Gain Value…

 Using Old Thought… in a Modern World!

Here’s how falling behind can move you ahead.

Recently I flew to England for several reasons.  I wanted to be there on October 31 when the UK left the EU.   A message, “Unification Revisited” looked at my visit, 30 years ago, to Germany for unification.  Brexit creates some of the same opportunity in equity markets now.  I wanted to be there for the event.

Of course, that  didn’t happen.

No matter!

I also wanted to be in England for Guy Fawkes night.   Who can’t relate, in these days of political angst, to a guy who tried to blow up the government!

Guy Fawkes was part of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 that was aimed at blowing up the House of Lords.  The plot failed and Fawkes was the unlucky one caught guarding the explosives.  Justice was swift back then.  He was questioned in November and sentenced to be hanged 31st January.  His bad luck continued.  Fawkes fell from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and died from a broken neck.

My daughter’s yard backs up to one of the largest fireworks displays in the country on Guy Fawkes night.  That’s an event worth traveling for.  Regretfully, it rained and like Brexit, that fireworks were cancelled.

So was the trip a failure?

Not a bit.  I also wanted to review the evolution of Halloween in England.  That I did and have a valuable economic observation to share about this below.

But first, most important, the biggest reason for the trip was the time I would have with my children and grandchildren.

That was the best.


A week of 24 hour immersion with the love of family is a soothing balm in our times of turbulent, troubled news.  That settled enjoyment and miles of Cotswold stone walls reminded me of an important lesson in economics that I want to share here with you.

First a note about airline value.

I am a tried and true Delta Airlines fan.  Ever since Delta gave me credit for a quarter million Pan AM frequent flyer miles almost 30 years ago, I have been loyal to Delta.  They fly everywhere I go, Portland Oregon, Quito Ecuador, Tri Cities Tennessee.  I pay most of our business expenses with a Delta Amex Credit Card and get tons of frequent flyer miles and thus most of my travel is cashless.  So why not?

Yet when it comes to London, I fly Norwegian Air instead.  The simple reason is that a refundable and changeable, Orlando – Gatwick first class fare, was around $1,800.  Delta’s equivalent was around $9,500.  Delta’s a great airline… but not that good.

The Norwegian service is not diminished either.  On the flight over the seats were large compartments that folded down into full beds.  I left late afternoon, had a light meal,  folded out the bed, slept like a baby and arrived at Gatwick in time for breakfast, feeling almost no jet lag at all.


My 1st class seat from Orlando to London included all of this compartment

The flight back had the more traditional, older style, large, first class seats.  Since I try not to sleep on the westward return, that was fine as well.

There is one word of caution. Norwegian Air has had financial difficulties, so check ahead to make sure they have remained solvent and get travel insurance in case they go bust.

My trip coincided with research I have been doing on the demographic phenomenon of “Aging in Place”  I came across a reminder of how much modern technology is leaving me behind.  If you are a Boomer this may be true for you as well.

An article at explained that the term “Aging in place” refers to how Baby Boomers, those born from 1946 to 1964  are remaining in their longtime homes, keeping their jobs, and long time habits including “media usage, shopping behavior and positions in the workforce.

The article said: Are boomers a digital cohort?

Up to a point. But many are aging in place with Web 1.0.  About eight in 10 are internet users, but only half use social media — and those who do mostly stick with Facebook. Nearly two-thirds have a smartphone, but they make limited use of its capabilities. Traditional TV still accounts for an outsized proportion of their media mix.

Have they gone digital as shoppers?

Somewhat. About six in 10 baby boomers are digital buyers, vs. much higher proportions of Gen Xers and Millennials. They’re less apt to use smartphones as shopping tools, sticking more with home computers. Newer technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) generate little interest as shopping aids. And privacy fears constrain digital usage for transacting purchases.

How about aging in place in their homes — is that really the norm?

About three-quarters of younger boomers and eight in 10 older boomers own their homes. A majority do want to stay put, and they’re driving the market for home remodeling. Still, significant numbers of boomers do move, some as “baby chasers” relocating close to grandchildren.

Those traits described me to a T and I realized how fast new technology is leaving me and so many boomers behind.

Fortunately thoughts that evolved on the trip to England helped me think of ways to use old thought in a modern world.

Cotsold walls reminded me of an important lesson about old thoughts in economics that I want to share here with you.


