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Brain Stuffing

Volume I

“Everything you ever wanted to know
about stuff you didn’t even know
you wanted to know about, but wow!
now that you know all this great stuff
your days are calmer, your sense of humor
has gone wild, you love your fellow-person,
and you find yourself sleeping better!”


William E. Blake

Blake Publishing
© Copyright 2006-2007


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Welcome to “Brainstuffing”

Pack up your cares and troubles my friends for today we embark on a
journey of discovery and sharing to entertain both the left and right side
of our brains.
This will be our place to share all sorts of interesting and helpful food for
thought to stimulate and fuel our brains. Your mind craves a constant
flow of knowledge – learning new things energizes it.
The problem is that we are so busy exercising all our other muscles and
organs that we fail to care for our most precious gift – our brain.

I think it was Einstein that once said, “the body was designed to carry
around the brain”.
And for those of you that need to make it sound more exciting, don’t
forget that the brain is your biggest sexual organ.

Our goal is to share as much useful “How-To” and fun information for the
whole family. Maybe we can offer some form of help or stress-relief in
your daily routines at home and at work. We will try to include a serving
of humor, tender words, and a variety of helpful ideas to keep your brain,
your spirit, and your soul charged with energy – hope – inspiration – wit
and kindness…

Let us not allow our age, race, gender, marital status, physical or
emotional condition get in the way of learning and sharing some
wonderful thought or idea that may help others or even one solitary soul
during our journey (or adventure as I like to call it) through this life we
have been blessed with.

“May we all enjoy good health, a calm spirit,
and a safe journey”

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Take Hold of Every Moment
A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk
paper wrapped package. "This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package." He
unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

"She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has
never put it on. Was saving it for a special occasion.
Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the
other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died. He
turned to me and said, "Never save something for a special occasion. Every
day in your life is a special occasion".

I still think those words changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less. I sit on the porch without worrying about
anything. I spend more time with my family, and less at work.
I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not
survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses every day. I'll
wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.
I don't save my special perfume for special occasions; I use it whenever I
want to. The words "Someday..." and "One Day..." are fading away from my
dictionary. If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it
now. I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she
wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might
have called her relatives and closest friends.

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She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think
she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small things that I
would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.
I would regret it; because I would no longer see the friends I would meet,
letters... letters that I wanted to write "One of these days".
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brothers and sons, not
times enough at least, how much I love them.

Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter
and joy into our lives. On each morning, I say to myself that this could be a
special day. Each day, each hour, each minute, is special. If you were to
get this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's
someone you care about.
Author Unknown – Something to Share!

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When you see “Mr Gotcha” – it is your
“chuckle break” cus life can be taken too serious,
so give yourself a moment to tickle your sense of humor!

Baxter The Cat Says a Few Words

Brain Facts-
Love Secrets for Men –
How To Write A Winning Resume, Ace the Interview, and Get The Job!
110 Ways to Earn Money –
A Good Nights Sleep-
Roommates – “How to find the good ones and how to live with them”
Child Safety Tips For Parents –

Travel Packing Tips –

Practical Tips For Fighting Inflation – “Saving Money”

Family & Property Safety –
A Bit of Tender Inspiration –

Work Stress Busters –

Organize Your Household-
Dating Tips / Relationships - Yes, for both gals and guys!
Insiders Guide to Successful Yard / Boot Sales –

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The Bully Book – Free eBook shows how kids can deal with Bullies -
How To Receive a First-Class Job Evaluation & Maybe a Promotion –
Secrets to Living Longer and Being Happier –

How-Who-Which-What-When-Where-Why? Quiz!

Never be late again! (Or so forgetful)

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Damn! Now wasn’t I cute at
3- 3-months old!

Okay, get over it! Yes, I’m a cat and I am
talking. Not my problem you humans don’t understand our feline language. If ya did
– wow the things we could tell you that are going on when you are not around.

My master – Ha! More like MY slave Bill is writing this great book filled with all kinds
of helpful and interesting information. I have to warn you, he is a sensitive kinda guy
so be gentle with your comments about his book. After all, his heart is in the right
place – he does love to please and help people.

Speaking of pleasing, boy have I got him wrapped around my paw. He just can’t do
enough to keep me happy. Amazing what some rubs, purr’s, and looking cute when I
play and nap will do.

Let me first dispel (cool word-huh?)
myths about Men and Cats:

Real Men are not threatened by their cats; on the contrary, they respect them and
admire them for being secure within their own feline personas. Although cats are
sometimes looked upon as a traditional pet for women, it is a known fact that real men
do love cats. Bill and his wife Evelyn get along just fine with me in the house just as
long as they remember I’m a control-freak! And like them I have to have things my
I just have to tell you folks that cats and dogs give you humans something that people
can very rarely do – and that is to give you “Unconditional Love”. So please remember
to take good care and love your pets because they are special.

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Did you know that holding and petting a dog or cat, especially a puppy or kitten,
reduces stress and lowers your heart rate?
Now how’s that for alternative medicine? Oh I know, we can get a little crazy at times
scratching, chewing, messing, driving you nuts but it’s no different than what those
little kids get to do around the house – so there!
Do us all a favor - please only have pets for the right reasons and not just cus we is cute
when little and your darling Johnny or Sissy wants one. We have needs too! Take us to
the vet for our check-up and shots. Feed us properly, fresh water, treats, toys, etc…
Sorry, I can’t talk about that other thing called neuter or spay – I am still in therapy
about that one and trying to forgive Bill – but it is the best thing to do to prevent all the
unwanted cats and dogs in the world!

IN CATCLUSION: (I made that one up)
Now, about this book. Bits and pieces of it will be helpful to some and not others. Just
browse all the subjects – you never know when you might learn something new. Use
what you can and feel free to share with your friends.
I did help Bill with this book - Okay, So I knocked his mouse on the floor a few times
and walked across the keyboard when he wasn’t looking. I thought PC stood for
“pussy-cat”, but it helped distract him when he had writers-block anyway.
Bill and I sincerely hope you find this book in some small way helpful to you and your
family as well as maybe bring a warm smile or even a good ole belly-laugh to your life.

Enjoy life and learn to Purr from the heart!

(Translated: hey didn’t ya see me here? and a whole bunch of other cat stuff)
Love, Baxter the Cat


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The brain is involved in everything you do. How you think, how
you feel, how you act, and even how you interact with others.

Your brain even affects the kind of person you are, including
the kind of parent, child, sibling, friend, student and employee
you are.

When your brain works right, you can work right; and when your brain doesn’t work
right it is very hard for you to be your best.

The Brain Is The Most Complex Organ
In The Human Body

• About 3 pounds (or 2% of body weight)
• Consumes about 20-30% of the body’s energy (this means it uses about 20-
30% of the calories you eat). If you want to lose weight you have to think
• There are about 100 billion neurons in the brain
• Each neuron or nerve cell is connected to other nerve cells in the brain, by
sometimes hundreds or even thousands of connections, called dendrites.
(draw a typical nerve cell)
• It is estimated that there are over 1,000,000,000,000,000 connections in
brain, more connections than there are stars in universe
• The brain is more complicated than any computer we can imagine. The
world’s most sophisticated computer is currently only as complicated as a
rat’s brain.

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WOW ! Who would of guessed it was so complex?

Now when we have a bad day or make a
silly decision we can just blame it on a
neurotic neuron, or a dead dendrite,
or a disconnected connection!

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Love Secrets for Men

What do Greeting Cards, Flowers,
Bubble baths, sharing, caring, and kind words
all have in common?

These are some of the key ingredients for keeping the romance in your
relationship and the love of your life – in your life!

• Never – never stop telling her you love her. No matter how long you have
been together, it is important for a woman to hear this from her partner in life.

• Let her know on a regular basis that you do not take her or us for granted. Be
thankful and very grateful for what you have with each other as something

• Buy a love-fun-sexy kind of a card for no reason at all and give one to her
with a few of your own kind words at least once every few months.

• Remember to be affectionate – Keep the Hugs and Kisses passionate!

• Share back and bodies massages – with oils or try baking soda for a real silky
soft sexy surprise.

• Keep Humor and wit a part of your everyday life! A sense of humor – making
her laugh can be very addictive.

• Remind her that you are there for her no matter what. Things like your
“support”; “patience”, “flexibility”, and ability to “compromise” are all key
communication between two partners.

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BONUS “I find You Irresistible” POINTS:

1) Give her a foot massage after a long day – use just the right pressure so it
does not tickle, it can be very effective on the whole tired body.

2) Surprise her with an offer to shampoo her hair – the massage, warm water,
your hands, are all very relaxing and a man can enjoy this too!

3) Bring her breakfast in bed as a surprise now and then.

4) Surprise her with a candlelight bubble bath and soft music just for her
alone to soak away the cares and stress of work and/or mother-hood.

5) Find a comfortable place or go to the park, by the pond, on a blanket – and
read from a book to her – something she enjoys even if it is poetry.

6) Hold her hand when out for walks and in public – this lets her know that
you are proud to be seen with her.

7) Bring home flowers or even one rose every now and then for no reason but
just at random to express your love.

8) Prepare a romantic candlelight dinner to surprise her with. Know what her
favorite foods are and plan ahead to do a good job both with the cooking and
the “presentation”.

A woman can tell when you are sincere and doing something for her
from the heart – so be an honest romantic and listen to your own heart
and feelings so that it shows!

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in
looking together in the same direction."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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(And ace the Interview and get the Job!)

Many people would love to get a better job. And most of
these same people have the proper training and skills to
achieve this goal. Unfortunately, so many job hunters
have very poor
communication skills. They are unable to clearly tell
potential employers about their
job qualifications. In short, they do not
have good job seeking skills. In many cases, this
prevents them from getting a high paying job
that they could easily do. Often,
the job will go to someone who is less skilled but who has written an eye-catching

Often, job seekers have a few mistaken opinions about
potential employers. They believe that employers are able to
easily separate the qualified job applicants from the less
qualified applicants. But this is likely not true. Sometimes
there are from 30 to 300 resumes for the same job. So the
interviewer first does a fast screening of all the resumes to
eliminate as many as possible. The “good” resumes usually make it
through the screening process. Many times the best job candidate
is screened out due to a poor resume.

In today’s business world there is often many qualified
applicants applying for the same job. What if, out of all of
those who apply, one job seeker turns in a skillful resume? Who
do you think stands the best chance of getting the job? It’s the
one with the “best” resume, of course. This is so often true even
through some of the other applicants may be better qualified for
the job.
In order to get a good job you must communicate to the
employer that you are ready, willing, and able to do the job. So
if you are capable of producing a top notch job resume, you

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definitely increase your chances of getting a better job.
Virtually every potential employer will want to see a resume
from you. The resume will determine who gets a job interview.
Your resume is a mini-statement about yourself. After reading
your resume the employer should have a better “feel” for you as a
person and as a potential employer. It serves to get acquainted
with the employer so that they can decide if they want to know
more about you.

The resume is the first step, your introduction to an
employer. First impressions really do count. If you make a poor
first impression, you’ll never get to step two – the job

To the purpose of your resume is to make a good first impression.
In effect, your resume should tell the employer that you have
good abilities and are truly interested in working. This report
will help you make that good first impression. And it could very
well help you to get the better job you’re looking for.


All good resumes follow the same general basic guidelines. While
there is some flexibility in these guidelines, you don’t want to
stray too far from them. You want a resume that is bold,
exciting, and enticing. But not too much so. You also want a
resume that is somewhat conservative. In other words, it must be
bold. Not flashy. You must show that you have confidence in your
abilities, but not sound like a braggart. You must sound eager to
do the job, but not desperate. So there is a fine line that you
must walk in order to produce the best possible resume.

You want to use intelligent language. However, you don’t
want to try and impress the employer with long, flowery, or
uncommon words or phrases. Use everyday language whenever
possible. Of course, if you are applying for a highly technical
position, it’s acceptable to use some of the special terms used
in that particular profession. But as a rule you should keep it
simple and straight to the point.

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The word resume comes from the French word “resumer” which
means to summarize. So the exact purpose of a resume is to
summarize your experience, knowledge, and accomplishments.
Therefore, you must avoid being too wordy. Say exactly what you
mean in the least number of words possible.

The length of your resume is important. Resumes should be
from 1 to 3 pages long. Don’t be tempted to make your resume
longer than 3 pages, even if you have a lot to tell. Remember, a
resume is supposed to be a summary. A resume that is too long
simply will bore the reader. There will be so much material that
nothing will stand out and be remembered.


The overall appearance of your resume is also important. A
sloppy looking resume will greatly lessen your chance of getting
a job interview. The first thing that an employer, or personnel
manager, evaluating your resume will notice is it’s appearance.
There are several different things that can be easily done to
increase the overall appearance of your resume.

The first of these appearance factors is the paper that your
resume is printed on. There are many different kinds of paper
other than regular typing paper. You could make an improvement by
using a colored paper. I suggest a subdued color like brown, off-
white, or gray.

Next, you could use a better grade of paper. Go to a local
office supply store and examine the different types of writing
paper. You’ll notice some big differences. Pick out a nice
looking, more expensive grade of paper for your resume.

The next thing to consider is the quality of the material
that is typed onto the resume. Never use a low quality typewriter
to type your resume. If necessary, rent a good quality

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Or, just use a Computer with word processing
software, which allows you to have many layout and printing options!
It’s very important that you make sure the writing on your resume
looks good. This means clean, crisp, and sharp looking letters.

Another good way to produce a top looking resume is by
having it typeset. If your resume was produced using a computer
and saved on a disk, you can hire a commercial typesetter who can
use this file. Or, you can locate another computer user who owns
a laser printer. Laser printers can produce a good grade of
typeset documents. The other alternative is to find a local word
processing service that can typeset your resume for you.

You can use the typeset master copy of your resume to make
more copies. But be certain that you use a top notch copying
machine. Otherwise, you’ll still end up with poor looking
resumes. Another alternative is to have the typesetter produce as
many original copies as you need to ensure that they all look

A third aspect of your résumé’s appearance is more
subjective. It takes into account such things as the letter
spacing, how each section is arranged, and it’s overall
appearance. Some resumes simply look better because of the way
they have been designed. At the end of this report, you’ll see an
example of a properly prepared resume.

Never overcrowd the resume. Leave some “white space” so that
important points can appear to pop out. Never submit a resume
with handwritten corrections. You can highlight sections of a
resume by using a different typeface or size or by using
“bullets.” If possible, use larger letters for the headings used
in the separate sections of the resume.

Never try to be too fancy by using wild colors, cute
graphics, and so forth. Don’t be overly creative. A simple,
straightforward, factual resume will do nicely. Make it stand
out, but stay conservative.

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Another phase of your résumé’s appearance is its accuracy.
Make sure there are no misspelled words! Mistakes will create the
wrong image.

Make sure that the punctuation is correct. And make sure
that all of your columns line up. See that all of your facts are
correct. Don’t say you attended 3 years of college, but only show
two years worth of grades. Potential employers will note all
inaccuracies and wonder why they appear in your resume.


