Thoughts That Hurt to Think #083 – Income Tax Is Only A Hundred Years Old!

Income tax was a big problem for a lot of people, back before the United States was even formed. In fact, taxes were arguably the main reason this country came to be in the first place. The British Empire was big on taxing folks around the world for this and that, and the pioneers here didn’t really see how the taxes being levied against them were fair. They may have left Europe for a variety of reasons, but once they got here pretty much everyone agreed: life is better for the individual when they are not being taxed to simply exist. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #083 – Income Tax Is Only A Hundred Years Old!”

Earth is in Space!

Dear Reader,

If you have been coming here on a regular basis for awhile, I have some things I would like to say to you. I’ve joked about damaging my fourth wall before, but today I want to set it aside entirely so I might speak to you directly. Whatever my reasons are for writing a blog like this, you’re the reason I post it every week; and I’d like to take the time to make sure you know how I feel about that.

For anyone new to the blog, may I suggest reading one of the fifty plus blogs I have posted in the series; this week is for my readers. Feel free to come back to this post after you have firmly decided this series is for you.

Now, back to my readers…

To begin, I want to say thank you. It was conversations with people who like to think about and talk about this sort of thing that inspired this idea in the first place, and coming back to read this series on a regular basis means you’re probably one of those people. If we were to meet, I think we would both enjoy the encounter. We might sit awhile and talk about how weird it is to live in a world like this, and have a good laugh or two in the process.

Books have meant a great deal to me as far back as I can remember, and finding an author I really like has always made me feel as though some kind of friendship was forming as I sought out everything they had written. Even when I knew an author was dead, reading one book after another by a mind I admired or grooved with in some way has always been a special thing. As a reader, I wondered more than once how authors felt about this relationship. Did they write books because it was something they needed to get out, or were they thrilled at the thought of people reading their words and coming away glad for it?

As it turns out, it’s actually both. Maybe some authors don’t care about who reads their books, or if anyone does; but a lot of us do. Those of us who have a passion for writing know it will happen whether anyone wants to read it or not; but a special circle closes when someone does read it, and there is nothing quite like that feeling of completion. As someone who always wondered whether or not the people writing the books I loved cared about how they affected me, I want to make sure anyone who enjoys reading anything I write knows what that means to me.

Especially when it comes to this series. You can see snippets of my experiences and hints on my perspective in my other books; but these weekly posts have been uniquely rewarding for me. Like I said before, these are some of the subjects that might come up if we were to meet up and talk; and even if the conversation seems a little one-sided sometimes, it really isn’t. You reading these posts forges a connection between us, as does me writing them and sharing them; and that connection is one I am grateful for.

So, really…we kind of have met already.

Now that this project has been underway for awhile, it’s time to start following through with the original plan. Select posts have been turned into chapters, and compiled into the first book in the set this blog series will become. I wanted to make sure you were notified as soon as the book was available, so you could decide whether or not you would like to add it to your collection.

I’m still grateful to you for reading the blog for free, and I hope you continue to come back for the weekly installments. If you don’t buy the book, for whatever reason, I want to make sure you are aware of that. But if you do buy it…you will be showing your support, and your appreciation for this project. You’ll also get some updated versions of old posts, and some previously unpublished content written exclusively for the book.

Like the title post, ‘Earth Is In Space!’

The blog will keep coming out, and the books will release every once in a while. I’ll let you in on a little secret that won’t be secret for long, and tell you the next one is releasing within thirty days; but every book that gets published means a bunch of blog posts get taken down…so we’ll take a bit of a break after that.

If you want to really send me over the moon, you can order a print copy directly from my website. That way I get to sign it, and dedicate it if you’d like. Maybe you know some folks who would dig a book like this, and you want a few copies; if so, shipping is the same for up to three copies and I can put a unique dedication in each of them. This is the kind of book you want on your bookshelf, or your coffee table; it makes the difficult job of finding the fun people a little easier, when properly placed. Go ahead and click the picture of the print copy below, if you want to order a copy or three directly from me.

