#ThrowbackThursday Early years.

birgitI found this on an old NFN web page about its volunteers.

Here is what I wrote in December 2002

After 10 years in Restaurant Management in Germany I not only changed my profession but also the country I live in and came to Naples in August 1998. Christian, my hubby, was relocated by his company. Rumors say due to inclement weather.
After buying a convertible in the first week and moving in to the new place, I joined the Naples Free-Net in September. Fascinated by the Internet and doing homepages already since 1995 in Munich for a similar organization, it seemed to be a good thing to do.

Since then I tried to spread the word about the Internet, helping on the helpteam, joining the Education and the Web Team. Since June I serve on the Board of Directors. ColdFusion is my new toy and passion.

Book Review was my first ColdFusion project. The lastes big project for the Naples Free-Net was the homepage. At the moment the online tools for the new Tiered Services are in preparation. Since May 2002 I am part of NFN’s Executive Committee as Vice-president and since June 2002 I am the Naples Free-Net’s Webmaster and chair the NFN Webteam with the NFN Fusioneers:-)

In November 2002 we finally moved into our new home.

At the Naples Free-Net I met very interesting, heartwarming and awfully smart people. The NFN Volunteers are the closest thing to a family I could get, while my own family and friends are suddenly thousands of miles away.

The Naples Free-Net is very lively organization with dedicated people. It is amazing what this group of volunteers has accoomplished over all these years. I feel very privilege to serv this organization in various projects.

Please feel free to sent suggestions and comments to me under birgit@naples.net.

December 2002


Photo by Christian Haack, 1997 on a boat ride from Teneriffa to Lanzarote. The star & stripes outfit and the Sebastian Inlet hat, I obtained a year earlier at our vacation in Florida.

Back from Europe in Fall: My latest photos on @Eyeem

While testing the various ways, I can reuse photos posted on various photos sharing sites on websites, I discovered the embedded slideshow feature on Eyeem.
Here are the latest 20 photos I shared online:

Just read about a new feature to include a Tag/Funk collection in a website as well. This would be a great way to have your website viewer keep up with a photos contest/meme around your organization etc… provided that the photos were uploaded to Eyeem.
This is the meme “Colors of Autumn” an Eyeem Mission which ended October 27. The recap has not been published yet, but I have a few photos posted to this mission. Keep the fingers crossed!

Kunstpause: The Gift of Today

Louis Schwartzberg’s Talk on Gratitude at TEDxSF

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

Out and about on Google+

Social Media Club Southwest Florida Event


A Serious Case of Cricotine Withdrawal

Naples Cricket ClubSo, I’ve been having these dreams lately.

There’s this one dream where I’m running down a lawn chasing this little red ball without ever being able to reach it.

In the other dream I’m just walking at a leisurely pace and then, all of a sudden, I have this urge to bend over quickly and swing my right arm over my head in a forward motion.

And then there is the one where a little red object is coming at me at high speed and I try to swash it away with a heavy stick. Only to make that object pop up high into the air and then hitting me on the head.

Anybody any idea what these dreams could mean?

I’m afraid it could be a serious case of CRICOTINE WITHDRAWAL!