Ancestry of David Livingstone
David Livingstone’s ancestry Did Dr. David Livingstone’s grandfather really die at the Battle of Culloden? Dr.
Moving Tips On Tipping
A lot of people ask if they should tip their mover. The short answer is; yes. Provided of course, they are on time, don’t break anything, and do what was promised. Still, some moving companies will want to charge your credit card up front with a 20% gratuity add-on, claiming that it is standard in the industry. That’s not entirely true.
3 Ways to Keep the Desire for Learning During the Summer of 2020
The 2020 Pandemic has challenged you to rise to new levels of creativity and flexibility for you and your family. Many school districts have had their teachers in Zoom virtual classrooms teaching your school age children for 4 to 5 hours a day! Now that summer has arrived, how can you leverage the familiarity with technology and combine it with the resources at your fingertips to keep your child’s thirst for knowledge alive during the Summer?
Will There Be Television in Heaven?
If anybody can ask hard questions, the award has to go to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She knows how to ask a question and, more importantly, when to ask a particular question. Throughout our marriage, she has become an expert in the area of questionology. There is not a question I can think of that she hasn’t asked. On the other side of the parsonage, my expertise has been in not correctly answering questions. It is not that I cannot answer a question; I do not answer in a way that fits her expectations. That is important when it comes to my wife. Her expectation is quite high. Even though we have been married for such a long time, I have yet to master the art of hearing the question the way she wants it heard. My experience has taught me that if I do not answer the question correctly, I can be in deep trouble. Believe me, I have experience in this.
Parenting During A Pandemic
The pandemic has changed all our lives and for the last few weeks family members have been together at home due to self-isolation requirements. I have noticed that those who are experiencing a great deal of frustration are parents of school-aged children and their teachers who are not allowed to be together in school settings. Following are some of the concerns that I am hearing: Many children do not have established routines and are sleeping in so miss their internet sessions with their teachers.
My Thoughts Are Worth More Than a Penny
I must admit that I do gravel a lot in thinking about my thoughts. It has been a habit of mine down through the years. Thinking is what really makes life worth living, or so I believe. My father had a saying whenever he saw me staring off into the distance, “A penny for your thoughts, son.” Then he would smile, and I knew he really was not interested in what I was thinking he was just trying to set some kind of trap for me. Fortunately, I never fell into that trap, whatever it was. Of course, at the time I could’ve used an extra penny. One of my favorite writers, when I was young, was a man by the name of James Thurber. He was blind, but he was one of the great writers of his day. He would think his thoughts about the story he was working on all day long, then sit down with his secretary, tell her the story from memory, and write it down.
Driveway Patrol Alert – Know What’s Going On!
It’s 2 am and you’re fast asleep when suddenly you are awakened by an alarm by your bed that’s NOT from an alarm clock. Just as any person who has been sleeping soundly you are probably scared. What’s happening? Then you realize that someone’s messing with your living room door handle…
And Then It Was Silent No More
During this time of exclusive lockdown, I and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage have grown accustomed to silence. Don’t get me wrong here. I do not object to noise as long as it’s the right kind of noise. However, I do have a good warm feeling about silence. What was that song? “The Sounds of Silence.” Silence is wonderful and soothing, enabling me to sit back and enjoy a good read. There is nothing like reading a book, and from my point of view, I have not read a book unless I have read it ten times. If it is a good book, the more I read it, the better it is. My wife, on the other hand, when she has read a book that is the end of it. Even with some TV shows, when she has seen it once, that is all she needs. Me, if I like a TV show, I love watching it repeatedly. I do not know if it’s me or not, but I seem to find something I did not see before every time I reread a book. That’s what makes reading a book over and over exciting for me.
Love Bugs Are Really Not That Loving
Here in Florida, we have what people call “Love Bugs.” I know exactly why they are called “Love Bugs,” but I am not fond of these little critters. Why don’t they just get a motel room? Being shut down at home for quite a while it is not that exciting. You can only be shut down for so long. On Tuesday, I needed to go across town for some quick business and office supplies. It would not take me long, and I would get back home in a short time. “Anything you want me to pick up while I’m out?” I queried the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I always like to try to help whenever I can. She is a great shopper, particularly a great thrift store shopper. She knows every thrift shop within a 100-mile radius, but more than that, they know her by her first name. I, on the other side of the room, am not a very good shopper.
Alarms – A Great Way to Protect Your Home or Business From Intruders
Stores will soon be re-opening and people will be flocking back just to be able to shop in person again. However, as the shops get more crowded there is a good chance for shop lifters to go back to their own type of work. How good are you in spotting someone robbing your store? Are you an experienced store owner or just a beginner? Regardless of your experience, shop keepers always need to have eyes in the back of their heads to keep track of their stock on the shelves.
Scared to Death by a Noise in the Night!
Have you ever been awakened at 2 am by someone trying the handle of your front door? Is it the wind or could someone actually trying to break in? A million things go through your head. Your family could be in danger, especially if the home invader is armed.
Creativity in writing is becoming a scarcity.
Between the constant temptation to dance for the algorithm and the staggering advance of artificial intelligence, our world is spiraling into what I believe to be a creative crisis.
For us to remain an emotionally-aware race, while at the same time pushing humanity forward, we must cultivate and champion creativity both in ourselves and in the generations to come and write as we feel.
This is why I’m dedicating the next decade of my life to exploring the subject of creativity as both an artist and teacher.
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