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INSIDE: Better Student-Better Future / Wise County 4-H News / History Wise / At Your Library / Laying Down The Law / Heartstrings

On The Cover: FEBRUARY 2010 In our 6th year of ‘Making A Difference’

All You Need is Love. Brooklyn and Bristol Goines from Bridgeport share a little sisterly love. Their parents are Sherman and Whitni Goines.

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In Each Issue: Better Student - Better Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 At Your Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Wise County 4-H News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 History Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Laying Down The Law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Heartstrings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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Boyd Senior Tera Medlock signing her letter of Intent to play softball at Clarendon College. Way to go, Tera!

Elyse LeBeau, Hannah Scarborough and Jordan Salmon at the American Girl Bistro (with their AG Dolls) for Jordan’s 9th birthday.

Kaylee and Conner enjoy the Christmas Eve snow in Boyd , Texas.


Get ready to have your pictures taken with your children for our Mother’s Day issue by visiting the 11th Annual Wise County Home and Lawn Show on March 13 and 14 at the Decatur Civic Center. IT’S FREE!

The Pre-K Children of The Children’s Place at Decatur’s Church of Christ celebrated a QU Wedding on January 21, 2010. They united the letters Q and U together. They had a wedding ceremony and a reception following with refreshments.

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Need Wireless On The Run? Did you know that the Decatur Public Library now has wireless internet for laptop owners? Just make your way to the library and access high speed internet. Great for busy salespeople and wandering parents! Decatur Public Library 1700 FM 51 • Decatur, TX 76234-3613 (940) 627-5512 •

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All You Need is Altruism Born to be a librarian, Cecilia Barham began reading when she was three and was a library aide in elementary school. After earning a Master’s degree in English, she finally realized her true calling and continued her education to become a librarian. She has worked in both academic and public libraries and has found her home at the Decatur Library, where she serves as Library Director. She is professionally active and currently serves as the president of the North Texas Library Consortium and chair-elect of the Public Libraries Division of the Texas Library Association. She may be contacted at cbarham@


n February, when thoughts turn to love and romance, the library may not be the fi rst place you think of as a romantic setting –despite our selection of romance novels. However love has many faces and types, such as romantic love, platonic love, infatuation or fi lial love. When I think about love in the context of the library, what fi rst

comes to mind is altruistic love. Altruism is the unselfish concern for the welfare of others; it is selflessness. Th is is philosophically similar to the purpose of the library. As a nonprofit agency, we are a service-oriented organization with a collection of materials available for free to be used by all. Libraries exist to serve with no expectation of reward other than happy patrons leaving our library. One of the primar y ways in which altruism surfaces is through volunteer work. Within Wise County there are many organizations at which you may volunteer your time or resources, including your public libraries. There are many reasons to volunteer such as the feeling of knowing you helped others, the opportunity to build your own skills, the chance to meet new people or simply that it can be fun! The Decatur Library has a list of all the nonprofit

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thankful to the agencies that exist in Decatur Library Wise County. You may Foundation. The come to the front desk Foundation is a and ask to see this list, if you are interested group of dedicated Audrey Armitage in f inding volunteer volunteers who volunteers at the library. meet reg u larly opportunities near you. to raise money Volunteers are very important at your library, and we for the library. They hold book are very thankful for the volunteers sales and fundraisers and provide it has had over the years. The library direct funding to the library for is forever grateful to volunteers like important projects. All donations Martha Hughes and Althea Forbis made to the Library Foundation who helped to start the library are distributed to the library under over forty years ago and continue the careful and caring guidance of to volunteer today. We are also the Foundation. During the past thankful to the teens who volunteer few years donated funds have on our teen advisory board who been used to sponsor most of the assist at the library and create library’s programming, including fun programs, like our upcoming the library’s Summer Reading Club Teens Teach Tech program at 4:30 that reaches hundreds of children p.m. on March 9th. We are deeply within the community. The library appreciative of the Library Board would like to thank everyone who who serve as our connection to loves the library, without you we the voice of the community and could not serve those who need us. advocate for us. We are also very All we need is love, altruistic love.

