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Soups of Friuli-Venezia Giulia


In centuries past, the people of central and northern Friuli-Venezia Giulia were typically poor and often plagued by famine. This was especially true during the long, brutal winters in the Carnia mountains, when snow would barricade the few existing roads, leaving families to fend for themselves. Until modern times, most Friulians were farmers. Their cuisine was a diet of poverty, consisting primarily of hearty grains and vegetables, particularly those with a long shelf life like potatoes. Beans, barley, and corn could easily be dried for lengthy storage. Turnips and cabbage were preserved through fermentation to make, respectively, brovada and sauerkraut. All of these foods are still an imp...
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Are You Successfully Concluding Business?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Successfully concluding the new business is no easy task. Needing to meet a quota can be overwhelming. No one advises new sales representatives upfront  about the number of touches one needs to undertake within each task. Many fear the possibility of angering their prospect with too many touches. Little understanding is in place as to ‘the why’ and the ‘how-to’ proceed. So representatives and entrepreneurs will choose not to annoy anyone. Although they cross their fingers, nothing much transpires. The right assistance helps with concluding business.My Story Initially, I was one who worried about potentially offending prospective clientele. On the other hand...
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My thoughts on Meghan Markle and Harry

First let me begin by saying that I'm 55. That means that I've been around the block a few times, kissed a few boys, worked hard and paid a truckload of tax, made sacrifices and never really got to live my dreams because life took over. I've had euphoric highs and breathtakingly black lows. I've learned who my friends are and who they aren't. I speak my mind because I have earned the right to tell people to f...k off who encroach on my valuable time and space. Therefore I won't hold back by saying that Meghan Markle is an odious character.I see a lot of my mother in Meghan Markle because they could have been twins. My mother was a narcissist, a dreadfully unpleasant woman who disliked everyo...
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Do You Sell With Enthusiasm?

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Attract The Right Job Or Clientele:A little soul-searching helps answer the question, do you sell with enthusiasm? Without excitement, our commitment declines. In the end, minimal accomplishment reveals itself. The doldrums of being on the job can dissuade one from putting in an all-out effort to excel. And an increase in quota for salespeople may be the final call to find a new job. Likewise, the forever learning curve and expense of entrepreneurship will cause many to re-think what they are doing.My StoryMost of us can find every reason imaginable as to why something is not working well. When it comes to being on the job, our minds often point to management. And then we tell ourselves it’s...
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Do It in 2020!

Happy New Year to everyone!The idea of an entire year filled with unlimited possibilities stirs the creativity in my heart. There’s so much to do for those who want to do it. Time is in the hands of those who want to help, create and serve. The other humans must wait. They feel time is sluggish. My old boss called them clock-watchers. At five o'clock they'd dash for the door, racing out of the parking lot as if something exciting waited at home. (Though the mannerisms looked exhilarating, these fast-moving coworkers were going home simply to feed their children and pets.)Hopefully, though these type of folks feel the day is taking forever, they are filled with gratitude. Perhaps these indivi...
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Do You Miss The Advantage Of Cross-Selling Before Giving Up On Prospects


Attract The Right Job Or Clientele:Note: Divyang Metaliya, Business Consultant at FactoHR, India, provides today’s Blog.   Divyang is an H.R. and Payroll Software solution provider, and a creative business strategist. _________________Like most salespeople,you, too, might have faced a dilemma of cross-selling in your career while dealing with prospective clients. Time and again, we go through dry spells and wonder how to hit our quota at any given period. Consider the following question: For new acquisitions, should you invest your time, energy, and resources only for core products and accept rejection as it is? Or, is it better to offer something else instead of letting them walk away? Are ...
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Are You Consistently Honest?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Our bottom line and career depend upon us being consistently honest. Even better is to advocate what you believe to be true. However, take time to listen to opposing thoughts. By asking questions, we come to an understanding of why others do not agree with us. Revising and expanding upon our thinking opens new doors. And we improve our negotiation skills with practice. The new knowledge helps us refine our messaging. And when we value the opinions and ideas of others, our perspective grows. Accordingly, we see growth in our audience, our brand recognition, and, ultimately, our bottom-line. My Story In honor of our New Year, I am on a mission to advocate in ...
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Recipe of the Month: January 2020


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Orzo e Fagioli (Barley and Bean Soup), a hearty soup perfect for a cold winter’s evening in Friuli—or practically anywhere you happen to live. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com.Original link
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Prediction / 2020 and Beyond

As long as you keep in power the psychopaths that masterminded the World Trade Center (New York 9/11/01) false flag...Original link
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What to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon?


