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May 19, 2019

Testing Carmen on a bridge in 2003.

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Ah, another trip down memory lane. Notaries got very upset about my testing in 2017 and 2018. What they need to realize is that 123notary has been testing people from the very beginning, just not so frequently. Since there was so much hostility to my testing and so little appreciation from title companies, as of August 2018 I am cutting the testing to a minimum and doing it mainly by email.

But, back in 2003, I wanted to get Carmen certified. I am the kind of guy who just wants to get it done so I can move on to the next thing. but, Carmen wasn’t ready. She was driving over this huge long bridge down near the port of San Pedro. She was lost, confused, afraid, and not sure what to do once she got to the end of the bridge. Which way should she turn, where do we go now, where do we go now?

I was in a hurry to get Carmen certified, so I asked her a bunch of questions. She was a bit flustered, but she passed. Oh, what a relief. Sometimes when you just want to get the job done you have to just get it done. But, thinking back, next time I test someone on a bridge, I’ll give them the abridged version.

My philosophy is that if you know your stuff, you should be able to test anytime and anywhere – even in your sleep. But, I won’t call after 9pm unless you advertise as a 24 hour notary.


May 15, 2019

The NNA is copying our style with Notary 101

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A few years ago 123notary created a blog course entitled Notary Public 101. But, now I see that on the NNA’s site they have something called Notary 101 which is basic information reference material about what notaries do. I feel that they are copying my style. On the other hand, neither 101 of us invented the concept. I think that colleges or authors long time ago invented this style. In any case, what they wrote about is very different than our course and please do not confuse the two (or the 202). NNA and 123notary are NOT the same thing, our certifications, advertising and writing styles are NOT the same. Please do not confuse us and most of all, please do not call us Notary123 as that just sounds ignorant kind of like how Archie Bunker says ay-talian.


May 13, 2019

Notaries over 50

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If you are a Notary over 50, it is time to get your colon tested for colon cancer. Eating kale and cabbage just doesn’t cut it anymore, but chopping the cabbage does chop it. What if you have a polyps? Those store fecal matter for long periods of time and that is toxic and can cause cancer.

If you don’t maintain your intestines properly, you might end up with what grammarians refer to as a semi-colon.

Also, don’t ignore daily colon health. Most Americans don’t get enough figure. Salads, veggie soups, and stir fries with cabbage should be part of your diet. Certain foods have fiber which you need. But, you also need foods that nurture the colon energetically and chemically. Here are my suggestions.


Psyllium Husks – this is a great source of fiber in capsules. It is not a substitute for a good diet, but will give you shapely bowel movements that are not at all gunky. This supplement can dehydrate you a little, so drink lots of water if you take these.

Blackberries – This is the food source with the highest grams of fiber per serving. They also are good for keeping your blood vessels cleaned out. Or try blackberry jam. This food has roughly 8 grams of fiber per serving.

Avocados – These are next in line for having almost 7 grams of fiber per serving and is considered a super food.

Nuts — Any type of nuts have good fiber and lots of other minerals. As with any other high calorie food, consume in moderation.

Veggies – Vegetables have fiber, but not as much as you might think, so you have to eat a lot of them.

In addition to getting enough fiber for colon health, you need foods that nourish the colon with good energy, natural chemicals, and moisture.

Aloe Vera — you can drink it or eat it. This has been used for centuries by eastern medicine as a way to help the colon get the moisture it needs. Just don’t over do it or it will have too much moisture.

Bananas — This good is shaped like a colon and helps keep the intestines healthy and moving. It is a natural preventive measure against constipation. But, if you are already constipated, it may or may not provide fast relief. A banana a day keeps the colonoscopy therapist away.

Apples – This food is good for colon, liver and for your body in general.

Mangos – Helps protect the lungs and colon. Yummy too with yogurt in a lassi.

Cabbage – This is a superfood for the colon along with other cruciferous vegetables. It provides nutrients to keep the colon healthy.

