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Smalltown USA Backwood’s Income


Here is a Smalltown USA backwood’s income opportunity.

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Our recent message Smalltown USA Opportunity looked at various ways to lead a low stress rural life and earn income at the same time.

One great way to have a backwood’s income is with mountain rentals, as Merri and I do.  We have three cabins and we love this business as it’s profitable and lets us enjoy some really wonderful, interesting people.

Here is a three cabin rental business near our farm that just came on the market and you could own. 

Our friend, Tim Parsons, just sent us a listing for this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin on a 132 acre farm that has an additional three rental cabins.  The seller says that the rentals in 2015 amounted to $50,000.

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This property is set up with 3 rental cabins but, the main house is not rented.  There is 137 plus acres that back up to government land.  There are several streams, springs and a pond on the property.

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Hiking trails and 4 wheeler trails abound, wildlife such as deer and turkey can easily be seen on the property, maybe a bear or two if you look.

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Two of the rentals are park models with 400 square feet each.

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These are efficient units, ideal for rentals.

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The third cabin is on the creek and has 954 sf with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with a covered porch front and rear.

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Owner finance is available.  The asking price is $799,000 with $200,000 down.

Want to learn more?  Contact Tim Parsons is at Century 21 Heritage Realty in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Tim can be reached by phone Toll Free: 800.865.4221 or 336.246.2664  – Cell: 336.877.7713 – Email: logs4u2004@yahoo.com

I am not recommending that everyone should quickly buy land in the Blue Ridge.  However, if you love being in remote places surrounded by nature and a lot of fresh pure water, then you should investigate.  Merri and I did.  We love it here where three cars is a traffic jam, our commute from bedroom to office is about 45 seconds and did I mention our five county area has the highest percentage of fiber optics home connectedness in the USA?  We can be away from it all, but still totally connected to the world from the Blue Ridge.  We love and have enjoyed our 18 years at Little Horse Creek!

Gary

Escape the Madding Crowd

Join us on Little Horse Creek where Merri and I spend our summers in the Lost Provence.  

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Enjoy the cool, green, fresh Blue Ridge simplicity of our farm.

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Escape the hectic pressures of  the city.  Enjoy the freshness of our forest at the end of the world but, still be in the middle of things.

The motto at one of our nearest restaurants in Lansing, North Carolina (192 friendly  people) was: “This is not the end of the world but you can see it from here”.

Merrily Farms is at the end of the world… isolated… nurtured in nature… serene… a perfect place for creativity and peace.

When Merri and I sold our print publishing business in the 1990s, we built cabins and a seminar hall and renovated cottages here.

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The farm is always quiet, peaceful and relaxing.  We built this covered bridge as it allowed us to cross Little Horse Creek…before that one had to wade through!

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In times that so many perceive as tumultuous, inspiration becomes even more valuable and important in business.  The news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are so filled with negativity that it can be catching.  In such eras, those who see positive realities gain an extra edge.  This is the place where you leave all this behind.

Our idea was to have small seminars at the farm.

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A group with us at the farm.

There was a problem.  The seminars and courses kept growing too large.  This is a pleasant problem but a difficulty still.

We have given up and have the seminars in West Jefferson at the Jefferson Landing Country Club where there is plenty of space.

We now offer these cabins as quiet escapes at the end of the world, even if you do not want a private consultation.

The cabins and cottage are available for a few days, a week or even a month so you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Blue Ridge… as Merri and I do.

Make Merrily Farms your escape to our remote North Carolina farm on Little Horse Creek.

Here is the creek…

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Here is the cabin in spring.

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It overlooks the creek.

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There is a huge deck for outdoor living.

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Enjoy eating creekside overlooking the waters of Little Horse Creek.

The cabin is 800 square feet over all.

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The floors and walls are poplar.

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There is plenty of natural surroundings and light.

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Enjoy the deck…

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overlooking the creek.

There is one bedroom, one bathroom.

There is a full kitchen.  This cabin has one king size bed and a queen size sleeper sofa to accommodate up to four guests.

You can see full details and reserve the cabin at AIRBNB Virgina Creeper Cabin

The second peaceful haven is our Creekside Farmhouse on Little Horse Creek.

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Sounds of the creek are very soothing.

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great for sitting on rocking chairs on

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the front porch.

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Living room.

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Three bedrooms, a den and dressing room.  Up to ten can stay.

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Two bathrooms with showers.

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Full…

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Kitchen.

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Dining room.

You can see full details or reserve at AIRBNB Bluegrass Music Cottage

Many come just to escape and relax.  Other readers come for private self publishing or internet micro business or Ecuador consultations

There is eight miles of hiking trail where you might see deer…

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wild turkey and…

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plenty of brook and rainbow trout in the creek.

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A trout our daughter caught in the creek.

Travel is easy as well. There are really low cost flights on Allegiant Airlines from our nearest airport Tri City Regional Airport (1.5 hours away) to Tampa and Orlando.  Delta connects to Atlanta and US Airways connects to Charlotte.

Join us at the farm through AirBNB.

See details for reserving our cabin for up to four guests at AIRBNB Virgina Creeper Cabin

See details for reserving our cottage for up to eight guests at AIRBNB Bluegrass Music Cottage

Gary

Rosaspamba Our Ecuador Sanctuary


Here is a shot taken from the front yard of our Ecuador sanctuary in the Andes.

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This land is part of a cloud forest and we are often truly above the clouds!

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Many valleys in Ecuador are famous for the longevity of the residents. Our search for such valleys led us to understand that we can use more than landscape to live better, richer and longer.

This article was written on May 2, 2009, on the 41st anniversary of starting my international business.  Yet I plan to keep writing and sharing information for 41 more years!

This was more than an idle boast.  The promise was made from a belief and understanding that  began to grow when we first arrived  in Ecuador and began searching for the longevity valleys there.

We purchased the 962 acre Hacienda Rosaspamba and lived and studied there for nearly a year with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.

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Here is another shot at Rosaspamba of one of the yatchak’s apprentices.

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Mountain mists are important to longevity.  One Ecuador shaman taught us that the hydrogen ions in the mists bond with free radicals on the skin to cleanse the body from the outside in.

Up here in these mountains people in decades and centuries past labored, breathed clean air, drank pure water and ate fresh food. These were hardy mountain people who worked hard, had little, ate little and with that made the most. Life was simple and they kept it that way.

The life here is healthy.

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There is fresh water.  Here is the yatchak at one of Rosaspamba’s water falls.

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Another waterfall at Rosaspamba.

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At the hacienda you are always walking up or down.

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Accommodations are primitive and…

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The property is very isolated.

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Here we are building some extra huts.

