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    All Skills Have Limits

    I have recently been building a shelf for my basement workshop. It is a large, “L” shaped shelf with pegboard incorporated into it for hanging tools and packages. The reason this shelf is so large is because it is serving as a sort of wall to enclose a small bathroom in our basement. This is my way of avoiding permit…

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    The Star-Spangled Banner

    It is commonly sung at sporting events all across the country, but it is my belief that most Americans don’t know the origins of The Star-Spangled Banner. This is somewhat of a tragedy to me, because the song itself is based in a feeling of genuine pride and joy when our country was still in it’s infancy. Perhaps we are…

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    G.K. Chesterton’s Colorful Quotes

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an English writer, Christian, theologian, philosopher, and critic. He was born in 1874 and died of congestive heart failure in 1936. I first learned of this man through the British film series, Father Brown, which was referred to me by my mother and is based upon a character created by Chesterton. It seems that G.K. Chesterton…

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    Productivity in Unexpected Places

    This past weekend I had planned to get some work done on both of our family vehicles. I was going to check the brakes on my van, replace the throttle position sensor, and further investigate a rattling sound around the serpentine belt. I also wanted to replace the inner fender liner on my wife’s car. Suffice it to say, none…

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    Our Favorite Christmas Treats

    It seems that everyone who celebrates Christmas has a food item that they look forward to having each year. It might be a sweet treat, entree, or even a beverage. No matter what it is though, it leaves an impression on us that we just can’t forget! In this post my family shares their favorite Christmas treats and why they…

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    Pets are Fun!

    All across the world there are people who love animals. Whether it is a cat, dog, lizard, snake, spider, fox, raccoon, bear, etc., there is a person out there willing to love it. I like to think this is do to the compassionate side God gave humans. The desire to take care of a creature not as capable as yourself…

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    Dodge Caravan Window Motor Replacement

    This past Saturday I was busy most of the day with a rather straight forward vehicle repair. The driver side power window motor on my 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan has been broken for over a year now. I finally got around to replacing it with a new one. I watched a few instructional videos on YouTube, one of which was…

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    Why We Don’t Do Santa Claus

    Parents all around the United states, and in other parts of the world, perpetuate the idea that Santa Claus brings gifts each Christmas for their children. They explain to their children how Santa comes down the chimney and tiptoes around the Christmas tree placing presents. Also, gifts are only for the good boys and girls, the bad ones get a…

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    Learning from Car Repairs

    Over the last week and change, I have been undergoing the adventure of repairing my wife’s car. It was difficult at times, not just because I didn’t completely know what I was doing, but also because I was impatient and I had the wrong outlook when it came to car maintenance. These repairs began my learning experience in regards to…

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    Shrinking My Workshop

    A couple of years back I took over half of our basement with my workshop. I took out the bathroom that was down there, took down ceiling panels to allow for more height, and removed some piping that had gone to the toilet. This resulted in me having about an 18’x12′ space, but shaped slightly like a “T”, with one…