic Redheads

Redheads has found a new home.
Drawing upon our ancient nomadic Redheaded heritage, Redhead Profiling has moved from Edublogs to Google's Blogger. Following the global appeal and worldwide support and requests I am now taking advantage of "All Things Google".
I have transferred all of my original posts from Edublogs to Google's Blogger. This mirrors the move of my website: to Google as well. Because of this move, as in all moves, things are a bit discombobulated and out of place, so my posts don't follow an exact timeline at the moment. In my next few spare seconds of free time, I will tidy things up a bit (I'd say 2013 should be about right.)
Please follow the exciting exploits of Redheads being Profiled.
Finally, to paraphrase the movie Apollo 13, Farewell Edublogs, you've been a good friend.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dragging Them Into the 21st Century Kicking and Screaming May 2010

As a confirmed computer junkie combined with a the writing itch, I am doing what comes naturally. I'm writing a blog and I am including material from a Newsletter I write on a monthly basis entitled Tech Tips. Learn and laugh at the same time. Enjoy.

This is the beginning of a regular feature dealing with technology. Much of what we do with the TetraData Warehouse
deals with computers and technology one way or the other.
In this column I hope to offer you tips and tricks so you can utilize the data warehouse and technology to it’s fullest.
This is designed for the novice user but hopefully even the most experienced user can find some helpful reminders
Tech Tip # 1 (Chill)
There are always many ways of dealing with technology and my best piece of general advice to anyone would be to
understand that if something is not working the way that you expect it work, there are usually at least 17 other ways of
doing the same thing. The point is to chill, if something isn’t working out, just try a different approach.
Tech Tip # 2 (Screen Shot/Capture)
Screen Shots or Screen Captures are a valuable resource no matter what area of technology you are dealing with. I literally use Screen Shots multiple times every single day. Here are step by step directions on how to make and utilize a
screenshot. (The goal is to be able to take a picture of something on your computer screen and use it elsewhere.) The only proviso is that it requires a great deal of concentration and hand eye coordination.. So be prepared to earn your valuable reward, it is not for the faint of heart.;)
Step 1: Open up a blank word document or any program that will display pictures or graphics.
Step 2: Find something on your computer screen that you want to take a picture of, your favorite web site for example,
for many of you I am sure it would be the PaDept of Ed. ( Wherever it is, go there now.
Step 3: Look down on your keyboard and in most cases on the top right hand side of your keyboard or in the “F” row
of keys, find the Print Screen button (see below for example.) Look now, that’s ok, I’ll wait for you.
Ok your back. Good. Go back to the screen that you want to capture a picture. Once there, find the print screen button we mentioned earlier. Ok, here comes the hand eye coordination and focus skills part. Press Print Screen. Now sit back and watch the fireworks. What’s that you say, I must have done something wrong?? ;)
In all seriousness, once you have pressed Print Screen, go to the open blank word document and paste into the document
(Edit Menu/Paste or Control +V) You should see a copy of whatever was on your screen at the moment you
pressed Print Screen. How cool is that! Remember you heard it here first. (For those of you with laptops you may need to press Print Screen with your Function Key , you can tell if the Print Screen is written in Blue as opposed to the other
keys, if so, you need to press both Function and Print Screen at the same time.
I use screen shots in many ways, one way is in the design of this newsletter. I also use it to show step by step directions so that the user can follow along both with directions and pictures as well.
I joke around but in all seriousness it is an invaluable resource that I continue to find new
ways of utilizing. I would welcome hearing from you if you knew about screenshots and
on how you use screenshots. Also for the newbie's, drop me a line and let me know how this is working out for you.
Here are some websites that offer directions on how to do screenshots.
Of course as the culmination of a teachable moment I must include a Screenshot. So I am including a screenshot of a screenshot. Very existential isn't it. For those of you that
have been paying attention, you may notice something different about this screenshot. You may be wondering if this picture was totally filling up my screen when I pressed Print Screen. You will have to wait for the May edition to learn the exciting conclusion of “HOW DO I TAKE A SCREENSHOT? THE SEQUEL”


Tech Tip # 5 (Selection Commands: Shift & Control)
About once a week you get the message that your email mailbox is full and that you need to delete email so that you can receive important emails like the “Data on Demand” Newsletter and all of those email updates from the Office of Accountability. So you check your schedule and block out the next seventeen days to accomplish this task. Point click delete, point click delete. As you lose consciousness a bright light shines on you The answer you are looking for is using your computers Selection commands to do large amounts of selections all at one time. These will be referred to Shift Click Selection Method and the Control Click Selection Method. Both methods involve multitasking and require you to use your mouse and your keyboard at the same time.
As the name implies the Shift Click uses the mouse and the Shift Key on your keyboard Shift Click allows you to select in a range of items. Place your mouse on the beginning of a list of items and left click once, not twice, like on the 17 emails you want to delete. Now hold down your shift key and go to the end of the list and while holding the shift key still down, left click on end of the list and you will get the following effect below on the left:
Shift Click allows you to select in a range of items. Place your mouse on the beginning of a list of items and left click once, not twice, like on the 17 emails you want to delete. Now hold down your shift key and go to the end of the list
and while holding the shift key still, left click on end of the list and you will get the following effect:All items will be highlighted and you can delete or whatever your heart desires.

Control Select can be used in the same way, but the main difference is when you use the shift click you get all items in the list. With Control you can pick and choose from the list to highlight or deselect as you desire. For example , if I wanted to
Select most but not all, I could shift click and then control click to get the desired effect pictured on the right.
Let the Rejoicing Begin!

