3-6-5 4-3-2-1 – Ignition

My heart burned within me like a molotov cocktail
Melting atrophied organs of sense and perception
Third eyes blinking open from awakenings rude
Iridescent night vision seeing sights long subdued.

Tricksters, gods and monsters find themselves drawn in
To boys kicking off the covers revealing themselves to be men
Without apology.

Things hidden share secrets by flickering flames
Word-making devices now turning a page.

Ruthless grace shows up – mercilessly – picking me off the ground
Charred nuclear shadow where unused conscience once lay
Shrugging off my hangover from that first awful drink
‘Good’ and ‘evil’ hallucinations – that overripe fruit.
(Ferment)

“Get up, Man,” Kali taunts me, blue angel of death
Shrunk heads of men who died trying hanging mute ’round her breasts
Her lips curled in kindness, a shared moment between us
Daring me to do better, Mars rising from Venus

While Michael, archangel, the template of me
Stands silently, original, master of all that he sees
Bedouin warrior of Thrones, desert Jinn and bright devils,
Has work to do once my apocalypse settles.

Alchemy seeps down deep in my bones
Leaden dreams long abandoned now spin into gold
Boy’s nightmares arouse to find themselves man’s playmates
(Amid tonight’s deadline and next week’s penciled play-dates)

Eden – alas – left me no forwarding address
Shangri-La (from saved seeds) now blooms in its stead
Could this garden-city be New Jerusalem’s nest?
I’ve been saving ’till now; it’s time to invest.

The invitation is intuition
A ceremony of recognition – my body and blood’s rhythmic repetition
Mercury’s metal on my tongue and sweat on my brow
Life’s transubstantiation – here and now.

Remembrance is re-cognition
Re-membering this disposition
That gives rise – then and always – to original face
Holy Sun Absolute shining shelter and grace

Kindling the compost of what had begun
Seraphim and Destroyer erect such a pyre
Food for the moon from all left undone
“Why not be utterly changed into fire?”

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Two New Babies

Mike Nova Blog PicFall is in the air! I hope this new season is greeting you with grace and opportunity.

This week, my family and I celebrate six months with our new addition, Nova Rain! She is adorable – I realize I might be biased. :)

I’m also celebrating another baby today – the release of the Buzz Seminar Master Class! This summer, bestselling-author and top-rated blogger Frank Viola and I invited two other friends to spend a weekend in Orlando sharing everything we know about how to make a real, sustainable living online – just like I do.

The in-person response was so positive that we decided to convert the 9+ hours of course content into into a Master Class Course which you can take from the comfort of your own home …and we made it more robust than ever.

The course is a physical edition that’s shipped directly to you. The Course contains all the talks from the seminar on an MP3 CD, plus a hefty manual. In it, we share how writers, speakers, bloggers, and really, entrepreneurs and business people of all stripes can earn a real, sustainable living from their online presence while reaching people eager to hear their message.

buzz-seminar_packageThe Buzz Seminar Master Class is only available for 8 days – we’ll be closing it on October 2nd at 8:00 AM EST.

We have limited copies, and the course won’t be available again for several months. And when it re-launches, the price will go up.

Go to the BuzzSeminar.com for details, testimonials, bonuses, and ordering info if you’re interested.

Thanks. And may the new babies in your life continue to grow!

The Buzz Seminar: Masterclass – Coming Soon

buzz-seminar_packageThis summer’s Buzz Seminar was a resounding success – it exceeded even our rigorous expectations. Participants shared some humbling and beautiful reflections (see below), and asked us if we were planning on making this training more widely available, as they want their friends and colleagues to be able to take the Seminar in order to ignite their online presence and make a living.

