Through my share of good times and probably more than my share of challenges, I've learned that life is hard, but God is good — so I've always tried to put my faith into action and keep my sense of humor. This Web site has been my labor of love since 1997 — I sincerely hope that it blesses and empowers you.
My regular readers know that, after teaching at six “real” colleges and universities, I worked my last job in higher education at Everest University, a private, for-profit corporation.
And I was an award-winning employee there for 2-1/2 years, until I quit because I believed that my employer had no ethics or integrity.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you read my four-part series, Wouldn’t It Be Great?, which describes a few of the [more...]
I was raised in a pious Catholic family. I think my parents saw Halloween as an excuse for kids to go door to door, vandalizing people’s houses, cars and property, under the guise of going trick-or-treating.
And I have a faint memory of my mother, every year, telling us kids about a kid who had been horribly disfigured or died or something, after he bit into a Halloween apple into which someone had slipped a razor blade.
So I don’t remember my parents ever [more...]
My regular readers know that I was a victim of domestic violence.
But I became a survivor.
And later, I worked as a domestic violence legal advocate, helping hundreds of victims become survivors.
One of the questions that people often ask [more...]
My regular readers know that I’ve been using Linux, instead of Windows, on all of my computers since July of 2006.
And that, about 2-1/2 months ago, I switched from many, many years of using Firefox as my Web browser, to using Pale Moon.
Since then, I’ve been really happy with Pale Moon’s performance, as well as its developers’ philosophy of keeping it small, clean, fast, and secure.
That is, until several days ago, when [more...]
I’ve been a member of Sam’s Club since the mid-1980s.
My membership now costs me about $45 per year, but it’s worth it, because it saves me more than what it costs me — sometimes, much more.
For example, one year, I saved about 4 years worth of my yearly membership fee, just by buying 4 new tires at Sam’s Club, instead of at a tire store.
Of course, I don’t save that much every year, but [more...]
Have you ever tried to draw a circle freehand?
No matter how carefully you try, it ends up having one or more “flat” or “bumpy” spots.
So, with even a short glance, anyone can see that you drew it freehand.
But there’s a way to draw circles freehand that results in nearly perfect circles.
If you can’t [more...]
They’re classic matchups:
Good versus bad.
Dark versus light.
Happy versus sad.
Irresistable force versus [more...]
…if it weren’t so true.
You’ve probably had many phone encounters with customer service departments.
I know that, out of necessity, I’ve had far more of them than I’ve wanted.
Some of them have gone very well, resolving problems to my satisfaction.
Unfortunately, far more of them have [more...]
In my past 4+ decades of driving, I’ve only ever gotten two traffic tickets.
The first one happened about 1983, out in the country in Ohio, near a tiny town whose major source of income was to suddenly drop a county highway’s 55 miles per hour speed limit down to 25 miles per hour, just for the tenth of a mile that the highway passed the town’s outer edge.
By the time I saw that speed limit sign, it was too late to slow down enough to avoid getting [more...]
I’ve always been a complete teetotaler. I’ve just never had any desire to even try drinking anything alcoholic.
As far as I know, Vicks NyQuil is the only thing I’ve ever drank that has alcohol in it — and it always gives me horrible nightmares.
As a non-drinker, I’ve never gone to a bar to drink or have fun with friends.
So I’ve never [more...]
More than 3 decades ago, in my first college psychology course, I heard that ice cream causes murder.
The professor told us that a study had shown that, every summer, people buy more ice cream.
And the number of murders surges.
So ice cream must [more...]
I’ve shared this story with many people, but I can’t find it on this site, so here it is:
About 20 years ago — before I took a 65% pay cut to become a college instructor — I worked as a full-time computer consultant, up in the Frostbite State.
I specified “full-time” computer consultant because, even now, I still do some computer consulting work, but only when friends or friends of friends need help.
Anyway, about 20 years ago, the consulting company that I worked for [more...]