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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.

The Five Worst Halloween Treats

Snickers candy bars.

Milky Way candy bars.

Nestle’s Crunch Bar candy bars.

I’m guessing that [more…]

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Please Re-Elect Gerald

Gerald really doesn’t have any hobbies.

Yeah, all the time.

Most people leave their work at the office.

All he [more…]

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Hope Springs Eternal

“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
Victor Hugo

But people do love one another.

So there [more…]

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Can You Read Me Now?

Have you noticed that many web sites are getting harder and harder to read?

This web site isn’t — and that’s on purpose.

For years, I’ve made sure that this site’s default text is normal weight and pure black (#000), on a [more…]

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Japanese Hakone Marquetry

He works very slowly.

And very meticulously.

Using only very simple tools.

With a lot of [more…]

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 146

Do you use Google’s GMail service?

Do you trust Google — even though you know that it uses software to read every single one of both your outgoing and incoming email messages?

Even though you also know that it is [more…]

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Brain Size Comparison

Do you have a big head?

There are studies that claim that people who have big heads are more intelligent than their peers who have smaller heads.

Mainly because people who have bigger heads [more…]

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One Man’s Medical Device

… is another man’s medical quackery.

Imagine that you have a headache, or a toothache, epilepsy, or yellow fever.

Or you’re going bald.

Maybe you [more…]

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Be Careful What You Ask For

I don’t remember how we learned it, but my siblings and I did it when we were kids.

Riding in the back seat of our parents’ car, during long drives — like to my grandparents’ house, 7-1/2 hours away — we’d get bored.

So whenever we’d pass a semi truck, we’d try to get its driver’s attention, then repeatedly do the [more…]

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Red, Yellow, Green

You’re driving in your car, in a safe manner, at a legal and appropriate speed.

As you approach an intersection, its stop light changes from green to yellow.

What do you do?

If you live here in the Sunshine State, you [more…]

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Thanks 20 Million!

A few hours ago, this web site had its 20-millionth visitor.

As my regular readers may remember, it took 9 years for this site to have its one-millionth visitor.

But, for awhile, several years ago, back when I was active in online Linux support forums and writing Linux support articles, this site [more…]

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Are Organic Foods Better?

Before you can answer this post’s title question for yourself, you have to figure out what you personally consider to be “better” food.


More nutritious? [more…]

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Ping Pong – gnoP gniP 2

Table tennis — AKA ping pong.

A very fast sport that requires very fast reflexes.

Highly honed accuracy.

And very precise [more…]

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Niagra Falls In A Kayak

You’ve probably heard about people attempting to go over Niagra Falls — and live.

The first attempt by a human was 115 years ago. I specified, “by a human,” because, before a human attempted it, a cat attempted it.

The human did it voluntarily — the cat did not. [more…]

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Chip Cards

Using a credit card to pay for a purchase used to be a simple matter.

You would hand the cashier your credit card. S/he would quickly enter its number into their cash register. Then they’d hand it back to you. Then you would leave the store with your purchase.

But then someone invented [more…]

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Yesterday afternoon, I did some errands.

As I pulled into the parking lot of a local drug store, I noticed a scruffy looking man, wearing a backpack, standing on the sidewalk outside the store’s sliding doors.

A few seconds later, as I got out of my car, he called out to me, but [more…]

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Dark Dreams

I feel like I’m way too old to still have nightmares — yet I still do.

And I can pretty much pinpoint the causes of most of them.

When my sinuses get so plugged up that I’m barely able to breathe while I’m asleep, I have a nightmare. In all the articles that I’ve ever read about [more…]

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Five Odd Winter Sports

My regular readers already know that I’m not a “winter-kind of guy.”

Every winter, all those decades that I lived up north, I tried to spend as little time as possible outdoors in the cold.

Especially during the minus-30 to minus-50 degree (F) nights, every [more…]

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Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! 2

Nowadays, the cameras in most people’s cell phones take higher resolution digital photos than the stand-alone digital cameras of just a few years ago.

Yet some of us still prefer to use a “real” stand-alone camera when we’re taking photos that we want to keep.

That’s because “real” cameras [more…]

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Ice, Ice, Baby

In the northern hemisphere, summer is officially over.

But, here in the Sunshine State, you could hardly tell.

Every day, our daily high temperature is still almost 90 degrees.

That, along with [more…]

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