My co-organizers (Frank Viola, Michelle Shaeffer, David Hancock) and I have decided that there was just too much positive impact to keep the Buzz Seminar limited to our live participants. And so, we’re hard at work creating The Buzz Seminar: Masterclass, which will be open for a limited time this fall. Want to know the moment it’s available? Sign up for our waiting list here. Or, if you prefer clicking on banners:

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Like I said, hearing what Buzz participants have had to say, and watching their online Hives grow even in the short time since our live training, has been so gratifying. If you need more reason to sign up for the waiting list, it’s like LeVar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow: You don’t have to take my word for it…

Buzz Buzz: What others are saying

“I absolutely loved The Buzz Seminar. The presenters didn’t give vague advice – they gave us step-by-step advice to maximize my blogging efforts and how to actually build a platform. I went in hoping for a hands-on seminar that would walk me through how to create content, drive traffic to my blog, and how to work towards writing a book, and that’s exactly what I got. If you want to earn money through blogging, to take your blogging to the next level, good advice on how to use social media to promote your work and more, I can’t recommend The Buzz Seminar enough.”
Deanna Ogle
DeannaOgle.com

“The Buzz Seminar provided a treasure trove of resources, insights, and practical direction. The presenters’ desire to help others succeed was palpable. They gave more than one might think they should. The whole seminar and participant interaction made me come away with a feeling and knowing “I can do this!” – with things I was formerly totally ignorant about or things I thought impossible to do. What a valuable investment!”
Nancy Teague
growinginfullness.com

“The information was practical and easy to immediately implement. This wasn’t a typical seminar as much as an education on how to profitably blog, publish a book and all with a purpose and integrity. It surpassed my expectations!”
Manny Hernandez
manny-hernandez.com

“I went to the Buzz Seminar looking for information. What I got was empowerment. This course is usable-right-out-of-the-box and jam-packed with no-nonsense, step-by-step, valuable information from a talented panel of professionals who have proven these processes with real results. The Buzz Seminar is hands-down one of the best investments I’ve made in my own future.”
Richard Jacobson
churchanarchist.com

“The material was stellar and the presentations were informative in ways that even I could understand… plus they were so entertaining!  Thank you all for a wonderful two days of exploring the possibilities of venturing into the unknown realm of blogging and publishing for profit.  I look forward to continuing the journey with you with the “Hive” FB group.”
Renee Robb-Cohen
mypeaceoftheearth.com

“As an entrepreneur, blogger, and licensed REALTOR, I have taken professional and entrepreneurial classes and seminars. I have also attended many hours of continuing education for my profession. The Buzz Seminar will far exceeded my expectations for content and practical application. You will be able to start applying the principles you learn right away. The presenters are successful and unique in their industry and highly esteemed among their peers.  The Buzz Seminar was by far the best investment into my business that I have ever made. I encourage you to assess your current business plan, dream bigger, and take the Buzz Seminar as soon as you can.”
Alissa Dietz
AlissaDietz.com

“The Buzz Seminar was like drinking from the proverbial fire hydrant for me.  I went with a great many questions about how to practically, step by step begin the process of moving from a blogging hobbyist to somebody who knows what the next steps or areas to concentrate upon are.  I came away with a feeling that I finally know not just what to do in answer to those questions, but also what the next questions should be.  It was worth the time and investment to be a part.  I’m glad for the opportunity to be there.”
Bart Breen
BartsBarometer.com

“The Buzz was an amazing event with amazing presenters. Each presenter shared loads of their best insight into the writing, blogging, and publishing world.  I received so much practical information that I am now taking a week to go back over the material and form an action plan to implement what was shared.  To be honest, I really wasn’t that hopeful that I could replace my income through writing, but after the Buzz Seminar, I am very hopeful that my dream of writing and working from home may come to pass.  The presenters were authentic, their advice battle-tested, and their encouragement motivating!  I highly recommend this class if you are considering starting a writing career.”
Mark Lake

“There was SO much information given. The Buzz Seminar definitely over-delivered, which is the goal.  I am humbled to be a part of such a talented and gifted group of people, and to be mentored by such grizzled (excepting Michelle) veterans of the information age. My main takeaways are:

– It is possible for me to have a career blogging and writing and provide for my family doing it.
– There is a definite roadmap for success and the tools to implement the roadmap
– Having key performance indicators (KPIs) of performance and progress (hive creation) makes the journey encouraging, versus just looking at posting views which is discouraging.”
Steve Berman
sgberman.com

