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.
Some of us are old enough to remember the 1970s TV show, The Six Million Dollar Man.
It was “about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI.”
The main character’s six million dollars worth of implants gave him several superhuman powers. For example, he could run 60 mph, and his left eye implant could [more...]
How much do you value your privacy?
If you’re like most online people these days, your truthful answer is probably “Not very much.”
Over the past couple of decades, online service providers have tried to tempt us all into trading our privacy in exchange for a little bit of fun or convenience (I’m looking at you, [more...]
As a man of faith, I really enjoy helping people. As a result, I really enjoy working in my ministry.
In fact, as I’ve said many times before, there’s absolutely nothing I’d rather be doing with my life.
But when it’s “your job” to help people, it’s very easy to start feeling like it’s your job to help everyone.
In fact, like a new winner of a huge lottery prize, you will [more...]
My regular readers know that I was raised in an ominously terrifying atmosphere of domestic violence.
And that my father never taught me any important lessons or gave me any advice on any subject.
In fact, he treated me more like a rival than his loved, impressionable child.
As a result, everything I learned from him [more...]
I’m sure that my regular readers already know this, because I’ve mentioned it before, but research indicates that most people would prefer death over having to speak in public.
Yes, you read that correctly — most people say that they’d rather die than give a speech to a group.
I think that’s probably because most people are worried that they might embarrass themselves in [more...]
If you scroll down and take a look at the bottom of any page on this site, you’ll see that, as of a couple of weeks ago, I’ve written over 4,200 posts here.
As I’ve said many times before, I may not be a great writer, but through the experience of writing thousands of posts, at least I’ve developed a consistent style.
Do you ever wonder how I’ve thought of so many things to write about?
Maybe I’ll [more...]
Those who really know me, know that I’ve had at least 60 different jobs since I started working as a teenager.
And I’ve been blessed — as well as cursed, depending on how you look at it — to have been able to make a living doing every single thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
Photographer, educator, singer/songwriter/musician, television director, computer consultant — the list [more...]
Think about the following words and see if you can figure out what they have in common?
Sometimes, the “worst” TV commercials are the most memorable ones.
“Don’t walk the dog — drive a hog.
Don’t walk the dog — drive a hog.
Don’t walk the dog — drive a hog.”
About 40 years ago, I saw a late-night TV commercial for a car dealership in Chicago or Toledo — I don’t remember which — and the only part of it that I remember was [more...]
That’s probably the most common question that parents all over the world ask their children every day.
Unfortunately, their children often respond, “Nothing.”
And, far too often, they’re probably telling the truth.
Do you think that the knowledge and skills that children are taught in schools nowadays are going to [more...]
You may have seen the commercials that used to be ubiquitous on daytime TV, featuring people singing an annoying faux-opera song that went something like this:
INDIVIDUAL: “I have a stuctured settlement, but I need cash now!”
GROUP: “Call J.G. Wentworth!”
I don’t know if there’s more to that song or not — I always turned the channel by the time they got to that point.
Anyway, some employers are now [more...]
There are many theories as to why it is, but nowadays, a majority of Americans weigh too much.
In fact, 69% of American adults are either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To those of us who grew up during the “hippy days,” that’s a pretty “heavy” statistic.
So, with that in mind, what [more...]