Monday, July 16, 2018

Family History-Keeping

When a family member is faithful to write almost monthly, certainly multiple times a season every year for years on end, that provides a significant amount of material for keeping a history of the family.

Perhaps this is unique to the closeness of the relationship and the geographical distance between those family members.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

$0.99 x 15+

In case you have not noticed the value of shoebox-sized plastic containers, they're quite handy. I've been using them for kitchen things, cleaning supplies, memorabilia, etc.

In going through a lot of old cards I had saved, I've noticed anew how much my parents love me and how much I'm on their minds. They are a huge blessing in my life.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day 13

Little blog posts that give a progress report for the day were not my idea of writing each day, but this month has gotten busy.

Today was a combination of (a) apartment cleaning and item organizing in preparation for a couple painting days coming this month, and (b) updating a script to further streamline some work and provide additional options useful for and requested by people.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


40 years ago today my family left the United States for Venezuela to reach tribal people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

My parents had been commissioned to spend their careers among those people learning their language and culture, showing the people that Jesus died for their people, too, and ultimately plant churches among the people that would in turn reach more people in Venezuela with that same Gospel message.

The preparation phase of that plan on the field never finished. It was interrupted with the death of my father very suddenly overnight May 4, 1979. My great-uncle, Dave Breese, preached his funeral. Another great-uncle, Bob Christensen, shared the following tribute.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Original Monday

Have you noticed in the creation account nothing was called “good” on the second day?

He did name something that day, but maybe that's because His accomplishments that day were not well defined. Maybe that's characteristic of when we're creating a space for things.

Whatever the reason, today feels similarly lacking in specific accomplishment. I reached Inbox Zero on one email account, and I need to do the same on another before today is done.

Nonetheless, this writing commitment was made to be kept.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Diet & Weight

When it comes to personal weight, there are three options: gaining, maintaining, and losing.

If you're young or an athelete, you may want to gain weight. The rest of us either want to lose weight or gain no more than we already have.

Some people think of eating healthy as being a way to lose weight. I don't. When I hear talk of eating healthy, to me that means maintaining weight.

It's certainly better than stress-eating which is a way to gain weight.

Losing weight is fundamentally about eating less. Why? Because you have to force your body to consume what it has already stored—the excess weight.

The fastest way to do that is to stop eating. It works, I promise.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Caves in the Scriptures

As the world awaits more news from the rescue efforts for the soccer team in Thailand, I think of caves mentioned in the Scriptures.

“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130)

“I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142)

Many of us are doing just that on behalf of those trapped, and those helping them escape.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Saturday Surround

My grandfather had my grandparents' home wired for sound in every room—even the pantry. It was surround sound for productive people.

I understand why. When you're listening to something, be it music or spoken word, it's nice to have continuity as you move around.

I've always lived in shared housing of some kind, so there's been neither much freedom nor need to have everything wired up like that, but it's still desirable at times.

These days you can get a similar effect without all the wires. Enter Bluetooth technology. The nice thing about having Bluetooth devices connected to the same player, is it's pretty easy to switch the output destination if you're going to be in another room for a while.

A while back I got a Bluetooth receiver to enable merging use of new technology with old technology.  (Bluetooth receivers have already gotten less expensive.) More recently I thought I'd try out having a JAM Thrill portable speaker.

Today, I was playing some epic music, and the sound went from filling a room to making my little portable speaker visibly bounce on the shelf. Fun stuff.

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