There is a variety of personal data that may be somewhat
controversial if included in your resume. In the past it was
acceptable to include all kinds of personal data, but times and
laws have changed. Affirmative Action laws have made it illegal
to discriminate based on such things as age, sex, marital status,
race, religion, and so forth. Therefore, most experts recommend
against placing this kind of personal data into your resume.

Your salary requirements should not be listed in the resume,
if you can avoid it. The reason is that if you put too low of a
salary, you might be paid less than the real value of the job.

If you put down a figure that’s too high, you may not get considered
for the job. If an employer likes you, it may be possible to
negotiate a higher salary during the interview stage.

Another thing that your resume doesn’t need is your
photograph. Potential employers can decide if they are interested
in you after reading your resume. They can see what you look like
during the interview.


There are several styles of resumes along with numerous
variations. Your experience and the kind of job you are applying
for will help to determine the style of resume you use.

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The two basic styles are: Chronological Resumes and Functional Skills
Resumes. Some of the variations include the main themes of
business, academic, general, student, standard, professional, or

A Chronological Resume lists work experience in reverse
chronological order (the most recent experience first). It
includes some descriptive text about each position, usually
described in about one paragraph.

This type of resume offers several advantages: it is widely
accepted, they are easy to read, and they show a clear pattern of
your development.

The disadvantages include:
it does not highlight your major accomplishment(s), nor do they effectively
show your other skills.

Functional Skills Resumes highlight your skills and
accomplishments rather than providing a chronological record of
your job history. Your accomplishments and skills are listed at
the beginning. Your job history is listed at the end of the

This type of resume allows you to call attention to your
achievements. The major disadvantage is that employers may find
it difficult to follow your work experience.

Many people discover that a combination of these two kinds
of resumes is the best way to go. You may want to try several
different types of combinations before settling upon a final

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Some specific topics that your resume should cover are:

(1)Job Objective – lets the employer know that you are
interested in a specific type of work. This can be done in 2 or 3

Example: work in an analytical chemistry laboratory that
focuses on environmental samples. Oversee and coordinate the
activities of other lab technicians.

(2) Summary of Qualifications – is a short paragraph that
summarizes your experience and skills. Example: I have 8 years
experience working on all p samples for metals C. Used CLIP and
SW846 methods hases of analytical chemistry.
Including work with a wide variety of instruments and computers.
Was second-in-command of a lab with 8 technicians.

(3) Professional Skills – is the section where you give
specific details about your qualifications. Example:

A. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
B. Microwave Digestion System
C. Polarograph
D. Laser Fluorimeter
E. IBM Computers

Supervised 8 technicians when the Department head
was absent.

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A. Waste oils for metals
B. Water and soil

(4) Work Experience – in this section you give a one
paragraph summary for each of your previous jobs. This should
include starting and ending date, reason for leaving, job title
and duties, and any special accomplishments for each of the jobs.

(5) Education – gives a summary of all schools attended,
degrees earned, and special seminars or training courses that you have attended.

(6) Honors and Awards – it’s a good idea to list any
special awards you have received.

(7) Personal – information about your hobbies and
activities should be included.

(8) Others – professional organizations that you belong to,
computer or programming skills, articles or books published.

(9) References – you can state something like, “references
available upon request,” or list at least 3 on your resume.

It’s important to include all of the basic information on
your resume. But, what is also important, is the way you say it.
Don’t use dull, lifeless statements. Instead use action words.
Here are some typical action words:

Accelerated, achieved, advised, approved, assisted, built,
calculated, completed, conceived, controlled, coordinated,
created, decreased, defined, designed, developed, directed,
earned, edited, engineered, evaluated, found, generated,
implemented, improved, invented, managed, operated, organized,
planned, proved, revised, scheduled, tested, trained, verified,

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These words give the correct impression that you have been
responsible for do different kinds of jobs tasks. In other words,
you weren’t just a follower. Of course, you should always be
truthful. Don’t try to oversell yourself by claiming you did
things that you didn’t do.

As you can see, a resume is really a very simple document.
It is not that difficult to produce a good resume, if you follow
the simple steps outlined in this report. By dividing it into
sections it becomes a much easier job. These different sections
also help you to stay organized. If you have worked on a special
project or had a lofty responsibility on a previous job, you may
want to include that in a section all by itself. Example: “I
organized a training department for AMCO Scientific and was
responsible for overseeing the production of training lessons.”

Another good way to get familiar with proper resume writing
techniques are to review a good resume. There’s an example
included in this report. You can use it as a model.

Then produce several different resumes for yourself until you find the best
possible combinations for your specific skills. You may also want
to have a friend to read your resume and point out any problems.


Many people do not have good job-hunting skills. They are
not experts at locating job openings for which they may be
qualified. Here are some ideas to help you uncover those jobs.

INTERNET – Now we have many websites on the internet for posting jobs wanted
and jobs offered. You can also check company websites for available
job positions. This also allows you the flexibility of using email for both
communication and also for submitting your resume. Be sure to follow the
guidelines set forth by the company website for submissions.

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NEWSPAPER ADS – usually draw the greatest number of
applicants, so you’ll end up with a lot of competition. If you
have no geographic restrictions, you may want to check out of
state newspapers.

Find a way to make your resume stand out so that it isn’t
lost among the many applicants. Here are a couple of ideas:

Send a customized cover letter with your resume.

(2) Call before you send the resume in. If possible, talk to
the person who will be doing the interview or who you’ll be
working for. If this isn’t possible, talk to the personnel
director about the job and let them know that your resume is
coming. This will help them to remember your name and may help
you get through the resume screening process.

PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES – these are agencies that try
to match employees and employers. These agencies vary in the way
they work. Some can be very helpful. Others are somewhat

Your best chance is to go with an agency that specializes in
your field. Beware of agencies that continually run the same ad
because, often, they are just trying to build a list of
candidates. I recommend that you only use agencies that don’t
require you to pay a fee.

TRADE JOURNALS AND PERIODICALS – Are often the best places
to look. This is one of the primary means of job advertisement
for some types of professions. Example: The magazine
Environmental Science continually carries ads for environmental professionals.

Other good places to look include: trade shows and
professional conventions, personnel offices, college placement
offices, friends you have who are in the same profession as you.

Another method is to simply go through the yellow pages and
look for companies, which may need a person with your skills.

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Then contact these companies by phone and follow-up by sending in your

Job seeking is a skill that requires persistence. You must
not become discouraged. Keep making plenty of contacts. Sooner or
later, you’ll find the job that’s right for you.


Most people are nervous when they go to a job
However, by preparing beforehand you won’t have anything to worry
about. Believe it or not, occasionally the person conducting the
interview is nervous, too!

Most interviewers will make a decision within the first 5 to
10 minutes of the interview. There are a number of steps that you
can take that will greatly improve your chances of getting the

The first (and perhaps the most obvious) thing to consider
is your appearance. No matter what type of job you apply for, you
should dress appropriately. A nice suit is your best bet. Dark
blue or a gray pinstripe are the best colors. Don’t wear a loud
tie. Make sure all of your clothes are wrinkle free and that your
shoes are polished.

Women should wear a conservative suit dress. Avoid excessive
jewelry, make-up, perfume and bright nail polish.

Interview do’s and don’ts:

(1) Arrive early. If you arrive late, you’ll be rushed and
the interviewer may consider you unreliable.

(2) Walk briskly, with purpose, and stand up straight.

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(3) Don’t smoke, chew gum, slouch, read a novel, or other
similar activities while you are waiting in the lobby. If some of
the company’s literature is available, read that instead.

(4) Give the interviewer a firm handshake, and don’t be
afraid to look him or her in the eye.

(5) Be prepared. Carry an extra copy of your resume and
academic record.

(6) Don’t talk too much ... or too little.

(7) Above all, try to be natural and relaxed. Be yourself.

Questions that the interviewer may ask you include: what
are your career goals? How many sick days have you taken in the
past two years? What are your strong points? Do you have any
hobbies? Why do you want this job? Tell me about yourself.
What did you like most or like least about your last job? Do you have
any questions? She or he may also ask you some specific
questions that relate to equipment or procedures you’ll need to
use on the job. This is a way of determining your overall
knowledge and skills.

Before and during the interview...

(1) Be positive and enthusiastic.

(2) Try to focus upon your accomplishments and achievements
in past jobs.

(3) Find out as much as possible about the job duties and
requirements of the position you are applying for. This will help
you to be able to ask further questions.

(4) Find out as much as possible about the company.

(5) If you are really interested in the job, let the
interviewer know about it.

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(6) Questions you need to ask include: when will the job
start? To whom do I report? What would a typical day be like?

(7) Don’t be too concerned about salary and benefits at
first. If you are selected, they will make you a salary offer.

Toward the end of the interview you can ask about benefits.


There are a number of things that you can do after the
interview that will make you an even more attractive job
candidate. Here are a few tips:

Write a thank you letter. If you really want the job,
say so in the letter.

If you have not heard anything within 8 to 10 days, you
may want to call. Assure them that you are not trying to be
pushy, but that you are just interested.

If you aren’t hired, you can still send a thank you letter
to the company and ask them to keep you in mind for any other
similar job openings.
Also, you may want to ask the interviewer
for a specific reason as to why you weren’t hired. This
information will help you as you search for other jobs.

Getting a good job that you want is not always easy. There
are many qualified people after every top paying position that is
available. But if you use the strategies described in this
report, you’ll stand a much better chance of success. Be
persistent and don’t sell yourself short. You could end up with a
much better job in a very short period of time.


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Jerry Jobseeker
12345 Main St.
Anytown, U.S.A.


Professional Skills: Experienced in operating a wide variety of
analytical instruments including, Flame and
Furnace AA, Microwave digestion, Laser
flourimeter, and more.

Familiar with the full range of EPA and CLIP
methods and protocols for inorganic analysis

Expert with IBM-PC computers and have over
ten years of computer experience.


1990 to 1997 Austin Powder Company, McAuthur, Ohio
Performed a wide range of chemical analysis
on raw materials, finished products and
competitor’s samples. Used classical wet chemistry methods.

1997 to 2002 Mead Paper Company, Chillicothe, Ohio
Mead Research
Paper Technologist:
Worked to improve paper formulations, solve
problems, and improve quality using pilot
plant and mill studies. Performed a wide
range of paper tests, wrote reports, and
evaluated results.

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2002 to Present Martin Marietta, Piketon, Ohio
Senior Chemist:
Performed a full range of analytical methods
for metals on all types of samples (soil,
water, air, waste samples).
Responsible for quality control and in charge of department
supervising 14 technicians when supervisor
was absent.


Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
BS in Chemistry, 1971
Minor: History, Math
GPA: 2.4 Concentrated in inorganic chemistry


1995 to Present American Chemical Society

PERSONAL DATA I am very active with a number of hobbies
including: golf, gardening, baseball,
computers, and writing. I have authored a
number of books about computers and various
chemical related subjects.

REFERENCES : Available upon request.

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the
life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common
Henry David Thoreau


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1. Produce Christmas cards that are printed on the front with, for example, "Happy
Christmas from the Smith Family". Or, instead of the name 'Smith', pick one of the
dozens of other popular surnames. Sell packs of these cards by direct mail to people
listed in telephone directories.

2. Make money from renting out expensive children's toys. The toys you rent out will
include remote controlled models and computerised games. Use a little van to
deliver the toys to customers. Paint in toy town colour scheme. Call the van a toy
mobile or similar suitable name.

3. Introduce to your region a service that mounts maps for businesses. Keep a stock
of local, national and international maps. Mount these maps in a professional
manner to suit the wall space available at offices. Send out leaflets about your
services to office managers.

4. Bring out a regular publication for ambitious amateur musicians. This publication
might include ads from: 1) Employers seeking musicians. 2) Retailers selling
equipment accessories and supplies. 3) People selling used equipment. 4)
Musicians seeking to make contact with other musicians. Also publish interesting
editorials and letters.

5. Design and manufacture kits for making models with cocktail sticks, for example:
model churches, castles, windmills, houses, etc. Buy the cocktail sticks in their
unpacked state from the manufacturer. Sell your kits by mail order from ads in craft
magazines or distribute to model shops.

6. Establish a directory of products no longer made. This directory might include
sections on toys, novelties and household goods. Design the directory for business
people and inventors who want to know both what has been made before and what
ideas might be revived and/or modified.

7. Make cotton gloves especially designed for coin collectors. The gloves prevent
the grease and moisture from fingers getting onto coins. Package the gloves and sell
them from ads in coin collecting magazines or distribute to shops that sell collectible

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8. Bring out a correspondence course about how to write cookery books. The course
might include information about: How to devise recipes, how to present them in
written form and what makes a successful cookery book. Produce a prospectus and
advertise in women's magazines.

9. Begin a business, which rents out large and expensive astronomical telescopes to
householders who want to develop their interest in astronomy. Publicize your service
at the local astronomy society and use local advertising to attract clients.

10. Set up a company which produces a compendium of strip games, for example:
Strip poker, strip snakes and ladders, strip lotto, strip snap, and strip ludo. Sell by
mail order from adverts in X-rated magazines.

11. Paint attractive art on rocks to make souvenir paperweights and doorstops. The
art might take the form of abstract pattern, traditional pictures or tourist scenery. Call
your rocks "designer rocks". Add a rubber base to paperweights and a rubber edge
to doorstops.

12. Create a mail order business, which specializes in selling products, which help
people sleep. Products might include: Sleep inducing cassettes, special bedtime
clothing, herbal pillows, books and guides on how to sleep better.

13. Paint on wood stylistic house numbers and names. These painted numbers and
names will be an attractive alternative to the traditional names burned into sliced
logs. Get your work stocked at shops, which sell garden products or household

14. Start a venture that promotes the art and hobby of window painting. On coloured
acetate paper have outlines printed for painting pictures by numbers. These acetate
sheets are stuck to one side of a window and anyone can paint a picture on the
other side of the glass.

15. Select one sea-shell, which would be suitable for an ashtray, another for a pip
tray and another for a paper clip tray. Put these shells into a single packet and sell
as a set of useful sea-shell-trays. Sell from souvenir and novelty gift shops.

16. Devise and produce a board game, which simulates the experience of starting a
mail, order business. The usual problem of bringing out a board game is the difficulty
of getting it stocked in shops. However, a game about mail order can be sold by mail
order to business opportunity seekers.

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17. Make an income by selling lucky charms at car boot sales or door-to-door. Sell,
for example: Rabbits feet, horseshoes and four-leaf clovers. Start by tracking down
trade sources of lucky charms.

18. Buy and sell oil paintings. Buy new paintings from artists and old paintings from
collectors and householders. Sell the paintings from: home, a roadside site, a stall at
crafts fairs or hire stalls for exhibiting all the paintings you have for sale.

19. Start a manufacturing business that is devoted to making doorstops. These
doorstops might range from the humble wooden wedge to the more exotic and
unusual. Package them in polythene bags, staple on a printed card and get them
stocked at gift shops.

20. Decorate everyday objects with pressed flowers. Add an inlaid design of pressed
flowers to trays, coasters, jewellery boxes, paperweights, picture
frames, wall hangings, desk sets and tabletops.

