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Cost of boarding a dog over cost of fostering a child
Saturday, July 24, 2021      4 comments

In our area, the cost of monthly boarding of a pet is around $500. The State pays $545 a month for fostering a child. It might interest you to discover how well your State shows it cares for our children in need, over what pet boarders get ... Read more
An Unknown Author's poem: I asked God
Saturday, April 17, 2021      3 comments

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve. I was made weak to humbly obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches, that I might be happy. I... Read more
Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Psalm 77; Job 5:8-27; 1 Peter 3:8-18a
Tuesday, February 23, 2021      4 comments

The lectionary reading included Eliphaz rebuking Job. In thinking how to deal with this, I admit it is Scripture, but it doesn't mean it is right. Indeed in Job 42.7f we find God saying Eliphaz and his buddies were completely wrong about what th... Read more
Be still my heart...
Friday, December 25, 2020      5 comments

This last September I had a widow-maker heart attack. Between then and now I've allowed my parents and fellow siblings to increase stress and angst in my own life and in my marriage. This past week I had to cancel physical therapy, take nit... Read more
a peek at what I do in my spare time
Tuesday, September 22, 2020      11 comments

I wrote in the community feed that I'd begun to pull up seat and set a spell, reflecting again. I also have begun picking up a pen, yet again. Here are two oldies of mine. 2 small poems published in the mid-90s. Now that I'm in my 60s I thought ... Read more
Recovery from Covid-19 doesn't stop damage inflicted in patients
Tuesday, September 15, 2020      3 comments

September 15th 2020 article I wrote and present for your perusal: emoticon ... Read more
I'm really tired of receiving Marijuana Ads from SparkPeople
Sunday, August 23, 2020      5 comments

I don't smoke marijuana, I used to do but I'm done with that for decades. I am glad effort is being made to decriminalize it, and for legal use for ... Read more
Boiled Coffee, from fresh ground or canned
Friday, August 07, 2020      6 comments

Being a coffee-nut since 1973 I try to keep up on the "science" of coffee. Sometimes the old ways prove to be the best on a scale from good-better-best. First, I'll address the grounds and then the technique. ... Read more
Good times shall be had by all
Wednesday, August 05, 2020      4 comments

We are currently spending time whittling down our belongings, in anticipation of moving to a senior facility or perhaps a section-8 house with rent to own option. We are both disabled and I've been winding down lately. I used to be much mor... Read more
Masks are for protecting Others, not yourself
Monday, July 13, 2020      7 comments

Masks primarily are for protecting Others, not yourself. It should be a convenience-sacrifice every citizen will make for the USA, or whatever Nation you call Home. Not wearing masks in public is unpatriotic, mean-spirited, and logically in... Read more
Clarity can be winnowed even in the toughest storms
Tuesday, June 30, 2020      2 comments

The spread of the deadliest pandemic, even as it mutates, to reach the United States in a century is a grim reminder of why we need news media to spread facts instead of propaganda and conspiracy theories. When faced with a grim situation, peopl... Read more
Juneteenth -- a celebration of peculiar Texas history, Fun in the face of oppressors
Friday, June 19, 2020      2 comments

Texas slave holders and State officials (including Rangers) wanted to continue oppressing not only slaves but poor folks as well. That's why the Army had to come to Galveston to officially announce ALL Texas slaves were Free as of over 2 years a... Read more
Stress is wracking my health - physical and mental
Sunday, May 24, 2020      7 comments

Fortunately it appears there are some adults on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to set up a SMART fund for state and local governments little helped by previous bills which greatly benefited the 0.1% of our nation. Yes, that 0.1%... Read more
Defragment Urself -- Take a Worry Break when you need.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020      6 comments

Catch a clue with a helpful tip for students, clear the decks by taking a "worry break". Stop. Take 5 to fully ponder all that is on your plate and then some. Don't cheat yourself. Act. Take brief notes if needs be. If something must be deal... Read more
Taking a screenshot on Alcatel one touch, plus link to How to
Wednesday, April 15, 2020      5 comments

I've been frustrated trying to figure out how to take a screenshot on my Alcatel one touch phone. I have no idea where the manual is, but I found one eventually on a manual library internet style. I thought I'd take another shot at it with Duck ... Read more

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