In the words of Bob Lee Swagger: “I just show up and pay attention.”
from Sniper’s Honor by Stephen Hunter

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A Personal Plug for a Great Product

This is a post that just happens to be plug for a product that I sell.  I sell it at trade shows(Home Shows, Women Shows, some fairs, like the Calgary Stampede, etc) and online. 

This cream – it is called Thentix – ‘A Touch of Honey’ – really is wonderful.  I gave a small jar to my buddy Len a few weeks ago.  He has some eczema on the palms of his hands which developed about 5 years ago.  I told him to put it on three or four times a day for 2-3 weeks.  I saw him after three days and it was cleared up by at least fifty percent.  Another recent story is the lady at the Post Office.  She serves me when I ship out the Thentix.  She recently went through chemo for cancer.  She had asked me about what I was sending and what it was for.  I brought her a small jar to try for the itchy skin from the treatments.  I saw her about a week later.  She exclaimed that it was amazing.  She said she could put it on early in the day and bathe later and her skin was still silky.  I was thrilled that it worked for her.    (I expected that it would but it is always wonderful to hear stories like this.)

Thentix skin cream was made for more serious skin conditions but is great for something as simple as a mosquito bit itch. I use for shaving.  You really don’t have to but if you want to find out more, I have tons of information on the product here:

“Thentix: ‘A Touch of Honey’

If you are at a trade show in Alberta(I’m at a lot of them), see if it is me – I work the Calgary Stampede every year as well.  Come by and say ‘hello’.  Anywhere else in Canada or the USA, try a little out.  I’m sure that you will like.  Mostly natural.  No smelly stuff and no petroleum products. 

Thanks for listening.
– Martin

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Manners: Are they Obsolete?

A lot of what I write here is not so much to be advice but a bit of ‘hatting’ on life.  (Definition for ‘Hat’: the conditions or data to operate a job or post. From the days when one wore a hat(i.e. a conductor on a train) to be recognizable as to a particular function or job).
One of the things that I see missing in the world around us is manners.  I really don’t know if the word has taken on a bad meaning or if parents over the last couple of generations have just forgotten or not have had enough time or energy to teach some basic manners to their families. 

To me it is all about respect and caring.  If anyone ever has the thought that they don’t get respect, I would suggest they improve their manners – they may have to learn some.  Similar to learning how to operate a drill press or drive a car if you don’t know how.  You will be in big trouble if you try and operate one of those without knowing how.  Same with manners.

Like dressing nicely: One of my sons pointed out to me that this is should be done out of respect for the people you are with or visiting.  Not so much of ‘hey see how great I look’ as “I respect you and don’t want to look like a slob around you, I would rather help make your space look nicer…”. 

There are numerous ‘little’ actions that can make all the difference to the general tone of a society.  For example, who should hold the door for whom?  And there are hundreds of actions that are completely missing.  Like holding the chair at a restaurant for a woman or letting the oldest woman at a dinner table start eating before you start. 

I would say the people that don’t care about manners or think they are not important will generally have more trouble in social situations or at work and have more people pissed off at them. 

If you are having good manners around others and they don’t respond in kind, should you just stop being good mannered around them?  Not at all. Why should you lower your own personal integrity and respect for yourself, because they don’t have manners or respect for themselves or others? 

There is a fantastic article on ‘Opening Doors for Women’ on the Art of Manliness website.  This article is as important for women to read as it is for men.  It covers ‘respect’ and ‘working together’.  The article covers those awkward moments and double doors etc.
Read it here: Art of Manliness: Holding the Door for  a Woman

But then there is the question of who lets who go first when two people of same sex and different age approach a door…?

There are specific ways to do things in many cases and learning these things is not all that hard.  If you are not sure, err on the side of more respect for the other.

Things from saying hello to people. I generally don’t wait for them to originate or say hello first.  That kind of falls into a similar category as contacting someone you haven’t heard from in a while.  My mum’s view on this was to never, ever wait for someone to get in touch with you.  You’ll end up pretty lonely if you do.  Write a letter, make a phone call. 

I’ll post more on specific areas of manners – what is good and what is not but here is an important one:

When you get an email let the person know you received it.  Don’t just read it and move on with the idea you will come back to it.  If you find yourself doing this sort of thing a lot then don’t read them until you can take the time to respond.  Saves the person who sent you the communication following up to ask if you received it or to get his or her question answered.  If the email in question is just an informative one requiring no actual information in return, then just say: ‘Thanks, I got it.’

