There’s No Good Reason Not to Have a Website.

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Yep, it still happens … a lot! A business with no website (*sigh*). We still hear the same lame excuses for not having one. It could make one weary if you let it. It’s the old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.” Amen! Alas, our mentality is simply to say, “Next …” and move on down the line because there’s no good reason not to have a website in today’s market. Guess, they’re just waiting to hear from us to make the leap. icon wink Theres No Good Reason Not to Have a Website.

If you’re a small business owner and still haven’t made the jump, here are several things to keep in mind:

  • People do look to see if you have a website.
  • People expect and value your business having an online presence and without one potential opportunity is lost.
  • Just because your office doesn’t have a computer or internet connection, doesn’t mean you don’t need a website.
  • Your friend, brother-in-law, child, or customer may be able to create a website for you; however, in most cases they never get around to it or if so, many times it’s a poor representation for your business.
  • You don’t have to spend a small fortune for a functional, beneficial and attractive website.
  • No, having a Facebook page is not the same as having your own website.
  • Even if you’re a contractor or do government contracting, you should still have a site.
  • People don’t remember phone numbers anymore; they remember web addresses.
  • People do judge you if you don’t have a site. Your legitimacy is in question without one and you’re definitely judged poorly if you have a dated or amiturish one; you’re better off having no site at all at that point.
  • Bottom line … you’re missing business if you’re not on board with a website.

OK then … a website it is! Ahhh, don’t you feel better?! icon smile Theres No Good Reason Not to Have a Website.

Now what??

Just do your homework, talk with other business owners who have nice sites, get referrals or better yet, just call WebsitesGiveBack! You’ll be so glad you did!

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.  – Confucious

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Website Design Dust Has Settled.

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Similar to the breakup of Ma Bell when there was a flurry of activity, yet mostly confusion, as to which phone company to go to - what plan was best – and what cost the lowest; small business has witnessed the same with the website design industry. Eventually though, all dust settles.

Small business continues to be bombarded with borderline harassing calls about getting a website. They been sold and told so many things they can’t keep up with any of them. So many oversell and under-deliver and charge a small fortune. What we struggle with as a website design company is believability and questioned credibility. Many do not believe that we can deliver what we say and at the affordable cost we offer simply because – they are jaded. We empathize greatly and really, who can blame them.

Let’s be very clear and very truthful, if someone is calling hounding you about being on the “front page of Google” and heck, you can even a “free” website; you either need to run or take out a loan. Always keep in mind that you are one of countless companies in your area alone, wanting the same spot and there are only 20 openings on the first page of Google. As Linda always says, “It’s the whole filling a thimble with a fire hose” analogy. Google’s algorithms are constantly in flux and no one, if being honest, can guarantee this.

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Kress Service is the Best for Auto Repair and Service in Etna, PA

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Kress Service in Etna, Pennsylvania has been serving the area for a long time … since the 1960s … so it’s safe to say they’re pretty darn good, pretty darn reliable! Our dealing with Kress and owner John O’Connor has had a certain charm knowing they’re so established and carry “old school” beliefs when it comes to auto service and how to run a good auto repair business. With a dedication to doing what’s right for their customers and their community it’s no surprise that Kress Service is still Etna’s one stop shop for all it’s automotive needs.

Kress serves the Etna, Millvale, Aspinwall, Lawrenceville, Glenshaw, Sharpsburg, and Pittsburgh areas and though their ideals are from days gone by; they use state of the art technology and their technicians are ASE certified. (And they even have a website! wlEmoticon winkingsmile Kress Service is the Best for Auto Repair and Service in Etna, PA)

They offer:

  • Free pick up & delivery
  • Self- Service gas island
  • Kerosene
  • Service for all makes and models
  • State of the art computerized spin balance
  • State of the art wheel alignment

Stop in on Wednesdays and Thursdays for FREE State Inspectionon your vehicle. Do you have a question you need answered? Please feel free to contact them at your convenience! Stop by soon and see why Kress Service is your one stop shop for all of your automotive needs!