“My overall impression of the Buzz Seminar: MAGNIFICENT!!! It was two days of highly impactful and comprehensive information for a lifetime of usefulness.  Well beyond worth the price for the goldmine of information that you receive.”
Cecilia Blades
livewithinlistenwithin.com

“The seminar has given me so much material to look at, so I am taking my time to absorb it into my vision. My goal in blogging is to write and possibly sell my paintings through my blog for which I write about them as well. Thank you to all of you who I now travel with.”
Marilyn Short Davis

“Coming from someone who has the desire to write but hasn’t started yet, the conference was a perfect launch pad. It was great to hear from 4 hosts who have similar success but all teach from a different vantage point. Each speaker taught in a way that was easy to comprehend and I walked away confident that I can have success through writing. The messages were free from fillers and contained practical advice that can be applied immediately.”
Kalil Harrigan

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Why I Stopped Believing in Jesus On A Mission Trip

By Emily T. Wierenga

a deeper story

It was the Lin Yeng Temple, a Hindu temple in Richmond, BC, and we were supposed to be praying over the false spirits, we were supposed to be converting lost souls, but I found myself taking off my shoes instead.

I found myself on holy ground and all of my 18 years of being a preacher’s kid did nothing to prepare me for that moment.

The moment in which someone else’s faith in something other than Jesus would be stronger than mine.

The temple smelled of incense and all I could see were the soles of people’s calloused feet, the posture of their bent backs, and I’d never found this in a church.

There was no live band, there was no projector or stage or pulpit, there was just the awe-struck silence of worship.

I tiptoed down those temple steps leaving my faith there at the top, dead, for crows to pick apart.

And we were supposed to be telling people about Jesus that week but all I could do was feed them sandwiches and listen to their stories.

I didn’t have any magical words for them, I just sat there on East Hastings Street in the parks with men and women who had needle marks in their arms and red around their eyes and we did church together, the only kind I knew how, the real kind.

And after a week of serving hot dogs on fancy china and sorting through clothes at a distribution center and watching the homeless fall on the floor during a charismatic drop-in service, my Mum called.

She called the church basement where I was staying with my sleeping bag and my suitcase filled with bell bottoms.

And she asked me about Vancouver and what we’d done and then she said in her British accent, “Emily, can I ask you what’s been going on this week?”

I said, “I thought I just told you, Mum.”

And she said, “No, Emily, I mean, why has God been waking me up every single night at the same time, the past seven days, to pray for you?”

I nearly took off my shoes right then and there.

My faith, it just picked itself up from those temple stairs and ran back into my life all pecked by crows and disheveled, but alive.

Jesus loved me.

He loved me enough to wake my mother up seven nights in a row to pray for me.

He loved me enough to pursue me.

I don’t know why I felt such holiness at that temple, why I’ve never found that kind of reverence in a church, but I know that Jesus Christ is real.

And that is enough.

 

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My memoir, ATLAS GIRL, is releasing this month, and I am excited to give away a copy today.

Our own Mike Morrell says this about #AtlasGirl:
“Emily Wierenga’s Atlas Girl is a heartfelt reflection, poignantly told, of growing up in the shadows and light of ministry life. She spares no longing, sensuality, heartbreak, ambiguity, or epiphany in telling her story. I wish that all spiritual memoir coming from evangelical circles would be this true-to-voice, grounded, and real. Take and read–you’ll be glad you did.”
~ Mike Morrell, journalist and party-thrower; mikemorrell.org, buzzseminar.com

Just leave a comment below to win!

From the back cover:

“Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning. Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else–anywhere else. Her travels took her across Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time–in the place she least expected it.

“Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a very personal story of a universal yearning for home and the assurance that we are known, forgiven, and beloved. Readers will find in this memoir a true description of living faith as a two-way pursuit in a world fraught with distraction. Anyone who wrestles with the brokenness we find in the world will love this emotional journey into the arms of the God who heals all wounds.”

