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For the Curious Mind is a medium for sharing unique personalities and multi-media resources for a variety of educational needs.

Narratives for the Curious Mind

Michael Jarzabek is an electrician, active Freemason, and lifelong learner. Being an electrician he knows the importance of making connections. As a Freemason he has a passion for helping others become better versions of themselves. He uses his passions and talents to inspire others to follow their dreams.

One of those passions is writing which he shares on his blog Narratives for the Curious Mind. Here you can find posts that explore the Hero’s Journey, pop culture, Freemasonry, history, mythology, esotericism, and other many other eclectic topics.

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Adventures for the Curious Mind

Captain Ahab and Geeg Wiles are the perfect team to show you that:

If a 3 foot tall, 40 pound, bright yellow, wooden fisherman/wannabe pirate captain can accomplish his goals, so can YOU.

COMMANDEER LIFE!!!


Ahab’s Adventures provides speaking engagements ranging from 6-90 minutes, which include a presentation of the main topics listed below followed by an optional activity around individual and group goal setting via the creation of bucket lists. Universities, high schools, and businesses have found many new ideas for team building and future activity planning that stem from the results.

A few of our main topics include:

  • The Origins of Ahab’s Adventures: How a 75-year-old “Big Fish” story about a boy, his grandfather, and a lawn gnome evolved into a motivational movement.
    • July 18th, 1943 – Captain Ahab is ‘recruited’ by my grandfather and his comrades as part of a common WWII naval prank.
    • 1944 – Captain Ahab’s tour with the Navy ends, but he stays with my grandfather and his comrades afterward.
    • 1945 – The men (and Captain Ahab) buy a farmhouse in the Catskills of New York and host an annual reunion for the next 57 years.
    • July 18th, 1993 – At this year’s reunion, I stumble upon a secret late night card game, which annually decided Captain Ahab’s next adventure destination.
    • July 19th, 2002 – Captain Ahab is passed on to me and attends university, where he becomes the unofficial mascot of the Class of 2005.
    • 2005 – University ends and over a decade of traveling ensues. Captain Ahab evolves from a social mascot to a motivational icon for all.
    • Present – Seventy-five years later, we continue to travel, motivate, and present the lessons learned from the generations my family has shared with this lawn gnome.
  • The Art of an Ice-breaker: A lawn gnome is an obvious one, but a joke, talent, or signature apparel can set you apart, leading you to new connections and expanding your network.
  • Future Friends: Every friend, imaginary or not, was once a stranger. Remembering that, and experiencing firsthand how Captain Ahab opens doors, should make new beginnings that much easier.
  • Play to Your Passions: My grandfather, Captain Ahab, and I have all aspired to be modern-day pirates, even though the Golden Age of Piracy ended more than 350 years ago. Through our story, I demonstrate how identifying your strengths can lead to finding the best outlets for them, even if that means circumventing the traditional route.
  • Finding Your Excuses: Most people make excuses that hinder their goals. It is time to start making excuses to achieve them.
  • ASK: The most important three-letter word in our language. When you start asking questions, instead of wondering ‘what if,’ things get done!

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Education for the Curious Mind

Beth Jarzabek is a middle school teacher in Western Massachusetts who is lucky to explore books with 7th and 8th grade students in her Language Arts Lab classes and a facilitator of the creation of brilliant projects in her Genius Hour classes.

She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College, an MAET in the Teaching of English from Western New England University, and a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership degree at Mount Holyoke.

Beth resides in Ludlow, Massachusetts with her sassy teenage daughter, Amelia and her husband, Michael, a fellow “Book Nerd” and her stalwart support system. 

Through her blog One Book at a Time she shares her passion for education and methods that she uses in the classroom to develop a culture of reading.

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Learning for the Curious Mind

DISCOVER BEN FRANKLIN’S SECRETS TO HEALTH, WEALTH AND WISDOM

You start out as a modest Tradesman, eager for success. From Sunrise to Sunset, you strive to make headway in your apprenticeship—-a bright future begins to take shape. 

Your steady progress in Education and Experience expand your horizons and fuel innovation. Your dynamic Energy helps you take Action when needed, and Obstacles are no match for your Persistence. You rise to become an Investor—-turning Idleness into reliable dividends. 

Strengths and Virtues mark your humble fortune of wisdom. Achieve Franklinian honors today and start real-life prosperity tomorrow!  

Model your play strategy into real-life prosperity.

HOW TO PLAY FRANKLIN’S FORTUNE

Franklin’s Fortune is a deck-building game played on a table top. Your goal is to accumulate cards and Sterling—-as much of Franklin’s Fortune as you can. 

You start with a small deck of cards and each turn is an opportunity to acquire more cards and to earn Sterling. Acquire cards from the Common using Energy and Persistence—-your renewable resources, and Sterling—-the monetary resource. Earn Sterling by working your Occupations, and increase your earnings with Education and Experience. 

The game ends when all the cards are taken from the Common. Each card is worth one point and each 10 Sterling is worth one point. The player with the highest score wins.  

OUR GUARANTEE FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

As his children became young adults and they began to play more complex board games, the creator of Franklin’s Fortune wished there was a personal finance game that was fun to play, while still offering applicable life principles and financial models for real-life success – thus Franklin’s Fortune was born. 

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Resources

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