Just To Let You Know…

Just to let you know, you may see some new posts written by other authors from time to time in the future. Please know that these posts will continue to reflect the character of this site as well as bringing perspectives other than my own to this blog. I’m sure you’ll find them as informative and enjoyable as the ones I have written and will continue to write.

And again, thanks for reading! 🙂

Welcome All!

Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

If you like what you see here, stay informed of new posts by following this blog! There’s an e-mail address field and “Follow” button on the column to the right.  And let others know, too!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Me at Chanticleer Point and Vista House. 9/18/2015

Social Enablers: Builders of Happiness and Health

Originally posted by Margaret-Ann Burness on silvernest.com on Nov 27, 2017


A few years ago, I went cellphone shopping with my seventy-year-old mom. Much to my surprise, she wasn’t shopping for a basic phone. No, she wanted an iPhone. I was shocked. I knew she could handle the upgraded technology, but I just assumed she wanted the path of least resistance and stay with what she knew. Leave it to my mom, once again, to prove that I don’t know it all.  

Like many of my peers in their 40s and early 50s, I was too quick to put her and her generation into a box. I made unfounded assumptions, and lumped my mom into the stereotypical “older generation” of yesteryear, and I was astounded by her new fearless, “all in” approach to technology.  

But then why should I be surprised? Fearlessness is what Mom’s generation was built on. Just think back to the 1950s. Their approach to so many different things—innovation, manufacturing, and social evolution—is their hallmark. And the 65.2 million boomers retiring look nothing like their predecessors, and their digital adoption is the greatest example of that.  

And they’re not dabblers either. That’s right, boomers today not only use, but also engage in technology daily and even hourly.  

What’s the Attraction?  

It’s all rooted in Generation Z. It’s “grandchild factor.” Let’s be honest, it’s a big motivator – I mean, my mom barely acknowledges me when my daughter is around. But beyond those cute smiles and first-day-of-school pictures, the digital realm of possibility triggered their “take charge” attitudes as it did for my mom. Just like it did for Rebecca on the NBC’s mega hit “This is Us.” Her character joined Facebook to see pictures of her son’s newborn baby and it eventually opened up a new world of possibilities for her like connecting with old friends and even leading to a second marriage. 

Keeping up with family and friends is the number one reason most all us go online, regardless of age. Think about it. While we all love our alone time, my introverted self especially, in the end we’re pack animals. We crave social connection. And today, with so many families and friends spread across the country, social platforms like Facebook and new technology such as smart phones have become our connectors. With that in mind, it only makes sense that all generations, especially boomers, would want to engage. For my mom, it was her innate yearning to be closer to me and my family who live over 2000 miles away. For me, it’s about staying close to friends whether down the street or across the country, and reconnecting with family, around the world, who I wouldn’t otherwise see.  

So, it’s no wonder that technology adoption is exploding among all generations including boomers. It just makes us happier and when we’re happier, we’re healthier. Seriously. AARP reports that living alone over 50 is the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day on our health and studies have shown that loneliness can increase the likelihood of morality by as much as 30%.   

Craving socialization also opens to a window as to why boomers and seniors are looking into alternative aging options like co-housing and house sharing. Not only are they the generation of invention, but they are also demanding more from their lives and retirement than their parents.   

So, this holiday season, when your mom or dad asks for an iPad or a smart phone – don’t laugh. In fact, encourage it and encourage them to build their social connections both on and offline. Not only can it improve their happiness but their health, too. And it may even bring everyone in your family closer. And to that point, while technology is fantastic way to build social connections, nothing replaces genuine one-on-one contact – for them or for you.  So, encourage their technology whimsy, but also take the opportunity to reconnect and inspire them to be more social overall. 

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

4 Reasons The Young Have It Tougher Than People Think

Pexels (CC0 Licence)

As an adult, it can sometimes be difficult to resist the temptation to look at younger generations with a mix of envy and cynicism. One only has to spend a few moments on social media or watching rolling news to hear a story about how, supposedly, modern teenagers are the “snowflake” generation – while the list of industries that have supposedly been “killed” by millennials grows by the day. If an alien were to land on Earth tomorrow and get their information from the average cable news channel, they’d be forgiven for wondering what modern youngsters were up to, given the way they are portrayed in the media.

