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.
As a man of faith, I really enjoy helping people. As a result, I really enjoy working in my ministry.
In fact, as I’ve said many times before, there’s absolutely nothing I’d rather be doing with my life.
But when it’s “your job” to help people, it’s very easy to start feeling like it’s your job to help everyone.
In fact, like a new winner of a huge lottery prize, you will [more...]
My regular readers know that I was raised in an ominously terrifying atmosphere of domestic violence.
And that my father never taught me any important lessons or gave me any advice on any subject.
In fact, he treated me more like a rival than his loved, impressionable child.
As a result, everything I learned from him [more...]
I’m sure that my regular readers already know this, because I’ve mentioned it before, but research indicates that most people would prefer death over having to speak in public.
Yes, you read that correctly — most people say that they’d rather die than give a speech to a group.
I think that’s probably because most people are worried that they might embarrass themselves in [more...]
If you scroll down and take a look at the bottom of any page on this site, you’ll see that, as of a couple of weeks ago, I’ve written over 4,200 posts here.
As I’ve said many times before, I may not be a great writer, but through the experience of writing thousands of posts, at least I’ve developed a consistent style.
Do you ever wonder how I’ve thought of so many things to write about?
Maybe I’ll [more...]
Those who really know me, know that I’ve had at least 60 different jobs since I started working as a teenager.
And I’ve been blessed — as well as cursed, depending on how you look at it — to have been able to make a living doing every single thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
Photographer, educator, singer/songwriter/musician, television director, computer consultant — the list [more...]
Think about the following words and see if you can figure out what they have in common?
Sometimes, the “worst” TV commercials are the most memorable ones.
“Don’t walk the dog — drive a hog.
Don’t walk the dog — drive a hog.
Don’t walk the dog — drive a hog.”
About 40 years ago, I saw a late-night TV commercial for a car dealership in Chicago or Toledo — I don’t remember which — and the only part of it that I remember was [more...]
That’s probably the most common question that parents all over the world ask their children every day.
Unfortunately, their children often respond, “Nothing.”
And, far too often, they’re probably telling the truth.
Do you think that the knowledge and skills that children are taught in schools nowadays are going to [more...]
You may have seen the commercials that used to be ubiquitous on daytime TV, featuring people singing an annoying faux-opera song that went something like this:
INDIVIDUAL: “I have a stuctured settlement, but I need cash now!”
GROUP: “Call J.G. Wentworth!”
I don’t know if there’s more to that song or not — I always turned the channel by the time they got to that point.
Anyway, some employers are now [more...]
There are many theories as to why it is, but nowadays, a majority of Americans weigh too much.
In fact, 69% of American adults are either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To those of us who grew up during the “hippy days,” that’s a pretty “heavy” statistic.
So, with that in mind, what [more...]
Anyone who’s ever read my entire series of posts on this topic, knows that I’ve been dealing with Verizon’s poor DSL service, poor customer service, poor technical support, and marketing harassment for the past several years.
And that, as a result, my Verizon DSL connection is very slow and very unreliable — often for several hours each day.
My regular readers also know that, for the past few years, instead of fixing or replacing the ancient, [more...]
My regular readers know that I quit my job at a for-profit college almost two years ago — and then started my ministry.
And that I’ve been super-busy ever since — working for free.
But it’s also been incredibly fulfilling, and there’s absolutely nothing I’d rather be doing.
So, if I were to write an article about [more...]