So many people feel over worked, over stressed and things are are way over complicated! Technology for example is supposed to make our life easier, but it doesn’t. In most cases because just like with many procedures and processes, PEOPLE make it way more complicated than it needs to be. Personally, I like to use the “KISS” method, “Keep It Simple Silly!” It’s just a… wait for it… Common Sense approach to business practices. Or as I call it nowadays, “Rare Sense”. Because common sense isn’t so common anymore! We have to try to remember 100 different log ins and security protocols for everything we need to access, and heaven forbid you have both business and personal accounts! Then there is Google always trying to “remember who you are”, and all of our personal information… Yeesh, give us a break already!
about the technology
we live in now, we seem to be online just about every day. We are
always searching, researching, paying
searching just about any topic online, especially on Google, you will
notice that so many search
about “Best”, “Top”
and “Lists”. Search
engine algorithms tend to like those keywords.
God’s Top 10 List
like a coffee pot on a Saturday morning, this got my brain
would be THE Top 10 List of all Top 10 Lists?
and I would have to agree to disagree on the search results for this
topic. For me,
there was no
and only one search
to mind. That’s
Top 10 List,
The Ten Commandments!
say there were actually 15 commandments, but one of the tablets fell
and broke, and that’s how we ended up with 10. Take
it easy, kidding of course, it’s just a joke! But
seriously, can you think of any better example of simplicity
and common sense?
our over-bloviated society, don’t sweat the small stuff, but do
remember and enjoy the simple things that
God has bestowed upon us!
we all like stuff! We like to have nice cars, nice houses, a pool…
and there’s nothing wrong with that. I believe that God wants us to
be happy and enjoy life, to have a sense of humor and laugh. I’m
sure that he may question and shake his head sometimes at my sense of
humor, but I’d also like to think that I give him a chuckle from
time to time. In
my opinion, it’s ok to not feel guilty about enjoying those things,
as long as we remember that they are just that. Material things.
Things for our pleasure, but certainly not the most important things.
I think the most important thing that we have is our faith and belief
in God. If
you didn’t have any of those things, if all those
went away, remember that you can still be
rich in Christ.
I say we keep God’s Top 10 List number 1 on our chart, and keep God number 1 in our heart! And hey, I’m no theologian, I’m not even that smart. I’m a “Christian under construction”, because I need God to work on me every day! But I try… I hope you enjoyed this blog post, please feel free to share it. Have a blessed day!
one thing that I can say for certain about the Post Office is that
they always, ALWAYS… make sure that I
get my bills on time!
HEY, just a little Postal humor!
Postal Service is one of our oldest federal agencies. And
a lot of us tend to take them for granted, we still rely on them
let’s be real, I mean, would
you go get into your vehicle and drive somewhere to bring a letter to
somebody’s house for $.55 cents?
not, so let’s not complain about the cost of postage stamps
up to 55 cents… Have
you shipped anything with UPS and Fedex lately? Yeesh!
can you imagine way back when transportation such as railroads didn’t
even cover the whole country? We
had… the Pony Express baby! Those
famously sped mail to
cover the entire
of the country. For example like
1,800 mile route
from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in which
mail got delivered in
just ten days.
that’s dedication! And…
possibly a commercial for preparation H. Butt anyway… (pun
intended) Have you heard of this?
Thank a Mail Carrier Day!
so how many of you know that February 4th
is “National Thank a Mail Carrier Day”?
Wait, let me rephrase that. How many of you that are notMail Carriers know that February 4th is “National Thank a Mail Carrier Day”? Exactly! I was thinking “why don’t Mail Carriers have a day? Maybe I’ll start one.” I thought that I was about to spearhead and create something special, but nope, after doing some research, I found out that it’s actually already a thing. I had no idea! But I guess that’s actually kinda the point of this blog article dedicated to our US Postal Workers. And we need to use February 4th as a reminder of appreciation that “SOMEONE” makes sure the mail gets through 6 days a week and 52 weeks a year! Bringing us toilet paper from Amazon, and masks, and all of our meds, while we got to stay home, safe in our beds. Because through rain, shine, sleet or snow… even in a pandemic, Mail Carriers are still on the go!
little Postal history.
U.S. Postal System was established on July 26th
1775, with non other than Ben Franklin as the first Postmaster
General. He put the foundation in place for many aspects of today’s
early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to
send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence
was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the
Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There
were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at
inns and taverns.
1753, Benjamin Franklin, who had been postmaster of Philadelphia,
became one of two joint postmasters general for the colonies. He made
numerous improvements to the mail system, including setting up new,
more efficient colonial routes and cutting delivery time in half
between Philadelphia and New
having the weekly mail wagon travel both day and night via relay
teams. Franklin also debuted the first rate chart, which standardized
delivery costs based on distance and weight.
