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I used to be a multiple soda per day kind of guy, but now I've switched to water at lunch time. I bought a water bottle with a built in filter and fill it each morning. Was it an ephiany about my weight. While it's true I'm overweight, it wasn't any concern over my health that made me switch. It was pure economincs. Sodas have gotten rediculously expensive. We are not too far away from $2 for a 20oz. I'm not crazy about it, but I'll keep bringing in my water bottle and gutting it out to save money.

6 days, 23 hours ago on Coke, Pepsi Pledge to Reduce Calorie Consumption

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I would allow them. I don't see any harm in it. I'd rather the networks know what I like. It's sort of like voting and these devices would give me a vote. I wonder how they will break down the demos though. How will the box know if I'm watching something (over 36 male) or my wife (over 36 female) or my daughter (under 21 female).


I also think it's all pretty short term at this point. In the next 5-7 years most viewing will switch over to apps liks WatchESPN or WatchDisney. It will be as easy as Google Analtics to get the metrics on who is watching what.

1 week, 4 days ago on Nielsen Paper Diaries Finally On the Way Out

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I recently read a story about a blogger being sued for using an image. I started going through my entire image library (fortunately I only about one tenth of the images you do). I made sure I could verify the source of each image and that I had legal right to use the image, either through Creative Commons, Public Domain or had been given permission by the owner.

2 months, 1 week ago on Bigger Images Means Behind-the-Scenes Overhaul

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I've been married 18 years so things might have changed a bit but your assumptions are pretty spot on. I went along on some of the trips. I don't recall us asking the florists anything about his personal beliefs. It didn’t come up with the caterer or photographer. Of course, that was the mid-90s and none of this stuff was a big deal.

So much of the wedding services business seems to be word of mouth. This guy made an awesome cake for Sally so three months later her bridesmaid Jane gets married and wants to hire the same guy.

Usually the bride to be (and her mom) handles all the decisions. The groom to be basically shows up is told where to stand and what to say.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Baker Stops Selling Wedding Cakes After Losing Lawsuit

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@Miranda  Thanks for your question! 


I'm enjoying it. I haven't taken a ton of pictures with it, but the ones I have have been fine. The Wake Up gestures have been great and I'm actually using BlinkFeed (which is a surprise and probably helping my G+ interactions).


The low battery saver either isn't on or doesn't work. I'm not sure which. Also, the default keyboard is pretty dreadful. I replaced it with Swype pretty quickly.


Those have been the only quibbles with the phone so far. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Which One? Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8

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I've always thought of devotionals as sort of a runway. They help you get up to speed and get your mind focused on God. The goal of a devotional should be to lead to a time of meditation and prayer that can't be scripted.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Too Many Devotionals, Too Little Time?

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I got so excited when I got a little ahead of scheduled. I relaxed a bit and then real life hit me over the head and I'm behind the 8 ball again.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Simple Reason You Can’t Stay Ahead of Schedule

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I know we point to anonymity often, but another change the internet brought into being was the removal of gatekeepers.


Once upon time before the WubWubWub, all writing and commenting went through gatekeepers. All articles went through editors and were written by journalists. Public commenting was relegated to the “Letters to the Editor” section, and even those were filtered and edited.


Private commenting stayed private. This happened in living rooms, or around kitchen tables or even leaning on the local bar. Almost always, it would be between individuals who had some sort of preexisting relationship. If they didn’t usually someone bought someone else a drink after the discussion.


We often deride the function of gatekeepers, and few would argue that they did reject some worthy stuff. But we can see now that they also provided a valuable service.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Does the Internet Make Us Mean?

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@BeatUpFord  I could see that. I'm coming from so far back with the RAZR that I think it will be a worthwhile upgrade.

5 months, 1 week ago on Which One? Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8

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I’m not overly familiar with how TV networks handle contracts for their on-air personalities. I do wonder if they could borrow a page from the world of sports. Incentives and “not likely to be earned” bonuses are standard fare in those contracts. A ‘not likely to be earned’ bonus is any bonus paid on an incentive that has never been hit by that player before. The Patriots, for instance, could put a ‘not likely to be earned’ incentive in Tom Brady’s contract that pays him $125k if he throws 51 touchdown passes in a season. As Brady have never thrown more than 50, that makes it a ‘not likely to be earned’. The team can announce the deal with the ‘could be worth as much as ‘ and include the not likely to be earned.