21. Set up a home-improvement business that modifies the exterior of
houses to give them a Tudor appearance. Your service will include the
fitting of ornamental oak beams, giving exterior walls a white covering
and adding metal grids to windows.

22. Make wooden noughts and crosses games. Drill nine holes in a small square
block and paint on a grid. Next make ten pegs and paint on each peg an 'O' or an
'X'. Place the grid and pegs into a clear bag and staple on a product card.

23. Bring together a range of brassware ornaments so you can have a stall at crafts
fairs, antique markets and car boot sales.

24. Publish a newsletter that has the title "Ambitious Persons Way to Wealth" or
"Clever People Don't Work Hard". The contents of your newsletter might be in a vein
similar to Joe Karbo's "The Lazy Man's Way to Riches".

25. Set up and run a school of window dressing. Organise one-day or two-day
seminars for established shopkeepers who want to learn more about this aspect of
their business. Also provide courses fro those who would like to take up a career as
a window dresser.

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26. Write and publish a manual about how to make money from property. In the
manual include chapters on: Buying and selling land, buying properties for
conversions and renovations, investing in property, etc. Use direct mail and press
advertising to sell by mail order to business opportunity seekers.

27. Found and run a school of investment. Give tuition to solo students and to
groups about different types of investments such as shares, gilt-edged securities,
unit trusts, USM, antiques, stamps, arts, etc. For each area covered, prepare lesson
plans and follow these closely.

28. Make a selection of children's prayer plaques: Wooden wall plates, which feature
popular prayers. The prayers might be painted onto or burned into the wood.

29. Start a crafts business that uses interesting foreign coins to make jewellery.
Incorporate coins into pendant bracelet, brooches, necklaces and earrings.
Alternatively, make jewellery that features reproduction coins from the ancient world.

30. Use small sea-shells strung together to make necklaces. Find a trade source of
small sea-shells and either set up your own production line or employ home workers.

31. Produce 'Add-One' drama video cassettes. Professional actors and actresses
perform a play on video. However, there is one character missing from the video. A
viewer of the video plays this character. The viewer learns his or her part and
becomes part of the play at home.

32. Create a folder of sample sales letters for all occasions. The letters might sell:
advice, maintenance, products, a service that gives free quotes, etc. Sell these
folders by direct mail to small businesses.

33. Earn money by selling gold chain by the inch at public events such as fairs,
markets and exhibitions.

34. Put together your own catalogue of jewellery making supplies. Locate the
sources of products by doing the routine work of the mail order trader: write to
potential suppliers. Throughout the country there are thousands of craft workers who
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35. Earn a living by buying gold and silver jewellery from people who need instant
cash. Because their need for cash is greater than their desire to get a high price,
your mark-up can be good. Only buy jewellery that you know you can re-sell quickly
for a profit.

36. Use fabrics to make soft cases for pencils, spectacles, scissors, bibles, money
and other small items which are either potentially dangerous or need protection. At
first, make a diversity of products until you discover which are the most popular and
profitable, then specialise.

37. Buy old bibles and hymnbooks from churches and education authorities. Have
the pages shredded and use as stuffing material for 'bible' or 'hymn' pillows, teddy
bear and other soft products. Also do 'bible' confetti and stuff bottles to make bottled

38. Cut out prints and illustrations from old books. Frame them and sell to a wide
range of shops and from a stall at a market fairs and car boot sales.

39. Make leather and wooden souvenir luggage tags. These tags might feature the
name of a holiday town and a popular scene. Get your tags stocked at shops visited
by tourists.

40. Prepare a mixture of dried herbs for adding to bathwater. Invent a brand name
for your product like "(your surname) Original Bath Herbs". Package each mixture of
herbs and get them stocked at various retailers.

41. Start a service that arranges for people to have their original pop lyrics set to
music. This service is to satisfy the vanity of lyricists. Offer clients a complete, low
cost package. Attract custom by placing ads in the music press.

42. Devise quizzes which test a person’s vocabulary. Sell these to a magazine or
newspaper on a regular basis. Alternatively you might do quizzes that test a
person’s knowledge of a regional dialect. Sell these to regional papers or

43. Call door-to-door and offer to buy unwanted furniture. Or use local media to
advertise your interest in buying second-hand furniture. Sell what you buy from free
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44. Set up a mail order business that sells motorcycle memorabilia. Put together a
catalogue, which includes: videos, films, posters, photographs, books, instruction
booklets, old magazines and newspapers, etc. Advertise your catalogue in
motorcycle magazines.

45. Start an enterprise that reproduces classic poems on postcards and posters.
Also do framed prints of classic poems. Sell these from a stall in an antiques or
crafts market or get them stocked at souvenir or gift shops.

46. Produce a cataloguing system for record collectors. This
system might consist of a card index box with pre-printed
index cards. Each card has a printed section for the name
of the artist, record and record label. Sell this cataloguing
system through record shops or by mail-order.

47. Publish a monthly audio cassette fro one trade, such as
newsagents, grocers, hair salons, booksellers, etc. Each cassette should give: Trade
news, management tips, suggestions for improving sales, etc. Organize a direct mail
campaign to recruit subscribers.

48. Start a newspaper and magazine roadside stand. Ask established newspaper
vendors how they got started.

49. Bring out a correspondence course about how to write short stories for profit.
Sell from newspaper and magazine ads and charge anything up to the average
weekly wage (paid in installments) depending on the contents of the course.

50. Produce a correspondence course about how to write good poetry. If most poets
received a small amount of tuition about how to compose poems, their work would
improve dramatically. Sell the course by advertising in literary and women's

51. Begin a business that deals in old and new American and British comics. This
business might: 1) Sell comics by post from a catalogue. 2) Operate a comics of the
month club for specialized collectors and 3) Run a comics stall at fairs and markets.

52. Write to overseas publishers of English language newsletters and offer to act as
the distributor for their newsletter in this country. In your letter to the publishers
outline the benefits they will gain if they let you distribute their newsletter.

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53. Start a service that cleans wire baskets and supermarket trolleys. Baskets and
trolleys often spend most of the day on a dusty floor or outside, open to the

54. Use wooden jigsaw pieces to make earrings and necklaces. Add a hand painted
design to the side of the jigsaw piece not covered by a part of the picture. Call your
goods jigsaw puzzle jewellery. Sell from a stall at fairs, car boot sales or get it
stocked at trendy shops.

55. Take metal rods and tubes of different diameters and cut into slices. Arrange the
slices to make pictures and patterns. Mount these pictures and sell as craftwork. Or
produce kits for making pictures with slices of rods and tubes. Use mail order to sell
these kits to craft workers.

56. Write and sell articles or books about starting a business and making money.
Sell the manuscripts to publishers of business opportunity books, newsletters,
magazines and newspapers.

57. Set up a business that produces a quality audio cassette library of nursery
rhymes. Alternatively, produce a series of cassettes that feature X-rated nursery
rhymes for adults. Sell these by either getting them stocked in bookshops or by
starting a monthly club.

58. Compile and publish a monthly bulletin, which informs subscribers of poetry
competitions they are eligible to enter at home and abroad. Target your recruitment
campaign for subscribers at practising poets.

59. Bring out a series of plans for woodworkers, soft toy makers, leather workers
and other craft workers. Either sell printed copies of these plans at wholesale prices
or sell the reproduction rights. Then any craft worker or hobbyist can start a mail
order business selling the plans.

60. Publish a "Which?" newsletter about newsletters. As the number of newsletters
and subscribers is ever increasing, there is a gap in the market for a newsletter,
which comments on and judges the value of the others.

61. Begin an enterprise that makes model paper products for dolls and dolls' houses.
These might include: Newspapers, money, stationery, napkins, paper hats,
Christmas cards, etc. Sell these products by mail order to doll makers and collectors.

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62. Write a non-fiction book that may, for example, is about a hobby. Enlist a book
printer to produce copies of the book. Sell these to the market that would be
interested in the contents. You might, for example, place ads in hobby magazines.

63. Give personal tuition in your own home on how to write good English. Advertise
your service by placing cards in windows of local newsagents. Point out the
advantages of taking the course, such as getting a better job and helping the
children with their homework.

64. Start a singles contact magazine or newsletter, each issue might include both
small ads from people looking for partners and editorials of interest to single people.
Use press and magazine advertising to build up a list of subscribers.

65. Set up a holiday companion introduction service. Your service matches and
introduces single people who do not have anyone to go on holiday with. Place
classified ads in numerous publications to attract clients. Or produce a publication
that lists people who are looking for holiday companions.

66. Write and publish a newsletter for those who want to start a successful business.
The newsletter might, for example, discuss effective ways of: Selling, managing,
generating ideas, locating suppliers and finding customers. Use your local library
service to research these topics.

67. Begin a crafts enterprise that turns out wire craft ornaments. These ornaments
are freestanding, 3-D objects that consist entirely of wire: the wire makes the
outlines. The ornaments might be in the shape of: aeroplanes, helicopters, people,
animals, boats or bicycles.

68. Start a mail order business that promotes the craft of making ornaments and
models from shaping wire. Design and make up a complete kit for beginners. Include
this kit in your catalogue, as well as tools, design ideas and raw materials for wire
craft workers.

69. Make football rosettes and get them stocked at newsagents and sports shops.
Each one might be placed in a cellophane packet or polythene bag.

70. Produce a series of storytelling videos. An actor or actress reads classic novels
directly to the camera. Hire out these videos by post. You can use whole or part of
classic stories for which the copyright has expired. This is the case for any work
where the writer has been dead for 50 or more years.

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71. Start a venture that organises river or coastal boat trips for: Business parties,
wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties, etc. Your service would do
things like: organise transport to the boat, booking catering services, hiring
entertainers and hosts or hostesses.

72. If you can play a musical instrument, earn money by providing background music
at: Restaurants, pubs, wine bars, tea-rooms, hotel breakfasts, amusement arcades,
or ice skating rinks. Also play during the interval at theatres and/or cinemas.

73. Sell copies of theatrical plays by post. Put together a wide range of new and
second-hand publications and produce a catalogue. Advertise your catalogue in both
the theatre press and theatre programmes.

74. Buy and sell second-hand compact disks. Buy collections of disks by post and
use local ads to find sellers in your area. The disks you acquire can be sold: by post,
from a market stall, or get them stocked at local shops.

75. Have a stall that sells fashionable clothes. Your stall might be a full-time
business, working at street markets or it may be part-time and appear at craft and
antique fairs.

76. Set up a sheet music of the month club. Each month
send members a selection of sheets to include the latest
popular songs. Club members will include: Musicians,
who play at clubs and pubs, record companies and keen
amateur musicians.

77. Sell Beatles or Elvis memorabilia by mail order. Conduct your own research to
discover what memorabilia you can produce yourself, for example, reprint
photographs and duplicate press cuttings. Also buy goods from collectors and trade
sources at home and abroad.

78. Put together a mail order catalogue of children's educational audio cassettes.
These might cover subjects such as spelling, reading and grammar rules,
geography, history, etc. Produce some of the cassettes yourself and buy others from
audio publishers.

79. Do your own research to discover the secrets of conjuring. Write a manuscript
about your findings and publish it yourself. The novel and sensational nature of this
book will ensure that it sells well from ads in newspapers and magazines.

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80. Write and record personalized songs. Produce songs for all occasions, such as
engagements, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, births, homecomings and
congratulations. Use classified ads in the personal columns to attract orders.

81. Start a crafts business that produces gift tags decorated with pressed flowers.
Also do similar products like pressed flowers bookmarks. To make a bookmarker
tape takes two strips of clear 35mm film, place pressed flowers between the strips
and tie the sprocket holes together with cotton.

82. Bring out an educational newsletter about 'How to Improve Your Written English'.
Each monthly newsletter might be like a lesson. There are only a limited number of
lessons, so you can send the same series to different subscribers for many years.

83. Open a school of rock music. Provide classes about different aspects of rock,
such as singing, playing electric guitars, writing music and songs, designing stage
presentations, etc. Add credibility to the school by paying established rock musicians
to give many of the lessons.

84. Devise and produce an audio cassette course about how to play the drums. Use
ads in the music press to sell this course. And/or get the course stocked at music

85. Produce kits for schoolgirls to make bead necklaces. Package each kit in a small
polythene bag and staple on a printed card. Mount these kits on a rack and get them
displayed at newsagents.

86. Design your own brand of baby sling. Buy one of each of the baby slings
currently on sale. Study them and develop one, which is a composite of the best
features. Manufacture and package them. Find appropriate retailers and wholesalers
to stock them.

87. Make charming and attractive quilts for babies and children.
Make the kind of quilts you would like a baby or child to have. Give
your imagination free reign to see what ideas and designs you
come up with. When you have finalized a design, go into
business for yourself.

88. Turn out knitwear garments for children. Sell the garments from your own stall or
through retailers.

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89. Embroider attractive designs on ladies gloves and scarves. Call on up-market
retailers to persuade them to stock your products.

90. Bring out your own range of shawls. Increase the value of your shawls by giving
each design a catchy name. Sell the shawls by mail order or get them stocked at

91. Make charming soft toy ladybirds and other insects/animals that can be attached
to curtains for decoration.

92. Bring out a selection of souvenir ties. The ties might feature the name or emblem
of a holiday resort. Mount the ties on racks and get them displayed in shops that sell

93.Start a mail order business that sells books, booklets and audio cassettes about
how to deal with nasty experiences. Topics covered might include: Violence in the
home, break up of a marriage, death of a partner, being sacked or failing exams.

94. Use ribbon to make souvenir pictures, for example: yellow ribbon can be used as
the beach, blue as the sea, brown and green for palm trees, etc. Or design and
produce kits for hobbyists. Sell by mail order or through craft shops.

95. Make a selection of balaclava helmets in the colours of popular football teams or
the national flag. Sell from roadside stall on route to football ground, or through
supporters clubs.

96. Produce a series of videos that have titles such as: 'How to
give up smoking', 'How to relax', 'How to lose weight' and 'How
to sleep soundly'. Sell these by direct mail to business people.
Or try to get a leading chain store to distribute them on a
national basis.

97. Have your own fabrics market stall and sell ordinary fabrics, rolls of discontinued
lines and remnants.

98. Do alterations and repairs for dry cleaning services, menswear shops, factories
and offices. Visit these places and inform them of your services. Offer, for example,
to collect the goods once or twice a week.

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99. Produce cardboard, sightseeing periscopes and sell them at public events. Make
them yourself. Arrange for the card to be printed and shaped. Assemble the
periscopes and add two small mirrors. Recruit sales people to sell these periscopes
along the route of the event.

100. Start a knitting pattern of the month club. Each month, members of your club
automatically receive a selection of the latest knitting patterns. Members select the
patterns they want and return the rest. Or compile a top 30 of patterns and send new
entries to club members.

101. Begin an enterprise that sells garden gates door-to-door. On your sales trip
take with you a smart folder that has a large photograph of each gate you are
selling. Provide potential customers with a price that includes installation.

102. Start a home-based computer bureau. There are hundreds of
business computer programs available such as wages, record files
and accounts. Buy and use these programs to provide a computer
service to local businesses.

