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The short answer to “Have You Ever Broken a Law?” – Yes.
This is such a simple, yet powerful message that we all need to hear.
It should bring a smile to know this basic truth that all have fallen short of a Holy ideal. And that ALL (as in you and me) have hope in the Messiah.
Torah Broken By Me – Messiah Broken For Me!
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him. – Isaiah 53:5
Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. – I John 3:4
We often forget the straight forward truth that sin is the transgression of the law (Torah) – I John 3:4. But the great news, the thing that brings smiles, is that hope that we all have in complete forgiveness from that transgression. If you are one of the people in the world that ever broke God’s instructions for life, it means you are a real person.
I will let the truth on this shirt speak for itself.
Perhaps I should include a disclaimer. If you wear this shirt, you will likely get questions. Another great chance to share a smile.
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Wouldn’t you rather laugh?
I think we all run into people each day who have no smile on their face. Some people have a facial structure that is centered/constructed around a frown. Do you need me to cite a bunch of science to prove it to you that this is not healthy?
It was sometime in the 1980’s.
I was a junior high football quarterback. Our team had just won our first game, but, by only one touchdown. I was not happy and all celebratory like my colleagues. I was sulking. Why? Not because it was a narrow margin. It was because I really did not approve of my performance.
The fact is I was a bit short to be doing the quarterback gig in the first place, but I could remember the plays, so coach put me in front and center. Well, just behind the front guy, getting the football from under his but. Who made up that rule, by the way?
You see, I was unhappy with my own performance. I was very insecure. Very self-oriented at that time (No comments, people who know me now). So consumed with self, I could only sulk when the rest of the gang whooped it up in celebration.
A concerned friend (Donny) leaned back over his bus bench and quoted me the often used anatomical discussion of frown vs. smile. He reminded me that it took more muscles to frown than it did to simply smile. In my state of grumpiness, I replied, “I can use the exercise.” He smiled.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future. It is something you design for the the present. – Jim Rohn
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The power of the smile
You know, my friend’s smile, that day, made me smile. I wouldn’t admit it at the moment, but the warmth of his smile started wearing away at my hyper-sensitive self pity.
What makes you smile?
I have always aimed to make people smile. Perhaps a bit too much. In college, I was accused of being too “shallow” and “non-serious.” That person did not know me to the depths of it all, but she (it was usually a “she” for those type comments.) had a point. At that point in life, I didn’t care about my career. I just wanted everyone to smile.
As Reckless Heart sang, “I want everyone who hears this song to cry.” I was the inverse of that. I wanted people to not cry – everyone. I had seen a lot of anger. People were using all kinds of substances all around me. I could not save everyone. But I could make people smile – not HBO Stand-up comedy style, but in a “I’m standing up in front of you, against your pain” kind of style.
I have some funny friends
That same determination shown by Donny back in 8th grade was worth carrying forward. I have been surrounded by funny friends throughout my life. Thank you Father God.
The summer after that football season. I joined a two week youth camp-out trip. It was a sweaty van ride with 13 people through the Smokies. We slept in puddle-pocked tents. We ate cereal and peanut butter and jelly (a diet with which I can thrive) and sang beautiful camp fire Christian songs. They broke me down, those people reprogrammed my insecurities. I went from a brooding shorter quarterback to a gum chewing character acting performer in school plays. I still had terrible insecurities, but I didn’t use them to burden others anymore.
I began my life as a smile evangelist.
I started cartooning. This helped me to not take my art too seriously. As a handed a character sketch to a friend (often “hers” as well – Hey, I was in 9th grade!) it always brought a smile. Always. Nothing at all has always incited a smile, except my cartoons.
My Blog These Days
This is my introduction to the “Why” of this blog, and most of my products. Money is a, well, non-funny issue. I have spent a lot of it to learn ways of blogging and promotions online. I have more tools for video and marketing than I will ever be able to use. But, just like football to the 8th grade me. I forgot to smile at myself.
Maybe some day, I will pick a super niche and make the perfect blog. But for now, I’m going to stop taking me so seriously. I don’t know that I am called to make anyone understand anything or convince anyone of the stuff I have learned. But I can open the door to learning, health, and happiness through the simple smile.
In the next few weeks, check out my blog for a discussion of humor through cartoons, physical comedy, character acting, parody, and satire. Who knows, I might get inspired for some more subjects.
Now, I have a question
What makes you smile? It’s that simple. Just answer in the comments below. As you do, you will likely discover that even thinking again about smiley things helps you to forget whatever is bugging at you today.
