Rocco and Frankie's Bris

Hi everyone! The link you followed to get here will link to the live stream at 12pm on May 22nd. Please go to https://rebrand.ly/roccoandfrankie at that time.

Thanks,

The Haragolds


"I Hate My Life"

8 of the 10 states where "I hate my life" showed up the most in Google searches over the last 12 months voted for Trump (click the menu icon to drill down for a list of states).


Husky Kitty Basically Made My Day

Happy post-Labor Day, folks! This is what I'm thinking about today, pretty much.


#31daysofMosaic: Gina Graziano

This August, I decided to take part in a fun experiment: 31 days of Mosaic, where I meet someone from my networking group (Mosaic) (obviously) for coffee or a drink or some other activity for each and every day of August.

Day 1, and it's a bit of a cheat but not really: I had dinner with Gina Graziano, Firebrand's head of business development, since I took her out alongside two other great Innovation Congress speakers. Here's a recap of the Innovation Congress, if you weren't able to attend.


This Week's #YouShouldRead Giveaway: Love at First Click by Laurie Davis


As some of you know, I'm a voracious reader. For better or for worse, my reading is probably 99% non-fiction these days, especially articles I'm reading on my laptop or iPad. Still, I see the value in old-school reading involving - gasp - a book printed on actual paper. So, I decided that every week I ought to use the #YouShouldRead hashtag to give away some copies of some of the best books that I've had the pleasure of reading!

Today's giveaway involves this year's top-selling Love at First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating by renown dating expert Laurie Davis. As someone who found the love of their life online, I highly recommend this book!

Love @ First Click (rated 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon!!!) is an online dater’s guide to exploring the web with no-fail techniques - for example, uploading the right photos can attract someone who might otherwise pass you over. Setting a time limit on the first meet-up can leave your date excited to see you again. And the phrasing in your date’s thank-you text after dinner can uncover how your click mate really feels about you. Whether you’re a digital dating vet or virgin, this is the ultimate guide to online dating that will take your online crush to offline love.

To be entered to win:

  1. Simply tweet - or Facebook post (just make sure it's a public post so we can find it) why you'd like to win -  make sure to include the #YouShouldRead hashtag.
  2. Share the Facebook post announcing this promo publicly
  3. Use #YouShouldRead in any Instagram post

There will be THREE winners of this awesome book - we'll keep entries open for a week (midnight @ 12/25) (I know it's Xmas).

Happy holidays & good luck!


Introducing #YouShouldRead - Win One of the Fall's Best Books

As some of you know, I'm a voracious reader. For better or for worse, my reading is probably 99% non-fiction these days, especially articles I'm reading on my laptop or iPad. Still, I see the value in old-school reading involving - gasp - a book printed on actual paper. So, I decided that every week I ought to use the #YouShouldRead hashtag to give away some copies of some of the best books that I've had the pleasure of reading!

Today's giveaway involves a book with one of the best titles ever. Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?: Teaching Lessons from the Bronx is an incredibly compelling read from a good friend, Ilana Garon - and by compelling, I mean that I've read it 1.5 times already, and it's only been out for 2, 3 months.

Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens? is the true story of Ilana's attempts, as a young teacher, to change lives in a very troubled educational system. Ilana wrote this book, in part, because popular books and movies are inundated with the myth of the “hero teacher”—the one who charges headfirst into dysfunctional inner-city schools like a firefighter into an inferno, bringing the student victims to safety through a combination of charisma and innate righteousness. The students are then “saved” by the teacher’s idealism, empathy, and faith. This is not that type of book.

In Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?, Ilana reveals the sometimes humorous, oftentimes frustrating, and occasionally horrifying truths that accompany the experience of teaching at a public high school in the Bronx. The overcrowded classrooms, lack of textbooks, and abundance of mice, cockroaches, and drugs are just part of what she had to deal with on an everyday basis.

To be entered to win: simply tweet - or Facebook post (just make sure it's a public post so we can find it) anything you want - you can link back to this piece, or tweet why reading is important, and so on - but make sure to include the #YouShouldRead hashtag. There will be THREE winners of this awesome book - I'll keep entries open until midnight. Good luck!


A Major Professional Milestone: Inbox Zero

HUGE thing in my life.

For the first time since June 2007 (really), I am at INBOX ZERO. No unread messages in my Firebrand Group inbox to deal with! I can actually focus on real work! No one send me anything for at least an hour!


Helping Jessica and Patrick

Guys: I'd so, so much appreciate you taking a look at this fundraiser for my cousin Jessica and her husband Patrick and considering offering your support. They were both severely injured this week while watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line.

While it's so sad we live in a world where things like Monday's tragedy occur, it makes me so happy to know we also live in a world where good people have one another's back in whatever possible. Thanks for visiting their Give Forward page.

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SXSW Lessons, SimpleWash, & Why People Get Unfriended: the Social 6 for 3/11/13

Who cares about SXSW, anyways? Oh, right, you're all there right now.

Kidding aside, though there has been some great news coming out of the festival in Austin, there's plenty more great pieces that have been clicked & shared today, including a parody of the new Yahoo! employee policy, how SimpleWash can help with Facebook management, and why folks wind up getting unfriended on Facebook. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Breaking News: Yahoo!'s "no work-from-home" policy completely saves company (iMedia Connection)

#5: How to Determine if a Facebook Business Page has Fake Fans (Pam Moore blog)

#4: SimpleWash, the Easiest Way to Clean Up Your Facebook Page (Mashable)

#3: How social media is transforming movie theatres (New York Times)

#2: SXSW13 Panel Says Online Influencers Don't Sway Action (The Holmes Report)

#1: The top 10 Reasons why people unfriend others on Facebook: [INFOGRAPHIC] (Right Mix Marketing)

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