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By Dr. Burt Smith November 25th, 2013

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It’s that time of year to simply say THANK YOU for being a reader here and for being a part of our lives!

From our family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!









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Legendary marketing guru Seth Godin has some interesting thoughts on how Black Friday is a fallacy.  Plus, if the question “What is Cyber-Monday and who is its founder” ever comes up in a game of Trivial Pursuit, or if you just want to impress folks around the water cooler with that knowledge, you’ll be equipped do so all by clicking here.

The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest is to respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate.” – Seth Godin




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sale sign snowflakeThere’s a lot of hype surrounding the time of year we’ve come to call Black Friday. Stories abound about how retailers are opening earlier and earlier (some are even attempting to hijack the Thanksgiving holiday itself!) with all these supposedly sweet deals that await consumers looking for the “bargains of the year.”

But are these really bargains?

After you fight the mob (no kidding, people have been hurt as they scrap for bargains at these crazy sales) to get access to the merchandise, can you really be assured the store will have enough stock so you get your bargain  in the first place?

Not only that, but have you checked out some of the savings you can now get, YEAR ROUND, on such great sites as Amazon.com (Nod to “Amazon Prime”), where you can get your bargain shipped right to your door (or the door of your gift’s recipient)  without having to dodge a single flying elbow in the store? Why not let your fingers do the walking and let someone else foot the fuel bill (lest we forget, when gas is as high as it has been at times this year, driving your own car costs you about 60 cents a mile!)?

When you figure up your true, total COST of participating in Black Friday, the dark truth you may discover for yourself is that it isn’t such a bargain after all.

And if you’d like to hear the dark truth for RETAILERS as it relates to Black Friday, along with why it’s called Black Friday in the first place, click here.



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The following fable is one that is often shared by Dr. Wayne Dyer in his seminars. As we approach the time of year when we put a special focus on things we’re thankful for, I thought you might enjoy it.

A little kitten and an old alley cat were out in the alley.  The little kitten was ferociously chasing his tail round and round. The old alley cat approached him and asked, “What are you doing?”

The little kitten replied, “I’ve just returned from cat philosophy school and I learned two things; that the most important thing in a world for a cat is happiness and that it’s located in my tail. And what I’m doing is chasing my tail and as soon as I get a hold of it, I’m going to bite down on it, and  I will then have a lock on eternal happiness.”

The old alley cat looked at him and said, “You know, I didn’t have the benefits of the fine education you did. I have been out in the alley scratching for my food all my life. But it’s funny, I’ve learned the same thing they taught you in school. I’ve learned that happiness is the most important thing in the world for a cat and indeed that it is located in my tail. “But”, he said, “the only difference between you and me is that I’ve found that if I go about my business and just live my life, it follows after me where ever I go”.

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” – Susan Ertz


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This year’s Veteran’s Day post may look a little familiar to you if you’re a long-time reader. That’s because it was originally shared in 2010. I’m offering it again because the message is still relevant, and doggone it, even 3 years later, it remains one of my favorite posts to have written. Thanks for indulging me.


To whom do we owe our thanks for the privilege of living in a free market? If you happen to be a veteran reading this, we have YOU to thank!

I think the fact that we live in a free market economy is among the greatest blessings we enjoy in this nation. You’ve probably gathered that if you’ve been a reader here for a while. What I probably don’t mention often enough is that a free market economy wouldn’t be possible without having freedom in the first place. That freedom was bought and paid for by our men and women in uniform, and we should all be constantly mindful of that as we enjoy the benefits of what they fought for.

The notion of freedom and what it costs to have it seems to get more important to me every year, especially since becoming a dad in 2007. To think that both my son’s grandfathers wore their country’s uniform is something that puts a lump in my throat, and I look forward to the day when he is old enough to really appreciate their service in our armed forces for himself. The picture to the left shows my son with my wife’s father, his Grandpa Delaine, when they took a trip to the Infantry Museum here in Oklahoma City this summer. Grandpa thought it’d be fun to put on his old uniform just to show him.

My father died when I was in college, but I took great pride in showing my son his Granddad Tom’s infantry patch at the museum. When he’s older I’ll tell him the story of how his Grandad served in World War II, how he was drafted and pulled out of high school just after he turned 18 and, like thousands of other boys who were pulled off the farms and put in uniform, he was being trained for a D-Day type invasion of Japan. The invasion was avoided by President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb. I’ll tell him how his Grandad’s parents cried when they put him on the train to be shipped out because word had it that in an invasion of Japan, the survival rate for Allied Infantrymen would have likely been only 1 in 4. I’ll try to explain how men and women we may never meet put that uniform on knowing they are taking an oath to die to defend our freedom if necessary.  And I’ll probably have to tell him that it took me a long time to fully grasp what that means, and that it may take him quite a while, too. The most important thing, I’ll tell him, is that we just can’t ever forget it.

We have more abundance in this country than we can accurately measure, and the thanks we owe our service men and women can’t be adequately described. Let’s be sure Veteran’s Day isn’t the only time we salute them!

There can be no real peace while one American is dying somewhere in the world for the rest of us.” – Ronald Reagan