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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Book Review: The History of the Telephone by Herbert Newton Casson ASIN: B0082ZJLX2



If you have a Kindle or Kindle reading program, The History of the Telephone by Herbert Newton Casson will significantly add to the value you receive from it.

This book was written back when the telephone was a new device.  You will learn how big of a turkey Thomas Alva Edison was. We know that he was a fraud.  His name is on all sorts of inventions that he had nothing to do with. The electricity that comes into your home here in the USA is AC (alternating current).  Edison went to extremes to prove that DC (Direct Current) was the only safe way to transmit electricity. He went so far as to electrocute an elephant and film as the elephant was dying.  

Edison tried to claim the telephone for his own, as well.  

In The History of the Telephone you will see how much of a fight Bell and his associates had on their hands to prove the telephone could be useful and wasn’t just a parlor trick.

I personally learned a lot from this book which was written while many of the people who were involved with the early days of the telephone were still alive.

We learn why Bell and his associated companies fought so hard to defend their patents.  I know understand why back before telephone deregulation there were actual phone cops who would arrest someone for attaching anything to a phone line that wasn’t supplied by the phone company.

I found The History of the Telephone to be very educational and informative and you might enjoy it, too.



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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Book Review: The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber ISBN: 978-0887307287



The statistics are all over the place regarding the failure rate of small business.  No matter what the actual percentage of small businesses that fail every year, the actual number is too high.

In the book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber, readers are told about ways owners of small businesses can avoid becoming a part of that statistic.

Gerber researched different successful businesses that started small to find out what the successful businesses had in common with each other and what was missing from those companies that did not make it.

This book is very well written and is presented in a way that the lessons taught should stick with the reader.  

If you are in business for yourself or are planning to start one, The E-Myth Revisited should be a part of your reading.  

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Book Review: Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner ISBN: 9781609616168





Let’s start out with the one problem with this book.  This book was written in 2004 and a lot of genealogy and DNA resources have changed.  There are many links to many resources listed in this book. A lot of these links no longer work.  

Other than some of the links no longer working, this book is still pertinent today.  The authors provide simple, straightforward explanations of many complex genetic terms and practices.

If you are tracing your family history and you plan to use genetics, at least in part, to climb your tree, Trace Your Roots with DNA will help you understand the results you receive.

The book is well written and informative and will probably be your “Go to” resource when you work on your family tree.  Grab your copy now and join us in the fascinating world of family tree research.


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Book Review: The Build Framework: A Heart-Based System for Personal and Professional Growth by John Peitzman ISBN: 978-0-6483453-0-5




Common sense isn’t so common anymore. That is the reason that books like The One Minute Manager and In Search of Excellence are still relevant today. Sometimes we all need a little reminder about what we should be doing in our organizations.

Back in the 80s, we saw a bunch of McManagement programs where someone came in and put up some posters with a slogan on it.  We called this Management Du Jour.

The next thing you knew, you were issued a binder with the new McManagement slogan on it.  If you were lucky, you got a t-shirt with the slogan on it and everyone got a tote bag, coffee mug, and some balloons, each with the new slogan on it.

The corporate suits would gather all the front line people together.  They would all sing Kumbaya and recite the new slogan and then it was back to the same old same old.

The Build Framework isn’t Management Du Jour or McManagement.  It is a common sense approach to how to improve your organization.

This short book has just five simple steps to help leaders remind themselves of what is important and actually get to lead. A fast reader can read this book in about a half hour to an hour, assuming no pesky interruptions like the boss or work.

The book is well written.  There are a few funny stories that are pertinent to the subject being discussed that help keep the reader engaged.

Will The Build Framework solve all your management problems? No.  Will it provide a different perspective for you? Yes, probably.  

Grab your copy of this and take it with you.  By the time you flush, you should have some new tools for your professional toolbox.


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Let us Pray

My sister had open heart surgery yesterday.  Today, she is in a doctor-induced coma.  Please pray for her.  We ask for a full and speedy recovery. 

God is on His Throne and is in control of this. 



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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Friendly Felines 15 February 2018

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1. If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.

Anyone who really knows Suzanne and I knows we are Irish.  Many people don’t understand that “The Luck of The Irish” means bad luck.  Murphy’s Law is based on the idea that the Irish are always down on their luck.  What can go wrong will go wrong.

BUT, we serve a Risen Saviour and He is better than luck.  He is an Awesome God and He reigns over Ireland and the rest of the world, as well.
2. Pride goeth before a fall.
I am often reminded about that cliche when I hear people making assumptions that are not supported by the evidence. Suzanne and I have heard it often with the police.  When we worked at one of the convenience stores, the police would often come in to check the store’s surveillance camera footage because the owner had installed some pretty darn awesome cameras that picked up just about everything along the main road into town.  

Trained detectives would make some pretty darn stupid assumptions based upon the footage.  

At one of the stores, we had a check come back as a bogus check.  Part of the store’s business was cashing checks. A woman came in and cashed a check that was a scam. The officer told me, “Every check like this I have ever seen has been bad.”  I asked his boss, “How many people call you when they have someone give them a GOOD check?” Here’s your sign.

