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I'm an Olaf fan

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I just watched the movie "Frozen" last week or so. My favorite character is Olaf. I think I'm in love. I'll have to keep an eye out for a REALLY GOOD action figure of this little guy. A quick browse through Amazon tells me that this could be difficult to find.

cardboard deer head trophy

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


One of my co-workers has a cardboard deer head trophy, medium and small sizes. It is very good looking.

So I found it online. There are other trophy head designs available such as moose, rhino, giraffe, elephant, and more; some in different colors. The store also has these handsome rhinos:
 

little speaker

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Have you heard of the 808 CANZ portable speaker? It can be had for around $30. Check it out at Amazon. I'm not saying it's the best thing around, just that for the price, this little baby is satisfactory for toting around. You might find it at your local Sam's Club, Walmart, or Office Depot.
I also ran across reviews of the Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE) Mini Boom speaker. Seems like a good product. Pricing around $100. I'm just not willing to shell out that much, but if you are, check out the reviews for the Mini Boom.

need some feet?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

 

If you are into 3D printing, then you probably already know about Shapeways. You can get the litte feet here.

toy car


From the MOMAStore. I like it. Normally $30USD.

paper space shuttle


From the MOMAStore. You can get it here. $24USD

you can be whatever you want to be

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"You can be whatever you want to be." I'm sure you've heard it a bunch of times. It's not really true, is it? You can try your heart out, but it may not be the best use of your time and effort if you're no good at it.

Be what God intended for you to be. For those who would rather not put it that way, then here is another way to say it. Discover your gifts, find what you're good at and what you enjoy doing. What are you passionate about? Develop those gifts. Because you are gifted in that way, for the same effort, you will be better at it than one who is not gifted in that way. In other words, you will have a greater return for your efforts.

Now if you are exceptionally gifted and society does not have a nice little niche for you, then you may just have to carve out a niche for yourself. But until you have the resources to carve that niche, you may have to work at something you're not so passionate about. That's OK. If God intended a path for you, walk in faith and you will get to your destination.

Please don't just "be whatever you want to be."  Be what God intends you to be.

intrinsic value

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Depending on which way I take to go home, I sometimes pass the large Planned Parenthood building.

There is a Catholic church on the left, then shortly after, the Planned Parenthood on the right, and during these several days: a bit further and there's a billboard on the left with the message "He is Risen!" advertising a Christian radio station.

On this particular day, my mind stayed on the thought of abortion as I pass through that corridor. I was reminded of a sermon by Joel Osteen of Lakewood Churh on what I will call "intrinsic value." I will summarize the idea here, but I assure you that his presentation was much better. As an example, he asked if he were to take a $20 bill (or some such money) out to the parking lot, throw it on the ground and stomp on it and get it dirty, how much is it worth? Would you still want it? What if he were to then crumple it up and get it all wrinkled, what is it worth? What if that bill went through the laundry became all faded? What if it had a small piece of the corner torn off? In fact, what if it were torn to several pieces and then were carefully taped back together? (or like some bills I once received as change: What if it reeked of cigarette smoke?)

The point is that the value of the $20 bill is backed by the US Treasury and it holds it value regardless of what it looks like (within limits, of course). We humans have a value that is backed by God. Regardless of how beat up we may be, our value does not diminish. The same value holds for that child in the womb.

In the story of Jonah, God raised a gourd plant that shaded Jonah for a day but then the plant died. Without the plant to shade him, Jonah then suffered from the scorching heat. God made the following point with Jonah:
But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry over the gourd plant?” Jonah answered, “I have a right to be angry—angry enough to die.”

Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the gourd plant which cost you no effort and which you did not grow; it came up in one night and in one night it perished. And should I not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals?”
We may have people, pets, plants, and so forth whom we love and care much about. But so much greater--"beyond our imagination and understanding" greater-- is God's love and concern for every one of His children. I believe that we wound Him when we harm each other; we wound Him when we have abortions.


Hola

Saturday, April 26, 2014

I received an inquiry from Lisa asking whether I am still blogging.

I am a lazy blogger. More absent than not. I've thought of you often ... it just never made it to the blog. Happy Easter to all. On the spiritual side, I've been sleep walking. So far I've not missed Sunday Mass. If I've missed any Holy Days of obligation, I am not aware.

For Lent, there was an opportunity to volunteer and I did one outing where we went and built a ramp so the homeowner can get in/out of the house. For some, stair steps are a physical barrier. We volunteers didn't finish the ramp but we did help much. The ramp builder (http://www.texasramps.org/) more than likely finished it by the end of the day. It was fun.

I planted a tree but slogging through its roots to examine its root structure, I ended up removing practically all of its roots because they were deformed from the start. Cutting roots at the point before it got deformed left a mere 4 inches or so of woody root. Needless to say, I now have a very dead-looking tree planted for all to see. I don't know if it will recover. Please pray for my tree. It was beautiful, full of newly sprouted fresh green leaves when I purchased it for a pretty penny. Now it isn't so beautiful. Just another ordinary folk with an ordinary struggle. Life can be hilarious.