When I was young, I made a deal with my parents.

Here’s the story of how the deal went bad.


There is a great quote about how good it is to be wise about when you speak and what you say.

It’s a pretty good piece of advice.

It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln or somebody else

I think about the quote a lot. I thought Mark Twain said it, and I planned to call this post “Advice from a literary giant,” but it appears he didn’t.

I don’t know who arranged the words the way they appear in the pull quote, but a similar verse is in Proverbs.

It’s right no matter who said it.

I have found it is much wiser for me to choose my words carefully than it is for me to say anything I haven’t taken the time to think about.

When I’m in a hurry to comment and don’t take time to listen, I’ve noticed my comments are far more likely to be stupid.

You can’t get a stupid comment back so I try to take Solomon’s advice (or Mark Twain’s, Abraham Lincoln or somebody else) and shut my mouth more than I open it.

This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is “advice.”

I have a confession to make.

I have put today’s post off until it’s too late to write a good one, which means another trip to the archives.

I’ve found the perfect post for Sue’s prompt today, which is “business.”

First, though, I think it might help to tell you a brief backstory.

I grew up on a chicken farm.

I took my share of agricultural classes in high school, during or shortly after the time the story you’re about to read is set.

Naturally, these things led to a foolproof plan to get a goat and get rich.

I got one of those things.

From October, 2017, here’s a story about a business venture gone bad.