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Hiking from the top to the bottom.

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This is a grove of pineapples in the lower property.

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The land is remote about and hour and a half from Quito.

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The road in is primitive.

 

 

Ashe County Farm for Sale


This Ashe county farm is for sale.

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View of our next door neighbor’s farm.

Friend of ours for the past 25 years, Ed and Phyllis Sabo lived just 5 blocks from us in London when we were there.

When Ed retired from Shell Oil 11 years ago he and Phyllis visited us and fell in love with the countryside up here.

They decided to stay on and look for a farm themselves.  After a month of fruitless search, the day they were ready to go our next door neighbor called and said… “we are selling our farm”.   Ed and Phyllis visited and bought that farm the same day… 34 acres with a nice farmhouse on Little Horse Creek, a garage and barn.

Sadly Ed passed last year and his son just called me to say that Phyllis has decided to sell the farm.   Their property line stretches up to the top of the mountain and meets our land… so we have for years walked back and forth through the woods.

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County WebGIS map Click on map to enlarge

You can see the position of the farm relative to ours at the county’s GIS map.  Our farm is inside the purple lines with the words LITTLE HORSE TRL running through the middle of it.  Phyllis’s farm is upper left with the words JOHN ALLEY RD running into it. The three dots above the words RD represent the position of the farmhouse, garage and barn.

Your can see the creek (blue line) running in front of the farm house.

Here are some shots to help you understand the lay of the land.

Driving along John Alley Rd., you see the farm on the left. The horse is is the neighbors pasture.

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Coming off John Alley Road the driveway rides through the center of the farm.  The pastures to the right view and about all the land up the hill are part of the farm.

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Coming up the drive the barn is on the right and garage left. The farm house is just a bot further left.

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This is the farmhouse and garage seen through the front meadow.  The white boards in the driveway on the right are the bridge over Little Horse Creek which flows along the front of the house.

Our property line starts at the top of the hill behind the house.

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Here is a better shot of the house.

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Phyllis has not yet put it on the market and would just like to get back what was put in… about $179,000. The house is a fully furnished (except couch) Johnny Appleseed built in the 1940s about 1,200 square feet but with a basement.  If that house is  worth $69,000 or so, that leaves the property price working out around $3,200 an acre.  Considering that the farm has a creek flowing through it and two large meadows, this is a pretty good value.

For more details contact Ed Sabo Jr. at ed@sabocustombuilders.com

Orange Tints in the Rose Colored Glass


Why taint the Rose Colored Glass orange?

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Ecuador roses and Florida oranges at our Super Thinking + Spanish course.

This Rose Colored Glass series is about how to have the lifestyle you love and deserve…

If you have missed the first five posts in the series they are linked here:

#1: Beating illusions from the rose colored glass

#2: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Canada

#3: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Mexico

#4: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in the UK

#5: Smell the Roses

The last message (#5) answered the question from a reader:  Gary, if Ecuador is so great… why did you move back to North Carolina?

We never left North Carolina so this question was moot.  The reader should have asked is why did we move back to Florida.   We had left Florida… but we moved back.  The reasons why may help you understand how to find your perfect lifestyle.

First, life moves on.

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Our grandson, Garren, in our Florida orange grove.

When Merri and I first began living in Ecuador we had no grandchildren and my mom was doing fine.   Along the way Garren came along…  living in Florida.  Then  Sequoia and Teeka were born and live in Oregon.  then Tilly and Leo moved our grandchild numbers to five and they live in England.  Then mom (now 89) had some serious illnesses.  East West (North Carolina – Oregon – London)  began to compete with our north – south (North Carolina, Ecuador travel)  travel.  We are moving into our 70s and our rear ends that have been subjected to  millions of miles on jets already began to object a bit.   Plus Ecuador seems far away when that late night call requiring a rush to Oregon rings.

Lesson to keep in mind.  Don’t burn your bridges when you move.  Lifestyles change as life evolves. We have expected and now have a brisk business helping expats move everywhere.

Florida and North Carolina are nice central location for us to Ecuador, Oregon and England but there is another important Florida-Ecuador Connection.

Back in 2000 everything in Ecuador looked really bleak.  The country ran out of gas. All the banks shut down. There were demonstrations in the street.  A huge part of the population fled the country.

What an opportunity!

Having lived again and again in places where problems create opportunity… perhaps I look for trouble!   I began my business career  in Hong Kong in 1968.  There were communist riots and bombs being set off in the streets. The Chinese army was massed on the border. Life went on. We all figured out the fastest route to the British and American war ships in the harbor for a quick exit. We watched out for boxes in the street. Then we just got busy with life.  Those who stuck around and bought property and businesses made absolute fortunes.

Then I moved to London, a much quieter, safer, steadier place was expected.  Yet there were huge problems there.  The IRA started setting off bombs in the subway and around town.  They even shot some mortar shells at #10 Downing Street!  Ted Heath caused a general strike and the pound sank to $1 per pound!  The IMF was even needed to offer  economic support to bolster the pound.    I gathered my pennies and bought London real estate at the very bottom.  Those who joined me made fortunes once again.

Then during the 1980s US recession I jumped in again buying Naples, Florida real estate  that over the next 20 years skyrocketed… until it was so high… we exited. Proudly (lucky really) we sold our last properties in Naples in April 2007… just before the market began to crash.

The profits on these went immediately into more Ecuador property.

“Life goes on” is also a financial message.

If you have been in despair about our economy, you might be wondering if things can ever revive. Yes, they can and will! Life and business will be a little different, but mankind carries on. Living in the United States we’ll have to be a little more cautious but the western world will survive. Economies will continue to grow in an up and down way as they have for hundreds of years.

Once you believe this… you can see troubled places in a different perspective.

So when everything headed south and the economy tanked, I could not wait to get started in Ecuador.  Merri and I created an an active Ecuador business, plus began buying property.   We bought a 962 acre hacienda, condos in the mountains, a house, a hotel, a four story office building plus condos and apartments on the beach.

This is why I began slathering over Florida in 2008.  For the first time in decades the state’s population began shrinking.  A record level of foreclosures and unemployment saw the state’s population decline by 58,000 people from April 2008 to April 2009, the  first population loss since at least 1900.

We began selling several Ecuador properties to plow back into the “Sunshine State.”

I believed in Florida for one of the same reasons I believe in Ecuador… sunshine… warm weather in the winter.  This is the Florida-Ecuador connection.

The Orange Tint

In addition as Florida real estate prices fell, Florida orange grove prices fell even further. Many groves had been purchased by developers who planned to tear them out and build homes. With a dead property market they were stuck with groves they wanted to unload.

This happened as food (including citrus) prices were rising!

