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.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I started watching a new TV show on Sunday nights:
It’s an hour-long program that pits mechanical robots against each other, in gladiator-type, hand-to-robotic-hand combat.
Oddly enough, it was my wife’s idea for us to start watching it.
We’ve only seen 2 or 3 episodes so far, but we’ve already [more…]
Later tonight, the skies around my home will be filled with large, loud fireworks.
Yes, it’s U.S. Independence Day, but I’m not talking about the licensed and legal fireworks shows that all of the nearby cities do.
Nope, I’m one of those lucky people with several neighbors who enjoy shooting large, dangerous, illegal fireworks up into the sky in their own back yards every year — just a few [more…]
Science fiction movies are mostly silent on the problem.
Star Trek and other science fiction TV shows don’t really talk about it either.
The closest that some of them come is to occasionally show space travelers being transported long distances in a state of suspended animation.
But putting someone into a state of suspended animation wouldn’t solve the problem — in fact, [more…]
Dogs are the best.
They’re cute, funny, obedient, loyal, and full of love.
But, every once in awhile, a dog does something that they shouldn’t do.
And that’s when they need a true friend by their side.
One who [more…]
What do these old TV programs have in common?
The Brady Bunch.
The Partridge Family.
My Three Sons.
The Cosby Show.
Different Strokes. [more…]
Thirty years ago, I bought a Commodore Amiga computer.
It was very advanced computer technology for its time, but it was poorly marketed and supported, so it never enjoyed the popularity that it deserved.
One of the things that I enjoyed doing on it was using its built-in voice capabilities.
I would input any text I wanted, and the Amiga would read it out loud to me — which made it really easy and fun to [more…]
YouTube, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, Amazon, Pinterest, Apple, Craigslist, eBay, Netflix, Instagram, Pandora, Reddit, PayPal, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Mashable.
Those are just a few of the myriad of online companies that many of us interact with on a regular basis.
Each of them typically collects and stores tons of personal data about each of us.
Each has its own terms of service and data retention policies that [more…]
We’ve all seen them for many years.
Mostly on commercials, and occassionally in short acts on television variety shows.
Those who are rich enough and lucky enough, have seen them perform in person.
Years ago, one of my nephews dreamed of auditioning to become a member.
I think he probably would’ve [more…]
I usually get sick a couple of times each year.
It always starts with my sinuses getting plugged up.
But that infection quickly turns into a sore throat — and, within a day or two, spreads to my lungs, where it lives as a deep, painful. and horrible-sounding bronchial cough for up to several weeks.
Several months ago, it got so bad that [more…]
One of my former employers had a large, open lunch room for its students, along with a small, locked break room for its faculty and staff.
During my employment there, I spent a lot of time in the latter.
But I also visited the student lunch room every day, because it contained several vending machines, filled with food, drinks, and desserts. The faculty break room only contained [more…]
I’ve never done it, but I know people who have.
Here in the Sunshine State, the penalty for getting caught is “a fine of up to $250.”
I see violators every day, just about everywhere I go.
Yet, in all of my decades, I’ve never met — or even heard of — anyone who’s ever had to pay a fine. [more…]
Here in the aptly named Sunshine State, it’s sunny almost every day of every season, all year long.
Now that it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, the sun is high in the sky every day, and it’s vacation time for many Americans, so they’re spending a lot more time in the sun than they usually do during the other seasons.
That means that each of us in the Sunshine State, and anyone who’s spending more time in the sun than they usually do, really needs to [more…]
Home-based, solar-generated electricity is virtually pollution-free.
You can buy solar panels at Lowe’s.
Solar panels on your home’s roof can save you hundreds of dollars per year on your home’s energy costs.
They can also make it easier for your local utility company to meet peak electrical demands without [more…]