Kress service has been here through it all. Through every economic twist and turn Kress has stayed the course and maintained their customer focused value. This, above all things has led to what has become a staple of their local community. Kress is simply the best choice for all your auto service and auto repair needs in Etna, PA.

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Best Plumbing Co. in St. Petersburg, FL is Kurt MacIntyre Plumbing

Kurt MacIntyre Plumbing, LLC is the premier plumbing company serving St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. They provide full-service plumbing for a wide range of customers and Kurt does it right!  Kurt is such a busy man that he didn’t want to slow down long enough to get a website, but when he finally did, I’m glad he chose us! I worked hard to get Kurt MacIntyre’s business and along the way I learned how hard Kurt MacIntyre’s Plumbing works for their customers! Love it! So … if you want the best, most reliable plumbing service and repair in the St. Petersburg, FL area, Kurt MacIntyre is your go-to man!

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Kurt offers complete plumbing and emergency services including:

  • Bath/Kitchen Remodel
  • Copper Piping
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Drain Maintenance/Repair
  • Drain Trap Treatment
  • Drainage System
  • Electric Power Rodding
  • Electric Rotating Cutters
  • Electric Snake Service
  • Electronic Leak Detection
  • Electronic Line Locating
  • Free Estimates
  • Grease Trap Treatment

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Sami’s Plumbing is the Best, Most Reliable Plumber in Falls Church, VA

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I love living in Front Royal, VA; however, sometimes I wish I lived closer to some of the businesses we serve – Sami’s Plumbing, LLC being one of them! Since 2011, owner Eric has been servicing the homes of the Falls Church, VA area plumbing systems. Sami’s Plumbing goal is to ensure it’s functioning the way it should, either by repairing or replacing what is causing your plumbing problems . Regular customers of Sami’s particularly value having a master plumber and master gas fitter in their home who is honest and reliable.

They are fully licensed and insured in Virginia for your protection and peace of mind. Sami’s Plumbing ensures that you will only deal with qualified, professional personnel.

Sami’s Plumbing offers a wide range of plumbing services to residential customers of Falls Church, VA and surrounding areas.

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Drain Line Repair
  • Electric Snake Service
  • Garbage Disposal Install
  • Gas Piping
  • Main Valve Shut-off Install
  • Move-in/Move-out Inspection
  • Outside Faucets
  • Plumbing Installation
  • Pressure Reducing Valve Install (PRV)
  • Repair/Replacement
  • Sump Pumps
  • Toilets Repair/Install
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Leak
  • Water Line Repair

Sami not only serves Falls Church, VA; they serve Idylwood, Tyson’s Corner, Annandale, Vienna, McLean, Burke, Arlington, North Springfield, Oakton, Springfield, Fairfax and Alexandria as well!

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Best Roofing and Window Contractor in Charlotte, NC is KBS Contractors, LLC

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The best window replacement in Charlotte, NC no doubt is KBS Contractors, LLC! Owner, Barry Smith, goes all out to make sure you have the best experience with your new roof, roof repair or replacement, window replacement and siding for your home! KBS’s custom windows are made locally making ALL the difference to his customers when deciding on a reputable window replacement company!

KBS Contractors specializes in residential roofing replacement and repairs, custom made replacement windows and siding installations, on site manufactured seamless gutters and gutter protection system and below deck systems. They serve a 60 mile radius surrounding Charlotte and have served the area for over ten years now! KBS has an A+ rating with the BBB, are recommended by Angie’s List as well as their many happy customers (can’t beat that! wlEmoticon smile1 Best Roofing and Window Contractor in Charlotte, NC is KBS Contractors, LLC).

KBS’s complete roofing services include:

  • Residential and Commercial
  • Roof Replacement
  • Gutters, Downspouts and Gutter Protection
  • Soffit & Fascia

Their complete exterior contracting services include:

  • Residential and Commercial
  • Window Replacement
  • Siding
  • Entry Doors and Patio Doors
  • Below Deck Water Management – create livable water-free area under your elevated deck

They do all types of roofing installation as well as coordinating with your insurance company if there is storm damage claim. They are proud to be an authorized dealer and installer for Gutter Umbrella, Eco Guard and Leaf free gutter protection systems!