We bought a Florida orange grove.

The Sun Always Shines Somewhere

I also believe in Ecuador as one of the closest to Florida, practical, low cost places to live with something even better…year round great weather!

Most investors traditionally run from bad times!  But this very fact creates value investing opportunity. Few times has a real estate market been as badly hit as in Florida.   Ecuador real estate continues to appreciate as gringos leave the US and head for points south…but this part of the US south offers great potential now as well.

Our motto for decades has been the sun always shines somewhere.  However in Ecuador and Florida it shines more.

Here are several tips that can help expand the chances of a fulfilling expanded lifestyle.

#1: Expect the next boom.  Chicken Little has been around for  along time yet the sky has not fallen yet. For centuries… man’s material life has improved through a series of busts and booms.  We could consider busts as opportunities to gain in the next boom.

#2: Never say never.  Right now you may think “I’ll never come back”… or “I’ll never leave the new places where I am moving”.  Perhaps not… but then again something may come up that’s even better.  Do not close your mind to an even better lifestyle.

#3: Don’t burn bridges.  Keep your affairs in order. For example Americas still have to file tax.  Don’t miss doing this. Ecuador Living Club members can get in touch with a tax preparer who can help.  Click here.

#4: Expand your horizons.  If you move to a new place you’ll have new sights, smells, tastes, feelings and sounds.  This information will reform you and as a different, more experienced person you’ll have new opportunities to serve the world in new ways.  Expect to be able to have more because you can do more, because you will be more.

#5: Embrace change.  As a deeper, more experienced person you will see economic and social evolution in different ways  and you’ll have more ways to be engaged in the change a fulfilling way… so expect this benefit.

#6: Go try things.

#7: Follow the Lead. This is perhaps most important of all.  The Western world mindset teaches us to project how we expect the future to be and if it is not… we are disappointed.  Everything really is in perfect order and we all have an important role to fill (and to be fulfilled).  If we follow the steps above and are open to new ideas… new possibilities and watch for opportunity that presents itself, this process we call life gives us extra depth, excitement, beauty, wonder and abundance.   All we have to do is be open, observant and obedient to our inner voice.

The next post in this series speaks about how we did even better by turning lemons into lemonade from larger lemons!

Gary

See how we can serve you in North Carolina, Florida and Ecuador.

Gain the Super Thinking Advantage & Learn Spanish in Three Days

Learn Spanish in Three Days on Panama’s Beach

Learn Spanish on the Panama coast Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6-7, 2017.

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Learn Spanish in three days at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.

Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

This is why you might want to visit Ecuador or Panama and learn Spanish in just three days.

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

However, there is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How this Course Works in Just Three Days:

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving.  The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Learn Spanish at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching this Super Spanish course December 5-6-7, 2017. 

Enroll – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course $349.    Enroll for Two – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course Couple $499.

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Rick Brown, Super Spanish teacher.

The course will be conducted at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.

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This Sheraton resort sits on a sprawling Panamanian beach along the serene Pacific Ocean and has everything you can want for total relaxation.

Nestled alongside the stunning beach the resort has 4 restaurants ranging from traditional Panamanian to Mediterranean to Japanese cuisines, a private beach, golf courses tennis courts, water sports, game room and kids club.

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The well-appointed rooms are 100% smoke free and have a balcony or terrace, all featuring breathtaking views of either the Pacific Ocean or the lush mountainside. Each room features the plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed.

A complimentary breakfast is served each morning.

Services include massages, facials, body scrubs, and body treatments. The ocean view spa is equipped with a sauna. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including hydrotherapy.

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Learn Spanish at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching this Super Spanish course December 5-6-7, 2017. 

Enroll – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course $349.    Enroll for Two – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course Couple $499.

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Learn Spanish at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching this Super Spanish course December 5-6-7, 2017. 

Enroll – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course $349.    Enroll for Two – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course Couple $499.

Gary

Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Here is a  special offer from Panama.

Our site focused on the benefits of living in Ecuador for many years, but we have always had many readers ask about Panama.  That’s why we have worked closely with Jackie Lange at Panama Relocation Tours.

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A Panama relocation tour.

When Jackie suggested that Rick Brown conduct a Super Spanish courses right after her Panama Relocation Tour, we arranged the course for our many readers who had always wanted to check out Panama.  We have had a lot of interest (and signups).  Here are the delegates at the last Panama Super Spanish course.

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Now the opportunity is better because Jackie Lange sent this special offer.

Gary, I just sent out a promotion to my subscribers that I will give them $100 off  per person on our Panama Relocation tour if they also register for the Learn Spanish in 3 Days class.  Within 5 minutes I got 1 couple and 1 single person signed up for the tour.

They both said the Spanish class was the icing on the cake!

My December Panama Relocation tour is December 9-14 and the Super Thinking, Super Spanish seminar runs just before the tour, so it is perfect timing to add 3 more days for your class.   You are welcome to extend that same offer to your subscribers.

If you have always wanted to get to know Panama and learn Spanish as well, this is the perfect opportunity, and you can save an extra $100.

Get full details on how to save $100 per person on the December Panama Relocation Tours here.

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(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html

Smell the Roses – Rather Than the Rose Colored Glass


Smell the Roses – rather than look through the rose colored glass.

Here is a lengthy reply to a short question which may help you see ways to live better and prosper in this rapidly changing world.

Here I am working at our North Carolina home.  I love flowers and working amidst them… during the awakening of the day.

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Dawn rises early on summer days in the Blue Ridge.  After rising in the dusk… meditating, I grab a cup of French press, French roast and head to the front porch.

The horses come down from the barn to accompany the sunrise and…

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surrounded by the sun flowers and roses I get to work.

I love flowers because they remind me to follow the sweet aromas of life rather than to rush from the daily malodorous scents that so often blow our way.

This rose colored glass series is aimed at examining shifts that affect privacy and protection in our lives…I hope that it helps you to see ways to avoid any upcoming pitfalls and gaining from opportunities created by the change.

If you have missed the first four posts in this series you can read them at the links below.

#1: Beating illusions from the rose colored glass

#2: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Canada

#3: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Mexico

#4: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in the UK

A reader wrote this short but simple question: Gary, if Ecuador is so great… why did you move back to North Carolina?

This is a good question that has been answered numerous times at our site, but since our websites have over 6,000 pages spanning a decade and a half, many new readers who have read only current messages get just a narrow glimpse at the broad picture we have been painting for these 15 years not to mention what was said in our newsletters for another 25 years or so before.

First, let me clarify that we have not moved backed to North Carolina.  We never left.   We have always maintained residences in North Carolina, Florida and England as well as Ecuador for decades.  We were in North Carolina long before we moved to Ecuador.