If you want to live to be 100, stay lean, keep a healthy colon and liver, and think happy thoughts. The sad thing is that most Notaries are over 50, and have horrible health problems like cancer, strokes, diabetes. It is important to maintain yourself in a daily manner, and that will reduce the risk of serious health complications. I am now walking two times per day for at least 40 minutes. I am feeling better and dropping a lot of weight too.


May 12, 2019

Part 2 of can you notarize a photograph (parental advisory suggested)

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A guy comes to a Notary and asks if the Notary can notarize a photo. The Notary says, “Sorry, I took that NNA Just say no course and the book says that I should say no to such a request.” So, the guy says, then what can we do? The Notary suggested getting a document drafted regarding the photo, attaching a Jurat, swearing under Oath, and attaching the photo by staple as evidence of the photo in question.

The signer was willing to do this. So, the Notary went to the signer’s house, saw the photo and said, “Oh, I didn’t realize this would be a nude photo.” The signer said, “Oh, does that make a difference? Someone posted this photo on the internet and we are trying to get it taken down.”

The Notary was wondering who posted it on the internet. Sounds like the caller… who sounded like the boyfriend did something that he later got in trouble for and had to send something to some internet provider company. Finally, the notary said, “Yes, I can notarize this nude photo, but only if you sign in the nude as well.” The signer reacted with complete shock and said, “What???” Then the notary said, “No, I’m just messing with you! ha ha ha ha, made you react!”


May 5, 2019

Freedom of expression vs. contracts limiting forum use

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These days our freedom of speech and press are being o-press-ed more than ever before in Western civilization. Our core values (no, not the ones about the inside of apples) are being challenged. The politically correct pounce on us if we say anything about race or gender no matter how equanimical we are. And any insult or even these days compliment we give is seen as having a double meaning and turns into a huge conflict.

It is no longer politically correct to call an articulate black person articulate. That is seen as patronizing. If they are white, they can be labeled as articulate, but not if they are black. So, what are you supposed to call an articulate black person? You just sit with your tongue in tongue prison. If you say something nice, you are likely treated like a racist scum, and if you say something critical then you are definitely treated like a racist scum whether your commentary is merited or not. There is no logic or reason in this behavior. It is insane. I bet Karl Marx would say, “This is too insane even for me with all of my leftist ideologies!”

In Germany if you criticize muslims in any way, you could have an arrest warrant issued against you.

But, now if you sign up with certain signing companies, they might have a contract stating that you can’t say anything about them in forums.

Personally, some of these company’s lives have been ruined by all the bashing so you gotta understand where they are coming from.

But, do you feel your freedom of expression is being squashed these days, or what?


May 4, 2019

The Notary Diet

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It is important for Notaries to be happy, healthy, and have a sense of identity. So I suggest, The Notary Diet. My idea for a Notary diet is to be having power foods all day long so you can endure long hours of driving and sluggish signers.


Put walnuts, sliced almonds, ground cocoa nibs (for antioxidants), and various types of berries (good for cleaning arteries) in your oatmeal along with a little brown sugar for taste. . This combination will give you minerals, brain food, and clean out your arteries too. Wine cleans arteries, but berries are a better way to do that in the morning especially if you have to drive.

Cranberries and pumpkin seeds are good for the prostate, so you can have a “he breakfast” with these natural ingredients added to your oatmeal or on the side. Then have a banana for your colon.

Green tea & Coffee are both good for you and have phytonutrients. But, green tea is better for phyting cancer! Just don’t drink too much as it is high in stimulants and may trigger palpitations and a phyte or phlyte reaction. I think they should call the nutrients PhytoOrPhlytoNutrients to be honest.


Start with a apple for your liver and colon, then mango for your lungs. You can read about the attributes of these amazing and delicious foods online. Have less processed foods and stick to these proven winners so you stay healthy and avoid cancer and strokes.

