The incredible story of Brandon Sulser:

This week’s Mojo is a video about the life of Brandon Sulser. Without giving the story away, Brandon was a normal kid through high school and then had a tragic accident that changed his life. Suffice to say, he had something bad happen to him that he could have justifiably let give him bad days for life.

The incredible story of Brandon Sulser:

Taking Time


  • To realize the value of one year:
    Ask a student who has failed a final exam.
  • To realize the value of one month:
    Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
  • To realize the value of one week:
    Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
  • To realize the value of one hour:
    Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
  • To realize the value of one minute:
    Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
  • To realize the value of one second:
    Ask a person who has survived an accident.
  • To realize the value of one millisecond:
    Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Author Unknown

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

The straight dope on adding value to your home.

Here’s the link to the blog post from the Monday Morning Mojo. Please feel free to call us if you’d like a complimentary review of your home to help you determine what the best next steps are for you and your family to get your home sold.

Here’s the link:

Prep your home to look its best during real estate’s hottest selling season.

If you’re planning to list your home this summer — and hope to sell in time for the school year — the clock is ticking. Even before you meet with an agent, prep your home so you can capitalize on the sizzling summer selling season, when 60% of all homes are bought and sold!

Here are 6 essential steps to take now to be sale-ready for sale…:

  1. Tackle the obvious repairs

If you want to sell your home this summer, start by tackling all the necessary and obvious repairs. The idea is to prevent potential buyers from being distracted by chipping paint, scuffed-up floors, and leaking gutters as they tour your home. Instead of making a mental list of what needs to be fixed, they’ll be able to focus on your home’s positive qualities.

You’ll save time (and money) by eliminating needless negotiations over minor repair issues. Handling repairs ahead of time saves you from the estimated, and often overinflated, cost of repairs the buyers claim. Your actual cost will almost always be less than a buyer’s post-inspection estimate.

  1. Remove your clutter and junk now

Clutter eats equity and kills deals. Period. It’s time to declutter and free up space in your home. Evaluate each item in your house and either save, store, scrap it, or sell it. Remember: less is more to make a home sellable.

Once you’ve thrown out unused items, organize the rest. Living space is a precious commodity; play it up to give your home a sense of expansiveness. Buyers will be naturally drawn to a home that feels bigger.

  1. Depersonalize your home

It’s time to take down the personal collectibles, family heirlooms, and school pictures. Not that these treasures aren’t amazing — I have a house full of family heirlooms, but now is not their time in the spotlight.

When it comes to selling your home, a blank slate will appeal to potential buyers. They want to visualize themselves in the home, and to them, your memorabilia is getting in the way of that, so put it away.

  1. Remove anything polarizing

When preparing your home for sale, remove any controversial elements such as religious or political items. These items tend to elicit a strong emotional reaction — don’t give the buyer a chance to prejudge your home because of your political or religious beliefs.

  1. Pump up the curb appeal

First impressions are everything, and a polished facade is sure to bring buyers in the front door. Take advantage of the spring growing season. This is the time to plant grass and flowering plants, and don’t forget to trim the trees and bushes.

By sale day, your curb appeal — the way your house looks from the street — will be in full bloom and ready for the stream of potential buyers. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why curb appeal is so critical.

  1. Get a reality check

While we all have an idea of our home’s value, these self-appraisals are rarely objective. This tool provides an automated value estimate and recommends agents who can give you an even more detailed and accurate pricing.

Get to know the competition by exploring similar homes on the market in your neighborhood. A quick survey of the competition’s features and list price will be immensely helpful in picking the perfect list price for your home.

Get a head start on the summer sale season by preparing your house (and yourself). Your agent will be thrilled you’ve done your homework, and you’ll each have a realistic view of what your house is really worth!

Michael Corbett, April 2015,

Helping others

Several weeks ago, a man eating at Qdoba captured video of an employee helping a customer with a disability eat her lunch, WAVE 3 reported.

Ridge Quarles, who works at a Qdoba in Louisville, says he got to know a customer with a disability who often comes to the fast-food chain for lunch, WAVE 3 reported.

After Quarles helped the woman through the order line he asked if she needed anything else.

“She turned around and she was like, ‘Sir, if you don’t mind could you help me eat?’ ” he told the organization.

A bystander named David Jones watched the employee help the woman and decided to take a video.

“He didn’t stop to think about, ‘well, should I help her, should I not?’ “Jones told WAVE 3. “He just went over, put the gloves on and started feeding her.”

Jones said he sent the video to a few friends as proof that there are still some “good people in the world.”

Click here to watch this incredibly moving video:

Mary Bowerman, USA Today Network, 5/13/15

Take me out to the ball game.

Enjoy this amazing list of fun facts and trivia about the Major League Baseball All-Start Game.