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Don’t Miss Opportunity – Be a Business that Gets It!

I like decision makers – I like movers and shakers – a “man with a plan” – those who know what they want! Heck, I gravitate towards the successful because I admire them and I want to be successful. Successful people don’t put up obstacles, make excuses or wait too long to make a decision; knowing they might just miss an opportunity if so.

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So … with this in mind, I’m baffled that a small business today doesn’t “get it” that they have to have a website. There are so many excuses businesses give for not having a website from the typical – to the lame – to the flat out bizarre (did you really just say that?!) 

“Lack of funds” being one of the typical ones,  is understandable … to a point. However, a website for your business isn’t a luxury or an extra, it’s a necessity to compete in today’s arena! And it’s because we truly understand this that WebsitesGiveBack is the smartest choice for your small business. You need a website, but you don’t need to go in debt or go  broke getting one. Our pricing is so reasonable and fair and how we treat and value you as our client is simply exceptional. In most cases, one (just one!) customer or client who comes to you from your website pays for the entire site, and many times the renewal too! Easily stated, it’s smart business.

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What Does a Baby Star and Website Design Have in Common?

fbsideMar2012 thumb1 What Does a Baby Star and Website Design Have in Common?WebsitesGiveBack has been in business just about 4 years now. It’s been an interesting road and one that continues to have many twists and turns. When our other business, a publishing company – publishers of Nana Star & Friends, abruptly came to a halt in 2009, we had to start over … literally. This time however, there was no start-up money, seed money or savings to help the transition. We had to take what we had, which was a computer, a telephone and our skills and make something of it. Having a publishing company taught us a lot about marketing, sales and yes, website design. You could have paid me a lot of money however and never would I have believed today we would have a website company – let alone one that has sustained 4 years and counting. The biggest misconception starting another business was that it would be easy because “heck I’ve done this before; I started from scratch!” Ah … but this … THIS was a whole new ballgame with new rules, new everything. Whew! It’s been quite the journey. There’s a lot to explore and write about here; however, what lead me to write this post and what I want to focus on,  is one key thing … PASSION.

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I was passionate (insanely so) about writing children’s books, creating toys and having a powerful, positive message for children and that passion definitely fueled me. I’ve been in sales all my life and everything from cosmetics – to encyclopedias (I hear the laughter wlEmoticon winkingsmile2 What Does a Baby Star and Website Design Have in Common?) – to security alarms – to children’s books and now to websites, I’ve ALWAYS passionately believed in! They say a good salesperson “can sell anything”. I disagree. If you’re selling something you don’t believe in, that you’re not passionate about, then I think that just makes you slick and disconnected. There’s a definite amount of conscience that applies in sales.

A question examined was, “How could we transition our passion for Nana Star to passion for websites?” It’s not so much passion for actual websites, as it is passion to help small businesses. We offer something no one else does at a very affordable cost. We’re not trying to bleed small business or take them for what we can get. We absolutely know the struggles small business face today and in this economy. WGB is trying to help them get a necessary and vital presence on the internet, giving them the most value and quality at a nominal cost. We don’t throw something together and call it a day. We care about each client, each business, and it shows. We may build websites; however, our greater creation is building relationships.

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Top Auto Repair and Auto Care in Charleston, SC is Definitely Charleston Auto Repair!

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Smart folks in Charleston, SC know exactly where to go for the best auto repair!  Celebrating its 20th year – Charleston Auto Repair is a full-service auto repair company located in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. They have been providing the community with comprehensive auto repair services performed by skilled mechanics with over 90 years combined experience.

Auto Repair shops know they need a website to let their customers know who they are – what they do – and how to reach them. Charleston Auto Repair chose WebsitesGiveBack to help them get a necessary presence on the web and we’re thankful they did!

