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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.

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Do you remember the episode of The Brady Bunch in which Marsha gets hit in the nose by a overthrown football?

Do you enjoy the Snickers series of commercials in which people “don’t act like themselves” until after they take a bite of a Snickers candy bar?

Do you know who Danny Trejo is?

How about Steve [more…]

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But It’s A Dry Heat

I’ve heard it said hundreds of times:

“Arizona is really hot, but it’s a dry heat.”

Speaking as someone who lives in the subtropical Sunshine State, I can vouch for the fact that high humidity can make 95 degrees (F) feel like it’s a lot hotter.

Likewise, low humidity can make the heat easier to take.

However, I know I wouldn’t [more…]

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Your Body’s Autopilots

When was the last time you wet your pants?

If you’re like most of us — and I’m willing to bet that most of us are — you probably stopped doing it by the time you were about 2 years old.

That’s because bladder control is one of the many things that our bodies do completely automatically.

Another one is sleep starting. I sleep on my [more…]

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Children Can Be Terrifying

Over the past several decades, I’ve spent a lot of time with other people’s kids.

Most of them were very nice.

Maybe that’s because, when I’ve had a choice (i.e., when it wasn’t my job to take care of them), the nice ones were the only ones that I chose to spend time with.

Take, for example, Maliyah, the wonderful little 17-month-old sweetie pie that I’ve been ministering to, between [more…]

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The Bowmaster

One summer, when I was about 12 years old, I spent a week at a Boy Scout camp, a few hours north of my suburban-Chicago home.

One of my very few happy memories of that experience was the time that I spent on the archery range.

I had never used a bow and arrow before — and I’ve never used one since.

It was fun to hear my arrows [more…]

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The Truth About Coconut Water?

I think there are two kinds of people in the world:

Those who love coconut.

And those who hate coconut.

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t fall into one of those two categories.

Personally, I’m one of those who [more…]

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A Not-So-Trivial Pursuit

As far back as I can remember, my mind has always been a repository of trivial information.

And, because I have very strong visual and auditory memory, much of that information is stored either visually or auditorily.

For example, back when I was in college, if I wanted to look up something that I had read in one of my course textbooks, I often could “see” in my mind whether it was on one of the left- or right-facing pages, and whether it was [more…]

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Kinetic Sculptures

We all know what sculptures are.

For example, Michaelangelo’s David — a large, stone statue of a man, standing still.

But some modern sculptors choose to create works of art that are made of much-lighter materials, and are kinetic — that is, they are designed to be moving when you view them.

Here are [more…]

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Back When UFOs Were Everywhere

Have you ever seen a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)?

If I remember correctly, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has seen one.

And so has at least one of the former U.S. astronauts.

I’m relieved to say that I’ve never seen a UFO.

But apparently, many other people [more…]

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Have We Lost The Privacy War? 131

Everwhere you go, security cameras watch you.

Strangers listen to your telephone conversations.

And track your movements on the Internet.

And read your personal email messages.

Your private health and [more…]

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We Know You Did It

You may not have known what it’s called, but if you’ve watched more than a couple of police procedural shows — for example, one of the many Law and Order series — you’ve seen the Reid technique in action, during a police interrogation of a crime suspect.

For television viewers, it can be very cathartic to see “the good guys” use it to coax a confession out of “a bad guy.”

But although the technique is very effective, it’s also controversial. “Supporters argue that [more…]

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Oh, Schizophrenia! That’s Great!

Unless you’re one of the very few people who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, you probably know what it’s like to not have enough money.

Maybe you’ve worried if you were going to have enough money to pay your rent every month.

Or wondered how you were going to pay for your car’s urgently needed repair.

Or maybe, like me, you know what it’s like to [more…]

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