American Values: The Real Meaning of Labor Day

Since we are getting a “long weekend” seems right to me that we pause for a few minutes and consider  why this is a day off. A speech long-ago, by the late senator and Lyndon Johnson’s VP  Hubert Humphrey summed it up pretty well. It’s worth a listen.  A man from an earlier America – one where all politicians understood that in the end, they owed all their offices to the American Worker. Vice President …

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11-Rules of Ruthless Time Management

“The secret to effective time management is learning to “pre-live” your Life.” Recently, in one of our comment section remarks, a reader asked if I would give a short summary of my personal time management approach because I seem to get so much done. You may not like some of what follows because it’s not how “time management” is said to be done (least-wise by “the experts”).  I am not a time management expert, but I …

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Prepping: Home Appliance School

One of the non-obvious problems of living to a ripe old age (we’re into our 70’s, yeah?) is that you will no doubt begin to outlive most all the crap you have acquired over the years. How to keep up with the rising expenses when things – especially major appliances – begin to break down can be something of a challenge.  While we have a little dough in the bank,. trading account, and no bills …

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Yardage: Remembrance Gardens and Woo-Woo

A while back, one of our in-laws (on Elaine’s side of the family) passed after a bout with cancer.  Her passing was a tremendous loss to all of us. Then, a few weeks back, her surviving husband dropped by for a visit and a quick round of “back country golf.”  He, and his late wife were not only great golfers out on the course, but they were great conversationalists and company on a round.  There’s …

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Making: Project Chunking, Stick-Welding

Def. “Tool Slut” A person of any age or gender who can’t resist having just the right precision tool for every task, regardless of how obscure.  As in this example: I don’t know about you, but seems to me that it’s the time of the year when we can begin to eye Big Projects we want to get done in the Spring so we can enjoy them over the summer – and thereafter. A little …

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Prepping: My Personal Brain Hacks

You never know when disaster will strike.  I mean, most days you will only need to really think at work for a few minutes a day.  The rest of the time, you’ll be in the process mode.  That’s when you do the “same old thing” over and over and (is it quitting time, yet?)… Without exception, though, the people who are likely to be best prepared to survive at all times, seem (logically) to be …

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Prepping: Card Files Vs. Databases

This is a discussion to have with yourself and all your other “team members” including spouse and children.  It’s all about how you manage your Life. Specifically, we’ve been huge fans of the “morning cuppa coffee and planning”  start to any productive day, for years and years. When you line up all your tasks, it’s just a lot easier, seems like, to get them all done. Like baseball, where the game moves along smoothly, every …

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Prepping: The Old Man’s Comforts

There is  an art to living that doesn’t get enough attention, as we see it:  People don’t focus enough on effectively spending their money. You see, once you have a roof over your head, the difference – particularly when asleep – between living in a MacMansion or a double-wide trailer is approximately zero given the same bed.  Provided the A/C and heat are dialed-in well, there’s no discernable difference. So, once you have a car …

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