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Click HERE for a free excerpt.

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I’m also giving away a FREE e-book to anyone who orders Atlas Girl. Just order HERE, and send a receipt to: atlasgirlbookreceipt@gmail.com, and you’ll receive A House That God Built: 7 Essentials to Writing Inspirational Memoir an absolutely FREE e-book co-authored by myself and editor/memoir teacher Mick Silva.

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ALL proceeds from Atlas Girl will go towards my non-profit, The Lulu Tree. The Lulu Tree is dedicated to preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers. It is a grassroots organization bringing healing and hope to women and children in the slums of Uganda through the arts, community, and the gospel.
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Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, blogger, commissioned artist and columnist, as well as the author of five books including the memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look (Baker Books). She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two sons. For more info, please visit www.emilywierenga.com. Find her on Twitter or Facebook.

Len Sweet Calls It a Masterpiece! ‘Jesus Now’ – 50% Off with Free Study Guide Until May 8th

Jesus NowMy Buzz Seminar partner Frank Viola’s latest book just released: Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ.

Leonard Sweet acclaims:

“Frank Viola is a master at the discipline of historical context, and Jesus Now is a masterpiece that shows us how to ‘Christify’ our story—to move from an unscripted spirituality to a scripturally scripted identity.”

Jesus Now contains 8 chapters of fresh material on the present-day ministry of Christ, responding to the question, “What is Jesus doing now . . . since his ascension?”

The book explores every text in the New Testament on the subject, breaking it down into 7 ministries that Jesus has today:

Great High Priest * Chief Shepherd * Heavenly Bridegroom * Author and Finisher of our Faith * Builder of the Ekklesia * Head of the Church * Lord of the World

Frank let me know that if you purchase Jesus Now between May 5th and May 8th from Parable.com, not only will you get the book at a 50% discount (the best price anywhere), but you will also receive the companion Study Guide at no charge.

Order Jesus Now at the 50% discount and get the complimentary Study Guide before the deadline

You can download a sample of the book here.

In the Name – Pádraig Ó Tuama

In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of goodness and love and broken community.

In the name of meaning and feeling and I hope you don’t screw me…

In the name of darkness and light and ungraspable twilight

In the name of mealtimes and sharing and caring by firelight

In the name of action and peace and human redemption

In the name of eating and drinking and table confession

In the name of sadness, regret, and holy obsession,

The holy name of anger, the spirit of aggression

In the name of forgive and forget and I hope I get over this

In the name of father and son and the holy spirit

In the name of beauty and beaten and broken down daily.

In the name of seeing our creeds and believing in maybe,

We gather here, a table of strangers, to speak of our hopeland and talk of our danger…

To make sense of our thinking, to authenticate lives

To humanize feeling and stop telling lies

In the name of philosophy, theology, and who gives a damn?

In the name of employment and study and finding new family

In the name of our passion our loving and indecent obsessions

In the name of prayer and of worship and demon possession

In the name of solitude and quiet and holy reflection

In the name of the lost and the lonely and the without direction

In the name of efficiency, stupidity, and the wholly ineffectual

In the name of the straight, the queer, and the sometimes bisexual

In the name of Mary and Jesus and the mostly silent Joseph.

In the name of speaking to ourselves, saying, “this is more than I can cope with”

In the name of touch-up and break-up and break-down and weeping

In the name of therapy and Prozac and full-hearted breathing

In the name of sadness and madness and years since I’ve smiled

In the name of the unknown the alien and the holy in exile

In the name of goodness and kindness and intentionality

In the name of harbor and shelter and family.

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Pádraig Ó Tuama: On Being

Readings from the Book of Exile
Sorry For Your Troubles
Hymns to Swear By

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“Buzz” – everybody with a message wants it.

But how do you create it?

How can you find your hive? Cross-pollinate with others? Create something sweet? In a new book I contributed to, Buzz: Blue-Collar Blogging & Publishing for Profit, we won’t sell you cheap shortcuts or a get-rich quick scheme.

