Weddings & Babies: New Beginnings & Hope

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Every now and then, I experience something that causes a fundamental shift in my perspective. This weekend—the weekend when my big brother married a truly beautiful woman—has been one of those times. My family is geographically separated. Our immediate family is spread out between four U.S. states and three time zones, and … Continue reading

Surviving Neuschwanstein (a.k.a. The “Disney Castle”)

Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in the Rain

For weeks before our friends Miss A. and the Herr Dr. M. arrived in Germany, I’d imagined our visit to Neuschwanstein, the romantic 19th Century castle in the Alps that I’d seen pictures of in books and online. When the day finally came for our visit to the famous castle though, it … Continue reading

Bamberg’s Famous Smoked Beer

Bamberg Rachbier

The town of Bamberg, Germany is adorably and historically German, with twisting cobblestone streets, a historic town hall built on an island in the middle of the city, and nine local beer breweries. Hitting all nine breweries in one day was a little ambitious, but we made it one-third of … Continue reading

Marketing Strategy for Home Based Businesses

If your home-based business is serious about hitting sales targets and achieving other successes, then your marketing strategy is probably one of the most valuable—and least utilized—tools in your marketing toolkit. What do I mean by “marketing strategy”? One of Webster’s definitions of ‘strategy’ is “a plan, method, or series of … Continue reading