Category Archives: Refactoring

Softening the Soil and Pulling Weeds

Weeds. The bane of every gardener, horticulturalist, and lawn aficionado. Every garden and lawn has them — even the most meticulously kept ones (though the weeds may be tiny!). I especially hate dandelions and field bindweed that seems to take … Continue reading

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The Ends and the Means

“The ends justify the means.” Of all the philosophies in the world, I’ve come to believe that this one is among the most innocent, but also the most dangerous. It’s been used to justify anything from cutting corners on menial tasks … Continue reading

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The Day of Reckoning

Well, it’s that time of year again — the day of reckoning. The day of accounting. A time for sweating and the biting of nails. For some, the day of dread. No, I’m not speaking of taxes (though it is that … Continue reading

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Lessons from Lamech

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite books called “The Days of Lamech” by Jon Saboe. The plot revolves around the biblical characters Lamech and Enoch (Genesis 5-6) resisting a strange race called the Semyaz, … Continue reading

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Single, Divorced, or Other?

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day — another weird “first” for me in this new phase of life. For the first time in twenty years, I haven’t had to even think about what to buy, where to go to dinner, or any of … Continue reading

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Rebuilding an Airplane…While it’s Flying!

Aviation systems are some of the most complicated engineering wonders of the modern world. The dozens of buttons, switches, lights, and other controls in the cockpit alone boggle the mind, especially in the larger aircraft like 747’s. But behind all those controls … Continue reading

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Dangerous Prayers and a Sloppy Wet Kiss

Have you ever prayed a dangerous prayer? Not merely a brave or even a sacrificial type of prayer, but a truly dangerous prayer? Have you ever prayed something you’re a little squeamish about, even though you know it’s the right … Continue reading

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