March 11th, 2014
It was a warm, sunny October afternoon one day when I was a kid,
and as I walked up the hill of our driveway after getting off
the school bus at our Wisconsin dairy farm, I wondered how many
more nice days we would have before winter came.
I was still wondering about winter when I entered the kitchen a
few minutes later.
'What did you learn in school today?' asked my mother, who was
in the middle of peeling potatoes for supper.
Every day Mom asked what I had learned in school, although most
of ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 10th, 2014
From the book: Christmas In Dairyland (True Stories From a
Wisconsin Farm) (August 2003; trade paperback)
As we drove along the dirt road north of our farm one Sunday
afternoon, the color of the sky reminded me of Mom's silver
cream and sugar servers when they were tarnished and needed to
be polished again.
Since morning, the sky had been cloudy, but now at
mid-afternoon, the clouds had grown much thicker and darker.
Earlier in December we had gotten a little snow. ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 9th, 2014
Are you looking for fun projects to do, but are short on
supplies? The answer is simple: Shadows!
Shadow Tag Turn an ordinary walk to the mailbox into a lively
game of shadow tag. It's played much the same way as regular
tag, except that instead of tagging a person, you tag the
Silhouettes Use the combination of light and shadow to create
frameable works of art. Use tacks or tape to hang a sheet of
white construction paper or poster board to the wall. Sit or
stand next to the ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 8th, 2014
The long awaited and much-touted mini-series, The Triangle, made
it's debut on the Sci-Fi cable channel recently. As a person who
has studied the paranormal for most of his life, I always watch
these kinds of fictional entertainment projects based on
unexplained events with a slightly more critical eye then the
average viewer or sci-fi fan might. Unlike other Sci-Fi projects
that attempted to report on or fictionalize various areas of the
unexplained, this one is a gem. There are several ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 7th, 2014
How do you move a piano? Very carefully.
Okay, I'm being a little sarcastic, but moving a piano is a
I'm a big advocate of hiring a professional mover to move a
piano. Pianos are heavy and it's easy to damage a piano while
moving it. I'm speaking from experience. I own a Kimball piano
my parents bought brand new for me when I was a child. That
piano was a big deal to me after having played on an old
"clunker" of a piano for several years. I played that new piano
every day. ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 6th, 2014
b>The five most common mistakes when buying car speakers
When it comes time to buying replacement speakers for a car
audio system, there are several mistakes which are commonly
made. Be sure to read this handy guide to avoid the five most
common mistakes when buying car speakers.
1. Plan your budget. Are you revamping your entire audio system?
If so you need to allocate money to different parts of the
system. If you are just changing the speakers, decide how much
money you want to spend on them ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 5th, 2014
Anybody who has visited my website at Motivation & Self Esteem
for Success or has read any of the many articles I have written
will realise what a proponent I am of reading books and
educating yourself. If you want to become successful at anything
you simply must do this, in my opinion.
However, not everything you learn and/or read is of equal value.
As the world's store of information becomes exponentially
greater, almost by the minute, you must learn to become more and
more discerning about ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 4th, 2014
"Thats too bad your land lady evicted you Jacques," Jacques
neighbor said as he helped Jacques load his belongings into
"Can't blame her Mike. She knew I was living way over my head.
Even if she had given me a few more weeks to come up with the
rent sooner or later I would have ended up behind on the rent
again. Twelve hundred a month is just too much for me."
"Yeah Jacques. Maybe its for the best. Now all the woman in
Hanover will have a shot at sharing their bed with you ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2014
Yesterday my husband Wade took the day off (that's one of the
really cool things about having your own business!). The only
bad thing about yesterday is that two of the kids are still
sick'they have that cold with the horrible cough and congestion.
So, needless to say, I've been going a little stir crazy and was
so happy for the extra help.
The kids were excited too. They love spending time with their
In fact, on days he does work, there's a terrible commotion when
he comes home. As ...Read the rest of this entry »
March 2nd, 2014
The world is a wonderful place filled with all sorts of
In a day and age when opportunity abounds, I'm surprised to find
many people who give up on their dreams.
I'm here to tell you, as a person who really has 'been there and
done that' that you can become anything you want to be!
I actually became an attorney using nothing more than the
Internet, my brain, and my burning desire to succeed. If you
have a burning desire to succeed too, let me share with you the
four biggest ...Read the rest of this entry »