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Upcoming Events at the Decatur Public Library Monday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. Free Gardening Workshop with Beth Mullins of Main Street Home and Gardens Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m. Free Resume Writing and Interviewing Workshop presented by NTWFC and Your Library Thursday, February 11th at 10:00 a.m. Free Online Job Searching Workshop presented by NTWFC and Your Library Wednesday, February 10th at 10:00 a.m. Story Time Valentine’s Day Party Dad and Daughter Dance February 6 5:30-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm Limo rides, snacks, pictures, and prizes. $10 per couple, $5 for each additional daughter. Bridgeport Community Center Contact: 940-683-3480

Chico Chili Supper February 13 5:00 pm The Chic o Volunteer Fire fighters host the annual Chili Supper, benefitting their fire hall and vehicles. 105 N. Weatherford Street, Chico Wise Merchants Association February 16 8:00 am Business Insurance, What ’s at Risk? Misti Pearman with Pearman Insurance Agency, Inc. presents on the importance of business insurance. LaQuinta Inn & Suites 1405 S Highway 287, Decatur Contact: 817-501-6019

Off 380 Players February 18-21 and 25-28 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm on Sundays Presents “Arsenic and Old Lace” The Bridgeport Stage 1009 Halsell, Bridgeport Contact: 940-389-7151 or Dodgeball Tournament February 20 Time not yet available. $100 per team (6-10 people/ team). T-shirts for all participants, and trophies for the winning team. Registration deadline is February 12. BISD Middle School. Contact: 940683-3480. www.cityofbridgeport. net/parks&rec Fly Without Wings Fundraiser February 21 7:00 pm The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will play against a team of local men and women. Proceeds to benefit the Fly Without Wings Equine Center. Decatur High School. Contact: 940-393-1161, 940-427-2404

Decatur Annual Swap Meet February 26-28 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Sponsored by the Wise County Antique Auto Club. Event includes swap meet and vendors from all over the country. Free admission. Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds 3101 S FM 51, Decatur Contact: 940-627-6555 Off 380 Players April 29-May 2 and May 6-9 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm on Sundays Presents “Nunsense” The Bridgeport Stage 1009 Halsell, Bridgeport Contact: 940-389-7151 or

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n support of the theme for this month, “All we need is love”, I am sharing some information about one of my new 4-H loves, my heifer project. After the fi rst of each year, many 4-H members are involved in exhibiting their projects at major stock shows. The stock show season continues through our County Youth Fair the end of March and for some all year around. Some 4-H members compete in art, public speaking and many other areas besides livestock and equine. I recently returned home from my fi rst large stock show experience with my heifers. To do well in any project but specifi cally my heifer project I am sharing where

love is needed. Th anks to older friends who have shown cattle, I learned how to groom my heifers. Grooming a heifer to look like she didn’t get a “home haircut with dull scissors” takes practice. I have learned strategies to fi x some minor flaws in an animal by trimming hair in specific spots to make them look better. Trimming takes a lot of patience. I learned while washing my heifers to be courteous of others by watching where the soap and water is directed to make sure all of it is going on the heifer and not on other people, especially people I don’t know. My fi rst big show with the heifers was in a cold location. I learned

to watch out for ice and slick spots because brick and cement aren’t comfortable to fall on and can be very dangerous for my heifers if they slipped. There are many more details I learned and I have a list of items to add to my show supplies box. My plan is to be persistent in using what I’ve learned to keep my heifer project growing stronger every year. Participating in a big stock show with my heifers was a bunch of fun. I made some new friends that love their cattle as much as I love mine. We all enjoyed spending time learning about each other’s projects and relaxing when we had a chance. We all looked forward to showing

Remi Swensson is a Wise County 4-H’er and serves as the Public Relations Officer for the Wise County 4-H Council. She is the 4th generation in her family to participate in 4-H.

