Archive for August, 2012

Where Are You Going Next?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Summer is winding down, which for many means the end of vacations.  However, if you enjoy traveling, you probably already have begun to think about your next trip, even if it is a year away.  We think that the new format of our travel publication, Good Life Review, should make GLR even more helpful as your travel daydreams begin.

Until now, Good Life Review has focused on traveling the entire planet.  Although we publish new articles daily, it is a challenge to deliver in-depth coverage when your goal is to reach all of the continents each and every month.  So, next month we will be focusing on one destination for the majority of the month.  This will allow us to focus on different aspects of travel to that location, including festivals, mass transportation, shopping, dining, and more.

Of course, we know that one location may not pique the interest of all of our readers.  To provide some contrast, every Wednesday we will publish a Destination Detour, which will highlight a different location.  Thus, if we are focusing on Paris, this detour will highlight not only a different city, but also a different country and continent.

Enjoy what remains of summer.  In September, remember to visit Good Life Review to see what destination we have in store for your vacation dreams.

Meet the Team- Gennadiy Denchenko

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Gennadiy Denchenko joined our team in July 2009.  As Wasabi Media Group was a much smaller company at that time, Gennadiy worked for WMG on a part-time basis.  With major growth during the next twelve months, he became our full-time Director of Engineering in July 2010.  Gennadiy has been a valuable member of the WMG team, as he keeps our websites running well.  From fixing bugs to implementing new designs to finding innovative solutions, Gennadiy makes sure all twenty-four of our publications are operating smoothly.

Here’s our interview with Gennadiy:

MPK:  When you aren’t working on WMG projects, what do you like to do with your free time?

GD:  When I have time I like to play my guitar.  (I have both types: acoustic and electric guitar.)  In summer I often play in the garden of my grandma’s house. Besides that, I like to travel; it could be a trip just around my city or visiting other cities and countries.

MPK: What is your favorite part of programming for WMG?

GD:  My favourite part of programming for WMG – maybe it’s interesting projects and different ways for finding solutions for them.  It could even be different solutions for the same problem.   What I love is finding, researching and making it work finally!

MPK: Do you have a favorite site at WMG?

GD: 3. My favourite sites are Tunes News and Couch Tuber because I like all music news and CDs info and learning about TV shows.

MPK: When did you decide that you wanted to be a programmer?

GD:  You never know when it comes, right? 🙂 Actually, I didn’t want to be a programmer from the beginning. I was curious about learning languages, I studied English and Deutsch some time ago… but now I’m happy to be what I am.

MPK: What is an interesting fact that our readers would be interested to learn about you?

MPK:  The little fact about me is my cat Max.  His breed is British, and he is too fast! Max is six months old now, but he has already cracked down my plastic shoe rack when he jumped on it! I’m afraid to imagine what’s going to happen after another six months.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil is a relationship and marriage counselor that specializes in couple and relationship therapy to bridge intimacy issues keeping relationships from thriving. Her practice in marriage and family therapy has helped individuals and couples save their relationships and their marriages. She has also developed new technique of family play therapy for parents and children.

Recent Articles from Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil

Playroom Supervisors

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At their friendly drop-in center, these early childhood educators offer a free, safe, fun experience every day of the week for kids up to five and their parents.

Recent Articles from Playroom Supervisors

Mrs. C.

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Mrs. C. has a B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and an M.A. as a Reading Specialist. She has been in the field of education for thirty years and continues to teach in the elementary grades. Mrs. C. enjoys children of all ages, from newborn through young adults. She loves to travel, read, spend time with family and friends, and always has time to offer a loving, listening ear.

Recent Articles from Mrs. C.

Fixing Things, Building Things

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I am not overly adept at using tools, powered or not.  Sure, I can make minor fixes, but I tend to leave repairs to professionals.  However, I can vividly remember being a little girl and knowing that my dad could fix anything.  When a leg for a doll’s table became loose, he fixed it.  If something were wrong with my bike, it was Dad that I would ask for help.  Not only could he fix things, he also could build them:  a cradle for my baby dolls when I was young and when I was expecting my first child, a cradle for my baby.

Even though my brothers and I are grown-ups, my dad still has projects to keep him busy, though no longer is it fixing doll furniture. With more time on his hands, he now is part of the Crystal River Boat Builders, which keeps him busy a couple days a week building a replica of the USS Wartappo. This Civil War era scow is being built using only tools from that time period. This past Saturday, the scow was turned 180 degrees to its upright position, as you can see in the two pictures.  Truly, my dad and the other members of the group are skilled builders.

Obviously, genetics alone don’t provide people with skills.  Otherwise I would be able to fix leaking faucets instead of call the plumber, never mind be able to build things.  I know that I am not alone in this category of being repair-challenged, as there are many tradesmen who make a living at their craft.  For those like me, who are uncertain about home projects, we have added a new feature to our home repair and remodeling publication, ‘Bout Home.  Every Friday we publish a Home How-To video, which provides instructions for minor household repairs.  For people who may not need a video for help on how to repair dents in a door, there are videos for small projects, such as installing a bullet light.  In our Home How-To collection, we cover a handful of topics, and it will keep growing on a weekly basis.

To all of those who have skills to build and repair, such as my dad, I applaud you on your talents.  For those like me who need a little guidance when undertaking such projects, I would suggest trying our videos, calling a tradesmen, or hoping you have a dad like mine.

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