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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 blesses and empowers you!

To Serve You Better 20

It’s been several years since I moved all of my Web sites from one Web hosting company to another.

But — as has happened to me several times in the past — the formerly excellent Web host that I used for the past several years, started going downhill a couple of year ago. My sites started going down more and more often, and my Web host’s 24/7 technical support started taking up to 12 hours to acknowledge each of my support tickets, let alone [more…]

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Time Flies Like An Eagle 2

Why does time seem to move so slowly when you’re very young, but moves faster and faster as you get older?

I’ve been saying why for years.

In fact, I even said it right here, in this journal, a few years ago.

It’s because, with each passing year, each new year becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of [more…]

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Wave Form

Have you ever surfed?

I’ve never done it, but I’ve seen a lot of video of other people doing it.

From what I’ve seen, it looks like it must be very exhilarating.

But it can also be pretty scary.

And sometimes, [more…]

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Little Baby Buddy Bumper

Anyone who has ever had a pet that they really loved, knows the feeling.

They’re an important part of your family.

You’d do anything to make their life easier, happier, and healthier.

Even if you have to invent something to do it.

That’s what one of little Buddy’s people did for him, after [more…]

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It’s Been So Nice Talking With You

You’re at a party.

Or at a conference.

Or at church.

You’ve been talking with the same person for several minutes; maybe even longer.

You’d really like to “move on” to talk with someone different, but [more…]

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 135

My regular readers know that I’ve always been very careful to try to protect my personal, private data.

But several weeks ago, I received a letter from a company that I had my health care insurance through in the past. It told me that the health care insurance company’s servers had been compromised by hackers.

The purpose of the letter was to inform me that my personal, private data were among those that [more…]

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Sick Days Aren’t A Game

When was the last time you called in sick to work?

Be honest — were you really, actually sick?

Have you ever called in sick when you weren’t actually sick — like maybe when you were just sick and tired of your job?

Unless you work for an employer that requires a doctor’s note, you’re probably able to get [more…]

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Summer In The City

“Hot town, summer in the city.
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.
Been down, isn’t it a pity?
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.
All around, people looking half-dead.
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.”

Summer In The City, The Lovin’ Spoonful, 1966

Yes, it’s summer here in the Sunshine State — the one time of year when [more…]

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 134

It often seems like everyone is trying to get your private, personal data.

And profit from it.

You can take steps to avoid giving your private data to unscrupulous entities.

You can take steps to keep your computer and smartphone operating systems upgraded to [more…]

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Just One Word… Plastics

Film buffs may recognize the title of this post as an allusion to a famous conversation in the 1967 movie, “The Graduate.”

Back when my wife and I lived in The Frostbite State, there was a saying that it had only two seasons — winter and road-repair.

The huge temperature changes from the nearly 100-degree (F) highs in the summer, to the sometimes 50-degrees-below-zero (F) lows in the winter, played havoc with the state’s [more…]

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Nuclear Waste Storage Plan Bombs

When I was in grade school, I was taught that electricity generated from nuclear power was much cleaner and much more efficient than electricity generated by coal or gas-power.

Even way back then, I was skeptical.

They had taught me that nuclear materials can take up to hundreds of thousands of years to decay to the point of being “safe,” so I remember asking, “What are they going to do with [more…]

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Defective Bulb Inspires Bright Idea

Have you ever bought a product, only to then discover that its performance didn’t fulfill its marketing promises?

A quick online search will turn up hundreds of descriptions of buyer’s remorse, written by people who’ve been inspired by late-night TV commercials, to impulsively call and order a possibly dubious product — instead of waiting a few weeks for it to be sold in their local Walmart.

Their complaints include [more…]

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If You’re A Temporary Neighbor

For the first 18+ years of our marriage, my wife and I lived in rental housing.

Our addresses included at least three houses, two mobile homes, and more than 25 different apartments, in several different states.

I never enjoyed being a renter. I wanted to live in a stable neighborhood, with long-term neighbors who knew and cared about each other.

Instead, as a renter, I lived in a “neighborhood” that [more…]

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Trash Cat

Anyone who’s ever had a cat knows that many of them belie the stereotype that cats are distant and aloof toward their people.

In fact, many cats are very warm, loving, and playful — and want to be with their people as much as possible.

When they were still with us, my wife’s and my two cats would actually come running to greet us — with enthusiasm that almost rivaled that of our two dogs — every time [more…]

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