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Autumn, Fall and Thanksgiving Products for your home, office, friends and family!

October 16th, 2015 Comments off

Autumn has arrived in many places in the Northern Hemisphere and here are a few scenes from my own part of the world, taken over the years. Please share these products with your friend and family!

Available as Stickers, iPhone Cases, Samsung Galaxy Cases, Posters, Home Decors, Tote Bags, Pouches, Prints, Cards, Pencil Skirts, iPad Cases, Laptop Skins, Drawstring Bags, Laptop Sleeves, and Stationeries

Click to see all available products for each photo

Autumn wreath

Autumn harvest Autumn harvest 2

Oak leaves

Wisteria Elm leaves fall Autumn leaves

Liquidambar leaves Red leaves

Some example products

Autumn harvest tote    Oak leaves pillowAutumn leaves mug

Wisteria drawstringElm leaves notebook   Autumn harvet 2 iphone

Autumn wreath cards Red leaves 2 sleeveRed leaves skin

See my entire portfolio of over 80 designs on RedBubble



Big Twitter Milestone! Can you bring my Twitter to 3000 followers? Just 2 away!

August 25th, 2015 Comments off

I noticed just now that I am only 2 away from hitting the 3000 followers point on my main Twitter account, douglaswelch.

Milestones are always fun to hit, so let me ask each of you to give me a chance to impress you with my Twitter content and give you a host of lovely photos, up-to-date content on garden, careers, technology and new media and more. Tell a friend, too!

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Big Twitter Milestone! Can you bring my Twitter to 3000 followers? Just 2 away!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Welches!

December 18th, 2014 Comments off
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Speaking: Douglas speaks on “A Year of Opportunity” at Tuesdays with Transitioners, February 18 @ 12 Noon, Northridge, CA

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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I’ll be speaking to one of my favorite groups, Tuesdays with Transitioners on “A Year of Opportunity”, a topic based on my recent Career Opportunities column of the same name.

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 12 Noon – 2 pm [RSVP here

Where: Tuesdays with Transitioners, Congregational Church of Northridge, 9659 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA [Map]


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A Year of Opportunity

Every year Douglas E. Welch selects a theme for his long-running column and podcast, Career Opportunities. This year, Douglas believes it is “A Year of Opportunity”

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

  1. Attracting Opportunity
  2. Recognizing Opportunity
  3. Accepting Opportunity

Attracting opportunity to you begins with telling my those around you “what you do and how well you do it.” This can take many forms, but in today’s world it usually starts with social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you develop good connections, share great information and generally help those connected to you, you can’t help but attract opportunity to you.

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor. In fact, if you don’t feel that a project is worth putting in a good deal of hard work, it is very possible that the project isn’t important enough for you to pursue. You may need to look for another opportunity that you love enough to commit to it completely — hard work and all.

Finally, you will need to accept the opportunities that come your way, even if they seem a little wild, a little challenging and even a little frightening. Remember, fear is a great indicator of projects and opportunities that we need to investigate further. It shows that there is a challenge there, a stretching of our thoughts and abilities in new and different ways. An open door can be scary, but it can also lead to a new, better, greater, more exciting, more fulfilling life and career than you can even imagine.

Douglas E. Welch is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at

Career Opportunities Podcasts for 2013 – A complete list with links

January 1st, 2014 Comments off

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Did you miss any of my Career Opportunities Podcasts in 2013? Here is a complete list of both new and archive podcasts published this year. A list of my most popular blog posts will be coming out in just a short while. 

Thanks for a great 2013! Looking towards and amazing 2014!

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Christmas and Winter Scenes from the collection of the British Library

December 25th, 2013 Comments off

The British Library recently added a huge collection of graphics to the Flickr Commons, making them available for anyone to freely use. This is a huge resource, so I sorted though the collection to find some nice Christmas and Winter scenes. You can click each picture for a larger version and more information.