Pelley is making $5M a year. A reasonable raise would seem to be in the $7M area given his current positive gains. However, I would add a ‘not likely to be earned’ escalator that takes his salary $12M if CBS hits second place in consecutive quarters and $13M if CBS hits first place.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on How Much Would You Pay CBS’s Scott Pelley?

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I used to drive to an unknown destination the day before but now with GPS and Navigation in my phone, I find it unnecessary. DROID gets me there without issue.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Self-Driving Cars Could Keep Seniors on the Road Longer

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Jesus gave another teaching about calling someone a fool during the sermon on the mount. 


Matthew Chapter 5 21 and 22


“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.


These are 'red letter' words.

6 months ago on The April Fools’ Meme I Hope Christians Won’t Repeat

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@The Old Maid  That's a great question. I'm actually going to write up my answer in a post as it would be too long for a comment.

6 months, 1 week ago on Four Stages of Fatherhood

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"If you follow both Carly and me, you’ll see that tweet in your timeline. If you don’t follow both of us, you won’t.

But Carly will see it when she checks in at Twitter under the Interactions tab, because the tweet uses that @reply right off the top.

If I add a character — most people just use a period — before the tweet, then the tweet is fully public. Everyone who follows me will see my tweet in their timeline whether they follow Carly or not:"


I think that's what they mean by 'arcane'. The rules for what you see or don't see or what your followers see or don't see are not intuitive. I wouldn't be surprised if they went to a G+ type 'circle' paradigm.

6 months, 1 week ago on Twitter Ditching @Replies and Hashtags? Let’s Hope Not!

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@Mark D Miller  


I would respectfully disagree. 


"Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings." 1 Corinthians 9:19-23


Isn't having an Easter Egg hunt exactly emulating what Paul said he did?  To our culture, we become a little like our culture so as to win those in that culture (though we ourselves are not part of that culture, for we are not conformed to the pattern of this world, but are transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom12:2)). 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Should Churches Host Easter Egg Hunts?

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I agree that publically declaring our Lenten sacrifice helps with accountability. We need people in our lives who we can be accountable to.


I decided for Lent, not to give something up, but rather add something. I had attempted to start journaling at the first of the year, but I was only getting it done two or three times a week. I decided to make a concerted effort to journal everyday during Lent and my sacrifice would be whatever was getting in the way of journaling that day.


So far, I'm only missed one day.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Keeping Your Lenten Sacrifice Secret? Whatever Works!

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I know #3 "focusing on interaction you haven’t had time to cultivate" is the biggest discourager for me. I think I'm less patient with my blog because I had such easy and pretty much overnight success with my first blog. But that was also luck. I wrote a guide on that site that got picked up and linked by a huge site which drove traffic and google rank. It was just a bit of luck (and one really well written post).

7 months ago on 4 Reasons Staying Motivated to Blog May Be Hard

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Patrick, I came across another blog on this topic and I thought I would share it with you. This blog doesn't necessarily represent my views, but I thought it would add to the discussion.

Should a Christian Photographer Work at a Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony? http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/02/20/should-a-christian-photographer-work-at-a-same-sex-wedding-ceremony/

7 months, 1 week ago on Should It Be Legal to Refuse Same-Sex Couples Service?

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@brettapearson  Recently Jon Acruff posted that it is difficult to be a Christian online. You can read it here: http://stuffchristianslike.net/2014/02/19/hard-christian-online/#sthash.6nYPtRiF.uxfs


He contrasts writing about Business principles and writing about Christian principles and comes to the following conclusion:


"When the business world disagrees with your idea, they critique your idea.

When Christians disagree with your idea, they critique your soul."

- See more at: http://stuffchristianslike.net/2014/02/19/hard-christian-online/#sthash.6nYPtRiF.3eZIOF3o.dpuf

7 months, 1 week ago on Should Churches Host Easter Egg Hunts?

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It was an editorial so I have no problem with the anchor giving his opinion. That is what an editorial is for.


But here's the thing I think has to be added to the information you present here. Sam was thought to be a 3rd to 5th round pick BEFORE he came out. His evaluation hasn't really changed all that much. In anything, he's up a round or or so from the early projection.