103. Set up a business that promotes the making of lampshades. Lampshade
making can be sold as either an interesting hobby or a business opportunity.
Produce a mail order catalogue of lampshade making equipment and supplies.
Advertise your catalogue in crafts magazines.

104. Begin a computerised dating service. Operate this service like a traditional
dating service but, hold all your records on computer and use the computer to aid
your search for compatible partners. Have leaflets printed and place them in shops
and advertise your service in the personal messages section of your local

105. Be a sleep consultant. Large numbers of people have difficulty in sleeping at
night. This is not usually a medical problem but can be corrected by using a suitable
method or attitude of mind. Provide people in your area with confidential advice
about how to sleep soundly.

106. Start a venture that designs and manufactures portable theatre footlights.
Potential buyers include: amateur theatre and dance groups, rock groups, children's
entertainers, variety entertainers, nightclubs and mobile disk jockeys.

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107. Rent computers to private business users. The computers you rent might be
new and/or second hand. Also rent out peripherals such as printers, stands and
sheet feeders. Use local media to inform potential customers about your service.

108. Buy original computer games programs from home computer enthusiasts. Find
these programs by advertising in computing magazines. Produce a compilation of
the programs on a master floppy disk. Have copies of this disk made and sell from
ads in home computing magazines.

109. Produce a series of low cost audio cassettes, which help school pupils, revise
for public examinations. You might give these cassettes a brand name like 'Personal
School Revision Cassettes". Get them stocked at newsagents and bookshops.

110. Set up a firm that publishes a monthly computer diskette program for home
computer enthusiasts who want to improve their programme writing skills. Each
cassette might give ideas, examples and tips about how to become a better
computer programmer.

I guess you get the idea! There are many opportunities out there to
make some extra cash. Even your hobby can become a
part-time home business.

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Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D.
(Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.)
This is how it manifests itself: I decided to wash my car. As I start
toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I
decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys
down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table,
and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decide to put the bills
back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since
I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I
may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table and
see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk
in the study so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had
been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to
push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see
that the Coke is getting warm and I decide I should put it in the
refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the coke
a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye - they need to be
watered. I set the Coke down on the counter and I discover my reading
glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put
them back on my desk, but first, I'm going to water the flowers.

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I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and
suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV we will be looking for the
remote, but nobody will remember that it's on the kitchen table.
So, I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water
the flowers. I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills
on the floor. So I set the remote back down on the table, get some
towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car
isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Coke
sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only
one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my
glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then when I
try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because
I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is
a serious problem and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll
check my e-mail.

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Here is a little trick I learned many years ago for helping you get a good
nights sleep. It has worked for most folks that have tried it.

You must follow these steps without distraction for your body and mind
to take advantage of this natural prescription.

1) Run yourself a hot bubble bath –
2) Make sure no one is expected at your door-
3) Let your voice-mail take any phone calls –
4) Light a few candles by the bath for yourself -
5) Play some relaxing soft music you like-
6) Have the bed and night clothes (if you wear any) already
for you –
7) Pour yourself a glass of: wine works best, or a warm glass
of milk if non-alcoholics preferred to sip while in the bath-
8) Soak and relax at least 15 – 30 minutes with NO
9) When done with the bath – You go straight to Bed and
Lights Out! No stopping to clean-up, pick-up, chat, TV,

The mind and body are ready – climb under the
covers, fluff your pillows just right and close
your eyes. If it is winter or cool you may have
turned on your electric blanket ahead of time.

Hint for those with back problems – Sleep on your side with your
knees drawn up with a thick pillow between your knees. Take it from
someone with years of back problems. It does help!


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(or how not to end up with the roommate from hell)

Many of us at one time during our lives have probably found themselves in a
position to share an apartment or house with others. Maybe after our first time
away from the family home, off to the university, working and trying to get by – in
any case, finding roommates can be a very challenging and stressful process.

We have all heard the horror stories about roommate experiences of others. Just
look at how many cases end up in small claims court.
(i.e.; Judge Judy )

This information applies to both the individuals seeking a place and to those already with
a place to share.

The biggest mistake made by most of us is that we rush into finding someone
just to help pay the rent and utilities.

Living with others is not a simple process. It takes work just like when a couple
decides to move in with each other. Don’t be fooled into thinking if I move in with
a friend that it will avoid any problems. We have seen many friendships ruined
due to trying to live as roommates.

We are creatures of habit – with likes and dislikes, moods, quirks, good and bad
traits. Remember, no one really knows anyone like they do when they have to
live with them!

One of my roommates many years ago said to me: “I help keep the kitchen clean
– I eat out.” We got him a can opener for his birthday

Okay, now let’s go over the “Battle Plan” for ways to
help screen out the good from the poor choices in
selecting roommates and also some good rules of
the house so as to limit household conflicts.

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It is best if all members of the house are present for the
interview of prospective new roommates. That way you all
feel that you have had a chance to ask questions and make your own opinions.

To help assure that you find the most compatible roommates, consider using the
following questions in your interviews. These questions are for the person being
interviewed to ask as well.

• Discuss guests and overnight guests.
• Do they have family or friends to visit in the area?
• What is your normal bedtime and shower routine – it helps to
know these things to help avoid scheduling conflicts as in the
bathroom and “quiet times”
• Likes and dislikes of Television and music – if TV is in living
room or bedrooms and the volume of music – Noise can be the
number one nightmare in a household when everyone has
different working or sleeping schedules.
• Will they be able to handle the rent, deposit, and their share of
the utilities without a problem?
• Have they lived with roommates before and how did it work
• Why are they seeking a place to live here?
• What are your cooking routines?

Note: Beware if one person is a vegetarian and does not like the
smell of meats, etc. – this can create problems!

• Watch for signs of maturity and responsibility.

**The keys to enjoying a healthy roommate
relationship are communication, respect for others
property and space, and the ability to be flexible**


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You don’t have to be too picky, a perfectionist, anal as they say – but I will tell you
this – Get the Chores and rent/utilities money rules taken care of from the very start!


Set a monthly date that all utilities and rent monies are due to the primary person
paying the rent. Give enough time for a check to clear before the landlord’s due
date for the rent and also for the due dates for the utilities. If all are on the lease,
you can still designate one person to pay if the landlord request only one check.
Keep receipts for all payments including the utility bills for reference in the case
there is a dispute at some point.

Be clear as to how the utility bills are divided per person in the house. In some
cases, it is best if each roommate has their own telephone as this is usually the
biggest headache in charges and
who made what calls.


The simplest and most efficient way to handle the
chores is to make out a Chores List and post it on the
fridge or somewhere in the kitchen. It should include
the bathroom(s), the kitchen, Vacuum, and weekly
taking the trash/recycling out. You can alternate the chores so that each
roommate does one of the chores weekly or bi-weekly, i.e. one week = kitchen,
next week = bathroom… Have the list cover 3-4 months at a time by the week
and each roommate checks off when they have it done which can be anytime
during their assigned week.

TIP: Make sure to confront (I hate that word) the very first time someone does
not do his or her chore so they will know the house takes responsibility seriously.

Everyone will know that the “community” areas of the house are to be kept
picked up after being used.

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Believe me when I say – Have everyone buy their own foods and do their own
cooking. If you want to have a community meal now and then, that’s fine. Just
assign kitchen/pantry cabinets and shelves for each person’s foods. Also if the fridge
can handle it, you can even assign sections for each to use.

Once again, this is an issue for making it very clear that we do not take/use a
roommate’s food item without asking – don’t get in the habit of “I will replace it
when I go shopping” routine!

Set up a community list of household cleaning-kitchen supplies that everyone
shares in this particular expense.

The kitchen is the most important community room in the house
and if kept organized and clean after cooking, it will be a place to
enjoy rather than a nightmare of dirty dishes and pans as you

Final Comments:

Be sure to consider your types of personalities and if they will clash or create stress
in the house. Don’t be afraid to ask what a person considers their good and bad
points or habits – most will actually be honest.

Be weary of someone who is too anxious just to have a place to live – tired of looking
– has not looked enough. They should be just as interested in those living there now
as you are in him or her joining your household.

If it will be a unisex house, be sure to convey to the females that their privacy and
safety is important and understood by the male roommates.

Have patience and use common sense and good judgement when selecting
roommates and a place to live – your goal is to live in a healthy
environment that you can enjoy coming home to a safe place where your
boundaries and privacy are respected.

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Child Safety Tips for Parents
Parents need to begin educating their children about safety
issues at a young age, starting around 3-4 years old. Review
the tips with your child. Afterwards, please take the quiz with
your child to reinforce safety issues.
Approach the subject of safety in a non-threatening way. It is
important that you don't make your child fearful of dangerous situations or people,
but cautious and able to recognize when something is not right.
Encourage your child to trust his or her intuition, and to be able to talk to you when
something is bothering them. They should know not to keep secrets from you. Open
communication is very important.
Really LISTEN to your child. Let your child know that their body belongs to them. No
one has the right to touch them inappropriately. If someone is touching them or
making them feel uncomfortable in any way, they should let you know immediately,
even if it is a family member.
Inform your child of the rules pertaining to strangers. Namely, that a stranger looks
just like any other person, not like a monster or creature. A stranger is someone that
your child does not know nor does his or her friends and family.
Strangers will use different ways to lure a child.
The most common lures are: pretending to look for a lost dog, having candy/money
for the child if they go to their car with them, telling the child that he’ll hurt family
members if they do not comply, and asking for directions. Let your child know that
adults DO NOT ask children for help nor do they threaten them. If they do encounter
any of these situations they should immediately scream, "NO," and run as quickly as
they can in the opposite direction and try to find a trusted adult. They should never
approach an unknown car or get into a car with an adult that they do not know.
If someone tries to grab them the child should scream, "THIS IS NOT MY PARENT!"
to attract attention.
Share an easily remembered secret CODE WORD. Tell your child that if anyone
approaches them and says that they are a family friend and that they need to take
them somewhere (sometimes they say that a parent is hurt and in the hospital or
there's a family emergency), your child must ask for the code word.

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If the person really is a friend, they will know it. If they don't know it then your child
should run away as quickly as possible.
Give your child instructions on what to do if they get separated from you in a mall,
supermarket, or other public place. Tell them to go to a checkout counter,
information desk, or to approach a security officer or mother with children and let
them know that they are lost and looking for their parent(s).
Make sure that your child knows his or her full name, address, phone number, and
the place where you work or can be contacted, as well as how to dial 911 or 999,
make collect calls, and dial the operator on a pay phone.
Know where your child is at all times, and keep a list of their friends, addresses, and
phone numbers.
Keep a record of your child's personal and medical information on-hand in case of
emergency. Make sure they are fingerprinted and that you have a recent photo of
available at all times. Child photo ID Cards keep all the vital information that you
need to provide authorities immediately accessible. Remember to update your
records every 6-12 months because of your child's growth.
Try not to panic if your child is missing. First, check everywhere in the house, then
check with the neighbors and your child's friends. If you still cannot locate them,
immediately call the Police or Garda.

You can get an idea about Child Photo ID Cards at:

to see the “how – why –who –where” of child photo ID cards.

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Travel & Packing Tips

When it comes to travel –holidays – I am the worst at over
packing. I think being a “Virgo” has something to do with it. I
feel I have to be prepared for anything and that the place I
am going will not have what I need. Over the years I have
read tips and watched others pack and now I am a little
better at selecting what to take.

Being organized when it comes to preparing for a trip does help take a lot of the
stress out of the process. So, if one of you or a friend can help with the planning and
assist with the day of travel, let them be the nervous one!

Depending on the length of time you will be away, consider taking care of the
following issues:

• Your mail and deliveries
• Your Pets
• Your home security
• Your home heating and electrical
• Your emergency contact phone numbers

The following are things you should Carry on your Person – maybe take a backpack
with you as a carryon.

• Passports
• Driver’s License
• Travel Tickets
• Cash – including dollars/euros for tips
• Credit Cards – ATM Cards
• Travelers checks
• Travel itinerary with all the confirmation numbers and phone
numbers of places you are staying
• Medical Insurance cards and / or travel insurance documents
• Phone numbers and addresses of family and friends for calls
and postcards
• Valuables such as jewelry


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We always seem to get to where we are going just knowing we forgot to pack
something we will need. In many cases it is the odd items that we will find handy and
maybe it is hard to buy in most places. Also, if your accommodation is an apartment
with kitchen facilities, this makes a big difference.

We all remember the basics like our clothes, shampoo, toothbrush, and etc. but here
are some things I have found to be helpful or handy to pack that we sometimes

• A small travel alarm clock
• A Wash cloth for the shower
• Nail clippers
• Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
• Zip-Lock Bags (small & Large for packing
liquids/lotions and storing snacks)
• Medications
• Phone Card
• Small First Aid KIT
• Recharger for your Cell Phones
• Swimcap for the Spa Pools
• Ear Plugs
• Small scissors
• Bar (full-size) Soap or Shower Gel
• Bottle/Can Opener & Cork-scew

Just make a list of what you do use on a daily basis and what you may like to have
for personal care and comfort and then check it off as you pack.

Final Notes:

Use your luggage space wisely. Don’t waste an inch. Pack underwear and socks
inside your shoes. Check the weather and select your outfits so as to use as layers
to help reduce the amount of clothes you bring.

Remember, we always do some shopping to bring back “Stuff” (more we probably
don’t need) so leave some room in your luggage for your exotic purchases from far
away places.