There are thousands of miles of Cotswold stone walls to negotiate while riding through Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol (where my kids live).  There’s a lesson in this.  Some of these walls have stood a thousand years or longer, yet they still work just as well as they did a millennia ago.

That message is clear…  as modern times evolve, look for old technology that can still be useful!

Halloween gave me another reminder of how to use modern tech to turn old, proven ideas into opportunity.

When I first moved to the Cotswolds in the 1970s, I wanted to make my English family a pumpkin pie.  The idea of pumpkin pie was (and remains) an oddity in Europe and the UK.  I went to the nearest town (Stroud) to buy pumpkin.  There was no such thing around and I had to settle on baking a sweet potato pie.

Today there is no shortage of pumpkins as this photo of our youngest granddaughter Izzy shows.


On this trip, I could not find canned pumpkin at the local CoOp in Cheltenham, though I was assured that there had been some there in the American section.   Fresh pumpkin was available and we baked up a huge pie.

But it was the English Halloween festivities that really drove the “old ideas in a new world” thought home.

When I first arrived in London (again in the 1970s), I was determined to take my children “Trick or Treating”.  We costumed the children up and started door to door.   Not one Londoner knew anything about Halloween then.   I had to explain at each door  what the tradition was all about. The neighbors were kind, and scurried around looking for some treat to offer the lids, often offering money… but overall that first Halloween was a flop.


Kids in Bristol England this Halloween.

Halloween is now one of the biggest festivals on the UK calendar.

Bonfire Night, the effigy-burning festival marking Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament used to be the big autumnal celebration.  This event has been eclipsed by Trick or Treat with estimates that Britons spend over £400m ($500m) on Halloween.

Here’s the lesson.

Life is changing at an ever faster pace.  We cannot keep up with everything.  That would be exhausting.

Look for ways to match technology with old ways we know, whether it be new ways to rebuild old walls or use technology to bring old ways to new places.  (If  had just become an exporter of Halloween stuff to the UK in the 1970s, a fortune could have been made.)

We can take advantage of what we know.  As younger generations gain new ways to live, they cannot understand or keep up with the old ways!  We know some good stuff that can help make their lives better!

Instead of worrying about how much of the new stuff we are missing, focus on how much of the old stuff the new generations don’t have.  In this thinking there is fun and fortune, plus great comfort and the comfort of sticking with what’s been a fabric in our lives for so many years.


Live Better and Be Free – 5 Global Earning Experiences

Here are 5 global income experiences and 7 business secrets that can help you live well and free anywhere despite the pandemic.

I began my international business over 50 years ago and have been creating and running international micro businesses since.

During that time my wife, Merri, and I have been able to live, work and earn all over the world… literally anywhere we wanted because of seven secrets we gained which we share here with you.  We have been blessed with global earning experiences that helped us make millions… but were also fun, such as with British Lordships.

See how this one micro business helped us rub elbows with British Royalty.


One of Merri’s businesses that worked with British Royalty was featured in Doonesbury.

Global Earning Experience #1:  Lepers.  Our micro businesses have been fulfilling.  Merri started her international business in her 20s (long before she knew me) importing Italian clocks to the USA.  This earned so much ($80,000 in the first year) that she created other micro businesses helping orphans in the Yucatan and Haitian lepers (at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital) produce crafts she sold for them in the USA.

Excellent income ($80,000 in the 1970s was a lot of cash)…  incredible contacts… working with Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who created the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti… and enormous satisfaction.  Merri still cries over 40 years later when she tries to speak of the gratitude of the lepers and her time and life in Haiti.

Plus she gained lessons that allowed her to live and earn… in many places and many ways.

Then we got together.

Global Earning Experience #2:  Lords.  Another of Merri’s ideas (in the mid 1980s) was to broker British titles to wealthy Americans.  We made a ton from that… even gained 15 minutes of fame when Gary Trudeau learned about this business and immortalized it by having B.D. Zonker buy a title!

What fun… profitable, plus stimulating, meeting and working with the Blue Bloods of Britain… visiting their castles… invited to their events and affairs.

Before I get ahead of myself, may I ask you a question?


