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We made our first snowman yesterday! Avalynn named him Jonathan… We had a lot of fun in the snow!


Some time ago I posted a picture of a man’s shirt which read, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach him to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” At the time, I could not find the author of this quote. I read many places where it was some ancient Chinese proverb (which is who people blame if they don’t really know) and others just ascribe it to “Anonymous,” whoever he is.


However, I recently came across a webpage from the United Kingdom that has some interesting information concerning the origin of this quote:

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While searching for recent stats about national rate at which people read and comprehend information, I came across the Forbes article called Do You Read Fast Enough To Be Successful? The information was based on a current e-book promotion speed-reading test done by Staples.

I did it and here are my results:

You read 331 words per minute.
That makes you 32% faster than the national average.

That sounds great until I realized it was less than the average for 11th grade students! Admittedly, that was my third time to take the test. The first time I was 18% lower than the national average. But, I was stumbling over the words because the style was different and it kind of “dumps” you in the middle of a story. Also, I was reading out loud though I’m not sure why.

The second time, I read faster (I think it was 14% above NA) but was still reading out loud. The third time, I read silently and that sped things up considerably. Given my experience, I think the test is skewed somewhat but it was still fun!

Why don’t you try? Click on the image below — it takes just a few minutes. (If you don’t like your first test results, just try again!)

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department


What you want to do does not matter. Only what you do really matters.

What will you do for God today?

Thought Nugget


Mantra of Missions

Isn’t this what Jesus did – taught men to fish?

A Cherished Gift

February 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

I have a fascination with things old and used, otherwise known as antiques. I always have. I remember when I was not even a teenager yet and I bought an old brace and bit (used to drill holes) and other things like that from a garage sale just because they looked neat. While things like these that I have purchased are intriguing and make great decor pieces, they do not have the same value as do items that have been given to me.

Last year, I wrote about an overused tambourine that was given to me by one of the Filipino pastors here (read “Another Man’s Treasure”). It is one of my most cherished souvenirs not just because of the way it looks, and not even the story that is behind it, but the fact that it was a gift from someone I know. That makes the collectible much more valuable to me.

A few days ago I was given a gift called a bolo. It is from a man that I have been teaching Bible studies to for several months. He is 74 years old and has a sincere desire for God and a love for God’s Word. I feel like God has put us together.


As I understand it, this particular bolo was made in the Visayan Region in the province of Calibo Aklan by this man’s late uncle. Those who make these kind of knifes are called a Panday (pronounced “pand-eye”) which means blade maker. There are several types of bolo’s, but this one is called a Talibong and is shorter than the Kinampit that is also made in this region.

While this one is probably not more than fifteen years old and would not be considered antique by most standards, the style of blade making has changed very little over the years. Using old leaf springs or similar steel for the blade and materials like wood or bone for the handle, they are still considered a primitive tool or weapon. I am happy to have it as a part of my collection. I will forever cherish this gift.

2013-12-03 11.51.38Walking along the edge of a mountain and saw this waterfall framed between these rock walls and had to catch a picture. Love God’s creation!


A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on..

Winston Churchill

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse!  As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place..

Washington Irving