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Through my share of good times, and possibly 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 hope that it and my ministry will bless, inspire, and empower you.

AARP’s Confusing Message

The American Association of Retired Persons.

I’ve seen their newest commercial on TV many times.

A middle-aged man and woman are in some type of business setting.

He’s apparently [more…]

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Wintergatan’s Marble Machine 2

About six months ago, I told you about the band, Wintergatan‘s incredible marble machine, built by hand, by band member, Martin Molin.

But there’s a problem with the marble machine.

As you can imagine, from seeing [more…]

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A Living Language, A Dying Language

Linguists like to say that English is “a living language.”

By that, they mean that it’s constantly changing, to meet the requirements of those who speak it.

English dictionaries frequently [more…]

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Next Floor, Yangtze River

When you build a canal, like the Panama Canal, or a hydroelectric dam, like the Three Gorges Dam in China, you solve a lot of problems.

But sometimes, you create new ones.

Like the fact that ships that pass through the Panama Canal [more…]

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What’s It Like To Forget?

My father, and at least one of his brothers, died from Alzheimer’s Disease.

I suspect that my paternal grandfather had it, too — although it didn’t have a name back then.

I’ve also been [more…]

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We’ve Made It Worse 2

If you’ve been following the news about the new Apple iPhone 7, you know that it doesn’t come with the 3.5mm headphone jack that has always come standard on just about every other cell phone on the planet.

If you haven’t been following the news, and you already spent a great deal of money buying an iPhone 7, without knowing about its glaring jack omission, [more…]

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Have You Been Hacked?

It often seems like, every couple of weeks, another famous online service or major retailer gets hacked, and the hackers gain access to the private data of millions of users or customers.

If you happen to be one of those users or customers, hackers may have your username and password [more…]

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More Than Meets The Eye 2

Transformers!
More than meets the eye!
Transformers!
Robots in disguise!

The Transformers franchise has [more…]

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When Does Your Interview Start?

If you’re an adult, and you’re not independently wealthy, you’ve gone through the job interview process before.

If you’re good at it, you’ve learned to show interviewers your best side.

And to give them the impression that [more…]

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Jeb!

Early in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, he was already presumed to be his party’s eventual nominee.

He had amassed tens of millions more in campaign contributions than his many rivals, and had also collected many powerful political connections.

Thanks, in large part, to the fact that [more…]

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Our Terrible British Accents

Hugh Laurie.

It’s been a few years, but maybe you remember him.

Here’s a clue: Dr. House.

Yes, Hugh Laurie is the actor who played [more…]

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Beat Them At Their Own Games

It’s been several years since I’ve been to one, but, many years ago, when my wife and I lived in The Frostbite State, I used to enjoy going to the state fair, when it came around every year.

It was easy to do that, because the State Fairgrounds were on the same piece of land as the University of [more…]

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Robert

I met Robert a few years ago, when he was managing the warehouse of one of the largest food bank ministries in this entire area.

His warehouse received, processed, and handed out 3-5 million pounds of food every year.

Robert worked 80+ hours every week. He not only [more…]

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Why Are Eyeglasses So Expensive?

If you wear prescription eyeglasses, you already know that, nearly everywhere you go, they cost way too much.

It doesn’t matter whether you go to Visionworks, LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Eyeglass World, Sears Optical, Target Optical, or Luxottica — they all charge you as much as 20 times what [more…]

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Hammer Time!

Have you ever had any construction or remodeling work done on your home?

From what I’ve seen, read, and heard from friends, such projects always go over-time and over-budget — while being tremendously stressful to homeowners.

One of the biggest frustrations that homeowners experience is [more…]

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Crafting A Fine Guitar

My regular readers know that I’ve written about my guitar a few times.

It’s a custom-built, 12-string, Taylor 955ce, that I ordered and had built back in 1997.

I’ve always known that it’s a top-of-the-line instrument, much better than I deserve; meticulously crafted from the finest materials, [more…]

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Do You Earn Enough To Buy A Home?

My wife and I bought a home in The Frostbite State around 1993.

When we sold it, more than ten years later, we hadn’t finished paying off its mortgage yet.

But it turned out to have been [more…]

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We’ve Made It Worse

If you’re an Apple iPhone user, you’ve probably been following all the news about the new iPhone 7.

Depending on who you believe, Apple’s decision to not include a 3.5mm headphone jack on the new phone was either a courageous decision that will heroically drag the rest of the world [more…]

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What Is Fire?

My ministry‘s logo is a photo of a candle flame, set against a black background.

I took that photo in my living room, late one night. Actually, I took many, many photos of that same candle, and then selected the one that I liked the best.

I chose the one that I used because [more…]

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How To Cut Sand

Those of us who live in The Sunshine State are surrounded by sand nearly 24 hours every day.

Our beautiful sandy beaches are known worldwide as tourist vacation destinations.

And they also play host to [more…]

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