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    Outdoor Focus

    Jennifer Bringle

    August 17, 2016

    Going for the Gold

    If you’re like me, you’ve been glued to your television the past week watching coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio. I’m a sports fan in general (it’s hard to grow up in college basketball country and not be), but there’s something special about the Olympics that really gets me going every four years. It's fun to feel part of something that can unite a country around a common goal. Particularly in a year as politically polarizing as this election cycle has been, the sense of national camaraderie feels even sweeter. I felt that ...

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    Waynette Goodson

    August 15, 2016

    An Eye for Design

    Now here’s an issue that thrills me from my Chanel eye glasses to my Prada-clad toes – the Designer Issue. Sigh. Once upon a time I worked on Seventh Avenue in New York as a fit model (back before size 6 became the new 14). Today I still have the fashion fever, and one’s home is certainly an extension of one’s style. So I’m so excited that upscale designers are having such an impact on the “5th Room.” The slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby,” perhaps best describes the metamorphosis the outdoor space has undergone ...

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    Bridget Driscoll

    August 11, 2016

    Keywords: What you should and shouldn't do

    You might find that your site traffic is down, and your web sales are not what they used to be. Websites are complex vehicles with a lot of moving parts—even more so if you have an e-commerce website. If you've read any of my recent blogs, I keep harping on keywords. How important they are, where they're used, etc. But what the heck are they? Here’s a good definition: an informative word used in an information retrieval system to indicate the content of a document. A bit of a mouthful, yes, but this explanation basically sums ...

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