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Alain B. Burrese "Author, Speaker, Mediator, Attorney" RSS Feed (Missoula, MT)
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Gracelife Silicone Lovely Leaf Shape Cup Coaster Creative Rubber Cup Coaster, 1Pair (Green)
Gracelife Silicone Lovely Leaf Shape Cup Coaster Creative Rubber Cup Coaster, 1Pair (Green)
Offered by Gracelife
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice set of coasters, December 23, 2014
This is a very nice coaster set for glasses and standard sized mugs. If you drink from some humongous container, they might not fit. It looks like a leaf, and the green color ads to the leaf likeness. They are made of silicone so you can place hot things on them, and the also bend and are easy to clean. (You could put candles on them too as they are made of silicone.)

We were provided a sample to review and find them to be a very nice set of coasters. If you like the design, you won't go wrong with these.


Premium Lemon Squeezer - Quality Steel with Large-Size Bowl - Suitable for Lemons and Limes
Premium Lemon Squeezer - Quality Steel with Large-Size Bowl - Suitable for Lemons and Limes
Offered by Deltus Group LLC
Price: $20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice lemon and lime press, December 22, 2014
If you are wanting to squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice, this press from Kitchen Frontier is just the kitchen gadget to get it done. It is a well made stainless steel press. You don't have to worry about it breaking down or having no power as it is hand operated, and it is much sturdier than plastic varieties.

There's really not much to it. It is a simple press. Put have a lemon in it, squeeze, and the juice comes out the holes on the one side of the press. It is solid and should last a long time. The handles are big witch makes it easier to squeeze juice from lemons. There is a ring on the end so you can hang it if you prefer hanging to putting it in a drawer. It's dishwasher safe and easy to clean. It also has a lifetime warranty, so you can't really go wrong with this product if you need a lemon or lime press.

We were provided a sample product to review and find it to be a very good lemon press. An interesting note was inside the box. It had a warning and directed you to a website for a free report before using. You have to provide your e-mail address to be sent the report in PDF form. It's a simple 3 page document with a couple of tips. The "warning" was over hype to get your e-mail. I understand marketing, so I'm okay with it, but wanted to put it here in the review for others to know about.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a lemon and lime press, this is a quality product and recommended.


The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
by Janet Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.29
683 used & new from $0.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Profound Little Book, December 22, 2014
“The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguell Ruiz is a simple book with a powerful message. I have no doubt that living by these four agreements would enable a person to live more happily, productively, and positively. I work on staying the path and adhering to them each day, and when I fail I start again the next day.

The four agreements are to be impeccable with your words, to not take anything personally, to not make assumptions and to always do your best. I said this was a simple book, and these are pretty simple guidelines to live by. But that does not mean they are easily done or adhered to. It's one thing to read them, and to even agree with them, but another to live by them.

In a concise manner, Ruiz not only explains these four agreements, but illustrates the power they have, and why following them can improve one's life. The lessons are practical, and if you open your heart and mind to what Ruiz is teaching the agreements may just change your life for the better. Profound book that I recommend to anyone searching for their spiritual path or just wanting to live a more positive, peaceful and happy life.


Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
by Seth Godin
Edition: Paperback
62 used & new from $2.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for stimulating thought and motivation, December 22, 2014
I really liked “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable” by Seth Godin. It's a simple book with a powerful message supported by examples. Godin is right on the money with trying to get people to change the way they think about business and marketing. That's the key to this book, it gets you to think a different way. The tried and true marketing strategies of years gone by just don't work like they once did. If you really want your business to thrive, you must discover your own Purple Cow, or better yet, create your own Purple Cow.

Again, it is a simple book, and one that can be read short segments at a time or right through. But just because it is simple doesn't mean it isn't powerful. That is, if it changes how you think. What it lacks is a specific blueprint for becoming remarkable or making a remarkable product for your business because that is beyond the scope Godin set out to write about. Once again, the best thing about this book is that it stimulates thought on how to better be remarkable and market in this different time.

Read this book to be motivated to become remarkable!


Ipow Extendable Wireless Cable Control Self-portrait (No Bluetooth Matching and Charging Free)monopod Selfie Handheld Stick Pole with Mount Holder Specially Designed for Iphone 6 6plus 5s 5c 5 4s 4 Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, S3, S2, Note 2, Note 3 and Other Smartphone to Take Photos or Video,black
Ipow Extendable Wireless Cable Control Self-portrait (No Bluetooth Matching and Charging Free)monopod Selfie Handheld Stick Pole with Mount Holder Specially Designed for Iphone 6 6plus 5s 5c 5 4s 4 Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, S3, S2, Note 2, Note 3 and Other Smartphone to Take Photos or Video,black
Offered by Empire Palace USA INC
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have button on handle to take pictures, December 21, 2014
This selfie pole works just fine. It is not as sturdy as some of my other telescopic camera poles, but for taking a selfie with a cell phone, this pole does work well. I've used it with my iPhone 6+.

