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Geri Spieler
Investigative journalist, research director, research analyst and award-winning speaker Geri Spieler is author of Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman who Shot at Gerald Ford. Published by Palgrave-Macmillan, in bookstores on January 12, 2009.

Spieler has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, was a featured correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was published in Westways magazine and Forbes. She founded and edited Electronic Commerce News, a technology journal published by Phillips Business Information, which led to a six-year assignment as a Research Director and Analyst for the Gartner Group, an international technology advising company.

Spieler hosts a live Webinar, "Super Sleuthing: Internet Research Skills Everyone Should Know."

Entries by Geri Spieler

We Won't Be Riding Elephants On Our Trip to Cambodia

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Three year old MeBai, a young elephant in Thailand, was taken from her mother in the wild by an organization that supplies elephants for tourist rides.

To get her ready for her career carting tourists around on her back all day, young MeBai first had to undergo the...

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3 Retail Technologies That Cross Over E-commerce

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Ever since the retail market of the Web exploded, the expectation was that brick and mortar was doomed. For some stores, such as Borders Books and Music, it met its fate as marched across the bookstore landscape and chewed up most of what was in its path.

However, for...

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Safety Technology Not Just for Seniors

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 12:34 PM

There are new "toys" on the market targeted to seniors. However, while these products are marketed for seniors, they are devices anyone can use for safety and recovery. Indeed, many of these new devices are aimed at anyone who walks and talks.

Some of the technology created to help...

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Skip -- More Than Sara Jane's Brother -- My Friend

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 10:38 PM

I lost a friend this week. Well, I call him a friend, although we had an unusual relationship.

In large part, he began as a source for my book, Taking Aim at The President: The Remarkable Story of The Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford. The...

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Opportunities for Microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 9:12 PM

A burgeoning market for micro financial institutions (MFI) is set to take hold. The Sub-Saharan African low-income market is set to explode by 25 percent in 2015. Currently 863 million people live in 47 countries. Total gross domestic product (GDP) is $1 billion. It grew to an average of 5.4...

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The Importance of Having Boundaries in Your Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Too often people mistake kindness for weakness.

It's a trap you don't want to fall into. Most of us want to be liked, help others and be generous. That's fine as long as you remain aware of your boundaries. It's easy when you are going out of your way for...

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Successful Women Outside the Boardroom

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 5:00 AM

We too often equate wildly successful women with business acumen. In fact, there are many successful women outside the boardroom who have great success stories who are not part of the world of business.

Here are just a very few women who are -- and have made -- a...

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Aging in Place: When Technology Can Help

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:15 PM

It's not always easy to change habits and your lifestyle, even if it's something you need to do. In the case of helping a parent or loved one to continue living at home while recovering or aging, there are tools at hand that can ease the burden of a child...

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How to Hire Good Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Recruiting and staffing a company is time-consuming and complex. The pressure to fill an opening has as much pressure for the employer as it has for the candidate. In fact, there is more pressure for the employer as a bad hire is very expensive on may levels. The wrong hire...

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Medical Robots Born of Disruptive Innovation

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 11:50 PM

Do you trust a robot to diagnose your ailments? You may not have a choice as medicine moves closer to embracing technology as part of the standard practice of medicine.

But don't despair. A medical robot could save your life. You can thank disruptive innovation and the development of medical...

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Care and Feeding of an Obstinate Plum Tree

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 1:52 PM

I inherited 10 fruit trees, one a 50 year-old Anjou Pear. A couple of apple of unknown variety, five citrus, a Loquat and a Black Fig.

They all survived my learning curve, so I figured I had graduated to the level of planting my own varieties of fruit. I had...

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Remodeling Pleasure and Pain: Five Survival Tips

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:01 PM

I'm a remodeling maven.

I've remodeled three separate kitchens, three bathrooms, two living rooms and a added two half bathrooms all in one home.

What kind of mansion do I live in? Well, it's about 2500 SQ, two story big old box built sometime in the 1940's.


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Cash Out or Stay Put

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:14 PM

With real estate prices skyrocketing in Silicon Valley, some of my friends are deciding to cash in on their homes, grab the extra bucks and take a hike out of town or out of state and live the good life somewhere else with lots of money to spare.


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Losing My Chickens -- Lessons Learned

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 4:32 PM

I lost my chickens. I lost them, all seven, to a predator: a raccoon.

For background, this is a particularly devastating story about a violent event. I'm a suburban chicken mom. I thought I did everything right in trying to keep my girls safe during the day from hawks and...

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Being Mindful

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:25 AM

I sat in a circle with nine other people, all here for our own reasons... looking for relief from physical, emotional or psychological pain and just stress, all hoping something called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation will be the answer to our ailments.

I had asked a friend...

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Cancel Africa? Oh, the Heartache

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Ebola and terrorism are causing tourists to cancel vacations in all parts of Africa, in particular Kenya.

I'm one of those tourists with a trip planned to go on safari to Kenya and Tanzania. It will be my second trip to Africa, the first was to South Africa...

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Will We Be the Next Extinction?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:18 PM

"The Sixth Extinction is a dense, scientific text... [proving] fascinating for those who are willing to take a highly technical journey through the history of extinction."

In The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History, author Elizabeth Kolbert paints a frightening future for our planet. Humans, she predicts, may become the sixth...

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Al Jazeera America: News We Need to See and Hear

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South Is Talking Back
by Tine Ustad Figenschou

". . . being a global journalistic presence is not always popular . . ."

Mention the news company Al Jazeera, and it's likely the response will not be without a strong opinion...

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Waiting 90 Days for Imminent Death

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Impossible Odds, The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
By Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, Anthony Flacco
Released: June 10, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books (320 pages)

"... spellbinding ..."

The imminent possibly of being executed by a terrorist, feeling...

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Guns: A Civil Conversation?

(20) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Book Review: Gun Guys: A Road Trip by Dan Baum

"Gun Guys is smart and informative -- an education for anyone the slightest bit curious about why gun owners are so passionate about their guns."

In the wake of the massacre in December 2012 of 26 children...

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