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Philokalia Ministries is the fruit of 30 years spent at the feet of the Fathers of the Church. Led by Father David Abernethy, a member of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri since 1987, Philokalia (Philo: Love of the Kalia: Beautiful) Ministries exists to re-form hearts and minds according to the mold of the Desert Fathers through the ascetic life, the example of the early Saints, the way of stillness, prayer, and purity of heart, the practice of the Jesus Prayer, and spiritual reading. Those w ...
 
Learn how to start, market and build your own successful internet business without the hype. Dr Brad Smith's podcast and blog takes you behind the scenes with inspiring and motivational stories to help you get started with your business. In addition to answering your questions about online business he covers marketing tips, social media networks, profits, affiliates, search engine optimization, blogging, podcasting, video, copy writing, advertising, making money and other skills you need to ...
 
Writer and educator Justin Scott Snead discusses all things David Milch. This podcast will serve as a repository for all the online lectures, readings, and public remarks Milch has given; Milch profiles and interviews; any of Milch’s non-teleplay writings. We will analyze and discuss major ideas or themes that emerge from this material, as well as the TV shows he has written.
 
Jim Wang from Microblogger interviews entrepreneurs to discover the secrets and strategies they used to build successful online businesses. Learn how to start your own business in your spare time, build a successful blog that makes a full time income, and the social and business strategies you need to take it to the next level. Jim Wang has done it before, building personal finance blog Bargaineering into a full time business that generated over half a million dollars a year in income and wa ...
 
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This evening we concluded Hypothesis III on “how a person should repent”. The elders begin by emphasizing sorrow in the spiritual life. This is not a sorrow that leads a person into depression or despondency. It is not rooted in shame but rather in the acknowledgment of the impact of our sin on the relationship that we have with God and also how we…
 
Tonight we picked up with Letter 51, entitled “Turning the burdens of life to spiritual profit”. Saint Theophan gives Anastasia some of the best and most practical advice and counsel here. He begins to teach her a method of reinterpreting everything that comes before her eyes in a spiritual sense. She had been struggling, as we often do, with distr…
 
There are times that it becomes perfectly clear that one is being fed on solid food. Tonight was such a moment. We picked up with Hypothesis Three on “how we should repent”. We heard from St. Isaac the Syrian with whom we are familiar. St. Isaac begins by teaching us that for every illness, whether of the soul or body the appropriate medicine must …
 
The simplicity and the clarity of St. Theophan‘s thought often keeps us perhaps from seeing the holy genius and the beauty that is expressed in these letters. This was particularly evident tonight as we concluded letter 49 and began letter 50. St. Theophan begins by talking to Anastasia about a particular infirmity that we all struggle with as huma…
 
This evening we concluded the Hypothesis II of the Evergetinos. The focus is on the remembrance of death. Our mortality is a very powerful lens through which to view our life, our actions and most importantly our relationship with God. God and His love alone endures and it is to this love alone that we must cling. If we sin and turn away from that …
 
Tonight we began letter 49 on facing the burdens and responsibilities of life. These realities, St. Theophan tells Anastasia, are not to be seen as obstacles to a holy life or doing God’s will. In fact, it is by God’s providence that we are presented with the work and station in life that we have embraced. It is the disposition of the mind and hear…
 
Tonight we concluded Hypothesis I with a story of a bishop who fell into grave sin and scandal. Broken in spirit, he embraces a life of repentance in a monastery, while also seeking to hide his the dignity of his office. However, God reveals to the Abbot of the monastery that the bishop is coming to him. The abbot recognizes him and tells him that …
 
Tonight we picked up with Letter 48. St. Theophan begins to instruct Anastasia about how to attain Undistracted Prayer. One of the most difficult labors in the spiritual life is to settle one’s thoughts. As we seek to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ we are confronted with the multiplicity of our thoughts and their unruline…
 
