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N B Swartz
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I am a former Chaplain at a men's shelter, pastor and handyman who is raising an amazing 5 year old with my amazing wife and editor. I am interested in unschooling, steampunk, life hacks, off-the-grid living, role playing games and the coming zomie apocalypse.

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Business & Money
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
Getting Out of Christmas Debt

So it's the New Year and you're up to your ear balls in debt thanks to the joyous season of incurring debt, Christmas. Well, don't give up, fight back and take control of your wallet!

Lifestyle
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
How to Save Enough Money for the Backpacking Adventure of a Lifetime

So you've decided you want to see the world but have no idea how you're going to save the money to pull of the trip of your dreams. Never fear, it has been done my many intrepid singles, couples and even families from around the world. Most of these people were ordinary people like you and me who decided that experiencing the world was more important than two cars in the mortgaged driveway.

Business & Money
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
Networking In A Small Town

Finding work is difficult these days and in small towns it's even harder. Whether you're trying to achieve employment or trying to get your business 'out there', you'll want to network. What is networking? Basically, it's getting to know lots of people in your community and making connections. This is likely the smartest step you could take in seeking out employment or before starting up a new business. It should be obvious that the more people you know and the more people that know you're looking for employment, the better your chances for getting offers or being in the know of new job opportunities. When considering the start of a new business, what better way to know if the community will support it then to poll as many people as you can in the community. Better yet, the more you talk to people the more they engage in the dream you have, offering ideas and advice, which can result in them feeling like they have a stake in your business. So, let's take a look at a few of the numerous ways to network in your community or small town.

Health
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
Five Steps to Cheer Yourself Up

When something bad happens to us we often turn to our melancholy mix of music that may include songs like; I'm Only Happy When it Rains, Hallelujah, It's a Mad, Mad World or even Lucky Town. But a time eventually comes during the healing process where we say enough of that, it's time to cheer up. That's when you Google this article and look for the fix.

Entertainment
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
Move From Being a Good Game Master to Great One

We role-playing nerds often dream of hearing the player accolades that comes from a game well narrated. Whether it's Storytelling in White Wolf, Game Mastering in Dungeons and Dragons, or even Animating in the game Toon, it's always the same. Some rise Game Masters rise above expectations and give the players an experience that movies or even books cannot compete with. If you have wanted to be one of these Game Masters or would like it to happen more, then keep reading.

Lifestyle
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
5 Steps to Change the World

Changing the world can seem like a daunting task. Where do we start? What can we do? How much will it cost? And, if I volunteer will I miss Big Bang Theory? Well we don't all have to have the commitment Mother Teresa did. If everyone in North America adopted the following five easy steps we could have the better world we all want within a few years. Have a look and more importantly, give it a try.

History
by N B Swartz
4 years ago
The Top Five Empires of All Time

It is not an easy task to look back at the various nations that rose above the rest through power, cunning, or sheer brutality and decide which of these five deserve to be considered 'The Best'. To decide this we need to look at the size the empire achieved and how long it lasted before imploding in on itself or succumbing to the barbarians at the gates. We need to look at the architectural footprints it left behind and the most exciting cultural and scientific contributions it left as a legacy. Finally I think we need to consider which of these empires has the greatest origins story so that we can recognize that at some point these Empires started as the ambition of a single very dynamic individual.

Entertainment
by N B Swartz
5 years ago
Vampires, and Zombies, and Chainsaws. Oh, my!

Just like with fashion we can look back at horror movie trends and see the future of horror movies. We watched as Lestat, Buffy and Miss Pandemonium make way for Werewolves, Mummies and Zombies until each one was played out in our collective cultural attention span. So writers, movie producers and, most importantly, horror fans are all wondering what's next.

Lifestyle
by N B Swartz
5 years ago
Three Principles for Red Letter Parenting

Looking at Red Letter Christianity I begin to see a pattern emerging that is both applicable and useful for child rearing. What I've discovered is that a large part of modern parenting seems to be the opposite of what is preached by Red Letter Christians. I have thought of three general principles to get the proverbial ball rolling, but there are so many more.

Business & Money
by N B Swartz
5 years ago
Did I Sell Out?

Those of us in our "summer years" look back on our teenage dreams and ask the question; "Did I sell out". Don't worry too much if the answer is yes. We can still change it.

Lifestyle
by N B Swartz
5 years ago
Five Steps to Unschooling Your Kids

Why Unschooling? Unschooling, education hacking, and homeschooling are all different terms with the same intention: parents wanting to take education into their own hands. Parents desire to give their children a better education than is being offered by the public education system. This could be because of enormous class sizes, school violence, bullying, special needs, or political/religious views. Whatever the reason, parents are taking control and looking for a better way. To accomplish this parents must buy curriculum sets, which can cost anywhere from $200-$800 for books, software, and games every year. This does not include the cost of materials or field trips. Curriculum sets are often generic; not tailor made for your child's strengths and weaknesses, which defeats the purpose. Option two is private school, which can give you more choice in curriculum and better hands on help due to smaller class sizes. Although this option frees you up to work, it is also the more expensive option with prices ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 per year for the more prestigious schools. Finally, you could write your own curriculum, organize your own outings with other homeschoolers and spend your money how and where you want to. This was the option my wife and I chose and I will tell you how we did it in five easy steps.

Lifestyle
by N B Swartz
5 years ago
The Fall of America

In 1997 we witnessed the end of the British Empire, in 1923 the Ottoman Empire and in 1917 the fall of the Russian Empire. All throughout history even the great Empires of Persia, Kahn and Rome have all eventually crumbled under the weight of their own bureaucracy, decadence or unwillingness to adapt. This leads many to wonder; how will the American Empire fall?

Lifestyle
by N B Swartz
5 years ago
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What to Pack for the Zombie Apocalypse

Every empire falls. Whether in a slow gradual loss of power, like our friends the tea sipping British or in total world changing kick in the pants like the fall of wine imbibing Rome. Everyone falls, so how will the American Empire go out? My best guess is by severe economic collapse.

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