Horse Trading and the Way of the World

"I wouldn't take nothin' in the world for the experience I got tradin' horses." - Hob Duvall That wonderful series of books - the Foxfire books, which recount "affairs of plain living" as lived by the backwoods people of Appalachia - are full of not just oldtimer's skills but wonderful insights into life...

Google Eyes Small Business Needs

This is a bit different, as far as topics go, for this site, but my brainy partner Kit, who operates the online marketing firm Jemully Media, has turned up another good piece on Google and its latest move within the small business sector. This one has application for, well, 95 percent (!) of all businesses,...

I’m Freakin’ Out! Or SOMEone is, at any rate!

Freaking out! There's no other way to say it. And if you want to see why, just go to this blogpost by my bride and she'll give you the lowdown. You'll find an amusing tale and also a reason to get all Googly-eyed. That's it! One of my shortest posts...

New Milestone for this Website

Just noticed from my site metrics that this website should surpass the 25,000 mark for total pageviews – an event that should happen sometime Wednesday, March 27. For a site that is devoted almost exclusively to one individual’s opinions, assertions, rants, jibes, buffooneries, and ramblings, and...

Glimpse into the Future

Last night, as Kit and I watched an episode of the original Star Trek, we encountered this scene of Doctor McCoy handing Spock what I would have to describe as a computer diskette (as Nurse Chapel, on the left, looks on). We'd been seeing this sort of thing in other episodes - the use of diskettes. The...

Brother, Have You Heard? A case of me telling you and you telling me what we each need to hear in the Age of Advocacy.

Advocacy is all about getting someone else to do it. We live in the age of advocacy. I was going through the drive-through lane at a major-chain fast food restaurant recently, and as I reached the window and handed over my debit card, the employee asked me, “Would you like to put a dollar on your balance...

What Does It Mean to “Take the Lord’s Name in Vain”?

Of all of God’s commandments, the one that—my guess here—gets broken more often, and more unconcernedly or unknowingly, than any other is the Third Commandment. That God-given edict, found in Exodus 20:7, goes as follows: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not...

The Truth Always Divides

We live in an age when Bible doctrine has been all but chased from the assembly. Doctrine is out and ecumenism is in. The de-denominationalism of Christianity is in full bloom. That’s the effect of the world, which is a PC place, on the church. But things don’t have to be that way. It’s often said that...

Where Golf Scores Are Settled

Some offbeat (my beat is not generally the golf beat) observations for an offbeat Monday. Just this morning I ran across a quotation I saved from a sports article posted way back in 2004. Not sure why I saved it, except as a specimen of golfing wisdom to use on myself, but whatever the case, the item makes a...

Is it the Candidates or the Electorate?

As America becomes more and more ignorant and intellectually dim, the business of holding or obtaining high office or rule becomes more and more a matter of despotism or Machiavellian chicanery—not so much because the opportunity lies open for it, but because the times and the people themselves call for...

New Life and the “Old Man”

In baptism, does the "old man" come up out of the water? Is he washed off, raised up, and sent back out? Or is the old man killed and buried in the water? And is that killing of him - is that what we think of as "forgiveness of sins"? Or could something else be involved? To answer that, let us consider some...

Demystifying the “Mystery”

When God purposed that the gospel “mystery” would be reserved for the Holy Spirit to reveal, it was not for the sake of the Holy Spirit that He did that. It was for the sake of the Son, who would by then be the One issuing commandments through the Holy Spirit. Like a lot of other people, I used to think...

Stanley W. Paher: A Q-and-A

Author, publisher, and editor Stanley W. Paher (seen at left in above photo, alongside Edward Fudge), of Reno, Nev., is best known as the owner and operator of Nevada Publications, an important Southwestern publisher of literature on Western Americana, and especially on Nevada history, including accounts of...

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