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Grocery Shopping:

• Become a comparison shopper – look for the best deals
• Purchase only foods you will eat – not just because on special
• If can invest in a freezer, you can buy in bulk
• Never shop when you are Hungry!
• Try the store generic brands to save money
• Plan some meals ahead
• Experiment making your own soups, breads, etc.
• Stock up when your favorite foods are on special
• Use leftovers wisely – you can always freeze for later
• Purchase unsliced products and slice them yourself

Gasoline / Petrol Usage:

• Organize any many errands as possible in one trip
• Reduce speed and drive with a steady foot
• Avoid “riding” the brake
• Keep vehicle properly tuned for best fuel efficiency
• Don’t carry unnecessary weight in the trunk
• Keep tires properly inflated and rotated
• Try to avoid rush hour or congested traffic areas
• You can also make short trips by walking, riding a bike, taking the bus

Clothing Purchases:

• Purchase coordinating clothing so that you can mix and match
• Buy versatile clothes which can be worn on different occasions
• Take extra care of leather items for longer wear
• Try to buy washable materials to keep dry cleaning costs down
• Explore discount shops for the best deals
• Don’t buy just because it is on sale or in fashion
• Buy seasonal clothes off season or during mid-season
• Stock up on basics like socks and underwear during sales

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• Get good use from children clothes by passing it down or donating to friends
or family with children that they will fit now or later
• Keep shoes polished and use filler if storing to keep shape
• Be aware of season-end sales

Reduce Electricity Costs:

• Use the energy saver bulbs or florescent bulbs
whenever possible
• Turn off water heater when going away
• Check seals/gaskets on refrigerator/freezer doors
• Keep freezer full – it uses less energy full
• Use microwave to reheat foods – uses 50% less time
• Be sure the attic and crawl spaces are well insulated
• Limit use of air conditioner – use fans when you can
• Have full loads when using the washer and dryer
• Us the clothesline vs. dryer when weather permits
• Keep dryer filter clean
• Let hot foods cool before placing in the refrigerator
• Turn off all appliances and lights when not in use
• Reduce the amount of ironing when possible
• Do not connect large appliances to an extension cord

Reduce Home Heating Expenses:

• Insulate the water heater
• Review using the cheapest source of energy in your area
• Keep the furnace / heater maintained yearly
• Consider weather-stripping for doors and windows
• Attic and walls should be well insulated
• Be aware of conserving water usage
• Cover pots when boiling water
• Turn the heat down at night – consider electric blankets
• Use draft plates or rugs at bottom of exterior doors
• Caulk / seal gaps around pipes and wires
• You can reduce the water heating setting down to 110-120 degrees
• Repair dripping faucets
• Wash clothes in cold or warm water
• Use shades and curtains to keep the night cold out and heat in
• Open the shades in winter when the sun is out

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Minimize Vehicle Repairs:

• Check and change oil /filter as required by
owners manual
• Repair rust damage when found
• Check all fluids on a regular basis
• Check all hoses and belts at least every 3 months
• Keep exterior and interior clean / polished to maintain resale value
• Have the required tune-up maintenance as per manual
• Never let the fuel get below ¼ of a tank-due to fuel tank sediment
• As necessary have the following done:
o Radiator flush
o Front end alignment
o Wheel balance / rotation
o Brakes checked
o Transmission and / or clutch checked
o Replace fuel and air filters

Save on Home Repair Bills:

• Practice preventable maintenance
• Get an illustrated manual to perform some
home repairs yourself
• Always get competitive bids for repair jobs
• Get a signed estimate before repairs are
• Ask friends and neighbors who they might recommend
• If using a loan, get the best interest rate for shortest possible period
• Keep your home in good condition for resale property value

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Time for some Mindless Facts:

*Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour –

*Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure –

*The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated –


*Many of these tips are especially useful for females
and senior citizens when they are
living / traveling alone*


Never automatically open your front door without knowing the caller’s identity. Have
either a peep-hole or a window that allows you to identify the person without
unlocking the door. If the person is a stranger, ask for identification to be shown. If
the person is unable to do this, do not admit them.


1. All doors leading to the outside of your home should have deadbolt locks.
2. When away at night leave at least one light on.
3. Be sure your garage door has an adequate lock. Maybe add a padlock.
4. Make an inventory of all your valuables along with photographs and lock
away in a safe place. Keep one copy away from the home such in a safety
deposit box and/or with your insurance agent.
5. When leaving on a trip:
A. Stop all delivers – can have someone collect the mail.
B. Connect a light to a timer.
C. Be sure your neighbor knows you are away and can keep an eye on
your property.
D. Depending on the length away, have someone maintain the lawn.

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1. If you live in an apartment building that has an intercom, use it.
2. Never admit anyone to the building that says they are there to see another
tenant or make a delivery unless you know them well.
3. Any workers that say they are there to do some work for another tenant
should be referred to the building manager.
4. Always be sure your main entrance door has securely locked when leaving
the building.


1. Females riding the elevator alone should always stand near the control panel.
If accosted, press ALL buttons.
2. Observe the elevator interior before entering. If uncertain of any occupant,
wait until the next elevator.
3. Before exiting from the elevator, observe the corridor for suspicious activity.
4. If a suspicious person enters, exit before the door closes.


1. Always check the interior of your vehicle before getting in – to make sure no
one is hiding inside.
2. If you feel that you’re being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station,
or open gas station.
3. At night, park only in well-lighted areas when you can. If leaving work to go to
your car and there is no security guard or good lighting, ask someone to
accompany you to your car.
4. Never pick up a hitchhiker. It could be your last good-deed.
5. Keep your tires safe and enough fuel in the tank so when out on the road
alone, you will get safely to where you are going.
6. If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed while in your car, start
sounding the horn and flashing the headlights until someone notices.

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Purse snatching is a crime of opportunity the world over. You
can help eliminate that opportunity. Senior citizens are
especially susceptible to theses criminals since they may not
be able to defend themselves or pursue their attacker.

When you have to be out shopping alone or at night on the streets alone you can still
outsmart a purse-snatcher. Carry just few small bills in your purse/wallet. Your credit
cards, monies, driver’s license, keys should be carried in your coat pocket or
concealed on your person.

When you shop, place your purse in your shopping bag. Never leave it in the
shopping cart or on a store counter – it only takes a few seconds to snatch and run!

Contrary to some advice, don’t wrap the strap around your neck, shoulder or wrist. If
snatched and the strap holds, you can be thrown down and suffer injuries.

A good idea is to carry a small flashlight and police whistle on a key chain and carry
it in your coat pocket. And never put your home address with your keys.

Be sure to always use the approved chains and padlocks. Chain links should be of
continuous welded construction. 5/16” hardened steel alloy for bikes and 3/8”
hardened steel alloy for motorcycles.


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I think I have found inner peace. I recently read an
article that said the best way to achieve inner peace is
to FINISH things I had started. So, today, I finished two
large bags of potato chips, a chocolate pie, a fifth of
Jamaican rum, a small box of chocolate candy, and I
slapped the living shit out of someone I have never
liked. I feel better already. Please pass this along to a
friend who is in need of inner peace.


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Author Robert Fulghum in one of his great books
“All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”
says the following which I find very beneficial to us adults who
have forgotten the simple innocence of childhood.
“Most of what I really know about how to live and what to do
and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at
the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand
pile at Sunday School.
These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw
and paint and sing and dance and play
and work everyday some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out
for traffic, hold hands,
and stick together.”

By Robert Fulghum


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• Arrive at your work place early enough to
settle in and plan the day’s task before it
gets too hectic. Give yourself time for you
favorite morning beverage and muffin.

• Prioritise your daily tasks so that you can make the most efficient use of your

• Organize your day so as to reduce the amount of time rushing between one
task and another.

• Learn to say ‘No’ so you won’t take on more work than you can handle.

• Learn to delegate – assign jobs that others can do instead of trying to do it all

• Try to eat your lunch away from your work area. Eat a light lunch and maybe
read a few chapters of your favorite book.

• Try to eat a balanced diet and not skip meals. This will help you cope in the
long run.

• Give yourself time for relaxation, this allows you to face challenges with
renewed vigour.

• Avoid working late as a regular pattern. Give yourself a few quiet moments
after work to unwind before going home.

• Set a goal of trying to get at least six to eight hours of sleep each night.

Just remember that tomorrow is another day and as long as you do your
best and believe in yourself, all your tasks will be completed and your
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Now I understand we can’t all be organized but if there
is a way to arrange your home or apartment living
conditions to a level that will reduce stress and
confusion, then find the time or someone who is good at
this task to do it.

Organizing your home and daily life will allow you to have more
time to do the things you enjoy!

In a family home or roommates living situation we will always have the ones that do
not put things back where they belong. (Like my wife – and I’m a Virgo, talk about
biting your tongue- )

I will tell you this, having a place for everything and everything in its place can make
everyone’s daily routine so much smoother and calmer! Just remember all those
crazy-panic times when you were rushing out the door to work, preparing for a
dinner party, going on holidays - you get the idea.

Lets start out with the biggest tip for all those who can never find their keys:

Start a routine where you have one place you always place (like a dish, tray, bowl,
drawer) your keys the minute you come in the door! It can be in the hallway-
bedroom-kitchen – but a place that becomes habit-habit-habit on a daily basis. You
may even have to write a few notes to stick around until you train yourself. Tell
those that live with you to point out every time the keys are not where they belong to
help you out. Believe me, this one tip alone will change your life if this is a constant
problem for you.

Now don’t fret, but you will have to make out a few lists!

Jot down the areas of the house that you use the most or they drive you crazy with
clutter. You could start with closets and reduce the amount of clothes by sorting
what you really don’t wear anymore or doesn’t fit.

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Shoe racks, sweater boxes, and garment bags can help you here. Also consider
those space-age shrink plastic space bags for bulky items.

Make sure you reduce paper clutter. Have a place to sort and file mail as soon as it
comes in. A 2-drawer file is great for organizing all your bills, receipts, and other
documents so you can find them later.

Attics, basements, all storage areas can appear to be the dreaded piles of all the
“Why did I save that?” category and be too overwhelming to attack. Just plan ahead
by being prepared. Get your sturdy boxes or plastic bins and marker ready. Keep it
down to just a few categories of sorting all your possessions such as 1) keep and
box, 2) give to charity, friends, or family, 3) Use for a Yard/garage sale, and 4)
Discard (and really do it!)

Now we will do a few checklists of things you should have available in your
household inventory. And if starting up a new residence, you can use these as your
shopping / packing lists.

1. Your Medicine Cabinet Checklist:

• Painkillers such as Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol
• Thermometer – oral for most of us – anal for others
• Sharp scissors
• Band-aids –assorted sizes
• Tweezers
• Antihistamines for stings, sunburns and hayfever
• Indigestion tablets and liquids (I ate too much )
• Anti-diarrhoea products
• Antiseptic/antibiotic cream for cuts and bruises
• Cold sore treatment
• Sore muscular rub-on creams for aches
• Sunscreen
• Assortment of band-aids / plasters
• Surgical tape
• Safety pins
• Cotton bandages
• Sterile wound dressings and gauze
• Rubbing alcohol

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• Earwax drops
• Nasal Spray
• Eye drops / wash
• Laxatives and or suppositories for constipation
• *** Reusable Gel Ice pack – You keep this in your freezer and keep
more than one – They are great for aches (lower back), hangovers and
headaches – try on the back of the neck and forehead… ***

2. Your Kitchen Checklist:

Based on your eating habits and food preferences, the utensils and food
inventory will be different for each of us. These are some basics to consider
for all your kitchen needs and cooking occasions.

• Good set of pots and pans
• Pasta strainer
• Mixing and serving bowls
• Baking sheets and pans
• Food Storage containers
• Set of the large cooking utensils by the stove
• Good toaster so it lasts-get one with the wide slots for muffins
• Microwave (one of the best inventions in history)
• Steamer – if you like fresh steamed veggies and rice
• Canister set for tea, coffee, sugar
• Breadbox – it can match your canisters
• Measuring spoons and cup
• Good set of carving knives and silverware
• Kitchen cleaning supplies and dishwashing items
• Ice cube trays or ice maker
• Dish towels and pot holders
• Spice rack for those that like to spice up their meals
• Electric Hand-Mixer
• Tea kettle for stove or an electric one – if you use filtered water as in the
Brita pitcher- your tea and coffee does taste better!

If you store all your baking/cooking supplies near the stove or in
assigned cabinet shelves it will make it easier when preparing meals.

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3. Items that come in handy when the need arises for
homes and apartments:

• One or two Flashlights kept where easy to be found
• Extra batteries – all sizes – can keep in fridge to last longer!
• * Be sure you have the required “Smoke Alarms” *
• Candles and matches – for when the lights go out!
• Extra extension cords and 3-way plugs
• Supply of light bulbs
• Set of basic tools – in a tool box or assigned
• Electrical, duct, and masking tapes
• Twine / string
• Super Glue or any good adhesives
• Good Scissors
• Party supplies – plastic and paper goods
• Fire extinguisher – for kitchen fires and…
• Extra set of house keys either left with a good neighbor or family member
– for when you get locked out or lose your keys!

4. Everything else we can think of now off the top of the head:

• All your house cleaning supplies
• Vacuum cleaner and maybe also a carpet sweeper
• Broom and dustpan
• Bar-Drink items for parties & remember the corkscrew!
• Mop or floor sponge mop
• Plenty of towels and face cloths
• Everyday and special occasion dishware
• A desk to keep all your personal papers and office supplies,
checkbooks, etc.
• A 2-drawer file cabinet to file all your utility bills, receipts and other
paper stuff
• A small fire-proof floor safe is a good idea for your valuables and
important documents such as passports, birth certificates, etc.

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So there now. We can organize our kitchen cabinets and drawers
We can organize our closets / wardrobes -
We can organize our dresser drawers -
We can organize the garage / storage areas –

By using tips, hints, and products in most magazines / books / internet / and
specialty shops, we can arrange our clothes and other belongings into plastic
containers in our closets, under our beds – label boxes – get rid of clutter – give
away to charity – buy wisely… The whole idea is not just to organize, but also to
keep it simple and easy for you and others to find things when you need them.

You deserve more time to do the things you enjoy – so remove the
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We have here just a few suggestions for safe dating, first
dates, good dates, and dating etiquette that have been
passed around by many sources of which most are just
basic common sense. It doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves,
our kids, and our single friends of how gals and guys can
make the dating process a more enjoyable and relaxing experience.

First Date Wisdom:

• Each of you drive to meet at a public place – that way no one feels trapped if
they want to leave.
• Ladies: Make sure a friend or family member knows all the details of
• Ladies: Never leave the table with your drink still almost full – we know the
horror stories so don’t take the chance.
• Men: Be attentive – focus on your date and not other things or ladies that may
catch your eye!
• Do be on time.
• Do show respect for each other’s wishes and boundaries.
• Do be yourself!
• Do not be late.
• Do not talk about yourself all night.
• Do not talk about ex’s.
• Do not ask too many questions on first date.
• Try to keep the conversation light and include a sense of humor.

Think about some of these character descriptions as to what you
feel makes a good companion:

• Someone who is honest and trustful
• Someone who is confident
• Someone that you can laugh with
• Someone who excepts you for who you are without trying to change you
• Someone who respects you
• Someone who really listens to you

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• Someone that can be a great friend, good lover, and great kisser
• Someone who remembers the things you like and dislike
• Someone who is level-headed and controls their temper
• Someone that always lets you know how they feel about you
• Someone who is sincerely caring
• Someone who loves to share

And of course you can think of many more. These are just a few to remind you to
not settle for someone just to have companionship – we all need to realize we
“deserve” better. You must have and show “confidence” when you are meeting
people as possible new friends or for dating.

Relationships are and always will be the hardest job/adventure you will ever take
part in during your lifetime. If you don’t believe me, just open your eyes and ears to
the focus in film, books, courts, art, television, and therapy – relationships are the
basis of our survival as a race.

Sharing your life and time with someone takes work – hard work, so be prepared to
do your share!

Two of the most important keys to enjoying a long lasting relationship with
your partner are:


We are not “mind-readers”, you have to tell one another how you
feel and what your needs are.

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“Give and Take” is not a game. It is the ability to be flexible and to be willing to make
sacrifices for the one you love. You can’t always be right and have your way; this is
a sure way to disaster.

If we could filter all the programming we receive growing up about the differences
between man and women and just realize we are all human and sharing this planet
and time. Not Mars and Venus! That we all have the same basic needs and fears.

Be “Yourself” – you hear it all the time. If you don’t like how you see yourself, than
do something about it. We all can change; we all have choices in life.

Remember, we can’t control what others think about us, we can only control how we
feel about ourselves.

Stand tall, wear a smile, be proud and confident and look him or
her in the eyes and say “what you see is what you get and I hope it
will be enough to keep us happy for a long time to come.”