1774, the British fired Franklin from his postmaster job. However,
the following year, he was appointed postmaster general of the United
Colonies by the Continental Congress. Franklin held the job until
late in 1776, when he was sent to France as a diplomat. He left a
vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida
regular service between the colonies and Britain. President George
Samuel Osgood, a former Massachusetts
as the first postmaster general of the American nation under the new
U.S. constitution in 1789. At the time, there were approximately 75
post offices in the country.
the United States has over 40,000 post offices and the postal service
delivers 212 billion pieces of mail each year to over 144 million
homes and businesses in the United States, Puerto
the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The postal service is
the nation’s largest civilian employer, with over
500,000 career workers. The postal service is a not-for-profit,
self-supporting agency that covers its expenses through postage
(stamp use in the United States started in 1847) and related
a little love, support,
our Postal Workers!
remember when February 4th
rolls around that it is National Thank a Mail Carrier Day!
gets the mail delivered whether
or snow… even
in the middle of a pandemic, mail
still on the go!
hope this blog article brings a little happiness and appreciation to
all of you Postal Workers out there for the important jobs that you
do. From a humble Christian Author in Mississippi, We
Special thanks to the History Channel and various other sources for their input on this article.
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Dwayne Smith’s newly released “Squirrelly McNut Goes to
School” is an enchanting tale of a squirrel who goes to school and
learns many things, especially friendship.
Goes to School” from Christian Faith Publishing author Dwayne Smith
is a wonderfully constructed masterpiece about a young squirrel who
gains many insights and experiences as he goes to school.
“Squirrelly McNut Goes to School”: a vividly illustrated book about a squirrel whose first day in school becomes a cherished moment filled with companionship and wisdom. “Squirrelly McNut Goes to School” is the creation of published author Dwayne Smith, a graduate of Topeka-Tilton High School in Mississippi who currently resides in Mississippi with his wonderful wife, Lauri, and their eight rescued dogs.
Smith shares, “Meet
Squirrelly in ‘Squirrelly McNut Goes to School.’ This is a story
that will just make you feel good!”
“It’s the first
day of school for our main character. He is excited, nervous, and a
little afraid. He discovers that school wasn’t as scary as he
thought it was going to be. He learned some lessons, made a friend,
and found out how much fun it could actually be to go to school. And
really, it’s everyone’s story in a sense; at one time or another,
we’ve all been a little scared or nervous about a new school, a new
move, or a new job. And for our main character Squirrelly, he soon
overcomes his fear and anxiety. He makes friends, has adventures, and
just may learn some good values and lessons along the way.”
“When you read
this story, I sincerely hope that you feel as good and happy as I
feel every time I read it. This is a short, simple, and wholesome
bedtime story that hopefully illustrates innocence, morals, and good
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“And if you
really, really like the story, then tell everyone! Thank you!”
Christian Faith Publishing, Dwayne Smith’s new book gracefully
imparts resounding positive virtues to children that they can surely
practice toward others.
Follow the touching
adventure of Squirrelly McNut to school where he discerns new things
and meets new companions to call friends.
View the video trailer synopsis of “Squirrelly McNut Goes to School” on YouTube and Squirrelly’s website.
Consumers can purchase “Squirrelly McNut Goes to School” at traditional brick and mortar bookstores or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Books-A-Million, or Barnes and Noble.
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at this point by now, you would have researched and found at least a
couple of publishing companies that you were interested in. After you
make contact, typically by phone, but could be by email or a “contact
us” form… The first thing that you are probably going to do is
submit your “manuscript” or story to a representative at the
publishing company, I emailed mine, emailing the document is more
than likely the preferred method, but I’m sure that you could send
it in a different way if you’d like. The publishing company will
let you know.
I’ve mentioned on my book’s website ( www.squirrellymcnut.com
) and in previous blog posts “Becoming an Author” articles part 1
& 2, my book publisher is Christian Faith Publishing. So
when I sent in my manuscript, it was forwarded to their “Review
Board” to see if what I sent in was good enough to be published and
if it was something that they might
took about a week or two, and I was called and given the good news.
And for me, it was an AMAZING phone call, I of course was THRILLED!
so it begins.
just to give you an idea of what kind of time frame
to possibly expect, I signed the contract / agreement in June 2019,
and my book was actually published in January 2020. The
paper work from Christian Faith Publishing (CFP) was pretty straight
forward and easy enough to understand, even for someone like me who
had never done this before. Although
I did have questions along the way simply because I didn’t know the
terminology and it was my first time going through the process.
was assigned a Literary Agent / Publication Specialist and CFP also
has an online “Author’s Portal” so
I was able to logon anytime to check the progress, updates, or for
any questions and concerns that may have come up. Although, my
Literary Agent always kept me informed and up to date with what was
going on. Also, everyone that I worked with at CFP was always quick
to respond back to me to answer any question or concern that I may
gets approved by you!
going to lay out kind of a timeline of the chain of events as the
process gets rolling. And, every step of the process had to be
approved by me before moving to the next step.