Would you enjoy living in two or even more places wherever and whenever you choose?  Would you be happier with more freedom, lack of debt, and a life of riches, adventure and fulfillment?  Would you be glad to feel confident that you can discover interesting and fun business ideas again and again that not only bring in extra income but also help the poor and improve the environment?

If so then read on… because… Merri and I have led that lifestyle for decades and can show you how to live it too.

The key is to earn from home offices.   They are part of a micro business secret and you’ll see why have two home offices (and using two cars in business) can save thousands in taxes.

You can also enjoy such a lifestyle because after years of search, I found business secrets that you can use and enjoy.


Waterfall at our North Carolina Farm.  See enjoyable benefits of a micro business in water.

Global Earning Experience #3: Hospitality.  Here’s a hotel we owned and operated in Ecuador.  Once we sold this we joined the sharing economy and began offering rentals in our North Carolina cabins through AIRBNB and houses in Florida.  We became designated super hosts within months and added thousands of extra dollars to our income every month.

Caring is just one example of how to live anywhere and earn, especially now that the pandemic will change how people vacation.


Having a variety of places to live is part of one of the secrets on how to earn more, have a better life with more fun, adventure and greater freedom.

Global Earning Experience #4:  Import-Export.   Here I am at our Florida house showing clients how to import.


I was wearing a hand tailored, made to order, high quality wool suit from Ecuador that could be imported into the US for as little as $135 .  Plus that Panama hat was made in Ecuador.  This is odd but true, all genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador.  We imported Ecuador roses year round as well, all from one of our tax deductible US home office.


The secrets we’ll share below are not about how to buy suits or flowers though.   The secrets show ways to make money (while helping others) marketing products and services wherever you are and much more…. globally.

Global Earning Experience #5:  Green Produce.   We have an orange grove and lake at our Florida home and


are among the first to test new organic ways to make citrus farming better for the environment and the consumer.  In North Carolina we cultivate Wild American Ginseng as well as aquafarm.

These are just a few of the business experiences that can help you have the freedom to earn globally.  They are shared in our emailed correspondence course that you can now have FREE.

The course teaches a system based on seven secrets so powerful that it creates money for you regardless of where you are:  in town, out of the country, traveling or even in places as remote as we live.

These secrets have worked for us in real estate… titles… tours… agriculture… clothing… hospitality… alternative health…  spirituality… printing… publishing and art businesses for Merri and me all over the world.

Merri and I have created a special program we call “Live Well and Free Anywhere” that makes it possible for you to enjoy extra income doing something you love.  You can gain full or part time and enjoy excellent profits as you have fun and do something good in the world.

My search stumbled on the fact that most millionaires make their money in business.  This discovery led to a study of rich businesses, ones that generate everlasting wealth.  Here are three of seven secrets we share in our program that we learned and have used in our  micro businesses:

Secret #1: They must enjoy the multiple effect.  A product once created must produce profits again and again, almost on a never-ending basis.  Each investment made needs to make huge returns.

Secret #2: They need to be greater than their owner’s time.  They must produce income even when the owner doesn’t put in day-to-day effort. You may already be wealthy or earning a high income.  You may not even need another business or extra income, but some day you might.  One surgeon explained it this way.  “I am making a fortune because peoples’ lives are in my hands.  Once my hands are no longer steady, my income stops.   My entire financial well being will then be in someone else’s hands!”

Secret #3: These money making systems should be enjoyable and fun.  Sadly most people make money for the sake of making money.  Many spend their lives working, just to have a few precious hours having fun.  The most important fact about making and keeping wealth is that those who were richest absolutely love what they were doing.  Money is of secondary importance to their effort.  And as things are, this means they actually ended up making more money.

These secrets created a fantastic way to make money with my own international micro business doing what I love!

You too can have everlasting wealth by turning your passion into profit.

You too can have the freedom to do what you love from any place you like, even operating (actually preferably) from your bedroom, dining room or den if you wish.

What do you love? Rare cars?  You can make a fortune creating a business around them.  Do you prefer fine art? Or do you love beautiful jewelry, coins, gems, real estate, furs, model railways, dolls, scientific equipment, war memorabilia, old and rare books, or whatever?  Do you prefer social subjects rather than objects?

Are you concerned with the environment or humanitarian problems, with crimes, war or poverty?  Would you like to help wipe these social problems out in the course of your business?

Are you a golfer? Do you love to travel? Why not make all kinds of money in a global business related to golf?

