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Books I Read in 2014

Publish Date: 12/20/2014 7:00 AM

What do you mean I only read 2 books this year?

A handful of the books I read in 2014.

See above for some of the titles I read in 2014.

I had a good laugh this morning when I opened my email and saw an email from Goodreads. What was so funny? The email showed that I had read only two books for the year. Say What?

Goodreads is a web site where you can go and update the books you are currently reading or have read this year or even previously. You can write reviews for the books you read. You can hook up with your Facebook account and everytime you finish a book then Goodreads updates Facebook and notifies your friends that you have just finished reading a book.


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Big news Time is running short

Publish Date: 12/18/2014 8:00 PM

Time is running out to get your Christmas present from Blurb (Sponsored Post)

Time is running out to get your Christmas present from Blurb

Time is running out to get your Christmas present from Blurb

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of the Shareasale affiliate program and an affiliate of Blurb. I may be paid a small amount for this article but all comments are mine and there was no obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of Blurb. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Big news: time is running short! But the good news is you can still get your book in time, even if you want an extra couple of days to work on it by choosing our Priority shipping option. A few dollars more will give you until December 19 with Express shipping—but don't leave it 'til the last minute. Your gift books are too good to rush!


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Education and the Ability to Change Your Life

Publish Date: 12/4/2014 1:00 PM

The Power of Education after High School

Are you happy with your current position in Life? After 30 years old, you should be old enough and smart enough that it isn't anyone's fault but your own if you aren't where you want to be in life.

There is so much information on the web that you should be able to learn just about anything. And there is an abundance of books written by experts in their fields that you can easily get to add to your library. There are videos, audio tapes, community colleges, technical colleges and books. You can't complain about bad teachers in grade school, your Catholic education or your poor public school.

Your high school education sucked? Then get a GED and feel proud about your education. An education that you participated in and strove for. There are no excuses in America today. Are your reading skills poor? Then get involved with a tutor program, either a paid program or have a friend tutor you. Are you dyslexic? Then do research on how others have resolved these issues.

I was listening to the radio this morning and the talk show hosts were interviewing a young woman who was standing outside a McDonald's restaurant. You could tell that this woman was highly intelligent. Her language skills were excellent. She had tremendous poise. She and 50 other people were staging a protest of the minimum wage. As the conversation progressed she mentioned that she had worked for McDonald's for 4 years. She started at $8.40 per hour and her income had only increased to $9.50 per hour.


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Clean Your Driveway of Snow with Solar Power

Publish Date: 11/28/2014 2:00 PM

A Solar Power idea to clean ice off your driveway after it snows

Pop Cans painted black and placed in an enclosed glass and insulated container help heat homes in winter.

Pop Cans painted black and placed in an enclosed glass and insulated container help heat homes in winter.

We had a light snow the other day and then the temperature turned cold. I went to shovel, but there wasn't much to shovel. The snow that landed on the driveway halfway melted then when it cooled it froze to the driveway. We always have slippery areas on our driveway and sidewalk into the house every winter.

When we were driving to Thanksgiving dinner at my sister in law's house yesterday, I began talking to Mary about ways to melt the ice without salt, sand or other chemicals that are bad for the environment or can be tracked into the house. I was thinking we could invent a blanket that is solar powered that can be placed on top of the driveway to melt the snow.


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Save with Blurbs Black Friday Sale

Publish Date: 11/26/2014 8:00 AM

Everybody has a Black Friday Sale including Blurb (Sponsored Post)

Get Started making the most awesome family gift EVER

Make a Gift Book with Blurb - Get Started making the most awesome family gift EVER.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of the Shareasale affiliate program and an affiliate of Blurb. I may be paid a small amount for this article but all comments are mine and there was no obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of Blurb. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

It's the day before Thanksgiving and my email folder is being inundated with Black Friday Sales. My regular street side mailbox is filling up fast, too. You might ask me, 'Ken have you seen any interesting Black Friday Sales that I should pay attention to?' The answer is Yes! Yes! Yes!


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Design your own adidas ZX FLUX Shoes

Publish Date: 11/12/2014 10:00 AM

How Cool is this you can design your own adidas shoes

Design your own adidas ZX FLUX Shoes

Photo shows how you can design your own adidas ZX FLUX Shoes

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

adidas has launched an innovative new app for Android and iPhone smartphone devices, called the #miZXFLUX app. The app allows you to easily apply your personal photographic image to one of adidas Originals most covetable silhouettes, the ZX FLUX. With the app, you can take a photograph, edit and rotate the photo, and apply it to your very own custom ZX FLUX shoes. You can make a statement that’s all your own.


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Fixing a Water Heater Problem

Publish Date: 11/9/2014 4:00 PM

Finding the Problem and then Figuring out How to Fix It

Last night Mary and I were in the basement and we noticed water on the floor. The problem was the water was nowhere near anything we thought might be leaking.

Some of the suspects, the water heater. Definitely a contender, the only problem was the water was a good three feet or more away and there was no indication that the water came from that source.

Second suspect the furnace. We didn't know why, but the furnace was close to the water, but again there was no clear trail that would lead us to suspect the furnace was at fault. We even looked at the furnace humidifier to see if it was leaking. Again, there were no indicators that would lay blame on the humidifier.

I went back to watching a couple of football games and Mary stayed down in the basement to see if any clues surfaced to where the water origination was. Fifteen minutes later I hear Mary yelling for me to come down. Finally, water had begun dripping from an exhaust pipe leading from the water heater.


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A Secret To Blogging Success You Don't Want to Hear - How Long is It Going to Take You to Strike It Rich in Blogging? That is a good question right? All these successful bloggers you are trying to imitate did not become full time successes overnight. It took some time.

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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.


Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.


Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.


We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.


Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.


Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.


Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.


Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.


The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.


Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.




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