our cattle for the judge. To me, participating in 4-H with my heifers is a great way to enjoy what I love to do with others that love it just as much as me. If you think 4-H might have a project that you would love please call the Wise County 4-H Extension Offi ce at 940-627-3341 to get started. ■



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By Rosalie Gregg

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Rosalie Gregg was born near Hayden, New Mexico. Ms. Gregg graduated from Paradise High School and from Decatur Baptist College. She married Robert Nolen Gregg, Jr., who had been a Prisoner of War for 3-1/2 year during which time he helped build the railroad that led to the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ms. Gregg has been involved with the Wise County Heritage Museum since its inception in 1967.


fter a hotly contested election to determine the site of the county seat, Colonel Absolam Bishop, “The Father of Decatur” caused a fl ag to be raised on the hill where the courthouse now stands, showing that his choice for the site had won. Colonel Bishop was so pleased with the plan of the city of McKinney, in Collin County, that he copied it for Decatur and began selling lots around the square for $100.00 each. Th e new town was given the name TAYLORSVILLE, but when Bishop became disillusioned

with President Taylor he petitioned to change it to DECATUR, for Stephen Decatur, the naval hero. Wise County has had four courthouses, two of which burned. The first was a small structure, sixteen feet square, weather boarded with four inch hackberry boards (cut in the West Fork of the Trinity River bottoms and shaved with a drawing knife), roofed with two foot clapboards and fl oored with cottonwood puncheons. Th is building had previously been erected by Henry Martin on a location near the site of what would someday the Decatur Baptist College. When the little town was platted, this small house of Mr. Martin’s was bought and moved to the northeast corner of the square to be used as Wise County’s fi rst courthouse, and was the fi rst house on the hill. The surplus room was used to store supplies pending the completion of a store building under construction. The second seat of law, located on the square: a large square, two story, frame building, forty feet by forty feet, with halls running through the bottom fl oor in the four directions, making four rooms downstairs and one huge room upstairs, which was used as the courtroom. On the night of November 26, 1881 this building burned. Th is was thought to be arson.

The third courthouse was built in the northwest corner of the square, at a cost of $10,000.00. It has never been clear as to why it was not placed on the square. For many years a guard was hired to stay in the courthouse to “get the records out” in case of fi re, but this practice had been eliminated some time before it burned about 5:30 the morning of January 8, 189. Also thought to be arson. The present courthouse, located in the center of the square was constructed at a cost of $110,000.00 which was thought by many to be excessive, and those officials were not reelected to office. The architect, J. Riley Gordon, of San Antonio and New York, collected a fee of 5 percent of the construction cost. Bonds a mount ing to $110,000.00, were issued on May 16, 1895. The stone was precut and each piece numbered then shipped from Burnet County, Texas. The stones were raised by a windlass pulled by donkeys walking in a circle drawing the rope tight. The building completed in 1896, is of pink granite with interior of Vermont marble. The structure has been pronounced architecturally perfect. Bids for the courthouse clock were opened May 14, 1896, and let to E. Howard & Company.

The clock was described thus, “No. 1, Hour Strike Tower Clock, $952.00 with bell for same, 2,000 lbs, $388.00, total cost $1,340.00.” All indebtedness was paid off in 1945, and the building was modernized in the 1960’s. The 400 watt mercury vapor lights were installed around the square in 1968. The exterior was sand blasted several years ago, and some solid glass windows were installed later, which was not in keeping with the original design. One section of the winding stairs was removed when the elevator was installed. Guided tours are possible by contacting the County Judge. Where the fi rst log courthouse stood we now have the county clerk’s offices. Th e courthouse is on the National Register of historic places and also has the medallion and plaque attesting to its historic value to the county and the state. ■

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By James Stainton

All You Need is Love


will tell you what I don’t love. Th ieves. The recent downturn in the economy has brought out the worst in many people. Counties across Texas are seeing an increase in theft. The cost to society is staggering. A percentage of everything we purchase in America has theft repayment built right in. All major consumer merchants have to compensate for things that are stolen and not recovered. How do they get compensate? Pick up any item and look at the price. I would bet that at least 10% of the price is theft recovery. Th e real problem is values. I ask every thief that comes into my office whether they own some item that they value. I ask them to answer the question, “what would you want to happen to the person that stole your ?”

