Author: NicoleMcGruder

Buying Fireworks 101

The 4th of July is full of laughter, music, and of course, fireworks.  You spend a lot of time planning the perfect holiday, so don’t let yours end on a bad note by buying deadly fireworks. The National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS), stresses that you should only buy consumer fireworks from legitimate sources. Consumer fireworks can be easily identified, as they are packaged in bright colors and have safety warnings that include the country it was manufactured.   Firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets,  shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, Roman candles, rockets fall into this category.  There are other types of consumer fireworks...

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Surviving the Grind: 3 Steps to Managing Your Boss

Being in healthcare management for almost two decades with multiple Fortune 500 companies, I learned a lot that I hope to share through a series of blogs called “Surviving the Grind.”  This first blog focuses on something that many people can’t fathom.  Despite, the apparent dominance of a boss over an employee,  you have the potential power to effectively manage your boss.  Here are three steps to help you along: Become the Resident Expert. Become knowledgeable about the operations of your company and your department.  Being able to identify when a trend is shifting or an imminent change is coming, can put you...

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Leave Already! The Complexity of Domestic Violence

There have been a series of domestic violence instances in the news as of late. Did you ever think (maybe mentally) that “Why doesn’t she just leave him? I would never put up with that.” Unfortunately, DV is a very complex issue that affects a broad spectrum of women. One of the reasons they find it difficult to leave their abusers is that they are often plagued with a multitude of economic barriers such as: Lack of affordable housing Unemployment Lack of available living-wage jobs Lack of transportation Limited child care options So then what’s the big deal? Those...

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Middleburg Film Festival Hits East Coast in Two Weeks!

The Middleburg Film Festival will be in full swing from October 31 to November 1, 2014 in the picturesque town of Middleburg, VA.  I’m so excited to be attending this year on behalf of Parkview Media Group, as we’re definitely interested in staying abreast of the newest and hottest films coming to the big screen.  Can’t wait to see three of the releases which have already stirred quite a buzz:  Escobar:  Paradise Lost, The Imitation Game, and ’71.         1.  “Escobar:  A Paradise Lost” The story unfolds with a young surfer (Josh Hutcherson, who played Peeta Mellark in the popular 2011...

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