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Thanks Everybody!

I got a bunch of Happy Birthday messages yesterday, and I really appreciate it! I'm giving you this Chaka Kahn video as a present, because she has the same birthday as me (GO ARIES LADIES!) and who doesn't love some 80's energy?
 
Happy birthday to Miss Chaka Khan,
62 years completed today.

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the "Queen of Funk", Ms. Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.

Early on, she caught the attention of music icon Stevie Wonder, who penned her first smash hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good." The single from the group's 1974 platinum-selling album, Rags to Rufus, earned Chaka her first Grammy Award. With Chaka as the group's dynamic center, Rufus became one of the most popular acts around selling out shows throughout the country and dominating the airwaves with hit after hit with songs such as "You Got the Love," which Chaka co-wrote, "Once You Get Started," "Sweet Thing," "Everlasting Love," "Do You Love What You Feel?" and "Ain't Nobody," Chaka's second Grammy Award-winning song with Rufus. Rufus and Chaka Khan racked up five RIAA certified gold and platinum albums during their time together. 

It was inevitable that a singer with Chaka's star power would eventually venture out on her own. In 1978, Chaka blazed onto the music scene as a solo artist with the release of the smash hit "I'm Every Woman" written by Ashford & Simpson. Paired with the late producer extraordinaire, Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler), her catalog grew even more impressive with hits such as "Clouds," "Papillon," and "What 'Cha Gonna Do For Me?" 

It was during this time that Chaka began pursuing her love of jazz. She and Arif brilliantly re-worked the classic song "Night in Tunisia" with the song's originator, Dizzy Gillespie, on trumpet. Chaka also recorded an album of jazz standards titled 'Echoes of an Era', which featured such luminaries as Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Her crowning achievement in jazz was the Grammy Award-winning tune, "Be Bop Medley." The song's album, titled Chaka Khan, also won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. 

However, the song that made Chaka Khan a household name and propelled her to superstardom the world over was "I Feel For You," written and first performed by Prince. This chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning song also made music history. Released in 1984, it was the first R&B song to feature a rap, which was performed by Grandmaster Melle Mel. Chaka also topped the charts with "This Is My Night" and the instant classic, "Through The Fire." Now in top demand, Chaka lent her voice and producer skills to two of the biggest hits of 1986, Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" and Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love." 

Throughout her legendary career, Chaka Khan has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka's recorded music has produced over 2,000 catalogue song placements. 

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Another Step Toward Drone Delivery?

I think I might have to try this...
 
CEO Jeff Bezos wants 30-minute delivery by drone for Amazon Prime customers.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced two years ago he wanted to build a drone-based delivery service. The company now has a license from the US Federal Aviation Administration to begin testing said service.
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What's the time duration on 'Be Awesome'? I think it'd be best if it was variable. Some days the world needs 6 hours of your awesome. Others, you'll only give it 30 minutes. :)
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This cat has crazy climbing skills!
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Shikumika - Systemize

Something I need to integrate into my daily routine. #protip   #KISS  
When I first codified the guiding principles of my company, I committed this rule to paper: Hypothesize – Practice – Validate. It was a step-by-step process designed to keep everyone in the firm always looking for that opportunity for improvement. But I soon realized that principle needed editing. It needed one more step. We call that step Shikumika. Roughly translated, Shikumika means “systemize.” This is the step that is crucial to improvement ...
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Birthday Blessings

Well, we were blessed with several inches of snow -which isn't at all what I wanted. But I woke up to a healthy happy family, and some lovely gifts from the man I love. Life Is Good for me right now.
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Saving This For Later

I only got partway through this on my lunchbreak today, so I'm posting it here to read later. Don't judge me.
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Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Harps are like sprinklers, and sprinklers are like Spring -so this is totes relevant. #stpatricksday2015   #relevant   #dontjudgeme  
 
Because you should start your morning with a raccoon playing...a...sprinkler...harp...
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This is a super cute book for kids!

I got a copy for my kids last year, and we all enjoy reading about Jack, the rhinoceros wrangler. #RockfordIL   #buylocal   #authorspotlight  
 
Get a copy of this lovely children's book today.
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I've Always Liked Samsung...

...and now I have even more reason to look to them for my next upgrade.
There is one area where Samsung certainly did not copy Apple: Its biggest gadget unveiling of the year featured women on stage.
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Lunchtime In Beloit!

...followed up by a visit to the fancy-pants candy shop! I love my life some days.
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  • Northern Illinois University
    B.A. Journalism, 2004 - 2012
    At N.I.U. I studied: Broadcast Journalism, New Media, Public Relations/Marketing and International News/media.
  • Rockford College
    English Literature, 2002 - 2004
    I took classes in English Lit, Middle English Lit, Anthropology and Philosophy.
  • Rock Valley College
    Student-at-Large, 2002 - 2004
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I'm a writer at heart -always have been. Social Media is my bread and butter, but it's also a really exciting field to work in and I'm enthusiastic about exploring all the possibilities it holds. I play Ingress, Dungeons & Dragons, and Sid Meier's Civ 5 with equal excitement.

 I'm also working on a Fantasy novel, but that's a story for another day...



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I have given birth to two healthy 10 pound baby boys. I've been a single mother, a published writer, a community manager, an honor student, a mobile DJ, a city reporter, and I'm a good shot with a 9mm pistol. Also, I've been told I type "wicked fast".
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social media, marketing, content curation, SEO, writing, editing, networking, blogging, generating random numbers between 1 - 20.
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  • bfads.net
    Social Media & Marketing Coordinator, 2012 - present
  • Momentum Workshop
    Content Consultant, Editor, 2010 - 2012
  • The Daily Diamond
    Conveyor of Infotainment, 2012 - 2012
  • Northern Star Newspaper
    City Reporter, 2012 - 2012
  • Delta Disc Jockeys
    Karaoke DJ, 2010 - 2012
  • Northern Television Center
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