D-Day Remembered

70 years ago, the US military carried out one of the most important invasions in human and military history.

Today is a good day to take note of that historical moment, honor those who gave their lives, and give gratitude to those still fighting for the cause of freedom.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/06/world/europe/d-day-commemoration/

Some extras:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/05/opinion/lauder-eisenhower-d-day-anguish/ (On Eisenhower’s ‘soul-raking’ decision)

The Saving Private Ryan depiction: Saving Private Ryan Omaha Beach Full Scene HD Part 1

This was originally posted on June 6th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

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Saying Goodbye to Maya Angelou — A Literary Icon

The world lost one of its most important authors this morning as Maya Angelou passed. If anyone has read her works, you know that she possessed incredible inspiration that came from a troubled youth.

I remember reading parts of ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ and being totally enthralled with her poetry and writing.

And I remember being introduced to this quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” which I still think about consistently in my interactions

Her lengthy and touching NYT obit:

This was originally posted on May 28th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

Keep Calm And Carry On…..But How

I’m sure most of you have heard the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” before. It seemed like it was everywhere for a while.

But how do you actually do that? Sometimes it’s hard to do one, let alone both.

This is a pretty great post on some ways to keep calm AND carry on — I think you’ll like it!

http://99u.com/workbook/26507/how-to-actually-keep-calm-and-carry-on

This was originally posted on May 22nd as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

Slogans?

Business slogans were once pretty common —but have faded away slightly for some of the bigger brands these days.

This is an interesting Inc.com article centered around Burger King’s new (well, sort of new) slogan.

http://www.inc.com/ilan-mochari/burger-king-slogan.html

What do you think of company slogans?

What do you think of Work. Life. Balanced. as Zirtual’s company slogan?

This was originally posted on May 21st as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

Background noise for easy focus!

This one comes from our Hiring Queen-Bee Chelsea Bodek !

She’s getting zoned in (on hiring great ZAs) with a mixture of sounds on this site — and there’s a lot to choose from.

Check it out! Good focus material here!

http://www.noisli.com/

This was originally posted on May 20th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

Read, Kids, Read

Saw that another ZA posted this on her page earlier and wanted to share with everyone. It really is a great article.

Columnist Frank Bruni offers some sad new research on children’s reading habits and makes the case for improving these numbers.

As he points out from scientific research, “reading and intelligence have a relationship so close as to be symbiotic.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/opinion/bruni-read-kids-read.html?smid=fb-share

Any ideas on how we can get our children reading more?

 

This was originally posted on May 14th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

They found the Santa Maria

History buffs woke up to some AMAZING news this morning — researchers think they’ve identified the ruin of Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria!

You’ll probably remember the Santa Maria from your US History textbooks (along with the Nina and the Pinta!) — and this is some serious history geekdom here.

How cool??

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/exclusive-found-after-500-years-the-wreck-of-christopher-columbuss-flagship-the-santa-maria-9359330.html

 

This was originally posted on May 13th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

AllTheRooms Aggregates Hotel & AirBnb Rentals

There’s a new startup that can help with client work popping up every week, so I try not to post them too often.

This one, however, could be a big help. Have a client who travels but uses both hotels and AirBnb apartment rentals?

AllTheRooms, a new company, is the first to aggregate both of these options into one listing service.

Check it out!!

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/12/alltherooms-lets-you-look-at-all-available-rooms-at-your-destination

PS – I wonder if they’re happy with that meme. Seems a little ridiculous for their nice-looking product!

 

This was originally posted on May 12th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Thanks to another ZA for posting this earlier and reminding us, but today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

There’s no shortage of military spouses here at Zirtual (which is an amazing experience!) — so just wanted to show some gratitude to all of you for your what you do day in and day out to help your spouses and your country.

 A huge THANK YOU to you all!

The link here is just a way to help show your appreciation if you’re feeling up to it: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/05/give-thanks-on-military-spouse-appreciation-day/

And, since it’s Mothers Day this weekend, those who are military spouses & mothers get a double celebration weekend!

 

This was originally posted on May 9th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.

Teacher Appreciation Day

Hey Zeople — it’s Teacher Appreciation Day today and it’s time to reflect on this wonderfully important people in our lives!

Who was your best teacher? And how did they impact your life?

Here’s some other (famous) folks discussing the impact of teachers on their lives:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-teaching-matters-george-lucas

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2013/11/i-embrace-you-with-all-my-heart.html

And I really liked this one:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kaitlin-roigdebellis/a-letter-to-teachers_b_4697032.html

_Dear Future Teacher,
You are why the world works. You are the common denominator. No, really, you are. _…..

 

This was originally posted on May 6th as part of Zirtual’s Learningz page, a community promoting self-improvement, inspiration, and good living! Want to be a part of the Zirtual family? Check out our job openings here.