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place, help people get along better together?  You can do something good for the world, increase your income and live wherever you please in the process!

Whatever your passion you can learn how to earn by creating a micro business based on it.

Take fishing, for example.

I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle work on a small scale.  We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them at a local butcher shoppe for a modest profit.   This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, puts some great trout dinners on our table and is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor.  I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.

Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.

gary scott

Millions of people love fishing but don’t have a pond.  This does not mean they cannot be involved in fishing.  Here are just a few of many ways that others have profitably matched this passion with profit.

Two of my friends, John and Lou, grew up near me in the Oregon mountains.  They were outdoor adventure types and moved to Canada, where they homesteaded 1,200 acres on a trout-filled lake in mid British Columbia.  They built a fishing camp that attracts fisherman from around the world.

Duncan Kinderman on the other hand loved fishing and castles.  He bought a castle on the River Tay, a great Scottish salmon river, and offered time shares for fisherman from Britain, Europe and the US.

Another entrepreneur I know was from Montana.  His skills were in marketing so he sold fishing trips for fishing camps.  He attended rod and gun exhibitions, met owners of these camps and arranged to sell their fishing trips to the US, Argentina and even in Russia to fisherman around the world.

Ralph Kylloe on the other hand loved fishing and photography so he created the book, “Fishing Camps”, which was published by Gibbs Smith publisher. This allowed Ralph to travel across the country enjoying fishing camps as he photographed and wrote.

Steve Ambrose, another friend of ours, had family commitments at home so he set up a bass fishing business in Florida that served Americans, Germans, Canadian, Dutch and Belgians.  Later as his children grew, he used his client base to arrange fishing trips in Argentina.

Each of these people had provincial backgrounds and differed in age, situation and skills.  Their common link, the love of fishing, led each to a global micro business.  Each was able to blend a unique nature and set of skills to develop a global business that surrounded them with fun, like minded fishing souls.

There is such an abundance of opportunity that Merri and I have created this program to help you have your own micro business that can be managed almost anywhere.  This program is unique because Merri and I are unique.  We started our global business together.  Since we’re almost recluses, we decided to do the whole business by ourselves… thus we create micro businesses that do not require large staffs.

We began working at home.  Today, though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home on our remote farms and employ only a few people to help.

You’ll learn how to turn advertising dollars into a fortune.  You’ll learn how to create your own ads and when to use the internet… search engines… pay per click… classifieds, space ads, direct mail or word of mouth… even flea markets and roadside stands in some cases.

See how to build a PR list and social business network on the World Wide Web to gain thousands of dollars in free publicity.  I even share my most secret results on my marketing so you will know why sometimes you sell more units of a product at $49 instead of $29.

Learn how one couple used ads about retirement to supplement their retirement income and received free trips all over the world.

Learn how we have made money over the Internet (specific details, specific experiences, hard earned knowledge over the last 13 years!)  With an inexpensive computer you can easily run a business from home and still have tons of time left over – even if you are computer challenged.  Merri and I have certainly proven this.  We were one of the first to run a successful website and still rank high today even with millions of competitors.  The secrets in the course include a step-by-step approach.

Merri and I with our webmaster, David Cross, were leaders in beginning internet micros businesses and have sold millions over the web.  You gain ways to earn global income over the net from that experience as well.

Business people or professionals who want to add an extra profit center to their business or who want to change their business entirely will benefit.  Those who want more control over their career can profit.  Plus those who love global travel and want to turn their trips into profitable tax deductions!

Even older entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology.  One of our friends and clients, Mickey E., was a 72 year old real estate broker, when she began a small global business.  With just a computer and internet, she created publications that attracted English real estate buyers.  This allowed her to become a top sales person in the biggest real estate firm (selling over a billion dollars of real estate a year) in town.  She later used the tactics she learned to move to Ecuador (in here late 70s) and start a micro business there.

This course is also for couples who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.

This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through an International Business.

To order the entire “Live Well and Be Free Anywhere” program normally costs $299.

The course is so complete Merri and I extend our “no fooling around-complete satisfaction guarantee”.

If you are not fully satisfied in any way,  just tell us within 60 days and we’ll send you a 100% full refund with no questions asked.

Normally to order our entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program would cost $299.

Right now you can get this program FREE.