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October 9th, 2015
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Visit North Dakota

It’s about time you visited the happiest state in the Union…North Dakota.  I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that. North Dakota outranks even Hawaii in self-reported happy residents.  Let’s walk across North Dakota with happy feet shod in blissful shoes! If you don’t want to get trampled on Hollywood Blvd. this summer in the California heat, go to Fargo, North Dakota instead.  Their Walk of Fame boasts 110 celebrity signatures, handprints and footprints in cement.

by Anne Middleton

October 8th, 2015
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Octopus Awareness Day

Octoper—whoops, October 8th --is Octopus Awareness Day.  If you’re a cephalopod-phile, you know that octopi have tempted the imaginations of bipedals for centuries.  A symbol of mystery and illusion, you know there’ s more to the eight-tentacle creature than meets the eye.  To celebrate Octopus Awareness Day, we’ve curated eight great octopus-oggling apps and sites. 1. Seattle Aquarium Octopus Live Cam—commune with an octopus in real time and even watch the octopus savor its meals.  Starring the Giant Pacific Octopus, these octopi can weigh in at up to 150 lbs., with arms spanning 20 feet across. 2.

by Anne Middleton

October 8th, 2015
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Beware Of Ransomware

Remember those distressing movies where an innocent soul was kidnapped and held for ransom?  These alarming scenarios often produced endless nightmares and the tendency to double lock all doors and windows. Often, there seemed to be no way to rescue the victim without paying a huge sum of money for their release. Well, hostage taking has penetrated the world of technology with a vengeance in the form of “ransomware.” Ransomware is a type of malware that infects and locks up a system until the user pays to regain access to the data.

by Anne Middleton

October 8th, 2015
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Shoes Fit For A Libra

Airy, always in search of balance, Librans need a superb shoe.  Libra’s symbols are the scales.  Highly discerning, expressive and relational, Librans need a shoe that merges and synthesizes their complex needs.  Let’s look at some birthday shoes, Libras!   Opal is one of Libra’s gemstones.  The fiery yet milky gemstone epitomizes the contrasts inherent in Libra.  For the Libran lady in search of romance, the Mystique Princess sandal is enhanced by opalized rose stone.  Boston Proper has the gem of a sandal at a price that will help to keep your check book balanced.  Get 10% off when you sign up for emails from Boston Proper.

by Anne Middleton

October 7th, 2015
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Sipping In Shoes

If your heart skipped a beat when you saw the #PSLisBack hash tag trending on social media this week, we know you’re an admirer of autumn.  The pumpkin spice latte is almost like Christmas.  It lingers for a bit like magic and then we languish for a few months until it returns, keeping vigil.  To celebrate the return of the pumpkin spice latte, we’ve picked out some shoes to sashay to Starbucks in.  The Coffee Date:  Autumn is a romantic season and if you’ve got a calendar dotted with coffee dates with prospective mates, you’ll need some sensually-decadent shoes.

by Anne Middleton

October 7th, 2015
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Papal Footwear

Papal footwear has been a pop culture curiosity in the past few years.  Pope Benedict had his crimson slippers, but Pope Francis prefers a more humble, pastoral shoe.  Besides messaging, it seems Pope Frank has flat feet, according to his long-time cobbler in Buenos Aires.  Not everyone has or needs a personal cobbler, but if you’re ready to embrace the pope’s message of simplicity, perhaps it’s time to change your shoes. Pastoral Perambulation: Pope Francis does know how to work a crowd.  He’s been seen doing an impressive amount of mingling amongst everyday people, instead of orating from a Vatican window.

by Anne Middleton

October 6th, 2015
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Viewing Is More Mobile Than Ever

Never before has the quality of a Smartphone and the network to which it connects been at a more critical level to the inhabitants of our country. We pity the fool who decides to cut corners on their electronic devices to be penny wise, but pound foolish. A recent study confirmed that we, the American people, now spend more on our smartphones or tablets that sitting in front of the 60” color television screen.  We now spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes on mobile devices each day…slightly less than viewing mindless television programming on the “big screen.

by Anne Middleton

October 6th, 2015
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Safety: Selfie vs. Shark

It’s true!  You can jump back into the shark infested waters with a feeling of security. According to Mashable, “Selfie deaths now outnumber shark attack deaths.” Although this may be beyond comprehension, consider the evidence: • A 66-year-old Japanese tourist died after tumbling down stairs like Humpty Dumpty while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal. • A teenager was electrocuted while climbing a train to imitate an action movie hero. • Wish you wealthy enough to charter your own private plane? You may want to rethink your expenditure when your bank account is overflowing.

by Anne Middleton

October 5th, 2015
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Gotti Gifts

It pays to be a Gotti.  The famed crime family supposedly received $2.5 million in wedding gifts when Gotti groom, John Agnello, grandson of the late Dapper Don, married his longtime love Alina Sanchez in Long Island.  The fete, attended by felons and celebrities alike, lasted two days, under intense surveillance both by the Feds and paparazzi.  Despite the long standing omerta, there were rumors about the event. Some said there was no gift registry; others that there was a $5K tribute required to attend.  You may not be part of la malavita, but here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your wedding registry.  1.

by Anne Middleton

October 2nd, 2015
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Fear of Flying

Does jetting off to exotic locales in a luxury jet give you the shivers?  Nearly 40% of people have some anxiety regarding flying.  It’s something that Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Stalin and Ronald Reagan have in common.  Before you book that train ticket, why not investigate allaying that anxiety over aviating?  It’s very limiting to amble through life not being able to board a plane.  You can’t see and experience the place you’ve seen in magazines and movies.

by Anne Middleton