Sunday, September 28, 2014

Introducing Mac Dental Software from Datacon

I've written before that I'm always impressed with a product that fills a very specific need in the market. Datacon does just that: it's an innovative Mac dental software solution that can be tailored to meet the needs of a dental practice needs today and in the future. In fact, Datacon has been evolving over the course of 30 years now. The company started by providing hardware and software for dental practices, then shifted its focus (starting in 2010) onto software development and support.

Datacon is an all-in-one software system. It doesn't require you to buy other modules or additional software packages to add in later. From accounting and scheduling in the front office, to tooth charting and treatment planning in the back office, Datacon has all the features a dental practice needs in one software program. Datacon can integrate with just about any digital radiography or imaging product, and it can be customized to meet the needs of specialty practices, a one-doctor office, or a large, multiple-location clinic.

The founders of Datacon believe that no two practices are alike and that the practice owners know what's best for themselves, their staff, and their patients. Thus, they wanted to make software that is widely compatible because they don't want to dictate the use of any particular type of workstation, camera, sensor, or imaging software. Datacon is compatible with MS Windows and Macintosh workstations, and it runs on a Mac Mini server.

More Photos by Tom Potter

After my recent post about Tom Potter, a photographer based in Colorado, I found myself thinking about his work and wishing I'd shared more samples of his photos. I suppose it's partly because his work makes me nostalgic for the two road trips I've taken to Colorado so far! It's also because I like his work, and I like to spread the word about indie artists on the blog.

So here are a few more photos of Tom's. Be sure to check out his website, http://tompotterphotography.com, to see even more.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Introducing Custom Made Baseball Caps from HeartJacking

HeartJacking is a company which got its start when a young entrepreneur from France had the idea to sell clothing made with electroluminescent material created through fiber optics. The results are some very cool custom-made baseball caps.

If you're into clubbing and partying, imagine having a customized hat that lights up in the dark. You can choose from a variety of colors in selecting the hat and accents you want, and you can choose the text that you want to have on the cap. If you have a nickname, for example, this would be a great way to have a unique item that would allow your friends to recognize you right away, even in a darkened room.

You can start with a specific theme as the base for your hat. Themes include sports (such as NY Yankees hats), music, and ganja. You can also choose different shapes and styles for your cap, such as mesh, snapback, closed back, and so on. Really there are a lot of options given on the site, and if you have questions, be sure to contact the company directly.

HeartJacking prides itself on being a small company with top-notch customer service. Their hats have caught the eye of a many different entertainers including Cee-Lo, Ice Cube, and Katy Perry. They also make some other items such as light up masks and helmets. If you've always imagined having your own LED headgear, HeartJacking is definitely worth checking out.

Meet King, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist of Happiness to Life

King is the lead vocalist and guitarist with Happiness to Life, a Florida-based band which has just completed its first indie pop/rock studio album. King grew up in New York and moved to Lakeland, Florida in 2000, where he studied to become a nationally certified massage therapist. Look for Happiness to Life's album on Amazon and Google Play in October!

1. Would you tell us a little bit about your new band, Happiness to Life?

I just finished our first studio album. I am grateful to have formed my new band, and at this point in time, the band consists of: myself as lead vocalist and lead guitar, a bass player, a drummer, a keyboardist, and a rhythm guitar player. All the musicians in the band are hired members at this moment. We are rehearsing the songs a couple times weekly in preparation before we hit the road.

2. How did the band form?

Originally the band was formed with one person: me. Gradually I started to hire the band members.

3. When it comes to writing songs, what's your process like?

For me, there is no exact formula. A lyric or a melody might pop into my head, and I can use that as a starting point for a song, or I can sit down and concentrate only on writing lyrics or writing the musical structure.

4. How do you balance your music career with your work as a massage therapist?

I took a long break from music. I dedicated a lot of time to my therapy work, and I achieved my objectives. Now my main focus is strictly on my music. On my days off, every now and then, I can do a little therapy work.

5. Why do you feel that you are drawn to creating music with positive, uplifting messages?

As I enter into a higher state of consciousness, I begin to realize that my word is my life, and my feeling is my life because I choose to create them. I can send my word or my feeling to any part of the universe. It will travel, and it will stretch out, and then my word or my feeling will come back to me. Why? Because I am the creator, and this is a very simple universal law whether we are conscious or ignorant of it. So therefore, I decide if I have to say something, I would rather say something that is constructive, positive, and uplifting .

Thanks, King!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meet Katherine Elberfeld, Author and Episcopal Priest

Founder of Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership, Katherine Elberfeld has devoted her life's work to spreading the power and healing touch of servant-leadership throughout the world. Prior to establishing the Gabriel Center, Ms. Elberfeld, an Episcopal priest, served parishes in Northern Virginia for five years. Before entering seminary, Ms. Elberfeld worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, and editor. Her articles on servant-leadership have appeared in regional and international publications including, Leadership, New Therapist, , Leadership in Action, The (Lexington, Ky.) Advocate, Virginia Episcopalian, Washington Diocese, and Pathways, the official magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Ms. Elberfeld's published work also includes, To Speak of Love: Reflections on Servant-Leadership in Life and Work, and a novel called The Lady of the House.

1. What inspired you to write The Lady of the House?

Simply put, the book would not leave me alone until I had written it. Even now, when I cross those concrete bridges with slatted railings along the side, like the bridge described in the book where Annie and Danny explore one day, I feel a sense of relief and contentment that that bridge, its description and the nostalgic longings it gives me, the pull it has on me, are out of me and onto the page and into the book.

2. Why is revisiting the past so important to the narrator of your book?

Annie wants to know how she came to be the woman she is, why she made the decisions she did that shaped her life so profoundly. It is her belief that she will discover the answers to those questions by exploring the past. The underlying hope is that the past will tell her what she needs to know so that she can make different kinds of decisions going forward, helping her to carve out a life more in tune with her longings, values, her true self. That she can lay to rest the regret from which she suffers so profoundly, gain some peace and make choices going forward that will lead to deeper contentment, help her life to be in alignment with her deepest self.

3. How has your work as an Episcopal priest informed your work as a writer?

It's really been the other way around in some ways--I have been writing since I was five, and for publication since 1975. When I entered seminary in 1990, I already had a lot of experience writing professionally behind me. In homiletics (preaching) class, I was very fortunate to have a professor who stressed the same approach to writing sermons as my college creative writing professor had: show it, don't tell it. That really lit me on fire, and I had a wonderful time incorporating that into my preaching and still feel that it's one of the strongest components of my ministry.

Also, as a senior in seminary, I had to pass General Ordination Examinations, required of all students seeking ordination, and the reviewing committee was very affirming about my writing abilities, saying that they had rarely if ever seen exams written at that high level. I was awarded "Outstanding" on all segments but one of the exam.

4. What projects do you see yourself taking on the next year or two?

My publisher and I are in the process of proofing a collection of my short stories, and then I will continue to work with them on the production of the book. With help from my publicist and others, I am establishing a website, KAEwrites.com, to communicate with others about the process of discovery that in my case leads to writing which leads to more discovery. Through my writings, I share my journey with others, and I look forward to hearing about other people's journeys as well, and together we will go forward.

I will also return to a novel on which I've been working which is a fictional account of a woman in the Episcopal priesthood. Should be interesting!

I'll add that I have been gratified at the reception of The Lady of the House--examples include a nomination for the Pushcart Prize honoring fiction published by small presses, and a review from Kirkus Reviews which describes my book as "A lyrical exploration of memory, grief and choice."

Thanks, Katherine!