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.
Decades ago, I used to wonder why it seemed like I constantly ran into people who needed my help.
People in crisis always seemed to gravitate toward me.
It was very rewarding to help them — but often, it was also very difficult.
And stressful, expensive, frightening, and time-consuming.
So, more than once, I prayed and asked God, [more...]
You know that you need to eat a more healthy, balanced diet.
But who has time to research all of the right things to eat — let alone buy them and cook them?
You decide that, at least, you can choose to eat healthy whenever you eat out.
So, every time you go to a restaurant, you skip over the main sections of the menu, and head straight to [more...]
Being overweight will shorten your life.
Being underweight will shorten your life.
Eating blueberries will lengthen your life.
Drinking green tea will lengthen your life.
Getting a lot of sleep will [more...]
Years of sedentary living has left many of them in horrible physical condition.
They’re obese, or have other health issues.
They have criminal pasts.
They can’t pass any sort of [more...]
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
Or something in-between?
Do you look forward to each new day, confident that it’s going to be a good one?
Or do you dread each new day, confident that you’re going to be disappointed by the end of the day?
Do you wish you could [more...]
With the economy in the tank, many people are suffering.
Millions are either unemployed, underemployed, or terribly exploited in their jobs.
While, oten, hundreds of applicants vie for every new position that is advertised.
The employment world is currently “a buyers’ market,” in which employers have almost unlimited choice between potential job candidates.
And the tiniest mistake by a candidate [more...]
Back in 1992, when I began my first full-time computer consulting contract through a consulting company, I was paid $20 per hour.
Five years later, I had worked my way up to $45 per hour.
When I left the consulting company and began to do independent consulting, I was paid $75 per hour.
When I created and led weekly, 3-hour, [more...]
My regular readers know that, after teaching at six “real” colleges and universities, I held my last position in higher education at Everest University, a private, for-profit corporation that offered training certifications, as well as Bachelors, Masters, and even Doctoral degrees.
In fact, I was a multiple award-winning employee there for 2-1/2 years, until I quit, two years ago, because I believed that my employer had no ethics or integrity.
If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend that you [more...]
I was raised in a pious Catholic family. I think my parents saw Halloween as an excuse for kids to go door to door, vandalizing people’s houses, cars and property, under the guise of going trick-or-treating.
And I have a faint memory of my mother, every year, telling us kids about a kid who had been horribly disfigured or died or something, after he bit into a Halloween apple into which someone had slipped a razor blade.
So I don’t remember my parents ever [more...]
My regular readers know that I was a victim of domestic violence.
But I became a survivor.
And later, I worked as a domestic violence legal advocate, helping hundreds of victims become survivors.
One of the questions that people often ask [more...]
My regular readers know that I’ve been using Linux, instead of Windows, on all of my computers since July of 2006.
And that, about 2-1/2 months ago, I switched from many, many years of using Firefox as my Web browser, to using Pale Moon.
Since then, I’ve been really happy with Pale Moon’s performance, as well as its developers’ philosophy of keeping it small, clean, fast, and secure.
That is, until several days ago, when [more...]
I’ve been a member of Sam’s Club since the mid-1980s.
My membership now costs me about $45 per year, but it’s worth it, because it saves me more than what it costs me — sometimes, much more.
For example, one year, I saved about 4 years worth of my yearly membership fee, just by buying 4 new tires at Sam’s Club, instead of at a tire store.
Of course, I don’t save that much every year, but [more...]