Tag: gifts

The time of getting and giving Christmas gifts is breathing right in our faces again, having leaped upon us like an impatient panther even faster than it has in years past. I believe that’s because the Mayan calendar says that things happen faster and faster as the end of a 5,125 year cycle approaches. In […]

Two-bit Guru | Giving Inspiration | Photo showing a folded speech evaluation form.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write for today’s post, when last Thursday two young fellows each gave me gifts that caused me to feel really good, that glow-in-the-chest kind of good. Their gifts inspired me to share this little story. I help home-schooled kids grow beyond their inhibitions and gain confidence through […]

Two-bit Guru | Giving money to friends | Photo of a Christmas card with a $100 bill sticking out of it.

Four months before Christmas one year, a friend complained that his small business wasn’t doing as well as he’d like. I commiserated, and once we’d opened up the topic of ain’t-times-tough, it became a regular theme. Since things were bad for him, I couldn’t very well say they were good for me, although they were. […]

0088 Yogurt Container Overflow FI

It might seem like a screwy idea to use a plastic container for a water conduit but it works perfectly well, and it’s free. I like free. Besides liking free (who doesn’t?) I also like the idea of reusing and upcycling–in a minor sort of way in this case. I considered writing a highfalutin bit […]

0046 Joy of the Season - sun

Here it is, heavy upon us again, the season of giving and getting. It has come too fast, as it does every year, even though every year we seem to start a little bit earlier. The joy of the season is heavily dependent on retail sales, for without sufficient household spending the economy may suffer […]

Tick, tick, tick...86,400 times every day. It's a wonder these things last for years. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Whether you believe that time is money or time is the 4th dimension, you’d probably agree that there isn’t enough of it. As I mentioned in a previous post, the holiday season is characterized by there being about 10 times less time than there is in our “normal” frenzied time-scarce lives. No wonder people get […]

Original image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

[Attention Christians: Lest you be offended by my use of the word X-mas, permit yourselves to be educated about it here, and here, and here. However, I am using “X-mas” in the spirit that it is something different from the celebration of Christmas, the spirit that many Christians do find offensive. Essentially, I’m agreeing with […]

Ecstatic fence climbing squash vine.

There are two general lines of thought about how a garden should be kept. One way has everything planted in rows, neatly spaced so that no plant imposes itself on another, everything orderly and under control. This is the way most of us go about gardening. Then there’s the way nature does it. I don’t […]