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Perusing through a Tampa Bay hotspot called Channelside I encountered him. The Channelside Artist.
Focused intently he was creating a work of art for an inspired customer.

His tools… a canvas and cans of paint. Spray paint to be precise. He used newspaper, cardboard, his hands, his eyes and his creative spirit.
The artist provided a portfolio of options for his potential client to choose from. His prices appeared moderate. The crowd gathered around to watch the inspiration of a local artist doing his thing. A high tech grafiti artist creating beautiful art on canvas.

No big name in lights not even a business card around. Just him, on his knees, in the midst of a crowd doing what comes obviously natural for him. Creating at the beckoning of an inspired customer.

Simply a perfect example of attraction marketing.
P.S.
If you want to know more about grafiti art…check out the sidebar to your right!Click on see all 17 videos…

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The Pleasure of Meetup .Com

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Good News… In this hi- tech low touch world we live in there is a powerful community surprise…Meetup.com.
This year I have begun taking advantage of this powerful people connector. There really is no reason to ever have to be without options for learning, socializing or contributing in your community anymore.So the next time you’re looking for something to do this is a perfect place to start your search.

With Meetup.com if there isn’t a group for what you are interested in you can start a meetup for it. But there are already a lot of groups meeting for many different reasons right now.

Here is the experience I had at a new meetup I joined this month called 40 & Fun.It was a ‘pottery painting party’ at Kiln & Kork in south Tampa on Azeele. Colin the organizer and Andrea were in attendance. Meetups can have a few people or many at any given event. It was fun to meet and get to know about both Colin and Andrea.

Later Colin invited us to join him and another friend out on the town for an early Thai dinner and then to the Tampa Theater to see ‘Cheri’ with Michelle Pheifer. Finishing at a South Tampa’s Starbucks for more good conversation.

How’s that for a Sunday afternoon adventure that just began with choosing a meetup of interest at Meetup.com

Colleen K. McKeown

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The Power of Down Time

I spent the weekend trying to do as little as possible with the only real effort to let my mind go in whatever direction it preferred. I call it down time.

No focus or goal to achieve. I spend a lot of time achieving set goals and down time is a bit like laziness it seems. I am not comfortable doing nothing and for no particular reason. Even in this weekend of down time I gardened and finished an article. I found my way to a bloggers lesson on creating a starter for sourdough bread, through one of my friends who had posted in face book that she had joined a baker’s club. That was fun and something I could do another day when I needed a new fun goal to achieve. I finished and started a new book. I also enjoyed eating whenever I wanted to which is something I usually don’t have time to do. I also enjoyed having lunch with a favorite veteran Johnny and his lovely wife Mimi. Still in love after a lifetime of marriage.

I enjoyed the opportunity to review emails of information that friends had sent believing I had interest in the content and indeed I did!. I am now more aware of what is really happening in Dubai these days than meets the eye. I also be came better acquainted with two interesting men.

One is Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, from Columbia. He is a Nobel Prize recipient who is considered one of the significant authors of  the 20th century. Mr. Garcia–Marquez ’s style being labeled as ‘magical realism’. Many of his works express the theme of solitude . The other man of interest, Milton Friedman another Nobel Prize winner, considered possibly the most influential economist of the 20th century.  You can share these visits if you like by clicking on the videos to the right when you have a moment of down time.

For me it was an blissful weekend to say the least. And did I mention that great bottle of wine?

Cheers to an exceptional and  well rounded  Memorial Day Weekend!

Colleen

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