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Taking Control Of Your Own Life: Making the Transition from Punching Bag to Fighter

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A fighter who quits can never win. A fighter who stays in the ring may win and will learn from the experience.  Wm. Hovey Smith, Author of Create Your Own Job Security.

If you ever played high school sports, you heard something like this statement from your coach, as he told you no matter how bad the score was during the first half, if you continue to play and play well, you can still win. Distilled down to its essence, this is the principal life lesson that participation in any competitive sport and every game teaches. There are other significant benefits that may be derived from athletic activities such as physical conditioning, learning teamwork, striving for a common goal, supporting a cause and gaining personal satisfaction from your efforts. These are all important, but the most important lesson is to never quit.  Adapt, keep trying, look for opportunities and…

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February 6, 2019 at 9:45 am

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Property Rights: Codifying the Laws Our Dogs Live By

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ursusassportsdogWhat’s mine is mine, what’s yours is mine and what’s theirs is mine if I can get it. 

Out canines’ views of property rights are quite different from the usual Western legal constructions where property is transferred by sale, exchange, gift, inheritance or abandonment.  Their concept of property rights are more akin to discovery, forceful acquisition, and, if need be, protection. These rights extend to their owners, their homes, vehicles, home ground, toys and an unusually large number of chew-food-smell items which they may claim as their own.

Humans generally have only a partial grasp of the different manifestations of these rights that are generally gained from observing of their pets. This is the case here where my insights are derived through the observation of a number of dogs owned over the past 70 years. Anyone who has tried to take a bone from a dog quickly realizes that to…

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January 31, 2019 at 12:21 pm

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Plan for the Next 30 Days of the Government Shutdown

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Hovey as news anchor“When outcomes are out of your control, it is better to plan for a certain result, rather than be carried along by the tide of events.”  Wm. Hovey Smith, Author of “Create Your Own Job Security: Plan to Start Your Own Business at Midlife.”

No one can predict the next 30 days of the 2018-19 U.S. Government shutdown or its full impact on the U.S. economy. This uncertainty combined with indecision about Brexit in the United Kingdom, the Yellow Vest movement in France, disappointing growth figures from China and the Tariff Wars imposed by our President has impacted some 100,000 Government Workers, caused massive layoffs in retail trade, disrupted the supply chain of just-in-time delivery programs, broken international trade relations and resulted in confusion in world financial markets.

Individuals can potentially spur the U.S. Government into action by forcing members of the U.S. Congress to take action to open the…

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January 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm

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Making Money at Trade Shows

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Hovey at blade Show 2018

I have attended trade shows in China, Germany and for more than a decade have covered the Shot Show as a journalist. I have also been a paid exhibitor at the annual International Blade Show in Atlanta where I had a chance to sit on the other side of the table hawking my knives. On a smaller scale I have sold products at craft fairs at several locations in Georgia and more recently I exhibited at one of Eastman’s gun shows in Atlanta.

I have made money in several different ways from attending such events. My first exposures to trade shows was as a writer/journalist. At the Shot Show I visited the show to gather materials for my gun-related articles in the Gun Digest Annual and for my books. I also sold articles to editors of other magazines. People who cannot attend such events want to read about the newest…

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December 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

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Writing the Successful Gun-Hunt Story: Part 3. Photography

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Thanksgiving Deer with a 14-inch Ruger Old Army using the .45 Colt Taylor & Company’s Conversion Cylinder 

14-in .45 LC Ruger Old Army with deerThis “hero shot” is the best shot I have for a lead photo. The white reflections of the deer’s eyes are a result of this being a flash photo taken with my truck’s lights and a Cannon 35-mm Single Lens Reflex camera with a 200 mm lens. These days only digital images are accepted unless there are historical photos that are strongly related to the story that were on prints or published as black and white images. By comparison here is a shot that would not be acceptable as is because of the blood shown in the photo. It is accurate, shows the spot where the deer fell, but would never see print. Although I am putting the photos in this text to indicate how they might be used, they will be submitted…

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December 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

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Writing the Successful Gun-Hunt Story: Part 2. The Edit

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In Part I I wrote a long form version of a recent deer hunt with my custom Ruger Old Army percussion revolver where I killed a deer with my cast bullets and reloads using a Taylor and Co. conversion cylinder in .45 Colt.  This story has some commercial appeal because:  A. I am using a percussion pistol to shoot a powerful hunting load. B. The Ruger Old Army had a long production run and many Ruger collectors and users know of the pistol. C. I had some modifications made to the gun to allow it to mount a scope sight and also outfitted it with a 14-inch barrel. B. My handloads moved advanced the pistol’s capabilities to successfully use a powerful, but conservative, hunting load that functions well in my revolver.

The story as first written ran about 2,817 words which is suitable for a chapter in a book, but…

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December 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

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Writing the Successful Gun-Focused Hunting Story: Part I The Story

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As a person who has been writing and selling stories about guns and hunting since the 1970s, I would like to demonstrate how to craft a successful gun-focused hunting story.  In any hunting story the first thing that needs to be established is the focus of the story. Is it to be primarily about a firearm? Or is it to be about a person, place or variety of game. Any of these subject materials may be used, but before the story is even started its primary focus needs to be decided upon.

The second thing to be decided upon is who is telling the story? ls this to be a first-person story as in the typical “Me and Joe” story where you describe what you and your hunting buddy did on a given trip? Is it to be more about the gun and its statistical attributes that you have discovered…

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December 1, 2018 at 9:28 pm

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