The Final Outcome . . . When Pigs Fly

28 Nov

For the record I’m already working on the sequel to my newest book Boundless Devotion. There are not only issues that need to be resolved in terms of the story itself, I kinda fell in love with a few of the characters. I know it’s just a book but writers are funny like that lol. They deserve closure and a happy ending in my opinion.

There is the possibility that I’ll need filler though to make it a full length. If that’s the case I’ll just update the original.

This morning I was brainstorming ideas for a cover.

This may take a while. 😂

I’ll keep you updated. Of course if you’ve already purchased it you’ll be able to download the new revision for free. Thanks for your support . . . you know who you are.

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Here we go again

27 Nov

I never thought in a million years I’d be spending Christmas number three, alone as a single person. It’s gotten easier over time, but I just can’t seem to get used to it.

We were always a tight family. Sure we had issues like everybody else but overall, especially around the holidays, we spent lots of time together.

I’ll never forget the first year, it was brutal. I didn’t think I was gonna make it, the emptiness . . . it was overwhelming. That old saying, “big heart, big hurt.”

I get it.

Nevertheless you learn how to be thankful for what you have; grateful for your blessings, big or small. And if you’re really serious you can even be thankful for the hard times.

Embracing our struggles, accepting our lot, learning the art of contentment no matter what our circumstances look like, now there’s a life worth living.

Today I choose to thank God for the pain.

Christmas is right around the corner, I don’t wanna be a holy humbug. I wanna rejoice in my suffering, to revel in my weaknesses.

Regardless I’m still a father, I’m cutting a path for my kids to follow.

Need some encouragement?

Noticeably Diminished

26 Nov

My family’s been in the wood flooring industry for well over a century. You could almost say I’ve got varnish running through my veins. I have a pretty extensive background in sales and marketing, but I always felt more comfortable working with my hands, in the field. I was never the kind to sport a tie.

A few years ago I decided to start looking for comprehensive, no fluff, meat-on-the-bone network marketing opportunities. I wanted something that was compelling so I wouldn’t be chasing my tail trying to recruit people, where the leadership was transparent and authentic. If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know I’m not one for pretense.

There were so many offers it made my head spin, but I stumbled on a particular video with a couple of regular looking guys sitting on the porch of some mansion, with palm trees swaying in the background.

Everything they were saying resonated with me. They both came from disfunctional families, they’d both struggled with drugs and overcame their circumstances, they were both entrepreneurs at heart, but they had something that I didn’t . . . success.

I’m a pretty good judge of people, I can spot a scam from miles away. These guys just didn’t set off any alarms, not one. The more I listened, the more I wanted to know, I was captivated. It was kinda like the sort of swag that got Trump elected.

I knew enough to get by in the real world of business but I had a lot to learn about Internet marketing.

Their whole spiel was, they’d learned all the secrets of internet sales and wanted to, “put the cookie jar on the bottom shelf,” to empower people with the knowledge they needed to truly make money online; a training hub for average folks to gain up-to-the-minute insights, cutting edge marketing information, with the option to buy rights to the various educational packets and make 100% commissions.

I started digging around and come to find out, they were legit.

It didn’t take long for me to start making money so I went all in. After about 9 months though, at an event in Chicago, I noticed a couple of issues. It wasn’t anything to do with the business end, but it became clear to me pretty quickly, that if I were to stick with it I’d be sacrificing some core convictions, so I had to bail. I learned a ton of stuff I wouldn’t have otherwise and for that I’m grateful to this day, but at the time I had no idea the, “Empower Network” was on its way down.

It’s a really sad story to be quite honest.

I don’t know if you’ve ever had any dealings with this company but in case you’re interested, here’s what happened, right from horses mouth.

Dave Wood . . . Diminished

Boundless Devotion

25 Nov

A few folks who’ve read my new book have voiced concerns over some of the language. They wonder why, as a Christian, I thought it necessary to include expletives. My answer is simple; it can be summed up in one word, “authenticity.”

I’ve never served in the military, so I had to do my research. If you’re a veteran, know one, or have even spent any length of time in a locker room, you know what I’m talking about.

Meaningful dialog is hard to capture. I spent three years working on plots, subplots, developing characters, narrative propulsion, pouring over every word, every scene . . . every nuance, it’s a never ending process.

Even when you’re done you’re always second guessing yourself. However I tried hard to write it in such a way as to truly capture the imagination and bring honor to whom it’s due.

I’m sorry if the wording offends the conscience of some. It wasn’t my intent, I really mean that, but ultimately it’s a story of God’s sovereignty and His plan for redemption.

Boundless Devotion ©2017

Change Musik New Video Release!

