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.
Tapping is a technique, used by some expert guitar players.
It involves the guitarist pressing individual strings down against their frets, at different places, causing the fretted notes to sound.
Some guitarists are good enough to play lead guitar, by tapping individual notes with one hand.
Some guitarists are good enough to [more...]
Some of the best guitarists in the world play classical music.
Others are known for their rock licks.
Or power chords.
Or country picking.
Still others play [more...]
Tonight, while flipping through the TV channels, I happened to stop on CBS for a few seconds, and it caught my eye.
On 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose was interviewing Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos.
The part that I found particularly interesting was when Bezos took Rose into an R+D laboratory, to show him an upcoming Amazon invention that’s being developed:
A new delivery system for the future, that promises to deliver some Amazon purchases to customers’ doors, [more...]
We all know that, this year, many retailers began their “Black Friday” sales on Thanksgiving Day.
In fact, I heard a radio advertisement that referred to Thanksgiving Day as “Brown Thursday.”
Then, this morning, I saw a TV commercial in which the spokesperson referred to today as a part of “Black Friday Weekend” — to convince viewers that his store’s prices were going to be ridiculously low all weekend.
That’s funny — I’ve always [more...]
There’s an old hymn that says, “Count your blessings; name them one by one. Count your blessings; see what God has done.”
I think that sometimes, we’re so busy worrying about our jobs — or our finances, relationships, possessions, the future, or other things that try to fill our minds — that we don’t take the time to recognize all the many, many ways that God has already blessed us.
In other words, we’re often unhappy because we worry about what we don’t have, instead of [more...]
Last night, I ran the audio mixing board at a local church’s weekly open mic event.
I also performed three or four of my songs.
The first one I did was “All These Things,” a song about many things that God has given us — the most important being Jesus, my Savior and Lord.
At the end of the song, I did something that I’ve never done before — something that I thought of last night, right before I fell asleep.
Instead of ending the song normally, I [more...]
Tomorrow is Thankgiving Day in the U.S.
For much longer than I’ve been alive, Thanksgiving Day was a time to give thanks to God for the blessing of the harvest and for providing our needs for the past year.
However, nowadays, many people forget all about God, and just “give thanks” in some sort of generic way in which their gratitude isn’t aimed at anyone in particular.
In the U.S., the traditional Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet corn, green [more...]
Tomorrow (the day before Thanksgiving) is traditionally the busiest air travel day of the entire year.
I know a several people who are going out of town, either tomorrow or on Thanksgiving Day itself.
But none of them are flying to their destinations — they’re all planning to drive hundreds of miles.
In contrast, my wife and I [more...]
It’s late fall in the northern hemisphere.
That means that, up in The Frostbite State, where my wife and I lived for more than 17 years, the nightly lows are already down in the teens.
And, even here in the Sunshine State, we’ll be dropping down into the mid-60s tonight.
For my wife and me, cooler weather provides the perfect excuse to let us bake things that fill the house with [more...]
It’s a simple, but incredibly successful recipe.
Start with 3 hours and 12 minutes of television air time.
Slowly add 100 commercials, until they take up one hour of the air time.
Fold in liberal amounts of commentary.
And color [more...]