However, for those of us who have enough years under our belts to be able to look back on adolescence with some detachment, it’s wise to be a bit more forgiving. For one thing, every generation that has passed has, at one stage, been subject to the same cynicism from older generations. Everyone who has ever been a teenager has heard similar criticisms ringing in their ears and lamented that grown-ups “just don’t understand”. There is more than a grain of truth in that complaint. While adults may be envious of the opportunities and freedoms available to younger generations, we can never really understand the pressures that are placed on them.

If you doubt this for a moment, read on below to see why there are plenty of reasons why being a teenager or young adult in the present day is harder than it’s ever been.

1. Growing up in the digital age is scary

Anyone who grew up in the 20th century, or even the earlier years of the 21st, will have faced mostly the same pressures during their school days. Peer pressure, bullying and puberty all made adolescence a minefield – whether you were a teen in the 1950s or the 1990s. However, at no time have the stakes been quite as high as they are for someone who is at school in the present day. Thanks to the development of technology, we’ve moved quickly from being the internet age to the smartphone age.

While there is no denying that technology has offered us no end of opportunities, it has also brought with it an equally large number of headaches, and there is no doubt that it has brought a new dimension to bullying. Malicious rumours, unflattering photos and cruel videos are all much easier to share and can spread much more widely now than even a decade ago. Think back to how tough your school days were. Now imagine how much harder they would have been if everybody in your school had a multimedia editing suite in their pocket.

2. The world is in a period of flux

Pexels (CC0 Licence)

There has long been an unspoken contract between generations that dictates that the younger one will inherit the world from its seniors in a better condition than when the latter received it. Through advances in the fields of medicine, technology and more besides, this has generally been the case, particularly financially. However, as we stand on the cusp of a new decade, it’s impossible for this generation to say that they will be able to keep the aforementioned contract.

The millennial and post-millennial generations are set to be the first in centuries to receive a world in worse shape than the generation before. Today’s young people are likely to be poorer than the previous cohorts. The average wage in the US has risen by 67% since 1970, which is great. Over the same period, however, the majority of basic living expenses have increased by more than that – in some cases multiplying many times over. That’s the world our young people are getting ready for.

Not only this, the young are inheriting a planet which is, by the agreement of a majority of scientists, entering a period of climate emergency. All of this, and they’re constantly being told that all of this is somehow their fault. It’s no wonder that the need for teen anxiety treatment is growing, when you look at it that way. It’s on older generations to better understand the pressures teenagers face.

3. More is expected of teens nowadays

Much is made of the increased opportunities on offer for today’s children, and with good reason. A teenager in 2019 will have access to information, initiatives and organisations that would have been beyond the wildest dreams of their parents or grandparents at the same age. There’s no doubt that this is something that goes in the “advantage” column for a modern teenager.

There is, of course, a “but” attached to this point, which is that with this greater level of opportunity comes more responsibility. By the time a modern teenager graduates from college, they are likely to be saddled with debt that could take them decades to pay back – and facing a cost of living that far exceeds what their grandparents experienced. In addition, to compete for the college places they want, teenagers may have to do unpaid voluntary work and add more extracurricular activities to stay ahead of the pack. 

4. They’re expected to enjoy all of this

Amid the need to look out for cyberbullying, save more money and live a greener lifestyle, one thing that hasn’t changed about being a teenager is the general attitude of adults towards their younger counterparts. Now, this may sound like a criticism of adults, but it really isn’t. The way we look at the world changes as we get older, and it makes sense that when you are a gainfully-employed adult paying taxes in the “real” world, the concerns of teenagers will seem quite minor by comparison. 

