Did You Know?? There is a Skyscraper Museum in NYC!

NYC Skyscraper National Park  Kurt Vonnegut  Image by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzzThere is Skyscraper Museum in New York City, the world’s first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.

The Skyscraper Museum in NYC is located in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

The Skyscraper image was shot with a Verizon DROID RAZR HD Smartphone back in summer 2013 from my hotel window at the Trump Hotel Central Park Columbus Circle courtesy of Trivago.

I have since been upgraded several times with the latest in smartphone technology while I am participating in the #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Program as a Verizon Wireless Influencer and Brand Ambassador.  I am currently testing a Verizon Droid Turbo and also shooting images with an iPhone6 as well this summer.

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Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Welcoming and Influencing Your Community

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Welcome to My Community by Katie Shea Design

Long ago were the memories of the wafting aroma of freshly baked cake, bread or the sweet fragrances of fresh-cut flowers being ready for the welcoming of a new family into the neighborhood community.

Growing up in my “Baby Boomer Generation” there was a welcoming protocol to most neighborhoods.

Whenever we would see a moving truck pull into the neighborhood the children would get excited and wonder if the new family would have kids that could be possible new playmates.

The “grownups” as we called them would get busy putting together cakes, cupcakes, meals or a bunch of handpicked flowers to call on the new neighbors welcoming them to the neighborhood.

The families would take turns greeting the new neighbors by knocking on the front door or ringing their doorbell and introducing themselves carrying homemade, welcoming gifts.

There was also something called “The Welcome Wagon”  that some neighborhoods also used in addition to personal welcomes as described.

Recently while participating in a Twitter Chat by chance the very drastic shift in our daily lives jumped out to me.

There is hardly any children playing outside, neighbors sitting on their porches or neighbors ringing doorbell delivering welcome gifts.

Plentiful is the “Virtual Communities” that have no doors with knockers or doorbells, just keyboards that with one keystroke can “Like” or “Obliterate” the lives of anyone or everyone in a particular virtual community.

We now have Emojis to express our feelings including, cakes, hearts, and flowers!

The problem with emoji is that you cannot smell, taste or feel them and share those sensory experiences with another living being.

Virtual communities are growing in leaps and bounds, but people are feeling lonelier than ever.

Depression is at an all time high and selfies abound!  What is this compulsion to photograph one’s self every breathing moment implying that life is one big party??

All the non-stop social sharing masquerades as communication. It is not social sharing if there is not any exchange or reciprocation.

After I participated in a random twitter chat it was pointed out to me that so many feel left out, not heard and not even greeted with a proper hello.  The gratitude for taking the time to take part in a chat or give to the community by attending is scarce and more times than not, reserved for the social stars that bring numbers to the game.

This ignited my thoughts about how many people have taken their time deciding to become part of “My Virtual Community.”  Have I greeted all with a “Hello” and “Thanked” them for hitting that Follow button or “Liking” my Tweets, FB Posts, Pinterest Pins or Instagram Images?

This Post is for all those I have missed out on saying a proper “Hello” greeting and “Thanking” you for deciding to become a member of my community!!

I would love to be able to stop by for a cup of tea or if it is five o’clock somewhere a glass of wine!

I would like to bring over a cake, freshly baked bread or a bunch flowers and tell you that you matter and you are not just a number acquired for social media statistics.

Call to Action for My Community:

I would like to influence my community to participate on social media by sharing, exchanging and reciprocating with me and their own micro-communities.

I invite you to drop me an email:  ksdpinterest@gmail.com  Say Hello, a few words to connect or hit me with a tweet @KatieSheaDesign,  Friend Request me on FaceBook, Leave me a comment on Instagram , Say Hi on Pinterest or leave me a comment below!

I will respond as soon as I can.

Virtual Communities can launch off-line communities where people’s presence and participation make a difference.

Social Media is just the cocktail party leading to the main event! ~ KSD

Best,

Kathleen

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6 smartphone, edited with the snapseed app and designed with the picmonkey app.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania

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Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

The following image illustrates an example of a possible Verizon Wireless Customer’s Monthly Data Usage:

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Please Click on the following image to calculate your Monthly Data Usage:

Verizon Data Usage Calculator

After calculating your estimated Monthly Data Usage stop by Verizon Wireless and check out all the latest Wireless Plans available for your wireless devices.

