Saturday, December 30, 2006

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone. It's hard to believe. It came and went so fast. I have great memories of 2006. It was an exciting year for me. I got married on May 20th to a really great guy. The year did have its down moments. My husband lost a sister six weeks before the wedding. But I have so much to be thankful for.

I thank God for all the blessings I received in 2006 and vow to do all I can to give back in 2007.

I wish you all success, health and happiness in the new year.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Sparky Series — A Great Kids’ Christmas Gift

I recommend that you all check out the children’s books written by my friend Rick Arruzza:

- Sparky’s Walk
- No Rest for Sparky
- Sparky Coast to Coast
- and his just released newest book, Sparky’s Big Race!

Rick began writing children’s books four years ago featuring his female mixed pit bull/pointer dog, Sparky, as the star. He saved Sparky from being euthanized at a New York City pound years ago.

Rick’s books, illustrated by Pilar Newton, are original, cute, funny, and fun. The interior black and white pages are designed for children to color in their very own special way. And $1 of every purchase goes to Adopt-A-Dog!

If you want to give your kids something unique and original, and not the same old same old, and help save another pet from extinction, check out Rick’s books.

You can order through or directly from Rick. Just email him at That way, you can have your books personalized! You can also take advantage of special offers for the books (such as a Sparky Three-Spot Pack - any three titles for $20; and the Sparky Four-Paws Set - the set of four for $26).

And don't forget to check out Sparky's very own website: Your kids can write to Sparky and she'll write back.

Want Rick to come to your child's school and hold a book reading? Just send him an email! Rick has given book readings in children's schools everywhere from Connecticut to Miami to California to upstate New York, just minutes from the Canadian border.

P.S. All Rick’s books are also available in Spanish!

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Alwaleed — A Prince of a Guy

I just read a really awesome article in an email newsletter I get from the consulting firm McKinsey. The article, written by Kito de Boar of McKinsey’s Dubai office, is a Q&A with His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud—or Alwaleed, as he’s known in the Middle East, the article says.

What completely grabbed my attention and pushed me to read the article was the fact that he owns shares in some very major corporations in the U.S., including Apple, Disney, Citigroup and News Corp.
At first that scared me. But as I read through, I realized this is a guy that the United States really needs in its court. Here are some highlights that I feel are important:

1) He believes women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive and do much more. He employs a female pilot, jockey and flight attendant — positions apparently unavailable for the average woman in SA.

In the article, he says:
“I am Islamically conservative—I will do anything to help people, especially in the Islamic community—but I believe in the women’s cause, not just for their sake, but for the sake of the economy and for Saudi Arabia. You cannot have a population that is 50 percent female and have it account for only 4 or 5 percent of productivity. In my company I am trying to set an example. And what I do gets monitored because I have a relatively high profile. I have, for example, hired the first lady pilot, the first lady flight attendant, and the first lady jockey. And I use my media outlets to promote that. The jockey went to the Emirates, and all they talked about was her, even though she didn’t win. On television the pilot pointed out that she was not permitted to drive on the roads, but she could fly a plane and look down on everyone from the air.”

2) He says we all believe in one God, something I have been saying for years:
“There is very little difference between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism—they all believe in one God, one day of judgment, and a scripture that teaches about heaven. OK, one says the Bible is the word of God, the other that the Koran is the word of God. There are differences, but we are so close.”

It’s comforting to find a Muslim who feels we are all on the same team. I don’t think we get exposed to a lot of that in our media today. All we ever see is the hatred.

You will need to register at the McKinsey site to read the full article, but it is worth your time:

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