Image taken from page 19 of 'The Coming of Father Christmas' Image taken from page 9 of 'The Coming of Father Christmas'

Image taken from page 64 of 'Nature and Art: poems and pictures from the best authors and artists. Compiled by L. R. Estes. Illustrated with ... etchings ... and ... illustrations, etc'

Image taken from page 18 of 'The Coming of Father Christmas'

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All About Douglas – Choose what you want to see and hear from me in 2014!

December 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Post it note 2014

I have a lot of interests, as most of you already know. Therefore, I have a lot of different blogs, events,  and groups in my portfolio of online engagements. I also try to make myself available wherever people want to converse. This means that each of my interests usually has multiple presences on the Internet.

Here is a list of almost all of the ways you can talk with me and learn about what is happening in my life and work. You don’t need to, nor should you, try to subscribe to all of them. That would only lead to you seeing multiple copies of the same information. Rather, pick and choose whatever ways you would like to consume my “content.” If you are a heavy Facbeook user, you might want to join my pages there. Is Google+ catching your fancy? I have a home over there, too. Maybe email is your thing? No problem, almost all of my content can be emailed directly to your Inbox.

My goal is to make my content available in whatever way makes the most sense to you. It also means you can contact me and converse with me on your favorite online services. This list is also broken down by interest. If you want to see everything I post and share, the first section is where you can find it. This will contain information from all my areas of interest including events, careers, gardening, technology and my organizations.

Maybe, though, you are only interested in my gardening information. You can narrow your reading to my gardening blog or Facebook page. The same applies for careers, technology and my organizations. Select whatever is most interesting, and valuable, to you.

Thank you for supporting me, my blogs and podcasts and my organization over the years! I look forward to talking with you — and sharing more with you — in 2013.  


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Gift Guide 2013: Moleskeine Journals

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

Moleskeine Journals of all sorts

No matter how much technology i have at hand, I always find myself falling back on my paper journal as a data gathering, thought-provoking and capturing, friend. Yes, I carry and iPhone, but there is something about writing things out longhand in a paper journal that makes you think more deeply and locks in the information more completely. Moleskeine journals are the sine quo non of paper journals. Their quality is high and they have been carried by artists and business people for generations. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, lines and more, including day-to-day calendars, travel journals and city guide. 

My favorite is this large, lined journal. Right now I have a Lego Moleskeine waiting to be put into service as soon as I fill my current journals. I can’t wait!


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Video: Recording Career Opportunities Podcast – Timelapse

December 9th, 2013 Comments off
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Gift Guide 2013: Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick

November 21st, 2013 Comments off


Why Read Moby-Dick?

I was able to get the eBook on loan from the LA Public Library. The eBook availability isn’t always the greatest, but I got lucky in this case. Here is the description from I read it in about 2 hours on this Thanksgiving Eve, taking a break from other tasks and simply luxuriating in the process of reading a book.

I would describe this as a “pre-book” if there is such a beast in literature. By reading this short treatise, you are being prepared for the larger task of facing “The White Whale” which could describe the book itself as well as its namesake. Moby-Dick has defeated many readers, but perhaps with this introduction others might attempt it again, or for the first time, and discover some of the magic it has to offer.


The New York Times bestselling author of seagoing epics now celebrates an American classic. Moby-Dick is perhaps the greatest of the Great American Novels, yet its length and esoteric subject matter create an aura of difficulty that too often keeps readers at bay. Fortunately, one unabashed fan wants passionately to give Melville’s masterpiece the broad contemporary audience it deserves. In his National Book Award- winning bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick captivatingly unpacked the story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the real-life incident that inspired Melville to write Moby- Dick. Now, he sets his sights on the fiction itself, offering a cabin master’s tour of a spellbinding novel rich with adventure and history. Philbrick skillfully navigates Melville’s world and illuminates the book’s humor and unforgettable characters-finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. A perfect match between author and subject, Why Read Moby-Dick? gives us a renewed appreciation of both Melville and the proud seaman’s town of Nantucket that Philbrick himself calls home. Like Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life, this remarkable little book will start conversations, inspire arguments, and, best of all, bring a new wave of readers to a classic tale waiting to be discovered anew.

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