We have always spent our summers in the Blue Ridge conducting courses at our seminar center here at the farm.

Since the release of my first book “Passport to International Profit” written in the 1970s, I have preached and practiced being beyond any one system by being a One Man Multinational.

The core message in “Passport to International Profit” is become a one man multinational with a six point command posture which is to:

Live in one country
Bank in a second country
Invest in many countries
Earn in two or more countries
Use a company incorporated in a fifth country
Take a second residence

This concept later evolved one step further.

Have a fulfilling six point lifestyle posture:

Live in one country you love.
Bank in a second country that is safe and that you really enjoy.
Invest in many countries you would like to explore or feel good about.
Earn in two or more countries you would like to explore or feel good about.
Use a company incorporated in a fifth country that best fits your circumstances.
Take a second residence in a place where you love and want to be at times.

Having lived in and out of the USA for 44 years, Merri and I believe that being global is vital from an investing and business point of view as well as enlivening one’s lifestyle.

If you are interested in Ecuador… you do not have to limit your dreams to that one nation.

The key to a six point lifestyle is the ability to earn globally through service.  The ultimate asset is the ability to produce a product or service that others are willing to pay for wherever you are.

Service is timeless.  Nations can come and go.  Eras have come and gone.  Businesses, industries and new technologies arrive, boom and bust… rise and fall.   Service, however, is always in the space through which the arrow of time flies… a weave in the fabric of reality that never frays.  Service is the lift that allows the Phoenix to rise.

We have had a home in the North Carolina mountains for more than two decades and have never missed a summer here.

What we have done for the farm and what it has done for us reveals a bigger picture about change and the technology.

Modern technology reduces our privacy but at the same time offers great opportunity.

Before we moved here, this farm was good for one thing… subsistence farming.   Modern technology… low cost travel, the internet and broadband changed all that.   These tools allowed us to alter the utility of this land from a low value property to a high earning, deep woods seminar center.

We started fixing our 252 acre Merrily Farms about 16 years ago and this shows how small business inspiration comes in all forms… how we can spot opportunity anywhere… every day.

The farm is on Little Horse Creek… where it is…

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always quiet and cell phones do not work.  Yet this month the telephone company is installing fiber optics so we can have a 50Mbps service.

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In times that many perceive as tumultuous, inspiration becomes even more valuable and important in business.  The news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are so filled with negativity that it can be catching.  In such eras, those who see positive realities gain an extra edge.

Your own small business can help you enjoy a lifestyle of freedom…such as Merri and I have so you can think beyond just one country.   We don’t believe in putting  all our eggs in one basket… even a country as great as Ecuador.

Our international micro business has allowed us to live part time at our remote North Carolina farm in the summer and Florida and Ecuador in the winter.

Here is the creek…

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deep in the forest…

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isolated and with many waterfalls.

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The creek becomes a bit swollen in the spring time. Changing from this to…

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this!    The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house and…

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fills our…

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deep woods…

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Japanese soaking tub that is heated with a wood burning stove and refilled after each soak… so the water never requires chemicals but is always clean.

The creek provides some great trout meals also. Here is a brookie our daughter Eleanor caught.

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The water refreshes in summer. Here is…

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our son Jake soaking in one of the pools on a hot summer day.

We have a…

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creekside…

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forest seminar center where…

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we can feed everyone on the deck looking over the waters.

This beauty and solitude here provide many positive inspirations. There is plenty of space to hike. We have put in over…

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eight miles of road (the blue lines).  Each leads…

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to a place… like our…

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isolated glen labyrinth which has a great view.  Vistas are…

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everywhere. The paths themselves are places of great solitude and beauty.

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We grow bold sunflowers and a lot of our own vegetables in the summer.

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We have…

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a flock of chickens who give us farm fresh…

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eggs.

Here is my office and…

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my sunrise view on…

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crisp mountain morns.

In the summer we get to watch the horses being…

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lethargic.

We invite delegates at our North Carolina courses to come up for an afternoon tea to…

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our house. The horses like to visit also.

Here is Thomas Fischer of Copenhagen’s Jyske Bank speaking at our seminar with roses we imported from Ecuador to North Carolina.

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Merri gets busy in our teaching kitchen…

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and cooks up the treats when…

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we have seminars.

Autumn arrives.  A blaze of color surrounds us.

We converted this…

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falling down tobacco shed into a great guest barn… with all amenities including a pillow top king size bed. This is very comfortable and quite glorious in the finery of fall.

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Autumn brings the bite of frost and invites…

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its colder cousins in the winter.  The meandering stream becomes part of the wonderland.

I can do shamanic exercises  when our son visits us in North Carolina even in the winter.

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Here I am chasing our horses past the primitive cabin during a snow storm.

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But when it gets too cold so Merri and I head south.

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This is why Merri and I like having our own international micro  business. North Carolina farm… Danish bankers… Ecuador flowers, Florida oranges!  The best of every world.

Technology that is frightening in some ways also gives us freedom.

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Technology is a boon and a burden.  Satellites let anyone who chooses to see us.  Here is our house, pond, cottages and seminar center at Google Map.  Should someone care to do so they can really zero in on our lives.

The same technology allows delegates to get to our isolated place with  their GPS.

There are benefits as well as the bad side of technology.  The changes we face help us have a business that provides freedom and allows those who choose to use new technology to live and work wherever they find inspiration.  We can all get away from the gray humdrum… and go where our horizons expand.

Inspiration is everywhere. Seek it. There has never been a better time for a micro business and an upbeat outlook on life.

One kind reader once sent me two coffee mugs, that said “Ille Gitimati Noli Carborundum.”

The translation is “Don’t let those who are illegitimate wear you down”.

Do not let the negative part of life’s changes wear you down.

Look for inspiration in your passions.  They may lead you to strange places… in the minds of the humdrum herds.  Yet success is waiting for you in the nooks and crannies where others do not go.

We continue to own over 1000 acres of farm land, a hotel and numerous rental units and conduct an active business in Ecuador as we do in the US, Canada and USA… plus we are getting ready to expand into Cuba… and have recently been offering courses in Spain, Uruguay, Panama and Costa Rica.

The reader’s correct question could have been… why Florida?  Tomorrow’s message explains.

Gary

Our next North Carolina course is our Writer’s Camp.  We just had a cancellation so have two spaces.   See the dates below.

Little Horse Creek


Welcome to Merrily Farm at Little Horse Creek.

Merri and I love the natural beauty and how nature teaches us all about combining earnings with lifestyle.

Here we share some autumnal shots of the farm that we hope you enjoy.

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Welcome to the farm.

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This old barn starts the farm and has been converted to a lovely cabin.

