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Along with Millions, the Duchess remembers John Lennon Today October 8th, 2010

Don’t even recall exactly what got the Duchess of Earle started on this sequence of events, but she’s here, nonetheless – ah, yes!  It was the Google logo of the day that led her to stumble across some videos on YouTube, including Yoko Ono‘s invitation to all to post their own memorials today.  What followed was an enjoyable lunch hour pulling up one video after another of Beatles songs on this 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon.

The Duchess remembers the days when the rockin’ British boys with the pudding-bowl bangs caused such a stir.  Nothing was the same after that in the modern music world, that is certain – and the impact clearly remains to the present and will certainly be with us far beyond this date.

The Duchess will share with you Yoko’s remarks:

Then she will also share with you the fun she found after seeing Yoko’s message.  It’s a band of Beatles-song-singers named The Meetles and the Duchess has had a great time listening to the oldies!  Brings back many long-forgotten memories!  She invites you to enjoy the following videos as much as she has. :)

Here’s to you,  John, and your Beatle buddies, Paul, George and Ringo – thank you for all the great music and memories!

Duchess of Earle Shares a Thought from Jeffery Combs September 28th, 2010

The Duchess of Earle just opened an emailed invitation from Jeffery Combs.  The invite is for his regular Tuesday evening call and tonight’s interesting – and vitally important – topic is “The Science of Attraction.”

Jeffery’s invitation says, “This call will assist you to develop a better understanding of the attraction process, how it works, why it works, and how you can use the laws of attraction to improve both your personal and professional life. As a matter of fact, the more you understand the natural laws of attraction, the more you will realize the laws are always in effect.  Prosperity, leadership, success, and happiness are all situations you have the ability to create through attraction. ”

Then what really caught her eye was the quote he shared from his book, More Heart Than Talent

Life is about service and value and giving back, not just taking.  Everything operates off a yin and a yang, a give and take, and you’ll get exactly what you expect. When you expect to struggle, the Universe will reward you with exactly what you expect. When you expect to flow, to reside, to be hands-free, to evolve and start to become the person you’ve always deserved to be, the Universe will also reward you with its own sense of abundance.”

The Duchess most cordially invites you to check out all the amazing products that Jeffery has to offer – there’s absolutely something for everyone, no matter what stage you’re at in your career.  The Duchess recommends in particular “The Power of Asking” – happily, he’s running a special on that.  Just what everyone is looking for in these times – a great deal with great value!


“How about them Twins!” MN Twins Clinch 2010 AL Central Championship September 22nd, 2010

Well, as you may know from other postings in the Duchess’ Diary, the Duchess of Earle is a fan of the great American pasttime, specifically of the Minnesota Twins

So she is delighted to share in the excitement of the inaugural season at the new outdoor stadium (Target Field), made all the more special by the clinching of the AL Central Division last evening. 

For those of you not yet in the know, the Twins had rallied to defeat Cleveland and then they and the fans sat it out, awaiting the results of the game the Chicago White Sox/Oakland Athletics game, which was still being played on the West Coast.  The ChiSox failed to overcome a five-run deficit, which took the Twins’ magic number down to zero – and then the fun started.  The team christened themselves – and, as you’ll see in the video below, even some of the fans – in celebration.


The Duchess offers her hearty congratulations to the entire team and to the coaching/managerial staff for this grand accomplishment, which feels especially sweet in light of this being the first year of the long-awaited return to outdoor baseball in the Twin Cities.  What a way to close out the regular season! 

Congratulations, Guys!  We’re rootin’ for you in the post-season!  Go!  Go!  GO!

What fun there is more than one kind of fireworks in Target Field this first year!



Jeffery Combs brings “More Heart Than Talent” to Houston, TX! September 22nd, 2010

The Duchess of Earle finds in her inbox this morning that Jeffery Combs will be in Houston, Texas this weekend with his More Heart Than Talent program.  For those of her readers that are going to be in the area and are looking to break through some old limitations, don’t go it alone!  Get yourselves into the room with Jeffery this weekend! 

Here’s the scoop:

More Heart Than Talent breakthrough session will be held Saturday, September 25, 2010  from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The price – and privilege – to pay is a bargain, friends!  It’s a mere $20.00 and you can pay at the door.

So come Saturday morning, get on your horse and head to the Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW,  located at 7979 Willow Chase Blvd., Houston, TX 77070.

So what to do if you’re not going to be in Houston this coming weekend – and you still desire to get in on the benefits of  a breakthrough?  Click the link below to go to the website, the click “Seminars and Events,” which will take you to Jeff’s event schedule for the rest of 2010.   