I know they want to say that the law should arrest me and put me in jail forever. Funny. They would want someone who took their valuable stuff to be hammered, but since they stole your valuable stuff, they want off light. Th ieves get no love from me. Not even in February. Here are a couple of things to make it that much harder on them and easier on you. 1. Lock your car. Many car burglaries are crimes of opportunity. An unlocked car is just too easy. Many wouldbe thieves will pass on a locked door. 2. If they can’t see it, they can’t steal it. Getting stuff out of their view in your car and home is key. This means closing your garage door even if you are home. If they don’t

know you own it, they may not come and steal it. 3. Th ink like a thief. Take a few minutes to walk around your home one night. Th ink about how you would get in if you were locked out. Does that window lock need to be fi xed? Gates on fences locked? What about that back door into the garage that no one ever locks? A few minutes can alert you to things that you might not have thought of. I wish I could say that there would be a time when people wouldn’t steal, but that just won’t happen. But, we can make it harder on them every step of the way. See you next month. ■

After seven years in private practice, James Stainton took office as the Wise County Attorney in January 2009. James works with the Wise County Teen Court and Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force and believes that only through involvement and action can we make a difference in our community.

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ne of my favorite movie scenes is the break ing up scene in “Th e Jerk.” Navin Johnson, played by Steve Martin (don’t miss his performance of “You belong to me” on ukulele) has gone from rags to riches and back to rags. His marriage is now falling apart and he’s moving out. “I don’t need any of this” he says as he sweeps his desk clean with his arm, “and I don’t need you” he rants “I don’t need anything except this ashtray... and that’s all I need ... and this paddle game, and that’s all I need ... and this remote control .. and that’s all I need ... and these matches ...” It’s very touching (wiping a tear from my eye). It’s beautiful! I know this is going to be a big surprise but did you know that some musicians became great musicians not because they

wanted to be great musicians, but because they thought it would help their love life? In fact, I’ve heard rumors that some of the best known musicians did it for love. Which started me thinking; The Beatles had enormous success and one of their chart topping songs was “All You Need Is Love.” It was number one for three weeks. Could the Beatles be right? Is that all you need? Beatles manager Brian Epstein said “The nice thing about it is that it can’t be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.” If you’ve read my previous articles you know that “Th ink and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is one of my favorite books. It is a guide to achievement, not just accumulation of money, but whatever you desire to have in

your life. The author states that by visualizing yourself having already achieved what you desire with as much emotion attached as possible, you will be motivated much more strongly. Love is the strongest emotion known to man, (woman too, sometimes), and it has been the impetus used by countless people to do wonderful things that would have seemed impossible. Navin Johnson (Steve Martin’s character), Napoleon Hill and Th e Beatles have something to offer us. Navin’s lesson: If you’re a jerk you’ll end up losing the love you have. The Beatles’ lesson: Sometimes love is all you need. Hill’s lesson: Include lots of love in your plans. ■

Beginning at the tender age of four Glenn entered the music business with a weekly radio show. He moved on to television, recording and performing in live venues ranging from Sunday morning church service to opening for Grand Ole Opry stars. Glenn and his wife Leesa moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Decatur, Texas in July of 2000. He began teaching in 2005 and recently opened Decatur Music.