Here are some shots coming…

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from the lower creek to the…

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equipment shed.

Then we round the bend…

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to the cottage and…

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up the road past the big rock to…

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the house meadow where…

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you see the horse barn tucked up in the woods as you…

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turn and…
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pass the pond.
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Our house is ahead and here I am looking over the…

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front yard.    In the higher meadows the…

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long range views see further.

Such great beauty… this time of year, but we know…

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what’s next and…

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this is the view that is coming so we’ll head south shortly to Florida or Ecuador and the sun.

See our summer cabins, seminar hall and more farm shots here.

Gary

Join the International Club 2010


If you plan to join us at six or more seminars and tours in Ecuador, Florida or  North Carolina in 2010 you can save as an International Club member.

Merri and I hope you will join us for many seminars and tours in 2010

See details about each of our seminar and tours below… then see our December special that allows you to attend as many of these courses you like at a huge savings.

For International Investing and Business.

For Super Thinking + Spanish

For Ecuador Shamanic Tour

For Ecuador Export

For North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi

For Manta & Mid Coast

For Quito & Mindo

For Salinas & South Coast

For Cuenca

You gain discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

But our 2009 International Club membership which allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 56 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999.

The International club fee rises to $3,500 in January 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. Save $501.

International Club 2010

Attend our 56 investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses and tours in 2010 with one small enrollment fee.

International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here

Here are the 56 courses and tours you can attend free. Plus there is even one more savings you will see below.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 15-18     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 21-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Join us in February or March.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Mar. 28-29   South Coast Real Estate Tour

Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May  13-14     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
May  28-29    South Coast real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

June 24         Quantum Wealth North Carolina
June 25-27    International Investing and Business North Carolina  ( $749 or couple $999)
June 28-29   Travel to Ecuador and Andes
June 30-Jy 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
July 3-4          Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
July 6-7          Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
July 9-10        Cuenca Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)

Sept.   3-6      Ecuador Export Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept.   8-9      Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 11-12     Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 14-15     Cuenca Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749)
Sept. 17-18     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749)
Sept 20-21      South Coast Real Estate tour ($499 or couple $749)

Oct.    7          Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10     International Investing & Business North Carolina ($749 or couple $999)
Oct.   11-12    Travel to Quito and Andes
Oct.  13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct.  19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Oct. 22-23     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Nov.    4-7        Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999)
Nov.    8-9       Travel to Quito and Andes
Nov. 10-11       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 13-14      Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 16-17      Quito-Mindo Real Estate  ($499 or couple $749)
Nov. 19-20     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Nov  22-23      South Coast Real Estate Tour (($499 or couple $749)

Dec.   3-5       Ecuador Shamanic Mingo  ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.   7-8       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec.  10-11    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 13-14     Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Dec. 16-17      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and your guest can attend courses worth $40,947.

You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses is shown below.

Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses which are valued at $40,947!

International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here

You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low? Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart.

First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge.

Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail.

As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service.

Though I give all course delegates my very best, I cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for me to point you in the right direction.

Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts and gain more wealth.

Out associates in Ecuador, are experienced business people who live or work and conduct our real estate and export courses.  They can also act as your local backup for the business.

Lifestyle for Two. There is more! I have learned at my courses that many repeat delegates were couples.

We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)

Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!

Gary

International Club 2010 Membership  Enroll here

Food in a Terrorist EMP Crisis


Finding food and water could be a problem in a terrorist EMP crisis.

Tuesday’s message at this site saw seven steps that could help us survive and prosper in a new era that could unfold if there would be a terrorist EMP attack.

#1:  Move well away from the USA…. to an agriculturally based country.  This is one reason Merri and I have been active in Ecuador for nearly 15 years.
#2: Move to Small Town USA.  Our sites have been looking at the benefits of this for years and why we live on an agricultural property.
#3: Create your own source of food & water.
#4: Create a local source of hardened energy and communications.
#5: Keep some gold and or silver on hand.
#6: Know how to take care of your own health.
#7:  Hold some assets outside of North America.

We’ll look at some Ecuador food property below.  First, this message looks at some ideas that can help us improve our odds of having access to food and water in a terrorist EMP crisis wherever we are.

May I share three important points up front?

Point #1: I do not think (or maybe hope) that a crisis of serious magnitude will take place in our lifetime.

Point #2: Yet one could… so I try to be somewhat prepared… without jerking my entire life out of joint.

Point #3:  None of the steps that Merri and I have taken below have anything to do with expecting a terrorist crisis.  One cannot foresee all the consequences of a maximum magnitude terrorist crisis. Trying to do so is inefficient… and wastes time. History suggests that humanity always figures out how to avoid the big terrorist crunch… and/or adapts when the terrorists attack.

Merri and I try to live our life down the path we feel we are led… enjoy it… prepare reasonably and then leave the rest in the hands of God.

Let’s look at what we have done about food and water.   Then recognizing that most of mankind does not or cannot live in places as isolated as ours, we’ll look at some more urban alternatives.

Our North Carolina farm can certainly provide all the food and water a family needs.  Many generations who lived here have proved this fact.

Yet it is our love for this life and the people of the Blue Ridge that brought and keeps us here part of each year…. not security from a terrorist attack.

This is a side benefit that this lifestyle provides us with an independent source of food…. domestic and wild.

On the wild side we see…

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wild turkeys in our front yard…

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often.  This is a normal scene that I photographed. There were 15 turkeys in this flock… all cruising across our front yard.

I expect we could have plenty of venison…

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like these deer I photoed in our front yard.  I recently placed my wildlife camera up the hill from the house and…

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in a couple days…

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had pictures of 20 deer or so including this small forked horn. We saw two big bucks, (a big four point and six point) walking together on a recent walk.

Plus the creek is full of trout.  Here are a couple I stuck on one of our cabins.

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We have a pond also…

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that helps us on the domestic side, raising fish and ducks that…

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grow!

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Not to mention our geese.

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We never buy eggs because…

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our chickens lay more than we can eat and the flock…

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grows and…

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grows and grows.

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We have built a new varmint proof (I hope) pen that…

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includes a greenhouse sitting in a sunny spot so the chickens remain warm (and laying) though winter’s cold.

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Speaking of the greenhouse, we can grow greens and vegetables though the winter, plus…

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we have many apples and acres of blackberries, plus a storage place to keep them with our potatoes… plus

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pumpkins and squash and…

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sunflowers grow really well here.  We especially focus on spaghetti squash as it stores through the winter in this potato cellar.

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Water.  Our creek starts at the top of our farm with many springs like this.

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Water is everywhere… pure… clean, seeping and trickling out of the rocks so by the time it reaches the lower part it is…

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this.