In conclusion:

Start out slow and don’t expect too much at first. Be safe and use common sense.
Dating can be enough of a challenge without us making it more stressful. Just try to
relax and have fun by enjoying some interests that you both have in common.

Life is too short and we all deserve too have a few healthy relationships in our time
to share life’s adventure with.

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Time for some more Mindless Facts:

• The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue – when was your last
tongue lashing?

• A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes – does he sleep or smoke a carton
after all that? – that’s what I call sizzling bacon!

• Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-
handed people do – I wonder how much money was spent on that

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Guide Contents:


Making $ at Garage Sales---------------------------------

Setting Up-----------------------------------------------------

Selection and Pricing---------------------------------------



The Sale! --------------------------------------------------------

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On almost any given weekend across the country,
someone is holding a garage sale, attending a swap meet
or setting up a booth at a flea market. The quote
“someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure” makes these events both plausible
and plentiful.
Most of us are accumulators. We pack what we can into our house without
regularly taking inventory until it’s busting at the seams. Then it’s time to
decide what to keep, what to throw out and, more importantly, what to sell.
So many people spend their weekends out looking for bargains at these types of
events and there are plenty of opportunities to make money. Much of it will be
clear profit since there is virtually no overhead involved— certainly not the
same as in a retail shop.
Your first garage sale can be to clean out your “junk”. Your subsequent sales
can be for items you pick up at bargain prices at flea markets, swap meets and
auctions, which you then turn around and sell out of your own garage. You can
still give someone a bargain and make a profit on the merchandise turnover.
Why not you? If you’ve ever had a garage sale, you must have realized the
potential involved. All of these customers come to you simply because you put
a small advertisement in the newspaper. People come for all kinds of reasons: a
day out, a specific objective, or someone who likes browsing in search of that
little unknown gem that might have great appeal.
What do people look for? Almost anything! Clothes, books, art, old records,
furniture, pots and pans, a fishing pole— you name it! Most people will buy at
least one thing. They have that shopping itch!
They want to be able to tell someone about the bargain they found!

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Garage sales are full of surprises for these people. It’s not like going down to a
K-Mart or Sears where you know what the merchandise is and where it’s
located. Something that would be of no interest to you can be someone else’s
As you get to be a garage sale expert, you will end up going around to these
sales and acquiring great deals that you can turn around and sell at a profit. If
someone needs cash, there may be tremendous deals out there on the tables. Or
if someone is moving and wants to get rid of whatever they don’t wish to move
this means a great opportunity to pick up something unusual or needed without
spending much cash yourself.
How much money you can earn at your garage sales depends on the inventory
and the customer traffic. The variety of goods you have will make your sale
more attractive, especially if you start having them on a regular basis. If you’re
preparing for one and cleaning out the house, you will likely stumble upon
items that you might not have known you had— some of them almost brand
If it’s stored in your attic, basement or other storage space and you haven’t seen
it for years, much less used it, it’s a good candidate for the sale. Some people
have wedding gifts they’ve never used, duplicates or whatever, and they’ve
forgotten they even have it.
It’s not only the hidden items, though. Items in plain sight that are taking up
room have taken on a familiarity so that you may not even see them anymore. It
may be a lamp you haven’t turned on since you installed a ceiling fan with a
light. It may be a chair you never sit in. It may be clothes at the back of the
closet that don’t fit any longer.
You’re ready! You’re in the right frame of mind for this task, so let’s set up
your garage sale.

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Making Money At Garage Sales
The lamp, chair and clothes we’ve just discussed are now items to be marked.
Get out a pad of paper and pen and start going through your rooms. Begin
where you feel most comfortable. The kitchen, the bedroom, the den, wherever!
You choose!
Once you pick out the room, go through it thoroughly. Check every corner of
the closet, the cabinet, and the shelves. Evaluate everything honestly. Try not to
over-sentimentalize or you’ll end up keeping more than you need. Emotionally
detach yourself from as many items
as you can.
When listing your inventory, write everything down and make a note next to it
like Must go! Or Takes up too much room! Or Can’t part with! These notes
will reflect your initial reaction to the merchandise, which you can refer to later
if you question why a certain item is out on the table for sale.
Everyone has gifts they received but never used. While they appreciated the
thought, the item just wasn’t them, so the gift was kept and never used. Brand
new items appear all the time at garage sales and can be priced a little higher
than the usual second-hand stuff. It will still be a bargain, and clear profit for
Clothes that don’t fit or are out of style, couches that are worn, linens that
belonged to the kids who no longer live at home— garage sale items are
Don’t forget the garage itself! Old tools, tires, lumber, rope are all items that
someone may buy! If you have a backyard shed, check it out! Put the ladder
up and get into the crawl space! Look through the barn! Any part of the house
and its various extensions are fair game.

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It may be a bit wearisome trudging through the entire house listing items, but
don’t think about the current tasks. Think instead about the money that can be
earned from this work! Think of it as your regular job now.
Setting Up
You’ve been everywhere and made your entire list. Now it’s a question of
preparing these goods for the sale.
The greater the assortment of goods, the more likely you’ll turn a healthy profit.
But just having the goods to sell is not the only ticket to big cash! How you lay
them out on display can play as important a role as the items you have in
realizing a good money day.
Organization! Organization! Organization!
This is your key to a successful set-up for your garage sale. Items that are
thrown together on a table aren’t going to be as attractive to customers as those
that are diligently laid out in a certain order.
For example, your front tables should have some eye-catching, good value
pieces on them. These are the items that will bring shoppers in further. Clothes
should be clean and arranged in a colorful manner that looks attractive from the
street. If the clothes aren’t clean or arranged fetchingly, the “drive-by” shoppers
won’t even get out of the car. If it doesn’t look good from their car windows,
they’ll go on to the next sale.
All jewelry should be kept in one place, preferably laid out on a nice cloth
(perhaps velvet) that will accent their beauty and make them more pleasing to
the eye. Lighting is important here, too, as you’re trying to highlight the best
pieces. A gleam will do— and that’s what a good spotlight will do for you. You
can even put the jewelry on a swiveling piece to make it easier for people to
study the items and turn them around without significant handling.

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It will also help you to continually rotate the jewelry to feature your best pieces
up front.
Whatever tables you use— yours, your neighbors, your friends, your relatives,
and ones you rent— make sure you decorate them! There are plenty of colorful
papers you can buy to cover the tables. Paper tablecloths will do the trick.
You can find them at a party store or even the large discount chains. Tape them
down or, better yet, put thumbtacks around in several spots to keep the cloth in
place. Who knows? It could be a breezy day! Or someone could pick up an
item and half the cloth with it. So be sure these are secured.
How do you know where to place your merchandise? How can you be sure it
will all fit correctly and as you want it laid out?
The best way to find out is to measure. First, measure the width and length of
your garage to see how much overall space you have. Then, measure the tables
you will be using and list each one accordingly. Tables can be card tables,
picnic benches and table, Ping-Pong board across a couple of cinder blocks—
whatever! Just be sure you measure each piece!
Now, on a sheet of paper drawn to scale lay out your tables as they fit into your
garage’s width and length. Be sure to leave room for people to move easily
through to look at the items. You may want to plan to put a table or two into
your driveway, but don’t count on it. If the weather is bad, you’ll need to be
sure the garage can adequately handle all components.
Once you’ve drawn in the tables, now select the places you want to put certain
items. Begin labeling the tables with assigned merchandise. Once you know
where everything is going, it will be easier to begin setting up your garage for
the sale. If you are going to get some help setting up, you can give each helper a
copy of the layout with the assigned items per table. It will make it easier for
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If you intend to have coffee available at the garage sale, be sure it is in a place
where no one can trip over a cord.
You will also need to make an outlet available for people who want to try out
an appliance or other electrical item to be sure it works. This is a good tip for
you, too. You don’t want any item out that doesn’t work without some
indication of it.
You might still want to sell it to someone who can fix it up, but tell him or her
up front and charge a lower price accordingly.
Selection and Pricing
What items can be sold at the garage sale? Well… just about anything you can
think of will be a candidate. Here’s a list if you want to keep it to check against
what you have. This list is certainly not complete, but should cover most of the
items you might have.
Clothes Books Radios Television
Hamper Toaster Computer Tape deck
Irons Magazines Sports equipment Pots & pans
Records Rocking chair Bicycle Glasses
Cassettes Typewriter Bed or cot Silverware
CDs Space heater Pictures Pottery
Fishing equipment Alarm clocks Coffee pot

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Pillows Tools Tent Picture frames
End table Patio furniture Playpen Skis
Tennis racquet Drapery/rods Musical instrument
Dresser Workbench Rulers Art supplies
Games Croquet set Lawnmower Leaf blower
Plants Electric drill Desk Ice cream maker
Jewelry Screens Aquarium Exercise bicycle
Luggage Crib Roller skates Vacuum cleaner
Paper/pens Mixer Telescope Calculator
Chairs Doll house Flatware
Record/Tape holders Wastebaskets
VCR Lamps Sofas Loveseats
Saw Tires Filing cabinets Card table
Mugs Blender Christmas decorations
Antiques Posters Fireplace tools Racquetball
racquet Candlesticks Backpack Dehumidifier
Bedspreads Linens Towels Perfume
Stuffed animals Toys Knickknacks
Barstools Scuba gear Cameras Swing set
Ironing board Mattress

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Gardening tools Baskets Electric trains
Bookcases Dining table Car parts Air conditioner
Ice skates Hats
Well, it’s a start. You’ll think of others, as you look around; like that mirror or
those bookends. Everyone’s list is different and you may have items of great
value that don’t mean that much to you. Maybe it’s an original work of art you
can’t stand or a 1928 edition of Oliver Twist that you’ve never read. Good
items! If you’re truly not going to use them, let someone else enjoy them!
Now that you’ve selected your items, how do you price them? This is a key
Many people price their goods too high and are surprised when so much is left
over. One of the purposes of the garage sale is to get rid of stuff, remember?
What good is it if you priced items out of reach for the everyday garage sale
What is a low price? There should be few items over $10.00. The stuff you
really want to sell should be down under $2.00, depending on the item. One
idea for you is to have special tables marked as All Items On This Table are
$1.00. Other variations are 50-cent tables and even $2.00 tables. People like
these layouts. They can pick up several items and only spend three or four
dollars. People who have kids along with them are prime targets for this.
If you have some stuffed animals or old toys, put them in a priced to go mode,
by having all items at one low price. This way the child can get something that
doesn’t cost Mom or Dad much and may prompt the adult to focus on other
items, too, since they’ve already been treated to a bargain or two on behalf of
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Pricing garage sale items is kind of an art. The big-ticket items like a $500
antique bookcase will not fit into the $10.00 or less guideline, obviously. That’s
okay! You can have a few higher-priced items that serve as anchors around the
garage on the sides and in corners where people won’t be handling them. You’ll
find the treasure seekers come early on the first day to buy just such items for
their second-hand store. They can clean up the item, nearly double the price,
and sell it in their shop!
Specialized antiques or very high priced items might be better sold through a
local Penny saver-type publication. You can also bring them to a second-hand
shop or an antique store and offer them to the shop owner on a consignment
The garage sale is intended for low prices on the great majority of merchandise.

Here are some basic pricing rules to go by:
Clothing: Items that you display on a rack should be priced from 50 cents up to
$5.00 depending on the age, wear, style, type and newness of the garment.
Non-racked items should be neatly arranged on a table and priced from 25 cents
up to perhaps $3.00 for a sweater.
Appliances: If you have a number of items, like a stove, washer/dryer,
refrigerator or the like that you don’t want to sell privately through
advertisement, then you should look in your local newspaper classifieds to see
what people are pricing these items to sell. This should give you a reasonable
range to choose from. Remember, if you really want to sell it, price it low
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A few dollars less than you think it’s worth is a smart move if it gets the item
sold and out of the house. You can price the smaller items like a toaster oven or
a microwave in a similar fashion or simply give it a low price— to move!
Electronics: If you have televisions, radios, record players, VCRs, calculators,
computers, typewriters, tape players and items as such, if they are in good
shape, you can probably price them at a third of retail price to move it. They
should be cleaned up and in good condition. If something is wrong, subtract
dollars from your one-third retail starting point.
Books: Divide your collection up into paperbacks and hard covers. Paperbacks
should be priced at 10 to 25 cents. If you use 25 cents, offer 5 for $1.00, too.
Hard cover books can be priced at $1.00 each, except for the older, valuable
first editions. Offer the same type of deal, such as 6 for $5.00 on the hard
covers. Many people come to garage sales simply looking for books.
Records, etc.: First, assess your collection of LP and 45’s to see if you have any
real valuables that collectors may like. If you’re unsure, bring them to a record
store and ask the owner. Music people will likely pay a better price for some of
these. Otherwise, price your 45’s at a quarter or less and the records at $1.00 -
$2.00 each. Cassettes can go for $1.00 each or less. Compact discs can
command a higher price, perhaps $3.00 each, if in good shape.
CD’s-Music & Game Software: Check out the going prices on the internet at
auction and classified sites. You usually don’t get much return on these
products for what you paid because there are so many used CD’s out there
being sold and passed around.
Linens: Towels, linens and tablecloths are normally priced at $1.00 to $5.00
each. Rugs can be priced up to $5.00 if in mint condition. Draperies depend on
size and condition and can run from $5.00 to $15.00 for a set. Find out what
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Knickknacks: Old souvenirs, vases, ash trays and other novelties can go for
$2.00 or less and look good together on one table. It can be one of your All
Items on this Table are $1.00. These are the things that have been collecting
dust in the house for a number of years, or taking up too much room, or that you
won’t use (you bought it on vacation when it seemed like a great idea). Price
them to go— the lower, the better. You don’t want to see these items again!
Selection and pricing of the items are critical tasks. But placing the items out in
a certain order can attract the customer, as we have previously mentioned.
First, clean the garage as best you can. You want your storefront to be as neat as
possible. This would include mowing the grass, trimming the hedges, cleaning
up the yard, and even pressure cleaning the driveway. If you’re selling a tent,
it’s best to set that up outside if the weather cooperates. Other similar yard
items can join the tent on the lawn or in the driveway: tires, bicycles,
lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and similar items are too large to lay out wisely in
your garage. They’ll just take up too much room! Line the items up on your
lawn (or driveway) as you’ll line up your merchandise inside: in rows, with
aisles for people to comfortably get around and examine the merchandise.
Next, make sure you have enough room on your tables to lay out your items so
they can be seen. If items have to be in a box, make it a fun box, with all items
in the carton at 25 cents each. Well-displayed merchandise looks cared-for,
adding to its value in a shopper’s mind.
Clean and press clothes you’ll be hanging to sell. Mark the sizes clearly so
people can see them and won’t have to search for tags. People won’t buy dirty
clothes and you don’t want to have to keep telling people the sizes or the prices.
Place this information in full view. Label individual clothes with a piece of
paper pinned to a sleeve or a lapel.

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For electronic items that you still have the original boxes for, place them in or
next to the carton if there’s room. The original box will list all of the features
for you.
If you have the original instructions or owner’s manual, include it. It could be
the feature that cinches the deal.
If you have an unusual item that people might not recognize for what it is, put a
card next to it identifying the piece, with its price. If there is something unique
about an item’s history, write a short narrative about it and place it next to the
Conversely, if there is a negative thought such as a broken piece, note this on a
card and place it next to the damaged item. Honesty is always the best policy.
Those who can fix goods and use them personally often find a good bargain.