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s I took my seat in the crowded airplane, the woman in the next seat over smiled. “Headed home?” she asked. I nodded. “Jupiter, Florida.” “You’re a long way from home!” she exclaimed. We were on the tarmac in Regina, Saskatchewan. “What brought you to Regina?” I told her I had been conducting a seminar for a sales organization. She wrinkled her nose. “Oh,” she pronounced, “I could never sell.” Th is wasn’t the fi rst time I’d heard this. In fact, most people not actually in sales seem to feel this way. I asked her, if she didn’t mind, how would she defi ne “selling”? I was curious as to what it was she felt she could never do. She frowned in thought. “I don’t know,” she said after a moment. “I guess, maybe, ‘pushing things on other people.’ ” “Ah. Well in that case, I wouldn’t be very good at it either,” I replied. “I don’t really like it when people do that to

me. Do you?” “Not at all,” she answered promptly. “Do you buy from those people?” “No way!” she said. “Me neither.” We both smiled. After a moment, I went on. “But what if,” I paused and thought for a moment, “what if we defined selling as ‘Helping someone get something they want or need?’ What if we defi ned it as adding value to someone’s life? Did you know that the original Old English word sellan meant to give?” She shook her head. “I didn’t either, but I looked it up. Amazing, isn’t it?” She nodded. “What if we saw selling that way, as giving — as sharing the benef its of a product that we ourselves love, and helping others get those same benefits? If we saw it that way, do you think you’d feel it was something you might be able to do?” “If I really believed in it myself?” she said. “Well . . . definitely!” “So, maybe it isn’t that you could never sell,” I suggested, “ just that you’d really need to feel you were helping someone, adding value to their life, giving value and sharing the benefits of something that you yourself truly believed in.” “Yes” she replied excitedly. “That, I could definitely do.” “Me too!” I replied. “I think

just about everyone could. And that’s exactly what I was just teaching at the sales conference. That’s the essence of selling.” At the end of the f light I introduced her to one of the women from the sales conference where I’d spoken who happened to be on the fl ight. As I rushed to my next gate, I left the two of them in animated conversation about the possibilities in store for this young woman in the exciting field of professional sales. The day after arriving home, I had another exchange about selling. At a local lunch place I often frequent, I passed by Bill, an architect and genuinely nice guy whom I see there often, and with whom I typically share cordial “How are you?” type greetings. Bill commented that he hadn’t seen me for a week. “On another speaking trip?” he surmised. Yes, I told him, I had been. “You look happy — bet you sold a lot while you were gone!” he said with a twinkle in his eye. I laughed and said, “Of course, of course.” He shook his head and said benignly, “Sales . . . the necessary evil of business, right?” I could have launched into the same sort of explanation I’d shared with the woman on the plane, but Bill and I were just passing each other in a restaurant line. It was neither the time nor place to launch into an explanation of the benevolent nobility of the

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selling profession. Another time . . . Still, it’s a shame. The necessary evil of business … There are people who see it this way. Personally, I think of selling as the most positive aspect of business. We all have products and services that enrich our lives, that we need, want and even love. The fact is, we love to buy and we love to own — and it often takes a sales person to educate us and help us connect our needs and desires with the benefits that those products and services provide our lives. Th is not only benefits us personally, it also provides the basis for a vibrant and growing free market economy. Selling is giving — giving time, education, advice, counsel, value — and the more you give, the more you get. Knowing that, how could anyone not sell … and not be proud to do so? ■

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uSING YOuR hEAD WhEN VOTING By Brenda Bosecker


ave we forgotten so much of what our country was founded on? The Constitution, In God We Trust, The Seven Deadly Sins, Right verses Wrong, Honesty, Integrity, and Loyalty? Use the brain God put in your head, think before you vote! As a girl I heard, “Men vote, women don’t.” I would never tell my daddy how I felt, but if women learn to do the same job as men, “Why don’t women get to vote?” Sure as I am writing this daddy is looking down on me saying, “Girl, you always were headstrong and never afraid to speak your mind.” Thank God men finally had to guts to “vote” to allow women the same right to voice our wishes. Voting is a

privilege, an honor and you should really know why and who you are voting for and know that no matter who wins the public has to put up with the results. Or do we? I am sure many of you have heard this, “If you do not vote then keep your mouth shut.” True you can not gripe if you did not step up and vote. There are republicans, democrats, independents, write-ins, write-outs. We are all made the same but are raised to have our own opinions. I have learned and am glad that I have the choice to vote on any ticket I choose. It is against the law to tell someone how to vote but it should be the public’s duty to learn the TRUE facts about our candidates.