We picked up this evening with Hypothesis I which we have been considering over the past month or so. Again the theme is repentance and the avoidance of despair. We have been presented with stories from the Gerontikon which is a collection of the saying of the elders. The focus of the first story we considered tonight was a monk who fell in love wi…
 
Tonight we came to the conclusion of Letter 47 on developing a prayer rule. St. Theophan begins by warning Anastasia that she must be even more diligent and concentrated in the evening. It is then that we often become sluggish and inattentive as we become more and more fatigued or after we have had the evening meal. It is at times like this that we…
 
We continued with our reading of Hypothesis I on “repentance in the avoidance of despair.” After giving us a foundation of many stories of God‘s infinite and boundless mercy, the focus of attention this evening is on the human response to this mercy. Repentance is not a static reality. Rather, it is a source of protection, a cloak that one wears. W…
 
Tonight we picked up with Letter 46 to Anastasia including general rules about staying on the spiritual path. St. Theophan’s guidance is very sensible. He begins by encouraging her to pray, read and meditate in order to engage her mind, body and memory in every aspect of her prayer. He does not want it simply to be a discipline for her but rather a…
 
Such beauty! Not only were tonight‘s passages from the Evergetinos memorable - one is compelled to memorize them due to their profundity. They speak to us of the sweetness and the joy that comes to us through repentance and that God desires to give to us. At every turn we are encouraged to be confident and not to be duped by the temptations of the …
 
Tonight we began Letter 46 wherein Saint Theophan gives Anastasia general rules for staying on the true path. He begins by praising her for her great love of the Lord and her zeal in the spiritual life. Yet, he wants to give her a number of rules to help her persevere. The first is to fear doubt and to see it as the primary enemy. The demons will i…
 
Another beautiful group tonight! We picked up with Hypothesis I, page 13. Again we are given multiple stories of individuals repenting from sin and turning back to God from states of depravity. The very movement of the mind and the heart brings down upon them a flood of God’s grace and mercy. What is different in the stories we read tonight is the …
 
It is often a few paragraphs that turn into a beautiful blessing; suddenly one’s vision is cleared and our understanding of the spiritual life opens up. This is exactly what St. Theophan does for Anastasia in letter 45. He speaks to her once again about not allowing her thoughts to wander. In fact he speaks very sternly with her here not out of ang…
 
Tonight we continued our study of Hypothesis I on repentance and the avoidance of despair. Again, we are presented with a number of stories that emphasize the importance of the simple movement of the mind and heart toward God through acknowledging one’s sin. This immediately brings down upon the individual the mercy and the grace of God - no matter…
 
St. Theophan continued to talk with Anastasia about the dangers that arise as one draws to the end of Lent and the beginning of Spring. Both have particular and subtle dangers tied to them. The first is seeing Lent as an end in itself. Rather, Lent is a springboard into greater intimacy with the Lord and commitment to him in the life of prayer. If …
 
We continued our study tonight by reflecting upon the Fathers’ encouragement to reach out to God in the spirit of repentance. More than anything, the examples that are given, the stories that are told, are meant to help us to avoid despair. We have a God who is set upon our salvation. The mere movement of the mind and the heart towards Him with con…
 
Once again St. Theophan expresses a kind of a holy genius as he speaks to Anastasia. We began the evening by discussing his final simple rule to follow in order to progress in the spiritual life. Patience, he tells Anastasia, will help her to endure and see through the trials and tribulations of life. It will allow her to remain steadfast her disci…
 
In this episode: Justin shares some ruminations on similarities between the historical Al Swearingen and the founder of the Trump family dynasty Friedrich Trump, who also ran a brothel in a gold mining camp. Here is a link to the McKay Coppins article about the Trumps (October 2019) Here is a link to the Swearingen biography on Amazon. It’s a great…
 
Justin shares his thoughts just before and just after watching Deadwood: The Movie; places the film in context with some ideas that Milch has always shared about his hopes for Deadwood’s finale: “All stories must end in the Spirit” “Time is the secret subject of every story worth telling” Sources mentioned in this episode: Deadwood: Stories of the …
 
