Finishing Well: Education… Right, Privilege or Responsibility

My Comment made on another Blog

“But when you view education as a personal responsibility you have no one to blame but yourself for not working as hard as you can or going where ever you have to go or doing whatever you need to do to continue to learn and grow as a human being on God’s earth in the limited time you have been given.”

Enjoy the Day and the Weekend -mike

Earth Day: “Choose Life” Choose to Preserve

Blast from the Past

Maybe not the goddess Gaia, but…

Reminds me of another admonition “I set before you Life and Death, therefore… Choose Life”

Remember today… “The Power is Yours… to destroy or preserve, therefore, Choose to Preserve”


Lord’s Day: ‘Greening up’ the Morning Shave. (Kickin’ it Old School in the Bathroom)

A desire for Better and Greener


I realize that Sunday isn’t normally the day for Shaving your whiskers for the coming week, usually we men-folk try to put that task off for as long into the weekend as possible. ;) But with that note, weekends are exactly when I try to relax, review and ‘retool’ for the coming work week as well as evaluate my ‘normal’ way of living for ways of paying it forward to myself the rest of the week.

Since Brandy and I have been trying for the last few years to Green up our lives and household in ways that also are Eco-Friendly and more ‘Sustainable’ for the environment (yup… a Kansas boy used the S-word), we have made many changes we can honestly be proud of.

  • New soaps and cleaners,
  • shower soaps and personal care items,
  • going Vegetarian in January this year…

Man’s Mundane Task made Truly Manly

One other new change has been my morning routine and how I shave. I now use an Old fashioned chrome plated safety razor rather than the Gillette Mach-3 I’ve been using since time immemorial.

Cheaper, no plastic to throw into the landfill, and in my opinion, a much better shaving experience. Add to these the change from mass marketed shave creams to Dr. Bronner’s natural shave gel (no animal derived ingredients or cruel testing) and you have the perfect shave with a much smaller Eco-footprint when it comes to both manufacturing the pieces and putting them out when they start to lose their usefulness. A good Safety razor can last Decades with proper care and blades purchase in bulk can cost pennies what the Cartridges do and I have found that they last longer too.

Enjoy this video about the benefits and differences between the Cartridge and Safety Razor Shaving. Enjoy the Day. -mike



Thoreavian Thursday: passing on “taxing thoughts”

mike and brandy:

Thanks for this. We are huge Henry David fans and book readers. It was Civil
Disobedience that drew me to read more Thoreau and grow to appreciate him as a ‘prophet’ well before his time, especially before 1861.
What he would have thought of the War between the States… or even the current string of endless international wars prosecuted in our names…
Amazing to think how he would view the current nature of our Statist government. Probably would him retreat once again to the woods. Thanks again for the post. Enjoy the day.

Originally posted on Tapping A Cracked Kettle:

In, em, ‘honor’ of tax season, I offer even more thoughts from Thoreau:

For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. But we love better to talk about it: that we say is our mission . … If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would beto pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such revolution is possible.

-from “Civil Disobedience,” 1849 (there’s loads more good stuff in the essay, too; this is just a taste)

and a bit of Tolstoy:

If only each King, Emperor, and President understood that his work of directing armies is not an honourable and important duty, as…

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Of Broken Arms and Ice Cream Summers: We Remember

Mothers Teach Love with Mint Chocolate Chip


I’m quite sure that she had to take the afternoon off. That day, which would have been without pay in 1976 for a two income family with three small children, had become a “Surprise Ice Cream Day” for Mom and one very hurt and scared Mike. One of my fondest memories of her now that it’s been two years since she passed.

It sure didn’t start that way. It started with three things that should never mix without consequence.

Three Ingredient Disaster Cake:


Tall Playground Slide

Immoveable School Wall.

(No mixing required but…)


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Lord’s day: “Resurrection” His and Yours

“Christ is Risen” “He is Risen Indeed”


1 Corinthians 15: 1-20

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”

Happy Resurrection Sunday from the My Omer of Manna Homestead.