June 1st, 2007


Almost like old times ...

I've spent the past few days pulling together stuff for a table we're doing at The Girls' school's "Around The Owl" art fair. Not that we're selling any art, but the option is also there to get a table to shill for stuff like our Tutoring services. It's almost like getting ready for a press conference back in my P.R. days ... and generating propaganda seems to be one of my "flow" experiences as it never quite seems to get old for me!

Each time we do this, I try to come up with some "fun" free thing to hand out. The last time it was little bubble things from the dollar store (12/$1), this year I've taped 8" glowsticks (15/$1) onto our main info cards ... I'll tell the kids they can have the glowstick if they take the card home to their folks! I also got a bunch of candy as a "table lure", and have put together a hundred copies of the latest ClubZ! newsletter, along with info about the summer programs, study skills program, etc. all being "clipped" together with one of our pens. I hope that folks take the info ... it's so damned depressing to have to pack up at the end of one of these things with 90% of the stuff you brought still on the table (the extra stuff in with the newsletters I actually printed for a "summer activity fair" last year that ended up that way).

The Girls' Dojo also has a big summer promotion, and I have a few hundred "VIP Passes" good for a free month and a free uniform (it's really a great deal), and I've done a display for those as well. I've stamped The Girls' names on these in the "sponsor" field and they get an entry into a drawing (for a trip to Disney World!) for each person that uses one of those passes ... so we have some interest in this ... plus it's always good to have yet another freebie!

As I said down at the "peer group" at CTC on Wednesday, maybe having my computer die on Monday was the Universe telling me to pay attention to this event! Needless to say, I'm still waiting for the "parts" computer that I bought on eBay earlier this week to show up, so I've been exiled from most of my files in the interim. I'm hoping that will show up today or tomorrow, so I'll be back up and running for next week.

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Almost didn't add this one ...

As I've noted previously, there are not a lot of "business" books in my library, and things like this rarely get counted as even "reading", being more a research project than anything else, so don't make it onto my bookshelves, nor into LibraryThing, or even mentioned in here. However, unexpectedly, Blythe Camenson's Careers for New Agers & Other Cosmic Types did a better job of giving me those "pointers" for setting up a metaphysical consulting practice than any of the books that I had specifically bought for such info, so I figured I'd give it a Place In My Library. Ms. Camenson seems to have carved out a niche of writing vast lots of "Careers for" and "Great Jobs for" and "Opportunities in" books, with a fill-in-the-blank for personality types, college majors, and various professional fields, with 75 titles listed on Amazon. So, it's not too surprising that this volume is a bit on the "skimming" side, and is rather an "outsider's view" (I think her "expert" books are the ones she has about getting things published!).

The book is broken up into sections roughly along the lines of "mind", "body", "teaching", etc., with a few "career paths" noted in each. Some of her choices seem odd, but this is several years old (think of how much has changed on the Internet in the past 7 years), and she seems to not have an "insider's grasp" on the "new age" world, resulting in some very minor areas getting more attention than they might otherwise have, and some rather major areas being glossed over. I was rather amused tht she dedicated a whole chapter to being a Paranormal Investigator, which seems to have blossomed as a TV staple in recent years, but at the time of writing was somewhat limited (oooh, she must by psychic!).

Again, while I did find some of the information in here useful, it's certainly a book for a limited audience. I found it interesting that she considered event planning a "new age career" and had it bundled in with teaching and consulting. Go figure. Anyway, the paperback appears to still be in print, so could be found via your favorite brick & mortar bookstore (oddly, Amazon has this at full cover with no discount), but "like new" copies can be had via the new/used vendors for as little as 75¢ plus shipping (in fact, I only ordered this because it was so cheap when I was poking around online for some other career books!). If you're looking for info on the subject, you could certainly do worse.

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