At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, Sam lacks prototype size to play defensive end, and might not be fluid enough to play linebacker, and drop into coverage. He’s a pass-rusher (who had 10.5 sacks last year), and that has value. That value is 3rd to 5th round.


Mike Mayock who covers the draft for NFL Network says "“Depending on your scheme and what you’re looking for, he’s not an every-down play. The best case for me is he’s a four-team special teams player and a situational pass-rusher. It just depends on where you value that kind of guy.’’


College performance doesn't always equal NFL performance. There have been Heisman Trophy winners (trophy given the best college athelete that year) who went in the 3rd to 5th round. (2006 Troy Smith, 2002 Eric Couch, 2001 Chris Weinke, etc). 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Sports Anchor Attacks Fans’ Double Standard

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The Coke ad was one of my favorites of the Super Bowl (the Muppets Toyota ad, and the Radio Shack 80s add were also favorites). 


While I don't understand the outrage, I'm not surprised by it. I had a feeling some would be upset by it. It does, at first, suprise you that the lyrics change languages. But as I watched the spot and the wonderful diversity of people they showed I was more and more impressed.


Presumably, every single person shown in that spot, red and yellow, black and what, was an American. Is their claim on the title 'American' any less valid because of their ethncity or their language? 


The message of the ad is one I very much agree with. American is beautiful because of our diversity, not inspite of it.


I'll raise a Coke and drink to that.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad Blasted Over Non-English Lyrics

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@Andi Roo  Thank you for the courage to post your comment. My heart goes out to you. I hope you will find complete healing in every way, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.



7 months, 4 weeks ago on Guest Post: Why the ‘Deathbed Confession’ Works

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@DianaCT  I am also against the death penalty for many of the same reasons Diana so eloquently enumerated. Death is final. There have been far too many documented cases of prosecutors doing whatever it takes to get a conviction. 


As horrible as it is to spend decades in prison for a crime you didn't commit, at least there is still the possibility of living life once you are exonerated. Even one innocent man executed is one too many.


8 months, 1 week ago on In Capital Punishment, Shouldn’t the Death be Enough?

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I'd echo @alexshook and @59NationalParks concerning G+ and Pintrest. 


My goals are to 

1. Post more consistently

2. Settle on my genre/niche/topic

3. Increase my readership

4. Grow the community around my blog

8 months, 3 weeks ago on My 10 Top Blogging Goals for 2014

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I would add White Christmas (1954). It is one of our Christmas traditions to watch it each year, and its a wonderful way for us to get into the holiday spirit.

10 months ago on 6 Christmas Movies That Should Be Left Alone

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@patricksplace @TedtheThird I was 14 (7th grade) for Challenger and even younger for Regan. Those didn't stick with me the way 9/11 did. 9/11 stopped life as usual, and signaled our world had changed. 

10 months, 1 week ago on JFK Assassination Birthed Breaking News Coverage

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As I am not yet 50 years of age, I wasn't around for JFK assassination. For our generation, the "never forget where you were" event is 9/11.

10 months, 1 week ago on JFK Assassination Birthed Breaking News Coverage

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"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."

-- General Douglas MacArthur

10 months, 2 weeks ago on ‘Revert Back’ and 7 Other Redundancies

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I don't run guest posts on my blog yet for two reasons. First, I haven't really established my niche. It would be difficult for a guest poster to know what kind of content might work best for my audience. The second issue is that I don't really have that big of an audience. I want a guest poster to get some great exposure from my blog and I just can't offer that yet.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on My 2 Biggest Roadblocks to Guest Posts

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I love dogs for their honesty, their innocence and their ability to prioritize with that perfect mix of carpe diem and desire for a snack. They are beasts of the heart. Unfortunately, all things remaining equal, we outlive our dogs (or furry kids if you prefer). It’s the only relationship we enter into that we know two things: There will be unconditional love and loyalty flowing in both directions, and it will end with heartbreak.

—The Rev. Bob Severson

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Short a Life

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1. Which store is your favorite place to buy the most of your groceries?

As much as I hate to say so, it’s Wal-Mart.

2. Does that store offer some sort of discount card and, if so, do you have one?

No.