The thing is, it’s only through experience that we can make that comparison – so it’s a little unfair to expect teenagers to have that same perspective when they’ve had so much less time to get that experience. There are so many demands on them to grow up faster than we ever had to, and we’re expecting them to be grateful for a world that is more expensive, more intrusive and facing more pronounced changes than any other recent generation faced. 

Pixabay (CC0 Licence)

So if you find yourself any time soon looking at younger people with that mix of envy and cynicism, it’s worth remembering the above and giving them the leeway you wanted when you were their age.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Fiscal Responsibility: The Tedious But Necessary Route To Business Success

Picture Source

As a passionate entrepreneur, you probably love to focus on innovative new ideas for your small business. Maybe those ideas work, too. Maybe you make sales and gain clients. However, taking the step from a small company to a large company can be a real challenge. That’s because it’s considerably more difficult to achieve long-term business success than it is to achieve short-term business success. It involves planning. It involves more than sales. Getting your business finances in order requires more than simply selling a lot of goods. It’s about the money that remains for the future. After all, your company needs funding to grow. That’s how it’ll expand into a large business over time. Fiscal responsibility is the key to success. In this article, you’ll find useful advice to help you get your small business’ money in shape and achieve long-term growth.

Research your target market constantly.

You should research your target market constantly if you want to create a successful business. Financially, this is incredibly important because research will help you to ascertain the best ways in which you should invest your profits. Rather than wasting money through a process of trial and error, talk to consumers in your target market. Talk to your existing customers and potential customers in your industry. Use social media to spark a direct conversation with people. That’s how you’ll start to find out what changes your target consumers want to see in your industry. As a result, you can make smart investments that will help you to fill gaps in the market and build a more successful company.


Outsourcing is another valuable way in which you could manage your business’ money more effectively. It’s a very fiscally-responsible way to increase your company’s daily output. Hiring new employees will help your business to grow, of course, but outsourcing is more cost-effective. You’ll still be getting help from professionals but on a temporary basis. Given that you and your small team of workers might only be skilled in certain areas, this could be very useful. You might want to do some research to see more information about this. An outsourced help desk could really help your business to grow in a cheap yet professional manner.

Use your time and money wisely.

Productivity isn’t just a buzzword used at training seminars. It’s one of the most essential ingredients for long-term business success. You need to use your time and money wisely if you want your company to run more efficiently and put more funding towards necessary investment opportunities in the future. In the first point, the importance of market research was discussed. This will help your small business to decide how best to invest your money.
However, pinpointing great investment opportunities is only one side of managing your company’s finances more efficiently. You also need to reduce unnecessary costs. After all, if your overheads are too high, then you’ll be unnecessarily eroding your profit margins and giving your business less money to put towards worthwhile investments. Make sure your employees are as productive as possible. Automate services to speed up operations, for starters. And spruce up the workplace because pleasant surroundings can increase productivity, too.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do Next

Image Credit: Pexels CC0 Licence 

As a business owner, it’s your job to work out what the next steps for your business will be. This means that you need to keep your eye on the ball, watch the competition and spot opportunities when they arise. 

But what happens if you are new to the entrepreneurial lifestyle? How do you know the difference between a great opportunity and something too good to be true? What happens when you simply don’t know the answer?

Ask for Advice

When you don’t know what you’re doing, you should always ask for advice. Whether you turn to a friend or a fellow in business or you decide to approach other professionals for advice in a specialist area such as IT Consulting Services, asking the question is what counts. 

Remember that when you ask for advice, you are starting a conversation. This isn’t just about you – you should also keep your ears open for ways you might help your advisor. The more people you talk to, the more you will learn but it’s also worth recognizing that this is a networking opportunity too. If the person you ask doesn’t know of a solution or can’t advise you further, they might be able to recommend someone who will. 

Relax – Consider Your Options

One of the main reasons that entrepreneurs get stuck is that they allow anxiety to be a driver rather than creativity. When this happens, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees and while opportunities could be everywhere, you stall because you don’t know how best to consider your options. 