Avocados are a natural super food. Lentils and rice are a great way to have energy to last the day. You need that during signings. Seeds and lentils have six times as much nutrition as regular beans or nuts believe it or not.

A sandwich with some meat and veggies is good too for protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber in each bite.


Eggs have amazing nutrition. They have everything a chick needs to endure weeks in captivity. In fact, eggs have a lot of the nutrition that is almost impossible to get in other foods such as E, Q10, B12, and K2. You need all of these, but how do you get them, especially if you are a chicken fetus? Then have soups with celery, cabbage, kale, barley, potatoes, herbs and spices. This will be very good for your colon. If you want protein, salmon is a very healthy source of it.

Remember that spices can be very good for your circulation, liver and general health as they have a lot of phytonutrients which are critical to combating cancer and staying healthy.

Lentils are a superfood. Lentils have six times the nutrition as beans ounce per ounce and the same general type of nutrition.
Seeds have six times the nutrition as nuts and similar types of nutrients as in nuts.

I hope you like my ideas for staying healthy. You can look up super foods on Google and learn the ropes for staying healthy. I have super foods daily and they are really good for you. Exercising and having a healthy lifestyle is important too.

Most Americans do not walk around enough. Dr. Mercola is a natural doctor and recommends walking nine miles a day in addition to going to the gym. He and other doctors inspired me to do more walking. I have been doing two walks a day, each for almost an hour and the weight is coming off. Walking and swimming are the best type of exercises for human beings. They are safe, pleasant and matching how God created us — just as long as you don’t get run over by a crazy six year old on a bike who is riding on the side walk. Yes, it happened to me and I gave the father a dirty look.


The supplements I recommend are:

Grape Seed Extract — good for general circulation, eyes, toes, anti-cancer, brain health, scavenger anti-oxidant, and more.

Q10 — This occurs naturally in eggs and liver, but you can get effective Q10 in a supplement too. Great for rebuilding the tissue in your heart and arteries. I take this regularly.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin – Most people experience eye degeneration. Me too. But, by exercising and having greens and these supplements, believe it or not, my left eye is getting a lot better.

Psyllium Husks — This is a fiber supplement that will clean up your colon, give you healthy looking bowel movements and protect you from colon cancer.

Salmon Oil — This is a great way to clean up your blood from triglycerides the natural way along with diet and exercise. Or have a few ounces of salmon a few times a week. Make sure the salmon lived in a clean environment so you don’t get too many toxins.

Hawthorne Root — Great for general circulation

Milk Thistle & Dandilion — Amazing for rebuilding your liver’s cells. If you eat an American diet you need this.

B12 — If you are low in energy, there might be various causes. B12 complex can fill in one of the blanks.

Eggs — I treat eggs like vitamin pills. It has all the nutrients that are hard to find in regular foods.

Almonds – High in vitamin E.

Olive Oil — Also high in vitamin E and healthy in other ways.

Aloe — Good for moisturizing your colon.

Mulberry Juice – Great for cleaning up your arteries. In my experience it is more effective than any other berry and perhaps even better than wine.

Pumpkin Seeds — Good for the prostate.

Cranberry Juice — Also good for the prostate.


May 3, 2019

If knowledge is king, then what is queen

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One Notary on my blog wrote that knowledge is king. I agree. Although Stanford experts say that the key to success is more about soft skills. Hmmm. How you interact with people, you handle disagreements, problem solving skills, what type of body language you use, etc. The problem is that most Notaries are not good at soft skills or hard skills, so what gives? But, there is another and even more pressing question:

If knowledge is king, then what is queen? And moreover, in this age of equality, why does the king trump the queen… unless of course he is better with a sword, military leadership and perhaps scrabble.

After the videos on soft skills I have watched, I have learned that the reason many colleges don’t let particular applicants in is due to personality analytics and not for academic reasons. I also learned that only 15% of people lose their job due to a lack of technical skills but the rest for other reasons perhaps due to social skills, attitude, etc.

