Author: Joyce S Kaye

Aphorisms Learned on the Spiritual Path

Spiritual Path Lama Surya Das American-born Buddhist author and teacher Lama Surya Das integrates meditation with everyday life and awakens us to the unity and connections which brings us all together as one human family.

Here are some of his aphorisms summing up the things he’s learned on the spiritual path.

  • I think you have to love first and see second.
  • The size of our heart directly correlates to the scope of our attention, receptivity, and intentions.
  • If you are not here now, you won’t be there then.
  • Take a breath; you deserve it.
  • Don’t overlook the profundity of ordinary people and everyday experiences and relationships.
  • One moment of brilliant illumination dispels the darkness of centuries.
  • We need others to help get enlightened, for developing empathic compassion is as necessary and wise as wisdom itself.
  • We’re all going to die, eventually; but who is going to truly live?
  • In this mysterious world, knowing takes second place to trusting, allowing, and flowing.
  • There definitely comes a time when we have to take it off the cushion or yoga mat, out of the therapist’s office, home from the church, temple, or classroom, and into the real world where it truly counts. This is where the rubber meets the road on the spiritual path.
  • Remember that our karma is not determined by what happens to us, but by what we do with what happens.

To read more aphorisms, click here.

Nifty Constant Contact Product Updates

Constant Contact is always looking to make product enhancements, and it has made some really nifty ones recently. Something I’ve been waiting for – literally for years – is the ability to save an e-newsletter as a file. Well, it’s here – read on about some of  the recent Constant Contact product updates!

Constant Contact product updates

Save to a file: Now you can save your email campaign as a PDF, JPG, or PNG file. Options are also available for page size, page orientation, and more.

Computer vs Mobile Device Opens: Metrics now allow you to see how much of your readership is viewing your e-newsletter on their desktop and on a mobile device. Overall, stats are showing that people who send out e-newsletters in the early part of the day, viewed them on desktops; later in day, mobile devices.

Other Constant Contact product updates include-

  • Rename your campaign: Now you rename an email even after you’ve sent it!
  • Save as template: Sure, you can copy a sent email to use for another mailing, but now you can actually save it as a template.
  • More free images: 2,500 free images have been added to the stock library.

If you’re using another email marketing service and it’s not giving you these capabilities, perhaps it’s time to move over to Constant Contact. Feel free to contact me to learn more about the features and benefits of using Constant Contact.

Tracking Email Opens

Have you ever had this question too: My contact opened my email. Why don’t I see their email address in the email’s opens report? Let’s talk about tracking email opens and how Constant Contact handles this.

Your email opens report lets you know who opened your email and when, but it’s not always 100% accurate.

Constant Contact can only detect and record when your contact opens your email if at least one of the following happens:

  •  Tracking Email OpensInvisible Tracking Image Displays – CC embeds an invisible image at the very top of every email you send. When someone opens your email, that image loads and sends data back to CC to let them know the email was opened.
  • Contact Clicks a Link – If the hidden open tracking image doesn’t display, CC can still detect that the email was opened if any link is clicked. The link’s URL has to begin with http://, rather than with the https:// secure form.

Constant Contact Can’t Track When a Contact Opens Your Email If They…

Here’s the September 2015 WordPress Workshop Schedule

Here is the Websites and Coffee September 2015 WordPress Workshop schedule.

SEPTEMBER 2015September 2015 WordPress Workshop Schedule

Date Day Time Event Town
Sep 15 Tue 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
First Steps”
Sedona
Sep 23 Wed 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
Going Deeper (Part Two)”
Sedona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can register for a WordPress workshop by clicking on the related “To register…” link located on the left sidebar of this website. If you do not see the date listed there, it means registration is not yet open; please check back here or feel free to contact me.

Once you have registered and paid, you will receive the venue location and travel directions via email within 24 hours.

Please note our CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Workshop fees for “no show” or cancellation of attendance less than 24 hours in advance are non-refundable.

I look forward to getting together with you in the near future: sipping coffee, working in WordPress, and having fun together…

I am here to help empower you to create and control your own WordPress website through providing personal and customized service. So, if these dates or topics don’t meet your needs, please contact me and we’ll discuss other options.

‘Stuff’, Just ‘Stuff’

Ashley WiersmaThe story that follows made me think of when I was living in Santa Fe, NM and the disastrous Cerro Grande Fire occurred in May 2000. The fire started as a controlled burn, and became uncontrolled due to high winds and drought conditions. 400+ families in the town of Los Alamos lost their homes, and some structures at Los Alamos National Laboratory were destroyed or damaged; amazingly, there was no loss of human life.

Besides breathing in the smoke down south in Santa Fe, I was impacted by the stories of people telling about the possessions they’d chosen to take with them when they had to hastily evacuate. It made me (and many others I know) think about what was really most important in life when push comes to shove.

This story also made me think of a time during my earlier years here in Sedona when my then-husband and I found ourselves at bottom financially. We moved into someone’s furnished basement for a month, but first had to choose what to take with us for our daily lives and our business, and what to store – what a powerful ‘ah-ha!’ It’s amazing how much ‘stuff’ we can live without. It’s equally amazing how we can let our ‘stuff’ rule our lives if we don’t stay conscious.

