Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips – Books You MUST Read Before You Die (Pt. I)

I have decided to compile of list of books you should most definitely read before you pass on. Even if you don’t like reading, hopefully this list will help you learn to love simple stories that touch the heart (even if you are a man).

  1. Night – Eli Weisel: This story of a holocaust survivor is pretty brutal, but I guarantee you will look at life a lot different after you read this book. This is a must read story… and it’s short!
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee – This classic American novel certainly shows how a simply story can be such a masterpiece, and the lessons learned in Lee’s novel are applicable to anyone of any age.
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia Series – C.S. Lewis – While this series tends to cater to younger ages, these books are entertaining at any age. The magic in these books seem to seep through the pages.

 

Any suggestions? We’ll continue part 2 next week with your suggestions. Comment or e-mail at admin@iammwright.com

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Series

The Trail Now Ends…

Today, I received my Eagle Scout award, the highest rank you can earn in scouting. The ceremony came, went wonderfully, and then ended. However, when I arrived at home, I couldn’t seem to take off that tan shirt yet. I was overjoyed at the fact I finally had my Eagle Scout medal dangling over my Life Scout badge. I was proud that the red, white, and blue scarf hugged my neck, with the Eagle Scout slide holding it in place. I just couldn’t take it off.

However, evening came, and after I opened my gifts, I went up to the bathroom to take off my shirt. I looked in the mirror, and I paused. It dawned on me that this was it. This was the end of the Trail to Eagle. Now that I am 18, I can no longer wear most of the badges I wore on that uniform for years. My Arrow of Life, my Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and most importantly my life badge would no longer be present on my uniform. That uniform has bore that life badge since I received it in 2009. For five years, the eagle in that heart has seen all of the ups and downs in scouting. I knew that once I took that shirt off, it would not be the same the next time I put it on. It would be bare, with nothing on the pockets except an OA flap. There would be no patrol patch, and I knew that there would only be two little knots recognizing that I earned my Arrow of Light and Eagle Scout. That is not the same as wearing the actual awards on my shirt, however it was time to call an end to my long scouting career. I took off the uniform, hung it up, and then thought… I am still an Eagle.

 

Written May 4th, 2014

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TechChatter

TechChatter – Debit Card Safety

First it was the dollar bill. Then the convenience of checks came about. Then it was that little piece of plastic with a magnetic strip to make all of our purchases both in person or in the actual store. Those little cards, either debit or credit, have become a big source of talk over the last few months, especially since the Target system breech when millions of cards’ information were obtained by hackers. Are they safe? With the right protections, you should be able to feel confident (for the most part) when using your debit card.

For starters, let it be noted that using a debit card right now in a public place is slowing becoming a free offer to thefts as many stores and restaurants use Windows XP on their POS systems. As Microsoft no longer supports (as in they won’t update) the OS (Operating System), this means that as the holes in the system become exposed, the easier it is for hackers to obtain access to these systems. The solution? If you can’t avoid using your card(s) in these situations, try signing up for a service that sends you texts when you make a purchase with your card, or download your banking app so that you can see each purchase you make.

If you are using an ATM, make sure it is in a secured area, not isolated, and it by a trusted source, such as a bank or a credit union. Commonly ATMs are becoming collecting grounds for thieves looking for your information, placing skimmers and cameras over the pin pads to obtain your data. Always try to be discrete when typing in your password (put your hand over your typing hand).

And of course, when buying online, make sure you have a STRONG password. It is recommended that you change your password every six months, and if you haven’t done so in a while, do it now. About a month ago, there was a flaw called “Heartbleed” released, which basically exposed all your data, passwords, and information on almost every website to anyone who felt like spending a little time to obtain it. Also, never save debit cards on accounts like Amazon in case your account is hacked.

 

If you have any suggestions or questions, contact us at admin@iammwright.com or comment below!

 

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Poem

Used To Be

I used to be upset about the mind I had,

Always treated different by my mom and my dad,

Always thinking God really messed up bad,

Wired like a freak – Always getting mad.

 

I used to be upset about the mind I given, 

But now I saw how it helped me be more driven,

Trying to make the most of the life I was livin’,

Just gotta work hard – the world is not forgivin’. 

 

This poem is property of it’s owner. Please use with permission. Written by M. Wright. Email admin@iammwright.com to request to use this poem. (Please feel free to share on your blogs!)

 

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Photos

The Shutter – The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Photo by M. Wright. Copyright 2014.

This is a path off the coast of Lake Huron in Bay City, MI. As I was visiting there, this nice path was so quiet – I met no one and only crossed the paths of animals. I had time to reflect on the recent years of my life, and I hope I can return to do the same again. We all need a place where we can walk (in our minds) the path of life.

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Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips: Ways to Save Money Continued

Last week, we talked about some ways to save and make money. Expanding on that idea, here are some more ideas for your wallet to expand, some you even submitted!

Cut out unnecessary bills – Whether it be Netflix, cable, the land line that just racks up phony calls, or reducing bills such as opting to a limited minutes (or data) plan for your cell phone, this is a somewhat difficult but a great way to save BIG cash,

Buy online or buy used/out of season – What may be a blow to the ego for some people is actually a great way to save some money. Rather than paying full price for a brand new, in style purse, you can just buy a gently used older one for under half the price. As for buying online, it must be noted that you have to shop well – some items will cost the same in the store, and also be wary of the price of shipping.

Use your talents to benefit you – Good in math? On average, tutors make about 15 dollars an hour! Once you get some background in the business, it can really start going (I know this from personal experience). Also, if you are good at art or crafts, consider selling your goods at a bazaar or on a website like Etsy.com. Maybe your good with kids? Consider babysitting! Share your tutoring and babysitting business with people looking for tutors or sitters on Care.com. Dog care more your thing? Lots of people can no longer go outside to pick up the dog’s mess (or don’t want to do it), or simply can’t take their dog on a walk! There are lots of opportunities out there!

 

Comment some of your own ways to save money!

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