Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sign in to Social Networks on iPhone & iPad

Isn’t it great that you can take a picture or shoot a short film with your phone and immediately post it on Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr or Facebook?  Schedule posts on-the-go...  No need to download it first to your computer.  You can post a picture to social media without leaving the Photos app. Have more fun on social media save a lot of time with these features!

Apple explains on their support page how to share content from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Use the “Settings” menu of your device to connect to your social-media accounts.  Sign in, share content, or update your contacts and calendars with information from social-media profiles.

Apple explains how to sign in to a social media account: 

Tap Settings, then scroll down and tap a social network, such as Twitter.  Sign in with your username and password for that social-network account.  If you forget your username or password, visit the company's help page.  For example, Facebook and Twitter offer online support to help you with your account.

Share and post content without switching to a social-media app:
After you sign in to your social-media account from your device's Settings menu, you can share content on social media right from Safari, Photos, and some other apps.  For example, open Photos, tap a picture, and tap Share icon. Then tap a social network, like Facebook, to share the picture from your Facebook profile.

Update your contacts with social-media usernames and photos:
Follow these steps to update your contacts:
Tap Settings.
Scroll down and tap the social network that you want to use. 
Tap Update Contacts.

Today's best-known social platforms began on the web, the iPhone — by putting social media in our pockets — is what helped the industry explode. As a user enjoy the simplicity and ease of use.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Answers to These Questions are Still Missing...

I could not help but re-blog this fantastic questionnaire …. written by Journalist David Cay Johnston, and author of DIVIDED: The Perils of our Growing Inequality.

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Reporters, competing Republican candidates, and voters would learn a lot about Trump if they asked for complete answers to these 21 questions.  So, Mr. Trump…

1. You call yourself an “ardent philanthropist,” but have not donated a single dollar to The Donald J. Trump Foundation since 2006.  You are not even the biggest donor to the foundation, having given about $3.7 million in the previous two decades while businesses associated with Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment gave the Trump Foundation $5 million.  All the money since 2006 has come from those doing business with you.
How does giving away other people’s money, in what could be seen as a kickback scheme, make you a philanthropist?

2. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman successfully sued you, alleging your Trump University was an “illegal educational institution” that charged up to $35,000 for “Trump Elite” mentorships promising personal advice from you, but you never showed up and your “special” list of lenders was photocopied from Scotsman Guide, a magazine found at any bookstore.
Why did you not show up?

3. You claimed The Learning Annex paid you a $1 million speaking fee, but on Larry King Live, you acknowledged the fee was $400,000 and the rest was the promotional value.
Since you have testified under oath that your public statements inflate the value of your assets, can voters use this as a guide, so whenever you say $1, in reality it is only 40 cents? 

4. The one-page financial statement handed out at Trump Tower when you announced your candidacy says you’ve given away $102 million worth of land.
Will you supply a list of each of these gifts, with the values you assigned to them?

5. The biggest gift you have talked about appears to be an easement at the Palos Verdes, California, golf course bearing your name on land you wanted to build houses on, but that land is subject to landslides and is now the golf course driving range.
Did you or one of your businesses take a tax deduction for this land that you could not build on and do you think anyone should get a $25 million tax deduction for a similar self-serving gift?

6. Trump Tower is not a steel girder high rise, but 58 stories of concrete.
Why did you use concrete instead of traditional steel girders?

7. Trump Tower was built by S&A Concrete, whose owners were “Fat” Tony Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and Paul “Big Paul” Castellano, head of the Gambinos, another well-known crime family.
If you did not know of their ownership, what does that tell voters about your management skills?

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Read all the 21 telling questions by David Cay Johnston at


Monday, July 18, 2016

IN THE HEART OF OUR SOULS by Victoria Ngangu

Mark Your Calendar!
Free ONLINE eBook reading event on 
Sat. July 23, from 10 AM to 2 PM Pacific Time
by Victoria Ngangu from her book: 

From the Poor Country of Congo to American Author

Victorine Ngangu and her great-grandfather were not paid for work they did because of their ethnicity.

When Victorine Ngangu discovered that a photographer and one of her friends had forged her signature so that they could sell Ngangu’s photographs to a major U.S. company, she was outraged. Without her knowledge and consent, 144 of her photographs were sold. Ngangu was never paid and did not receive an apology from the photographer, her friend or the company. Those people walked free of charge in the court of law. In 2012, Ngangu filed a case with local police to bring them to justice but received no satisfaction.


Saturday, July 9, 2016


FREE @ Amazon on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Interview with Author John Pearce:

John, which of your characters is most interesting to you?

That’s a really good question, and a tough one. My own views aside, because by now they all feel like members of the family, Jen — the sort-of-bad girl — was the most commented-on character in Treasure of Saint-Lazare.

This time things seem to have changed. Eddie is the one most early readers like. He’s an interesting guy — full of contradictions, slow to anger but unremitting once his decision is made. He’s confident but at the same time has an abundance of self-doubt.

He was, after all, a Special Forces company commander in Kuwait, and much of the plot of my first two books stems from one brief, brutal incident during that time.

I wanted to create a character who should have everything he could ever want, but whose perfect life is derailed by something over which he has no control, in this case something that was part of his father’s military service sixty years before plus the incident in Kuwait.

He’s rich, but his fortune really doesn’t matter much. He’s loved by the perfect woman, but can’t handle it and spurns her (don’t panic; they rectify that).  He falls into bed with the wrong woman, who turns out to be totally unlike his first image of her, or so he thinks. In other words, he’s like most of us — screwed up, incomplete, unhappy at least some of the time.

How did you get the original idea for the series?
A lot of my ideas come during my daily four-mile walks. The “what if” idea for this one came that way one day, and then I went looking to see if there were a historical hook I could use. That’s when I found Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s well-known self-portrait, which has been missing since 1945.

Then I found a bunch of interesting characters and put them into difficult positions to see how they worked themselves out.

Are they based on real people?
I picked up a couple of names from people I know, but otherwise every character in it is totally fictional, or such a broad combination of attributes that they are anonymous. That excludes a few historical public figures, of course. Nobody could create a character worse than Hans Frank, the butcher of Poland who got his start in German politics as Hitler’s personal lawyer. Even his own son thought he was scum — enough so to write a book about it.

How do you go about researching and writing?
Jan and I spend a couple of months in Paris each year, and that’s when I do the detailed research on scene locations. I make a lot of notes and take a lot of pictures. On this year’s trip we also went to Frankfurt for a short visit to make certain I hadn’t mangled anything too much — the manuscript was done but not beyond correction.

We lived in Frankfurt when we were journalists a long time ago. It’s changed a lot, but the old railroad station is in the same place, and nothing much has changed about Sachsenhausen, where Jeremy takes a long walk on his way to meet the old retired Stasi agent who provides the key that unlocks one very important part of the plot.

I take a lot of pictures. I dictate a lot of notes to my pocket recorder, which Dragon translates into something like English. Those go into Evernote, there to rest until I need them.

The writing itself is done in Scrivener on my MacBook Pro. In Paris, I write in the lovely old Mazarin Library, which is part of the French Institute, right across the street from the Louvre by way of the bridge that used to have uncounted thousands of love locks on its railings. The city took them off out of concern their weight would do permanent damage.

I print the manuscript (many times; the whole thing is still on a shelf above my desk at home, and it’s a stack of paper two feet high). I edit in longhand, and then when I can’t do any more I send it off to my editor, Jen Blood, in Maine. She works it over thoroughly — three times. Then it’s done.

John, thanks a lot for taking the time to talk about your latest book in the series.
Best of all: it is free as ebook on July 9, 2016!