Monthly Archives: August 2012

Email Hacked Today!

Email Hacked Today!

Email hacked? You change your passwords often.

I got hacked today!

“Email hacked today! What a day this has been.”

This is what happened to a good friend of mine today.  She had taken her boys to stay with her Mom for the day and upon arrival at work, had a call from Mom telling her to check her e-mail.

A parent from the baseball team had called her Mom and was very worried about her. He wanted to know what he needed to do.

Why would he ask that?

Well, he had received an email that said my friend was in London and that she had misplaced her wallet and he needed to send her a certain amount of money asap!

My friend’s Mom explained to the parent that her daughter was fine and was not in London. He was so relieved.  Calls came in from New York, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey and locally to check on her.

It was so upsetting to have her email hacked and her privacy invaded like this. You think you have all of the necessary security in place and then something like this happens.

On the good side, what my friend discovered, however, is that in spite of all of this, she was able to touch base with people she hadn’t spoken to in quite some time who were genuinely concerned for her.

She discovered that her friends read this fake email and just knew it didn’t sound like her at all and became suspicious.

So, tip #1 – double check your passwords to be sure they’re strong:

  • If your password has an “a” in it, change it to the “@” symbol instead
  • Change your passwords regularly (once per month)
  • Are you using obvious pass words such as “firstname123” or “your last name 123”? (Change it!)
  • Do not share your passwords with family or friends (yes, people do this!)
  • Do not save your passwords in a file on your computer. Write them down on paper and store in a safe, private place.

Long story short, my friend is a little unnerved but doing well in her hometown (not London!) Lesson learned.

Take care,


Gluten-Free Lifestyle is Possible While Eating Italian Food

Gluten-Free Lifestyle is Possible While Eating Italian Food

Gluten-free lifestyle is very possible even while eating Italian food!

My gluten-free lifestyle made it almost impossible to include Italian food. I’ve even brought my own gluten-free pasta to a local restaurant and asked for a cup of spaghetti sauce so that I could enjoy Italian food with my family.

I know, I know – a bit over the top, but I missed the atmosphere of my local Italian restaurant.

Now, for a little history:

My Italian grandparents operated a deli/grocery store/fruit market in Paterson, NJ for several decades. My great-grandfather, Andrea, started this business in 1905 (approx.) and then my uncle sold the building in 2005, so our family business was around for 100 years! Love that.

My Mom worked in the store from 1955 until 1967, so all of my days off from school were spent here (see photo of the store above).

Needless to say, pasta was eaten at least once a week!

For most of my life, I suffered from stomach aches and fatigue. In 2001, after trying the Atkins Diet, all of my intestinal pain disappeared! You’d think I would’ve put two and two together at that point but I was in denial that wheat/gluten could actually be the cause of my pain and that I needed to maintain a gluten-free diet.

So, after not eating wheat for 2 months or so, I felt great and decided to indulge in a wonderful meal of bread and pizza. Big mistake. My hubby had to take me to the ER several hours later.

That’s the day I woke up to the fact that I had to change my diet to one that was totally gluten-free. No more wheat. No regular bread. No pasta or pizza. Oy!

Let me tell you, my doctors were very skeptical that wheat was the cause. They didn’t have an alternative answer, but they were adamant that wheat was not harming me.  The fact remains, though, that abstinence from not only wheat but also corn and soy totally gave me my life back.

But the problem was this: I loved Italian food.  And it seemed I wouldn’t be able to eat much at my favorite restaurants until recently.

I picked up a recent copy of the “Gluten-Free Living” magazine the other day and was pleased to see:

1. Ads for restaurants who are sensitive to those of us who are gluten intolerant.

2.  Interview with the wonderful chef, Tsai Ming, who explained why and how he works hard to provide alternatives to restaurant customers who have various food sensitivities.

3.  Another interview with a well known television actress, Jennifer Esposito, who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009. Jennifer explains how going gluten free impacted her health and her career.

So, you see, when I see restaurant owners like Chef Peter Ingrasselino (Weehawken, NJ) or the owners of Alfredo’s`in Port Orange, FL add gluten-free entrees and pizza to their menu, it literally brings tears to my eyes and gives me many choices within this gluten-free lifestyle.

It’s wonderful, after 11 years, to finally have the opportunity to visit an Italian restaurant with my family to enjoy pasta or pizza.

Many thanks to all of the restaurant owners who have become more aware of food allergies and how to serve all of their customers’ gluten-free lifestyle. Let’s continue to support  and encourage their efforts.

Facebook Reconnects You With Family and Friends

Facebook Reconnects You With Family and Friends

Facebook Helps Us Reconnect With Family, Friends and Develop Business Partnerships

Weren’t you in my Senior Psych class at Clifton High?


Facebook membership has allowed me to reconnect with family and friends I haven’t seen or spoke to in years.

Here’s how it happened:

A few years ago, someone asked to connect with me on LinkedIn. When I placed her name in Google, it was clear that this lady was busy with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn! She was an independent paralegal.  By simply placing her name in Google, I was able to see what she was doing to promote her business.

Facebook was one of the tools she used to not only build her business but also to keep in touch with family and friends.

Honestly, I hadn’t heard of Facebook. So, I joined up and after a search or two, quickly found several former high school classmates.  Then, I reconnected with a wonderful childhood friend who went to elementary school with me in Paterson, NJ.

I began my own paralegal page on Facebook called “Paralegal Coffee Talk” and have met some wonderful people there. FYI: Feel free to stop by.

Long story short, after viewing the gorilla photos below, I began to think about how great it has been to reconnect with family, friends (LOL!) and also make new connections with people who have the same faith or interests that I do.

Has Facebook taken the place of meeting my family and friends in person?

In reality, our communication has increased.  Just recently, I teamed up with other web designers to form a team and all connections were made on Facebook. Powerful, right?

Have you had the same result?

After you take a look at the link below, let me know how social media has impacted your life (whether it be Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+). It’s made a huge, positive impact on my life!

Gorilla brothers reunite after 3 years!