Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holidays and Depression

Hi All,
I've been feeling a little down for a couple of days. I realize that it is because of the holidays. They're almost guaranteed to dampen the spirits a little if you've lost someone close to you. It's been a few years since my Mom, Dad and younger brother passed away. Yet, once in a while, it just kinda hits me.
I'm ok, except for that. Even so, I'm glad they're in a far better place now. I miss them so much at times, especially around their birthdays and the holidays.  
 This is my Mom and Dad, a few years before they divorced, so I suppose that would be sometime in the 90's.
This is my brother a few years before he died. This was taken on his birthday by his girlfriend Amy. I moved to Phoenix few a few months in 2006, and he died in 2009.

Sometimes I think about things I should've said or done, but didn't. Or things I shouldn't have done or said, but did. You know what? It's way too late after someone is gone to kick yourself in the butt. It doesn't help anyway. It's best to say or do what you need to say before someone dies, then you have no regrets.
Do I have regrets? Not many. I wish my daughters and I were closer. I miss them, but since I'm in KY and they're up North, there's not a lot I can do about that. I know they have lives of their own, raising kids and all. But I still miss talking to them so much. I wonder so many things about my mom and dad, and yet never asked, partly because I just never thought of the questions until it was too late.
If you can't be with family or extended family during the holidays, I feel compassion for you. I wish all of you the best, and God bless each one of you. Don't forget to call your family and say "I love you" and "I miss you."

Friday, November 7, 2014

Don’t You Just Love Watching the Birds in Your Backyard?

I love watching the birds in my yard, both front and back, or sides. The yard here goes all around the house. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet learned how to get the best photos, since they like to fly around whenever I decide to take the photo. But as you can see by the table of contents which I have copied and pasted into this document, there are a number of ways of getting great shots.
Table of Contents
·         Introduction 1
·         Chapter 1 The Best Camera and Equipment 3
·         Chapter 2 The Basics of Attracting Birds 7
·         Chapter 3 A Few Tricks of the Trade 23
·         Chapter 4 The Use of Blinds 37
·         Chapter 5 How to Capture the Best Bird Images 41
·         Chapter 6 Photographing Hummingbirds 47
·         Chapter 7 Beyond the Backyard 59
·         Chapter 8 Showing Your Bird Photography 65
·         Chapter 9 DIY Projects 68
·         Peter Pan Feeder 68
·         A Changeable Perch Feeder 70
·         Small Water Feature: Bird Baths 73
·         The Knothole Feeder 76
·         Building a Window Blind 82
·         Ground Pod for Shooting from a Windowsill 86
·         Building a Large Water Feature 88
·         Building a Chair Blind 93
·         A Permanent Blind 98
·         A Shooting Shelf for a Permanent Blind 106
·         Resources and Suppliers 113
·         Recipes for Suet 115
·         Conclusion 117

The author starts out with telling you about the best camera and equipment. As you read through this book, there are some excellent and beautiful photos. I fell in love with birds when I was a toddler. Where we lived at the time, every day we used to hear catbirds, among others. I thought it was fascinating.
I was just reading the book and looking at the photos. They are pure genius. The authors’ ideas in chapter 9 is intriguing, and yet simple. I know the business end of a handle so even I could do these DIY suggestions.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Are You Being Hacked and Penetrated? Read this book and find out...

How sure are you that you’re not being hacked and penetrated by low power devices? You might be. Read this book and you can learn how to make these devices, where to get the tools and parts. It covers so many subjects that it seems incredibly easy, and perhaps it is. I never even thought of some of these things. By reading this book, you should have more information on what to look for in order to know if you are being hacked and penetrated.
I think books like this are a double-edged sword, and I don’t mean that as an insult, either. I mean that in the wrong hands the person can wreak havoc. But then those who do these things don’t need the book because they most likely already have the knowledge. The other side of the coin is that now those who wonder how to do this can learn and perhaps find out if they are being hacked and penetrated.
I am thankful for the authors’ efforts to bring good people the information they need to help them protect themselves. I would recommend this book to all who have an inquiring mind, as well as those who love to learn how things work. I have always asked ‘why’ among other questions. Must have almost drove them crazy at times. My dad, bless his heart, would actually show me how things worked. Of course my mother didn’t understand, and thought we were just tearing things up. My dad didn’t have a formal education, but he really knew how things worked and could fix many things. We were able to put things back together and it worked around 98% of the time.

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Nina Slone has worked at many types of jobs; currently she is editing books and writing articles as well as writing reviews for O'Reilly's Blogger Review Program. She likes to paint, draw and sketch. Her favorite tools are charcoal, pencil and oil paint. She loves modern or smooth jazz and many other genres of music. Mother Earth Beat, David Sanborn, David Arkenstone, CCR, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, David Allen Coe, etc. She loves the mountains as well as the ocean. She also believes that we are all connected, and have a Divine Spirit in each of us.

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