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Karen Runtz
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Attended Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lives in Kinburn, Ontario, Canada
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Spock's moral compass aligned the mission, the task at hand, and the values of the ship. #Spock
RIP Leonard Nimoy, the actor who brought Star Trek’s Spock to life. Nimoy’s characterization of the Vulcan-human hybrid turned him into the moral compass of the Enterprise — and the enterprise. Despite his internal conflicts, Spock was the invaluable right hand to Captain Kirk. The Enterprise was its own organization, predictive [...]

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The memory function of the brain is affected by food, and late eating skews its ability to form memories and learn new tasks. #health
Experiments in mice show that misaligned eating patterns can mess with the brain's ability to form memories and learn new tasks
Icy art--winter turns cars into canvasses brushed with ice #winterwonderland  
15+ Cars That Winter Turned Into Art
Winter's a beautiful season, but let's face it – if you wake up on a work day and find your car snowed or, worse yet, iced in, it sucks. Once in a while, however, winter will throw you a break by covering your car in beautiful frost, ice and snow art.
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Just read via a weather historian on Twitter: Today is ‪#‎Ottawa‬'s 38th day since January 1 with temperatures below -15°C. The second highest since the 1800s.

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Get inspired--check out these great examples of interesting + relevant content from "boring" businesses.
It’s easy enough to create amazing content if you’re ASOS or Red Bull or LEGO. But what if you’re a dentist or a funeral provider or you sell Hoover spare parts for a living?

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How to switch Firefox search default back to Google. You'll need to do it after each update, though.
Google posts idiot-proof instructions 'for all the Google Search-loving Firefox fans' out there on how to dump Yahoo search

Following yesterday’s comScore report ( that Yahoo had stolen 1.6 points of its search engine market share, Google has gone out of its way to help Firefox users switch back from Yahoo. 

Not only did Google post instructions on G+ and Twitter, but also created a dedicated page:

Needless to say, even with the slight search gain, Yahoo is not much of a Google killer, so most likely, this is how Googlers are having fun with comScore report.

#searchengine   #marketingnews  
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Thanks for sharing, +Karen Runtz!
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Location-based social media monitoring and engagement --the value of the social cloud. #socialmediamarketing  

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Walk like a penguin to stay safe on ice. #icesafetytips  
The trick to balancing on slick sidewalks is to “walk like a penguin."

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One to ponder: "How the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life." 

We could, of course, substitute North American for American.

Note the differentiation  "between the creatively productive state of melancholy and the soul-wrecking pathology of clinical depression"

and further

"Depression (as I see it, at least) causes apathy in the face of this unease, lethargy approaching total paralysis, an inability to feel much of anything one way or another."

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Depression has walked with me all my life. Sometimes at a distance, sometimes beside me, and at the most frightening times, pulling me by the hand. At  a distance, my creativity can still function; side by side, expression is deadened. But those moments when I escape depression's grip are unlike all others, best described by Hermann Hesse:
“And these men, for whom life has no repose, live at times in their rare moments of happiness with such strength and indescribable beauty, the spray of their moment’s happiness is flung so high and dazzling over the wide sea of suffering, that the light of it, spreading its radiance, touches others too with its enchantment. Thus, like a precious, fleeting foam over the sea of suffering arise all those works of art, in which a single individual lifts himself for an hour so high above his personal destiny that his happiness shines like a star and appears to all who see it as something eternal and as a happiness of their own.”
"Against Happiness," is a book I'd like to read.   #depression
How the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life. "One feels as if one were ly
Tests show products that are recreational or luxurious benefit from rounded prices: Consumers were more inclined to buy a bottle of champagne when it was priced at $40.00 rather than at $39.72 or $40.28. However, for purchases that are utilitarian—a calculator, in this experiment—participants were more likely to buy at the higher non-rounded price. #marketingstrategy  
Consumers are primed to see ".99," but prices that deviate from that format can affect the way they interpret the cost.
“Many features of corporate psychopaths can be mistaken for leadership or positive traits.”

A fascinating article on the three closely related yet independent personality traits-machiavellianism (a manipulative attitude), narcissism (excessive self-love), and psychopathy (lack of empathy)- that make up the Dark Triad and how they relate to the corporate world. Examples from pop culture make it all the more relatable. #corporatepsychopathy
The Dark Tetrad of personalities: they don't get along—they get ahead.
+Carol Jones A sample of the ice that coated my property recently. While some of it has melted, we've still got two months of winter to go, so there will likely be more of it. It makes it harder for the birds like this Hairy Woodpecker to get food so I try to keep my feeders well stocked. #winterwonderland  
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+Karen Runtz. They're beautiful photos Karen. Especially the icicles dripping off the feeder. And what a gorgeous bird. Make sure you + me when you post more. Don't want to miss them. Best wishes for the rest of winter. And thank you for sharing. ~Carol❤  
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Communications strategy, writing, editing, social media marketing, publishing
Strategic Communications, Marketing Communications, Social Media Communications, Writing, Editing, Web Content, Newsletters, Publishing,
  • Sunbelt Business Brokers
    Director, Marketing Communications, 2010 - present
    Provide strategic counsel on marketing and communication, leveraging social media channels to promote Sunbelt Canada brand, raise company profile and visits to Sunbelt Canada website to generate.awareness, referrals and leads. Development and management of Sunbelt Canada blog, newsletter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Development of articles for business publications. Editing, layout, publishing and promotion of books in print and electronic formats.
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    Solopreneur, 2010 - present
    Small business adviser and provider: communications strategy, writing, editing, social media marketing, web content, web usability, publishing.
  • Canada Post
    Manager, Communications, 1988 - 2009
    Various portfolios over my 21 years in Communications. Specialties included Strategic Communications, Measurement and Analysis, Stakeholder Relations, Content Marketing, Writing/editing, Publishing, Social Media, Developing and Managing Intranets, Web Usability, Project Management, Mentoring/Coaching.
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Karen Runtz: Small business writer/editor/web & social media strategist.

Karen Runtz: former earth mother, serial wife, seasoned corporate communicator. Reborn as small business writer/editor/web & social media strategist.

Loves woods, family, images, ideas and learning.

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Ran in 24-hour Jasper to Banff relay in Canadian Rockies
  • Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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