Charleston Auto Repair believes in providing exceptional customer service with ultimate customer satisfaction. They work on all makes and models of vehicles.  Charleston Auto Repair is another fine example of a family-owned and operated business (just like us wlEmoticon winkingsmile1 Top Auto Repair and Auto Care in Charleston, SC is Definitely Charleston Auto Repair!); they make certain your vehicle is in top working condition!   You can trust their certified technicians for  all you car care services, brake services, undercar services, heating/air conditioning, electrical, towing, electronic services and more. At Charleston Auto Repair — it is done fair — done honest — and done right! Continue reading

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Pesky Pest Control, Top Pest Control in NY is Stop Pest of NY, Inc.

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Stop Pest Control of NY, Inc. has been offering complete pest control services to the New York City and surrounding area since 1977. They are dedicated to leading the industry in environmentally friendly and alternative pest control techniques. They provide pest control solutions for your office, home or business.

WebsitesGiveBack is happy to work with Stop Pest because they are passionate about pest control and when a business is passionate about what they offer or do, that makes our job a lot easier! When a client is involved and cares about their product or service, it shows. Stop Pest cares about their work down to the last detail. Creating a website for Stop Pest of NY was a first for us doing a pest control website and we’re privileged they called on us.

Stop Pest is an environmentally conscious and safe company that protects your home or business from rodents, ants, cockroaches, bed bugs flying insects and even pigeons!

Pest services offered:

  • Bed Bugs
  • Ant Control
  • Cockroach Control
  • Rodent Control (Mouse or Rat)
  • Flying Insects (Flies, Gnats, Fruit Flies, Mosquitos)
  • *Drain Cleaning is one of our most effective methods to eliminate one of the most commonly prone sources.

Control & Treatment Procedures of Bed Bugs:

Control of bed bugs is best achieved by following an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that involves multiple tactics, such as preventive measures, sanitation, and pesticides applied to targeted sites.

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Website Redesign for WebsitesGiveBack!

A good website company like WebsitesGiveBack knows when it’s time for a fresh, new look!  WGB has been delayed in getting our own website up to snuff. Ahh, however no longer! We’re quite pleased in how our own website redesign has come together and are happy to unveil our updated, sleek new look! Please check it out at http://www.websitesgiveback.com. Let us know what you think too; we’d love your feedback! wlEmoticon smile Website Redesign for WebsitesGiveBack!

 

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Remember, if you’re a plumber, auto mechanic, roofer, electrician or any other business owner and you’re looking for a web designer or  you’re still wondering why your business needs a website; be sure to check out our video! wlEmoticon winkingsmile Website Redesign for WebsitesGiveBack!

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Know what your customers want most and what your company does best. Focus on where those two meet.  Kevin Stirtz

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The Best Tree Care and Tree Services in Arvada, CO is Preferred Tree Care.

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Preferred Tree Care has been a client of ours from early on and we love them! Travis, the owner, is one of a kind and we consider him a valued friend! He wasn’t sure who to trust when it came to a website; however, he was referred to us by another client and we bonded quickly and it’s been a great relationship ever since. So … if you’re in Colorado and you need superior tree care services with a company you can trust, you need to contact Travis today!

Preferred Tree Care is a family-owned company providing commercial and residential tree services for ALL of Colorado for over 20 years. Their trained experts specialize in tree removal and tree care. They’d be happy to help you with any of your tree service needs and they guarantee 100% same day response on all of your inquiries.

Located in beautiful Arvada, Colorado, owner Travis has established Preferred Tree Care as the trusted leader in tree removal and maintenance. They provide residential and commercial services throughout the State of Colorado. They serve Arvada — Wheat Ridge — West Denver — Golden — Westminster — Northglenn — Thornton.

When you have an emergency you need to find a tree service company you can trust to be responsive, and have the proper equipment to handle the situation quickly and reduce additional risk and damage to your property. Preferred provides trained technicians who specialize in fire and beetle kill mitigation.

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The Best Tire and Service in Greensboro, NC is Mike’s Tire and Service Center

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Mike’s Tire and Service Center is a full-service auto repair company located in beautiful Greensboro, North Carolina. For over 40 years, they have been providing the community with comprehensive auto repair services, fair prices and quality workmanship. They also serve High Point, Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Archdale, McLeansville, Winston Salem, and Kernersville.

