Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Teaser chapters of Captain LaFoote leave me wanting more!"

If the boss' desk is clean, it's a good bet the assistant is doing his/her job.

Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it, When you have it with you. - Proverbs 3:28

Usually a person with short views does not get along with a person who takes the long view. One will be optimistic, the other pessimistic. (One's present circumstances can sour your view of tomorrow.) A person peering into the future should prepare for both good and bad, but expect the best. This is the hope of mankind. The person who lives in the present enjoys life more, but may drift into difficulties. Living in the past is best left to historians. Take the long view. It is difficult but important.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Words to the Wise

The Curse of Captain LaFoote is the perfect fix for some swashbuckling fun!

Ask questions, listen intently and show concern. Eventually you will discover the heart of the problem: and the heart of the person with the problem.

Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. Proverbs 11:29 (NIV)

Bill Cosby's advice on parenting - When your fifteen-year-old son speaks, he often says one of two things: "Okay," which, as we know, means "I haven't killed anyone," or "No problem." "No problem" is my son's philosophy of life.

Given that we're heirs with Christ and adopted into the family of God, should it not be ours too? - EJ

Monday, August 22, 2011

Words to the Wise

The Curse of Captain LaFoote has been endorsed by Good Reads.

When you like your work, every day is a holiday. - Frank Tyger.

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God. - Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NIV)

Principles of Sound Business

1. Be prompt: in attendance, payments, fulfillment of obligations and delivery of promises.
2. Do a full day’s work.
3. Invest in yourself. Read books, periodicals and articles within and on your industry. Learn new skills. Study the business in which you are engaged.
4. Make yourself acceptable; keep clean. Refrain from vulgarity and vices.
5. Make yourself available for new challenges.
6. Expect change and embrace it.
7. Above all take time for your family, friends and self. God demands it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Words to the Wise

Pirate Novel Wins First Place in the 2011 Selah Award for Young Adult Fiction
Teen / Tween & Middle Grade novel

If you drowned and the sea spit you out, thrusting you back into an age of pirates, buried treasure and beauty beyond belief… would you stay?

Like all writers, I ponder, write, edit and finally come up with a paragraph which prompts the reader to yawn and fall asleep.

Lord, lead me not into temptation. I can find it just fine.

Death and Destruction are never satisfied. Neither are the eyes of man. Proverbs 27:20

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Words to the Wise

Too many of us wait to do the perfect thing. The result? We do too little.

Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready. After that, build your house. Proverbs 24:27

An attractive widow asked a lawyer for advice on the investment of a small amount of money. He told her to go to an expensive store and buy clothes with the money.

She did as suggested and within a year married a wealthy man. She now lives happily and has everything she wants.

Moral of the story? Invest more in yourself and less in some company's promise of returns. Read, improve, travel and enlarge your horizons. You control more of your destiny than you think.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Words to the Wise

For a man to expect a woman to be excited over his cook is expecting too much.

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 25:24 (NIV)

After a long day on the course, the dejected husband turned to his wife and said, "You're the worst caddie in the world."

She replied: "No. I don't think so. That would be too much of a coincidence."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Words to the Wise

When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you're coming. - Pooh

If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success. - Ecclesiastes 10:9-11

In the War of 1812, the American general William Winder had a four-to-one troop advantage over the British, but he led his army to defeat and was taken prisoner. Realizing the general's great incompetence, the British let him go. The British later attacked our nation's capitol and burned it. Again, Winder led the Americans to defeat. Find leaders who can win and give them the resources to succeed. Light a fire under those lacking skill, ability and wisdom.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Words to the Wise

I read the first chapter of The Curse of Captain LaFoote to a group of middle schoolers, and they begged me to continue!

Nobody gets to run the mill by doing run-of-the-mill work. Thomas J. Frye

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

  • Colonel Sanders was "too old" to start a business.

  • The Wright brothers knew that no one had ever flown.

  • Florence Chadwick knew that others had died trying to swim the English Channel.

  • Henry Ford faced a "lack of demand" for his automobiles.

  • David was too young, untested and poorly equiped to face Goliath.

    What's your excuse?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Words to the Wise

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats. - Iris Murdoch

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. - Proverbs 16:24

It is the first wrong steps that count. How easy it is to go from bad to worse when once we have started upon a downward course. - Mark Twain

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Words to the Wise

Money can't buy happiness, but the lack of money seems to cause a lot of misery. - William Feather

Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. - Proverbs 3:9 (NIV)

When George Fredrick Handle was on the brink of financial ruin, he isolated himself for twenty-one days and didn't emerge until he had completed The Messiah. When times are tough remember: you are one idea away from abundance.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Words to the Wise

Sometimes the impulse to tell the truth is almost irresistible. - William Feather

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

Don't worry about your failures. Even a horse, though he has four feet, occasionally stumbles.