Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Crown Business; 1 edition, April 15, 2014)

At first blush, it might seem that the apostle Paul would not agree with Greg McKeown that the Nonessentialist’s thinking is wrong. “All Things to All People” certainly sounds like something Paul said of his efforts to win converts for Christ. Digging deeper though, I think Paul would ascribe to the idea of doing what really matters, saying “no” to everything that doesn’t. As always, with everything you read, filter it through what God has to say about the matter! I am thoroughly enjoying this book so far. Join me in reading this, and let me know what you think!

It’s About Time!

Untended garden 2

Why do we all seem to make excuses? Why do we want to pass the blame? As I was looking at all of the things I needed to write about, and the major themes of my efforts, I realized that I didn’t have one for the tagline of my website. Small Business Finance is something that comes up short in this country, and I’ve written about that already. However, there hasn’t been an easy way to see all of those posts without the distraction of all of the other things I write about. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to see order brought to the chaos. The garden will actually begin to look like it is tended.

Where I Work


When I’m working on writing, I really don’t need more than one computer monitor, but for just about everything else that I do, these two monitors sometimes are not enough! Years ago now, I traded stocks and futures for a living, and I had four monitors hooked up to a single computer, so this is downsizing it for me!

My work area is currently in the “spare room” of our scrapbooking and paper crafting store called Cafe Crop. I’m looking forward to the day when this room is our private classroom area. At that time, it will be my office while it isn’t being used as a private classroom area.

For now though it is exactly what I need to be productive, while at the same time close at hand to help Tina when she needs it. I’m thankful for this new-found flexibility, that we didn’t have in our last location.

In the not too distant future, I’ll be seeing clients here! I can hardly wait!

Framing Advice


It has been said that victory and safety are the result of a multitude of councilors. I won’t deny that’s true. At the same time, it is often impossible to follow the council of every councilor, because they’re not saying the same thing. Even if they are, it may still be unwise to follow. How can that be?