In this episode: Writer and educator Justin Scott Snead kicks off a podcast series that discusses all things David Milch. This podcast will serve as a repository for all the online lectures, readings and public remarks Milch has given; Milch profiles and interviews; any of Milch’s non-teleplay writings. We will analyze and discuss major ideas or th…
 
Do you know that there are folks out there making five figures a month publishing books directly via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing? There are and today we talk to Steve Scott, who makes anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000 a month from his publishing empire and all of it is through Amazon’s KDP program. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro in …
 
A few weeks ago, Rob Berger, whom I interviewed for podcast episode 35, and Greg Go, whom I interviewed for podcast episode 2, suggested a “reverse interview” where they ask me some questions. Why not? We jump around on topics but we talk about my background, how I got into blogging, how it’s changed over the years, and then into more general busin…
 
Nellie Akalp is the CEO and Founder of CorpNet, a document filing service company. CorpNet is Nellie’s second document filing service business, the first of which celebrated a liquidity event back in 2005. In this episode, we talk about why Nellie re-entered the same business area, which was now a more mature and competitive market, as well as what…
 
Rob Berger founded Dough Roller many years ago but has only been podcasting since November 2013. Despite how relatively “new” it is, he’s been prolific… releasing over a hundred episodes (including one each and every day in January). I thought he’d been podcasting for years, based on his episode count, and in terms of lessons learned, he has been d…
 
When I started Bargaineering in 2005, the words “location independent lifestyle” had not yet been put together to mean what it does today. Lifestyle design and Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Workweek had not yet been published (April 2007). The term digital nomad had no meaning. In 2006, Nora Dunn sold all of her stuff, including her business, and decided …
 
Many years ago, internet marketers around the world shouted this “incredible” strategy from the rooftops: “If you could build a site that made $50 a month, all you had to do was make 100 of them and you’d create yourself a nice little income.” All true. But… … rarely does a business just generate cash, unattended, forever. Eventually the internet w…
 
One of the most popular ideas in all of business is known as the Lean Startup mentality. It applies to nearly everything in life, let alone business. While we never actually say the words “lean startup” during our chat, it’s a mentality that pervades everything Jonathan Milligan has done in building multiple courses and several membership sites. Hi…
 
Daraius Dubash was working for a big Fortune 500 manufacturing company, traveling the world and accruing airline miles and hotel points, when he left to go to business school. After business school, he began working for another company but he missed all those miles and points for free travel and stays and decided to figure out how it all worked (he…
 
One of the most important qualities of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to learn quickly and learn a lot. Tim Ferriss has often said that it doesn’t take a lifetime to master something, “based on my experience and research, it is possible to become world-class in almost any skill within one year.” (link) Jaden Hair is the founder of Steamy …
 
Does that guy look familiar? Unless you haven’t watched anything on television ever in your life, you’ve seen him. He’s been in a commercial or television show you’ve watched. He’s the dumb guy. The clumsy cop. The dumb white guy who can take a punch, physically or metaphorically (all his words). Don’t believe me? Check out this highlight reel from…
 
Say what you will about the value of a Like on Facebook, especially with Facebook controlling how many of your followers get to see your posts, but you can’t deny that more Likes is better. Today’s episode is with Taylor Flanery, the founder of three home management sites that have an incredible reach. So incredible that the numbers we cite in the …
 
Everyone agrees that differentiation is crucial. If you want to avoid being another face in the crowd, you have to stand out. This means you have to figure out what makes you different and showcase it to the world. Sometimes that means you’ll have to do a little, or a lot, more work. When Bob Lotich started ChristianPF, he was one of the first blog…
 
Michael Mindes owns board game publisher Tasty Minstrel Games, publisher of hit titles such as Eminent Domain, Scoville, and Dungeon Roll. You may not have heard of some of their titles, they’re not household names like Monopoly (who actually like Monopoly?), but he’s a known quantity in the board game community. Michael has figured out how to mark…
 