Instead, we draw from our personal experience in blogging, publishing, guerrilla marketing and movement-building to show you practical steps to move you toward an honest, sustainable living from your words and your passions.

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to take your vocation to the next level, Buzz has the direct, practical game plan you need – from four bloggers and online entrepreneurs who individually serve their hives while learning how to write compelling content, earn ad and affiliate revenue, market our books, and create compelling events – online and in-person – that draw hundreds or thousands.

If you’re curious, download this free 100+ sampler from NoiseTrade Books here.

And if you want more, please join me at this summer’s Buzz Seminar, where we’ll be diving even deeper.

Your contributors:

 

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How to Come to the Buzz Seminar for “Free”!

The Buzz Seminar - Logo 2The Buzz Seminar registration is in full swing, and brilliant up-and-coming authors and bloggers are registering every day from across the country. We’re proud of how affordable we’ve made registration. As we’ve said on the registration site:

The Buzz Seminar is LESS EXPENSIVE than virtually every other event that provides something similar. For example, here are four other conferences and their prices (the names have been changed intentionally):

  • The Audience Conference = $2,097 per person
  • The Dispatch Conference = $4,547 per person
  • The Aggregate Conference = $1,497 per person
  • The Formula Conference = $25,000 per person

Registration for the Buzz Seminar is only $995 per person. This includes:

  • All the teaching sessions.
  • Detailed handouts for each session that enable you to apply the training well after the “seminar glow” has worn off.
  • Complimentary breakfast on both days (for those staying at the hotel).
  • A free lunch on both days (thanks to our sponsor, Morgan James Publishing).
  • A surprise bonus gift worth $697.
  • A special discount for the hotel (only $99 per night).

So far, we’ve been happy that many of you are taking advantage of registration. However, I do have friends and colleagues – many of them ministers and nonprofit workers – who are facing honest challenges funding their Buzz Seminar training and experience 100% on their own.

If this is you, I have a creative suggestion that could enable you to fund up to the entire Buzz Seminar registration, + travel and lodging.

Are you ready?

It’s GoFundMe.com

Go Fund Me - logoIf you’ve ever been a minister or missionary, you’re likely familiar with the “support-raising” model of ministry, where you talk to a circle of friends and those impacted by your life and work to help sustain your work serving others. In an internet age, GoFundMe easily enables this the way Kickstarter and IndieGoGo help bands and inventors fund their work.

Bloomberg Business Week explains:

“GoFundMe.com allows people to create fundraising sites for their personal needs. Folks have set them up to raise money for everything from medical bills to weddings.”

Mashable reports:

“Crowdfunding was the obvious choice for Sanders. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that without GoFundMe,” he says. Setting up the actual page was, according to Sanders, “just so simple.” He says it took him around five minutes.”

And TechCrunch breaks it down:

“GoFundMe Simplifies Group Fundraising: It connects directly to a user’s PayPal account and donation pages may also be embedded on a user’s existing blog.”

Jeff BurnsMy friend Jeff Burns has decided to do just this. As a former pastor, house church planter, coach, and worker for reconciliation between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, Jeff is looking to leverage his unique experience as a peacemaking voice in the Southeast and Middle East to not only finish his book about the spiritual roots of Southern Christian racism, but make it a truly high-impact book that reaches readers by becoming  a bestseller. He’s created a GoFundMe campaign called Help Me Become A Bestselling Author to fund his Buzz Seminar trip and additional coaching he wants to receive, sharing it with this family, friends, social media circles and ministry supporters.

How about you? If you’re facing challenges funding your Buzz Seminar registration and trip, will you create a GoFundMe campaign to share with your family, friends, and supporters? If you do, link to it in the comments below.

For each new Buzz Seminar GoFundMe support-raising campaign you share with me in the comments, I’ll re-share this blog post to my 20,000+ social media contacts across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. 

