Monthly Archives: January 2011

Arizona Gem Show 2011: Short Readings from Yolanda O. Stern’s Book on Natural Pearls, “Sex and the Wild Pearl”

From the book on natural pearls, "Sex and the Wild Pearl," by Yolanda O. Stern

For those of you who are not yet aware about my 2011 project, “Pearls for Peace” at the One World Institute, now you know! Yolanda Ortega Stern, whose “Projects for Peace” totally engaged my curiosity about natural pearls in the Sulu Archipelago in Southern Philippines, shared the story of Basil Anik, the Fisherman-Artist, who created unique brooches, with the $25 per brooch donations going toward feeding the artisan-interns who work with him. There will be more pearls that I will be asking for donations from all of you, of course. I say: “Enjoy my pearls for peace because they go toward supporting sustainable livelihood in areas of conflict.” (HINT: I am accepting your on-going orders!)

Manang Yo,” our fond nickname for this philanthropist, and her husband, Dr. Tom K. Stern, the philanthropist and best-selling “I-can’t-put-down-this-novel-because-it-is-so-thrilling!” author, devote time dealing with “the trade,” where they supply the natural pearls from T. Stern Natural Pearls or SternPearls.com to the people who work on this world’s unique and rare treasures and transform these natural pearls into exquisite (and very expensive) pieces of jewelry. Tom K. Stern is the inspiration behind the founding of the Natural Pearl Society.

On January 31 to February 6, 2011, at the Arizona Global Gem and Jewelry Show, Yolanda O. Stern will be one of the members from the Natural Pearl Society who will be educating “the trade” about the history, care, science, marketing, and the romance of natural pearls. Yolanda’s much-anticipated book about SEX — not sex for homo sapiens but about “SEX AND THE WILD PEARL” — is coming soon to our neighborhood. As a special preview, “Manang Yo” will be giving a couple of short readings (from her book) during this gem show.

Check out the schedule of Yolanda Ortega Stern’s readings of her book on natural pearls, “Sex and the Wild Pearl,” at the Arizona Gem and Jewelry Show at the Hotel Arizona here.

You can imagine what the book launching events are going to be like: VERY EDUCATIONAL!

Pearls for Peace – Basil Anik 2010 December Catalog

OWI Benefit Drive for 2011 – A Diamond Necklace for Philanthropy for Peace

A Radiant Digital View: Twitter Basics for Everyone

January 20, 2011

Hello, everyone!

Ever since Twitter was “invented” in 2006, I can visualize marketing copywriters singing “This is MY song!” especially since the challenge is how to tell a story in this “conversation economy” in 140 characters. I love it! Of course, I had to learn some basic lessons when I opened my account in 2007, letting my Twitter account languish in “Dream Land” until I decided to finally use my account sometime in 2009.

The Digitally-Intimate Lardizabal Siblings: Myrna, David, Lorna, Belen, and Noemi
The Digitally-Intimate Lardizabal Siblings: Myrna, David, Lorna, Belen, and Noemi


This posting is for everyone in my life who is mystified by Twitter.
These friends are generally over 40 years old and are comfortable with e-mail and Facebook. New terms pop up, such as “trending,” which is gaining a 21st century digital space definition.

intr.v. trend·ed, trend·ing, trends

1. To extend, incline, or veer in a specified direction: The prevailing wind trends east-northeast.
2. To show a general tendency; tend: “The gender gap was trending down” (James J. Kilpatrick).

Right now, I checked my Klout rating as a Twitter user.

This is what my Klout score is for today:


Lorna L. Dietz is an Explorer

You actively engage in the social web, constantly trying out new ways to interact and network. You’re exploring the ecosystem and making it work for you. Your level of activity and engagement shows that you “get it”, we predict you’ll be moving up.

I certainly cannot beat my sister’s record of tweeting her 20,000th tweet a month ago BUT she is a new media publisher. She started increasing her twitter use about six months prior to the May 2010 Presidential Elections in the Philippines.

When a community advocate-friend privately INBOXED me in Facebook, asking me how I created my tweet to alert the Filipino American community about his important community service event today, I decided that I would not re-invent the wheel BUT that I would look for youtube videos that educate and entertain.

Here they are. I will INBOX my friend with my explicit instructions (which I had emailed to everyone in the group last New Year’s Day BUT you know how it is — people are VISUAL!)…

There’s more…

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