On Friday night we both fancied pizza and made our way to the local pizzeria. He was so busy he told us to come back in an hour! We left and swore never again. So the next day, I made my own. A doddle. Dough and tomato sauce from scratch. Onions, mushrooms, bacon and ham. A quick dash to the supermarket for mozzarella and voila!Original link
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The Sunk Cost Fallacy in Business


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Note: The Coupon Chief provides today’s blog story and Infographic.Sunk costs are everywhere when it comes to running a business. Though these sneaky traps can cause serious missteps, Coupon Chief created an infographic  to help us identify and avoid them when making big business decisions.__________Sunk Costs in Business: An Example Sometimes it’s hard to admit to mistakes. However, once our decisions go south, we have two options: change our strategy or stick to the plan and hope things get better. Especially for business owners, it might be tempting to ride out a loss in the hopes that things will turn around. But changing our strategy may be the more lo...
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Do You Want To Improve Sales Success?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Six recent experiences with entrepreneurs and sales representatives have me asking, do you want to improve sales success? How we work and our communication style determine our outcomes. Thank goodness the incidents all happened in the same week. Thinking positively, it’s all over for now, and may the insights be helpful!My Stories: Do You Want To Improve Sales Success?#1. Mail Delivery It’s a busy season, but even so, some thought is to go into the job one does. I printed a person’s address and put a return label on the back. The card delivery was to my return address. Another delivery went to me for someone with a similar name but on a different street. I ...
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


At this time of year, no matter how miserable you may feel, please remember that there are those less fortunate than you.Happy Christmas! Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Are You Contemplating A New Direction?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:As the cold weather arrives, it becomes an excellent time for contemplating a new direction. Realizing what will excite us in the new year brings warmth and smiles. Along with the fuzzy feelings, the time comes to examine our previous reality. A review of prior highs and lows is essential for the next part of the journey to work well. When we learn to view mishaps as gifts in disguise, we can begin a better path ahead. And by embracing the best, the next step is to expand upon it as we journey up the ladder of success. My Story As we find ourselves contemplating a new direction, we can only compare ourselves to our previous self. The streamlining process cr...
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Holiday Greetings from Pinky Claus


Mommy told me to say ho, ho, ho instead of ruff, ruff and ruff. And since the mailman isn’t here yet, I’ll be quiet. Ruff or not, this has been a rough year. Get it? Anyway, she made this silly hat, and thought I should model it for all the world to see. Isn’t that hilarious? I can count her blog followers on one paw. It’s not like she’s some sort of 'influencer'. Do you think I listen to her? Hardly, ever. But it’s the holidays and the area around my heart is filled with gas and something called unconditional love. So, here I am in the hat. (Small shout out to my online friends Agatha and Winston who are probably dying of laughter. Wish we could sniff each other. If you want to meet them cl...
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Handle Life’s Journey With Calm For Future Success


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele:Adapting to life’s journey with calm for future success is not a myth. The practice takes time to adjust and requires understanding. In our youth, the idea of using calm for solving problems sounds contradictory. But over time, the wisdom comes to light. Not all meditation mirrors the image of a Buddha or a Monk. It’s more about being in a quiet setting to contemplate our life’s journey, the past, present, and future. The understanding of where we came from, who we are today, and where we are heading leads us to an improved future. However, it  is best to contemplate life’s journey with calm for future successBelieve you can, and you will.My Story In my you...
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Winter in Friuli: Top 10 Things To Do


1. Ski the slopes of Monte Santo di LussariAmong the towering, snow-capped peaks of Italy’s Giulian Alps, Monte Santo di Lussari stands out like a precious gem. Near the 5,870-foot summit, a pristine 14th-century sanctuary looks out over the forested valleys below. Legend says that in 1360 a shepherd knelt to pray atop this mountain and discovered hidden in the brush a wooden statue of the Madonna and Child. The patriarch of Aquileia soon ordered a small chapel built on that very spot. For centuries, vast numbers of pilgrims from neighboring countries have journeyed to this religious site. Today, the telecabina, or “ski lift,” carries passengers from the village of Camporosso at its base to ...
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My Intangible Slant on The Twelve Days of Christmas


The original Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular carol written in 1909, by an English composer named Frederic Austin. The song refers to some strange, expensive gifts. I mean why would anyone want seven Lord's a leaping for a Christmas gift, unless they're putting on a show, and need a group of guys to dance in front of the chorus? (Believe it or not, I've been there.) Truthfully, I think it's a unique, annoying song that permeates the holiday season with repetitive lyrics we've heard a gazillion times. So, I changed it up a bit in order to reflect true, intangible love, which is not supposed to be based on high-priced gifts or partridges in a pear tree. (This doesn't mean we don't like gi...
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I'd rather cook..


Restaurants tend to disappoint big time and after another awful experience  this week, I would prefer in future to cook at home. Food is love, that's why I cook.Another beef pie. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Recipe of the Month: December 2019


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Cuguluf (Chocolate-Marbled Cake). Called “kugelhupf” in German, this classic Viennese cake is commonly eaten for breakfast or as a special treat with coffee or hot chocolate. While other recipes may include raisins, almonds, pine nuts, or candied fruit, this chocolate-marbled version is typical of bakeries in Gorizia. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com.Original link
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