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What are Engraved Pocket Stones Used For?

Friday, March 31, 2017 posted by Joan

One Day at a Time Inspirational Stones

I have been asked why people would want engraved pocket stones.  After all, they are just rocks with words on them.  Why would someone want to put one in their pocket or purse?  Here are some very good reasons.

Some pocket stones are inspirational.  As an example, suppose a person is going through some tough times.  Also, suppose they have a stone that says “One Day at a Time”.  Every time they look at that stone it reminds them how to overcome their challenge.  Suppose someone has a stone that says “I Love You” or “Friends Forever”.  If one is separated from the individual who gave them that stone, it reminds them of the close relationship that exists.  Pocket stones have meaning and are warm to the touch after you hold them for a while.  It is not just a rock.  It brings warmth and feeling to the owner.  If you don’t believe me, try it.

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Guys and Dolls at the Wick Theater

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 posted by Joan
Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Our kids gave us tickets for the show Guys and Dolls as a Chanukah Greetings gift.  Last night, we finally got to see it at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida.  It has been at least ten years since we last saw it live.  What a treat!  Fabulous music and great choreography dominated the evening along with a wonderful story line.  For those unfamiliar with the show, Google it.

The story involves Damon Runyon type characters during the early part of the 20th century.  They include Nathan Detroit, Nicely-Nicely, Harry the Horse, Sky Masterson, Benny Southstreet, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide who is engaged to Nathan Detroit for 14 years.  The focus of the show deals with a bunch of craps players that are looking for a location for their game. There are three other sub themes.  Lt. Brannigan of the police department is ready to destroy the plans for craps.  The show is set in New York City so the dialect will sound New Yorkish.  The show moves so rapidly, there is no time to lose interest.  Catch it if you can.

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Replacing the Affordable Health Care Act

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 posted by Joan

Engraved River Stones

Recently, The Republican attempt to replace Obamacare with their version of health insurance for the nation was destined to fail, so it was pulled before a vote was taken.  There were not enough Republican votes in the House, and it was assumed that there would little, if any, support by the Democrats.  Those who were opposed to the bill were not satisfied with the end results for the population. Here again, both parties need to work together for the good of the folks.  Things should not be accomplished on a one-party basis.  It doesn’t take a box of motivational paperweights to get politicians to work together.  It takes compromise and the will to listen.

I learned long ago that you cannot be all things to all people.  Bur making a good deal involves the win, win approach.  A key element during the elections was to allow insurance companies to cross state lines.  More competition usually results in lower costs.  Why did the Republicans fail to include more competition in their bill?  Would that have lowered costs for everyone including the nation?

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Wedding Anniversary Quotes

Saturday, March 25, 2017 posted by Joan
Love Forever Greeting Stones

Love Forever Engraved Stones

Are you looking for a special wedding anniversary inscription or anniversary toast for a milestone wedding anniversary?  Here are some suggestions:

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence. ~ Vincent Van Gough

Moonlight and roses are bound to fade for every lover and every maid but the bond that holds in any weather is learning how to laugh. ~ Anonymous

Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include as the other, each is enriched by the other. ~ Felix Adler

Real love stories never have endings. ~ Richard Bach

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ~ Anonymous

True love is spending one day getting married… and the rest of your life feeling glad you did. Happy Anniversary! ~ Anonymous

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. ~ Barnette R. Brickner

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Motivating Employees

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 posted by Martin
Thank You Engraved Stone

Thank You Engraved Stones

It is no secret that some companies are more successful because their employees are more motivated.  The question is what is the best way to motivate them?  Motivational stones alone will not work.  In the past, people were motivated by piece work.  Rather than pay $10 per hour, they could earn even more if they could get more work done.  In a company, I used to work for, the warehouse employees who were unionized reached an agreement that they would have to accomplish at least 90% of an agreed upon target.  What happened?  They finished their work early and rested for an additional hour while they were being paid.

The company would have been better off if they paid the workers extra for finishing early but continued to work.  There would have been less need for extra workers.  That way, everyone wins.  But once you give out a benefit, it is hard to take it back.  Sales people are sometimes paid by commissions.  Others are on a flat salary.  Which sales people are going to be more productive?