It is obvious from the writing on the box that this was not made in America and whoever designed the box is not a native English speaker. However, that does not negate the fact that it is pretty simple to use and it does work.

There is a cell phone cradle with a spring arm. It's an okay cradle, but I do like a couple of others I have a bit better. Those other cradles will fit this pole, so that is good. There is a little thumb screw that allows you to change the angle of the camera.

The telescopic rod slides out and is pretty stiff, so it stays where you leave it. It doesn't have clamps like my more expensive and sturdier telescopic camera poles. It is not as sturdy as those either, but for a selfie with a cell phone, it is fine. It goes out to 40 inches.

The thing this pole has that my tougher, sturdier and longer telescopic poles don't have is the cable that allows you to control the camera from the handle. I was sent a pole to review, and the one sent to me wasn't Bluetooth, but rather the one that has the “volume key cable.” There is a headphone cable at the camera end of the pole that you can put into the headphone jack of your phone. When that is in the phone, you just have to press the button that is on the handle of the pole to take your picture. It worked great with my iPhone 6+. This is much nicer than using the timer of the phone like I have to do with other poles. The pole itself is just okay. My other poles are so much nicer and stronger. But because of the cable to connect to the headphone jack and the button on the handle. I upped this pole to 4 stars because I do really like that feature.


SteelSeries Siberia v3 Prism Gaming Headset-Cool Grey
SteelSeries Siberia v3 Prism Gaming Headset-Cool Grey
Price: $139.99
13 used & new from $139.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice headset, December 21, 2014
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This is a very nice headset. The thing I like the most is that they are very comfortable. They are also a good looking set if you care about that. I can't see the lights on the side when they are on, so I don't care about those that much, but it is a cool feature.

The lightness and comfort of the ear cushions are definitely what I like the best. They feel great when wearing. They sound great too. I have absolutely no complains when wearing them and listening with them. The retractable and flexible mic is also nice. It is easy to pull out and then put back when not needed. You can also mute the mic with the switch behind the ear.

The only thing that would make this set of headphones better would be Bluetooth so you wouldn't have the cable to connect to your computer. I use them with my computer at the desk, so the length is fine, but some might wish to have a longer cable depending on where they are using them.

Bottom line: This is a very nice headset.


The Power of Tao: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony
The Power of Tao: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony
Price: $8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Apply the lessons from the Tao Te Ching, December 19, 2014
I have read a number of different translations of Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching.” I think it is a timeless book of wisdom, and I’ve enjoyed thinking about how the verses apply to my life today. However, sometimes it is nice to read or hear different views on how to apply the Tao, or Way. That is where books such as “The Power of Tao: A Timeless Guide To Happiness and Harmony” by Lou Marinoff come in. This is an exceptional guide to the wisdom of Lao Tzu and how it applies today, just as it always had. It really is timeless wisdom.

Marinoff presents lessons from Lao Tzu in an enlightening and engaging manner that not only teaches but inspires. What is presented here is a philosophy for living, for overcoming life’s challenges, and for being happy in a world that is not always the world of harmony we wish it would be.

Many philosophers write in the abstract, leaving the reader to ponder the application of the words upon the page. Marinoff actually brings this philosophy to life by illustrating its relevance to our modern world. He shares current examples of Taoist theory and its practical implementation to living today. These examples illuminate the importance and practicality of this ancient Chinese philosophy more clearly in layman’s language than I have ever read before.

I also like how the author relates “The Tao” to Confucianism, Buddhism, and Stoicism, philosophies I’ve also studied. Reading the book really makes one think about priorities of life and how one can contribute to civilization and the world. This is an outstanding read for all those interested in philosophy, and especially those who want to learn and apply the lessons from the Tao Te Ching to their lives. Highly recommended.


