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Check out this tub/shower in Jerusalem’s 4 star Grand Court hotel.  It only covers half of the opening.  Huh? I found it virtually impossible to avoid a flooded floor after taking a shower.  No matter how hard I tried to … Continue reading

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Guide Book

Guide Book

The travel bug has bit me again; I’m leaving today for Tanzania.   Be gone 15 days.

Most of the trip is a “Vision” trip with the Nebraskan Lutheran Synod, visiting schools, hospitals, orphanages and villages around Arusha (near Mount Kilamajaro), and staying with a host family for two nights.  The Synod has a few “sister” churches already in the area, but our church is still “shopping”.

The last four days will be a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park, both World Heritage Sites.  I’m really pumped!

Thought for the Day:  To get lost is to learn the way.                    African Proverb

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Birthday Girl

Big Three

Big Three

She knows the drill: blow out the candles, lick the frosting off the cake, bounce off the walls with a sugar high, then open fancy-wrapped packages of socks from grandma. Repeat if necessary.

This little party was two weeks early, as we will be out of town for her real birthday in early February.

Thought for the Day:  Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You.                                                                                                   Dr. Seuss

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Swim Shoes

Left Behind

Left Behind

In the middle of winter, when its below zero outside, and you haven’t seen the sun in days, you pine for warmer weather and try to remember fun at the beach.

Thought for the Day:  What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.                                                                                           John Steinbeck


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Calling Home

Mom, Where ARE You?

Mom, Where ARE You?

If you wanted a ride home when I was a kid, there was a predetermined time and place to meet.  If I wasn’t at the appointed place when my Mom got there, I was in Big trouble.

Today, kids just call on their cell phone and play video games while they wait.

Thought for the Day:  It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.                                                                                                                                         Mark Twain

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Party Games

Pie Face

Pie Face

Pie Face is a delicious party game:  You place a gob of whipped cream on the spring-loaded purple hand, spin the dial for a number from 1 to 5, place your face in the window, and push the yellow button as many times as the spinner indicated.  If your number comes up while pushing the button,  Splat!  a face full of whip cream.  Pass the Pie Face to the next person and repeat the process, like a form of Russian Roulette.

What better way to embarrass a teenager on his 16th birthday.

Thought for the Day:  Man is the only animal that blushes.  Or needs to.                                                                                                                                         Mark Twain

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Symmetry 2

Symmetry 2

Symmetry 2

Digital photography has opened up a whole new world of exploration and creativity. Manipulating individual pixels to manage luminance, vibrance and saturation has expanded into large-scale pixel transformation, a whole new art form.

This is an example of wholesale pixel manipulation; the original image was a photograph of geometrical structural shapes found in the glass roof of a shopping mall.  Click here to see the original image.  I took the original image, converted it to B&W, then followed a lengthy “recipe” of Photoshop tools and key strokes to arrive at “Symmetry 2”.

I’d like to meet the person who had the vision to create the recipe.

Thought for the Day:       Creativity is the residue of time wasted.                                                                                                                                          Albert Einstein

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Santa’s Helpers

Omaha Streetcar

Omaha Streetcar

Santa’s helpers were caught catching a street car out of Omaha’s old Union Station.

Thought for the Day:  Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is:  “What are you doing for others?”                                                                                    Martin Luther King, Jr

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