Blog posts of '2012' 'May'

Hot Off The Press - Issue 2

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Making Strides to End Breast Cancer Fundraising Total

Great news!  We’re pleased to announce that we raised a total of $5,532 for the American Cancer Society for their Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event. Thank you to everyone that gave money; raised money or participated in the walk. Jay and Todd matched our employee’s contributions and kicked in $1,000 to get us to our total. Our team was the 6th best fundraising team in the city of Milwaukee for the event.

Together we can make a difference!

Memorial Day

Our thoughts turn to soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and sadly to those who may do so in the future - so that the cherished American freedoms are preserved. With that we’d like to offer this poem in honor of Memorial Day:

A Litany of Remembrance

In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we will remember

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we will remember

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we will remember

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we will remember

In the rustling of leaves and I the beauty of autumn, we will remember.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we will remember.

When we are weary and in the need of strength, we will remember.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we will remember

When we have joys we yearn to share, we will remember.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now part of us, as we remember and will never forget.

Our Staff  Birthdays in May

Luz F, Dao V, Laura R, Norma L, & Antonio N

Meet Our Staff

Gina M - May Employee of the Month

1.What is your job at INK?  - One part of my job is doing the art. The other part is customer service.

2.Family? - Husband and a dog.

3.Favorite Food  - Italian and Japanese.

4.Favorite Sports Team - Green Bay Packers.

5.Favorite Cheap Night Out - I’d rather stay in and watch a movie.

6.Most Recent Movie - The Avengers.

7.What are you reading? - Books on learning the Japanese language.

8.Favorite Music - Mainly hard rock and metal, but I also listen to instrumental and ethnic music sometimes.

9.I wish I could… travel more. I’d love to go back to Okinawa and Japan. I’d love to see the Southestern US, Europe and New Zealand.

Recipe of the Month

Shrimp and Fish Ceviche - by Rosa I


2 Pounds raw shrimp

1 Pound fish fillet (Tilapia)

2 Pounds Roma tomatoes (Red)

2 White Onions (medium)

1 Onion (medium)

1 Bunch of Cilantro

12 Big Lemons (juice)

½ cup of Clamato juice with clam

1 Avocado

1 Package of toast



Valentina salsa


Wash and peel the shrimp then chop into small pieces with fish. They seamlessly blend with lemon juice in a large frying pan and cool. Let stand 2 to 3 hours until they are white. (I cover the pan with plastic)

 Then wash the tomatoes, onion and cilantro. Finely chop, then mix thoroughly, add the Clamato, Ketchup, and a little salt.
 Served on toast is added a few pieces of avocado salsa Valentina to taste. MMMMMM!! And eat it to that.  Serves 6 people.

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Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event - May 5th

Our walk team has been busy fundraising and we’re working hard to reach our goal of $1500. The walk event is Saturday, May 5th at the Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee. Help us with this great event! It’s not too late!! You can join the team online at http://tinyurl.com/732r5y5.

Together we can make a difference!

Everyone Sees the Pimple First - from Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak Blog

Blemishes captivate just like the negative past. The dark past draws you backward into futile conversations that solidify rather than solve. Complaints always focus on the past. Problems pull backward. But, solutions draw forward. You become what you talk about.

Reflect: I’ve been thinking about conversation topics. I know better, but I’ve slipped into conversations that spiral around the past. Everyone, it seems, wants to solve the past. I spent years captivated by negative history. It’s easy, sometimes fun, but inevitably futile.  Leaders can drown in complaints, problems, weaknesses, and low performance. Unless you intentionally turn forward, you’re pulled into the negative past; something that can’t be changed, developed, or improved, only built on.

Refocus: Recurring topics of conversation determine where you go and what you do. Persistently talking about the past translates into repeating it. Stuck people focus on the past. Leaders Solve the past by moving into the future. It’s the only way.

Redirect: Talk about the past with the future in mind, tenaciously. Rather than focusing on, “Where have we been?” say, “Where are we going?” Shift from past tense to present and future tense language. “What are we learning,” is better than, “What did we learn?” The latter takes you back while the former pulls you forward. “What was done?” is only the beginning component of a, “What’s next?” conversation. “Next time we’ll …” improves on, “What went wrong?”

Pimples: Problems and failures are inevitable, even useful. But, don’t focus on the pimple. Step toward solutions or you’ll become what you complain about, a pus-filled volcano waiting to pop. Forward facing speech combined with forward focused action creates your future. Backward facing speech and backward focused action repeats the past. Develop forward looking ways to speak about the past. Move toward your future not away from your past.

Staff Birthdays for April

Jody S, Ana V, Kate S, Maria R & Maria E

Meet Our Staff

Yudith R - April Employee of the Month

1.What is your job at INK?  - Fold and pack.

2.Family? - My husband, my two sons.

3.Favorite Food  - Mexican and Chinese

4.Favorite Sports Team - None

5.Favorite Cheap Night Out - I’d rather be home with family.

6.Most Recent Movie - The Hunger Games

7.What are you reading? - “Health Food” by Dr. Jorge D. Pamploma

8.Favorite Music - Little of everything.

9.I wish I could…  - Be a teacher. I love children.

Recipe of the Month

Quincy L's Delectable Steak Marinade

Ingredients / Tools

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/2 Cup Sliced Green Onions

1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

2 Garlic Cloves (Chopped / Minced)

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

2 1/2 Pounds Beef Ribeye Steaks

Large Resealable Bag


1. In a large resealable bag, combine soy sauce, onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper.

2. Add steaks.

3. Seal bag. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Drain and discard marinade. Grill steaks however YOU like.

Serves 2-4 people. Note - There will be NO leftovers!

Pretty Impressive in Pink

Saturday, May 5th

Along banks of Lake Michigan, amidst a sea of compassionate pink, we (and thousands of friends) made strides towards the cure for breast cancer. Even the chilly weather couldn't hinder us or our family & friends. We strolled on, with warmth in our hearts (although that just might have been the strong coffee talking back). Who's to say? One thing is for sure, we walked, strolled & stomped all over breast cancer until it cried "uncle" that day. We put it "in it's place", showed it "who's boss", and so on and so forth.

Hey, can you blame us for being proud of our actions? Our team raised $6,343! Impressive... if we do say so ourselves!

A sincere THANK YOU to all who donated on behalf of our team for this great cause.

Check out some more photos of the event.

April in the Rearview

April was a big month for us. We launched our site, we had successes, we had failures, we learned a lot! Taking your suggestions to heart, we are continuing to evolve and improve, so don't be shy, let us know what you need. Be the reason that May will be even better.

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