Location independent living is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. The basic idea is that when you earn a living online, you can live anywhere. You are location independent. It’s a romantic notion and an obviously fun one, if you like to travel and see new places, because you get to live in a new location as a resident, rather than see…
 
Crystal Stemberger loves to negotiate. And she’s good at it. So good that she negotiates with advertisers on behalf of other bloggers (to the tune of 400+ blogs) and she’s brokered $1,190,560 in sales (as of the end of May 2014). She’s also been doing this for years so you can a little taste of how SEO link building strategies have changed over the…
 
Be authentic. That’s a common piece of advice most bloggers hear and read over and over again. I know I say it all the time. But what does it really mean to “be authentic?” To be true to yourself even in the face of adversity? Even when life doesn’t go your way and it seems like the world is conspiring against you? Today’s guest has lived much of l…
 
Wise Bread is extremely active in the personal finance blogging community and the cornerstone of that outreach strategy has been Ashley Jacobs. She joined the Wise Bread team in 2011 as a community coordinator and her role has expanded over the years, to include all of Wise Bread’s social media efforts. One of the most visible, and successful, soci…
 
Four years ago, Lauren Greutman started iamthatlady.com and has grown it to be a massively popular site through media appearances. In this episode, she gives a great collection of actionable strategies you can use to get more exposure for your blog through media. She got her start after keynoting a seminar and then being invited to a local news sta…
 
At 35, Todd Tressider sold his share of a hedge fund and decided he’d become a financial coach. He registered a domain, FinancialMentor.com, in 1998 and has, over the last 16 years, built up a very successful practice that includes five published books. What I love about Todd is that he’s always trying something new and innovative. Sometimes it wor…
 
Luke Landes is most well known for building Consumerism Commentary, one of the grandfathers of personal finance blogs, into a business that was acquired for seven figures by Quinstreet in 2011. What isn’t as obvious is that Luke raised the profile of Consumerism Commentary by being an active member of the community. In addition to nurturing new blo…
 
There are many paths to building a business and today’s chat is with Miranda Marquit, a prolific freelance writer who is very well known in the personal finance blogosphere. She has, in several years, built up an impressive freelance writing career that many would be envious of. Would it surprise you to know that she didn’t go to school for finance…
 
What do you do if you think it would be fun if two hundred of your closest internet friends go together? If you’re Phil Taylor, you throw a conference… despite having never done it before. Then you do it again… and again. FINCON went from 200-225 attendees the first year to about five hundred last year, to hopefully many many more in 2014. Learn ho…
 
Remember back in the day when people would build websites and blogs just to earn a few dollars a month in Google Adsense? While make money blogs all over the internet talked about building vast blogging empires of 10 sites each earning $50 a month, Chris Guthrie was doing something different. He was building an website and blog empire too. Instead …
 
Farnoosh Torabi is the primary breadwinner in her family. Her husband, Tim, is a software engineer but earns less than Farnoosh, which is an increasingly common dynamic. When I first started talking to Farnoosh, I knew I wanted her on the show to talk about this scenario because it’s happening a lot with entrepreneurs. In some cases, the husband is…
 
What if I told you that you could put into place a system that made it possible for you to leave your blog for several months and it would still be here when you came back? Take a quick peek at The Happy Housewife. Started by Toni Anderson in 2008, the business is now run on a daily basis by one very capable editor, one business manager, and an arm…
 
Jim Rohn once said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” and I believe it. Much of my success, both in business and in life, can be credited to the people around me. It’s a fact I try to remember every single day and one that pushes me to always be meeting new people and strengthening relationships with old frie…
 
A few years ago, when I was interviewed for the New York Times, a few literary agents emailed me to ask if I’d ever considered writing a book. I passed, knowing that my audience wasn’t large enough to support it, plus I didn’t have the time to write a book on a subject I wasn’t an expert on (this was 6 months into starting the blog) and work on the…
 
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