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Kelly Cole internet marketing

Author Kelly Cole

Kelly Cole knows Internet Marketing!  In this 30-minute interview, success author and entrepreneur Kelly Cole reveals some of his best little-known Ninja tactics coaches can us to shake the branches and have dozens of clients fall out!!  Come hear this re-podcast of Mr. Cole’s powerful tips on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6 pm ET the second of four in  “The Best of Logical Soul Talk” series this month.  Tune in using your computer or smartphone.

Kelly and Michael spend over 30 minutes sharing with Michael’s audience how to target ideal clients and drive them to your website or blog.  This show may be short but is full of useful content, so bring your pen and paper and prepare to take notes!!

This pre-recorded interview by Dr. Craig first aired on May 29, 2012 and is available on Blog Talk Radio for only a short time after the re-podcast.  Afterwards, you can hear it as part of our popular Mighty Mentor Series.

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Whitewater Extravaganza!

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Michael's Group

A group of us Internet marketing city folks made the journey to SE Tennessee on June 12th to ride the rapids!

Latron Thorne organized Saturday’s event, with a dozen people taking the plunge and riding the 5-mile gauntlet over Grade 2-4 rapids on the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Whitewater events. Afterward, we all drove north to Cupid’s Cove log cabin in Coker Creek, TN to spend some quality Bar-B-Q time together.

Special guides from the Ocoee Adventure Center did a great job getting us downstream alive, and we thank them!  They get to do this 2-3 times per day, from March to November.  Whatta crew!

Latron's Group

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Kung-Fu Bear has been on YouTube for a short while, and – if you haven’t seen him perform yet – its too good to miss!

The intelligence of so-called “wild animals” never ceases to amaze . . .

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I remember the “stuff” lecture from the old black woman in Savannah who used to cook and clean for a friend of mine.  It seems like every time I was there, old Frederica  – we called her “Freddie”  – would throw out some pearl of wisdom based on her long and hard life that I now consider priceless.

Freddie was always smiling. She took life with a grain of salt and a pinch of mustard, then added her own sweet flavoring to shake and bake her experiences.  And we loved her for it.  Whenever there was a pressing problem, crisis, tragedy or upset, she would usually wave her hand in the air as if to wipe it away.

“They ain’t no reason to get your drawers in a wad honey,” she advised,

“Things has a way a comin’ and goin’ . . .”

And she was right.  Just like a heavy fog settling in over our brains, “stuff” has a way of confusing us, upsetting us, confounding us, and hypnotizing us to believe its actually real. But its usually not.

“Stuff” – as I define it – is a type of negative energy, flotsam, jetsam or what the Ghostbusters called “etheric slime” that comes along and sticks to our brains and nervous systems.  These hidden decisions are easily able to spread and multiply, primarily because our ego associates these functions as “me,” “mine,” or “ours.”  Because of the “mine” blinders, we fail to see this as some kind of invading energy or force that may or may not have anything to do with us!

“Stuff” may have come by simply walking into a room after a big fight, for example, and you feel “weird” or “angry.”  It may also have been directed at us consciously or subconsciously from other people when their emotional conflicts, ancestral beliefs, or cultural obsessions spill over.

“Memes” or mind viruses – are like this, but the meme is primarily a conscious factor that can be traced back to some statement or construct. For example, You may have heard some catchy jingle, a particularly political point of view, or an ad about “the starving children” that triggers your emotions.  These are all advertising gimmicks that harness the power of the emotions to make you act.

Grandma's Stuff.  Ancestral Keepsake?

Grandma's Stuff. Ancestral Keepsake?

“Stuff,” on the other hand, is a deeper, more universal manifestation of memes. It is usually not directed at you per se, but exists on its own – like a Venus flytrap waiting for its victim – the fly – to arrive.  Once you experience these archetypal traps you’re gone, i,e., caught in a web of emotion that comes over you like waves on the beach.  You are snared.

As soon as you become aware of them, the fears of your dead ancestors, the anger and resentment of a total stranger, or the horror and blank stares from victims of terrorism grab you and don’t let go.  Most of the time this Stuff happens by subconscious transference, but even if you know what is happening, it still gets you!

So long as you consider these are YOUR thoughts and YOUR feelings, you will hold on to them with conviction and reverence.  I remember this happened for  years after my father died.  I was gripped in a type of self-righteous anger that used to be his trademark expression.

It took me YEARS to finally come to grips with this malaise based on some misguided (and subconscious) decision to honor him.   I finally released it, but the toll it took on my financial and personal life during those years was staggering.

There is a way out of the stuff. My wife and I do it daily, and you can too:  discover the source of your emotional trigger, acknowledge it, sometimes get permission from it, then let it go.  It takes practice, but hey!  What else do you have to do??

Just don’t get your drawers in a wad.

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George Carlin on Aging

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Comedian and social commentator George Carlin had much to say about everything, but what I enjoyed most were his views on aging. Since this kind of affects us all, I thought I’d reprint it here for those who have been in a dark cave over the past year and have not received the e-mailed version of this floating around . . .

As a side note, I just met with my first cousin Mike who informs me he will  soon ‘make it to 60.’ While this is not significant in and of itself, and I knew his mom – Aunt Hilda – will be 90 in April, it suddenly hit me that I’m only 2 years away from this sixty milestone myself.