A calm mind has much more room for creativity and as an entrepreneur, you need to be creative! A good way to do this is to write down your goals. Next, consider all the different ways you could achieve those goals or, even better, write down the stepping stones to get there. When it’s all laid out in front of you, it’s a lot easier to see which option is best and what to do next. 

Run an Experiment

Experimentation is a major part of business and you should be experimenting all the time. Marketing is a great example of how businesses experiment but you should also be looking at different ways to push your business forward. If nothing else, experimenting allows you to explore new ideas without the same level of risk that adjusting the whole business would bring. 

So, if you have a long list of options and you’re still not entirely sure which way to go, it might be worth splitting your cash and experimenting with two of your ideas. The key is to set up goals and clearly define what success means in each case. This way, you can see what might happen on a small scale and make a more informed decision about the direction you want to go in later on. 

When you aren’t sure what to do, it’s usually because you haven’t got all the information clearly presented to you. Your job is research in any way possible and once you know better, you can decide with confidence. 

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Three Things to Try if You Hate Your Job


Feeling frustrated in your career? If you wake up every morning feeling like you’re stuck in groundhog day and wondering ‘what’s the point?’ It’s time to make a change. When we spend so much of our time at work, if you’re highly dissatisfied and unhappy here, you’re never going to be fully happy in your life overall. Here are a few things you can do.

Try and move up

One of the reasons people start to feel trapped and dissatisfied within their job roles is that they become stagnant. They’re no longer learning new things, their earnings are limited and it all starts becoming very boring and samey. If the reason you dislike your job is because of this, have you considered moving up the ranks? If there’s scope for a promotion then take steps to try and achieve it, it might involve doing some additional education and training but could be so worth it. A higher position will often mean more money, and you’ll be doing things that challenge you again which can help you to feel more satisfied. 

Change careers and start from the bottom

If you genuinely dislike the field you work in, then changing to something completely different could be the way to go. This is a bold move, often it will involve starting right from the bottom. This can feel disheartening if you’re moving from a job you previously had respect in due to your skills and experience, but it can be so worth doing. Decide what your end goal will be in your career and work your way up the ranks. The journey might change over time, but at least it gives you something to work towards and an idea of what you’ll need to do to get there. 

Start your own companyOne reason many people can feel frustrated in regular career or job is they feel as though they’re working hard to build someone else’s dream for them. They can feel restricted by the confines of their career and feel their ideas would be better used elsewhere. If this sounds like you, why not start your own business? It can take hard work and dedication to get it off the ground, but once you’re set up you might feel far happier than you ever did working as an employee. You can be creative and think outside of the box, you can do things your way and earn money in a way that’s genuinely meaningful to you. Hire staff to help make your dreams a reality, utilise cloud solutions and all of the tech and software available to you to increase your chances of success.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Time Limit: How Far Back Can I Claim a Flight Compensation?

Originally posted on the Claimcompass blog on October, 17th, 2019.

“My flight was delayed 6 years ago. Back then, I had no idea that I could get compensated for that. Can I still get a compensation for that flight delay?”

This is what many passengers who have only recently been made aware of their air passenger rights wonder.

Well, yes, you can probably still claim your cancelled or delayed flight compensation – but there is a time limit. How far back you can claim varies from one country to the next.

If your flight was cancelled or delayed by at least 3 hours, you can get up to 600€ in compensation from the airline. Check if you’re eligible by filling out your flight information here – it takes only 3 minutes!CHECK YOUR FLIGHT NOW


How Far Back Can I Claim Compensation In Each Country?

So you can claim for flight disruptions which happened years ago. But how many years exactly?

The time-limit depends on the legislation of the country you bring the claim to.

Here is an extensive list of countries in Europe, with how far back you can claim for each of them:


And here again in full text if that’s easier for you. This is how far back you can undertake court actions to claim compensation for your delayed or cancelled flight:

As you can see, there is no harmonization at the European level: each country has their own legislation on the matter.

For instance, in France, you can claim up to 5 years after the flight – but only 3 years in Germany and 3 in Italy. But you can still claim up to 6 years after the flight disruption in the United Kingdom.

