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.
It’s summertime in the northern hemisphere, so those of us in the southern U.S. are enjoying temperatures of 90 degrees (F) and above nearly every day.
We use a lot of air conditioning down here.
In fact, because even our winters don’t get very cold, we spend a lot more on air conditioning every summer than we spend on heat every winter.
So it’s vitally important that our air conditioning units function well — and repairs can be very expensive when they don’t.
If your air conditioning unit isn’t cooling as much as it should, [more...]
You know, there’s a huge difference in quality between the shopping carts that you find at different stores.
For example, my local Walmart store has the oldest, worst-maintained shopping carts I’ve ever seen. It’s like Walmart ends up with all of the oldest, dirtiest, most worn-out carts that other stores have thrown away.
Every single time I try to take a cart from the line of unused carts, I find that it’s intertwined with the next cart in the line. Removing it from the line always involves lifting and separating the heavy, metal parts of one or more carts.
And, often, that results in [more...]
During the past year-and-a-half of my ministry, I’ve had a lot of contact with homeless people.
When you spend a lot of time with them, you learn a few things:
1. Many of them became homeless as a result of mental health and/or substance abuse issues — and those same issues tend to keep them homeless.
2. Some of them have chosen to be homeless, rather than be a burden on their families.
3. A shocking number of them are [more...]
Assuming that you care about your online privacy, do you know how to protect it?
Sure, there are software tools, designed to make it harder for others to track you, spy on you, and collect your private data.
But we already know that major ISPs (e.g. Verizon), social networking sites (e.g. Facebook), and online service providers (e.g. Google), work in tandem with government agencies like the N.S.A., to provide any and all user information that those agencies request.
So how can you trust that your software privacy tools don’t [more...]
I’m guessing that most people don’t use pencils very much any more.
In fact, I have at least 30 or 40 pens, scattered all over my house, but I probably only have 2 or 3 pencils, and they’re all in one coffee cup — surrounded by a fistful of pens.
If you’ve ever used a pencil sharpener, you know that it can often be difficult to create an even, sharp tip, because once it’s close to being sharp, the tip breaks off inside the pencil sharpener very easily.
So that task has always taken me several attempts, during which I keep turning the sharpener’s handle, while [more...]
It’s one of the fastest growing diseases in the U.S.
Left untreated, it can cause blindness, loss of extremities, strokes, and even death.
Type 2 diabetes results in the body being unable to process glucose (sugar) and turn it into energy.
So, instead, that glucose collects in the bloodstream, causing all sorts of serious problems, including those listed above.
But now, it looks like there may be some really good news for type 2 diabetics:
“In mice with diet-induced diabetes — the equivalent of type 2 diabetes [more...]
For 6-1/2 years, over two decades ago, my wife and I helped a woman that we had met at church — a survivor of domestic violence — raise her two young daughters.
In fact, those girls spent more time with us than they did with their mother.
So, over time, we loved them and treated them like they were our daughters.
Knowing that they were doing what I had done — growing up in a domestic violence situation — it was important to me that, when they got older, they wouldn’t end up in abusive relationships of their own.
With that in mind, I always told them, [more...]
I’m not exactly sure why, but my wife and I watch the TV show, American Ninja Warrior, pretty much every week.
Like its competitor, Wipeout, ANW requires male and female competitors to run a huge obstacle course that forces them to use all different muscle groups, and to have strength, speed, and endurance.
But, unlike Wipeout, ANW doesn’t spray its competitors with slippery foam, throw objects at them, use giant, spring-loaded devices to shove them into mud pits, or do anything else to impede their progress or humiliate them.
The AMW obstacle course itself changes from week to week, but it’s [more...]
I have a friend who owned a car dealership for many years, before he retired.
As a result, he knows an awful lot about fixing, maintaining, buying, and selling cars.
He also knows an awful lot about how much all kinds of used cars are worth.
Plus an awful lot about how car dealers trick and cheat their customers.
So, every time one of his friends is in the market to buy a car, they look to him for valuable advice, recommendations, and inspection skills.
In addition, he’s always on the lookout for a [more...]
Scientists have developed a brand new material.
It’s made of carbon nanotubes.
And it’s grown on sheets of aluminum foil.
It’s very unusual in the fact that it “conducts heat seven and a half times more effectively than copper and has 10 times the tensile strength of steel.”
Unfortunately, it’s really expensive stuff, so you probably won’t be able to buy it.
But scientists expect that, among other things, it will be used for [more...]