I spent some of our Haynesville shale money wisely. Right after I got the new truck and bass boat I carried my wife to Shreveport and got he a set of big honking breast implants. We refer to them as her Haynesville Hooters.
I won't get much, but after I pay taxes and tithe I will pay off what few little bills I have and share the rest with my kids. I am just an old country gal that loves her simple life. I will admit that a new bass boat would be nice too, heck I would settle for a flat bottom boat!!LOL
You definitely want to know that you are contributing in a way that does effect the lives of other people.
I haven't cashed in yet (may not get much) but hopefully I will rebound next year financially as I would like to get some clean water infrastructure in our rural and at-risk areas.... check out the enviromental group and some of the posts on there...
As far as your 'Jimmy Swaggart-esque" pastors... that is a common story...
The Osteens have gotten really $uccessful as well, but I honestly think they might need the protection of a gated home... as that mail bomb was pretty nasty a few years back. There are crazy people that want to do bad things to prominent figures (religious and political), but it doesn't sound like that is your pastors' problem. More likely, those who may (want/occasionally think about) harming your pastors might have a reason!
Heck, we're not all that fancy ourselves. We're looking to move out to the country, build us a log house, and buy us some animals (goats, chickens, cows, etc). Probably start us a garden. I'm even considering homeschooling our youngest daughter. We've had it with city life...crime, corruption, noise. Time to get back to the basics. =)
As exciting as this is, we know that we have a responsibility to do this thing correctly. After all, we want the farm to remain a place where the family can gather for another 80 years and beyond. This site was born out of these desires. Before we started this site, googling "shale' brought up little information. Certainly nothing that was useful as we negotiated a lease. Read More