December 2009 Blog Posts (51)

A New Year's thought.

As the year is about to come to a close it is unavoidable that I, and perhaps all of us, should reflect of the past year's events. For a lot of us it wasn't an easy year as a world economic crisis hit us all and recovery is slow, yet I feel that in ending the year we shouldn't think of all the negative things that have ocurred, but to think of all the good that the year brought us. To Mexicans this is the day of giving thanks to all the blessings we recived in the year and, as in the rest of… Continue

Added by Carlos Infante on December 31, 2009 at 7:18pm — No Comments

The John P. Health Challenge - Motivation for My New Year's Resolution

In my previous post, I discussed how I was going to jump back onto Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet to continue losing weight and get down to my goal weight of 185 lbs. Starting tomorrow, I'm also joining the John P. Health Challenge, since it fits in with my goal, and it looks like a fun way to stay motivated and stick to my resolution.



If you're looking to lose a little weight, feel free to join me. For more details, check out my blog… Continue

Added by Bill Clark on December 31, 2009 at 6:14pm — No Comments

The Manly Art of Thrifting: Shoes

So you need some shoes but don't have a lot of money? Luckily for you, there are plenty of men out there who've taken the hard work out of breaking in new shoes!



There are some real classic shoes out there that will never go out of style and can be had for pennies on the dollar. Generally, these shoes will be good as new with a little leather conditioner, some polish, and cedar shoe trees.



Before you go forth and thrift, here are some brands to look… Continue

Added by Leo Doom Occulta on December 29, 2009 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

Happy New Year My Friends...

Added by I'mCosy on December 28, 2009 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

The Market is Innocent, Part II

"The free market failed."



"Greedy businessmen have ruined us all."



"The age of capitalism is over."



Such are the explanations that surround the collapse of the financial and real estate markets from 2007 to 2008, shortly followed by a nationwide recession. Big banks and speculators had made too many risky investments, we are told, and lost their fortunes, putting at risk the entire economy. At the surface this is indeed what took place to set up the crisis. The… Continue

Added by randroth on December 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My New Year's Resolution - One I Can Finally Stick To

Over at my new personal blog, I plan to log my weight-loss goals. The first post details my success with the South Beach Diet since August 2009, and my plans for the first half of 2010. Feel free to read and comment here or on the blog page.

New Year's Resolutions

Added by Bill Clark on December 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas

As a child I found it neigh impossible to fall asleep Christmas Eve. My parents had to repeatedly remind me that Santa only came after children were asleep in order for me to lay my head down and attempt slumber. I would then be up before the crack of dawn eagerly waiting to be released from the purgatory of my room to rush into the living room and witness the splendor of Christmas morning. I was always amazed at my cousins who seemed to fall asleep without issue on Christmas Eve and awaken… Continue

Added by Jason P. Franklin on December 25, 2009 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Touching Excerpt from Richard Proenekke's Journal

In my last post I mentioned that I am reading Richard Proenneke's journals that he kept during his 31 years of living in the Alaskan wilderness. I am almost finished reading them, but I came across a touching and moving experience that he had. You may not see much in this story, but I did and it moved me for some reason.







May 11: Saw a sight today. As Babe would say, "Now wasn't that something?"



It was a beautiful spring morning. I decided to climb up…
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Added by Raj on December 24, 2009 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas!





Merry Christmas to all my AoM Buds!!!!!

From

Bruce Wise… Continue

Added by thehuhman on December 24, 2009 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Endurance, Character, Hope

In the first chapter of Job the man receives bad news after bad news. While one servant is telling him of one tragedy, another servant comes and tells him of another. In a matter of minutes Job learned that all his livestock are gone and his children destroyed. Job's response is fascinating:

"Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I…
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Added by Jason P. Franklin on December 24, 2009 at 8:35am — 3 Comments

Merry Christmas... :)

Dear Friends...

Merry Xmas

Added by I'mCosy on December 23, 2009 at 5:38pm — No Comments

The Market is Innocent, Part I

"The free market failed."



"Greedy businessmen have ruined us all."



"The age of capitalism is over."



Such are the explanations that surround the collapse of the financial and real estate markets from 2007 to 2008, shortly followed by a nationwide recession. Big banks and speculators had made too many risky investments, we are told, and lost their fortunes, putting at risk the entire economy. At the surface this is indeed what took place to set up the crisis. The… Continue

Added by randroth on December 23, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Manliness shoutout

I am relatively new here and apologise if I'm treading on any toes, but I would like to give a shout-out to the two men I was out with at the weekend. One is a long-time online correspondent of mine, and the other is his best friend. The one I know had a moment of raving about how, if he had one wish, it would be to look just like his friend, who is a good foot taller than him ('he just looks so MANLY!') It took everything I had not to fall about the place, partly because his best friend had… Continue

Added by Beshemoth on December 21, 2009 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Richard Proenneke: One Man's Wilderness

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a program on PBS called “Alone in the Wilderness”. The entire program is actual footage that Dick Proenneke took while he was living in solitude in the Alaskan wilderness. At the age of 52, Proenneke made the decision to move away from society and live in the Alaskan wilderness. He built his own log cabin and lived in the wilderness for the next 31 years.



When I first saw the program on PBS, it really appealed to me. I decided to borrow it from my… Continue

Added by Raj on December 20, 2009 at 6:06pm — 3 Comments

Roosevelt

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. – Theodore Roosevelt

Added by James Flintlock on December 20, 2009 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a… Continue

Added by James Flintlock on December 20, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Views on Rural Life

Jenn and I have been speaking with a church in Nebraska about the possibility of serving in ministry with them. Consequently I’ve been researching and reading up on Nebraska in general and the town in specific. I loved these comments regarding rural Nebraska on one particular forum:

Your just going to find that a smile and a kind word will get you a lot further ... than a snooty attitude and a hundred dollar bill!! ... If you want to see a smile ... smile at…
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Added by Jason P. Franklin on December 20, 2009 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

Anniversary

Last Friday was my 10th anniversary. We arranged for a baby-sitter, made reservations and drove over the mountain to have dinner together. Just the two of us. No children present.



Speaking of presents, 10th anniversary is supposed to be “tin”. That just didn’t set well with me. I searched high and low for something else that would work. Jenn made some suggestions.



Here’s what I got my lovely wife for our 10th:



White… Continue

Added by Jason P. Franklin on December 20, 2009 at 1:48pm — 3 Comments

Not Paying for Software

Buona sera. After the reformatting adventure, I knew that I was going to be more intelligent about reinstalling the software that I really want to use. Also, I realize that I have learned a great deal in the past few years.



Some people will say to me, "Cowboy Bob, how do you know so much about computers?" Well, I really don't know all that much. There are people who make me look like a badly trained monkey when it comes to computer stuff. And… Continue

Added by Cowboy Bob Sorensen on December 19, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Great quote

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.-Robert A. Heinlein

Added by James Flintlock on December 19, 2009 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

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