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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 and my ministry will bless and empower you!

Eating Granite

How hard are your teeth?

Actually, most people’s teeth are extremely hard — teeth are the hardest tissue in the human body.

So hard that, in the past, I’ve seen performers on television chew up and eat other hard things like pieces of glass, or metal bicycle parts.

But I’ve never seen anyone whose teeth are hard enough to [more…]

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Out-Of-Focus Group

Much of today’s U.S. electorate has been (correctly, I think) described as “low information voters.”

They have strong feelings for — and against — the various presidential candidates, yet, if you question them, you’ll discover that they know hardly anything about any of the candidates or issues.

In fact, they often can’t even recognize the candidates — or even [more…]

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Easy DIY Granola

The first time I ever tasted granola was in late 1975.

My wife and I were at a campground in Dundalk, Maryland, for six weeks of training, before beginning the first of our two years of church volunteer service.

Among the 40 or so of us in that training program were Jess and Lavaun — a married couple in their 60s or 70s.

Considering the fact that 40 years have passed since then, [more…]

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Stop! Don’t Park Here!

A few months ago, I showed you how some vigilantes in Brazil punished a non-handicapped driver who had parked in a handicapped parking spot.

It’s obvious that many drivers ignore the traffic signs that designate handicapped parking spots.

But now a Russian PR firm has come up with a very clever — albeit relatively expensive and complicated — way to educate non-handicapped drivers to stay away from handicapped parking spots. [more…]

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What’s Going On Here? 2

TV commercials keep getting weirder and weirder.

One recent advertising trend in TV commercials is to “tell a story” — sometimes without even mentioning the name of whatever is being advertised until the very end.

Sometimes not at all.

But I think that the following TV commercial from Japan [more…]

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Keep Your Apple Slices Fresh

Millions of us like to eat fresh apple slices.

But we don’t like slices that have turned brown and mushy.

Unfortunately, apple slices start to turn brown and mushy very shortly after you first cut them.

Luckily, many of us know that the best way to keep them fresh is to [more…]

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The Downsides Of Being An Overachiever

I remember my mother telling me that my teacher had told her that I was an overachiever — and that I was reading at the high school sophomore level.

At the time, I was in Mrs. Morrison’s 5th grade class.

Of course, I was too young to know what “overachiever” meant.

But, from the way people talked about it, I sort of figured that it meant that I was smart, and [more…]

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The Cutting Edge

Have you ever bought a set of steak knives?

The cheap ones don’t work very well.

The good ones are really expensive.

My wife and I still use the few of the cheap ones that we got as a wedding present more than 40 years ago.

They didn’t work very well 40 years ago, and [more…]

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Guitar: Impossible

On YouTube, his stagename is MysteryGuitarMan.

His audiences also know him as Joe Penna.

But his family knows him as Jônatas de Moura Penna.

Born in Brazil, he currently lives in California.

That’s where he [more…]

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Rent A Car – Get A Surprise

Way back in December of 1975, my wife and I went to work as Pastoral Assistants for a church in Orlando, Florida.

That was the first of our two, consecutive one-year assignments in church volunteer service. For the second year, we worked for a church that was south of Toledo, Ohio.

For the whole year of our first assignment, we worked 40 hours per week, and the church agreed to provide us with room, board, and $5 per month apiece.

The Orlando church also bought us a [more…]

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The Truth About Walt Disney 2

“One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong.”

If you grew watching the educational television program, Sesame Street — or if you babysat children who did — then you probably recognize the opening lyrics to one of that program’s songs.

So let’s see if you can figure out which one of the following [more…]

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Roll Over, Beethoven!

I think that there’s something really special about classical music.

Some of it has been around for hundreds of years.

Yet it’s still extremely popular.

I seriously doubt that anyone will be saying that about pop or rock or hip-hop or rap music hundreds of years from now.

But I think that classical music may [more…]

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Happy Birthday To Us All

I’ve heard about it for years — you probably have, too:

Any time the song, “Happy Birthday” — the most-sung song in the world — is sung in a TV show, movie, radio show, video, TV or radio commercial, or for any other commercial use, the producers of that commercial use have to pay a royalty to the owners of that song’s copyright.

In fact, that’s the main reason why many popular restaurants [more…]

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My Dell Precision T3500 Workstation

The last time I bought a brand new computer was around 1992 — it was a mini tower case with a 400 MHz Pentium II processor and (I think) about 256 MB of RAM. If I remember correctly, that computer cost me several hundred dollars.

Every computer that I’ve owned since then — except for the one that I built myself, out of new parts — I either bought used or got for free from friends after they bought new computers.

For example, my current computer came from [more…]

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