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05 Jul: What Motors Teach us

One of my life goals is to earn enough money to hire someone else to do all my mechanic-related work (on vehicles and machinery). Until then, most of it is up to me. The 60-year-old motor failed on my tractor in 2018. This Spring I pulled the engine apart and went through it. Putting a motor together requires a shop (spec) manual. Every bolt must be tightened in sequence, to specified torque; moving parts meeting other moving parts must have specific clearances (measured in thousandths); timing must be right between valves, piston position and ignition, all wires of the right size for their load and many other specs. When that day comes to turn a restored engine over the first time, it will start and run if everything was done per spec. It might even run if you messed up something, but it won’t run as long or as well…

28 Jun: There’s Light!

We have watched as our nation was brought to its knees by an unseen virus. Then we were angered at a reprobate police officer who abused his authority while 3 subordinates stood aside not daring to stop their bully officer. Then the discussion on racism got hijacked by anarchists bent on destruction instead of reconciliation. Three watching one and doing nothing turned into millions watching bully mobs and doing nothing. Now we see a nation of angry, fearful citizens. News is all about the worst discovered atrocity designed to enrich the fuel-soaked unrest with headlines of incite instead of insight. A nation where seldom is heard, an encouraging word. Stop! Consult the most infallible words of all times. Open your bibles first; not your computer screen, TV or newspaper. Start every day on the enduring guidance God gave us. Absorb every word. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say…

21 Jun: Thank you Dad

Dad, You taught me to love God first, family next and then country. Your love of America was intense; you watched friends beside you give everything for her in 1944. But you loved and honored our family and our God even more than our country. You never wavered from that order of priority. Ever. As a young man I didn’t understand those priorities. I was all about me. Your principles seemed old-fashioned and boring. The older I got, the smarter you were. You had many favorite scriptures. I think of two often; A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16) Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18). You never felt anyone, or the government, owed you anything. When doubt was there of the fair line between giving and receiving in any transaction, you would error on the side…