June 1st, 2018

It's June 1st, and my kid's last day of school. Crazy!

I've been thinking a lot the last few weeks about what our nation really needs right now, who has it, and how I can help bring it. My piece below about Trump and Chip and Joanna Gaines is the culmination of that thinking.

I'm also featuring some amazing music, thoughts and even a cookbook in this edition of 1st and 15th. I hope you find something new or thought-provoking here!

I'd love to hear your feedback and if you find this blog+newsletter interesting and helpful, please share it and encourage your friends to subscribe! 

Grace and Peace,
Joel


   Donald Trump vs Chip and Joanna Gaines.     My latest piece, where I contrast the most authentic politician in American history with arguably one of the most authentic American brands sweeping the nation today. This contrast captures what I think is perhaps the most important need in American culture today.   Let me explain...

Donald Trump vs Chip and Joanna Gaines.


My latest piece, where I contrast the most authentic politician in American history with arguably one of the most authentic American brands sweeping the nation today. This contrast captures what I think is perhaps the most important need in American culture today.

Let me explain...


   W  on't you be my neighbor?      My friend Erik Lokkesmoe and his amazing firm  Aspiration Entertainment  are heavily involved in the new Mr. Rogers film releasing June 8th. Make plans to see it!   Watch the trailer here

Won't you be my neighbor?
 

My friend Erik Lokkesmoe and his amazing firm Aspiration Entertainment are heavily involved in the new Mr. Rogers film releasing June 8th. Make plans to see it!

Watch the trailer here


   Guy Furay (pronounced FURY, which is awesome)    Have you heard of Guy Furay yet? If you haven't already you will soon. Guy is running for Congress in South Carolina, and I have been thoroughly impressed by his aggressive stance on people over party, as well as his active involvement in the community. I encourage you to check out his video - it's spot on!    Check-out his video and more!

Guy Furay (pronounced FURY, which is awesome)

Have you heard of Guy Furay yet? If you haven't already you will soon. Guy is running for Congress in South Carolina, and I have been thoroughly impressed by his aggressive stance on people over party, as well as his active involvement in the community. I encourage you to check out his video - it's spot on!


Check-out his video and more!


   Oddly, neither     political     party reflects the values of black voters    This excellent piece by my friend Justin Giboney of the  AND campaign  really got my mind thinking. Justin highlights two key questions in this article:  Why don’t more African Americans vote for Republicans?  Why aren’t our more moderate views represented in the Democratic Party?  I would love to hear from my friends, colleagues, and followers on this.     Read More

Oddly, neither political party reflects the values of black voters

This excellent piece by my friend Justin Giboney of the AND campaign really got my mind thinking. Justin highlights two key questions in this article:

Why don’t more African Americans vote for Republicans?

Why aren’t our more moderate views represented in the Democratic Party?

I would love to hear from my friends, colleagues, and followers on this.



Read More


   Haitian love and peace being spread across the globe     It is my honor to share with you a song that not only spreads encouraging words of love and peace, but also gives a first-hand look at the beautiful nation of Haiti.   So proud of my friend  Jethro Decimus ! Well done brother!   W  atch & Listen Here

Haitian love and peace being spread across the globe


It is my honor to share with you a song that not only spreads encouraging words of love and peace, but also gives a first-hand look at the beautiful nation of Haiti. 

So proud of my friend Jethro Decimus! Well done brother!

Watch & Listen Here


   Building A Story Brand     I’m excited to go through this process with Donald Miller. Something I thoroughly enjoyed was his spin on the seven universal elements of powerful stories. In other words, using stories to improve how businesses connect with their customers, and in essence grow their business.  I have enjoyed getting to know him and really urge someone looking for help clarifying their message, cause, or maybe even brand to check-out his book.   O  rder "Building a Story Brand"

Building A Story Brand


I’m excited to go through this process with Donald Miller. Something I thoroughly enjoyed was his spin on the seven universal elements of powerful stories. In other words, using stories to improve how businesses connect with their customers, and in essence grow their business.

I have enjoyed getting to know him and really urge someone looking for help clarifying their message, cause, or maybe even brand to check-out his book.

Order "Building a Story Brand"


  Unite America’s latest state partnership, launched this week   Unite America is at it again, expanding now into New Mexico. Not only is this a big win for the state of New Mexico, but the Independent movement as a whole! They have hit the ground running by officially endorsing their first two candidates running for the New Mexico state house in 2018.  For more information on Unite America and what they are doing in New Mexico  visit their website here

Unite America’s latest state partnership, launched this week

Unite America is at it again, expanding now into New Mexico. Not only is this a big win for the state of New Mexico, but the Independent movement as a whole! They have hit the ground running by officially endorsing their first two candidates running for the New Mexico state house in 2018.

For more information on Unite America and what they are doing in New Mexico visit their website here


   When your cooking needs help from a "Fixer Upper"     My wife and I recently received this cookbook as a gift. It’s the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever seen and I want to eat every recipe in it.    Check it out.

When your cooking needs help from a "Fixer Upper"


My wife and I recently received this cookbook as a gift. It’s the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever seen and I want to eat every recipe in it.


Check it out.