Show Me a Quintessential Mid-American Childhood? I’d Take You to a Tractor Show

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If someone were to ask me to replicate for them the quintessential experience of my mid-American childhood, we would throw on some t-shirts and cut-offs and watch threshing at an antique tractor show. We’d watch strong arms turn the flywheel of a Rumely OilPull until it fires with a big puff, listen to the song of a steam-powered calliope coming over the ridge, and look into the black night sky as a Baker steam engine throws sawdust sparks as high as the tree-tops. We’d visit with folks sitting in fold up lawn chairs under a camper awning. There would be long-lost cousins, friends we see only once a year, lots of laughs and there would be pie!

That is home–where the people are true and strong and sweet and even a little ornery.

Even before I wrote down my grandfather’s story and published Little Rumely Man, I knew these tractor-collecting folks were a friendly, giving bunch. But time and again since last August when I debuted the book, their kind words have taken me back to the same feeling of belonging I had as a kid riding on hot fenders around a parade ring in the “hole” at the Pioneer Engineers Annual Reunion. With each review, like this one in Engineers and Engines magazine, (Read the pdf in the attached photo.) I get more than a little choked up in my own memories and over the possibility that Little Rumely Man could spark a passion for agricultural and rural life preservation in someone new. Thank you for that, not only from me, but also from “Jack.” There’s no doubt in my mind that he and Grandma would like that.

Leave the world better than you found it!

 

Engineers and Engines is a antique farm machinery magazine. They published this review of Little Rumely Man in the June/July issue.

Engineers and Engines is a antique farm machinery magazine. They published this review of Little Rumely Man in the June/July issue.

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Authenticity, Baby!

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0215_DSN_Cover_MAG003_180x200Show them who you are! Good advice for any business and anyone in a world that’s learning to appreciate authenticity more and more every day! Check out this Direct Selling News cover story about how events give companies the ideal arena to express their cultural identity.

http://directsellingnews.com/index.php/view/show_them_who_you_are_driving_successful_events_with_cultural_authenticity#.VOupMPnF_W8

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Getting to know an industry…

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Direct Selling News - Billion Dollar Markets

Direct Selling News – Billion Dollar Markets

For the past couple of years, I’ve been getting to know the direct selling industry and writing for Direct Selling News. Here’s a link to the cover stories and business profiles I’ve written. It’s very rewarding to examine the histories of companies and what makes them tick and bring new ideas and concepts to light for both new and seasoned companies within direct selling. Take a look!

http://directsellingnews.com/index.php/search/results/6d3f459e84906c08618c313cc449a779/

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Spellbound with Maya and a Newborn

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

I sat spellbound with a newborn baby in my lap listening to her recitation during President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Still that feeling she conjured up in me remains. Here’s a link to many of her very best words. http://www.thewrap.com/11-maya-angelou-quotes-to-live-by/

Maya Angelou

 

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Easter Special – Little Rumely Man

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IMG_3461Here’s a special Buy One Get One Half Off Offer for Little Rumely Man. This children’s book fits nicely into an Easter basket! $22.50 for two copies of Little Rumely Man and a free Rumely gift, plus shipping to one U.S. address and tax are all included. Single copies also available. Quantity discounts are available for agriculture preservation fundraisers and clubs. Click here to order!

Email for more information: littlerumelyman@gmail.com.

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The Most Influential Women

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0314_coverstoryv3_726Influential women start out like everyone else. Here’s a glimpse at some of the Most Influential Women in Direct Selling. They are at the top of their industry, leading their companies to new heights and there’s much to learn from their journeys. Take a look and you’re sure to learn something. I know I did when I had the privilege of interviewing and profiling them for Direct Selling News, March 2014 issue. Click here to read the whole story.

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Every Company Has a Story Worth Telling…Let Me Tell It For You!

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Capturing the story…that’s my specialty. Company profiles are about more than timelines and mergers, products and executives. Stories like my latest published this month in Direct Selling News reflect the corporate spirit and culture behind the company. Glimpse the journey of NuCerity. Click this link. Industry Outsiders Hit the Sweet SpotNuCerity picture

 

 

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Blurred Lines

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Blurred Lines: Generation C’s Power and Promise Beyond Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y

Blurred Lines: Generation C’s Power and Promise Beyond Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y

Blurred Lines…(Not the song all you Gen Y’s.), but rather the blurring of generational lines. No longer are generations defined only by age. Instead businesses need to take notice of how people use technology. Gen C — the connected generation — doesn’t fit nicely into a Baby Boomer, Gen Y or Gen X age bracket. Here’s my latest Direct Selling News cover story that talks about the impact of Gen C and the future of business.

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One-of-a-kind Rumely (The old girl’s lookin’ good!)

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My grandpa's Rumely Road Roller today. Jack sold it when I was a high schooler. Now's your chance to buy a one-of-a-kind (If I'm remembering right, it was a prototype.) Jim Erdle of Canandaigua, NY. is auctioning it September 21st.

My grandpa’s Rumely Road Roller today. Jack sold it when I was a high schooler. Now’s your chance to buy a one-of-a-kind. (If I’m remembering right, it was a prototype.) Jim Erdle of Canandaigua, NY. is auctioning it September 21st.  The old girl is lookin’ good!

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Gen Y is Here!

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0513_coverstory_726Here’s a glimpse at the world of direct selling and what companies should consider as they reach out to Gen Y! The Magic of the First 90 Days appears on the cover of Direct Selling News this month.

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