A Godsend from Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Originally published 9 September, 2014 I just completed a book by Bishop John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die and found I’m a “believer in exile.” I had known that for some decades, but I wasn’t aware of the term. Here’s a short review I posted at Amazon.com. By Scott Griessel, creatista on flickr.com – …

Jackboots

Some Facebook friends were apparently somewhat exasperated by my post of the image below. I suppose one could interpret the reference to “jackboot” as a little over the top. One might also read Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and …

Living in Disneylandia

Flamenco in Granada

Originally published Saturday, November 15, 2014 Living in a tourist destination takes some getting used to. Even more so when you’re living at the poverty level, as an illegal immigrant, in the center of activity where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a restaurant, bar, or someone trying to sell you tickets to an …

For Everything There Is a Season

The Four Seasons

Originally published Sunday, October 20, 2013 Why should it be so difficult to figure out what you’re supposed to do?  Some people sail through life, seemingly without a care in the world. They pursue a career that they enjoy and through which they earn a decent living. They enjoy their family and friends, root for …

Spanish Lessons

Originally posted Thursday, October 13, 2013 It’s been a pretty boring time in the Pacific Northwest, where I find myself these days. Not much to write about. I get up and go to work every weekday, I take a guitar lesson every other Saturday, and I’ve begun sitting in on flamenco cante (song) lessons on Sundays. I …

Review – Pinterest Marketing

Pinterest Marketing

Pinterest Marketing? Really? Are you kidding? No, I’m not kidding. Really. Why Pinterest? Pinterest has 150 million active users. Seventy million of those are in the US. Eighty-seven percent of those say purchase a product or service after seeing a pin and 93% use Pinterest with a purchase as a primary goal. You say you …

Review – List Building

Viking List Building

I’ll have to say right off that this course should be entitled, “List Building with Video.” The introduction states, “This is a special list building strategy designed to accomplish two things: 1) get a list building apparatus set up within one hour and 2) achieve high opt-in rates.” I don’t doubt the second goal, and …

Review – Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing from Viking Publishing is your introduction to information and skills you’ll need to be successful in online marketing. Utilizing social media won’t be 100% of your marketing strategy, of course. Email will still be a vital component of your media presence, but as social media usage grows among hundreds of millions of people …