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Happy Birthday SSM

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Happy Birthday to my wife! (She shall remain nameless by her request. Actually she said "don't put me on that thang." I haven't gotten this far by listening to everyone who tries to limit my creativity.)

Scripture:Proverbs 31:10-30

10 [a] A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

11Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

12She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

14She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

15She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

16She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

18She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

19In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spin…

Blog Multiplication

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I setup a blog for our India Mission work today. It is located at Deva Anbu Illam. If this works out well I may try to get our other missionaries to do this so that they can keep us informed. Blogs are a lot easier to use and maintain than a website.

Link for the Day:Bible Gateway - a great resource for searching the scriptures and for copying & pasting passages into your documents.

Quote of the Day:If charity costs nothing, the world would be full of philanthropists. -- Yiddish Proverb

The Long Hot Summer

Well, it HAS been HOT here in AL this summer. We've been busy at work so I haven't had much time to "blog." But I wanted to put out a word or two just to make sure that my "following" didn't get bored.

Me & the family tried to play golf one day this summer. We only made it to about Hole 7. We'll have to try again in the Fall if there's time.

June was filled with looking at our personal finances, etc. We also finished up the Leadership Training that Tim Broadwell was conducting for us. Overall the training went well. We only lost one employee. (Tim said this was a first for him.)

Also in June, I went to the eye doctor and have finally begun to wear glasses for reading. I guess making it to 46 before having to resort to glasses is an accomplishment, but they are so inconvenient.

The Malawi Team from church was gone for about 2 weeks during July. This has occupied my thoughts for quite a bit this summer. This program sounds like it is doing a lot o…

Business by the Book

I'm over half-way through a great book by Larry Burkett "Business By The Book: The Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for the Workplace." This book "offers radical principles of business management that go beyond the Ten Commandments and other biblical maxims. Business by the Book is a step-by-step presentation of how busineess should be run according to the Creator of all management rules: God."

The book has gotten me excited about trying some of the principles mentioned in the Book in our business. While I've tried to do that over the years, there are some good points about debt, lifestyle goals, vows, seeking counsel, hiring decisions, firing decisions, employee pay, and including your spouse as counselor and in making business decisions.

Quotes:
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is important. -- Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), Biologist and educator
When the white man discovered this country Indians were running it. No taxes no debt, women d…

Leadership Training & Fractional Retirement

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Well, in trying to think about what's happening with me this month, I wanted to point out a couple of things. First, we started a Leadership Training process at work. This involved an evaluation of each manager by every other manager and the rest of the employees at Maxwell Engineering. Tim Broadwall, of Broadwell Consulting, is doing the evaluation and training. We had our first session last week and it went very well. I'm looking forward to learning all that Tim can teach us. I just hope that we can put it into action.

I don't know if it was during this process or before, but I was looking at some websites of organizations who sold fractional ownership of vacation getaways. This got me to thinking that, first, I needed a vacation and, second, that I'd like to own something like this. Well, by the time I looked at the prices, I figured that I could just spend the amount they wanted for annual dues and we could go on a vacation to whatever place we wanted each year. The…

Business Reading

I started reading an online book sent to me by www.trustetc.com today. It is "Think & Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. It was written shortly after the Great Depression, but so far (I'm up to Chapter 4) it has a lot of great ideas. I don't necessarily agree that you should "desire" money at the cost of everything else, but you can apply the principles of goal setting and focus on a lot of things. The direct link to the PDF file is http://www.iraetc.com/tgr2/tgr.pdf if you want to download it.

The Trust ETC Site (www.trustetc.com) will be my link for the day. There is a lot of good investment information on their site. This site also tells about the Real Estate IRA, which is a great find.

The quotes today are all similar so I'll give you three:

It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring. -- Spanish Proverb
It is easy to be brave from a distance. --Native American Proverb
I want to see you shoot the way you shout. --Theodore Roosevelt

Blackberry Blogs Forever

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Quote & Site - 3/22/06

Quote of the Day:
"You can't have everything...where would you put it?" -- Stephen Wright, Comedian

Web Site(s) of the Day:
gis.auburnalabama.org - City of Auburn GIS system
www.leecountymaps.com - Lee County Tax Maps

Welcome - 3/22/06

Welcome to my personal blog site. I couldn't sleep so I set up my blog. Maybe I can sleep this weekend.

I attended the Auburn City Council Meeting tonight (Tuesday) and got home about 10:00 pm pretty wired. Always some interesting things going on at those meetings.

(Note to Self: Get Forrest to straighten out that my legal wasn't wrong on the annexation gap question. William White asked me about this after the meeting. I told him I'd try to explain it to him if he came by.)