Yes, Duchess, take me to Jeffery Combs’ speaking schedule because I desire a breakthrough in 2010!

Or, of that still doesn’t work for you, try this instead:  Check out this terrific CD set on the art of prospecting.  It will give you valuable information that can propel your business to success! 

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Talk about a Lucky Day! September 18th, 2010

The Duchess of Earle has a friend that sent her a video that gave the Duchess such a wonderful laugh at the end that she simply cannot resist posting it on her blog, just for the enjoyment of her followers.  Hope you get as good a laugh out of it as she did!  By the way, that’s the late great born-in-the-State-of-Minnesota Frances Gumm, better known as Judy Garland, singing…  Enjoy, friends!




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Register for Loral Langemeier’s Meeting Tonight! September 13th, 2010

The Duchess of Earle cordially invites all her readers to get online quickly to register for a meeting this evening with Loral Langemeier.  Loral will be discussing how to strongly finish out the year 2010 with your business.  Click here to register now!  Rustle those stumps, dear readers, and finish the year with a bang!

The Duke and Duchess attend The Scottsboro Boys at the Guthrie September 9th, 2010

The Duke and Duchess of Earle rather fell heir to a couple of tickets to the Minneapolis-based theatrical jewel, the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, today.  On tap for the evening’s entertainment – if, in one sense, one dares to call it that – was The Scottsboro Boys, a minstrel show based on the true story of nine African-American males (the Duchess won’t call them men because one of them was a mere twelve years old) apprehended in Alabama in 1931.  They were falsely accused, first, of fighting with some white youths, and second, of the rape of two white women (who were, incidentally, lying – but apparently the truth didn’t matter in the prejudiced mental climate of the day). 

The production is energetic, mesmerizing in the impact of its story, leaving one feeling uncomfortably guilty for enjoying the beauties of the show.  It’s minimally, but creatively and excellently set.  A trio of frames, each smaller than the one before, in addition to marking the visual confines of the stage and the narrowing path of these fellow’s lives, also respresented to the Duchess the tightly constrained Southern mindset and society.  Silver chairs with barred backs, continually rearranged, become windows, prison cells and, coupled with boards, trains – with tambourine wheels. 

The lighting is equally good.   Especially haunting to the Duchess was the shadow of the woman falling behind Haywood Patterson as he sang a song late in the show – the woman who, at the end, becomes Rosa Parks, refusing to give up her seat at the front of the bus.

In spite of the emotional challenge for the viewers, the show still garnered enthusiastic whistles and a standing ovation from the audience at the close of the one-act musical. 

This production reminded the Duchess of the famous Broadway show, Cabaret – a show the Duchess has seen a number of times over the years.  There, as in The Scottsboro Boys, absolutely wonderful vocal harmonies are contrasted with the ugly treatment that many receive in this world.  This show, too, is headed for Broadway and it’s not difficult to see why.  For a taste, take a look at the opening number in the video below:



This one tells something about the background of the show: 

This play runs through the 25th of September.  If you’re in the area, the Duchess highly recommends you get your ticket, because September is already flying by.  If this requires travel arrangements, the Duchess offers you a link directly to her travel site:


News of a Concert on Madeline Island September 9th, 2010

Good afternoon to all the Duchess of Earle‘s readers!

There is likely a high percentage of her readers – those of you from outside the US – that are unfamiliar with the Apostle Islands, located along Lake Superior‘s Wisconsin, USA, shore. 

It’s a greatly picturesque place – twenty-two islands off the town of Bayfield, Wisconsin, which in the latter 1800s was a great tourist destination.  But over the years, the tourists ceased to come by boat, as they did in those days, and now they arrive by car.

  Bayfield, Wisconsin, USA

There is only one of those islands that is inhabited by more than the local critters (this is not counting the park personnel that live as caretakers on a few of the islands).  That island is called Madeline Island, which is a ferryboat ride across the chilly Superior waters from the town of Bayfield.

Madeline Island Ferry

The town is called La Pointe; it is not a fancy metropolis, but nevertheless it offers its own brand of backwater charms.  Amongst them is Tom’s Burned Down Cafe – a name that stuck after Tom’s Cafe had a nasty fire some years ago.  But, like a phoenix, Tom’s rose from the ashes and has continued to host business ever since, including having performers in to entertain his guests.

 Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

Just this afternoon, the Duchess has received the news from an acquaintance of hers, a talented lady experienced in the entertaining field.  Her name is Jane Aleckson and she has a musical partner named Jim Ouska.  They’ve played together for a lot of years.  The Duchess trades emails with Jane every so often – and here came one today with the news that Jane and Jim will be performing at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe this weekend, Friday and Saturday nights, September 10th and 11th. 

So if you, dear reader happen to be one of the lucky ones that would be in the vicinity of Tom’s Burned Down Cafe this weekend, you’re certainly welcome to stop ’round to lend your ear to what is sure to be an enjoyable concert.  The Duchess is unable to be there herself, but will absolutely be there in spirit!

P.S.  For those of you that, like the Duchess, won’t be there, you can always check out Jane and Jim’s website at .

 P.P.S.  The Duchess has found this video of Jane, albeit playing with other musicians than Jim Ouska, and is including it here for your listening pleasure. 


Like the sound of Bayfield?  Want to book that car or a flight to get there?  Check out the Duchess’ travel site to make your arrangements!  Bon voyage!

“Check us out for your Travel Plans,” says the Duchess of Earle August 29th, 2010

Good evening, dear readers!

The Duchess of Earle is just posting a quick note this evening to invite you to check out her travel website if you’re contemplating taking a holiday to that favorite spot.  We have some good deals that are being offered – deals you won’t want to miss out on.  So please, accept the Duchess’ invitation to investigate what deals you can get by clicking on the banners below.  Thanks for checking us out!


Also, please note that oftentimes you can get even better deals when you book airfare and hotels together.  For a customized trip, click on the ad below:


The Duchess of Earle Picks up Art Williams’ Book August 27th, 2010

The Duchess of Earle regularly attends training sessions focused on the relationship marketing company she promotes these days.  There are very experienced people doing the teaching and in this case the instructor was a chap named Chris Doyle

  Chris Doyle

Now Mr. Doyle has been a successful businessman in his own right before getting into this particular company.  He ran a company that stone-washed blue jeans for all the big-name retailers.  Then NAFTA came along and that “giant sucking sound” of which Ross Perot spoke had its effect on Doyle’s business and he lost it all within a few short months – he went from multi-millionaire to flat broke.  So he’s had it all – and he’s had it at zero.  But as it happily happens, he’s made it all back again. 

So in this recent training session, Mr. Doyle happened to mention a certain book.  Now the Duchess has the tendency to take note when a mentor mentions a book and she also tends to run right out, pick up a copy and dig in to find out what gems for her are hidden between the covers.  The book mentioned in this case is one written in the latter 1980s by the insurance industry’s star A. L. Williams’ and it is titled, All You Can Do Is All You Can Do But All You Can Do Is Enough

So the Duchess, true to form, got online on the FHTM Rewards Mall (By the way, dear reader, you are invited to click on the Rewards Mall link and go to there to create your own account, so you, too, may get discounts and earn money back on your online purchases) and went shopping for a copy.  It arrived today and she started right out reading it aloud to herself and the Duke as they were on the way to take an evening walk together around one of the City of Minneapolis’ famous lakes

She read most of the way home too – and she and the Duke are enjoying what they’re hearing.  Some of it reminds her of what Jeffery Combs says (check some of the other more recent posts on this blog for more information about Mr. Combs).

She has decided to share some of her favorite tidbits out of this evening’s readings:

Mr. Williams says in his book that there are unwritten laws and in this first chapter he lists two.  The first one says that “Life will give you whatever you’ll accept.”  He points out that one must “demand”  in order to get the most replete sense of life.  The second is “Life will turn out the way you see it turning out.”  This opens the door to dream again, even if one has been “beaten up” by life in general.  He points out that, even though times are tough, if we desire success – whatever our personal definition of that is – we have the ability to change our thinking and our expectations, the ability rise to the occasion, to “show up and fight for it.” 

This is reminiscent of what James Allen says in his book, As a Man Thinketh:  “A man is literally what he thinks.”  And that harks back to the Scriptures, the book of Solomon‘s Proverbs (Chapter 23, Verse 7 to be exact), where it says, “…as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…” 

So, friends, this evening the Duchess is appreciating Williams’, Allen’s and Solomon’s words of self-examination and encouragement – and invites you to do the same.  Life may hand us lemons some days, but let’s get busy making lemonade! 

Lemonade is marketable! – and done correctly, it’s profitable! – even in a difficult economy.  But it’s up to you and me to DECIDE to make it through the challenges.  Just like Chris Doyle, Art Williams – and many others – let’s go for it!