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Can Women Play Golf?

Sunday, March 19, 2017 posted by Joan
What A Shot Engraved Stones

Motivatonal Engraved Stones

Have you ever tried to play golf?  It is much harder to succeed than it appears.  While it is true that men have a physical advantage, it is also true that star LPGA players can beat most men at their own game.  They have the trophies, the engraved polished stones and the cash to prove it.  It seems so easy to hit a stationary little white ball with a wood or iron.  This is especially true if you place it on a little wooden tee.

There are some golf clubs in the world which are for men only.  While this is changing rapidly, why does this form of bias still exist?  As an example, only recently did Royal St. George’s and Augusta National, home of the US Masters, permit women to play.  While I congratulate the members for moving into the 21st century, it is a shame that it took so long to get here.  Not only does it make sense, it is a welcome smile to let married couples to play golf together

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March Madness 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 posted by Joan
You're A Winner Motivational Stone

Engraved Inspirational Paperweight

It is that time of year again for the NCAA basketball brackets.  It seems that every year, more and more folks get involved with their picks.  Have you made yours?  Many selections are made for cash, while others just pay off in a personalized stone etching or something similar.  In some pools, you can win hundreds of dollars while in others you can win thousands.  Personally, I prefer to be involved in a small group where the entrants all know each other.

The 2017 favorites include Gonzaga, North Carolina, Villanova and Kentucky.  Most folks will pick these four to win their opening games.  However, not since 2008 have all four number one seeds made it to the final four.  It is easy to pick the strongest teams to win however the real challenge is to pick the upsets.  Sometimes teams might lose more regular season games because they play stronger teams which prepares them better for the March tourney.  Who will be the sleepers this year?

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Ways to Communicate

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 posted by Joan
Happy Birthday Greeting Stone

Happy Birthday Engraved Stones

There are many ways to communicate with others in the 21st century.  Some use the telephone while others prefer text messages.  Social media is the best and easiest way to reach many others efficiently and effectively. Message stones are for one person to motivate someone else constantly.  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others are very effective and can go viral.  But what is the most effective way to communicate?

You can read something or hear something but the most effective way to communicate with  someone else is eyeball to eyeball.  They can see your facial expressions and body language.  So phone calls to your folks are good, but try to visit them. Communications are very important, but can be misinterpreted.  When you send a message, re-read it before you send it and make sure it has right tone.  That approach is better than trying to undo things later on.

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What is Your Definition of Inspire

Sunday, March 12, 2017 posted by Joan
Engraved Motivational Stones

Engraved Inspirational Stones

The Oxford dictionary, defines inspire as urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.  In the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition is a:  to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b:  to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on was particularly inspired by the Romanticists. 

My definition of inspire is to reach a person to do important and worthwhile things he/she might not do without inspiration.  Regardless of the definition you chose, inspiration is a wonderful thing and accomplishes amazing things.  An inspirational paperweight on a desk or a similar object continues to remind the person of reaching important goals.

What important things can you do that requires inspiration?  Is it to aid an important charity to accomplish its goals?  Is it to write a book or article to help others?  Can you help your synagogue or church to get new members?  Establish your meaningful goal and keep inspirational reminders to keep you on track.


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Small Engraved Business Gifts

Friday, March 10, 2017 posted by Joan

Engraved Merry Christmas Stones

Most of us love to give and receive gifts.  Some gifts can be small and inexpensive such as a gift of flowers for no occasion or reason except to say I love you.  Some gifts like jewelry can be expensive, but are worn constantly like an engagement ring.  However, business gifts are different.  Expensive gifts such as trips are not really gifts.  They can be viewed as kickbacks for services rendered.  Although politicians might receive expensive gifts from lobbyists, ultimately, they can lead to trouble and embarrassment.  The same is true for business associates where conflict of interest policies are in effect.  Something small like simple engraved business gifts of less than $50 are more appropriate.

Holiday cards to business associates lets them know that you appreciate their trust in you. There may be no other gift required.  Another idea is to always wish them a happy birthday.  Where lunches are appropriate, it gives you the opportunity to talk with them and enjoy their company.  Whatever you do for business gifting, be aware and be careful.




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