Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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David

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book Reviews

Thomas Nelson Publishers has a program where they send you free books, often before they release, as long you review them online. It's a sweet deal, and you can sign up here. Here are my first two reviews:

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Donald Miller
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A follow-up of sorts to Blue Like Jazz, the 2003 hit that made Miller an icon to a generation of young Christians, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is Miller’s most focused and satisfying release yet.

The book is birthed out of his experience with two filmmakers who decide to make a movie about Blue Like Jazz. When they sit down to write the screenplay however, they tell Don that no one would watch a movie about his life because he lacks the memorable scenes and ambition that makes a story great. Miller’s response then, and the focus of Million Miles, is to examine how the elements of an engaging story apply to someone who has lived an otherwise dull story and is looking for something more.

What’s great about Million Miles is not that Miller’s words are unique or profound, though his writing often makes you want to put the book down, grab a pipe and a tweed jacket with leather elbow pads, and rent a cabin in the woods. Instead the specialness of Million Miles is in the stories he tells along the way. From seeking out the father who abandoned him as a child to riding a bicycle across the country to raise money for clean wells in Africa, Miller’s emotional examples of lives lived on purpose resonates the soul with a hope that is largely absent from his previous work.

Miller doesn’t offer any formulas on how to live a more fulfilling life, but instead gives the reader, through his own story, a choice to make. To set the book down with no introspection into one’s own story is to have missed his point entirely. But to take his advice and to deliberately look for ways to tell a better story, that is when lives, families, and communities can be changed.

When the book officially releases on September 29, 2009, you should buy at least two copies to give to friends and family, as a story lived with only one character is a dull story indeed.

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Elizabeth Pace -- The X and Y of Buy

The premise is basic enough: that men and women are different and as such require different marketing strategies. What’s harder is making specific application of Pace’s research to the design, placement, and pricing of gender specific products across any industry and socioeconomic status.

While Pace’s intention isn’t to write a comprehensive resource for all types of marketers, she leans perhaps too heavily on the scientific differences between the genders. It may have been more useful to provide additional case studies and her thoughts on marketing commodities versus niche products, as well as the need for more targeted segmentation beyond gender.

For experienced marketing pros, this book should serve as a nice reminder to consider the most basic of differences among customers. If new to the marketing profession, or if making a change to a new set of products, X and Y serves as a handy reference guide.

Overall, this is an enjoyable book and a nice addition to any marketer’s bookshelf. The strength of X and Y is in its accessibility, complete with plenty of charts and tables, as well as Pace’s humorous writing style. For a more detailed reading about customer psychology, the reader would be well served by picking up a copy of Paco Underhill’s Why We Buy as well.

-David

Monday, September 28, 2009

Asher and Jennifer

Asher and Jennifer wanted to do something extra special to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary. Jennifer wore her wedding gown and brought the dried bouquets and boutonnieres from the wedding day. We all met to take photos at the location of their wedding, San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a very hot but beautiful day. The golfers had a fun time watching us, sending their congratulations. Some asked if Asher and Jennifer had just gotten married and were surprised with the response. :)

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Congratulations on five year, Asher and Jennifer!!

Love, K

Monday, September 14, 2009

Truly Sanctuary

Our awesome friends, Ron and Bethany (and Truly and Normandy, of course!), have a shop on etsy where they sell onesies and toddler t-shirts with fun designs on them. It's called TrulySanctuary. I was looking through their shop one day and saw their B is for Bike onesie and knew we had to have it! The Buckmasters must have the B.

So Ron and Beth just gave it to us!! Woot! And here is Tova, in all her cuteness, trying it on when we got home from church today. LOVE IT!

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Oh, and those last ones make me smile too much to not post. I know you can't see the design. But I don't care. ;)

Love! dk&t.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Tov

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Tova's proofing site, HERE, is up to date with the blog posts now. Grandparents, enjoy downloading all the photos! ;)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Philip and Jessica live

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Philip and Jessica's entire album is up on my proofing site!

To see their original blog teaser, click HERE.

You can also see a selection on my website, HERE!

Enjoy!

Love, K!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Best of August

Only the first half of August and there are a ton of photos. You haven't seen these, either! ;)

August:

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Sanibel Island vacation
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The night I got attacked by sand fleas. I counted 148 bites all over my body. David and Tova had about 5 total. Some of mine are still healing (those are so hard not to scratch!!)
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:) Done posting for a little while.

I have a photo shoot or wedding every other weekend for a long while starting, well, last weekend. I'm excited to work some more, though juggling a breastfed baby with a mommy that doesn't like to pump can be interesting!! We'll get through and Tova's first birthday will be here before we know it (when regular milk will take over and I'll be FREE - speaking of, I need to start doing some research about that event!)

Tova turned 8 months old on Labor Day! Time is flying and Tova is growing so much every day. She crawls (still military-style) from one end of the house to the other all the time. Crawling to rolling to sitting and back is no big deal and she's pulling up to sit on her knees often. She's not pulling up to stand yet, but I'm sure I'll go in to pick her up from a nap any day now and she'll be standing, waiting for me. She crawls all over my office, which is interesting - lots of wires, papers, etc! Eick! She kept crawling up onto the shelf of the office coffee table and getting stuck, completely laying on it, so I had to put the shelf in the closet. She's determined and ridiculous and silly. We love her personality and fall in love with our family more every day.

Much love, K.
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