This is a huge one: When you go to someone’s house for dinner, or they pay for you or someone treats you in some manner or way, you would obviously thank them when you are done, at that time.  Well, also, the next day, send a communication thanking them again.  Be it a card, an email or a text.  This goes doubly for gifts. When someone actually sends you something, ALWAYS acknowledge the gift in some way.  For something like this, minimally an email, phone call or text, ideally a card – especially if the person is over 50 years old.

Again, it is all about respect and caring for the other person.  Something as simple as listening to the other person when they are saying something can make their day.

And don’t forget, when someone does anything like holds the door, moves out of your way or any such thing, say ‘Thank You”.
Have fun!

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Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

I wanted a simple recipe so I read through half a dozen that I found on various websites and it came to this.

4 cups of fresh strawberries cut up
4 cups of diced rhubarb that I had in the freezer from last summer.
Juice from 2 lemons
One package of pectin
Two cups of sugar(I use brown sugar – it is all I ever have in the house so…)
And a couple of teaspoons of butter

I put everything in a big pot and turned up the heat and started stirring.  I stirred at the beginning a lot as there wasn’t yet much liquid, the rhubarb was still frozen.  Took a little while to boil for this reason as well.  Turned it down a bit and I let the whole thing boil steadily for about 7-8 minutes stirring lots.  Then I scooped into half pint jars that were cleaned up and sterilized nicely.  Put the lids on and wait for the popping.  I was able to get 9 of these little jars filled with jam. 

Pretty simple really.  Never done this before and was way easier than I thought it would be.

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I know there are all kinds of studies about walking helping with mood for physiological reasons, brain chemistry and all that.  And I am sure that it helps with that.  I’m pretty sure that is true but I’m sure that at least half of the effects are just from the person getting his or her attention directed outwards.

If one gets his attention off of their ‘troubles’ and feels better then the body will heal faster or just do better generally. Common belief is that if you fix the body you will feel better spiritually or mentally.  I’m quite certain it works the other way even more effectively.

Take the person that is dying, having no real reason to live.  Something happens in their environment that gives them a new will to live and all of a sudden they no longer feel like dying.  Take this in a more common sphere of the child not wanting to go to school and is actually sick.  Give that child a purpose, something that he or she really likes to do or create, and watch the fever disappear.

This tack can be much more effective than huge amounts of drugs or other medical procedures.

Sometimes if one is in pretty rough shape it a matter of coaxing these things up together: physical, mental and spiritual.

So, turn off the TV and go for a walk.

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Tempur-Pedic neck pillow

I’ve been using one of these pillow for almost 15 years now.  Before I started using it I had consistent neck pain. Have had zero pain since.  I use a queen size; I think that is all they make now. If I’m on the road, I take it with me.  For me it stays cool and I also do not have to turn it over(almost forgot that I had to do that with a conventional pillow).

Tempur-Pedic Neck Pillow

Tempur-Pedic Pillow

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Posting this on as many places as I can…

Here is a recent video that my son K Spencer Jones acted in.  Both the countries of Aruba and Curacao are now using this film for promotional purposes.  Film by Kevin Garrison.  I’m shamelessly promoting the film.  Hope you like as much as I do.

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New Year’s Eve 2013

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Freedom of Speech

I don’t really understand why someone would get fired for having an opinion.  The USA and Canada both have freedom of speech as part of their basic freedoms.  And this is as it should be.  But recently some TV personality was fired, let go or some such – I didn’t read what exactly happened, other than he made some comment that the owners of the TV show were in disagreement with(apparently an un-politically correct statement) so they fired him.  I saw today another instance where a woman made a joke on Twitter that was in poor taste and got fired for it. This comment/joke had nothing to do with her job; it did not represent the company she worked for.

So, if I have an opinion that is different than yours about something and you get upset about it, should my boss fire me?

If someone is an ass, don’t listen to him or her.  Don’t give the stupidity credence. But an ass or not that person does have the right to an opinion whether it is idiotic or not.  If he or she is making a statement as a representative of a company I can see that would be a different matter but as an individual, no.

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