Use small circle-stickers to individually price items. These are inexpensive and
can be put right on the item without a problem and, the buyer importantly, can
remove more easily and without damaging their purchase.
Selection, pricing and layout is only as good as the
number of people that come by to shop at your
garage sale. To attract customers, you must get the
word out. One sign at the top of your street will not
bring in the folks who will do a lot of buying.
First, you should check to see if your city requires you to take out a garage sale
permit to hold the event.
There is usually a fee and the permit is good for two or three days. You can try
and duck this requirement, but you have to take the chance that someone in an
official capacity will come by to see if you’ve obtained the permit.

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If so, you’ll pay a fine that could eat up most of your garage sale profits. It’s not
worth it! Get the permit and then display it openly in your garage. This looks
impressive to your customers, too.
All the major daily newspapers and the local community weekly publications
have spaces set aside for classified advertising. There is even a special section
separately for Garage Sales.
This is the first and best place to advertise. Since many garage sales start on
Friday or Saturday, you will find the local garage sale experts up early and
buying the paper to check out where the sales are being held.
They will then arrange an orderly plan of attack, geographically efficient, and
go to work. Much of this is done at 6:00 a.m. or earlier, so that by the time you
open your sale at 8:00 or 9:00 a.m., a group of cars is already assembled with
passengers waiting to embark on their treasure hunts.
While it costs money to place the advertisements, it’s not much and well worth
the value. Newspapers will need some lead-time, weeklies greater than dailies,
so get your advertisement prepared early. Some newspapers even have garage
sale kits that you can pick up with sample ads and material you can use to make
signs and price notices.
Your advertisement should be short, to the point and give enough details to
spark some interest. Begin with an intriguing heading. Rather than simply say
Garage Sale, why not print Incredible Garage Sale or some similar positive,
enthusiastic description of your sale. Bargain Hunter’s Paradise will probably
bring the shoppers out.
Your address may be sufficient alone or you may have to add a couple of words
to pinpoint the location better, like just off Central Avenue. Make it easy to find
you! If the shoppers can’t locate your house, the garage sale will not go as well
as hoped.

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Give a specific time that you’ll be holding the sale. Leaving out the time will
have people knocking at your door at 7:00 a.m. (those 6:00 a.m. planners,
remember?). If you intend to open at 8:00 a.m., you might want to put 9:00 a.m.
as your advertised time. Otherwise, if you open up at 7:45 a.m. to put items out,
you’ll be greeted by the early-risers who want to be there before everyone and
you’ll find yourself somewhat disorganized and dealing with customers before
you’re ready. Advertising at 9:00 a.m. means you can open the doors at 8:00
a.m., place your items outside, and arrange your tables for a good twenty to
thirty minutes before the early-birds show up.
You have a smart opener, your location and the times of your sale. Now, you
have to promote certain items that you believe might get someone’s attention. If
you have a lot of antiques, say so. If you have a marvelous book collection that
you are unloading, write books in the ad.
Something like clothing, books, records, antiques, furniture, unique items may
fit the bill. It gives people a general idea of what you have without being too
wordy. Words are money in an advertisement.
Finally, you should note whether you would hold the sale in inclement weather.
If not, indicate this to save people the trouble of coming by if there is rain,
snow, sleet or hail.
The classified advertisement will bring most of the traffic. But there are ways to
pull in others who may not have read or missed the ad you placed. These hand-
planted signs can do the job in helping people find your garage sale— those that
were already coming and those who spot your sign and spontaneously decide to
come by.
If you live in the back of a development or several streets off the main road, you
will need several signs to use as both advertisers and directionals. These signs
should be LARGE and easy to see. Don’t go for the 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper
nailed to a ruler.

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That won’t be easily seen and will not stay up for long in any event. Think in
terms of two feet by three feet to make it a sign everyone can see and read.
Use colorful, eye-appealing paper. Write Incredible Garage Sale on top with the
time, date(s) and address to follow. Make the lettering large
and easy to read.
Put arrows if directionals are indicated at the place you’ve
posted the sign. Staple the cardboard sign to a piece of wood
and nail it into the ground or put it up on a telephone pole or
street sign. Municipalities aren’t crazy about sign hanging, but if you don’t
abuse the privilege and take down the signs and nails immediately after the sale
is over, you’ll be fine.
You can even employ your children to walk up and down a main thoroughfare
advertising the event, carrying a placard much as they would for a political
candidate or if they were on strike.
The more noticeable the advertisement, the more likely you’ll draw the curious.
Get your signs out early to advertise the day of the sale. This is another reason
to start at 9:00 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m., so you’ll have time to get out and
place them. If you leave them out the night before, they may not be there in the
morning for any number of reasons, from weather to vandalism.
Make sure you have your directional arrows pointed in the correct way. If
drivers could come from either side, have arrows on both sides of the sign.
People make errors on their directions all the time and it leads to frustrated
shoppers who will simply go on to the next sale.
Proper sign design takes some time, so don’t leave it for the morning of the
sale. You should only be placing them around that day. Do your signs in the
evenings leading up to the sale.

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It will be a busy week tagging items, setting up the tables, putting merchandise
on them, and sign-making, but it will be worth the time and effort.

Your signs are going to be the shopper’s first impression
of you and, by extension, your goods for sale. A
favorable image, portrayed by a neat, easy to read,
colorful sign, will be in the shopper’s mind as they approach your tables.
They’ll be feeling positive— and that usually means a few sales for you!
You might consider putting up flyers about your garage sale on bulletin boards
in grocery stores, Laundromats, church and community centers.
If you work close by, you may be able to place a flyer on the company bulletin
board or even an ad in the company paper. People know you and may want to
swing by to see your sale!
In addition to avoiding municipal trouble, you should retrieve your signs, nails
and flyers when done, since you may be able to use them again for your next
garage sale. It will save you the cost of buying all of that material again.
A week or two before you plan to have your sale, you might want to take a
weekend and hit the garage sales locally.
You’re not out to buy, unless you see a deal you couldn’t pass up. You’re out to
learn. See how others set up their sales. Notice what works and what doesn’t.
Listen to hear compliments and complaints. How is everything organized? Are
the prices marked clearly? What are the prices?
You should see some consistency in the pricing and arrangements. At least you
should get some ideas as to how to arrange your garage sale. You’ll see
mistakes to avoid and find ideas that will work well for you.

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If an attractive layout catches your eye, chances are it will catch someone else’s
eye when it’s your turn for the sale.
Other people may want to “go in” on the garage sale with you. Your garage,
their items. Decide yourself if this is a good idea. You don’t want to turn down
a friend or relative if you have room, but if adding a few other items of theirs
will detract from your merchandise arrangement, then be firm and tell them it’s
not possible to combine efforts this time. Set up another date when you might
have less stuff and, in combination with their items, may do quite well at this
later time.
You can also hold a “Friends Preview Sale” the night or two
before the sale is open to the public at large. Invite a few
friends over, have a few refreshments and then turn them
loose. You may earn a substantial amount of cash just from
this special advance sale. Make it friendly and fun!
How do you know if you did well at your garage sale? Good records are a sure
bet to value your efforts. Simply listing inventory, expenses and revenue will
paint a picture of your financial success. This would also be critical if you are
selling other people’s merchandise in addition to your own. You’ll have to track
it separately. Label the price tags with different colors or other codes like
prefixes (N- 25 cents) to properly identify the articles that belong to the various
Keeping separate envelopes at your cashier’s stand can help you organize the
goods as they are sold. If you have a couple of friends or relatives selling items,
too, simply pull off the tag at sale-time and place the coded label in the
appropriate envelope.

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For example, if you have codes N, S and T to indicate pieces being sold on
behalf of three separate parties, all the N tags removed would go in the N
envelope all the S tags in the S envelope and all the T tags in the T envelope.
You can note each item on the outside of the envelope as it is inserted and the
tag placed in the envelope. Noting as “candlestick - $2.00” will be a second
way to check the inside coded tags against the running totals on the outside.
Maintaining a separate inventory list for each seller is important, too. As time
permits, you can cross off items sold as you compare it to your specific
envelope. What’s not crossed off by the end of the day should still be out on
display. This way you can check it easily.
If you have to depend on memory, your relationship with a friend or relative
could be on shaky ground. Better to have detailed, organized records, especially
if you intend for this to be a career for you. Specializing in garage sales may
mean your selling a lot of items from other people on consignment. It’s best to
get your system down early on, and it will create trust in the minds of your
Make sure you have plenty of change for your cash box. Dimes and quarters
should abound as well as one-dollar bills. (or euro’s)
Get fifty dollars in various quantities of these three and keep a record of how
much you initially place in the cash box and of what denomination.
Should you take a check? That’s up to you, but it is recommended that, without
a driver’s license to record information from on the back of the check, you
shouldn’t take it. Most of the time, a check will be for a higher priced item(s)
anyway and the person should have plenty of identification for you to copy on
the back of the check. If you choose not to deal in checks, you could accept a
deposit to hold an item for a set time limit (three hours), giving the person time
to acquire the necessary cash to complete the transaction.

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There might be some people who offer you a figure you believe to be too low
for one of your higher priced items. Don’t completely rule it out! See if the
individual will leave a name and phone number to contact in the event you are
not able to unload it for your price. That party may still be interested at the end
of the weekend and it’s better to get something for your article as opposed to
keeping or otherwise disposing of it for nothing.
The art of negotiation is one best practiced. There are people who are really
good at it and others that detest the entire process. This is the way goods have
been bought and sold in this country for much of our early history and there is
still some of that old “horse-trading” going on today.
While you wouldn’t be able to do this at your grocery store check-out counter,
it’s a perfectly acceptable procedure in a garage sale.
People are out for bargains. Part of the fun is to see if they can get you down
from the price you’ve listed on your items. Expect it! Don’t be insulted! Get
into the game yourself! An item priced at $8.00 may bring an offer of $6.00.
Counter offer with $7.00 and settle for $6.50. Make the sale! People enjoy the
bargaining process and so should you if you want to specialize in garage sales.
When you go around to buy items that you can sell at a profit later, negotiate.
The lower the price you can get, the better the chance to sell it at a good price
during your subsequent garage sale.
There are professionals out there to watch. These are the folks who will make
you an offer for the entire inventory you have displayed. Or for a collection of
something. Or for all your glassware. Or for your hard cover books. Be careful!
You can often make far more by holding out and continuing your garage sale
rather than settle for an offer to move the entire lot off your property. If you are
selling goods for others, you should discuss this with them in advance. They
may want you to take a one-time offer for their articles. If so, it’s good to know
that in case the “pro” happens by.

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Make money and move your inventory! That’s the objective, no matter how it
is accomplished. Keeping that in mind will help you get through the negotiating
that will be a part of garage sale day.
The Sale: You’re ready. You’ve made your selections, priced your goods,
made your signs, advertised and the big day has arrived. Hopefully, you’ll get a
good day, weather-wise. Everything is on the prescribed tables. The layout is
well thought out and designed to attract viewers— and buyers!
You’ve put out your morning signs. You advertised your sale an hour later than
you’re prepared to handle it, leaving plenty of time for last minute touches, or
any final plans you’ve overlooked. You may have forgotten to label an entire
table! Better to do it before the guests arrive! That extra hour will help.
It won’t be an hour, either. The early birds will begin cruising in 30-45 minutes
ahead of schedule, but that’s okay! You’re ready! The All Items 10 Cents
boxes are displayed in prime view— one for the kids and the other for adults to
browse through. This is the carrot that will bring them in for the other items.
Do you want to put out refreshments? It’s not a bad idea, but don’t overdo it!
Coffee is fine in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon. You can offer muffins,
donuts and other food, but it’s not necessary.
If some of the food you bought is tainted for any reason, you may be in for
more trouble than your good intentions warrant. If you offer anything, keep it to
drinks in paper throwaway cups.
Be careful to keep children away from the tables that have china or glassware or
other breakables. Stores have the same problem. Just be aware of it and set
those tables up well inside where kids are less apt to be. Adults will still be able
to get to the table and look without it being up front or accessible from all sides.
Shoplifters can be present just as they would be in a normal retail environment.
As much as you can, keep an eye out for the occasional thief.

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If you have your higher priced items in the back of the garage near you and the
cash box, it’s less likely you’ll have a problem with these individuals.
Children may take something without knowing, which you can easily point out
to the adult who accompanied the youth. Having a couple of people helping you
out can discourage those who would try to steal any articles.
At the end of your sale, check your inventory. You may receive a few offers
from last minute shoppers to take the rest of it off your hands for one low price.
If garage sales are your specialty, you may decide against that offer, knowing
you may be able to sell the items at your next sale. If you really want to unload
it all, take the offer and be done with it.
For other leftovers you don’t want to keep, check your local charities like
Goodwill, the Salvation Army, the local homeless centers and the like.
Books may be great donations for a hospital or nursing home while clothes may
be perfect for a downtown shelter and toys for a local orphanage.
If you have some high-priced items left, run classifieds or advertise those items
specifically by name on a flyer posted at area bulletin boards.
Leave a box at your curb with a sign that says, “help yourself” for some items.
People will! You can also package up the “junk” and take it down to the local
landfill. There will be assorted places to dispose of the
various remainders.
Congratulations on a successful sale!
Once you’ve attained your degree in garage sales, you can
move on to the flea markets and swap meets and mix with
the real professionals.

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These are the mega garage sales where people can go from one “garage sale” to
the next without getting in and out of their cars. Whether they’re called Flea
Markets or Swap Meets, it’s the same idea; acres and acres of goods for sale by
people like yourself.
Generally, they’re open on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) just like
garage sale, since it’s when most of the people can come. There may be new or
old merchandise for sale, inside and outside of shelter. You will see several
jewelry displays, record collections, books, clothes, some furniture, and many
antiques. In short, it’s a larger garage sale! It’s like a Mexican marketplace —
only right here on American soil. It’s the social event for small-town America.
You can find some items you might want to include as part of your next garage
sale, providing you can buy them at a price low enough to turn around and re-
price it for sale. You may decide that, if the inventory you’ve accumulated is
large enough, you want to purchase booth space and sell your goods here with
the rest of the sellers.
If you or a family member specializes in some type of homemade crafts, this
can be an outlet for your wares. If you or a relative or friend is an artist, perhaps
some paintings would be well suited to this purpose.
The best sellers are usually new goods available for extremely low prices. If
you have access to goods that you can buy in volume and turn around for a
profit, this is the place for you. The weekly earnings of many of these
merchandisers are hefty!
Since there are so many booths, you have to do something to make yours stand
out from the rest. Balloons tied to your booth’s sides will set you apart. Or an
attractive, eye-catching neon sign might do the trick. Free popcorn from a
popping machine may bring the shoppers to your merchandise. Any good trick
will do!

