Ep. 7: Hard work and big dreams are a winning hand – A conversation with Carey Bond

Episode 7 of “3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life” is where we meet Carey Bond, child #5 of the Bond family. Hailing from the town of Stanton, Tennessee, Carey’s adventures took him from America to Iraq, and from one career path to another.

Listen to hear more about his experiences with racism, learning to live out loud, his achievements in the military, and how he brought and carried all the learnings from his small village throughout it all.


In this episode you will also discover:

  • Carey Bond’s life as a child
  • The greatest life lesson Carey Bond has ever learned (and still lives by today)
  • From his life in Stanton, Tennessee to his successes as an adult
  • Joining the military, moving to different cities, and countries and key career turning points
  • His year in Iraq and how this changed his view on mortality
  • Pursuing a new career and how this path is a culmination of all his experiences


Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on SpotifyStitcher and iTunes.



  • “Despite the influences of others, make up your own mind and stand on the decision that you and only you will have to defend or support.”
  • “You won’t know if a decision is good or bad until you have made it. You have to stand for it either way it goes.”
  • “Being receptive to color and cultural differences—the opportunity that I had at that point was learning that not every white person meant you ill. There are some that actually care and had a different intent. That was one of the shaping moments back in the late 60s, early 70s.”
  • “All money ain’t good money. No matter what, I couldn’t sacrifice my family for that money.”
  • “If somebody’s gonna kill me, I can’t stop them. That realization allowed me to come to terms with mortality—meaning that if I’m gonna die, well, that’s the Lord’s will. Stop being scared and avoiding everything, and just get to it.”

Don’t Mess with the Post Office

U.S. Mail

Do Not Even Think of Messing with the Post Office

U.S. Mail. I saw it etched on the stagecoach to Tombstone in an episode of the ancient western, Tombstone Territory, Monday and I smiled. The stage dropped off mail, picked up copies of the Tombstone Epitaph, the star of the newspaper series, and keep moving safely through the wild West. I’ve watched a hundred episodes of this show with the cool theme song without noticing those two words but with all the talk about the United States Postal Service (USPS), it struck me as worthy of note.

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