Sunday, June 25, 2017

George Orwell: Avoid Cliches and Jargon

Writing tips...

George Orwell.

George Orwell, the famous author of such classics as Animal Farm and 1984, was born on June 25, 1903.

He advised writers against:

     1. Cliches.
     2. Needless long words.
     3. Jargon.
     4. The passive voice.

For more of the master's writing tips that can used almost anywhere:

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New Report: iPhone Sales Near 1.2B Units in 10 Years.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Smile: Time to Kickoff Your New Week



For fun videos to kickoff your new week:

-- Dos Equis: Most interesting man and his awkward moment:

-- Capital One: Best friends:

-- E*Trade: Don't get mad:

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George Orwell: Avoid Cliches and Jargon.

Musical Moments: Fitzgerald, Misty

First Lady of Song...

Ella Fitzgerald performing in Chicago in 1958.

Musical Moments features music and artist I've enjoyed over the years.

One of my favorites, Ella Fitzgerald, died 21 years ago this week.  She was the most popular female jazz singer in America for 60 years and the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award.

"Man, woman or child, Ella is the greatest of them all," The Economist reported this week in marking her passing.  Ella was The First Lady of Song, the magazine added.

Here's Misty, one of Ella's many hits:

Photo: Pinterest.

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Smile: Time to Kickoff Your New Week.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Darien's Active Home Market Continues

Weekly update...

Tiger lily season in Darien.

Darien's residential real estate market saw continued activity in the week ending today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were:

             -- 11 new listings of property for sale;
             -- 14 price changes;
             -- Eight accepted offers;
             -- No properties going under contract, and
             -- 10 closings.

For more:  

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Musical Moments: Ella Fitzgerald, Misty.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Study: Rental Demand to Escalate by Millions

New report,,,

A recent study foresees the need for millions of new apartments.

Inventory shortages are weighing down just about every housing market, with supply on all sides—renter- and owner-occupied—on a months-long downtrend, Suzanne De Vita reports on

 A new multifamily report now estimates that by 2030, some 4 million new apartments alone will be needed to keep pace with demand, she wrote.

“Apartment rentals are on the rise, and this trend is expected to continue at least through 2030, which means we’ll need millions of new apartments in the U.S. to meet the increased demand,” said Cindy Clare, chair of the National Apartment Association (NAA), in a statement on the report, released recently by the NAA and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).

For more:

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The latest Darien real estate update.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Things You Need This Summer

Summer's here...

The perfect shirt from Sunad.

Cool strolling in Everlane's Bridge sandals.

Summer officially begins today.

So it’s time to indulge, if you haven’t already, in some wardrobe updates, Hayley Phelan reports on

For some ideas that may help put a smile on your face:

A grand old cover that captures the essence of a lazy summer afternoon along Long Island Sound as boaters head for the drawbridge in nearby Westport, CT.

Photos:, Pinterest.

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Study: Rental Demand to Escalate by Millions.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How Do You Cook The Perfect Egg?

Culinary puzzle...

Frying eggs with a cover.

There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to boil an egg, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, Mark Strauss reports on

But the best way to cook an egg -- be it boiled, fried or poached -- remains a surprisingly contentious subject in the world's kitchens, Strauss wrote.

A few seconds too long in the skillet or a single degree too high in hot water, eggsperts say, is all it takes to upset the delicate balance of texture, appearance and flavor.

For more of a fascinating report:

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Five Things You Need This Summer.