Category Archives: Everyday Life

Thoughts on Everyday life

I saw the Light… Well maybe not

Have you ever thought about light? It’s something we use in our everyday life, from flipping a  switch to brighten up a room or to see the road as we drive along at night. 

As far as I know, all plant life needs light to live and grow.

Would it surprise you to learn that light is invisible?

Last night was a foggy night and I had to go out to the barn using a flashlight to see my way, as I was walking across the yard I noticed the beam of light that was cast from the flashlight was illuminated from the flashlight to where it hit on the barn.

It got me to thinking. We can see light coming from its source and we can see the light when it hits its source, but unless there is fog or mist or dust in the air to reflect light particles, we actually can’t see the light. 

When I was back in the house, I fired up the computer to do a little reading on the subject and to satisfy my curiosity. 

Sure enough, light is invisible. It is not until the photons hit our eyes that it becomes visible to humans.

So there you have it. The next time you hear the song “I saw the light”, in reality, he should be saying, “I saw the light source.” 

Paying it Forward


Paying it Forward

Some of you may or may not know my wife and I are adopting a 13-year-old boy from Latvia. We met him through a hosting organization called Project 143. It’s a program where you bring a child from an overseas orphanage to live in your home for a month in the summer and winter, so they can experience life with a family. After hosting this child three different times, we fell in love with him and decided to adopt him. We are now in the long process of bringing him home.

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Words to live by

I watched a commencement speech last night by Mathew McConaughey.

There was one line that struck home with me that I wanted to share. 

“You are the author of the book of your life.”

Wow, those words are so powerful. Just take the time to think about it.

For those of us who might be in the final chapters of our lives, It’s never too late to write a great conclusion to our book.  

But the most important thing we can do is imprint those words in a child’s mind. 

The Question of a Lifetime

                                   

          What have you done with the life I gave you?

 

Have you ever read about a Near Death Experience, also known as NDE?

Its when someone dies and goes to Heaven and returns to tell their story. I have always been fascinated with this subject and over the last few years, I have read hundreds of stories online and read a few books about NDE’s. Youtube is filled with hours of people telling their stories.

You can spend your whole life going to church, hearing about heaven and all the great things that await us after our death. But to listen to someone who has actually been there and experienced the love of heaven is absolutely amazing to me. Continue reading »

Tis the Season

Its mid-February, and I’m sure most everyone is sick of winter, but spring will be here before you know it. That makes me wonder how many people know or care about how we get our seasons. This is something that has fascinated me ever since I was a kid.

Let’s start with planet Earth and it’s axis. Earth’s axis is an imaginary pole going right through the center of Earth from “top” to “bottom.” This imaginary pole is tilted 23.4 degrees and always points in the same direction. Earth spins around this pole, making one complete turn each day. That is why we have day and night. Just that fact alone is awesome! Everyone gets their fair share. Continue reading »

A Misconception

 

Introvert

To many people, the word “introvert” has a stigma attached to it. Some will translate this word to weird, stuck-up, arrogant, depressed, recluse, mad, unhappy, and hermit.

But if you say the word extrovert, people think, the life of the party, outgoing, friendly, and happy.

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Don’t Blink

From the day we are born, one thing we will all do is age. With all the inventions of mankind, we have not figured out a way to stop the aging process. Lord knows the money Americans spend each year to try and slow the process down. But no matter what you do, Father Time will eventually show up in that reflection in the mirror.
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Spoiled Americans

 

If you’re a book reader like myself and have read about what goes on in Third World Countries, you may have come to the same conclusion as I have. We Americans are a spoiled bunch.

I recently read a book by war correspondent Kevin Sites. Sites has covered many wars in little countries most people have never heard of. The horrid conditions some people are forced to live in is astonishing. The bloodshed of innocent women and children is commonplace. Husbands and fathers are executed in front of their families because they refuse to join certain rebel factions. Families are forced to live in nothing more than shacks with no electricity and unclean drinking water. And children die from starvation and disease daily. Continue reading »

A Perfect Childhood

 

I am often amazed at the reaction I get when I’m talking to someone and tell them I had a “perfect childhood.” They poke and prod and tell me “no way, there had to be a time when it wasn’t so perfect.” Well, I’m sorry, but it was perfect.

I’ll start off by giving my parents all the credit. I could not have asked for a better mom and dad. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and lived in typical neighborhoods on army bases all over the world. I had three sisters, a dog, and a cat. Continue reading »

Technology, love it or hate it

Like many Americans, I embrace technology. The cell phone and internet are on the top of the list for most people.

I have often wondered how I got along without the internet for 35 years before this mysterious thing crept its way through our telephone lines.

Nearly everything I buy is now online. Just last month, I blew a tire on my classic 67’ pickup on a Sunday afternoon. On Monday, I ordered a new tire online, which was thirty dollars cheaper than the local tire store and I received it the next day. I mount my own tires, so by Tuesday evening, I had a new tire on my truck, saved thirty bucks, and never left the house. Continue reading »