WebsitesGiveBack is happy to share wonderful businesses like this with others!

At Mike’s Tire and Service Center, they believe in giving exceptional customer service and ultimate customer satisfaction. They work on all makes and models of vehicles. Family owned and operated, they make certain your vehicle is in top working condition. Trust their mechanics for car care services, brake service, transmission service, undercar services, heating/air conditioning, electrical, engine services, towing, electronic service and more. At Mike’s Tire and Service Center — it is done fair — done honest — and done right!

To keep your vehicle running properly at all times, Mike’s Tire and Service Center offers a number of services that are carried out by our certified, expert auto service and repair technicians who have over 40 years of experience performing everything from oil changes to a complete engine overhaul.

They use high-tech diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is repaired and/or serviced correctly the first time around, and they only use the highest quality replacement parts, filters, oils, and components when it comes to your car.

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Wedding and Special Events Planning with Forest Woods in Cleveland, OH

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Ahh … Forest Woods, just the name gives you a feeling of calm and serenity! And if you’re a nervous bride-to-be or planning a big event feeling calm and serene is just what you need to feel! Seek no further … Vince DiCillo, owner of Forest Woods takes care of everything with calm and confidence! Forest Woods can help you with all your floral needs for a wedding or any type of special event!

Designing an event is a unique, artistic production. The setting, theme, lighting, color scheme, décor and ambiance all need to be carefully directed for the event to reflect the sentiment the host wishes to share with guests.

The team at Forest Woods is a combination of talented artists and a dedicated crew, transforming your event visions into realities and memories that will inspire and delight you and your guests.

Everyone LOVES flowers! Working through a design theme to choose the right flowers that make up the overall look is time well spent. It only seems to make sense to take more time to consider what the right vessel is to hold the lovely arrangements.

Because they always remember that every occasion is unique, each reception, each event is a unique opportunity to put the talent of Forest Woods at your service.

Whether it is a wedding, bar-mitzvah or a themed party, Forest Woods designs and creates the ambiance you want, from the casual centerpiece to the floral candelabra. If your party needs special props or displays, Forest Woods has a wide variety of vases and accessories.

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Best Roofing in Stephens City, VA is GNS Roofing Corp.

GNS Roofing thumb1 Best Roofing in Stephens City, VA is GNS Roofing Corp.GNS Roofing Corp. in Stephens City, VA is a full service roofing contractor specializing in the residential application of a variety of roofing materials. They have been proudly serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley for over 10 years with an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality at the best price. They are the best roofing and roof repair company in the Stephens City, Winchester, and Front Royal, Virginia area!

GNS Roofing offers an extensive selection of roofing products and materials for all types of roofs from the classic older home to the expansive roofs in more modern homes. You can depend on their expertise, speed, and cleanliness. They are passionate about providing their customers with caring and informed service, the “right” products, and superior workmanship. Their experienced and professional team is ready to assist you throughout the project and we are geared to a most satisfactory completion. They guarantee it! Continue reading

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Best Landscaping in Fredericksburg, VA is Liberty Lawn & Landscaping, LLC

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Liberty Lawn & Landscaping has provided outstanding service to their clients for over 6 years. They are proud to provide affordable lawn care, seasonal landscape maintenance, and other customized landscaping and hardscape services to meet your needs. Our experienced specialists guarantee a design suitable to your taste and budget with clean, prompt service at a competitive price.

They enjoy working with many people with many different needs — from building a two story wall — to putting up a mailbox – to debris removal.

Liberty Lawn & Landscaping has an on staff landscape designer to give your lawn the professional look you AND your neighbors will enjoy all year long.

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Do Nothing Half-Adz.

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The term “half-assed” has an interesting history that’s rather amusing. “Half-assed” originated from “half-adz.” An adz is a tool with a curved, axe-type blade used for shaping wood. If you were wealthy and wanted a new fireplace, the mantle could be shaped using an adz to finish both the front and back. However, the back of the mantle isn’t visible. If you wanted to save money you could have only the front of the mantle shaped and leave the back as the rough, unfinished wood. Since there was less labor, this cheaper job was a “half-adz” job. This “half-adz” woodworking term has evolved into today’s “half-assed”, and now means minimal effort was expended to accomplish the task. Who knew? We’re all the better for knowing that eh?!

