Sunday, February 21, 2010

Thought for today (hey it's for YOU!)

Lately it seems, the world in general has become intensely "uncivil". People wish for politicians to die. They wish for competitors to die. I myself volunteered to pray for someone to die (some one mean and devastating to be around but still....) and then I read Dick Polman, The American Debate, in today's paper. And I read this quote... and I'm passing it along:

"In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity", And Old Abe knew something about "saying things" and I doubt the circumstances now are really all that different than when Lincoln was being threatened and hated. I'd add a further admonition - don't say anything to another, that you wouldn't wish on a loved one. Cause there is a capricious fate, that makes us partners with our enemies. You might bring down the rain on his head but it's gonna get your feet wet to.

All of which is to say "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar" - which my Great Aunt Frances used to to say..

Friday, February 12, 2010


Copyright 2010 Maria Soto Robbins

This pretty lady is, non other than Deb, from our onlinebusinesssuccess group. She took me up on my offer to do an oil painting portrait. I don't really know too much about her, other than that she lives in Sedona, and while I was painting her I thought that she seemed to me to be an outdoorsy-California-type! Well she wrote back telling me that she was originally from California and she loves to hike! So, I wasn’t too far off. She has a warm smile and lovely eyes, and she likes her painting! I’m so glad, Deb.

She also requested that I paint her little dog. This sweet little pup is "Dinkie". She tells me that "Dinkie is such a sweetie. He has his own blog at: We rescued him August 4th, 2009. He is well-mannered and such an angel. We call his little white spot on his head his "kissing spot". We also say that it is where his halo is. It is a wonderful painting of Dinkie!"

I have a backlog of practice portraits that have been requested so for now, if you'd like to have one done, please allow at least 2 months for completion!
Maria Soto Robbins
Miami, Fl

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bonanzle is the Place To Be

Are you an Ebay seller that is deciding what you are doing with your Ebay store ? Are you a smaller seller that doesn't want to pay the fees? Are you a business looking for alternatives to Ebay then Bonanzle  is the place to be.

Bonanzle is a great site with easy listings, numerous payment options, discussions boards and overall a great selling and buying experience. They are adding new user friendly features all the time and the sense of community is amazing. You will find discussion boards to help and promote each other and there is very little negative posts unlike other places.

The owners are amazingly quick to deal with any issues and answer email very fast when an issue arises.

One of the best things is how quick and easy it is to list on Bonanzle. They have a one page form for title, category, pictures and in only a few minutes you can have a listing up and ready for sale and they send your items to Google regularly. You can find more information on how to list on this blog.

There are also 3 ways to become a member one is free and two paid memberships with advantages listed on the site.

I think every online seller will need to take a hard look at their numbers, their sales, their fees and what and where is the best place to sell their items. There really is no right answer for this but it is very important you look at your business and your numbers and sell on the places that are right for you.

If you don't already sell on Bonanzle check it out you will be very happy you did.