Merri’s House

by | Nov 30, 2021 | Archives

This message #6 in the Intuition series looks at how letting go is a big part of fulfilled living.

This is a time when so many foundations we believed solid, have or are crumbling.  Government, press, police, health care, business, pensions, the dollar… to name a few.

We believed in them.  We trusted and yet they are not trustworthy now.

However it’s hard to let go.  And where do we go?

Historian Yuval Noah Harari,writes about this in his book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” when he says: “In order to change an existing imagined order, we must first believe in an alternative imagined order.”

Where do we find a sense of order that works for us?

Recently I was reading through some notes that Merri made when she was doing some metaphysical studies in the early 1980s.

One quote she saved was this:

“When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore”.

This is one reason its often hard to let go.  Not only are we bound in beliefs that we have been surrounded by since birth, but the bedrock of our logic have not been given any seeds for other foundations to grow.

Where can we look for new sprouts of thought that can lead us down paths of prosperity, fulfillment and comfort, when our existing highways of understanding are clogged with lies, deceit and hidden agendas?

More of Merri’s notes answered that question as well.   She saved this quote.

One must leave the city of comfort and go into the wonderful wilderness of the intuition.

Let me share how Merri put these beliefs into action in the 1980s in a way that led to all the other adventurous steps she I I have taken as described in the earlier messages that make up this series.

Message #1 in this series: Ride the Wild Horse

Message #2: Life is Good.

Message #3: Let the Hunch Lead to the Logic

Message #4: Get Ahead of the Stampede

Message #5: Universal Flaw in the Flow

Merri’s mom used to ask her, “why is it that when you have what everyone wants, you give it up and do something else”.

She was even more puzzled when Merri, got divorced, quit her job as executive editor of the award winning magazine Gulfshore Life, and as a single woman, just starting as a real estate agent, without any steady income, took on a huge mortgage (and a second mortgage) and bought a 5,800 square foot, seven bedroom, four bathroom house, near the beach in Naples, Florida.


X marks the spot where Merri bought the house that became our home.

Then of all things she got a carpenter to expand the master bedroom closet.

“Girl, have you lost your mind?” her mother asked.

Merri explained that she saw a man coming in her life who needed that house and the big closet.  Then I, with five kids, came along and the house was perfectly full when mom and the kids were there.  I definitely filled the closet.


My mom, me, Merri and our daughter Cheri with her cat Bentley in front of our Naples house.

Truth be told Merri has always been more intuitive than most.  Plus she studied how to use this gift. But that purchase followed both of these quotes to the hilt: “One must leave the city of comfort and go into the wonderful wilderness of the intuition” and  “When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore”.

Her purchase took great courage to follow her intuition.

I recall vividly the first night I stayed in that house, as a guest (we were in business together before we got together).  There was a very special antique lamp in the guest room and I felt such comfort there with that lamp.

It was a warm beacon lighting a path of comfort, showing where I should be.

40 years later, I keep that lamp in our bedroom.  I feel the comfort every time I turn it on and give thanks that Merri had the courage to follow her intuition all those decades ago.


I’m not saying that I married Merri because of the house, (that’s another story for later in this series) but am grateful that it was there for me, for the family. That was a huge gift.

Now that faith she placed in her intuition can be a gift for you as well.

“One must leave the city of comfort and go into the wonderful wilderness of the intuition”

“When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore”.

I hope the gift can be as meaningful to you as it has been to us.


Here’s why there’s big opportunity in small towns,

In 2017, my report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” made several outrageous predictions about investing and living in Smalltown USA.  Readers of that report, who used this information, are cashing in with big profits now, four years after the fact.

It’s not too late!

Three recent Wall Street Journal front page stories show how profits have been made from predictions in my 2017 report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” .

That report predicted the upcoming inflation and suggested investments that would survive change and combat the loss of the dollar’s purchasing power.

One Wall Street Journal confirms the inflationary problem in its article “Higher Prices Leave Consumers Feeling the Pinch” (1).

The article points out how Janet Yellen was trying to walk back her comments admitting inflation.  The government will do just about anything to stop interest rates from rising and to hold back panic over the purchasing power of the US dollar.

This front page article sums up the situation succinctly:

Price tags on consumer goods from processed meat to dishwashing products have risen by double-digit percentages from a year ago, according to NielsenIQ.

Whirlpool Corp. WHR -2.01% freezers and dishwashers and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. SMG -0.56% lawn and garden products are also getting costlier, the companies say. Some consumers are feeling stretched.

Kaitlyn Vinson, a program manager in Denver, said her recent $275 bill at a Costco Wholesale Corp. COST -1.16% store, which included razors and cotton pads on top of her typical grocery list, was more expensive than usual. Ms. Vinson said she switched from buying fresh to frozen fruit and vegetables because they are less expensive and last longer.

The 2017 report also looked at the danger to pipelines in the US and explained how to protect against a failing US infrastructure.

The second Wall Street Journal article headline “U.S. Pipeline Shutdown Exposes Cyber Threat to Energy Sector” (2).


That article starts: For years, security officials and experts have warned about the energy infrastructure’s susceptibility to cybercrime.

Why we cannot depend on governments.

“Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”  warned (in 2017) to avoid total dependence on our national infrastructure.

In that report, I shared an experience we suffered at our North Carolina mountain home when a couple of workers digging a ditch with a backhoe accidentally breached a small pipeline.

That one small error shut down delivery of gasoline to a huge part of the state of North Carolina.  Gas stations had to limit the number of gallons we could buy or shut down totally.

Just one pipe… shut a huge section of the state… down.

Now we see how ransomware has affected the supply of gas on much of America’s East coast.

The third, Wall Street Journal headline was, “The Breakout Cities on the Forefront of America’s Economic Recovery”. (3)


That third article says: Rising stars such as Greenville, S.C., Des Moines, Iowa, and Provo, Utah, built out vibrant economies even before the pandemic; now, they are drawing new workers and businesses.

One key feature in “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” is the potential of Smalltown USA.  Those who read the report and acted in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are seeing huge gains now.

So what do we do about this?

I explain how to protect purchasing power and beat inflation in my report  “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.  The report, published in 2017, predicted how the world would react to the pandemic and showed how to economically prepare for it.

I recently completed a followup report to “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” called “The Neapolitan Effect” that explains how to to take advantage of the explosive growth that continues in two small towns in Ashe county North Carolina and Lake County Florida.

The “Neapolitan Effect” digs into the demographic, geographic, economic and social fundamentals that create small town opportunity so you can spot the same profit potential in small towns beyond just these two counties.

Before I put “The Neapolitan Effect” into our catalogue at $39.99, I would like to offer both the report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” (normally $39.99) and “The Neapolitan effect”  both for the price of one.

You can order both reports here for $39.99. 

Live Anywhere & Neapolitan Effect bundled: $39.99.