Do nothing half-assed, half-adz, half-way, half-arsed (for my British friends), half-whatever! Another one of my favorites, is the reference to being “not hot or cold, but being lukewarm” (Rev. 3:16).  Blah! Yucky! Phooey! To not live lukewarm is how I try very much to live my life. (It also comes with a slightly manic personality like mine (yes, I know, it explains a lot)). And for me that isn’t confined to one aspect of life, it’s across-the-board.

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Two Ears and One Mouth.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus

 

Talking more than listening in sales says …

I know better than you.

What you say really doesn’t matter.

It’s really all about me.

I’m more interesting than you.

Bottom line, I just want to make the sale.

Listening more than talking in sales says …

You know what you need more than I do.

What you say matters.

You’re important and I value you.

Let’s focus on your needs and nothing else.

Bottom line, I want to make the sale if it’s a fit for you.

We’ve done a lot more listening than talking lately and we’ve learned a lot. We’ve heard what customers want and what they don’t want or need right now. We’ve made some significant changes based on simply listening that both benefit small business and us as company. We’re still doing website design and we’ve now expanded to doing custom motion graphic videos for both websites and any online line and social media marketing. We’ll share more about this expansion in the next blog post. We know it’s been awhile and we appreciate if you’re still with us! wlEmoticon smile Two Ears and One Mouth.

Wishing you a happy Monday and a fantastic, productive week!

Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request. — Phillip Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield

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Today We Eat Steak!

I Feel Like a Steak!

Yes today,  I feel like a steak. No, I don’t actually feel like a steak, but I’d like to eat one! OK, so today I’d like to eat a steak! Gosh, I need to explain. I live in rather a small town and if something new pops up, well, everyone wants to know about it and I’m no exception. Recently, in the local paper was a full page color ad for a new restaurant, Joe’s Steakhouse. Wow! Now I do recall a place being renovated on my weekend jaunts to feed lonely horses with my sweet one and it’s but a country mile from my home … who knew! I had to check to see if they had a website (if not, I’d be all over it of course) and they do and it’s nice and welcoming. I think I’m going to like Joe’s.

No, I Don’t Know Them and I’m Not Looking for a Free Meal.

Now I swear these people don’t have a clue  I even exist and I’m not plugging them for a free meal. I can’t give a food review and why would anyone care because most who would read this are quite a good distance. (I don’t think Front Royal is on anyone’s bucket list. Too bad for them.) The only review I can give is what the inside looks like (from their website) and well … its “steakhouse-ish”. It’s a definite goal on my list; a future reward. The point to all this is, I love a good story and every small business has one. I love Joe’s story … it’s short, sweet, and it’s inspiring. I won’t spoil it you’ll have to read it.

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Long Spoons

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FEED ONE ANOTHER.

Upon his death a man was given a tour of both heaven and hell, so he could select his final destination. First he was taken to hell. He saw a lot of people sitting at a long banquet table loaded with all kinds of delicious food. However, he noticed that all the people seated were unhappy, and looked frustrated. They each had a fork strapped to the left arm and a knife strapped to the right arm – they had no elbows. Each had a four-foot handle which made it impossible for them to eat. With all kinds of good in front of them they were not able to taste any of it. After this scene in hell he was taken on a tour of heaven. He noticed that the people in heaven were also seated at a long banquet table loaded with all kinds of delicious good. There was a difference here because he noticed that the people here were cheerful and enjoying themselves. They also had forks and knives with a four-foot handle – they had no elbows. They were busy eating because they were feeding each other. Each person in heaven was feeding the one across the table from him and was being fed in return. The people in hell were unable to eat because they were trying to feed only themselves.

This is one of my all time favorite stories.There are different versions of titled, “Long Spoons” which are so worth looking up; as many give greater, more elaborate details – making it even more profound and beautiful.

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