23 Nov

I’ve been an artist and a promoter of Christian hip hop for a while now, but I’ve been out of the game for a few years. I had a bit of success as an artist but my favorite roll betwixt the two has been promotion; pointing to cats who truly love our kids, that are creating excellence.

One such artist in particular here locally in middle Tennessee is a guy named David Manning and his group Change Musik.

I used to do outreach events. We’d have dancers, graffiti artists, free grocery and mixtape giveaways, music downloads, etc . . . but David is a barber by trade. He used to give free fades before his performance.

It spoke volumes to me.

His group just came out with a new video. I know, I know, “You’re just trying to promote.” True, but it goes deeper than that.

Our culture is veering out of control, mainly because our youth are craving authenticity.

Like my son says, “Keepin it real is a lifestyle.”

David Manning and Steven North are part of the solution.

Click here don’t kid yourself

Thanksgiving and the Bounty of Capitalism

23 Nov

Thanksgiving, good economic times or bad, is when we gather with our family and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving is also a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.

The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620, were not only escaping from religious persecution in their homeland. They also wanted to turn their backs on what they viewed as the materialistic and greedy corruption of the Old World.

In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s Republic, in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.

What resulted is recorded in the journal of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.

The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields.

As Governor Bradford explained in his old English (though with the spelling modernized):

For the young men that were able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children, without recompense. The strong, or men of parts, had no more division of food, clothes, etc. then he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labor, and food, clothes, etc. with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignant and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc. they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could their husbands brook it.

Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.

Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.

As Governor Bradford put it:

And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end . . .This had a very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little-ones with them to set corn, which before would alledge weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms. When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.

In Governor Bradford’s words:

By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God. And the effect of their planting was well seen, for all had, one way or other, pretty well to bring the year about, and some of the abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.

Hard experience had taught the Plymouth colonists the fallacy and error in the ideas of that since the time of the ancient Greeks had promised paradise through collectivism rather than individualism. As Governor Bradford expressed it:

The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years, and that amongst the Godly and sober men, may well convince of the vanity and conceit of Plato’s and other ancients; — that the taking away of property, and bringing into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.

Was this realization that communism was incompatible with human nature and the prosperity of humanity to be despaired or be a cause for guilt? Not in Governor Bradford’s eyes. It was simply a matter of accepting that altruism and collectivism were inconsistent with the nature of man, and that human institutions should reflect the reality of man’s nature if he is to prosper. Said Governor Bradford:

Let none object this is man’s corruption, and nothing to the curse itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.

The desire to “spread the wealth” and for government to plan and regulate people’s lives is as old as the utopian fantasy in Plato’s Republic. The Pilgrim Fathers tried and soon realized its bankruptcy and failure as a way for men to live together in society.

They, instead, accepted man as he is: hardworking, productive, and innovative when allowed the liberty to follow his own interests in improving his own circumstances and those of his family. And even more, out of his industry result the quantities of useful goods that enable men to trade to their mutual benefit.

In the wilderness of the New World, the Plymouth Pilgrims had progressed from the false dream of communism to the sound realism of capitalism. At a time of economic uncertainty, it is worthwhile recalling this beginning of the American experiment and experience with freedom.

This is the lesson of the First Thanksgiving. This year, when we sit around our dining table with our family and friends, let us also remember that what we are really celebrating is the birth of free men and free enterprise in that New World of America.

The real meaning of Thanksgiving, in other words, is the triumph of capitalism over the failure of collectivism in all its forms.

Richard M Ebeling

Malice

22 Nov

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

I have to deal with some people on a daily basis in the work force that just can’t keep their “piehole” shut about others . . . know anybody like that? It’s as if they feel it their patriotic duty to talk about everybody else and their problems like they don’t have enough of their own.

I know sometimes we’re all tempted to talk about the latest happenings but these guys are mean-spirited. Bitterness has overtaken them, it’s part of who they are. I’ve got no time for that personally, I actually think it’s pretty disgusting.

They can’t help themselves, they’ve perfected being malicious. Malice has a few different meanings but the main idea is literally wishing ill on others. That’s what happens when we let our anger get out of control.

Main entry: backbiting
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: hateful talk
Synonyms: abuse, aspersion, backstabbing, belittlement, calumniation, calumny, cattiness, defamation, denigration, depreciation, detraction, disparagement, gossip, invective, lie, malice, obloquy, scandal, slander, spite, spitefulness, tale, traducement, vilification, vituperation
Antonyms: encouragement, praise Thesaurus.com

When you’re on the other side of your last heartbeat, you’d better hope to God you found your way clear.

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