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Writing Fiction while Sitting By the Bogwood Fire

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One of thousands of abandoned croft houses in Ireland.

One of many thousands of abandoned stone croft houses that still dot the landscape which millions of Irish left to try for new lives elsewhere in the world.

Bogwood.n. Darkly colored wood that may be 10s of thousands of years old recovered from marshes and bogs in typically northern latitudes that is dried and used for fuel in areas where other wood is scarce or absent.

 Just as the captive Jews sat by the rivers of Babylon and dreamed of Zion, so the Irish displaced by eviction and starvation in their own land kept their fires in the United States, Australia, Africa, New Zealand, India and China. Scattered in countries of the expanding British Empire, those descended kept ingrained cultural ties with Ireland, even though it might be generations before any of them might return. Like any assimilating population their ties were stronger with the first generation of immigrants…

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March 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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Starting Another Business While Working for Someone Else

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Hovey at schoolEthical ways to start another company or create a new job while working for someone else.

 “When you take the King’s shilling, you are the King’s man.” Is a quote from Old English that still resonates today. When you are employed by a company you are expected to abide by company policies and to the best of your ability promote the company’s interests. This practice is enforceable not only by company policies, but also in many circumstances by law. You may be prosecuted for the theft of real or intellectual property. You will, as a condition of your employment, often have signed a non-disclosure agreement where you agree not to disclose a company’s trade secrets, patent information, etc.

Given this constraint, how does a person ethically seek to start his own company while being employed by another?   I strongly advocate this policy in my new business book, “Create Your…

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March 10, 2019 at 10:18 pm

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Working Through Sick Days

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Tax stuffHow you can continue productive work through your annual bout with colds, flu and sinus infections.

An annual debilitating fight with colds and other respiratory diseases is something that impacts everyone from the CEO to the worker who is contracted to clean the toilets with each employee losing an average of five day’s work a year. The pressure is on to continue work, either because of taxes, project requirements or to pay bills; even though you may be feeling more dead than alive.

Coping with Infectious Diseases

At its worst stages the only one in your household that might not be impacted by the latest crop of infectious bugs may be your fish. This is the time that you really need a Jewish Grandmother. If you don’t have one, adopt one. Besides being good Christian practice to look after your neighbors, extending a cross-cultural bond between religious and ethnic groups…

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March 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm

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Choose Your Partners as Carefully as Your Would Choose Your Parents

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Eating Insects Athens, 2018 ParticipantsGather a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and skills to help you launch your new business or cause. 

While sex appeal and lust-driven emotional responses likely played a large part in your being conceived, such responses need to be set aside when taking on a business partner.  Maybe a sex partner can be a business partner, but the first determination in partnership is “What can you bring to the business that I cannot?”

If the answer is, “Nothing that I can see right now,” then your sex partner is best removed from consideration. In looking for partners or team members, you need to find people whose skill set is different from your own and have different life experiences. This is somewhat counterintuitive, as the default position would be to choose partners who came from the same cultural background, went to the same schools, were the same age, had…

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March 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm

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Avoid Financial Disaster when Selling Your Company

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Hovey with Tennille Bank frontIs selling your company going to reward you financially or leave you with a bankrupt company and debts that you cannot repay?

Thus far your entrepreneurial enterprises have gone well. You started a company, made it a success, ran it for decades and now would like to cash out to move on onto something else. You have solicited offers and some have been received. How to you evaluate which one to accept? A range of options are offered. These include:

  • Cash Purchase with A One-Time Payment
  • An Initial Payment with More Being Made over A Period Of Years
  • No Initial Payment with You Awarded Stock in the New Company

These are three end points that might include more incentives such as continuing health insurance, your receiving retirement benefits along with your cash settlement, housing, a consulting contract, salary during a transition period of months, hunting rights on company owned properties…

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March 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

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Truck Drivers as Potential Entrepreneurs

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A life on the road teaches many things that are useful for starting new businesses.

 The image of the American truck driver as a white, cigar smoking, fat, slob, is unfortunately what comes to mind to most potential employers when they see the word truck driver on a resume. Some fit this Hollywood stereotype, but many do not. A driver that I know who operates one of the largest trucks in the world for a Canadian oil shale mining company is an attractive, personable young lady that I publicly declared to be, “My kind of woman.” She had overcome personal abuse as a child, became a self-supporting woman in rural Canada who is able to kill and process her own moose and generally take care of herself – a far cry from the typical image of a truck driver.

Just as truck drivers can be from any demographic, they…

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Jobs for Laid-Off Assembly Line Workers

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Atlanta Waterjet Cutting 2 This Waterjet Cutter replaces workers who would produce these blanks one at a time.

Automation has replaced hundreds of thousands of assembly line workers and Human Resource Departments have not succeeded in finding jobs for many of them.

All too often assembly line workers are considered by management as “interchangeable work units” who are only capable of bolting on parts as they come to their stations. With automation a large factory structure is frequently replaced by a smaller building housing new machines that do not require as much lighting, air conditioning or heat. A business that once employed three shifts of 200 workers each now only needs 30 workers per shift.  What happens to the now-redundant workers?

The already small Human Resource Departments are overwhelmed. While they attempt to select the best workers to be transferred to the new factory and may refer workers to state unemployment facilities, they frequently…

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