So, it is soft skills that are king, and notary skills are queen. Hmmm. I never saw it that way. Thank God for! I’m a bit unclear whether it is a king of spades or some other type of king but I’m sure it doesn’t matter.

So, how can Notaries learn soft skills? Isn’t there or shouldn’t there be an NNA course on this called Notary Soft Skills 101? The truth is that Notaries don’t want to learn soft skills because they think they are perfect and don’t need to improve in any particular way. You can only improve in life if you identify what is less than ideal about yourself, so if you are in denial like most Notaries, you will always remain at the lowest level and be kept waiting for checks forever, etc. I blame the Notaries as much as I blame the signing companies for this. Mediocrity is the enemy of success.

I am not sure how to learn soft skills or to teach them. I think being open to learning is the bigger issue. And anywhere I have ever taught the only people who were at all open were people receiving private tutoring at a huge cost.

So, please consider staying open and always remember that soft skills are king and that school doesn’t have a very formal way of teaching this.


April 28, 2019

Americans have become complacent since 2015

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I had a talk with my social media manager, and read a few articles on this subject. Apparently, people in America have become a lot more complacent since 2015. People want to deal with less nonsense, the work ethic has gone down, and Notaries are not an exception to this rule.

Since 2015, those who were 123notary certified went very far down hill, and had lost their desire to study and better themselves. This is part of the reason I had to clean up the certification and retest people. The people who had our certification in 2017 were no better or smarter than the uncertified crowd. However, the 2018 people certified are considerably better — but, not perfect.

Additionally, racial conflicts are ten times worse than they were before. Racism hit an all time peak in 2015 that is worse than I remember it being since the seventies.

Ironically, the upper class in America are working harder with less hope of improving their position in the market. They work hard to provide more of the good life for their children in terms of karate classes, tutors, summer camps, college, eating out, etc.

So, we live in an America that is very different than what I remember as a child. It is different in so many ways. And it is so sad that the new astrology that is affecting our attitudes has damaged the Notary industry so badly. I hope we get some better planets in so that things get better. You know what I always say — when things go wrong… blame it on a planet!


April 6, 2019

Testimonial from Suzanne Nolan

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Thanks Jeremy. No other notary signing companies provide information like you do to it’s group. 123Notary is far above the best! No one has or does what you do for your notaries. I just wanted to thank you!! Glad to be associated with you and on your list. It has provided me with a great extra income for a lot of years but now the sharks are out cutting fees to us to fill their pockets!!


April 4, 2019

What is the significance of a complaint?

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I was having a discussion with Carmen today. Carmen sees that a complaint from a Notary is a huge problem. I explained to Carmen that a complaint is only as valuable as the person it came from.

I got a recommendation from a food critic about which restaurants are good. I went to those restaurants and when I ordered the prescribed dishes I found them to be good. When I diverged from the recommended dishes, it was hit or miss. But, I got some food recommendations from some regular white people about Chinese and Mexican food. “Oh, this is great Chinese food, I always go there.” I learned that the minute a non-connoisseur give me culinary advice, it rarely turns out good. the Mexican food was some of the worst I’ve ever had. Ironically the best Mex I’ve had was in a Navajo area. Hmmm. Part of the good part was the green chili which is indiginous to the area.

A complaint from a title company is serious. Title companies are our bread and butter. They hire Notaries from our site. If they stopped hiring our notaries, the notaries would stop hiring us.

A complaint from a high quality notary is something I would take seriously. A high quality notary attracts good title companies to our site.

But, a complaint from a Notary who is an “F” student is scaring good companies away from using our site. Whatever they are upset about is probably that I apply standards to them, and “F” students cannot stand standards because they know they will not measure up. If we catered only to “F” students on 123notary, we would attract those types of people who have bad attitudes and like to complain, yet do not attract quality users to the site. Therefore I prefer to focus on catering to those whose patronage represents our business model — one of quality Notaries and quality users.

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