Now, we have a family situation where the results of a previous event could go either way.  One family member is off telling the situation as if all the facts are in evidence and the jury has decided on the outcome.

The thing is, there are no overwhelming facts to prove anything.  Suzanne and I are taking a “Let’s get more facts together before we believe anything.” Meanwhile, someone else involved telling things as if it is completely determined.  Time will tell whether or not that family member is right or will have to eat crow.
3. Just plain ol’ talkin’ is my preferred method of communication.

Anyone who knows me knows I could talk the horns off a billy goat.  My kids used to hate to go with me into the grocery store or Wal~Mart.  Invariably, I run into someone I know and the conversation will last for no less than half an hour.  I have had short trips into the grocery store turn into several hours.

I HATE to talk on the telephone.  I spent over six years making my living exclusively on the telephone. I worked for several finance companies and then later a collection agency.

At the collection agency, I had one computer dialing the phone for me while I listened to loud static (white noise) in my ear.  I would use another terminal to dial other numbers. Sometimes I would have two conversations going at the same time. I had on two  headsets, one on each ear, and through these headsets I could click in or out of any conversation. I could hear them both at the same time but could turn the microphone of the headsets off so that only one could hear me.

Now, I hate to talk on the telephone. It bugs me to no end.  We get those kinds of calls where the person is trying, very badly, to collect something. We also get those calls where they try to sell you something or scam you one way or another.

I like those scam calls.   Our daughter got one that she just handed her phone to me to answer.

The guy started out telling me that he was calling me about my student loan.  I told him that I did not need any more student loans, that I had plenty already.  I told him I did not want to borrow any more money.

He told me that he was not calling to lend me money.  I told him that I was sorry that I did not have any money to lend him and he was just going to have to find somewhere else to get his college money. He told me that he was not trying to borrow any money.  I asked him, “Well, if you aren’t trying to lend me money and you aren’t trying to borrow any money from me, what did you call me for?” There was a click at the other end of the phone.

4. You can’t buy happiness, good health, or true friends.

So many people equate having a lot of money as being happy.  As long as you have enough money to have a decent roof over your head, hot and cold running water, electricity, and the basics of life like food, that is all you can expect and all you can hope that money will provide for you.

We have all heard of people who it would appear had it all.  Elvis comes to mind. He had fame, fortune, and the kind of lifestyle that many would envy. BUT, he could not be sure who his true friends were.  He could not be sure if they were hanging around him for the lifestyle or because they truly cared for him.

Many rich and/or famous people can’t just hop in the car and go out for a burger at the local Burger Barn.  They can’t just go to a movie and have a box of greasy buttered popcorn while they watch a B run movie. If they did, they would not get a moment of peace.

Robin Williams, who was a very funny man, killed himself.  He was very famous and should have had lots of money, too. He evidently was also depressed.  Why, we will never know. It is perhaps that, just like Elvis, he couldn’t know who his true friends were and who was just hanging on for the money or to be part of the spotlight. You can’t buy happiness.

You can’t buy good health.  The AMA won’t allow it. I just read a book called Project Unthinkable: A Doctor's Gamble to Save Millions of Lives by Derek Yach.  In this book, world famous doctor Yach tells us about a health initiative that was launched by the Federal Government to promote eating healthy, proper diet, and exercise.  The AMA lobbied against it to the point it is no more. Doctor Yach tells us that the reason the AMA did this was because they could not make any money off of well people.

The FDA should require the GMO label on any GMO product.  They don’t because companies like Monsanto have paid them not to.  Several of the gut doctors tell us that GMO products are actually grown with the herbicide Roundup grown right in it.  The idea is that this causes the ripe grain to increase and make a better yield while at the same time defoliating the plant so that it makes harvesting the produce of it easier.

The gut doctors tell us that this Roundup actually eats away at the lining of our digestive tract and cause lesions in our gut.

If you don’t yet know, leading scientists are speaking out about this problem and about how High Fructose Corn Syrup is largely responsible for brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, Autism, and ADHD. It isn’t so much because of the sugar content as it is because of high levels of metal that are introduced during the processing.  Do you eat bleached flour? You are increasing your probability of a brain condition every time you do.

If we can believe what the authors of some of these books we are sent are saying (and many of them are leading doctors), there is no longer any real attempt to keep us healthy.  They are telling us that recently the guidelines for things like blood pressure and diabetes have been refigured because they weren’t selling enough medication to make maximum amount of profits.  As we know, some medicines that are designed, allegedly, to control blood pressure actually harm the kidneys. Once the kidneys are harmed, then they can get us on dialysis.

We read in a recent book, Called to Stand, where a family was producing herbal supplements to help with some conditions.  The FDA actually sent agents wearing body armor to storm their house and business.  They locked the husband up in prison. The reason: the couple would not tell everyone, “The ONLY treatment for cancer is chemotherapy and radiation”. If you read our post about Cuz, you will know that at least one man found that to be untrue.

Nope, you can’t buy good health.  You can do all you can by reducing your salt, eating as many of your foods unprocessed as you can, and exercising.

There is hope.  One of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturers has started a program to eliminate conventional cigarettes completely.  Can you believe that one cigarette company is actually doing what the federal government had only talked about? There is hope.


Have a blessed week, Y’all.

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