If a terrorist attack knocked out all forms of domestic energy, we would not even give up our hot baths since this…

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tub is heated by a wood fire.

We have transportation.

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and raise fish and grow greens in our back yard.

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We were doing all this before Merri and I had a clue about EMPs and the risk of a terrorist attack.

What can one do… if… you do not want to live on a farm?

There are options.

One option is an urban farm. A recent AP article entitled “USDA to Unveil “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative” by Ken Meter provides some clues. Here are excerpts from this article.   As I prepare for five days of announcements next week, when USDA plans to unveil its new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, the buzz across my desk is about the potential for urban agriculture.  EPA reminds that brownfield moneys can be used to convert polluted land into working farms in inner-city areas.  I think the potential is enormous, especially in formerly industrial cities, where the big factories are not going to come back, but there are large tracts of vacant land that already have water mains (think irrigation) running under them. Each of these cities spends billions of dollars for food, and can generate significant local income by building the farms and distribution channels needed to cycle that food within city borders. We’ll also need to grow new urban farmers, and tap the excellent skills that many new immigrants already have in growing food.

Did you know that forty-one percent of all U.S. agricultural commodities are sold from farms in metropolitan counties?  Were you aware that 55% of the money made from producing farm commodities was made in metropolitan areas in 2007 ($15.7 billion of $28.7 billion)?  Moreover, Department of Defense studies show that Victory Gardens during World War II produced 40% of all produce consumed by Americans, after two seasons of gardening. This shows the potential for small-scale activity adding up to a big difference.

Gardening can provide food… plus it is good for you.  I believe living on a farm has helped my health.  Walking a lot is good. Working in fresh air can’t be bad.

If you can’t or don’t want to garden… how about participating in Community Assisted Agriculture (CSA)?

Here is an article from the Local Harvest website which I have linked below.

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.  Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief…

Advantages for farmers:

•    Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
•    Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
•    Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

•    Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
•    Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
•    Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
•    Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
•    Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 2,500 listed in our grassroots database. In 2008, 557 CSAs signed up with LocalHarvest, and in the first two months of 2009, an additional 300 CSAs joined the site.

The many of you who have, or plan to join us in Ecuador gain added food security because Ecuador is such an agricultural country. See more on this at Ecuador Food.

There are many Ecuador agricultural properties for sale at low prices. Here is an Ecuador avocado farm for sale. Here is the farm house and workers house from the back.

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Here, in front of the houses, is the fruit… the cash generator.

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The avocados are flowering for their first crop.  See more on this Ecuador avocado farm here

The sky is not falling. Yet it could… because of a terrorist EMP attack.  So it makes sense to find enjoyable, healthy ways to live that also ensure your supply of food and water.

Gary

Let’s share ways and lifestyle alterations that protect as they provide joy, satisfaction, better health and enhanced wealth.

You may not be able to (or want) to move your home abroad or to a rural area.   Yet gardening, even in urban areas,  can be healthy and fun.  Holding some precious metals is probably a good investment anyway.  We should be taking care of our health even when their is no threat of war.

When it comes to holding assets abroad… our multi currency course can help.

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in 2010.   Attend more than one seminar and tour and save even more plus get the three emailed courses free.

Our multi seminar-tour discounts have grown!  See the 2010 winter schedule below.  To Enroll click below.

1 real estate tour  $499 Couple $749

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito and Andes
Feb  17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture here

New International Investing Era


A new international investing era could be created by a destructive scientific fundamental that is now so powerful it could overwhelm all other factors determining our wealth. This danger has such power that it could destroy most investors and much worse… end civilization as we know it.

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Photo from Wikepedia report on Electromagnetic pulse weapons.

The most frightening part is that this force could unleash its destruction on us… now… at any time!

I want to share what, why and when this disaster could happen.

Then, I want to share how you can be protected rather than ruined.  We’ll even see how this, with luck, could be the creator of untold wealth which you, I, and a handful of cautious, insightful investors could share.

Before I explain how to safeguard your family from this possible upcoming disaster, let me explain that I first began to understand the magnitude of the risk after reading the New York Times best selling novel “One Second After” written by bestselling author, William R. Forstchen.

The story had extra meaning for me because it shows life in a small North Carolina town (similar to where Merri and I live during the summer) after an electro magnetic pulse is detonated by terrorists over the United States.

In the story the electrical grid and anything using a computer stopped working due to an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) created by just three small nuclear devices, launched from container ships and detonated high above the USA.

Without central communication and distribution, mass devastation and chaos ensued immediately.   The agony was terrible and life almost unfathomably complicated.

What made this fiction meaningful is that the book really documents and details the West’s dangerous reliance on technological systems which are so extensive that no one even recognizes them any more.

Adding to the terror of this book is a forward by Newt Gingrich and and afterword by Captain Bil Sanders (USN) one of the foremost experts on EMP. His comment  on how an EMP exploded over the US would create the Compton effect and how it would have “devastating consequences on our country” should be examined and understood.

It was Captain Sanders’ deep understanding of EMPs that made the warning in this book so powerful.

In a moment we’ll share ways to protect against this disaster… that could happen to all of us… suddenly… at any time.

First here are three facts that you should know.

EMP Fact #1: Many countries, including the US have EMP weapons that have nothing to do with a nuclear bomb and are quite small. They essentially put out a high energy very sharp spike of energy – high frequency and very short wavelength, short duration pulse.

However it is the nuclear EMP device that creates the greatest risk.  These are nuclear bombs that DO NOT CREATE DAMAGE FROM THEIR BLAST, HEAT OR NUCLEAR FALLOUT.   Instead the weapons create an electrical wave that fries just about anything with a computer.  A survey of open sources over the past decade finds that knowledge about EMP and EMP attack is evidenced in at least Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan, Sweden, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Iran, North Korea, China and Russia.

Russian and Chinese military scientists in open source writings have shown how to design nuclear weapons that generate an extra powerful EMP effect called Super-EMP that can destroy even the best protected military and civilian electronic facilities.

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EMP Fact #2:  This risk has grown to such an extent that America’s electrical grid is so vulnerable to terrorist attack that the Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson is pushing a bill to give the energy commission broad authority for “true emergency situations.”

This is explained in a recent USA Today article entitled “Electrical grid vulnerable to terrorist attack”  by Thomas Frank.  Here are excerpts from that article: It sounds like a science-fiction disaster: A nuclear weapon is detonated miles above the Earth’s atmosphere and knocks out power from New York City to Chicago for weeks, maybe months.

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This graphic is from the USA Today article linked below.

Experts and lawmakers are increasingly warning that terrorists or enemy states could wage that exact type of attack, idling electricity grids and disrupting everything from communications networks to military defenses.

