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Life is our classroom. Enjoy helpful hints, various opinions, quick recommendations, and interesting coincidences.

Having “Fun”

Fun is one word with as many definitions as there are people you ask. And in Chinese it has yet another definition: rice. One Chinese character for rice bears the likeness of a sheaf of grain and is pronounced as “me” in English. The second character, 飯, often following the first, is pronounced very similarly […]

God’s Gift of Music

Recently I have been fascinated by the great composers and the music they produced. A while back Mom recommended I read an excellent book titled “The Gift of Music” which first introduced me to the lives of these great musicians from a Biblical perspective. I noticed that at the end of each chapter it had […]

Banana Advice

We learned an interesting lesson. It has to do about the biological structure of a banana in relation to its environment. We almost didn’t post this but then decided we should because we didn’t want anyone else to make the same mistake! It’s very applicable at this time of year too. So here is our advice: Don’t leave green bananas […]

A Great Ministry

For a summer job last year, I worked for a funeral home in town run by Mr. and Mrs. Greathouse. They were unable to do most of the manual labor of keeping up the property, so I was able to serve them by weed-whacking, mowing, weeding, trimming bushes and so forth. By the time the […]

What’s Really There

Despite its beauty and extraordinary singularity, snow can be rather difficult to take pictures of, especially while it is still snowing. Cameras are quite delicate. Water ruins delicate equipment. Snow is just another form of water. In other words, you can’t take many pictures until the snow stops. In my situation, because the temperature hovered […]

The Way of the Master

I wonder why sharing the wonderful news of the Gospel is sometimes so difficult? Perhaps it’s because that often I don’t do it the way Jesus did. Recently our family has enjoyed watching the fun videos at Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron have a great sense of humor, but they really know how to […]

Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was filled with sorrow at the tragic death of his wife in a fire in 1861. The Civil War broke out that same year, and it seemed this was an additional punishment. Two years later, Longfellow was again saddened to hear that his own son had been seriously wounded as a lieutenant […]

There’s Nothing Like a Good Story

Today Pastor Pierpont showed me his blog at This evening I had a chance to take a better look around the site and really enjoyed my visit. First of all, in his characteristic story-telling style, there’s this great video clip of him telling the true story about the rabbit and the cat. 🙂 And […]

Laundry Lessons

I think we’d all agree that laundry can be a real chore, especially if you have a big family! So I thought I would share a couple of things that I’ve learned that have helped us “lighten the load” on laundry day. I must confess that these are not entirely original to the Staddon’s, but […]