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An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author How to Grow Your Business Without Increasing Your Staff

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Business

Do you need and/or want to grow your business But, … Particularly in the current uncertain and challenging economy, … You don’t want to incur the additional overhead of increasing your permanent staff at this time How can you most efficiently and effectively accomplish this...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author What Was the Most Gratifying Gift You Ever Gave Someone?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Opinions

We decided to conduct a quick, random survey of people we know or came in contact with on a given day, “What was the most gratifying gift you ever gave someone” A car was the answer we heard a few times, with a trend noted that husbands like to buy cars for their wives and parents like to buy their children’s first car We promised our survey participants anonymity, so remember these are not their real names but these are their stories...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Twelve Days of Trying to Christmas Shop

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Humor

On the first try at Christmas shopping, my true love said to me, “Let’s go shopping at the mall” On the second try at Christmas shopping, my true love said to me, “Still no parking spots; who do you think took them all” … On the third try at Christmas shopping, my true love said to me, “We’re out of gas, park on the grass, and not drive around any more...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Hope For Those Unemployed for the Holidays

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Jobs

Facing unemployment Try to see it as an opportunity The dire numbers of unemployment in the United States keep making headlines as companies down-size, right-size, and just re-size We are very familiar with this scenario...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author A Cooking Creation That Refactors Leftover Pies

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Cooking

Our friend Latoola, recently contacted us with an interesting story about her latest cooking creation Latoola’s annual Thanksgiving dinner must include apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies Her husband insists on it even though she protests that only the apple pie typically gets eaten, and she tosses the bulk of the pumpkin and pecan pies into the trash after giving him a week to refuse any more desserts...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author How Are You Planning to Spend "Black Friday"?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Family Concerns

For the past 50 years or so in the United States the day after Thanksgiving – which is always the fourth Thursday in November – is termed “Black Friday” This is a traditional shopping day and is typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year In fact, it’s called Black Friday because many retailers go in the black that day due to all the shoppers who crowd their stores buying gifts for the end-of-the-year holidays...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author 7 Ways You Save Money With Virtual Consulting

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Business Management

There are many ways in which You may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting, Virtual Consultants and a Virtual Consulting Firm to help you satisfy your business needs In this article we will briefly discuss the Top 7 Ways in which You may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting, Virtual Consultants and a Virtual Consulting Firm to help you satisfy of your business needs, ok The first three (3) Money Saving items, below, are ways in which You may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting and Virtual Consultants relative to the costs of utilizing “traditional” consultants that you or they require that they work at your site/facilities...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Hot Dog! Try This Versatile Dinner Dip

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Food and Drinks

Dinner at our friend Latoola’s house must be very interesting when she gets in creative cooking mode We really must finagle an invitation one of these days Meanwhile, we’ll have to settle for trying this latest creative cooking idea she sent us at home...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author What Was the Most Memorable Gift You Ever Received?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Relationships

It’s that time of year when many thoughts focus on gifts; finding the perfect one; finding “the” one someone has asked for as “the only thing I want this year;” just finding anything to get it over with So, with all this energy being expended to shop for, pay for, wrap, and deliver all of these gifts, we sort of started wondering just what does it all mean to an individual We conducted a very informal and limited survey and asked our friend Ellee about her gift memories because we’ve heard some of her stories about gifts from her husband who has pretty much been let off the hook for gift buying...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Holiday Dessert Shortcuts From Some Real Experts

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Cooking

I was having lunch in my favorite Thai restaurant last week while waiting to discuss an order for hand embroidered Thai shirts for employees, and I had the privilege of being seated near enough to a group of eight ladies that I could clearly overhear their conversation After the usual ice-breaker conversation about how everyone was and how things were with their respective jobs, one of them asked, “So, what’s everyone doing for the holidays” Answers included traveling to be with family, staying in town to attend an annual gathering of friends who live away from their families, and one ambitious one who announced she and her family would be meeting at their mountain cabin where she would cook the traditional Thanksgiving meal – all from scratch, including her apple and pumpkin pies...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Christmas is Coming: Can You Help Someone by Shopping For Them?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Family Concerns

We know your gift list is ready to tackle and you are probably already shopping for those on your list, but the question is: Can you help someone that you know better enjoy the holidays by doing their holiday shopping for them Our friend Ellee reports that for the past five years she has shopped for the gifts her mom gives the 31 members of her family As her mother’s strength, mobility, and endurance faded, but her desire to be an active participant in the traditional holiday gift-giving process actually seemed to intensify as she held on to every expression of involvement she could muster, Ellee realized that one of the greatest gifts she could give her mom was to do the shopping...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author This Economy Is No Fairy Tale, But …

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Finances

we can sure draw some analogies Reflecting on the United States economy and the economic woes reported from the rest of the world’s financial systems these past few weeks, we have noticed a possible correlation to the childhood fairy tale “Chicken Little” You probably recall from this old English folk tale that a tiny little chicken called Chicken Little felt a rose leaf fall on her tail one day and immediately ran in great fright crying “the sky is falling...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Halloween is Coming; Do You Know of a Haunted Place?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Short Stories

