The Fear And Fury Of Fierce Flying Fish

They’ve tried just about everything to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, and still the carp continue their inexorable movement toward some of the largest fresh water bodies in the world.   The carp were apparently — and stupidly — introduced into our ecosystem decades ago, when someone thought that their willingness to eat algae and waste products made them perfectly suited to help keep sewage lagoons in the South clean.  The fish somehow escaped their captivity, as living beings typically do, made their way to the Mississippi River, and since then having been moving steadily northward despite man’s best efforts to stop them. 

It reminds me of the old commercial about “ring around the collar.”  The embarrassed, exhausted housewife pushes back locks of her hair as the announcer intones:  “You’ve tried scrubbing them out!  You’ve tried soaking them out!”  With the Asian carp, they’ve tried establishing an electrical barrier to keep them from getting from the Mississippi River into the Great Lakes.   When that apparently didn’t work — they found Asian carp DNA on the other side of the barrier — they poisoned miles of the potential entrance way in hopes of killing any hardy Asian carp that might have crossed the barrier.  Somehow I doubt that has worked, either.

Why do people care?  Because Asian carp are an invasive species, for one, and the Great Lakes’ experience with other invasive species, like the zebra mussel, has not been a happy one.  For another, the carp can grow to gigantic sizes, and there is reason to fear that the carp will consume so much plankton that native fish species, like Lake Erie perch and walleye, will starve.  If that happens, it will kill off not only the native fish species, but also the multi-million-dollar sport fishing industry on the Great Lakes.  And finally, people care because the Asian carp are some kind of weird, hyper-aggressive superfish that is perfectly willing to fling itself out of the water and hurl itself toward the fisherman or boater, like a bolt from the deep.  (Check out the YouTube video I’ve posted below if you don’t believe me, and it is just one of many.)  There are stories about the fish knocking people senseless, breaking jaws, and generally wreaking havoc on boats and their occupants.  What recreational boater is going to want to go for a leisurely cruise on Lake Erie if their idyllic trip requires them to navigate through a plague-like curtain of massive, leaping fish?

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned ….. Really ?

Back in April my regular checking and savings accounts were with Nationwide Bank. Unfortunately, when I retired I didn’t have access to the bank 24/7 so I decided to set up a separate savings account with $2,000 dollars in it at another local Columbus bank and as I took money from the account I would replenish the funds with a deposit from the Nationwide Bank.

The other day I received my November statement and I had to laugh because I had received one penny in interest for the entire month of November. Come on one penny …. hows a person supposed to enjoy a comfortable retirement with interest rates at all time lows ?

Positive Return on my Investment


Well, since reading the Secret last year I have been spreading the good word about the book and have been keeping a positive attitude. I recently got a return on my investment in the form of an e-mail. I asked the sender if it was okay to share it and post it on our blog in an attempt to get others to read the book. So here it is:

Hi Jim, Happy belated Thanksgiving. We had my mom and a bunch of friends over for the holiday and had a great day. It was 80 degrees so we ate out on our balcony and could see the dolphins swimming by. It was perfect.

I read “The Secret” after you recommended it to me and then we rented the film. Alec and I are trying it out and we both have started our vision boards. The other day I put it out to the Universe that I would be grateful to receive $100 for no reason at all and the very next day I received a check from General Electric who I have not worked for in years.

You also mentioned the “Power of Now” and a few people have recommended another book by the same author called “The New Earth” since it helps a person implement the Secret. I needed help with my anxiety. Every morning I would wake up with this horrible feeling of anxiety for no reason. I would start stressing about the dumbest things or worry that I was in trouble for something.

Since reading the book I no longer feel anxiety. I have been able to reach a level of calm that  I’ve never felt before. Simultaneously I have been starting to get a bunch of new clients at work, so thank you Jim – because of you I have finally been able to really live.

Congratulations on your consulting work. I bet it gives you a chance to put your talents to good use and interact with old associates. When your gig is over, can you come stay with us in California for awhile ? I think you would have a great time !!!

Miss you, Jen.

I have to admit it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that just a simple suggestion can change a persons life. The other day while hosting a Windward I met a gentleman who had just experienced a very bad stroke and was having trouble walking so I offered to assist him.

While walking him to his car we began discussing books we had read and I mentioned “The Secret”. I told him the book suggested that to get one’s day started off right one should do the following, when you roll out of bed in the morning put your first foot on the floor and say “Thank” and when you put your second foot on the floor say “You”. I said I had tried it and it helped me start my day out in a positive way. The next week he came in and said he tried it and it made a difference.

So I will keep spreading the word because it seems to be working !

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Well, the first batches of cookies have been boxed up and are ready for delivery.  I included this concoction, made from a recipe I’ve had for years.  The printed recipe refers to these as “Mexican Wedding Cakes,” which I suspect is a non-PC vestige of the ’50s, so I’ve given them a new namefor Webnerhouse purposes.  Whatever they are called, the cookies are tasty.

Powdered Sugar Balls

Ingredients:  1/2 cup powdered sugar; 1 cup softened butter; 2 teaspoons vanilla; 2 cups all-purpose flour; 1 cups finely chopped almonds or pecans; 1/4 teaspoon salt; powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla.  Blend well. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until dough holds together.  Shape into 1-inch balls.  Place one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown.  Immediately remove from cookie sheets.  Roll in powdered sugar.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes