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Who is Soldier Knows Best?

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Earlier, I finally had a chance to connect with Mark on FaceTime. You probably know him on YouTube (and other social sites) as SoldierKnowsBest. The burning question is… WHAT does he know best?

Mark is in the Army Reserves, stationed in St. Louis right now. He says that his full-time job is as a video producer on YouTube, though! His YT bio states that his channel is dedicated to “The latest news, reviews, and demos of the best tech hardware, software and everything else.” He’s personable, smart and fun to watch.

You may remember my talking about him on the blog not long ago. Mark proposed to long-time girlfriend Christine via Twitter – and she accepted with a tweet. I thought it was pretty unique and cool at the time, but it seems to have become somewhat of a fad now. Way to go for starting that trend, Mark! They plan to live stream their actual wedding, as well!

Mark says that he never dreamed of something like this. He only began uploading videos for fun a couple of years ago. He started slowly building a following, and noticed how many others out there were making a living out of this. It still blows his mind that he actually makes a living this way, and encourages others to never give up. Keep working hard, and reaching for your dreams.

I’m telling you – if I can do this, anyone can. Mark agrees 100%.

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Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day means different things to different people. For most of us, it’s a day reserved to give extra thanks to the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces and remember those who gave their lives fighting for our country. There are parades, celebrations and memorials all over the United States to honor those who have fallen. However, to me Memorial Day is just that… a day to remember. I don’t feel it should be limited to remembering and honoring soldiers. It is a day that we can do the same thing for anyone in our lives that we have lost.

Just recently, a long-time member of the IRC network where my chat is hosted passed away unexpectedly. Jen hung out in my channels for as long as I can remember. She was highly intelligent and possessed a sense of humor that many people couldn’t resist. She was a friend to nearly everyone, but those who got on her bad side tended to cower in fear. She was loving and loyal… and happened to be my assistant Kat’s best friend. All of us in the live community who knew Jen are deeply saddened by her loss, which makes this Memorial Day even more poignant. Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers are with Jen’s family in New Mexico.

When you take time on Monday to honor our soldiers and their sacrifices, make sure you also remember those in your life who have already passed on. Enjoy the time with family and friends and make every moment count.

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Truck Stuck – A Story Before Bed

My nephew Zander lives down in Texas. I don’t get to spend time with him nearly as often as I wish I could. Just like any other toddler, he loves a good bedtime story. Since I cannot be with him each night in person, I decided to record myself reading a story. I went on the hunt for something that would work, and came across A Story Before Bed.

Choose one of the books in the library on the site, and record yourself reading it by using your webcam. It won’t cost you anything to get started. If you are happy with your recording and want to share it with a special child in your life, simply pay a flat $6.99 fee. After the fee has been paid, you can email the link to your story to the kids, and they can then watch it as many times as they like. This works great for parents who are traveling or in the military, grandparents who don’t live nearby, and even crazy uncles who live where it rains way too much at times.

As I said, I recorded a story for Zander, by reading the book “Truck Stuck”. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I’ve already been told my efforts were a hit. My assistant Kat has a granddaughter who is about to turn three. Kat showed the video to Jenna, who was enthralled by it. She made her Nanna replay the book four times in a row. I sincerely hope that Zander loves it as much as Jenna does.

I know I’m not the only one out there who has a special child in their life that you cannot be physically near. Why not record a bedtime story for them to enjoy? You’ll be creating memories that they can carry with them throughout their lifetime.