A friend recently told me about a friend of hers who sent her an instant message that said, “the ghost is back” Not having been aware that her friend had ever had a ghost, my friend inquired further and learned that about six months ago things had started appearing in different places in her home than where she’d left them Finally out of exasperation she’d asked the ghost to leave after about a month and it did so...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Why an Online Store is Good for the Environment

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: World Affairs

We recently had the experience of “watching” a major department store close one of its locations due to a slump in sales We made frequent visits from the date of the announcement till the day the last customer was allowed in and out of the front doors Just to observe the dismantling of a store...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Picture It! 18+ Ideas For Your Custom Photo Reproduction

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Arts and Crafts

You want to decorate with something personal, but just can’t find it It may be as close as your photo collection whether it’s in Grandma’s old photo album or on a modern digital photo system You can order a custom artistic photo reproduction and have a one-of-a-kind creation as a focal point or an accent to any home or office decorating scheme...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author How to Concoct a Saucy Party

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Cooking

It’s that time of year when hosts and hostesses turn their thought to themes for parties celebrating everything from their favorite college or professional football game and Super Bowl parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s parties, and celebrations of All of the other World Holidays during this holiday season We at I-ShopTheWorld are what you might call “party people,” so we have some party idea suggestions that will add variety and spice up your party: host a saucy chili cook-off Compile your guest list so you can create teams of 3-6 cooks...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author How to Recognize Real Thai Silk

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Womens Interest

You might be interested in buying Thai silk, 100% pure silk, but don’t know how to see the difference between real and fake silk You got to know that there is a lot of fake Thai silk, in the markets, which are made of polyester Here are a few guidelines to help you find only real silk...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Why Just Go Green?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: World Affairs

It’s in vogue for advertisers to tout their green initiatives from how much paper they’ve saved through online billing and paying systems to recycling, reusing, and replenishing valuable resources And, certainly I-ShopTheWorld does not question the integrity of this need to preserve the environment We are “green” in that context, for sure, being an online shopping service, with an online catalog as opposed to a printed one...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author A Few Suggestions Before Visiting Burma

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Travel

I visited Burma in 2006 and really liked the time I spent there, it was quite an experience Even though I am against the junta controlling the country, I still decided to visit Burma, as there are many places worth visiting If you are unfamiliar with Burma, which was officially renamed by the junta to the Union of Myanmar in 1989, it is the the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author How to Take Care of Your Thai Silk

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Arts and Crafts

Thai silk is a very delicate fabric and many steps must be taken if you want to keep it for a long time If you take good care of it, it will retain its beautiful texture, but wash it incorrectly and you face the consequence of ruining your Thai silk So here are the most important things to consider when taking care of your Thai silk...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Why is Thailand Such a Popular Travel Destination?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Travel

Thailand, or the “Land of Smiles”, as it is also called, is one of the most popular tourist destinations When you ask someone what are his top travel destinations, Thailand will often be the answer What makes Thailand such a popular tourist destination...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Oil Drilling and the Election

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Politics

So you think the politicians are pushing the Offshore Drilling idea because it is something that will make the price of gas go down I guess you also believed that in the 2004 election, that this Administration was going to do something about Gay Marriage The reality of what this Offshore drilling talk as ONLY about is a hot button issue to get people to vote a certain way...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Save Gas and Money!, Shop Online!

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Internet

With gas prices peaking ove $4/gallon in some places in the US … And much higher in many other countries, which has been the case for a long time, eg in Sierra Leone the current average gas price is $18...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author A Roadmap To Your True Financial Independence - Part 1 - Generating A Passive Income For Yourself

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Finances

Are you searching for a way to true financial independence for yourself and your family Aren't we all ;) Are you tired of being "trapped" in the "rat race", working day in and day out to earn a paycheck that just covers your immediate and short-term expenses...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Is Off-Shore Outsourcing A "Bane" Or A "Boon"?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Opinions

An article in CIOInsight, http://wwwcioinsightcom/article2/0,3959,940251,00asp Quoted some interesting survey results from companies that have gone offshore...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author To Buy? Or To Build? … That Is The Question!

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Computers and Technology

So, you have identified a need in your business for which you believe would be a great candidate for a software solution Now the question is … Do you “run off” and engage (one or more) developers to build this software system(s) for you And/or … Do you “run off” to the “nearest” and/or your favorite on-/off-line software store and buy a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) package solution, and if so which one...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Don't Just Sit There!... Do Something!

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Business

Rather than wait for an "upturn" in the Internet (and/or general) economy Why don't we just work together to create one...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Are You A Virtual Consultant?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Internet

Are You a Virtual Consultant You don’t know (I’ll bet you are and just don’t know it yet ;)) Let’s find out here together, ok...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Will You Recover?

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Business

Would you (and/or your clients) recover from a disaster What would you do if your (and/or your clients') office(s) were destroyed And/or your computer systems "crashed"...

An article by an Isnare.com Expert Author Arm Yourself! To Win The War Against Spam!

Author: Michael DeVries

Category: Internet

Unfortunately, fighting SPAM has become an ever increasing challenge in every day online life :( Even with the passage of the CAN-SPAM legislation which took effect in the United States in January of 2004 (see http://wwwspamlaws...