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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Review: How to Build a Piano Bench: Lessons for Success from a Red-Dirt Road in Alabama by Ruthi Postow Birch




Manian Debil Productions is located in Wharton, Texas.  We tell you this because the author of How to Build a Piano Bench: Lessons for Success from a Red-Dirt Road in Alabama, Ruthi Postow Birch, spent a small part of her early life living in Wharton, Texas.  This tells us personally that she came a very long way, from the bottom of the heap, in a very short time.

How to Build a Piano Bench is not about building a piano bench, but then again it is.  The author explains this and uses this as a way to teach a very important lesson.

This book is part autobiography, part life lesson, part lesson in how to sell, and all entertaining.  The author tells some very entertaining and often funny stories.  Each story makes a point. If you aren’t careful, you just might learn something.

We give How to Build a Piano Bench all five stars and two artichokes (you will have to read the book to understand that).  It is very well-written and probably one of the most entertaining books we have read in a very long time.  Many passages out of this book were read to our family because we found them so interesting and funny.

Five Star Review


This book actually fits in both our niche blogs because it is about business AND  personal growth.  This would make a great gift for any person you know in leadership or management. It would also make a great gift for any parent who is feeling less than perfect.  It would make a great gift for any teacher, past or present.  In fact, this book would make a great gift for just about anyone.


We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yard Sale

Yard sale, garage sale, whatever you wish to call it, selling items you no longer need or want is a good way to raise a little extra money.

Clear out the clutter and clean it up a little.  While you are working on organizing your home, you may run across things you no longer need or want, but you don’t want to just throw them away.

Set those items aside and, once you have accumulated a lot, you might want to have a yard sale.

Price the items low, but be ready to drop your prices even lower.  Most areas have people who entertain themselves on the weekends by traveling from yard sale to yard sale looking for a bargain. These people are not happy unless they get an item for much less than the price marked.

We once had a yard sale. We advertised in the paper that the yard sale would start at 7:30 AM.




We had been told to expect people to show up early so we thought we would be ready.  We went outside to set up at 6AM.  However, there were already several cars parked in our driveway waiting for the yard sale.


In about two hours, we had sold almost everything. 


This is a great way to get rid of unwanted items and raise a little money to help pay off your bills. 


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review:When You Lose Someone You Love written and illustrated by Joanne Fink


The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.


Get out the giant size box of tissues and grab your copy of When You Lose Someone You Love written and illustrated by Joanne Fink.  Prepare for a roller coaster of emotions.

This little book is designed to help one deal with the loss of a loved one.  

On our How to Manage Your Monkey website, we talk about preparing for retirement and making pre-need funeral arrangements.

But, it is impossible to plan emotionally for the loss of someone you love.  Even if their death is not a surprise, it is still hard to deal with their loss.

Perhaps When You Lose Someone You Love will help you, or someone you know, deal with a loss.  There is no way to tell.  Each person is different and each loss is different.

That being said, we need to say that this little book is very well-written and helps reach those parts that are hurting and maybe helps someone who is grieving realize that their feelings, no matter what they are, are normal.

We give When You Lose Someone You Love all five stars.  We think for some people this will act like a salve to help soothe the hurts.  For others, it might not do anything.

Five Star Review
 

We suggest you buy a copy and read it before a loss takes place.  Keep a copy on hand and offer it to those you know who are going through a recent loss.

Like chicken soup when you are ill, it just might help and it probably won’t hurt.

Note from Suz: I could relate to some of the issues and feelings Mrs. Fink shared in this book, though her loss was her husband. We are approaching the fifth anniversary of my daddy’s death. She shares some of her daughter’s words on the loss of her daddy. The wounds are still so raw from my own experience. I cried buckets reading parts of the song this girl wrote to her daddy.

This book doesn’t erase the pain. Nothing can ever fully do that, really. But, it offers understanding and a chance to not feel so alone in one’s grief.



We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Guest Post: 3 Saving Tips To Help Prepare You For Unexpected Expenses


The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.


3 Saving Tips To Help Prepare You
For Unexpected Expenses
It happens to everybody: The dreaded, unexpected big expense – major car repairs, a broken air conditioner, a plumbing problem, a sick pet, a computer crash, a dental emergency.

Often these misfortunes come without warning, and they can throw you for a financial tailspin if you’re not prepared with ample savings.

Thus, it’s prudent to develop and sustain a savings plan that will help you endure emergency expenses. Financial discipline over the long haul is the key.

“It’s kind of like being on a diet,” says Ben Schrock, an Investment Adviser Representative and president of B.A. Schrock Financial Group (www.baschrock-fg.com). “It’s the discipline of sticking with that diet over the long term that will pay off in the end. If you are out to eat and you see your favorite pie or dessert, you might think, ‘What’s one piece going to do?’ Well, that one piece turns into two, three, four, and by the end of the diet you’re back where you started.