An expert panel that Congress created to study such an attack says it would halt banking, transportation, food, water and emergency services and “might result in defeat of our military forces.”

“The consequences would be catastrophic,” said Joseph McClelland, director of the energy commission’s Office of Electric Reliability. Full recovery could take up to 10 years, he said.

The scenario involves a phenomenon called an “electromagnetic pulse,” or EMP, which is essentially a huge energy wave strong enough to knock out systems that control electricity flow across the country.

The immediate effect would resemble a blackout. Although blackouts can be restored quickly, an EMP could damage or destroy power systems, leaving them inoperable for months or longer.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is pushing a bill to give the energy commission broad authority.

At a committee hearing in July, Steve Naumann of energy giant Exelon said the authority should be limited to “true emergency situations.”

The commission studying the threat says the U.S. is ill-prepared to prevent or recover from an EMP, a vulnerability could invite an attack.

“We are not well-protected at all,” said Michael Frankel, who was executive director of the commission.

EMP Fact #3:  If an EMP event takes place, the Western World could quickly run out of food. Here is an excerpt of a transcript of a speech given by Professor Sir John Beddington, chief scientific adviser to the British government, at the GovNet SDUK09 event.  This has become know as “The Perfect Storm” speech.

I spoke here last year at about the same time about the issue of the food crisis and the burgeoning increases in food prices that were being driven by population growth, use of biofuels and so on.

The first problem here is that we really have a major issue. This graph takes a little bit of explanation; it is the ratio of our reserves to our consumption. What it is showing is that last year is the lowest level of reserves that we have had as a proportion of our consumption in years, since 1970 and actually since records were taken of this sort.

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That means that we’ve got somewhere like reserves of around 14% of our consumption, that implies, give or take, 38 or 39 days of food reserves if we don’t grow any more.

As you can see, it’s the lowest level that we’ve actually had.  Is that a problem?  Well the answer is yes it is going to be a problem.  We saw the food spike last year; prices going up by something in the order of 300%, rice went up by 400%, we saw food riots, we saw major issues for the poorest in the world, in the sense that the organisations like the World Food Programme did not have sufficient money to buy food on the open market and actually use it to feed the poorest of the poor.

But this is England, not North America.  Right?

Beddingdon’s note shows that North America might not be able to rely on Europe for much food assistance and…

America’s food reserves are even worse as explained in this excerpt from last year’s article “The US has no grain reserves” published in the Tri State Observer, Milford, PA. The excerpt says:  Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has raised concerns over the issue of U.S. grain reserves after it was announced that the sale of 18.37 million bushels of wheat from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.

“According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are only 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be only 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack. “Our concern is not that we are using the remainder of our strategic grain reserves for humanitarian relief. AAM fully supports the action and all humanitarian food relief.

Our concern is that the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve. The only thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make 1⁄2 of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.” (MY BOLD)

The CCC is a federal government-owned and operated entity that was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCC is also supposed to maintain balanced and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.

“This lack of emergency preparedness is the fault of the 1996 farm bill which eliminated the government’s grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR),” explained Matlack.

This is backed up by a Scienceblog article that says: “The US Government Has Zero Grain Reserves.”

In 1996, the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (“Freedom to Farm Act”) called for elimination of government stockpiles of grain.  I’m sure someone thought it made sense, at the time.

Now, the United States government has no reserves of butter, cheese, dry milk, barley, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, rice, sugar, honey, peanuts, canola seed, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower seed, sunflower seed, peas, lentils, chickpeas, and cotton.  [Source: US Farm Service Agency, Current CCC Inventory (PDF file)]

The book, “One Second After”, clearly and very dramatically (but I am not sure how accurately) drives home the point that unless a person takes a unique financial stance that his finances, and maybe even his or her life, could be wiped out.   Many military and scientific studies support this monumental economic, social and life threatening risk.

Yet you do not have to ruined by EMP.  You may even find that this potential weapon will create extra ordinary wealth that a few investors will share.  Here is how and why.

First, there is no proof that an EMP event as described above would create quite the havoc mentioned above.

Here is how one scientist whom I have known for years and trust completely, explains this.

“I’m not sure how large an effect the nuclear device would have above the atmosphere — the pulse might dissipate somewhat along the earth’s electromagnetic field.  It would probably take out a lot of communications and military satellites.

“Electronic devices that are not attached to any power source and that do not have an antenna when the EMP pulse hits could survive – even better with some shielding material.”

EMPs could be the driving force for the next investing era.

Just like the nuclear threat in the Cold War…  an EMP attack may never happen.   Yet because it could… the perception of risk… has created a huge rush by many governments to develop new weapons and forms of protection… just as during the Cold War.

This site and our multi currency site have repeated many times how stock market bulls and bears are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.

These cycles are intricately connected with the new waves of productivity that grow from the great human platform of combat. The cycle goes like this.

An economic downturn enhances a war or threat of war. Struggles for survival in the war (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War (WWIII), super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.

Each new invention helped win a war.  Shifting the technology to domestic use… after the war… created a boom.

Each boom leads to excess.

Each excess led to a correction.  The correction creates an economic downturn.

The economic downturn enhances a war or threat of war.

Here we are… in the correction again… at the correct time when we should expect that another war (or threat of war such as the Cold War) should begin to build!   This latest downturn started almost exactly (1998), 16 years after the last boom began (1982)…which began after the last great human struggle called the Cold War.

If the cycle repeats, the struggle should build now due to the poor economy.

The key for spotting the greatest investment opportunities is to spot the next big invention… the technology that will spin out of WWIV.

The key is that a problem must have such severe consequences (such as losing the war and being destroyed) that all stops… all logics of return on investment are ignored.  Technology and research are pushed full steam ahead regardless of cost. The threat must be real and serious… like EMP.

There are seven steps you can take to assure that you are not destroyed by an EMP.

#1:  Move well away from the USA…. to an agriculturally based country.  This is one reason Merri and I have been active in Ecuador for nearly 15 years.

#2: Move to Small Town USA.  Our sites have been looking at the benefits of this for years and why we live on agricultural property.

#3:  Create your own source of food.

#4: Create a local source of hardened energy and communications.  This is one reason our newest real estate purchase is also agricultural property and already has a HAM radio tower installed.

#5: Keep some gold and or silver on hand.

#6: Know how to take care of your own health.

#7:  Hold some assets outside of North America.

Merri and I have already taken six of these seven steps… and are well on our way to completing the seventh step.  From this we learned one really important point.

You should not suffer in the process of  gaining this protection either.

