Trying to Make the Ride Smoother

I’ve got a clunky self-employed engine in my life that I’ve done quite a bit of work lately. If you subscribe to my blog, you keep up with changes as they happen. This post opens the hood a bit and gives you a decent look at some changes I’ve made to help make the engine run a big nicer.

Gant Drive

So, what exactly CAN you do on this street?

Pizza at the Jeubs

My friend, Howie, and his wife, Carrie, babysat my kids the other night. He took this picture and posted it on his Facebook stating, “What it’s like to be Chris Jeub at dinner.” (Taken by Howie Whitcomb)

Andrew Pudewa on Getting Involved

Andrew Pudewa gave a great shout-out to a room packed with homeschool parents last week in Virginia. I stripped the audio below for you to listen to. It’s one minute long, and then I’d like to invite you to take advantage of one of three opportunities—all ending at the end of this month.

Isn’t that great? I sure am grateful for friends like Andrew. He reaches a much larger audience than my little niche of speakers and debaters (see www.IEW.com), but you can tell he wants my little niche to grow big.

Does Prayer Actually Work?

This was the view off my back deck yesterday. The fire has spread significantly today, threatening evacuations of friends at the top of the ridge in this picture. This is one horrific fire that has displaced thousands of families.

Black Forest Fire

I believe we’re safe, for now. Everyone in the area has felt a bit helpless. See the YouTube video I took just moments ago (Wednesday, 2:55pm). There’s not much we can do when the wind blows like that. Besides pray.

We were in a very similar situation one year ago with the Waldo Canyon Fire. This fire was the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history, and my family even evacuated at one point. We did just as much praying—probably more—as we packed up our trailer with treasured items and took photos throughout the house with our phones in case we needed to make insurance claims.

This article is an unfettered appeal to you for prayer. Those families suffering the loss of their homes and livelihood need you. The firefighters, law enforcement, civil servants and everyone involved in fighting the Black Forest Fire do too. I believe prayer works.

I’m reminded of an article I posted on our family blog last year. Shortly after the fire’s worst day when the community was extremely thankful for the time being over, a noted atheist in the community posted an article slamming Christians for praying. He made the audacious, offensive and unwarranted claim that “the evidence” showed prayer had nothing to do with anything.

Well, I took issue with the claim. I hope this article—republished from July 5, 2012—encourages you to make an appeal to God:

Make-a-Wish for Speech and Debate Camp

If you had leukemia, and someone granted you the wish of a fully-funded trip of your choice, where would you go? Fulfilling such wishes is what the Make-a-Wish Foundation does. They contacted me to let me know that a 17-year-old from Missouri has made her wish to attend my Training Minds Camp this summer.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Missouri

This is incredible. What a privilege and honor this is. Most young people would opt for Disneyland or meeting Justin Bieber, but this young lady is choosing debate camp. Now that’s WOW for you!

There’s quite a bit to this story. I’d like to focus on three specifics that are certain to inspire you as much as they have inspired me.

Survey on 2014 Speaking Topics

Here’s a peak under the hood of my 2014 plans: Wendy and I plan to take an extended trip around the country and do a bunch of speaking engagements. Here’s what we have planned so far, and I’d appreciate your feedback.

Wendy and I attended a huge homeschool conference last weekend. We intend to make a run through many conferences in 2014.

Wendy and I attended a huge homeschool conference last weekend. We intend to make a run through several conferences in 2014.

Why We Opt for Coached Rounds Rather Than a Tournament

Speech and debate camp is totally awesome. Those who take advantage of the summer months to fit a camp into their schedule don’t ever go away dissatisfied. If you have the opportunity, take it.

Coached Round

We do things differently at camp, making first debate rounds an educational experience rather than a competitive one.

Some coaches and I started the Training Minds Camps in 2001. We’ve grown quite the program with dozens of the best coaches in the world involved. We used to be the only outfit out there, but today, there are quite a few debate camps available to students.

Most camps do a small tournament at the end of their training. It has some value, particularly apply what you learned. On its surface, that’s a good idea, but my coaches and I have decided not to do this. I believe for good reason.

Keys to Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Travis Herche and I worked on putting the long-awaited Keys to Lincoln-Douglas Debate to press, sent off today. We’ve been working on this for at least a year, he as the writer and me as the publisher. Its release is July 31 (see http://www.monumentpublishing.com/keys-to-ld). I have a special deal to share with you, but first let me say a few things about Coach Travis and his new book.

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I’ve been serving the debate community since 1995, and very few coaches rise to the quality, enthusiasm and success of Travis. He left his own competitive stint in 2006 after he took top awards in speech and debate. He didn’t just dabble in forensics. He was all over it. He participated in countless speech events, but made sure he mastered both formats of debate, Team-Policy and Lincoln-Douglas. Back in the day, Travis was something else.