Lemon Balsamic Soda Recipe

Charge a bottle of water with your SodaStream. Drizzle about 1+ teaspoons of ReaLemon into the soda. Then drizzle about a teaspoon of 25 year old balsamic vinegar into the soda and cap. Shake gently and enjoy a very refreshingly different, ultra-low calorie soda pop. 
Important! - you must use the more expensive aged balsamic vinegar for this recipe. NOT your everyday grocery-variety balsamic. 

New Word Cloud Tools!

OK, I have a real treat for you today – New Word Cloud Tools!

Perhaps you have seen some of the word clouds I have created to make a point, illustrate an idea or analyze a passage of text. A word cloud visually gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. They are effective to use in presentations.

For years I have been using Wordle. It’s fast and simple to use but it is Flash-based and has limited customizations. 

I used Tagxedo to create this word Cloud of the Medtronic Mission in the shape of a Neurostimulator.

For more ideas on where you can apply these tools refer to“101 Ways to Use Tagxedo”.

How to Make a Great First Impression

How do you make a great first impression to colleagues and subject matter experts across your profession and across the globe?

I have met many of my colleagues virtually on social media channels like LinkedIn or Twitter before I met them in real life (IRL). Then when I meet them we already have some things in common because we are already familiar with one another. It's part of my personal brand.

Did you know that - “the mere-exposure effect is a real psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing and likeable that person appears to be.” –Wikipedia

Get known, get liked, get great advice from your peers. It all starts with a good social media profile.

Pearls in the necklace of your life

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to get through first, some unfinished business, time to be served, a debt to be paid, then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. -Alfred D'Sousa
How you handle life's obstacles are the pearls in the necklace of your life.

Harold's Corn Pancakes


  • Small package of corn muffin mix 8.5 ounces (like Jiffy)
  • 1 small can corn, drained - 8.5 ounces (frozen or fresh from the cob corn cooked--about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of buttermilk (fresh or make from dried buttermilk mix using fluid from canned corn.)  
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Unrefined (virgin) coconut oil for cooking.
  • Agave syrup

Mix egg and butter milk.  Add dry mix and whisk to remove all lumps.  Add corn,

Fry pancake batter in about 1 Tablespoon coconut oil in a non-stick skillet.

Serve with agave syrup.

Makes 3-4 pancakes.

Tabasco Smoked Oyster Appetizer Recipe

I'm not sure where I got this recipe, but I think it was my brother that turned me on to it. It is an easy and great tasting appetizer.

  • Good quality canned smoked oysters (Crown Prince is a good brand)
  • Saltine crackers
  • Tabasco hot sauce
Use toothpicks to place a smoked oyster on a Saltine cracker and then add a dash of Tabasco. 

Tabasco Popcorn Recipe

I got this from my barber Gil. He learned to love Tabasco sauce when he was in the service and got this recipe from a bar in Arkansas that asked him if he wanted "Arkansas-style" when he asked for a bowl of popcorn. His family and friends ask him to make it whenever they come over for game night.

  • Good quality un-popped corn kernels (Orville Redenbacher kernels)
  • Good popcorn popping oil (Orville Redenbacher's Popping & Topping Oil)
  • 6-8 healthy dashes of Tabasco hot sauce (about a 1 teaspoon, I should think)
  • Salt to taste

Pour oil and Tabasco hot sauce into a pan until the bottom of the pan is completely covered in oil. Add popcorn until the oil is completely covered and turn heat to high. When corn begins to pop, shake the pot constantly (or use a Stovetop Popcorn Popper). When popping slows, remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt to taste.