• Life

    Posted on May 21st, 2010

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    Good News…CHASE did the right thing!

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    I just wanted to post an update regarding the ATM fraud with my mom’s CHASE checking and savings accounts. CHASE finally did the right thing and has refunded all of my mother’s stolen money plus ATM fees to both of her accounts. They finally agreed to do this after I sent a few letters to Jamie Dimon, the CEO of CHASE. What I learned from this experience is that when you go to the top, you can usually get things done . A lot of persistence helps too! Thank you CHASE for stepping up and doing the right thing!

  • Earth Day 2010

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    Today is Earth Day. A day to pay homage to mother earth and renew our pledge to conserve her resources. With all the natural disasters that seem to be playing havoc lately, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, we need to stop and consider how much of these “acts of nature” are actually the result of humans mismanagement of or resources. There are plenty of things that we can do to preserve the environment that we take for granted. Conserve energy. Turn out lights and computers when not in use. We’re all guilty, myself included. Don’t print out every email. Use recyclable tote bags to cart your groceries, buy green products, don’t litter.  Treat the earth, it’s land and oceans as you would your own home — because it is. Make a conscious effort today, Earth Day to start walking the walk. Mother Earth will thank you for it.

    My Earth Day design is available on items that will help you get started: travel mugs and Sigg water bottles to avoid disposable coffee cups and plastic water bottles, tote bags for groceries and, of course, t-shirts. Check out all the Share the World styles and products!

    Share the World canvas tote bag

    Pack up your groceries in this eco-friendly tote

    Sigg Water Bottle

    Take this re-useable Sigg Water Bottle to the gym instead of a plastic bottle.

    Travel Mug

    Grab your coffee to go in this travel mug

    Share the World Light T-Shirt

    This design is available on t-shirts for men, women and kids! Check out all the styles and products!

  • Scuba Diving

    Posted on March 28th, 2010

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    I’d rather be Beneath the Sea

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    Sheryl Checkman and David Dunleavy at Beneath the Sea

    Designer, Sheryl Checkman with artist David Dunleavy at his booth at Beneath the Sea

    I would love to have been beneath the sea today but since that wasn’t possible I did the next best thing – I took a bus out to the Meadowlands Expo Center to “Beneath the Sea,” the annual Consumer Dive Show. I got to listen to some interesting seminar presentations, which succeeded in further wetting my appetite to get back into the water. I re-lived past dives during a presentation on the Turks & Caicos Islands by Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary, discovered some new Photoshop tips from Larry & Denise Tackett and learned about photographing models underwater with photographer Jason Heller. Jason’s newsletter, Dive Photo Guide is a great resource for underwater photographers. In between seminars I got a chance to catch up with some friends from the two dive clubs that I belong to: OceanBlue Divers and NYUPS (New York Underwater Photographic Society).

    And that was just the morning.

    After the seminars I set off to walk the show, make some contacts and see who else I would run into. I stopped by my friend, David Dunleavy’s booth to see his latest work and catch up. David paints beautiful ocean life paintings and murals. I even bought one of his t-shirts. If you like the t-shirt that I have on in the photo above, it’s one of my “Life is Balance® Neutral Buoyancy Scuba designs.

    I joined REEF to show my support for the ocean environment. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization helps conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists. I bought a beautiful DVD  called “Sensational Seas Two” which is a compilation of various top underwater photographers and videographers and is narrated by Stan Waterman and Annie Crawley. It’s a wonderful view into the undersea world and all proceeds benefit ocean charities. I can’t wait to show it to my friends who don’t dive and always ask me what it is that makes me so obsessed with the sport!

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