Monday, May 17, 2010

Any Grandmothers Selling Real Estate?

I know more than a few Grandmothers who are in the real estate market, doing their best to sell homes during a time when the economy and real estate market is, to say the least, challenging. But for some, that one big enough sale now and then is enough to make it worth the challenge. I've wondered myself if this is something I'd like to do...still thinking about it, I am weighing the information that friends who are selling real estate tell me. A lot of it has to do with how you approach it and the personality you have, it seems.

I know some who have put together wonderful blogs or websites as a way to teach people how to sell their sharing how to "stage" the home so that it will sell; how to buy or sell in a difficult market; how to...anything and everything that has to do with real estate...this helps the real estate agent to gain credibility, and show that they really know what they are talking about.

Having something always on hand to give out, like realtor business cards isn't a bad idea either...I know that my friend who is in real estate handed me a few of hers when she started out. I kept them, and when a friend mentioned they were thinking of selling or buying, I would give them my friend's card. Then it was up to them...and how nice-looking and appealing the card itself was, and how much information the card provided.

If you find your way here, and you are selling real estate, please do tell us about it in a comment, another great way to promote yourself, I'll approve any comment that isn't too "spammy", and I wish you the best of success.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Behind Every Good President is a Good Mother

At least I hope that's true...I mention this because Mother's Day has come and gone, and I was so busy enjoying it that I haven't taken a moment to write about it.  During our church service, Abraham Lincoln was mentioned as a President who knew that it was his mother's prayers that stayed with him during the difficult years of his Presidency and after.

Long ago, on another blog that I kept that is no longer online, a friend named Bea Kunz wrote the following about Abraham Lincoln...I thought I'd share it here, it may seem out of place...but it's's written by a working grandmother who loves history, her links can be found at the end of her writing.

I just thought this needed to be looked at and thought about today. Abraham Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it."

Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun.

The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life:

"I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all."

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, "His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest."

He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... "

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln's death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.

Sixteenth President 1861-1865
Born: February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky
Died: April 15, 1865. Lincoln died the morning after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, an actor.

Are we there yet? What do you think?

Do share.

Bea Kunz

[Taken in part from the history site]