What makes two things great together?

I have never been much on class reunions. No particular reason, I have just never really gotten into them and thus have never been to one. Needless to say, for me, it’s been a long time and some 500 miles since I’ve walked the halls of my high school. Heck, it’s been 15-plus years since I have even been to the city in which I spent my younger years. So, Rachel and I decided we were ready for an adventure, so off we will go. We don’t actually have tickets to the reunion (it is...

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Self Reliance: What is it? What does it mean?

Is it a good thing or a not-so-good thing? A school of thought says man is to live in community, therefore all must contribute to the community, and all must rely on the community. This contribute-and-rely relationship forms a bond between the individual and the community. This may sound like a great concept, but it has a major flaw: It overlooks individuality! Humans are born as individuals; this is a biological fact. A child is born as its own individual. Yes, it carries jeans – I know it’s...

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Commencement 2019. You made it this far.

What a wonderful time of year. The grass is green, the sun is shining and the days are getting longer! And, oh yeah, how could I forget graduations are in full swing? So here is to you, Graduate, and a nice reminder to us all. Short and sweet! Three Simple Things: # 1 ATTITUDE This is yours. It is the one thing, the only thing I might add, that you have total control over. This is unless you hand control over to someone else. I implore you to never allow your attitudeto be controlled by others....

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I think it is so sad. And here’s why.

If given the chance, would you rather be given a million dollars or would you rather earn a million dollars? Several months ago, I was listening to a local radio station and the two DJ’s were discussing a survey that asked people that question. The overwhelming majority of people said that they would rather be given a million dollars than earn a million dollars. I think that is a sad state of mind. Every day, for most of us, our self-esteem or feeling of self-worth is under assault. We think...

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Don’t Be A Cow and Follow the herd says Chicago Trib writer

We love that he is sharing our advice. BE HAPPIER. Don’t follow the herd. And have a happy Mother’s day. Column: Don’t be a cow and follow the herd. Stay home on Mother’s Day. A jampacked restaurant brunch is no way to treat the women in your life on Mother’s Day. Celebrate at home. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune) John Kassemail hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ Chicago Tribune If you’re thinking about going out for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, gathering...

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Homonyms – Liken or Lichen. Say what?

What’s this have to do with living a happier life? Southern dialogue is well known for running words and phrases together as to shorten ‘em. It was long said that this was because us’ens here in the south are lazy. Well y’all, I’m just here to tell you that I don’t think it’s laziness. I like to think we’re just efficient.  Another example is “liken.” It is used in place of “like something or a comparison. Example: I “liken” his temper to that of a rattlesnake, or I “liken”...

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Smile. Go ahead, pass it on.

You’ll be better off I am not always a fan of the insta-message posted on church signs, but I am a huge fan of smiling. Forcing yourself to smile can change your mood. Change it for the better that is. Now I’m not saying that it is always easy, but it is doable. There have been times when I’m having one of “those days” that I literally have to go in front of the mirror, and using my fingers, force a smile. I will stay in that position until I can walk out of the bathroom maintaining...

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Don’t Be a Cow! Makes First Appearance at LIVE WELL EXPO 2019

Asheville, NC, March 31, 2019 – Don’t Be a Cow! had its hands full this weekend at the annual LIVE WELL EXPO in Asheville, NC. The 6th annual Expo presented by First Bank, Ingles Markets & Mission Health was held on Saturday, March 30 at the Davis Pavilion at the WNC AG Center. There were over 100 vendors and 9,000 plus attendees. Both George and Rachel Barker, the authors were on hand along with Gary James, web manager, jamesgang creative communications. “We had a great...

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