Voting a straight ticket is not always the best thing to do. Having a degree or higher education does not make the best candidate. Life can give us some of the best lessons learned. Candidates must tell voters what is in their heart, mean what you say, back it up and know the public watches and learns from you on a day to day, hand shaking, eye to eye, talks of sincerity, experiences of life of what you do as a candidate for your community; goes along way in the public eye. Politics start at a local level. Do not be a candidate just to have your name on a ballot, to be an elected off icial. Working for the public is not always fun. Remember voters watch and remember mistakes

of voting the wrong person in office. A famous western by John Ford: “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” Senator Ransom Stoddard, played by Jimmy Stewart, taught students old and young about how our country and state were founded. He asked a student to stand up, to describe what she had learned about our country and it’s government, she said this, “The United States is a Republic, A Republic is a State, in which the PEOPLE are the BOSS and IF those Big Shots in office don’t do what we want, WE DON’T VOTE FOR THEM ANYMORE!” That just about says it all!■

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LIfE SkILLS By Deborah King, AICI CIP

What to Wear? Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing School, Inc. which she founded in 1989 in Seattle. As a certified image professional, with over 30 years of experience, she presents her programs nationally and internationally for youth and corporate clients. She is co-author of “Image Power” and “Executive Etiquette Power” and developer of several education tools.

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omen love to shop! Well, at least most women. I think I got the male gene when it comes to shopping as it is not my favorite pastime. Most women have more clothes than they know what to do with and yet, every morning they stand in front of their closet and utter “I have nothing to wear.” Clothes do two things – they cover and they communicate. Have you ever asked yourself why you choose the clothes you do? If your only goal is not to be naked, then you can easily accomplish that with a gunny sack. It would not be the most comfortable, but you would be covered. Clothing is so much more to women. Every item of clothing, every accessory and how you assemble it all, says something about you. What is the message you would like to communicate? Is your clothing supporting your message? In the fi rst three to five seconds that you meet someone they have already assumed over a dozen things about you. Th is is known as a fi rst impression and is expressed through your clothing, accessories,

hair style, make-up and body language. I don’t know a woman who doesn’t want to appear youthful, thin and beautiful. But, wearing clothes designed for a teenage girl, or squeezing into a certain size if it does not fit, will only make you look inappropriate and leave you anything but beautiful. Your clothes must support both your lifestyle and your fashion style. Do you spend the day in an office or with livestock? Are you sporty/ athletic, feminine/romantic, classic/preppy or artistic/ dramatic? Less is more! The 80-20 rule applies to your closet. Typically, you wear only 20% of your clothing on a regular basis and the remainder is left hanging. How many pairs of pants do you really need? Consider cost per wearing when you shop. Most women have no idea how much they have invested in their wardrobe. Invest more for classic pieces that are well made as you may have them in your wardrobe for many years. Trendy, one season pieces should take up less of

your wardrobe budget. Choose clothes that fit well. Dress for the body you have, not the one you wish you had. Men will not buy clothes that don’t fit them well and they know the value of a good tailor. Business clothing should look different than the clothes you wear on a casual day. You want to communicate you are an authority in your field. Straight lines, darker colors, high contrast, firm fabrics, structured and fitted clothes are always a great choice. Add a collar and a jacket and you boost your authority even higher. Know that the more skin you show, the less authority you will have. Plunging neck lines, bare midriff s and short hemlines place the focus on your body and not your abilities. The next time you stand in front of your closet trying to decide what to wear think about where you are going, who you will be meeting, and what your goals are for that day. Then, select clothing that will support your goals. ■

