I got a problem settled..

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Yes, I got a problem settled, and I have to thank WordPress for making it happen the way I need for it to happen.

See, it’s like this: I have photos in a couple of different albums elsewhere on the web, and it turns out that it is an impossibility to share these photos outside of those sites– so right now, they’re sort of useless. I want to be able to share photos on forums, amongst other things, and that can be difficult if your photos are on a site that doesn’t allow right-click and in general makes sharing as hard as possible.

So, I gave the matter some thought. I re-sized some photos, since one other problem is that original-size photos tend to blow up some forums beyond reason– then put them here. This works, I can right-click, select from the menu what I need, then copy and paste where needed.

Now, of course, I’m really beginning to think about what to do with this site, and — I think I’m going to up-grade in the near future. This blog can look a lot better– right now it’s pretty plain– and the added storage that comes with upgrading is worth it IF you can use the thing to begin with.

 

Special note to Josh, in case you’re still around: The photo above was shot exactly as things were. There was nothing wrong with the camera, the fact is that the sky was hazy that day and that accounts for the washed-out appearance of the sky. I couldn’t have gotten a clear sky if I’d used the best camera on Earth– I had to take what nature dished out that day. Yes, that is me standing by my van.

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An open letter to the Daily Mail…

I’ve had to take charity, believe me when I say it’s not fun or your first choice. Your back is to the wall at that moment. Today I’m holding together, but in today’s economy it wouldn’t take much to upset the applecart again. A couple of reverses and there you are— hoping somebody will see and help you.

squidgetsmum

The Daily Mail chose today to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, champion of the oppressed, by publishing this article today.  Here’s my response.

 

Dear Daily Mail,

I’ve got a little boy.  His name is Isaac, and he’s nearly three.  Like any little boy, he loves cars, balls, and running around.  He’s barely ever still.

A few days ago though, he was.  I took him to the supermarket to spend his pocket money, and we passed the donation basket for our local food bank.  It was about half full – nothing spectacular, in fact, mostly prunes and pasta – and he asked what it was.  As simply as possible, I tried to explain that it was for people to give food for other people who couldn’t afford it.

This affected his two year old brain fairly deeply.  After a lot of thought, he decided to spend a little bit of…

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The Ultimate Man’s Man

Another one that I can’t add much to. So, I’ll stand aside andlet others read this without much comment from me.

adoptingjames

I don’t know where they originated from or who had the idea to start them, but I love those Chuck Norris jokes. Here’s a few of my favorites for your enjoyment:chuck 1

Chuck Norris threw a grenade and killed 50 people, then it exploded.

When Chuck Norris crosses the steet the cars have to look both ways.

Chuck Norris has a diary. It’s called the Guinness Book of World Records.

When Chuck Norris was born he drove his mom home from the hospital.

Chuck Norris was once on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and was the first to spin. The next 29 minutes of the show consisted of everyone standing around awkwardly, waiting for the wheel to stop.

We all have a different idea of what the ultimate man’s man is like, or should be like. Some equate it with Chuck Norris, and some link modern manhood to Homer Simpson, doing away…

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This is filler

I see that today I’ve had 5 visitors, so maybe a little something is in order.

In the last few days one of the forums I regularly visit/post on has blown up. The situation has become unmanageable so several of us “regular posters” have moved to a new– and I mean it didn’t exist yesterday new– forum. I don’t know at this writing how long this is going to last because my own experience with a board that got started by renegades shows that these things don’t always end well. The malcontents who started that board, an offshoot of a handyman forum, managed to keep it together for a few months but the day came when even the board owner couldn’t be bothered to visit anymore so the board died. Right now, I don’t think even the parent board exists anymore– the organization that ran it seemed to think we were there for them to foist third-rate “tools” on us and then have us pay for stuff we never ordered– so I have a thought that people in general got fed up and left in droves. Understandable, since professional and really good hobby handymen hate being played for fools and won’t stand for it indefinitely.

In the present case, several of us have suffered from renegade moderation and it finally came to a head yesterday. The posts got crazy for a bit, then the thread suddenly disappeared– but not before I got a good look at it. Somebody is pulling a fast one, and this is one time when what we are being told and what is actually happening are not necessarily one and the same thing. So– a new forum got started, and now it remains to be seen whether this thing has “legs” or if it will be a flash in the pan that won’t exist six months from now. Forums that start like this one don’t seem to finish well as a general rule, but there are always exceptions to the rule.

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What Christians Fear Most

I can’t add much to this. Andrew hit the nail square.

adoptingjames

monsters

Sometimes I feel like a monster.

Not when I lose my temper. When that happens, I’m just being a typical fallen human – my old fleshly self.

But sometimes I feel like a monster from Monstropolis. You know, the ones from Monsters Inc. who are afraid of children.

Sounds silly, doesn’t it?

But we’re not much brighter. We fear man.

We clamor for man’s approval and stop at nothing to gain the respect of the masses.

And if we’re honest with ourselves, on our worst days, we’d rather be judged by God than by our bosses.

This is the wrong way of living. Jesus is very clear in Matthew 10:28: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.”

We’re so anxious to please others and remain certain not…

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