However, keep in mind that to this day, no passengers on a flight disrupted over 6 years before got compensated. Even though it is possible, in theory.


How Do I Know Which Country To Bring My Claim To?

If you let ClaimCompass do all the work for you, then you don’t need to worry about that. Our legal experts will get in touch with the airline and the appropriate legal body.

Submit your claim now, it takes less than 3 minutes!

Now, if you decide to take the matter in your own hands, I suggest you first read this guide on flight delay compensation or this one on compensation for cancelled flight. They’re packed with everything you need to know about flight disruptions and how to claim compensation.

Should you need to escalate your claim to a legal body such as a National Enforcement Body (NEB) or an Alternative Resolution Dispute (ADR) scheme, know that you can bring the case to the country of the departure airport or the arrival airport.

Whenever you have a choice, contact the legal body of the country where the legislation is most favorable to you: for example, in the case of a flight between the UK and Germany, contact the British NEB, since their statute of limitation is 6 years, versus 3 for Germany.


Can I Claim Compensation if My Flight Wasn’t in Europe?

When the EU Regulation 261/2004 isn’t applicable, can you still get money for your delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flight?

For international flights, the Montreal Convention acts as reference for your passenger rights – and it sets a time limit of 2 years to claim:

“The right to damages shall be extinguished if an action is not brought within a period of two years, reckoned from the date of arrival at the destination, or from the date on which the aircraft ought to have arrived, or from the date on which the carriage stopped” – Article 35, Montreal Convention

When the EC 261 isn’t applicable, you can still hope to be compensated under the Montreal Convention. Do not, however, that the time limit is shorter than in most European countries.

Plus, keep in mind that with the Montreal Convention, you are “only” eligible to compensation for damages incurred by the flight disruption. “Just” being delayed isn’t enough for you to get any money from the airline.

Whenever you have the choice, claim compensation under the EU Regulation instead.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Marketing Methods And Helping Your Small Biz Stand Out To Be Successful

When you start a new business, you want to ensure that you do all that you can to ensure that you get the right exposure, engagement, and of course, the right levels of profit and success. But how can you make that happen? Here are some of the things to consider. 

Image source – Pixabay – CC0 License 

Join forces in your local community

Your local community could hold the key to your business, and so it may be the time to focus on this area as an alternative method of marketing your business. There is a new trend where people are wanting to shop local and support their local small businesses, so you may wasn’t to join forces within your local community. This is your chance to become the expert in your industry and field locally. You could also sponsor local events as a great way to gain some exposure. This opens up different avenues of marketing such as face to face, as well as word of mouth as you become well known for what your business does. 

Respond to comments and messages 

It may feel like a lot of work, but people have taken the time to comment on your social media, send you messages or get in touch, so it is only right that you respond as quickly as possible. This can work really well through social media as engagement is just as important as sharing the content that you have decided to put out there. This can also humanise your business, and it can be a great way to make you appear reputable to potential new customers. 

Try something new

Maybe you should try something new when it comes to your marketing programme. First of all, focusing on one social media platform could be the ticket, but what about the type of content you choose to share on there? These days social media platforms are more than just a status update or sharing a picture. Platforms now support video, live streaming as well as snippets on things like Facebook or Instagram stories. This could be a great way to advance the type of content you share than just that standard words and pictures. People buy from people, so your new marketing ploy could be to provide a face to the business and to become relatable. After all, people do buy from people. 

Make sure the cost and market is on point

It can be tricky to understand how you can make sure that your costings for the actual products you sell, or the type of services you offer, are on point to ensure that you can maximise the profits and the potential. This is when small business marketing automation software can really come in handy to help you make the right decisions for your small business. 

Run a competition

A competition is an excellent way to build up an audience quickly, and so you may want to consider doing something like this if you are wanting to promote something. This could work well for a new product or service that you have that you want some extra exposure before launch. You could also provide incentive for followers if you manage to get to a certain level. However, ensure you check completion rules for different platforms so that you do things by the book. 

Let’s hope that some of these options help you up your marketing game this month. 

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