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Archive for the month “March, 2013”

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Daily Prompt: Judgment Day

If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?


I had to think long and hard about this topic, before choosing one book. I chose one that I first read over 35 years ago, and have re-read several times. I have given this book to friends, and used it as the basis for ESL lessons. It was first published in 1926, by George Samuel Clason. George was born, in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7, 1874. Graduated from the University of Nebraska, served in the United States Army during the Spanish – American War. You might say he saw the future before many of his contemporaries, as he founded the Clason map company and published the first road Atlas of Canada and the USA. The book I am going to mention started as one of a series of pamphlets, freely distributed by banks, trust companies and insurance companies. They used parables set during the time of Babylon to teach us basic economics, and how to maximise our economic resources.

This book won’t tell you how to make a million dollars, it won’t even tell you a secret formula to beat the stock market with. Rather it will teach you how to use one of the most important tools, you will use on a regular basis, nay I would even say on a daily basis. It will teach you how to think about money, which is not the root of all evil. As a Buddhist, making money to provide for my family, to help my neighbors is accepted, even encouraged. It’s what I spend the money on that is important. So I am going to pass along the chance to own this valuable book, for the low, low, absolute rock bottom price of free. This offer is available from http://bizbuildersusa.org/ just visit their site click on downloads and you can be reading in moments.

So I’ll assume you have figured out if I would read this book regardless of the cover, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.

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A Thank you

This post is to say thanks to a fellow blogger who chose my post on Earth hour as her pick of the week last Friday. Diana writes her blog from a personal viewpoint, that shows her deep caring for others. She says she relates with, promotes and speaks community. I would simply say she is a community builder. Three days you should check her blog are Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Sunday she shares an inspirational quote, Wednesday’s she gives us a nudge into the second half of the week. Ok maybe some Wednesdays she pushes us over the hill, then has the nerve to let go. Friday she highlights a blog, she picks as one of her favorites.

She has worked with the disadvantaged in society, and from the way she writes you can see her personality. She is one of us, she isn’t out front yelling follow me. Nope she’s the type that leads from the back. If something needs to be said, she will quote others and add her thoughts. If something needs to be done, she puts her shoulder into it, and starts pushing, till things start to move, then she makes sure everybody is working together. Her posts will cause you to laugh, to ponder, perhaps even say I don’t agree with her. However throughout all her posts, she does it with a style that says let’s do it together.

So if you haven’t checked out here blog, here’s the link: Talk to Diana and I hope you enjoy visiting her blog as much as I do.


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