An editor will thoroughly proof your manuscript for grammatical
spelling errors, and
They will identify any issues with sentence structure, word usage,
process could take a couple of months to complete.
The “editing” part is typically considered the most grueling and
hardest part of the process for writers. So
A typeset artist will lay out the pages of your book and implement
elements of typographical style like for example font, font sizes,
line spacing, and page breaks to enhance the style and overall
aesthetics of the book. Basically trying to make the final product
the best that it can be! Your typeset artist will also properly place
any illustrations, photographs, etc as needed. This part of the
takes a month
after the editing is completed.
your approval is given for the typesetting phase, an artist will
start working on your custom book cover design using your input.
The rest of the illustrations are completed as well. There was a
form that I filled out describing each character and every scene in
detail, the more details and descriptions that you can give will help
the artist doing the illustrations bring what you have in your head
to life. This part could take 2-3
Once your cover design and illustrations are approved, you are sent
what your book looks like all assembled and ready for distribution.
If everything looks good and you approve, it will then be sent to the
printer to make a small first batch. This
approximately a month.
Once the first small batch is printed, you will be sent copies. The
copies that you will get depends
on if you wanted your book to be paper back or hard cover, it
makes a difference (you get less with hard cover). Once you receive
your copies, you should inspect every one of them to make sure that
they look good. You will need to give your approval that they printed
correctly, no grammatical errors, illustrations are correct, no
smudges, etc. Once you give your approval, now
it goes public
and can be purchased!
you’re a published author!
are now a “published author”, congratulations to you! Can you
believe it? It was a long road to get here, but you did it. But also,
process isn’t quite over
though the book is actually published,
Faith Publishing is still working for you. CFP creates a customized
book trailer that will highlight your book’s theme and will add a
little visual excitement to your title’s online listing to help
increase it’s online advertising potential. The video trailer will
be on their YouTube channel, their
website, and used in your book’s press release. CFP also creates an
“author webpage” for your book on their website as well, which
will have your book’s video trailer.
After your printed books are completed and the video trailer is
created, they begin the process of converting your book to the
various eBook formats and upload them to online merchants like
itunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. You know, for those folks who
like to just download a
digital copy of books to read on their ipad, Kindle, and other
final step in the CFP publication process is to issue a press release
announcing to the world that your book is now available for sale. It
has arrived! I mean, technically it’s maybe been out there for sale
around 2-3 months already, but there’s a lot of people who just
don’t know it yet! You will get the press release “draft”
around a month after the eBook versions are done. And oh yes, you
will need to approve the press release before it is actually
experience in a “Squirrelly McNut” shell…
I mentioned earlier that “editing” is typically the most grueling
and hardest part of
the publishing process for
for me editing was a breeze. Really
the only thing that was suggested to be changed during the editing
process in my book was going from “present” to “past” tense,
which I was fine with. There
was one thing concerning peanut butter in this one line though…
They thought that I made a grammatical error, but I had to clarify
that I really meant “pea-nut butter” and not “peanut butter”.
My main character is a squirrel, and he’s from the south, and it’s
his favorite snack. I needed it emphasized…
illustrations proved to be the most challenging. I
think because I knew what I wanted in my head, I just had to convey
it properly to the artist doing the illustrations. It took a couple
of times, but then it was perfect.
at Christian Faith Publishing has been great to work with, they want
to make sure that
you are 100% satisfied with the finished product.
I look forward to hopefully having a long relationship with them
continuing my Squirrelly McNut series.
don’t rest on your laurels, or hardies, when
your book is “done”. Start creating a buzz about your book while
it’s in the process of getting published. And while a lot of times
we focus on and equate success with the book launch, yeah you want to
have a good launch, but think about long term. Long term is where the
you want to be successful, you
need to market your butt off!
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sure to thank all the teachers, coaches,
who you know that simply TEACH students without
having a political “I hate America” agenda,
some other crap!
seem to be getting rare, but they do exist in schools across the
country, and they need our support. Now more than ever!
all of the teachers doing it right, who truly care about the children
and their education, WE THANK AND APPRECIATE YOU!
Writing & Arithmetic…
I graduated in 1986
from a small humble school out in the country in Jayess, MS.