For anyone who likes to keep their online shopping restricted to certain sites, you can always get the print version of the book on Amazon. I can’t sign it for you, or dedicate it; but I am aware of every copy that sells, and you can buy it knowing I’m glad you did. Even the unsigned copies have the power to start up a fun conversation, and I really like the idea of paper copies of this book being out there in the world.

Click here to buy a print copy of ‘Earth Is In Space!’ on Amazon

The last thing I want to do is make you feel bad if you read ebooks. Every one of those sales means a lot to me, too; and you can pick up your copy now with the knowledge that you doing so is something special to me. Whether you are new to the blog, and every chapter is fresh; or you just want to show your support and add the title to your collection, I would like to thank you for picking up a copy. When you hear a little voice in your head after ordering it, saying “thank you”…you can know that’s me.

Click here to buy an ebook copy of ‘Earth Is In Space!’

Hopefully reading the title chapter will fill your need to read about thoughts that hurt to think for the week, and you’ll come back next week for another regularly scheduled post.
And hopefully, you know just what I mean now when I say…

Thanks for reading!

All the best,
Jay

J.K. Norry
The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Thoughts That Hurt to Think #037 – Some Rehabilitation Actually Works!

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From the beginning, this blog was intended to become a series of books. The second book is now available, and this post was chosen as one of the chapters. Many other posts are still up, but some have been removed due to also being included in the book. Hopefully, you have been enjoying this blog and you might want to get your own copy of the book.

Here’s how:

If you would like to order a print copy of the book and have it signed by the author, please click here.

If you would like to get your copy on Amazon, you can follow this next link.

The book has a collection of edited and polished posts from last year, and a previously unreleased title chapter. In print, it is a volume that is sure to fit easily in your pocket or purse and make a great conversation starter when placed on your coffee table. You can order your copy by clicking any of those links above, or you can click the next one to be returned to the full menu of ‘Thoughts that hurt to think’.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,
Jay

J.K. Norry
The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Thoughts That Hurt to Think #036 – Bullying a Bully is Still Bullying!

Thank you for visiting ‘Thoughts that hurt to think!’

From the beginning, this blog was intended to become a series of books. The first book is now available, and this post was chosen as one of the chapters. Many other posts are still up, but some have been removed due to also being included in the book. Hopefully you have been enjoying this blog, and you might want to get your own copy of the book.

Here’s how:

If you would like to order a print copy of the book and have it signed by the author, please click here.

If you would like to get your copy on Amazon, you can follow this next link.

Click on the cover to buy this book at the Kindle store.

 
The book has a collection of edited and polished posts from last year, and a previously unreleased title chapter. In print, it is a volume that is sure to fit easily in your pocket or purse and make a great conversation starter when placed on your coffee table. You can order your copy by clicking any of those links above, or you can click the next one to be returned to the full menu of ‘Thoughts that hurt to think’.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,
Jay

J.K. Norry
The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Thoughts That Hurt to Think #031 – The Robin Hood Saying is Wrong!

Thank you for visiting ‘Thoughts that hurt to think!’

From the beginning, this blog was intended to become a series of books. The first book is now available, and this post was chosen as one of the chapters. Many other posts are still up, but some have been removed due to also being included in the book. Hopefully you have been enjoying this blog, and you might want to get your own copy of the book.

Here’s how:

If you would like to order a print copy of the book and have it signed by the author, please click here.

If you would like to get your copy on Amazon, you can follow this next link.

Click on the cover to buy this book at the Kindle store.

 
The book has a collection of edited and polished posts from last year, and a previously unreleased title chapter. In print, it is a volume that is sure to fit easily in your pocket or purse and make a great conversation starter when placed on your coffee table. You can order your copy by clicking any of those links above, or you can click the next one to be returned to the full menu of ‘Thoughts that hurt to think’.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,
Jay

J.K. Norry
The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Thoughts That Hurt to Think #019 – If I can do it, so can you! (Theoretically)

If your life has always been and still is ideal in every way, you have no need for self-help books. You get to sit around and smile all day, or do whatever you want, because you were born a master of life. Since you already have everything anyone could ever possibly want, what more is there to strive for? If you are truly one of these people, then good for you. You have no reason to read this…or anything, really; so I’ll go ahead and address everyone else. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #019 – If I can do it, so can you! (Theoretically)”

Thoughts That Hurt To Think #009 – Everyone is Selfish!