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Kathleen is a real person.
Her goats are real goats, not just actors. In 2010, Kathleen learned how to milk a goat – her goat. Soon after that, she started making goat milk soap.
She made more scrubbing power than her family could clean,
so she started to give it away. Everyone loved it. Except for people who were afraid of it. But, if you have a fear of goat milk or soap, you might have a deeper issue. We cannot free you from that fear. Down the line, perhaps we will open a boutique line of hamster milk soaps and botanical hedgehog and hemp soaps, but for now, let’s talk about the shirt.
This is just a fun shirt to wear because…
Well, people are going to ask. And it’s up to you on what you tell them.
You can love the soap or you can have zero knowledge about goats and squeezing certain parts in order to get milk. Just like a Nike shirt or a Ronald McDonald wig. You could just wear this for the fun and conversation starting powers that it possesses.
Perhaps this is to be the staple t-shirt of your wardrobe. Check out the stats here.
It’s made of a thicker, heavier cotton, but it’s still soft and comfy. And the double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite! *Product is not to be left in front of goats for any length of time. They will simply eat it.
• 100% ringspun cotton
• 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²)
You may delay, but time will not.Benjamin Franklin
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Authors have their own reasons for self-publishing.
If you are goal is to write and publish your own book, you should intend to check out your own motives for doing so. You have to make sure your motivations are realistic so you move forward with your success. You might need more courage because it can be exhilarating, or just financially draining.
If no publishing company is willing to take a gamble on you, you can publish your own book. Be ready to cover all the costs and take care of just about everything else, from writing, to editing, to publishing, and marketing. Here are the common motivations why authors prefer self-publishing.
An author is rejected by any major publisher because of several obvious and logical reasons. First, he could be unknown to the book industry. Face the truth. Most successful book authors are celebrities or icons in their own fields. No publisher could be willing to gamble on nobody because readers would not be easily open to reading content from nobody. Second, the topic could be obscure.
An author may feel good about an issue, but most other people think it is irrelevant and boring. On the contrary, a very controversial topic for a book is also avoided because no publisher would ever want to face legal hurdles and battles for any unknown author. The subject could be of interest only to a minimal amount of the population.
Unique or “non-commercial” Style
The author’s writing style, genre, and grammar is simply rejected.
Another reason for any author to go self-publishing is that he desperately desires complete editorial and artistic freedom. The author may not agree with any modifications required by the publisher. It is common for some writers to resist criticisms and changes especially if they think such are destructive to their ego.
He may be targeting to take complete control and rights to the intellectual aspect of the book. The author might feel he needs to make sure the rights, sales, database, and fame of the book remain his. Then, he could be motivated by the low overall publishing expense of the book. He could also feel more confident and comfortable with the idea that he is publishing independently.
If authors did not have the option of self-publishing as a thing, the history of book publishing industry could have been different. Some of the most unforgettable classics worldwide were originally published by authors. Examples are the phenomenal ‘In Search of Excellence’ (Tom Peters), ‘The Joy of Cooking’ (Irma Rombauer), ‘Spartacus’ (Howard Fast), ‘Poems’ (Oscar Wilde), and ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ (Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield).
To sum it up, remember that self-publishing is not an entirely new practice. In fact, it has been around, though in different forms, since, well… the book. These days, self-publishing is increasing. With the emergence of Kindle Direct and Kobo, as well as other publishing systems, self-publishing is becoming a clear phenomenon in the changing book industry.
But are you made out for it? Do you have what it takes? Not all authors have what it takes to survive and make good in having to self-publish a book. Before you get into such an endeavor, be wise to think it over.
How’s your book coming? Let me know what you’re working on below.
Are you thinking about self-publishing?
When you talk about self-publishing,
As the author, you are responsible for all the aspects of publishing the book. The author usually drives the editing, printing, publicity and distribution as well. No publishing company, right?. Because of all this work, the author gets to claim all the sales of the book.
If you think that self-publishing your book is your cup of Earl Grey, then there are some things that you would have to consider.
For example, you would have to think about the competition. How many people have written the same topic? Aside from that, you would also have to consider the number of copies you intend to publish if you want print copies on hand.
If you are planning to have your book self-published,
the first thing that you should do is ensure that you are prepared for the work ahead of you. You need to be motivated to tackle all aspects of publishing.
There are many things that you should focus on,
like the type of cover that your book will have. You would also have to think about the design of the book cover, the flow of pages, every aspect that would result into the creation of a sweet book. The first thing that a book buyer would notice when looking for books, will be the cover and, of course, the title. A compelling title will serve as a magnet for book buyers.