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Like your garage sale, try and do your best to make an attractive, organized
appearance. The same reason someone driving by your garage might slow down
and stop will be the device that slows the traffic down at a swap meet or flea
market. Be polite and courteous and friendly! Smiling is contagious! Make
sure people are glad they stopped by even if they didn’t buy anything. Being
positive is a great way to approach life.
If you think the art of negotiation was important at your garage sale, you
haven’t seen anything yet. Wait until you check out the haggling that takes
place at one of these ultra garage sales!
There will be much bartering, counter-offering and bluffs associated with this
type of buying method. Be prepared for it.
If you do it well, you can earn a small fortune at this type
of selling. If you’ve got a garage, you’re in business! If
you don’t, but have a yard, you’re in business! You can
carry it to the next level and buy booth space at a flea
market or swap meet, but just some well-planned local
garage sales will earn you a lot of cash. You’re on your
way to big profits!

4 weeks before the sale:
1. Determine if you are doing the garage sale alone or if others will be involved
in it with you.

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2. Organize a meeting of all those involved.
3. Agree on a date.
4. Agree on the location.
5. Take inventory of all participants and divide up the allocated space
6. Agree on all pricing up front.
7. Begin to set aside items in an organized fashion by placing items together by
3 weeks before the sale:
1. Call your newspaper and see if there is a garage sale kit available. Find out
their deadlines for advertisements.
2. Identify other publications in which you intend to advertise and find out their
3. Diagram the floor plan of the garage or yard. Assign tables based on the
inventory notes made last week.
4. Determine how many tables you will need and begin to accumulate them
from whatever sources you intend to tap.
5. Assign categories by table and by individual. Note these on your already
drawn diagram.
2 weeks before sale:
1. Place your advertisements that need to be in at this time.
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3. Pick up the material and begin making your signs and flyers.
1 week before the sale:
1. Place any other advertisements that work on a shorter deadline.
2. Put out the tables in prearranged order in your garage. Put up the clothes
The last week:
1. Put up your flyers on area bulletin boards.
2. Start arranging the merchandise on the various tables.
3. Price every item, using self-adhesive labels.
4. Obtain your cash box.
5. Pick up change in dimes, quarters and singles for your cash box.
The Day of Sale:
1. Put up your signs around the neighborhood.
2. Put out your items that will be in the yard/driveway.
3. Plug in the coffee pot. &
4. HAVE FUN !!

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Make Sure Your Child Knows How To Handle Bullies!

I was bullied constantly as a child and I know of many others who also experienced
this trauma. I wish we had this kind of help back then.

Encountering a bully is one of the toughest situations a child can face. As parents
and teachers, we owe it to our children (and ourselves) to make sure they know
what to do if bullied. That’s where this book on bullying comes in.

The children’s Quiz in the book provides positive solutions for dealing with bullies,
while the parents and teacher’s quiz provides education concerning the problem.

This book targets bullying situations in elementary school. You can check out the
new ebook “Why Me?” about bullying especially for teen girls at the link in this book.

OF THE BULLY BOOK & The DNL Reader to view this book!

Permission granted to offer this book from Butch Pujol, Charter member of iCop
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(And keep your job)

This information and tips is based on the many years I spent both in supervision and
management positions (16-years was with one major manufacturing/sales
company). I learned a lot from job training, my bosses, my employees, and all my
co-workers over the years.

The process of interviewing, hiring, training, terminations (ugh!), and doing
performance reviews of staff was an ongoing learning experience in all the positions
and jobs that I held.

Let me start out by saying that – Yes, there are men and women out
there in a position of authority; supervisors, middle-management
and upper management that do not have the tact, personality or
training to properly manage and train employees.

If you are one of the unfortunate ones that does not work for a
morally decent boss that you can respect, than our sincere
condolences. You best realize that all employees’ do “deserve” better and with
confident determination they will go out and find a healthier work environment.

Be it the past, present, or future – there are basic employee qualities that all
employers are looking for in their workers no matter what the job description may be.

If you wish to receive positive job reviews and promotions you must possess
all or most of these qualities:

• Punctuality (this is very important in all aspects of life)
• Responsible
• Can perform tasks with limited supervision
• Flexibility
• Works well with others (or at least knows how to be tactful)
• A quick learner
• Not afraid to ask questions
• Willing to learn new skills to broaden their knowledge
• Well-groomed
• A good listener (vs. always the talker)
• Good attendance on the job

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Bonus skills that you either have or will have to learn to be noticed and move up
the ladder in your job careers:

• Good to above average written and
verbal communication skills

• Well motivated – shows initiative

• The ability to train others

• A “Team” player

• The ability to make decisions

• Can handle stress with a cool-head

• Good self-discipline

Depending on the job duties that you perform, and the amount of staff you work with,
being diplomatic and tactful will help you avoid the dreaded “personality conflicts”
that do so much damage in the work environment. A boss will always notice those
that help eliminate unnecessary headaches for him or her and interact well with the
other workers.

Being a “survivor” in today’s job market while still maintaining your mental and
physical health can be quite a challenge.

Try not to have two sets of morals – one for life and at home and one for the job.
Being true to your beliefs and morals on the job can be difficult at times but in the
long run, those who really count will respect you for it.

Don’t make the mistake of going 100mph but at the end of the day you have not
completed the important duties of your job. You can be efficient first and then learn
to perform the tasks more quickly by using short cuts and learning from others.

Try to arrive at work a little early so as to give yourself time to settle in without
having to rush right into the fire. Yes, the boss does notice those who arrive before
others and does not rush out the door exactly at quitting time.

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Always communicate with your boss about anything on the job that is affecting your
performance or your emotions. It is best to keep the air clear and have no
misunderstandings. If not sure – ask-ask-ask. And we all know about what happens
when we “assume.”


Has too many late or absent days
Is dishonest, no integrity
Job performance is substandard
Abuses drugs or alcohol
Abuses work breaks
Not able to follow orders
Not able to get along with fellow-workers
Poor attitude

Have the ability to take criticism; use it as an opportunity to learn and never take it
too personal. We are all human and we will make mistakes. The secret is to learn
from our mistakes.

Try to keep your personal / family life separate from your work day. Don’t abuse
personal calls or having visitors at your work place.

You will be “Rewarded” for job excellence if you just do your
best and learn from these tips!

Be positive! A good positive attitude will make you stand out.
Believe in yourself. Each morning before going to work – look in the
mirror and tell yourself:
“I am good at what I do and I am going to have a great day!”

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Secrets to Living Longer and Being Happier


Want to live longer and be happier? I truly believe
that the two key ingredients to this secret are – A
sense of Humor and maintaining a young mind and heart! Never let the
kid inside you disappear from your soul or your thoughts.

Look around you – when you see the older folks that appear healthier
and happier – the common denominator you will most likely see is that
they have a sense of humor and/or still enjoy acting and thinking in a
youthful way.

We all know about the advice we receive for proper diet, eating habits,
exercise, and etc. that we are told to follow. We can take vitamins and
other supplements as well. But all these things require us to have
discipline and they come from outside our being.

Our sense of humor and youthful soul come from within us and should
be part of whom we are.

If you met me you would never guess my age within even 10 years of
my actual age. My wife is the same. I never feel or act my age and we
both make each other laugh on a daily basis. All this doesn’t mean that
you are not being a responsible adult. Don’t confuse the two – there is
plenty of room in our lives to perform our adult duties and still share joy
and laughter with others.

When was the last time you allowed yourself some “Playtime”?

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Darn it – we always realize late in life that “life is too short” but in reality
maybe we just wasted a lot of time being a stressed-out responsible-
worried adult looking for happiness and success in all the wrong places.

Hey – we all have had our ups and downs in life and some more than
others. So why not take control and say “I Deserve to have some fun
and happiness in my life!” And don’t let your age get in the way as an
excuse for not kicking up your heels.

My wife and I have both done some caregiving for elderly folks over the
years and I can tell you that some of the best laughs we have had is
thanks to their stories and wit!

I almost forgot - “Music” is also a big part of staying
young and having a joyous youthful spirit!

Who said there are ‘rules’ of action that we must
follow based on our age? Life is about the journey
and the experiences we encounter during our time
here on mother earth. When and how you
experience the aspects of living is actually under
your control in most cases.

You will be remembered more for your lively witty spirit when you are
gone than all the awards, money, education…it comes down to how you
connected with your fellow-person in life.

I want them to say of me- His kindness; his playful spirit, making others
feel important and smile is what they remember most.
How about you?
It takes more muscles to frown then it does to smile, and laughter
reduces stress!

You Deserve to Look Good & Feel Good
in a Pain-Free Body!

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A few tips on Aging well:

• Think Positive! A positive attitude is a very important factor for
living a long and happy life. (and I don’t mean ”I will positively hate
getting old” kinda thing)

• Get enough sleep – your body and mind needs to rest and

• We all know about exercise and healthy foods – I hate exercise
and darn, the best tasting foods are the ones that are bad for you!
– So, even if you just do some daily stretches, a brisk walk and at
least some fresh veggies, fruits, and plenty of water will help.

• Slow down! We should have road and hazard signs for humans
the way we race around like busy little ants. Slow the pace and
reduce stress is what you need to do even if you don’t want to do

• Did you know having a hobby, reading, anything new and
challenging in fact stimulates the brain? Be inspired by something
that is not a necessary responsibility.

• Pets – a companion animal. Studies show that pet owners do live
healthier, happier, less stressful lives. (most of the time).

• Enjoy spending time doing the things you find give you the most
gratification. Be a “people person” and share your best side with

“Growing old is only mind over matter – if you
don’t mind…
it doesn’t matter.” ~By George Carlin~

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This is a private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of the brain and
intelligence level to see if you are losing it or is still “with it.”

1.What do you put into a toaster?

Answer: Bread. If you said toast then give it up now.

3. Say “silk” five times. Now spell “silk” – What do cows

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said milk – oooh too bad, maybe you
are just over stressed.

There are a lot more to this quiz but my brain can’t remember them…

A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday
morning service.

After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to
be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation.

For the life of him, he couldn't think of the names of those who
were to be married.

"Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?" he

Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and
six single men stepped to the front.

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Questions and Answers to Stimulate the brain and
maybe someday win you a lot of money on a
game quiz show.

HOW – many ribs do we have?

Answer: We have 24 ribs

WHO – made movies possible?

Answer: George Eastman in 1884 produced a photosensitive film and in 1888 he
produced the Kodak Camera and all this along with the introduction of celluloid in
1889 made possible the moving pictures.

WHAT – is the tallest structure in the world?

Answer: Don’t be fooled by the question – it did not ask what is the tallest “building”.
The tallest structure is considered to be the CN Tower in Toronto Canada at 1822
feet tall. Because it has concrete/elevator/and a few floors it is considered a
structure rather than just a radio or TV tower.

WHAT – was the first name given to New York City?

Answer: The Dutch called it New Amsterdam. The British later renamed it
New York in honour of the Duke of York.

WHICH – is the world’s longest river?

Answer: The River Nile – flows in Africa for 4,145 miles into the Mediterranean.

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WHEN – did man land on the moon?

Answer: Saturn 5 was launched and on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto
the moon’s surface.

WHERE – was the first “World’s Fair” held?

Answer: The first World’s Fair was held in London in 1851

WHAT – year were the first “Oscar” awards held?

Answer: In the year 1929.

WHAT - is a female rabbit called and a baby goose called?

Answer: a doe and a gosling.

WHO – was the army nurse who won fame by writing books for girls?

Answer: Louisa May Alcott who died in 1888.

WHO – were the 3 sidekicks of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”?

Answer: The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodman, and the Scarecrow.

WHAT – film-of-the-book won nine-academy awards in 1939?

Answer: “Gone With The Wind” won the awards.

WHICH – is the biggest bone in our body?

Answer: The thigh bone at 20” long in an adult.

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WHO – and in which order were the actors to play the role of James Bond?


FOR BIG AND LITTLE KIDS – True or False Sports Quiz:

(1) Soccer was created in Britain. T or F _____

(2) Tennis, golf, and basketball are all played on a court. T or F _____

(3) A Triathlon consists of swimming, biking, and running. T or F _____

(4) There are four periods in hockey. T or F _____

ANSWERS: (1)=T, (2) =F, (3)=T, (4)=F

Bond Actors
Sean Connery
George Lazenby
Roger Moore
Timothy Dalton
Pierce Brosnan

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AND NOW SOME MIS-INFORMATION – You guess is it True or False?

(1) Banana oil comes from bananas. T or F _____

(2) Big Ben is a clock or tower. T or F _____

(3) A Camel can go up to 8-weeks without water in the winter. T or F _____

(4) Fish drink water. T or F _____

(5) Galileo invented the telescope. T or F _____

(6) A bucket of hot water will freeze faster than a bucket of cold water.
T or F ___

(7) Rome is the world’s oldest city. T or F _____

(8) President Harry S Truman –middle initial S = no middle name. T or F____

(1)= F,
(2)= F (Big Ben is the bell that strikes),
(3)= T,
(4)= F
(5)= F (it was invented in Holland in 1608 but Galileo made his
own in 1609 and pioneered its use in astronomy)
(6)= F
(7)= F (Damascus is the oldest cont. inhabited city)
(8) = T (his middle name was just S without a period)

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(Or as forgetful)

Are you someone who is always habitually
late? Or even late enough to annoy others as well as
yourself? Is your job at risk for tardiness?

Do you often forget to do basic things like drop off something, pick up
something, fix something, and do something important?

Here are some basic tips from “Virgoman” that may just help you with these
issues in your life.

• Get in the habit of writing reminder sticky notes you can place in
locations you will see such as on your bathroom mirror, taped to your
car keys, your coffee mug, or even on the TV screen.

• If available, start using your electronic devices with reminder alarms
such as your mobile, computer, watch, and etc.

• You can use your daily diary – manual and electronic – even use
different colors to mark or highlight things so they stand out. Colors
break up the tons of black and white we read and see all day! Keep color
markers for writing your reminder notes so they also stand out more to
the eye.

• Make it a habit to always set alarms for at least a half hour earlier than
normal until you begin to see yourself improving.

• Try doing things such as laying out your clothes and personal items the
night before – for work, for trips, appointments…

• Practice telling yourself to start early and be early before going to bed
each night and when waking up so it becomes part of your unconscious
and conscious mind.

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• Learn to say “no” – I don’t have time because you have to be
somewhere and this means don’t get ‘sidetracked’ – keep your focus!

• Make a list each night of things you need to get done the next day and
you can even list them in order of priority – be serious about keeping
the list with you all day and checking off the things you get done.

• You may even want to set rewards for yourself or from partners or
friends for when you arrive on time or early and / or get something done
that you had promised to do.

• Try more and more not to depend on others to always remind you of
places to be and things to do. Be aware of the burden you place on
them and how it makes them feel.

You do not want to be the person that they all say – “ He/Her will be late to
their own funeral” and “He/Her would forget their head if it wasn’t attached”

Remember, these can be hurtful and selfish habits that affect all those around
you. They leave a long-lasting impression of someone that maybe doesn’t care
enough to be on time or remember things that matter.

If you find yourself running in circles and not getting things done, then slow
down-take a deep breath-check your list of “to-do’. You can always
reorganize or as they say—“retreat-regroup-and charge again with purpose!”

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