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Well, this will open a can of worms. For a few, anyway.


Everything on this site is free. Everything I write is free. And, as much as I have any control over Amazon, I keep the cost of my books low. Use what you like, as you like, for what you like: it’s here for you.

Note: I don’t begrudge a soul for charging what they want. The laborer is worthy of his wages, Jesus tells us. As long as the purchase is voluntary, charge fifty cents or fifty dollars.


I remember driving with a friend once, in my beat-up truck, down 6th Avenue, from where the Narrows Bridge touches East Tacoma. We were piddling along, talking, and he blurted, “You know, I worry about you…”

I laughed. “What? Worry? Whatever for?”

“Business doesn’t work that way, that’s why. There’s a way to market and figure out what to charge and…do everything. You’ve got to play along in that sandbox to do anything.”

 

It was the early 1980s, and I’d just started a business making custom furniture. I’m guessing that my Christian Hippie was leaking.

“All this pie-in-the-sky crafty stuff, all this G-will-move-mountains stuff? It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.”

Maybe he’s right. My sense is that if you’re planning to run a mediocre business, selling mediocre gadgets, sold by mediocre employees, then he’s right. You’re smack dab in the middle of corporate competition.   

But, he’s not right for me. I’m of that weird and peculiar ilk that truly believes G can, and will, move mountains. JB Philips wrote a book a long time ago, “Your God Is Too Small,” and I still think it sums about eighty percent of Christianity. 

Along with this toe-dip into philosophy, here are a few points regarding giving and receiving on the site: 

1. This is not pay-what-you-want or pay-what-you-can. Both ideas are used by other sites in good ways. But both terms imply a purchase. This is all free. 

2. I do, however, sell books on Amazon. I use the Kindle Unlimited service when I can to give members free use of my books. Free, in this case, means free after you’ve paid your annual membership fee. So there’s that.

3. I have to charge something on Amazon. They incur a cost to print the book and set a minimum for their site. I ooch up just a hair above their minimum. 

5. Your giving does not buy a membership. I am not asking for charity in trade for anything except my writing, given freely. I won’t send a white paper with the secret to making a million dollars by next Thursday and there’s no special club guaranteeing you access to me on that cruise to the Bahamas. This is simply you thanking me and me being very happy about it.

4. I might be foolish, and know that not everyone plays fair. So be it. I am not called to examine your conscience, but only mine, and, so far, that’s been a full-time job. 

5. I keep no records of your giving and I’m not – as far as I know – approved in any way by the US tax service. I see any transaction like you pulling out your purse for lunch. So, for taxes, just like number four, that’s your business. I will keep your email address, though. 

6. Though all the material is free for the using, I retain copyright as the author. If you repost a piece or use it in any public way, please let me know, and please use my name. 


Finally, then, please give to support what I do. I’m trading entertainment, a viewpoint, learning, and growth for whatever you give. I don’t seek publishers for my work. If you enjoy the site, the writing, or the wit, I ask that you give something. Anything. Neither a cup of coffee, nor a Porsche GT3 offends me. Please know, that if you give, I will make every reasonable effort to thank you. I will not make a spectacle of it or hire a mariachi band to announce your largess. I keep saying it: that’s between you and the Father. 

I recognize that it takes some effort on your part to use the PayPal app below. That’s good. I want it that way.

Thanks a G bless. Really!

 

 

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