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oca l is the focus for 2010, and Google is paying attention. Th is is great news for local business owners and the local search market. Google has made significant improvements to their Loca l Business Place Pages to help lo c a l bu si ne s s owners reach more potential customers. With 74% of adults in America now using the internet, business owners need to take advantage of this free listing. These listings will appear in Google search results, so your business has the opportunity to reach millions of people. You can claim your Local Business Place Page here. In your listing, use as many keywords for your business as possible in the Description and Add itiona l Deta i ls fields. All of this information is search engine friendly, which means that the search engines will scan for these words in searches. The listing will also include a map and directions to your business. If you work virtually like I do,

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so think of it as a one-page website for your business…. make it interesting and include a lot of information! Virtually Yours Tip of the Month: Schedule some time to work on your business. As business owners, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, so make those hours count. Schedule at least one hour a day to market your business (website t weaking, social networking, online forums, reviewing printed materials, etc.). Also, schedule some time weekly to work on your business goals. Creating a schedule that includes time to work on your business will grow your business! ■

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sustainable motivation toward a clearly written plan. There in lies a key component. The plan. Sound out your ideas on people in similar fields. Find

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people not afraid to disagree. Hone the idea in your mind into a doable work product, complete with step-by-step plans. Then follow the plan. The worst thing that can happen is you will return to refi ne your ideas. Not doing


anything guarantees you will be in the same place next year as you find yourself today. Learn to manage your time wisely and prioritize your tasks so you know to do fi rst things fi rst. Operate u nde r t he a s s u mpt ion that no one will take your responsibilities at home off of you. Learn to organize your time for maximum profit and minimum frustration. Stop self-sabotaging your business success. Of ten beginning entrepreneurs spend an enormous amount of time second guessing their own decisions. As a result, they find themselves standing still, all progress stops. Be creative! Even doing the wrong thing is a decision and a learning tool. Now you know what not to

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s a small business owner do you ever wonder why some of us are really successful and some of us are barely making it. Can I let you in on a little secret? Most of us are hanging by a thread. Yes, most of us look successful on the outside but in reality we are one payment away from defaulting on the lease of our copier machine. Why is that? It’s because most of us are doing

everything ourselves, including trying to manage our money and keep up appearances. That’s another topic for another day. We go to chamber functions and give away door prizes that we can’t afford to give away. We pick up the check for luncheons for possible clients or friends throwing down a credit card all the while praying that we don’t go over our limit. We smile and tell everyone that we own our own business. On the outside we look successful but on the inside we wake up sweating in the middle of the night

remembering something we should have done or worse yet, paid. WHY do we do this? Because owning your own business is the American dream. It is our dream. There are far more cons than pros in owning your own business but the pros outweigh the cons. What? That doesn’t make sense to you? Sure it does; if you really look at it. Do this right now. Take a blank sheet of paper. Draw a large T on it. On the top left side of the T write pros. On the top right side of the T write cons. Now, start fi lling in the space underneath both regarding owning your own business. On the cons side you might write ‘haven’t had a vacation in five years’. On the pros side you might have ‘get to take 30 minutes when my kids come home from school to ask them about their day’. Th irty minutes a day with your kids far outweighs a one week vacation in the Bahamas in the long run - to you and to them. You should do this once every quarter just to make sure that you are in business for the right reasons. If ever the cons start outweighing (not out-numbering but outweighing) the pros then you have to take a serious look at going back into the workforce and possibly working for someone else. If just the thought of that makes you cringe then keep looking for those pros. Small Business Marketing Coach Tip: The best way to help you realize why you do what you do is to collect testimonials from your satisfied clients. Ask them to write down why they do business with you and why they continue to come back to you for your products and/or services. Share those with others through your marketing materials and your website. Read those testimonials on those days when you think working for yourself isn’t everything you thought it was going to be and smile. Be proud that you are living the American Dream. Congratulations! You are a business owner. ■

“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist • 888.878.8465


Wise Family Magazine February 2010 A community interactive motivational family magazine for Wise County, Texas.