Premium 16 - 47" Telescopic Pole by CamKix - For GoPro Hero; Compact Cameras; and Cell Phones - With Cradle for Wifi Remote - Extra Strong and Stable Clip Lock System - Includes GoPro Mount, Cell Phone Holder, Selfie Mirror, Thumbscrew, and Adjustable Lanyard
Premium 16 - 47" Telescopic Pole by CamKix - For GoPro Hero; Compact Cameras; and Cell Phones - With Cradle for Wifi Remote - Extra Strong and Stable Clip Lock System - Includes GoPro Mount, Cell Phone Holder, Selfie Mirror, Thumbscrew, and Adjustable Lanyard
Offered by ECO-FUSED
Price: $29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Telescopic Pole for All Small Cameras including Go Pro and Cell Phones, December 19, 2014
If you are looking for a telescopic pole for your Go Pro, cell phone, or other small camera, this Premium All In One Telescopic Pole by CamKix is an excellent accessory for your photo needs. I was provided a pole for review and I m thoroughly impressed.

While the pole is lightweight, it is well made and doesn't feel cheap at all. It is a quality product. It expands from 16 inches to 47 inches, and even at full extension with a camera mounted on the end, it still feels sturdy. The 47 inch extension also provides quite the reach, or a very wide view selfie if used for that. The three locking mechanisms work easily and hold the pole securely at the desired length.

The pole has everything you need for various cameras. There is a cell phone holder that works great with my iPhone 6+. It holds is securely and allows for easy selfies. (There is also a small selfie mirror that can be used with cameras that you can't see yourself when taking selfies. It is small, and a bit hard to see when fully extended at the 47 inch length, but it does work and helps align the camera for taking selfies.) It also comes with a Go Pro mount and thumbscrew in case you don't have one. This worked well for attaching one of my Go Pro cameras. Compact cameras can be attached directly to the screw on the top of the pole.

There is a thumbscrew near the top that turns easily and allows you to change the angle of the camera. This tightens and holds the camera at the angle you choose. There is a foam handle that is comfortable to hold onto, and a wrist strap. The base of the pole is flat so you can place the pole on a flat surface and use it as a monopod if you wanted. There is a screw hole in the end too in case you wanted to mount this on another stand or had another attachment. (some wrist straps have a screw to put into these end holes.) Additionally, there is a plastic cradle that will hold a Go Pro wifi remote that attaches to the pole. You can snap this off if you don't need it.

If you are looking for a good telescopic pole for any of your cameras, you won't go wrong with this excellent product from CamKix.


Microfiber Towel for Travel, Beach, Bath, Gym, Camping - XL Extra Large but Compact, Antibacterial and Quick Dry with small Carry Pouch (Lavender, 60 x 30 Inches)
Microfiber Towel for Travel, Beach, Bath, Gym, Camping - XL Extra Large but Compact, Antibacterial and Quick Dry with small Carry Pouch (Lavender, 60 x 30 Inches)
Offered by LaRoyal
Price: $36.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Towel, December 19, 2014
I was offered one of these towels to review, so I got it for my wife. It is a great product to take to the beach, pool, or camping. Take it anyplace you need a fast drying towel that is compact and easy to take with you. There's also a loop so you can hang it up.

The towel is 60 by 30 inches and folds up to carry in the included pouch. It is very light weight, and the microfiber drys out quickly. It is also treated with antibacterial agents to help prevent mold and extend the life of the towel. Since we just got it, we can't comment on that part. You can machine wash the towel and then let it hang dry. (It dries pretty quickly.)

As a bonus, it comes in a purple color that both my wife and daughter like. (I imagine my daughter will be using this at the pool more than my wife.)

It is a very good large microfiber towel that will dry you off and then dry quickly before you store it away in the small pouch. Excellent towel – highly recommended.


Baytek Cell Phone Light-Weight Protective Holster/Case with Kick Stand, Secure Grip and Belt Clip for Apple iPhone 6
Baytek Cell Phone Light-Weight Protective Holster/Case with Kick Stand, Secure Grip and Belt Clip for Apple iPhone 6
Offered by iTech-Deals
Price: $12.00
2 used & new from $12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent inexpensive case with holster, December 17, 2014
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I was sent a code to receive one of these cases for free. Unfortunately, when ordering and using the coupon code I didn't notice it was for the 6 and not the 6+. I tried to exchange the item, but didn't hear back when I e-mailed about the mistake. Oh well. I'll still provide an honest opinion of the case, even though my phone won't fit in it, so take the review for what it is worth without actually having a phone in it.

The case is decent. It's not near as tough as my Urban Armor Gear cases, but it should provide decent protection and last. The holster seems to have a good spring on the clip. The kick stand works well too. It's a cheaper case, but for an inexpensive one, it is nice.

I prefer my tougher mil spec UAG cases, especially the Folio that has the front cover, but this would not be a bad case for budget minded consumer that also wants the holster. It doesn't seem like it is as durable as more expensive cases, but that's what you would expect. I'd probably give it a 3.5, but I rounded up to 4 because it is the holiday season after all.


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