Here’s what George had to say.  Take notes and pass it on:

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

GeorgeCarlin2Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone….

But! Wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, and make it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’  May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them. 
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s family name is Alzheimer’s.
  4. Enjoy the simple things.
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
  6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves Be ALIVE while you are alive.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
  9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
  10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  Life’s journey is not to Arrive at the grave safely In a well preserved body, But rather to skid in sideways, Totally used up and worn out, shouting ‘…man, what a ride!’


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“Teach me to dance.”

So goes the line by the character Basil in Zorba the Greek after his friend Zorba has disastrously ordered a third log to shoot down their already-compromised zip line, publicly destroying what was left of the logging business both  men had spent months creating.

And so it goes . . . I’m reminded of this moment while getting ready to attend a closing to sell our former residence near Decatur, Georgia.  This house – putting it mildly – was a disaster (and all my doing).  We bought it in 2001 for $105K, spent over $130K fixing it up over the years, lived in it from 2006-2008 because we couldn’t sell it.

Then the Great Recession hit and we are lucky to let it go for $195K, minus all the closing costs, realtor commissions, et cetera, et cetera . . .  This is in addition to the fact that we also bought and sold several other properties over the past decade, only one of which could be considered a financial success!

So, more than $50,000 and years of time – up in smoke.  Today, Brigitte and I celebrate our ‘Zorba Moment.’   Wisdom comes at a price.  We paid ours.

And so we dance.  You can too:

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First Logical Soul Meetup Group!

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A new Meetup Group called “The Logical Soul for Entrepreneurs” is being formed in the Atlanta area, and will begin on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 for those wishing to make “miracle breakthroughs” in their business.

Dr. Michael Craig will be the facilitator, and claims that the biggest obstacle to success is the internal “No’s” we constantly get when trying to accomplish something.  He will demonstrate how the simple technique of the Logical Soul (tm) can be used by anyone to gain more confidence by changing the hidden decisions to fail.  He will focus on two candidates each week who want to eliminate procrastination, self-sabotage, and other blocks to their success.

Norcross Community Center

Norcross Community Center

This group presentation will be held monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month, from 7:30 to 9 pm at the Norcross Community Center, Room #2, near downtown Norcross, at 10 College Street, Norcross, GA  30071. The meeting room is part of the historic Norcross Methodist Church building (see picture), built in 1875 and recently subject to a complete renovation.

There is a parking lot next to the church and meeting room building.  Park and come in the side door on the ground floor.  If you live in the Atlanta area, make plans to attend.

If you want more information on the meeting place, call Nathan Brown at (770) 448-2122.  If you would like more details of the meeting, contact Dr. Craig at (770) 348-4672.

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Home Again & Lots to Do

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Despite the sadness after the funeral of a loved one, life goes on.  Home again last night, today brings the inevitable onslaught of things that cry for attention.  We are now heading north to pick up our beloved ragdoll cat “Mr. Pookey” from some friends and then work on maybe someday somehow if we have time . . . taking down the Christmas lights, tree and decorations.

Monday will be another busy day.  Also, for those who did not know how to get to the “Baboo” Video on YouTube, you can click on the YouTube label, or just click on this link now to leave your comments.

Thanks again for your wishes and support.

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Mom Update: Overwhelming Support

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Support has been forthcoming so much lately, I just had to publicly say “Thanks” to all friends, family, the staff at Pigeon Forge Care & Rehab Center, and associates and mentors like Brenda Wade who offered to pray and light candles for the passing of my mother.  Dr. Wade also kindly said ‘yes’ to my request to write the forward to The Logical Soul(tm)!  (Thanks Doc!)

Prayers are also coming from far away.  Thank you to our German family – Ushi & Conny & their families, and to my new Editor Vandana Chandra in India for his best wishes and support.  Also thanks to Steve & Gillen who will no longer have us for New Year’s Eve, and other friends in Atlanta (Beate, Birgit, Don, Bruce & Susan and families, and many, many others) and n Savannah (Chuck & Melinda). True friends all.

Mom is not doing too well. Although her vitals are still strong, her overall condition has deteriorated rapidly since Christmas.  Based on her final wishes, she has no feeding tube, and just lost the fluid IV since her veins are rejecting all attempts to re-insert it.  If her heart stops, she has asked that no one resuscitate her.

Sister Page and I will keep an all-night vigil, but right now I’m here by myself with her.  I’ll let you know when the inevitable happens . . .

Page, "Baboo" and Michael

Page, "Baboo" and Michael

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Mom’s Condition: No Change

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I’m writing this from a Denny’s Restaurant not far from my Mother’s nursing facility in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It is about 6:30 am.  Unable to sleep since 4,  I slipped out of the hotel room my wife Brigitte and I rented nearby and just drove all around the deserted streets.

As soon as the doors opened at 6, I went to check on her.  So far there is little change.  I’m relieved somewhat, but know its only a matter of time.

We arrived yesterday afternoon round 4:30 pm and settled into a hotel room nearby.  I hadn’t planned to come back so soon – especially since this is the peak rental season (other than summer) in the Smokey Mountains.  But my sister called to say “Baboo’s” (Momma Weatherly’s) condition had worsened and I wanted to be with the family.

Despite the long time watching our Mom’s condition deteriorate, my sister and I still mark her passing as another major turning point in our lives.

After breakfast, I’ll be back at my vigil.  More later.

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