Thursday, April 30, 2009

Are They Really Experts?

Great question in my opinion.

There are so many individuals scattered about on the web claiming to be experts at one thing or another. Some are and some are not. Tread the waters carefully.

I believe most are piranhas. One of the easiest things to do if you cannot make it within your industry is to hang a sign out stating that you are an expert. Once they make that claim, these vultures charge a person for their advice whether it's good, bad or already widely known.

So, how does one decipher through the garbage and scams?

1. Make sure the program, lecture, article, book, etc., is not outrageously priced. I'm sorry; but if something is out of the ball park, the game is over and these people are looking for you to pay their way through life.

2. Research this so-called expert. Make sure they are who they say they are within their industry. Do they have the right to claim they are an expert?

3. Read what they are offering. If the offer is something that you don't need, don't bite.

4. Think about what you're paying for and decide if it is truly worth the cost. Is the value there?

5. Avoid the hype. Don't jump on board just because others are jumping. Listen to your inner voice. In other words, don't be a follower.

You can find experts on the web. Usually they share some valuable information along with their wares. Once you see and understand that they have valuable knowledge, you should move forward and reap the benefits.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Degnan Brothers

Funny picture of my dad and his brothers taken around 1949 in Pawtucket, RI.

Pictured: Kevin Degnan, Leo Degnan Jr., Buttons the dog, and Richard Degnan (a.k.a. my dad)

I guess my dad really loved his cowboy outfit! Anyone see Tonto or the Lone Ranger?

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1919 Degnan Photo

1919 Dorchester, MA

Degnan children: Leo (my grandfather), William and Margaret (Ruth was born in 1920)

I'd like to know how my great grandmother, Lillian Brown Degnan, got those children to sit still and look so good for that picture.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Social Networking Business Manners

Many business owners have lost clients due to their lack of social networking manners.

How? Loose comments, innapropriate language, photos and the like are only a few explanations.

With the advent of social networking sites, business owners have a great source of advertising at their fingertips. However, they must remember to stay professional even when socializing on a personal level.

Manners make a difference in attracting and distracting clients whether they are new or old.

You can mix business and pleasure on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Biznik and the like. Just remember that when you switch gears from business to socializing with friends to be on your best behavior where your comments and photos are public.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Monday, April 20, 2009

Salisbury Beach

1936 in Salisbury Beach, MA

My paternal grandparents Julia Bench Degnan and Leo F. Degnan relaxing in the sun.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Friday, April 17, 2009

Janetta Taylor Brown


I'm not sure when this picture was taken. I'm guessing it was during the 1930s in Massachusetts.
Pictured: My paternal grandfather, Leo Degnan, and his maternal grandmother, Janetta Taylor Brown. She was originally from Digby, Nova Scotia.
Colleen Degnan Johnson

Monday, April 13, 2009

Proofreading Web Sites

A couple of rules apply when proofing or having your web site proofread.

1. Check your site over more than once.
2. Have someone else read your content.
3. Always check your own material even if you hire a proofreader.
4. If you're going to hire a proofreader, hire someone that has a proven record or is in the business. Don't hire your web designer's wife.

You should look for the following:

1. Incorrect spellings
2. Missing punctuation
3. Missing words
4. Check the tense
5. Formatting errors (extra spaces, missing spaces, etc.)
6. Style problems (Don't switch around your style. Stay true to your design.)

Run through your content for each of the above separately. It will make finding an error easier.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Friday, April 10, 2009

Verlin Gragg


Verlin Benjamin Gragg
Feb. 4, 1915 KS
Mar. 26, 1987 TX
Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Excuses, Excuses

Yep, I have them. I've been pretty quiet over here at CMJ Office while I've been concentrating on getting my other business off the ground.

I'm happy to report that Fantasy Face Painting is making great progress and booking into May.

I will get back to posting within the next 2 weeks.

Thanks for following CMJ Office.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Hubby and Baby Sister



Happy 42nd to my hubby, David Johnson, and Happy 30th to my baby sister, Diane Degnan.
Colleen Degnan Johnson

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Jolly Cholly's Funland


This is a painting of the old Jolly Cholly's Funland in North Attleboro, MA.




The picture above is what is left of the park's entrance sign. Very sad in my opinion.


This was a very popular park but has been closed since 1979 and most of it is a vacant lot except for a few buildings that host condominiums. After thirty years I would think something would be built on the remaining land.


Jolly Cholly's Funland
171 East Washington Street
North Attleboro, Massachusetts

Operated from 1950s to 1979.

History: The park occupied 12 acres. The Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Whip, Merry-Go-Round, kiddie boats, kiddie buggies and Sky Fighter were added in 1959 and in 1960 the roller coaster, Roadway ride and 1865 Train were added.

My dad was there quite a bit throughout his youth as he was from Pawtucket, RI and lived nearby. In fact, after one of his family visits my grandmother discovered she had diabetes. My father stated that they were driving up to her cousins house in Cambridge, MA, when she had her first attack. What brought it on? The monster of a hot fudge sundae that she had at Jolly Cholly's.

I remember loving my visits to the park even though it closed when I was only 9. I especially loved their mile long hot dogs. I did have one bad experience there. I lost my favorite red spring jacket at the park. My first 6 skating badges were sewn onto it's sleeves and I remember crying for days over that loss. My poor mother!


It definitely was a great place once upon a time. If you'd like to see some pictures from 1959 of Jolly Cholly's, check this site out. The current picture and info used can be found here.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

George W. Goings

George W. Goings was my husband’s great-great-great grandfather. He was born in 1818 and lived until 1900. The following is a historical document detailing his life. His only surviving daughter from his first marriage, Barbara, married Joseph C. Johnson in Iowa on December 21, 1873.

GOINGS, George W. — (Washington Twp.) Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 15, P. O. Marengo. Was born in Ohio on the 25th day of December, 1818, and when six years of age removed with his parents to Indiana, where he was raised. After completing his education he learned the trade of stone-cutting and followed it for seven years, when, on account of ill health, he was obliged to give it up. Then he engaged in farming and followed it there until the summer of 1849, when he came to this county, being one of its pioneers. He is the owner of a fine farm of 288 acres, well improved. Has a good location for his residence, four miles northwest of Marengo. Mr. Goings has been twice married. First, in Indiana, in October, 1846, to Miss Susanna Wood. By this union they had eleven children of whom one is living. His second marriage was in this county, to Miss Mary J. Norris. They have five children, two boys and three girls. (p. 661.)

I love finding detailed histories.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office