Merri and I did not move to the country… buy our Blue Ridge farm… set up our own food supply… start our garden… buy agricultural land in Florida… get a ham radio tower… buy gold and silver… organize assets out of the US and become involved in taking care of our own health naturally because we were worried about EMPs.  We did so because we wanted to.

Chances are that an EMP attack will NOT take place.  During the Cold War nuclear bomb shelters were not required!

Yet can we take a chance?  Ignoring this risk and with no action is not the answer either.

Instead let’s share ways and lifestyle alterations that protect as they provide joy, satisfaction, better health and enhanced wealth.

You may not be able to (or want) to move your home abroad or to a rural area.   Yet gardening, even in urban areas,  can be healthy and fun.  Holding some precious metals is probably a good investment anyway.  We should be taking care of our health even when their is no threat of war.

When it comes to holding assets abroad… our multi currency course can help.

Since mankind began, every generation has endured some great threat or risk.  Yet here we are… still growing!  Only time will tell whether EMP will create havoc or the greatest new wave of wealth we have seen.  Whichever, Merri and I will be here to share the experience with you.

Gary

The greatest asset of all is the ability to earn wherever you live, which brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.

This is why I am giving everyone who enrolls in our North Carolina or Ecuador International Business & Investing seminar in October or November our “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course” (offered at $299) free.

Here are comments from a reader about the way we help:  Thank you for your inspiration and information outlining foreign banking and retirement.  Your comments and suggestions are welcome for planning the steps to evaluate the early stages of living abroad.

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in 2010.   Attend more than one seminar and tour and save even more plus get the three emailed courses free.

Our multi seminar-tour discounts have grown!

See the 2010 winter schedule below.

To Enroll click below.

1 real estate tour  $499 Couple $749

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749
Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito and Andes
Feb  17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Read the entire articles:

Electrical grid vulnerable to terrorist attack

The US has no grain reserves” published in the Tri State Observer, Milford, PA.

International Club 2010


International Club 2010 Membership  $2,999 (Until January 2010)  Enroll here We just added four Salinas Ecuador real estate tours to our 2010 schedule. Mar 28-29. 2010 May 28-29, 2010 Sept 20-21, 2010 Nov 22-23, 2010 This increases the total number of tours and courses we will conduct and sponsor in 2010 to 56 and allows our readers to Enjoy extra savings with a multi tour six pack. Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more These four new south coast tours and this six pack tour price however creates a bit of a crisis here. As you can see above a six pack costs $3,099.  This is already a really low price for a tour that last up to 21 days (under $150 a day). But as you will see below, our International Club membership which allows you and a guest to attend up to 56 courses and tours in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999. Which would you choose… 6 courses and tours for $3,099 or those same 6 courses and tours plus 50 more for $2,999? "Duh," I said when this was pointed out to me. So our only solution is to raise the International Club membership to $3,500… still a terrific deal… but $501 more than before. Save $37,457…plus $501.  I will not raise the International club fee until January 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. International Club 2010 Attend our 56 investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses and tours in 2010 with one small enrollment fee. International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here Economic turmoil today will create more future prosperity then ever before…for those….who accept change and adapt. This is why we bring together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box..in a constructive…thoughtful way. Merri and I are in our 41st year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and quantum lifestyles. The importance of this sharing…by like minded souls…was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said: My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary…………..Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. Thanks to you I am so ready to move to Ecuador and begin a new life. I just have to figure out what I am going to do and how to do it……… I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices. This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year. This why I want to share how you can attend 56 of our investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses, tours in 2010 worth $40,947. 20 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.  The ideas behind this program began 21 years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute! What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man. The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course! When you join our International Club 2010 you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, “Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.” His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships. These courses somehow draw together like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true. In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening. Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending 52 courses that would cost $40,947 if all booked separately. See why and our 2010 schedule below. We started and have continued this program for 20 years because there are wonderful benefits from having repeat delegates at courses. Having repeat delegates makes the whole course somehow more exciting for all. Being a repeat delegate makes it easier to make and keep wealth and to lock in the knowledge you gain. It’s an exciting lifestyle. We have fun, gain adventure, discovery and friendships and share ways to improve our health and wealth! We have more than doubled our courses in 2010… 56 courses and tours, two in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina, three in Central Florida and the balance in Ecuador.  Few club members actually attend every course and tour…  but you can if you desire. If you attend even a few of the courses, you gain considerable savings. For those not interested or unable to visit Ecuador, we have our North Carolina courses in the summer when it is cool here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and don't forget the autumnal beauty in October…. plus in Florida during the winter.  Each US course is attached to an Ecuador tour so you gain information in the US and then travel with others to Ecuador for experience (if you desire). Here are the 56 courses and tours you can attend free. Plus there is even one more savings you will see below. Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights. Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida – International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999 Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito Feb. 17         Travel to Manta Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi Feb  21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Feb. 25         Travel to Cuenca Feb. 26-27   Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999) Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 28-29   South Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) May  13-14     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749) May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) May  28-29    South Coast real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) June 24         Quantum Wealth North Carolina June 25-27    International Investing and Business North Carolina  ( $749 or couple $999) June 28-29   Travel to Ecuador and Manta June 30-Jy 1 Coastal Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) July 3-4          Imbabura Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) July 6-7          Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749) July 9-10        Cuenca Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Sept.   3-6      Ecuador Export Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Sept.   8-9      Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Sept. 11-12     Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Sept. 14-15     Cuenca Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749) Sept. 17-18     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749) Sept 20-21      South Coast Real Estate tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct.    7          Quantum Wealth North Carolina Oct.   8-10     International Investing & Business North Carolina ($749 or couple $999) Oct.   11-12    Travel to Quito and Andes Oct.  13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct.  16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct.  19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct. 22-23     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov.    4-7        Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999) Nov.    8-9       Travel to Quito and Andes Nov. 10-11       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov. 13-14      Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov. 16-17      Quito-Mindo Real Estate  ($499 or couple $749) Nov. 19-20     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov  22-23      South Coast Real Estate Tour (($499 or couple $749) Dec.   3-5       Ecuador Shamanic Mingo  ($499 or couple $749) Dec.   7-8       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Dec.  10-11    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Dec. 13-14     Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Dec. 16-17      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and your guest can attend courses worth $40,947. You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses is shown below. Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights. I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses which are valued at $40,947! International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low? Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart. First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge. Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail. As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service. Though I give all course delegates my very best, I cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for me to point you in the right direction. Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts and gain more wealth. Out associates in Ecuador, are experienced business people who live or work and conduct our real estate and export courses.  They can also act as your local backup for the business. Lifestyle for Two. There is more! I have learned at my courses that many repeat delegates were couples. We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.) Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you! Gary International Club 2010 Membership  $3,500 Enroll here