The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Nothing Is Impossible for the Lord

Nothing is impossible for the Lord.   Katie Shea Design

I went to bed last night with a heavy heart and woke up with a heavy heart.

Starting my day begins with a nuclear hot cup of tea and Our Daily Bread Devotional.

When I opened the devotional site I was met with the following title:

“Facing The Impossible” 

I smiled at God because once again I felt his presence all around me.

There are things that come our way that seem to have no correct answers and seem mathematically impossible as well as not humanly possible.

Today’s day and age the millennial generation seems to have so many advantages and tools at their fingertips.  I agree that growing up in this Technology boom era has created so many new opportunities that my Baby Boomer generation did not have at our disposal.

There is one thing that is constant, has always been and will always be and that is God.

I have learned while navigating this journey that we call life that nothing is a sure thing.  My faith is what has carried me through the darkest hours and most joyous blessings.

All the technology and modern medicine within our grasp does not supersede the power of God.

As I pray today I am constantly reminded that God has a plan.  God’s plan does not necessarily mean that it lines up with my plan.  So I pray that God would give me the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Phil 4:7

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1

Nothing is impossible for the Lord.

 

Dance Sing Live ….

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Dance, Sing Live by Katie SHea Design shot with iPhone6  VZWBuzz

Dance As If No One Were Watching

Sing As If No One Were Listening

And Live Every Day As If It

Were Your Last

As you begin another day….

Dance

Sing

Live 

Image shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design in Hoboken NJ

Edited with Snapseed App for iPhone

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God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder

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God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder, yet holds His children in the palm of His hand. image by Katie Shea Design  iPhone6 #VZWBuzz

“God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder, yet holds His children in the palm of His hand.”

A few weeks ago I was once again reminded that God is in control and holds me in the palm of his hand during every breath of my life.

It was January 1st, 2015 and my husband could not find his cross that I had given him for a special anniversary.  I asked my husband of 31 years where he had already looked for it so I could search out other places.  We were busy preparing for our New Year’s Day celebration and this was distracting my husband since the cross meant so much to him.  The idea of losing something so meaningful to him on New Year’s day was quite distressing.

I went upstairs to search other places and also to pray that God would impress on me where to begin my scavenger hunt.  Almost at once I was led to the side of our bed where my husband had dropped his NY Jets socks ( where he already had looked).  I was on my hands and knees examining all around and nothing.  I pushed the socks out of the way and heard a scraping sound.  I immediately picked up the socks and there was my husband’s necklace stuck to the bottom of the socks hooked on by a rung of the chain.

I had been praying that morning very specifically for something regarding my daughter. When I found the necklace I immediately knew God was communicating to me once again through a piece of jewelry.

Ten years ago, New Year’s Eve 2004 we were not sure if our daughter was going to see 2005 as she lay so ill in her hospital bed.

“All of a sudden I felt a rush of Peace and understanding.  I cried and cried.  My husband held onto me and just thought this was me cracking finally. I was in fact crying in joy. God had whispered to me that if I had lost my earring for days and I had in fact been to so many places in and around our house and the large hospital and my earring could be saved from a loss why would he not save my daughter who was far more precious than a golden earring. Then a Bible verse that I had recited so many times took on a whole new meaning. 

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Was I sure that she was going to live an earthly life through all of this, the answer was no.

What I became sure of was that God had her in the palm of his hand and He was in charge not me.  As the days and weeks rolled on it became apparent that the plan was that she was going to live through this ordeal.” Read More: The Claddagh Earrings

Finding my husband’s necklace on New Year’s Day after crying out to God that very morning regarding our daughter and again asking for his help to find the necklace was a huge sign to me that God is holding me and my family in the palm of his hand as he always has.  Something that seems so trivial in the grand scheme of things is of great significance to me.

God speaks in the most simple ways in everyday situations if you have ears to hear and eyes to see.