School (now Topeka Tilton Attendance Center).
may not have had fancy tech equipment for class, or
coaches, and overall educators who just taught! Do you know how many
of our teachers were Republicans and how many were Democrats? Well I
can tell you this, I have no idea! Because
that’s not what they were there
were concerned with teaching us things like History, Reading,
Writing, Math, Science, etc…
Life skills like how to balance a check book, home economics, how to
use a saw, a welding machine, an acetylene torch, and of course how
to make paddles in shop class for them to beat us with… 😀
It was awesome! But
oh yes, if you got out of line, then you got a sore behind! It wasn’t
like some of this stuff that goes on today, teachers
were able to beat your butt. And they should be able to!!! Anyway, we
had a Future Farmers of America program that taught us about
at how things have “progressed” in our country, I
feel like we
had some outstanding teachers and coaches with no
just a passion for teaching! And
know about you, but I
have met people nowadays
are in their 20’s that can’t even
time if it’s not on a digital device. And
they were considered “smart” in their class! I mean, wow…
are who are who are we, we are we are we are THE, L.I.O.N.S. Lions
Lions we are best!” That’s right, we were Topeka-Tilton
and WE ROARED! 1985
District Champs – Basketball, just saying…
school also had a modest little music program, aka: Band Class. And
for a smaller school, our sports teams, both
boys and girls, were
pretty darn good! And
the reason that we were pretty darn good, sure
had some talented athletes, but we also had some talented coaches
were pretty darn good themselves. They taught us, they trained us,
and they developed us!
we didn’t have any of that “Politically Correct” garbage back
there were no
it wasn’t about your “feelings”… You
had to actually
you weren’t good enough, then you practiced
and you worked hard to improve yourself
to be better. I can only imagine that if some of these kids
nowadays were told some
things that we were told in the locker room, they would be “OFFENDED”
and curled up in a fetal position in the corner, needing a safe space
and a counselor. Not to mention what would happen to those
my opinion, teachers
need to have the right to discipline kids
need both God and paddles back in school! Teachers,
teaching staff, and bus drivers should not be terrorized on a daily
basis by people’s
bratty undisciplined kids!
you hear “Nobody better not lay a finger on my kid”, the
Principal should have the authority and the RIGHT (without frivolous,
and frankly BS legalities) to be able to tell those parents to just
take their little ‘Angel” somewhere else then. Some teachers
really care and fight hard to educate students, and if you have a
constant disruption in your class, it’s not fair to the teacher and
it is certainly not fair to the rest of the students who are trying
what do I consider wrongs? The teachers that seem to have a sole
purpose of infiltrating public schools and brainwashing kids to
believe that communism is good and America is bad. Think about how
long this has been going on, we now have a whole group that has
graduated and are now of voting age. All of the sex education
and gender crap that is introduced to kids as early as kindergarten.
Drag queen story time, some of
these guys have
even exposed themselves to
kids. I just recently saw a video where a stripper
doing… “performance art” on
in front of a
group of small
there is SO much more, it’s just disgusting! The parents, teachers,
schools, libraries that are promoting this… Where the hell is CPS?
How is this ok? What
is going on???
this is why we really need to support and appreciate all of the good
teachers out there doing the right thing! Just
kids how to read, write, add & subtract… Or just how to tell
it seems like the “bad brainwashing” teachers are the ones who
currently have all the rights, meanwhile the “Good Teachers” out
there are the ones who get persecuted and assaulted. You see it
online, on the news, in the paper… A coach laying on the sidewalk
getting kicked by a group of teens, a teacher getting stabbed at
a classroom. It’s just not right! When I was an officer in law
enforcement, I always used to say that if I made it through the day
without a brawl… It was a good day! And even though what I went
through on a daily basis, I always felt bad for teachers. Because at
least I could defend
myself, and I signed up for that kind of stuff, they didn’t!
really makes me angry that good teachers have to be concerned for
their safety in some areas! Safety and security should not have to be
a daily thought for teachers. How about we enforce
the laws, and just get rid of the scum instead? Also, why
do teachers (or students) have to pay for school
out of their own pocket?
Too much tax money
to “Superintendent” or other “Administrative” things, I
would encourage you to actually read some of those “School Bonds”
etc when they are proposed, before
you vote on them.
NO to millions of dollars going to private bathrooms with showers for
administrative staff, say
YES to allocating that money to school supplies,
lunches, and pay raises for teachers, principals, bus drivers, etc.
NOT THE FAT CATS driving around in cadillacs,
can go home and shower!
For all those teachers, coaches and educators doing it right, please continue being that beacon of hope in the dark of night. Be mighty and be just without hesitation, cause we depend on you, from preschool through graduation. As young minds develop and fill with knowledge, teachers instill the tools that are needed for college. I say to you, whether you’ve traveled near or traveled far, think for a minute about who you are… a policeman, a mailman or even a preacher, we all got where we are, because of a teacher!
So once again to all of the teachers out there doing it right, this week and every week, WE THANK YOU!