"Dear Lucky Agent" Contest

"Dear Lucky Agent" Contest:

Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

I have entered my memoir "The World According to this Redhead" in the Literary Guide "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest. Clck here to go to their site:

Check back later to see the results. Wish me luck.
Here is a summary of their contest.
Welcome to the first "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest on the GLA blog. This will be
a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here's the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes - meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you're writing book-length memoir or narrative nonfiction, this first contest is for you!

Book Signing at the Moravian Book Shop 12/18/09

The Bethlehem Writers Group will be appearing at a follow up to our book signing sellout at the oldest book store in the United States at the Moravian Bookstore in Bethlehem, PA this Friday night from 5-7 PM. on 12/18/09

Please stop by and say hello. Here is link to their website.

As always visit the Bethlehem Writers Group for updates from our group. #17 Kindle E-Book Ranking

Highest ranking yet, we have moved up to # 17 in Christmas Bestsellers Kindle Version on Hopefully the book version will soon follow as we move up the ranking for the top 100.

Christmas Newsletter: On the Cheap

I am reaching out to all forms of multimedia, I was featured today in the Morning Call for a column by Spencer Sopher entitled "On the Cheap"

The column dealt with my christmas newsletters that I send out during the holiday season in emails as a pdf, thereby eliminating the mailing cost, hence the reference to "On the Cheap"

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas Sampler Sells out at Moravian Bookstore

Wow, is all I can say. Ok so I have a bit more to say, but after you read this can you blame me?
I just returned from our book signing at the oldest bookstore in the United States, Moravian Bookstore in Bethlehem PA. We sold out of 42 books in less than three hours. It was a totally awesome and unbelievable experience. I can only hope to duplicate the experience many times over and may I never get totally used to the feeling.

Presentations of the Future

I recently participated in a new form of presentation that has a great deal of potential. I co presented a webinar to hundreds of school districts across the United States from the comfort of my office. The presentation topic was using technololgy in dealing with the RtI process in education and had similar tools as in any other presentation that I have given. The only difference was that it was not delievered face to face. Other than that it had all the same interaction as you would expect. I would have loved to present at a national audience in Chicago, the home of Follett Software, the presentation sponsor, but in todays economy this was a workable compromise.

Who knows what will come with this technology, but one thing for sure, it is a new tool in the presentation arsenal.

A Brave New World

Hi all, gave my first webinar presentation a few days ago and what a great blend of technology and presentations. School districts from all over the country were wathcing the presentation in the comfort of their home or office.

Drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Base 10 Number System

For any of you that happened to watch Channel 13 Valley Report from Blue Ridge last night you undoubtlably noticed that I was looking rather portly, except when I was posing with my book poster and trying to appear pensive.I had always heard that the camera put on 10 pounds, well apparently they were counting in the Base 10 number system by all appearences.

However, besides my appearance, it was a wonderful piece about my Redhead work and great publicity for the Bethlehem Writers Group, of which I am a contributing member.

If interested go to for more info on our group.

Here is link to a pdf that contains our current book signing schedule.


Those of you that follow the Redhead Profiling Blog, now have another reason to brag.

The Bethlehem Writers Group of which I am a contributing author, aka BWG, recently published Christmas Anthology: A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales has just been awaded Honorable Mention in the 2009 DIY Book Festival.

A Christmas Sampler – Bethlehem Writers Group
Christmas Sampler includes my A Redheaded Holiday: Countdown to a Christmas Hug.

#16 Xmas Category

While we are sad :( the holiday season is over with, this should bring back the warm glow of Christmas cheers.
For the 7th straight week the BWB has been listed in the top 100 for E-Book Kindle Chirstmas story categories.
A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales which includes my own redheaded story. A Redheaded Holiday: Countdown to a Christmas Hug.
Let the holiday cheer continue :)
Christmas Sampler Kindle Site

PETE&C Pa Technology Conference 2010

I'm attending the 2020 PETE & C technology conference. Listened to Sir Ken Robinson, author of "The Element". Great speech, focused on returning education to a more agrarian syle of planting, nuturing and caring atmosphere as opposed to an Industrial Revolution standardized style of educating.
Speaks to the journey inside yourself to reach for your potential, there is no time frame for this journey. This rings so true with me, as I have been on this journey of reinventing myslelf for years.
This conference energizes me every year, the speakers are top notch and worth the price of admission alone.

Making it to the Big Time

That's right folks, I finally joined the 21st century and created a virtual world all for myself. It was a long time coming, and really the delay was due to some very technical issues. Namely me finding the time to get around to it. It is usually the case that I am the weakest link in all my endeavors.
The really cool part is that I now own my name. A wise investment to be sure. However, someone beat me to the big, big time. I had to settle for the secondary big time.
I now own the link to
Unfortunately someone beat me to the .com domain. I plan on making them an offer they can't refuse to relinquish the naming rights to the .com site.
Right now I have very little posted other than a template and some links but more will follow. As soon as I find the time to update. Possibly the 22nd century.
See you online.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2010 MU Alumni Weekend

Animoto. This is a great idea, wonderful way of creating online shareable photo albums. I have the free version but this is limited to just 30 seconds, the paid version gives you lots more options, I'm going to look into this.
2010 MU Alumni Weekend

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Facebook RSS Graffiti

All things technology, just set up facebook to update my Twitter and Blogger pages, we're having some fun now, aren't we?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

We Don't Need No Stinkin Badges

Well actually we do, especially if they are badges of honor. Our BWG group just was notified that we are the proud recipents of Gold “Badges” or Medals.
We are recieving the Badges because we won two top categories in the Next Generation Indie Book Award.
We won for best Short Story Fiction and also for Best Anthology series. We can now legally put these Gold Badges on our book cover. In addition, there is a NYC book expo that will now feature our work at the end of May.
So who said that Stinkin Badges were a bad thing, Not I!
Here is a link to their page but they are still showing the 2009 Winners, I will let you know when they update their Badge of Honor.