Here’s the August 10, 2015 Daily Guideposts story of Ashley Wiersma from Monument, Colorado.

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself…” – Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

A forest fire that had been raging several miles away for days had jumped two parallel canyons and now threatened countless neighborhood homes. From our patio, I stood with the neck of my T-shirt pulled over my mouth in an attempt to filter the smoke in the air and stared at tall, angry flames in the distance as they licked their way toward the sky.

My husband had declared it go-time, asking me to pack our bags and get ready to load up, but as I scurried through every room of our home, I reached for surprisingly few things: a stack of my old journals; my favorite sweater; my purse; Prisca’s favorite stuffed dog, Ike; Perry’s beloved baseball cap; a few changes of clothes; our toothbrushes; some pajamas; and books and snacks. What else did we need, really? What else made our life life?

I wandered back through the rooms before heading to the car, snapping photos of each space. There was artwork I treasured, clothing I adored, cookbooks whose recipes I’d made for years. That handmade afghan from Nana, the angel figurine from my mom, decades’ worth of scrapbooked scenes. But these things proved ancillary to life that is truly life. If our house was to be consumed by fire, these things would go up in flames. And so I went ahead and said good-bye to all my stuff that’s just stuff in the end.

Father, help me to hold my stuff loosely today.

August 2015 WordPress Workshop Schedule

Here is the Websites and Coffee August 2015 WordPress Workshop schedule facilitated by Joyce Kaye.

AUGUST 2015

 August 2015 WordPress Workshop Schedule

Date Day Time Event Town
Aug 10 Mon 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
First Steps”
Sedona
Aug 20 Thu 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
Going Deeper (Part Two)”
Sedona

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

For more information and to register for a WordPress workshop in Sedona, visit Websites and Coffee.

I look forward to getting together with you in the near future: sipping coffee, working in WordPress, and having fun together…

I am here to help empower you to create and control your own WordPress website through providing personal and customized service. So, if these dates or topics don’t meet your needs, please contact me and we’ll discuss other options.

Collect Contacts by Text Message

Collect Contacts by Text Set up a Text-to-Join keyword to collect contacts by text message!

Constant Contact’s Text-to-Join is a free tool to help contacts join your mailing list by text message – no computer required!

Set up a free text messaging keyword and promote it at your events or place of business. Your keyword will work on most U.S. phone carriers and is only available in the U.S.

Here’s how it works:

  1. A contact sends a text message to your keyword.
  2. Your keyword sends a reply back, asking for the contact’s email address.
  3. The contact replies with an email address and is saved to your chosen contact list.
  4. Your keyword sends back a thank-you message to your new contact.

With text messaging so popular these days, it’s a quick and easy way to build your list of contacts.

July 2015 Websites and Coffee Workshops Facilitated by Joyce Kaye

Here is the July 2015 Websites and Coffee Workshops schedule facilitated by Joyce Kaye, aka The Computer Spirit.

JULY 2015

July 2015 Websites and Coffee Workshops

Date Day Time Event Town
Jul 6 Mon 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
First Steps”
Sedona
Jul 15 Wed 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
First Steps”
Sedona
Jul 21 Tue 5:30 – 7:30P “Intro to WordPress:
Going Deeper (Part Two)”
Sedona

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to register for a WordPress workshop in Sedona, visit Websites and Coffee. I also offer private coaching by the hour in Sedona and now Phoenix plus via phone/Skype. You can take a customized 1/2-day retreat in Sedona where me, you, and your team can dedicate 4 hours solely towards developing your WordPress website.

I look forward to getting together with you in the near future: sipping coffee, working in WordPress, and having fun together…

I am here to help empower you to create and control your own WordPress website through providing personal and customized service. So, if these dates or topics don’t meet your needs, please contact me and we’ll discuss other options.

Inspiring Work by Joyce Kaye

06/30/15

Joyce,

I just woke up thinking what a treasure you and your skills/services are for this (or any) community.  Thank you so much for the Intro to WordPress Part II session and the well-done, helpful pass outs.  I will call you for a private if and when I can’t sort out the details as I proceed.  In fact, I am sure I will need your help in understanding how to format better and design pages – with the frames and graphics, etc.

Best wishes!!!  Keep up the inspiring work.

Beverly Coleman, MPH, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac
Wellness consultant, acupuncturist, herbalist
www.beverlycoleman.com

Many are Blessed by Your Kindness!

Blessed by your Kindness

When you observe someone being kind to another person, there are three simultaneous benefits. The person receiving the kindness feels cared for and valued. The person expressing the kindness feels the joy of giving, and you feel the impact.

When you observe an act of kindness, love and hope spring up in you.  As you watch the interaction between the giver and receiver, you too are blessed. Take a moment today and bless another with your smile or a kind word.

With this in mind, you will uplift others. As you demonstrate kindness, consideration or compassion, gifts from your heart will make a ripple effect as others are blessed by your kindness.

– Marie Thompson, Licensed Unity Teacher and Chaplain, 05/01/14