  • The first All-Star Game was played in 1933 at Comiskey Park in conjunction with Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. It was the brainchild of Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward.
  • Babe Ruth hit the first All-Star home run in 1933, a two-run shot to right field off the Cardinals’ Bill Hallahan in 1933. The American League won 4-2.
  • In 1934, New York Giants’ Carl Hubbell became a legend by striking out future Hall-of-Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in a row in 1934 at the Polo Grounds.
  • From 1935 through 1946, the manager of each All-Star squad selected the entire team. Fan voting began in 1947, but in 1957, Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot box and elected Reds to every position except Stan Musial at first base. Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and replaced Gus Bell and Wally Post with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, then took the voting away from fans. Fans were able to vote again in 1970.
  • In 1945 The All-Star game is not held as there are strict war time restrictions on travel.
  • In 1959 to1962, there were two All-Star games are held each season.
  • In 1971, Oakland Athletics’ Reggie Jackson hit a Dock Ellis slider so hard that it hit an electrical transformer on Tiger Stadium’s right field roof and bounced halfway back to the infield. It was estimated that it would have carried 532 feet if the transformer hadn’t gotten in the way. Pictured here are Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins and Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics, left to right, pose July 13, 1971 in Detroit after their home runs defeated the National league 6-4 in All-Star game. Each hit a home run with a man on with Killebrew’s blow in sixth inning proving to the winning runs.
  • In 2002 at Milwaukee, both teams ran out of pitchers with the score tied at 7 in the 11th inning and Commissioner Bud Selig called the game as a tie. Beginning the next year, home field advantage in the World Series would be awarded to the winning league.
  • 2002 – The 73rd All-Star game ends in a tie when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig decides to stop the game after 11 innings because the teams had run out of players.
  • Arguably the best player in Major League Baseball history, Ruth might have the most nicknames as a professional athlete. The Great Bambino, The Babe, The Colossus of Clout and the King of Swing also come to mind. His real name was George Herman Ruth.
  • Pete Rose was an All-Star at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field. The story is that New York Yankees hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford gave Rose his “Charlie Hustle” nickname during spring training of Rose’s rookie year.  Although there is some dispute on when Ford gave him the nickname, the most common thought is that he gave Rose the nickname after Rose drew a walk but instead of jogging up the line, he sprinted.
  • For the first time ever, in 2003, the league that wins the All-Star game will have home field advantage in the World Series. Since 1903, home field advantage has alternated between the leagues.

Excerpted from CNN/SI

Let the summer fun begin

Enjoy this amazing list of fun and inexpensive ideas to keep summer fun for your kids and other kids you might know.

  1. Glow-in-the-dark bubbles. If you feel like you go through bubbles by the gallon over the summer, try making your own. shared a collection of super-easy DIY bubble recipes — including one that makes your bubbles glow in the dark!
  1. Simon Says… ART. You remember the classic “Simon Says” game of instructions for kids, right? Just give it a new artistic spin for rainy day fun. Think Simon Says… draw a squiggly line with yellow paint. Or Simon Says…make a circle with a blue crayon. The possibilities are endless.
  1. Rediscover your local library. Sign the kids up for a summer reading club and keep the children’s library schedule of activities on your fridge to keep track of story hours, classes and performances throughout the summer. Bonus: It’s air-conditioned — and most activities are probably free. All Things Fadra suggests a multimedia visit: “I usually include trips to the library where we can pick out a mix of books, DVDs, and video games for free. The media stuff helps make it not feel so ‘school-like.'”
  1. Plant a garden. It’s a great way to teach kids about where food comes from, and if they have a stake in growing their own vegetables, chances are they just might eat them. Before you plant, check out Women & Co.’s “5 Ways to Save Money in Your Garden.”
  1. Cook with kids. Once they’ve harvested those vegetables that they’ve grown in their garden, have them help you prepare them for the whole family to enjoy. Little ones can pitch in by mixing sauces and tossing a salad; older kids can help you plan a menu and do some of the cooking.
  1. Plan a backyard movie night. April from (@Momdotme) offered this simple, yet brilliant, summer party idea. Hang a drop cloth from some trees, lay out some blankets and pillows on the lawn, pop some popcorn and your backyard becomes a cinematic wonderland. For step-by-step instructions check out
  1. Finger knitting. It’s easy, inexpensive, and keeps their hands busy. @DawnMcAvoy shared this how-to video that will teach kids to master the basics in less than 7 minutes.
  1. Leaf art. Bored with finger paint? Jill from Mom It Forward suggests incorporating nature into your kids’ palettes by having them collect leaves for their next art project. “You can paint them and make a beautiful picture, or try painting with the leaves as brushes. It’s so much fun and the kids get to be messy!”
  1. Make new friends. Search for local events in your area, and sign up for alerts from groups that organize kids’ events in your neighborhood. Or check out local parenting blogs for event calendars and top activity picks., for example, offers guides to NYC, NJ, LI, CT, Boston and LA.
  1. Go old school. Think back to your childhood memories and how you spent the lazy, hazy days of summer. Sidewalk chalk, Slip ‘N Slide, freeze tag, kick the can and catching fireflies never get old. “It’s amazing to watch your kids play the way that you used to,” shared Kelly.

Provided by Women & Co as told through the Huffington Post 7/26/13

A Great Story of Helping Another

Stranger Buys Cop Car For Son Of Fallen Officer

Technology vs. Customer Service

Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire salary, an arrangement, which, I admit, has only been in place for eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $50 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.

I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to

contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, prerecorded faceless entity that your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will, therefore and hereafter, no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact Status, which I require your chosen employee to complete.

I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number, which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again,

I have modeled it on the number of button presses required to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further. Press buttons as follows:

1.- To make an appointment to see me.

2.- To query a missing payment.

3.- To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

4.- To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

  1. -To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

6.- To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

7.- To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated at a later date to the Authorized Contact.

  1. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.
  2. To make a general complaint or inquiry.

The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.  While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

11 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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