There are a lot of people out there that seem to think that they are selfless, or that many of their actions are. That kind of thinking can be as harmful as it is delusional, and it’s important to realize that most productive and intelligent people have a healthy view of their own selfish nature. It’s also important to realize that it isn’t just muddled thinking that leads to selfish people viewing themselves as selfless; this country has always been a little shaky on the definitions of those words. It’s no wonder that so many Americans are confused as to what these words mean, when they get used improperly so often.

Most dictionaries tell us that selfish people act in their own best interest, with little or no thought given to the consequences of those actions. I was a little shocked when I first read something like that, since one part of the sentence is totally contradictory to the other. Anyone who has ever deliberately endeavored to act in their own best interest knows that consequences always have to be considered. If you don’t consider the consequences of your actions, you aren’t acting in your own best interest; the two are, quite obviously, inextricably connected. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #009 – Everyone is Selfish!”

Thoughts That Hurt To Think #007 – It Takes A Village!

Thank you for visiting ‘Thoughts that hurt to think!’

From the beginning, this blog was intended to become a series of books. The first book is now available, and this post was chosen as one of the chapters. Many other posts are still up, but some have been removed due to also being included in the book. Hopefully you have been enjoying this blog, and you might want to get your own copy of the book.

Here’s how:

If you would like to order a print copy of the book and have it signed by the author, please click here.

If you would like to get your copy on Amazon, you can follow this next link.

Click on the cover to buy this book at the Kindle store.

 
The book has a collection of edited and polished posts from last year, and a previously unreleased title chapter. In print, it is a volume that is sure to fit easily in your pocket or purse and make a great conversation starter when placed on your coffee table. You can order your copy by clicking any of those links above, or you can click the next one to be returned to the full menu of ‘Thoughts that hurt to think’.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,
Jay

J.K. Norry
The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Thoughts That Hurt To Think #001 – Studies Show Statistics Are Wrong!

Thank you for visiting ‘Thoughts that hurt to think!’

From the beginning, this blog was intended to become a series of books. The first book is now available, and this post was chosen as one of the chapters. Many other posts are still up, but some have been removed due to also being included in the book. Hopefully you have been enjoying this blog, and you might want to get your own copy of the book.

Here’s how:

If you would like to order a print copy of the book and have it signed by the author, please click here.

If you would like to get your copy on Amazon, you can follow this next link.

Click on the cover to buy this book at the Kindle store.

 
The book has a collection of edited and polished posts from last year, and a previously unreleased title chapter. In print, it is a volume that is sure to fit easily in your pocket or purse and make a great conversation starter when placed on your coffee table. You can order your copy by clicking any of those links above, or you can click the next one to be returned to the full menu of ‘Thoughts that hurt to think’.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,
Jay

J.K. Norry
The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Thoughts That Hurt To Think #000 – An Introduction

One of the first things honest things I learned from an adult was CYA. That’s ‘cover your ass’, for those of you fortunate enough to have never encountered people who shirk responsibility and avoid accountability rather than step up. The principle differs for some of us, but it still applies to all of us. Even when we’re making friends, or having a chat with one we’ve already made, we might amend or add something to what we just said after having said it. In conversations, I playfully refer to such pronouncements as ‘disclaimers’.

In books, it’s a bit different. You’ve got to jump right in with a few words about what the rest of these words will be about, to grab the interest of the readers you’re after and push the others away in one carefully worded passage. This blog will be compiled into a book, and the foreword will read a lot like this introduction.

But this is a blog, so we’re calling this post the introduction. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #000 – An Introduction”