At the Buzz, we strongly believe that a rising tide lifts all ships. We want to help each other share our powerful messages with the world. However you fund your Buzz training and experience, remember that registration closes June 1st. Register today!

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My Embarrassing Meeting With a Publisher…

Publisher MeetingI’ll never forget it: 12 years ago, I was at my first big conference, meeting with publishers. I was in my 20s, still in college, and I lined up face-to-face meetings with editors. Marketers. Decision-makers. I had a book idea that I thought could change the world.

Jamie*and I sat at the Starbucks near the conference site as I pitched my book and showed him my samples. He was interested in its content, but even more than that he was interested in what kind of buzz I could generate, on my own, about the book if his publishing house accepted it.

“I think I could sell 50,000 copies through my efforts,” I told him, full of sincerity.

Jamie was a nice guy, but he couldn’t suppress a laugh. “Mike, if you can move 50,000 copies on your own, you don’t need me.”

And he was right. I wouldn’t have needed him or any publisher. The problem is, I had an inflated sense of what I could accomplish at the time. That day a dozen years ago, Jamie gave me some pointers on more realistically assessing what kind of impact and buzz I could generate – and I’ve been learning and practicing this quest ever since.

In the intervening years, I’ve worked with 100+ clients to turn their published books into messengers that reach their intended readerships. Sometimes these readerships number in the hundreds, or the thousands; one of my clients, using the word-of-mouth, buzz-building, relational-sharing approach I teach has sold over 18 million copies of his worldwide best-selling book.

I’ve used this same approach to help launch a startup national festival, transforming it from just an idea to 1700 attendees in its first year of existence.

Do you write books?

Do you blog?

Do you run a business that makes a living from people knowing about its existence?

If so, I think you’ll be interested in a powerful two-day training I’ve developed that will enable you to turn your passion into profit.

I’ve distilled my last 12 years of learning into The Buzz Seminar, happening this July 4-5 in Orlando.

Why my distinguished co-host puts ‘celebrity’ bloggers to shame…and why you want to learn from him.

I’m co-leading this seminar with author and blogger Frank Viola, a friend and early client that I connected with this relational-sharing approach back in 2008. Frank built slowly, meticulously documented his rise, and these days has built what I consider to be very solid credentials:

  • Frank’s blog is consistently ranked in the Top 10 in his genre by traffic and subscribers.
  • In 2013, he approached 5 million unique page views.
  • Frank earned six figures in 2013 from blog-based revenue alone.
  • Frank also writes books. Books that serve a loyal reader base with whom he consistently stays in touch with through his blog; readers who consistently help launch his books onto bestseller lists, where 5 of his 9 published books have landed.

What’s amazing to me is that Frank, while impressive in his message and output, is not a household name. He’s not a prominent CEO, a notorious politician, or an infamous mega-church preacher. He doesn’t have a television show. He has built buzz, consistently and creatively, over the past few years – using a relational-sharing approach that can be taught…and learned.

At The Buzz Seminar, we want to teach you what we know. It will be a no-frills, content-packed training – that you’ll be able to get to work on immediately in your own life and business.

Unlike other conferences out there, we’re not promising that you’ll get “rich” off of your passion and talent. What we are saying is that if you have a compelling message and can share it, and are willing to work, then you have what it takes to make a sustainable living from your craft. That’s why we’ve tag-lined The Buzz Blue Collar Blogging and Publishing for Profit.

Registration closes June 1st. Register today!

The Buzz Seminar - Logo 2At this time, we only have room to take on the first 125 buzz-builders for this two-day training.

At this time, we only have room to take on the first 125 registrants for this two-day training. If you want to reserve your spot, register today.

Interested? Then I hope to see you this July!

*Name changed to protect the innocent! 

Vote on your Favorite Buzz Seminar Logo!

Hi all, The Buzz Seminar is less than six months away and the waiting list is filling up fast. (It’s not too late to get on it yet, though – go here to get on it.) We’ve been tweaking the logo, and I’m curious which one you prefer:

Logo A:

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…or Logo ‘B’ (no pun intended!)?

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Please vote here!