No car no mortgage and a happy life

As many of you know, my grandparents on both sides were Amish.  So I have deep family roots in that culture.  Every time we visit family and friends in Holmes County Ohio,  I find myself fascinated by the quantity of businesses operating in that strong Amish area. We watch 18-wheelers turn down tiny gravel roads to get to the various businesses tucked among the back roads. The diminishing number of people directly involved in agriculture has affected even this agrarian group. Reports indicate that in this community, more than half the Amish have left the farms to work in small … Read More

Would you take this job if we give you a turkey?

Yes, I’ve seen lots of posts from companies that need to hire people immediately.  And if you just show up for the training, you’ll get a Free Turkey!   The Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar says if you are over 21 and bring an electric bill in your name, you’ll get a free turkey just for showing up. Alpizar Law LLC will give out free turkeys, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the firm’s office, 1528 Palm Bay Road NE, Palm Bay, FL. The law firm has sponsored the turkey giveaway for the last three years. This year the firm is … Read More

Are you a “people whisperer?”

We are now familiar with “horse whisperers” as people who are unusually gifted at calming wild horses.  In the 1998 movie, Robert Redford played the man who knew that violence is never the answer.  Well, that same principle is growing in popularity outside of horse training circles.  Today it is being applied successfully by corporations, governmental agencies, school administrators, at-risk-youth, violent offenders and many others. Founded on a consistent set of principles, communication and trust, people whisperers can diffuse tension and potential conflict.  Now this is listed by Future magazine as one of the highest-paying careers of the next 20 … Read More

Maybe you’re on the wrong career path….

At this time of year we are immersed in college football.  You may have heard that the highest paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state university.  But sometimes that information is absolutely wrong – sometimes it’s the basketball coach.  Nick Sabin leads the way at Alabama with a pay plan of $5,545,852.  Mack Brown at Texas is close behind at $5,453,750.  Yes, these are employees of the states they represent.  The most popular career choice for little boys is they want to grow up to be pro athletes.  Check out the infographic here … Read More

Yeah but what’s under the water?

Recently I was on board a beautiful new boat with a friend.  While the boat looked absolutely stunning from everything I could see, the owner told me it was time to pull it out of the water and see what unwanted debris was hanging on under the surface.  As any boat enthusiast knows, this is about the time of year when owners pull their boats out of the water and check for those things that are not easily seen from the top.  Over time, various forms of debris accumulate on the hull.  Foreign particles and parasites attach themselves to the … Read More

That dog won’t hunt

Here we are at the end of March and well into April already.  Having enjoyed the spring weather I was reminded of an old farmer’s adage we used to talk about in March regarding the weather:  “In like a lamb, out like a lion.”  Or “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”  I have no idea why that is expected but it reminds me of all the little clichés that we accept as reality.  As farmers we also used to cite, “Red in the morning, sailors warning; red at night, sailors delight.” Be sure to examine those childhood sayings … Read More

Make some big deposits

“The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank accounts, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the ‘love account.’” –Zig Ziglar

This is a no-brainer!

Okay, we keep hearing more and more about “left brain” or “right brain” people. Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven. Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what’s not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, … Read More