Getting inspired in the new year

by PRITeam

Every month we share some of the things we’re currently obsessing over. Songs we can’t stop humming, a movie we’re still thinking about two weeks later, the best article we’ve read recently, a recipe to die for. The things that make us stop in our tracks and say “Yeah!”

Wild about Harry

"Never play anything the same way twice."

Frank Mendelson revels in listening to great radio stations streaming online from all over the world. In New Orleans, where the music simmers throughout the city, WWOZ celebrates the region by broadcasting jazz, Cajun, blues, and local artists. Frank says it’s “a great station and also the official radio for the Jazz Fest.” Oh, and that quote is by the great Louis Armstrong.


Giving to kids in need (and thanks, Oprah!)

Allyson Murphy makes sure to DVR the “Oprah’s Favorite Things” episode every year. You know the one, where the Queen of Talk gives away sweaters, iPods, trips, and cars, and audience members scream, faint, and jump up and down. It’s always a riot. This year Oprah gave out gift cards to a fantastic organization called that helps teachers fund special projects for their classrooms. Supporters select a project and donate any amount of money toward supplies like digital projectors, dry erase boards, alto saxophones, and more. Teacher and students benefit with each click.

To the rescue

Old prose, new technology

If you received a Kindle this holiday season, you’re not alone. Elena Nazzaro loves hers! Recent articles have listed a possible 8 million sold in 2010—that’s more than 60% of’s projected sales. With recent news about Borders and Barnes & Noble stores having money problems, it’s even more interesting. We at PRI are big readers. With our Kindles we have been enjoying the many free books available online. Revisit the classics, or discover some new ones. Elena loves Project Gutenberg for getting all of the Anne of Green Gables books her library doesn't carry! Amazon also has a limited-time list of free ebooks that have turned up some winners that she’ll certainly read again. Her only beefs with the Kindle are the fact that she still needs a book light to read in bed with it, and that she can’t get library books on it. Other than that, it had her at “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

True crime

Positive steps to change your habits

Now’s the time we start thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions and new beginnings: 1/1/11—so many 1s! But, how often in past years have you done this and now you’re making the same resolutions again? This year, Dany Petraska is basing her strategy on the idea that it takes 21 days to make a new habit (this article says 30, others say 21 or 28 is the magic number). She’s planning to use Habit Forge to create new habits, one at a time, throughout the coming year. She says, “I still need to write the full plan, but I’ll be working on 12 new ‘good’ habits throughout 2011!”

Colors in motion

Clicking can make a difference

Breast cancer awareness is an issue close to Nichole Chobin’s heart. She’s known a number of friends and friends’ moms who have gone through scares. She says, “Seeing their struggles as well as their courage has been truly inspiring. It’s hard to imagine yourself or your own mother having to struggle with this dreadful disease.” She makes a point to visit the Breast Cancer Site every day to ”click“ and make a small difference. The site’s sponsors help fund free mammograms for women in need.

A brainy insight

“May the phone be with you.”

Matt Wenner is a huge Star Wars fan, and so was thrilled to receive a Droid R2-D2 Empire Strikes Back phone this Christmas. It has all the bells, whistles, beeps, and toots we’ve come to expect from our phones. Matt loves the ringtones and wallpapers and apps because they’re exclusive to this particular phone. So now he can channel his inner Luke (or Han, or Chewie) and aid the Rebel Alliance to beat the bad guys!

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