You can build the book
with Google Docs and import directly in Amazon Kindle publishing.
What are the other things that need to be done
to make sure that the self-publishing of your book is a good experience?
If you use Kindle or Kobo,
you can publish them and simply order your own copies at a wholesale price.
Design and book format can help your book pop out.
If it will be your fist time to self-publish a book, you can look for a mentor that could help you with it. Some self-published authors would get a professional book designer to make the design and assist in layout.
As a self-published author, you will be carrying the expenses.
Make sure that you are familiar with the different costs. Aside from printing costs, you would also have to consider the photography, copy editing, requesting for the International Standard Book Number which would make your book identifiable. You can buy one on a variety of web sites or get a free one from Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing.
Distribution is another thing that you should be prepared for.
If you went through traditional publishing, the publishers would cover the cost, marketing and distribution of the book. But since this is self-publishing, you would need to decide how to distribute and who will receive your books. Some bookstores would only take some copies and see if they would sell, if not then you would have to get the books back. You will already have online sales available with Kindle, Kobo, or just about any other self publishing system.
Marketing is such an important part of any kind of book selling.
Aside from publishing, you would also have to carry the marketing and promotion of your book. You can hire a publicist to do it for you or you can do it yourself.
With all these issues, what can self-publishing give you?
On traditional publishing, an author would get about 8% of royalties, while on self-publishing you can get about 25-50 % of the returns. Aside from that, you get the freedom to control the different aspects of publishing and distribution.
Are you working on a book yet?
What is the best fast food hamburger?
As a matter of fact, we will do you a huge favor and we will give you the ranking from best (number 1) to worst (number 5).
Every family has their favorites as well as their “go to” places to eat. There are certainly differences of opinion within every castle, but if you get a feel for the likings, you can usually narrow in on an old standard.
I polled my family on five fast food burger joints. Who has the best burger?
Look, I’m old enough to have come to a conclusion on this. I don’t have to go out and buy them all, set them out and do a blind taste test. I can taste them in my mind right now. It may be that I will have to take a burger break as I write. I’m making myself hungry. I believe I need to do more research.
Why am I doing this?
Is this a waste of time? Is this idle talk? I don’t think so. I think it is part of my mission to get people to take their minds off of the heavy things that press on them these days. For example, if you are a person of faith, you have a variety of disturbing news articles about discrimination and even persecution brewing in the land. No matter what belief you have, there is plenty to bring you down. I am here to intentionally lighten up the conversation to bring a smile or two.
As I share the results of our super scientific research based poll, I ask you to weigh in. We will notify the burger joints of our “findings” and, perhaps we can go get ground beef and fries together.
By the way, we are certifying a “best fries” category as well.
2. Hardees/Carl’s Jr.
5. Burger King (no one in our family enjoys Burger King burgers).
3. Whataburger (My personal least favorite. Not into the thin, stringy fries.)
5. Burger King
OK, so here are a couple “Honorable Mentions” to establishments which are not in the poll.
Really good fries, but not from a burger joint – Chick-Fil-A
Impressive burgers but mainly a drive thru – Checkers
Well, what do ya think? Our surprise here was the Hardees Fries. They were not the favorite of anyone, but they scored better than any other. Some fries like Wendy’s were at the top for me, but others don’t like the natural cut fries with sea salt, so Hardees was able to sneak up for a win.
What is your family’s favorite burger?
What about the fries?
Our favorite Burger Joints in the news:
The first Whataburger was served 66 years ago today in South Texas
Sixty six years ago today, Texas was blessed with the burger supreme when Whataburger served its first customer in 1950 in Corpus Christi.
Trump Leaves Note for ‘Hardees Gals’ in Lewisburg
The President’s visit to the Republican Congressional Retreat in Greenbrier County was something special for some Lewisburg Hardee’s employees.It started with a simple hello one morning from Governor …
Do McDonalds Employees Really Earn $21 an Hour in Denmark? – Dan Bongino
Authored by: Matt PalumboHere’s an interesting argument for raising the minimum wage: that one famous American fast food franchise is already paying big bucks overseas.“I’m making $21 an hour at McDon…
Burger King asked Wendy’s to the prom, gets funny response
email With the upcoming royal wedding about a week away, love must truly be in the air. Things are so lovey-dovey, in fact, it appears two fast food rivals have recently put their differences aside a…
Don’t forget to leave your comments below. We can include your results in future edits and videos. Who serves the best burgers? Who serves the best fries?