“It’s the same thing with investing and saving. I think saving and investing are very much psychological. It’s all about creating a habit of saving.”

Schrock gives three tips for developing a disciplined savings strategy that will help with those the unexpected expenses:

• Create a budget and don’t deviate. You have to expect that the unexpected emergencies will come up. You should prepare a budget accordingly, at least ball-parking possible emergencies aside from your normal monthly bills. “The more you stick to the budget and put some aside for those rainy days, the better off you’ll be when it pours,” Schrock says. “Those people who may have had a late start saving or who have dipped into an account here or there are sometimes a little more challenging to steer back on the right course.”

• Make savings the emergency fund. Savings is your foundational backbone, your go-to source in case of emergency. Thus, you want to steadily build it so you don’t tap into your retirement funds – and pay a penalty on top – when the unexpected expense happens. Setting up different savings accounts for certain types of expenses is a good idea, rather than raiding one general savings account for all expenses.  “What this will allow you to do is when things get tight or that emergency pops up, you’ll have a smart place to take out some money,” Schrock says.

• Make it automatic. A sure way to stay on track with saving habits is to earmark a certain amount in your paycheck to be set aside, similar to a 401(k). You can start with a small amount of your monthly income, and then add to it. “Seeing that sacrifice on your check each month brings peace of mind,” Schrock says.

“Inevitably, your car needs a repair or an appliance breaks down,” Schrock says. “If you stick with a savings strategy, emergencies won’t set you back significantly.”
About Ben Schrock
Investment Advisory Services offered only by duly registered individuals through AE Wealth Management (AEWM). AEWM and B.A. Schrock Financial Group are not affiliated companies. Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. AW10174564.

Ben's headshot copy.jpgBen Schrock (www.baschrock-fg.com) is an Investment Adviser Representative, insurance professional and president of B.A. Schrock Financial Group, an independent, full-service financial advising firm in Wadsworth, Ohio. He holds a Behavioral Financial Adviser™ designation and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he played football for The Fighting Scots for four years.


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Press Release: A MEDIEVAL VOICE OF FAITH SPEAKS TO THE MODERN WORLD


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A MEDIEVAL VOICE OF FAITH SPEAKS TO THE MODERN WORLD
New online resource explores the life of Hildegard of Bingen,
12th century German saint regarded as most influential woman of her time
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 17, 2017) – For many, modern life is busy and filled with distractions, but what if we could turn down the noise and listen to a voice from a quieter age, one with a worldview in which faith, reason, nature, humanity, and God are harmoniously interconnected? That voice belongs to St. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th century German writer, composer, healer, prophet, visionary, and leader, regarded as the most influential woman of her time.
Hildegard's holistic message of spiritual truth, natural healing, and caring for the earth has never been more relevant than today. As St. Hildegard herself said, "the light you are seeking longs to shine forth from within you." If we listen closely, she can not only teach us about the Middle Ages, but show us how to overcome the frustrations of our own modern world.

While women played critical roles in medieval society, individual women rarely had influence as public figures or the leaders of visible institutions. Those who did were usually noblewomen who had political significance because of family connections or the alliances their marriages could create.
St. Hildegard was unique because her influence came from her professional accomplishments, already recognized in her day. There were other women who ran convents of nuns, but Hildegard's writing, composition, and public speaking gave her visibility and earned her recognition far beyond other women of her era. Nearly 500 years before Gutenberg's press revolutionized book publishing, Hildegard's prolific writing on theology and natural science, as well as her musical compositions, were widely copied and read. She was also a popular and widely traveled public speaker on a variety of topics.

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International mezzo soprano Linn Maxwell brought the saint's writings and music to life for the 21st century. Now a new online resource, www.hildegardofbingen.net, has been created for others to explore the life and lessons of St. Hildegard of Bingen and the issues she addressed that are even more relevant in the 21st century, including the environment, natural medicine, the role of women, and the church.
The website highlights St. Hildegard’s story and includes a list of films about her life: St. Hildegard: Trumpet of God, and Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light, a one-woman play created and performed by Maxwell. There is also a collection of music by the Hildegard Singers, featuring a number of Hildegard songs, medieval instrumentalists, liturgical chants, and Christmas carols from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Included in the online resource is a seven-part study guide to help others discover the Middle Ages through the eyes of the St. Hildegard. Topics include medieval worldview, monastic life, the medieval church, saints and doctors, medieval intellectual life, geography and chronology of St. Hildegard.
For more information visit , www.hildegardofbingen.net.


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