3. What’s the number one reason this grocery store happens to be your favorite?

Prices are better on the majority of stuff I buy.

4. Do you wipe off your shopping cart with one of those sanitizing wipes stores now place next to the carts, or do you secretly snigger at those who do?

Sometimes I’ll wipe the cart off. I don’t snigger. You shouldn’t either.

5. Do you prefer paper, plastic or reusable cloth bags?

Reusable cloth bags. I’m not some huge environmentalist or anything, they are just easier to carry, and I love having the insulated ones for my frozens.

6. Which section of the store (i.e., frozen, produce, meat, etc.) do you buy from most often?

Tough one. I hardly ever buy produce there. I like going to another store for produce. Bilo or Publix. Everything else is pretty even.

What started it all was the diapers and formula. They were my gateway drug. Then I started looking at other stuff I buy and next thing you know, I’m buying the majority of groceries at what we affectionately call ‘Wally World’. Yes, it’s a National Lampoon Vacation reference.

11 months, 1 week ago on Saturday Six #497

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Full disclosure before you read my comment. My views don't align well with either party so I consider myself an Independent.

The Facebook posts from last night on the shutdown that I didn't understand were some of my friends insisting that the process didn't work. The more extreme ones went so far as to declare we now live in something akin to a dictatorship. The reason being that both the comprimise and ObamalamaCare were passed without a single republican vote. 

Maybe I'm misinformed on how the process works, but it only takes a majority of Congress to pass something. There's nothing in there about each party having to pass it (gracious, if that was the case NOTHING would get passed).

I think it would serve those who lean more to the right better to spend some time considering how the Democrats got enough votes in Congress to pass something without your party.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Covering the Shutdown: The Media’s No-Win Scenario

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@patricksplace @TedtheThird Under most circumstances I tend to agree that the market left to itself will handle most stuff pretty well. But I tend to think that there are some things (education, healthcare, others) that don't fit the laissez faire model all that well. 

To borrow an example from your world, the Nielsons are a great way to measure television. When you to, as some have, apply them to websites, there are some important differences in reality of the two services (TV versus Internet) that cause the model to not work as well.

We see the same thin in healthcare. There are certain aspects to it that cause the laissez faire model to not work as well as it does in say manufacturing or retail.

12 months ago on 4 Problems That Lead to the Government Shutdown

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What I don't see discussed often (if ever) is the role of Health Insurerers in this mess. 

For years (yes, even before Obamalama was elected) I could count on every other year my employer having a big meeting and telling us that our because our current insurer was raising rates 15, 20 or 30 percent we were moving to another plan. No explanation was ever given for the increase in rates other than my own speculation that they needed to make more money for stockholders. At the same time, more and more out of pocket expenses were required (High deductible plans, higher co-pays etc).

Then there were the draconian pre-existing conditions rules. If you went even 1 day without coverage, everything you ever had became a pre-existing condition and no longer covered. It was like they were looking for ways to not live up to their obligations.

ObamalamaCare might not be the answer, but the Insurance Companies created a big part of this mess themselves with their own decisions.

12 months ago on 4 Problems That Lead to the Government Shutdown

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@patricksplace @TedtheThird That sounds right to me. Nobody expected Fox to come in with the offer they. Fox essentially had to overbid to convince the NFL to go with them over their long time broadcast partner.

1 year ago on 20 Longest-Running Network TV Shows Still On the Air

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I'm not sure how this should factor in, but NFL on CBS did not broadcast from 1994 to 1997. Fox outbid them for the NFC games and CBS had to wait to snatch the AFC away from NBC.

1 year ago on 20 Longest-Running Network TV Shows Still On the Air

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I think the issue may have been avoided completely by a better design. If the shirt had been designed, with the acromnym spelled out or a picture of a falcon, people's minds wouldn't immediately go to the WTF abbreviation.

1 year ago on Parents Give WTF School Shirt Failing Grade

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It is in some way reminescient of the 'worship' arguement the church has/had over the traditional hymnal versus the 'modern' worship song. We do seem to be adverse to change in the Church.

1 year, 1 month ago on What’s So Wrong with ‘Church of the Future’?

