There are a gazillion websites on the internet. And yet, you’ve chosen to visit mine.

I’m humbled.

I’m thankful.

I appreciate you. (Yes, you!)

Without an audience, I’m just talkin’ to the wall. Not that I mind talkin’ to the wall, but unfortunately, the wall doesn’t talk back. And that’s no fun at all. I mean, who wants to be right all the time? 🙂

In 1994, for example, there were fewer than 3,000 websites online. By 2014, there were more than 1 billion. That represents a 33 million percent increase in 20 years…

The weird thing is, most of these sites exist without being seen. The average person doesn’t venture very far across the web, only visiting 96 separate domains per month, according to a Nielsen estimate in 2013…

By 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, Google was serving more than 3.5 billion searches per day—equivalent to 40,000 searches every second…


From Google:

ballsy:  tough and courageous
“a cool, ballsy woman who could not be intimidated”


ballsy:  boldly aggressive or courageous
“a ballsy gal who isn’t afraid of anyone”

“I’m ballsy. Well, sometimes I’m ballsy.”  Norah Jones


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(Photos taken 1/27/2016.)

Okay, I went a little crazy with the ball photos, but I’m blaming that on my obsession with balls. Thanks for viewing. 🙂

In Growing Economies, Some People Are Left Behind

By most measures, metro areas such as Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C.; have enjoyed some of the strongest economic growth in recent years. The resulting prosperity, however, isn’t spreading across all segments of the workforce, particularly to the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

These three regions and others have enjoyed strong job gains but earned low marks on measures of economic inclusion in a Brookings Institution report released Thursday. The study, while assessing overall growth and prosperity, also examines the extent to which standards of living have improved for all people within metro areas…

Brookings ranked the 100 largest metro areas using a series of indicators in four areas: economic growth, prosperity, economic inclusion and inclusion by race. Most metro areas registered gains in economic growth and prosperity, but few improved on measures of inclusion…

Consider the Austin metro area: It recorded the strongest growth nationally in both total jobs and gross metropolitan product. At the same time, its inflation-adjusted median wage still declined and the relative income poverty rate climbed faster than in all but 18 other areas…

Albuquerque, N.M.; Augusta, Ga.; and Columbia, S.C.; were the lowest-ranked metro areas for changes in overall inclusion in the Brookings report…

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