TOTD 2018/1/5: Favorites Games & Toys from Your Childhood

I was thinking about this topic because my kids were home over Christmas, and even though they are in their mid-20s now, they broke out board games to play on our dining room table, late into the night.  They were none of the games I remember though! They played Settlers of Cataan, Phase 10 and King Domino.  Some that I remember from growing up in the 1960s are:

Fascination Pool – a plastic maze board that looked like a pool table – the picture above. You held it in your hands, released little balls from the center and tried to tip the board to get all the balls one by one into the color-corresponding pockets – but not let them roll into the wrong-color pocket.... [Read More]

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TOTD 1/2: Small Business

Mine, that is.  Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the startup of my LLC, and also marks the year my total of independent employment exceeds my years as an employee of others.  Although the legal details were prepared and registered (quietly) in December of ’02, fifteen years ago today, three of my peers and I simultaneously resigned from the industrial systems integration firm of which we were senior employees.

We each had discussed our frustrations with the 51% owner’s management style, and his apparent intention to never yield any more ownership to future partners.  Gaining ownership was a five-year goal I had stated outright when I interviewed for that job, with that owner, four years before.  Or more precisely, when asked for my five year goal, I answered “Ownership of or partnership in a company like yours.”... [Read More]

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TOTD 2017-12-29: Marching with Raised Fists

A year or two after emigrating, she happened to be in Paris on the anniversary of the Russian invasion of her country (Czechoslovakia).  A protest march had been scheduled, and she felt driven to take part.  Fists raised high, the young Frenchmen shouted out slogans condemning  Soviet imperialism. She liked the slogans, but to her surprise she  found herself unable to shout along with them. She lasted only a few minutes in the parade.

When she told her French friends about it, they were amazed. “You mean you don’t want to fight the occupation of your country?”  She would have liked to tell them that behind Communism, Fascism, behind all occupations and invasions lurks a more basic, pervasive evil and that the image of that evil was a parade of people marching with raised fists and shouting identical syllables in unison. But she knew she would never be able to make them understand. Embarrassed, she changed the subject.... [Read More]

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TOTD 12/27: Appeasement Then and Now

My wife was clearly paying attention some weeks ago when I was waxing eloquent over a Victor Davis Hanson podcast appearance, where he was expounding on his latest published work, The Second World Wars.  Not that she was paying attention to any of my commentary on the content of the podcast, but rather was noting my interest in acquiring the subject of the podcast.  After 29 years of marriage, she doesn’t quite read my mind, but one sometimes thinks so.  Christmas was good:

Even better, she rolled the dice and picked up some of his prior works, not realizing that I have a couple already.  Fortunately, his oeuvre is large enough that the odds of a duplicate were low, and indeed did not happen.  So Ripples of  Battle, The Savior Generals, and Why The West Was Won have also joined A War Like No Other and Mexifornia on my shelf.... [Read More]

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Good News is never late.

I’m a day late and a couple of bucks short (Sorry, Dime).  I’ll try to make up for my lapse by sharing some great news.   The article reminds us of just how good 2017 has been.   And, how wonderful 2018 is looking.  I’m saving this one for future reference.   It’ll be good for many smiles on those more challenging days.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/year-one-list-81-major-trump-achievements-11-obama-legacy-items-repealed/article/2644159... [Read More]

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TOTD Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve has always been a special time for me and my wife, Linda. Our first one after getting married, we had over a friend and her sister, for dinner, presents, and a impulse trip to see strung up lights at Life College. While we do not do the lights any longer (taking the kids to evening services at Church precludes that), we still have our annual Christmas Eve dinner (southern style at 2pm-3pm). Her sister and husband come over, as does our friend. While we exchange gifts, it is a time for fellowship, family, and friendship. It is also full of expectations.

Tomorrow is Christmas morning, and in a flash of paper (and not much this year at all of that) some stockings dumped, and cinnamon rolls eaten the morning will be over. We will go to my parents home for brunch and then lounge about the house. My important prayer is this afternoon at dinner. My hopes for this Christmas, this year, in  a time when I am more lost than I have been at any other time in my life. I wait with longing to know where I am headed. I do not understand what God wants in my life. So, here I am, humbled.... [Read More]

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TOTD 12/22/17: Christmas Songs

Is there any other holiday that fills the world with song? I live in Japan but that does not stop the BGM elves from taking control of the speakers. The songs are so varied from Santa to silly and even sacred but isn’t Christmas all those things.

Pick one and let us know in the comments.... [Read More]

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