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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.

Europe Has Better Windows

For a few months, many years ago, I worked as a computer consultant, on contract to a window manufacturing company, up in the Frostbite State.

There, I got to see the whole multi-stage process of how they hand-build high-quality windows, combining precise engineering and craftsmanship.

No wonder [more…]

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Optically Kinetic Wall Sculptures

It’s been many years since I saw one, but I remember seeing advertising signs that changed as you moved past them.

They accomplished the effect by using several vertical 3-sided slats, carefully aligned, side-by-side, instead of one flat surface.

So, if you stood to the right of the sign, [more…]

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A Better Mouse Trap?

A few weeks ago, when Bud and Max and I were arriving home from a walk, I saw a mouse run up ahead of us, and into the square sheet-metal tube on the side of our garage, in which the freon lines from our outside air conditioning compressor go up to the air handler that’s in our garage’s attic.

The next day, I went in the garage and banged all over the ceiling with a long broom handle, to frighten any mice that were up there into [more…]

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How Are Bricks Made?

I grew up in a house that was made of bricks.

I knew that they were very hard and durable, but I had no idea how they were made.

It turns out that there are many different ways to make bricks, and most of them require a lot of work. [more…]

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My Guitar 4

This morning, I made the hour-long trip to the music store, to get my 1997 Taylor 12-string guitar back, after the ten weeks that it spent in El Cajon, California — getting a neck reset and some other repairs, upgrades, and cosmetic fixes.

I laughed when I first saw it because, after playing my 1978 Guild 12-string guitar for the past 2-1/2 months, my eyes were expecting to see another honey colored guitar with a large, [more…]

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Saving Face

I probably don’t do it often enough.

And, when I do it, I probably do it too roughly.

And I probably use the wrong materials to do it.

And I don’t [more…]

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My Guitar 3

My regular readers know that, for the past ten weeks, my 19-year-old Taylor 12-string guitar has been “in the shop” — at the Taylor Factory Repair Center, in El Cajon, California.

Since then, I’ve gotten several calls from both Eric and Cora, two very pleasant customer service workers in the repair center, to discuss my guitar’s progress through its needed neck repair — and [more…]

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Why You Shouldn’t Vote

Right now, in the U.S. — less than six months until our presidential election — it appears that there are two basic types of potential voters:

  1. Those who are excited about the election
  2. Those who are depressed about the election

As a voter myself, I understand that both groups [more…]

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Drop Candies

Before I was born, “drop candies” (or “drops”) came in lots of flavors and shapes.

When I was a kid, my parents sometimes bought lemon drops. They were round, bright yellow, coated with a thin layer of powdered sugar, to keep them separate, and were simultaneously sweet and sour.

Occasionally, my father bought a bag of [more…]

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Whether You Want It Or Not 4

Microsoft seems to be trying every trick and malware technique it can think of, to trick, cajole, or force Windows users to “upgrade” to the spyware system that it calls “Windows 10.”

My regular readers know that I’ve mentioned it here several times before.

That’s because [more…]

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My, How You’ve Grown!

The older we get, the faster we get older.

A few years ago, at one of the universities where I used to teach, a very happy student approached me.

With a big smile, she proclaimed, “It’s my birthday! I’m [more…]

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Could You Build One?

Do you know how an internal combustion engine works?

Do you do all of the routine scheduled maintenance on your car’s engine?

Can you fix your car’s engine when it needs repairs or parts replacement parts?

Can you build [more…]

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Can You Catch It?

Do you think you have pretty fast reflexes?

If so, you may want to take this little test.

Have a friend hold a dollar bill vertically, while you make a “V” with the index and middle fingers of one hand, below the bill. [more…]

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How Walmart Costs You Money

If you live in an area that has one or more Walmart stores, you may enjoy saving money by shopping at Walmart.

But, in some places, Walmart stores cost everyone money — both customers and non-customers alike.

It turns out that Walmart stores [more…]

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You Get What You Pay For

Back when I was a a kid, still riding in the back seat of my parents’ car, battery powered, portable, transistor radios were a brand new technology — an incredible technology that quickly replaced nearly everyone’s old, large, heavy, vacuum-tube-driven, AC-powered radios.

At first, my family owned a Bible-sized model, that came in its own brown leather case. My father listened to [more…]

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Now You See It

They may have existed back then, but I honestly don’t remember ever seeing them when I was a child.

I do, however, remember seeing them years later, when I was babysitting other people’s kids.

I’m talking about pop-up books for children — you know, books in which simple 3-D animals, houses, or other objects [more…]

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Ashes To Ashes

A few weeks ago, my wife flew up north, to visit her parents.

She usually goes up there for a long weekend in May and August of every year — when the tulips bloom, and when the autumn leaves are in full color.

But this spring, she went a month early — because her father [more…]

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Wombat

According to Wikipedia, “Wombats are short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupials that are native to Australia.”

I’ve heard of wombats, but, as a citizen of the U.S., who’s never been to Australia — and has never seen a wombat in a U.S. zoo — I wouldn’t have recognized what it was if someone had [more…]

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