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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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    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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    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…

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    My First Complete Pokemon Card Collection

    I got into Pokemon cards when my kids became interested in them. When they started buying them and requesting them as birthday gifts I figured I too should have a deck so that I could play with them. What started as a way to stay involved with my kids turned into an interest of my own. I found myself purchasing…

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    No Home is Perfect

    I am currently attempting to find a place in my house to hang a shelf I just finished building. This shelf was originally made to fit in a specific area, but it now must find a new home. The tricky aspect of this venture is that it is quite difficult to locate studs in my house. Our home was built…

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    The Importance of Balancing Hobbies

    I really enjoy playing video games and watching videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, those are both hobbies that keep my butt firmly planted in a seat and my eyes glued to a screen…neither of those are exactly healthy. I have to make an effort to balance those two hobbies with my other, more active hobbies. Video games can challenge one’s mind…

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    My Challenge With Woodworking

    A couple of months before the summer of 2015 my wife and I decided to start homeschooling our then three children. Due to my lower earning potential and my wife’s greater desire to work, I was selected to be the one to stay home and oversee the education of our kids. I suddenly had more downtime on my hands as…