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The biggest password rule I broke was using the same one over and over again. I wouldn't say it would be easy to guess, but who knows? After that I changed to using different password, but that led to needing to keep them all written down (another password no-no) because  I clearly couldn't remember them all. At this point I think its simply of matter of choosing which password rules you are going to break.

Now I use a password that is about 12 characters long and includes upper case, lower case, numbers, and a special character when allowed. 

1 year, 1 month ago on 17 Dangerous Passwords You Should Definitely Avoid

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World breastfeeding week is August 1st through August 7th. But my favorite August holiday is the Hall of Fame game marking the start of another season of football!

1 year, 1 month ago on 7 Obscure August Holidays Worth Celebrating

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"The Message, a popular translation that simplifies the Bible into modern text"

I adore Eugene Peterson's The Message, and I go to it often for Bible reading. While this may seem like a technical point, it should be more correctly called a paraphrase and not a translation. Words are important. A paraphrase and a translation have very different aims and goals, and I have found that using both together gives me the greatest experience. I read the paraphrase to get the gist of the passage and then turn to the translation for actual study (NASB is my go to translation at the moment).

1 year, 2 months ago on Without the Bible, Would You Still Have Christ?

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Okay. Here it is. The answer depends on what you define "The Bible" as.

http://tedthethird.com/can-you-have-christ-without-the-bible/

1 year, 2 months ago on Without the Bible, Would You Still Have Christ?

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1. What is your favorite song and why?

"Steal My Show" by tobyMac. Steal My Show is a song with a great beat and a strong message about surrendering our lives to God. tobyMac uses his own performance as an analogy for our own lives. The song is fun, and catchy and energetic.

2. What is your favorite band and why?

Unsurprisingly, my favorite band is tobyMac. In addition to Steal My Show, he's also performed several of my other favorite songs like "Me without You" "Made to Love" "Get Back Up" and "City on Our Knees".

tobyMac has a great voice, and his songs are fun. They get your feet moving while delivering hope and encouragement.

3. What is your favorite place to vacation and why?

The happiest place on earth aka Walt Disney World. There is so much to see, so much to do, and so much to eat. There is something for everyone in the family and it is an absolutely wonderful experience. It is truly a magical experience every time we go. Disney just has this way of making you feel like their most important guest even when you know you are just one of thousands they see every day.

4. What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Moes! Moe’s Southwest Grill. I love the place. The food is outstanding, and its one of the few places that my entire family can find something they want. The menu has all these creative pop culture reference names. The staff is super friendly, and the prices are pretty reasonable. The chips and salsa are outstanding. I usually get the Joey Bag of Doughnuts.

One caveat is that I’ve found the one in Mt. Pleasant is not quite as good as the others.

5. Who is your favorite living relative and why?

I would have to say my Mom. We've been through so much together, and she's the person I think about whenever I need advice. She's become more of a friend than a parent now, and I treasure the time we can spend together.

6. What is your favorite pet (current or past) and why?

When I was a kid my grandmother took in a German Sheppard named Freeda from a family that was moving out of her neighborhood and could no longer care for the dog. That dog became sort of my dog whenever I visited her. We would run and play and have a great time. At the time I didn't know anything about breeds or how German Sheppards were used as police dogs and such. Freeda was the gentlest, most loving animal I've ever been around and I still think about her sometimes.

1 year, 2 months ago on Saturday Six #484

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My comment hit 500 words, so I'm going to post it to my blog on Sunday. Have a  great weekend.

1 year, 2 months ago on Without the Bible, Would You Still Have Christ?

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@willydd3 You comments along with @tami_moore are a big, big reason I made it into the collection.

1 year, 2 months ago on Announcing: The Adventure of Creation Anthology

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@NDLoveNY Thank you!

1 year, 3 months ago on Dream Stealers

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@heinlechristina Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

1 year, 3 months ago on How I Taught My Daughter to THINK before She Speaks

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@CindyDouglassThat is so cool. It is interesting that a couple of the letter don't match. Inspiring. Hmm. That seems like a really high bar to set for yourself on a continual basis. True? Yeah. I definitely should have worked that concept in.

1 year, 3 months ago on How I Taught My Daughter to THINK before She Speaks

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I started this as a comment, but it got way too long. Here are my reasons! http://tedthethird.com/why-do-you-still-blog/

1 year, 3 months ago on Sunday Seven #396

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