MH4C Writer Challenge Deadline Coming Soon + Updates + Roundup

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You’ve got until Monday, March 12, 2012 to submit an article for the MH4C Writers Challenge.  Remember, if your article is one of the top 10 I select, you’ll get a minimum of $30 for your article.  As of Thursday afternoon (March 8th), I have 5 submissions so your chance of being included is quite good!

Life Happenings

Yesterday, we had a fire come very close to the house.  I was trying to fight huge flames with a garden hose.  Fortunately, at just the right time the fire truck arrived.  Later, I found out my wife and kids were in the truck waiting to make an emergency exit.

I didn’t start that fire, but for old time’s sake, you can reminisce with me about the fire I started.

Question of the day: What about me?  Would they really have driven off without me?

Yesterday, I helped someone from church pick up a crib.  When I dropped her off, her drunk nephew was carrying around a knife and threatening people.  I stuck close to the woman to be sure she was safe.

Question of the day:  Wanna’ guess where my wife and kids were?  Yup, in the truck.

Yesterday, I got a phone call saying that our house is now one step closer to being sold.  We’ve got to do one more thing (it’s called ministerial approval), and then we can officially close on the house and settle the sale.  We have one month to get ministerial approval, and it can take months or years.

Books I’ve Read

In the last month my reading has dramatically slowed down.  The primary reason is because we’ve got so much going on with our upcoming move.

Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story by Jerry Weissman and Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters by Jerry Weissman.  Two books with overlapping themes.  I highly recommend both of them if you do many presentations for work or ministry.

Church History: An Essential Guide by Justo Gonzalez.  This was a Kindle Free eBoo,k and I thought I’d re-familiarize myself with the major movements of church history.  A decent overview if you just wanted to touch on the main elements of church history.

40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate by Gary and Barbara Rosberg.  I thought this book would help me creatively think of some good date ideas with my wife.  Unfortunately, it suggests some very structured dates with the suggestions primarily consisting of questions to ask on dates.

Success Is Not an Accident by Tommy Newberry.  I picked this up as a free Kindle book and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book.  I think I enjoyed it because I’ve had trouble motivating myself recently, and the book was a timely kick to get me moving again.

Carnivals Links for Last Month

Canadian Finance Carnival, Canadian Finance Carnival,

Carnival of Personal Finance, Carnival of Personal Finance, Carnival of Personal Finance, and finally another Carnival of Personal Finance.


  1. JD says

    Wow Craig, sounds like you had a lot of “excitement” going on! Glad it all worked out and no one was injured. Congratulations on the sale of the house. I will be praying for the necessary approval to come in a timely manner.

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