• How to investing in the stock market
    Stock Investing

    How Stock Investing is Like Gardening

    Let’s help you wrap your head around the stock market and investing in stocks. If you’re having a hard time understanding a lot of the lingo, if all the charts and graphs go right over your head, you’re not alone. And there is nothing wrong with you. Let’s take a few steps back, right back to the ground level, maybe even get our hands a little dirty. 😉 A simple way to look at investing in stocks… Think of your stock portfolio as a garden. The plants are shares of companies (stocks). You design a garden that balances your needs and wants. Maybe a mix of flowers and bushes, vegetables…

  • Small Thoughts

    Make Money Online From Home – Amazon Associates Quick Guide

    A lot of people have just lost their jobs. (We’re in the middle of social isolation because of COVID-19 right now.) And I’m aware the NOBODY is invulnerable. So I want to start doing what I should have done a LOOOONG time ago. I learned about affiliate marketing almost 7 years ago. Do you think I did anything about it then? NOPE. Shame on me. But here I am, finally getting some affiliate marketing going. Hopefully it’s not too late. Time will tell. So what is affiliate marketing? I market someone else’s product and collect a commission for it. There are a thousand ways to do this, but the easiest…

  • When your property isn't your own Ontario Real Estate Basics
    Real Estate

    When your property isn’t your own

    In this video: How easements affect your property rights. Defining an encroachment. Ontario Real Estate Basics This stuff doesn’t come easy to most. Ownership structure, land rights, bylaws, financing, legal processes… there are a thousand details to keep track of in any real estate transaction. Unless you geek out over real estate. Then it’s just fun. I geek out over real estate. Granted there are definitely Ontario real estate laws and procedures that drive me up the wall, but mostly, it’s awesome! So I’m studying to license as an Ontario Realtor. It will be a dream come true to talk about real estate all day! 😊 But I figured, why…

  • Small Thoughts

    Gritty Faith

    Why are most Christian magazines so cheesy? In the process of writing a profile about a local Christian leader, Jade was helping me look for Christian magazines that might run the article. She messaged me while at work about how cheesy it all was. I usually try to defend Christian media, but there’s no defense for this. Christian media is typically cliche, predictable, buried in fluff, and straight up cringe worthy. Am I wrong?

  • Short Stories

    What He Couldn’t See

    ** This short story was written for a Writer’s Digest Prompt: When a man takes lunch to his wife’s office, he’s told that she hasn’t worked there in weeks.** White hot anger oozed from his eyes like puss. A small piece of paper quivered in his hands. Why hadn’t he noticed the signs? They showed up a couple months ago. * * *

  • Essays

    What the San Bernardino Shooters Share in Common With the Zuckerbergs

    When someone my age decides that massacring co-workers is the logical next step in their life, I wonder at how drastically different their life must be from mine. Sayed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were married and had stable jobs. They left behind a 6 month old baby girl when they gunned down 14 people at a Christmas party. My wife and I are about to have a baby. What would have to happen in our lives to leave our brand new baby behind, destroying our family and 14 others?

  • Essays

    Creating a Horcrux

    Become a parent. Become immortal. You can live forever by splintering your soul and placing the shards into objects or other people so that a portion of you will always live on. If you’ve amassed enough power for yourself, you may even be able to come back from the dead. There’s horror though. Tearing your soul apart requires murder. You must take someone else’s life if you want immortality. But it’s not a guaranteed plan and you loose your humanity in the process. There’s another way. It’s more like an investment, like planting a tree. But it still requires a death. I discovered this when my daughter was born. If…

  • Essays

    Passion That Death Can’t Match

    God is passionate for you. Or more accurately, he is jealous for you. Ever been jealous of a friendship, wishing you were a part of the inner circle? Ever been jealous for someone’s attention — a crush, falling in love while it feels like they barely notice? It’s a desperate need that bullies your thoughts.

  • Open Sky Copywriting

    Inside the Marketing That Powers GoWrench Auto’s Industry Disruption

    GoWrench Auto is a Hamilton company that’s disrupting the auto repair industry. They’re expanding to other cities and building an app. Referrals, content and digital marketing power their expansion. Getting your car serviced is like going to the doctors. You need to take time off work or out of your family life to get it done. You’re either sitting in a waiting room for 45 minutes or driving to the shop, getting a shuttle back to work, then getting a shuttle back to the shop, and driving home or back to work. Inconvenient. But that’s how it is.