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Personal Interests

This section contains stuff that interests me that isn't primarily related to family or church.

Descartes' View of Sense Perception

A brief paper written for a class in Modern Philosophy. It amazes me that this page is requested more often than any of the others on my site. Perhaps philosophy students are still struggling to understand this stuff.

school class philosophy perception knowledge

How to Make a Paper Airplane

The class was "Business and Technical Writing" and the assignment was to provide instructions on how to complete a task, with the choices given as "tying shoelaces" or "make a paper airplane". The airplane seemed like a much simpler task. For ten years or so this was near the top of search results for paper airplanes on the web, and the most popular page on my site.

school class writing paper airplane how-to

Stuff Ya Gotta Know (here) Stuff Ya Gotta Know (web)

What I want my children and grandchildren to know and be thinking about. It is a compilation of various materials from my website along with some new writing.

essay philosophy social relationships education

Freedom

The beginnings of an essay on freedom, work, and society.

essay philosophy social structures work freedom

How To Make A Mug Of Hot Cocoa

It's a simple process, why does it require two pages of instructions? Have fun!

recipes cocoa how-to food rituals

Cinnamon Oatcakes

A little something to go with your hot cocoa — though I usually prefer a mug of hot tea with my oatcakes.

recipes oatcakes how-to food

Oatcakes

The basic recipe for this plain daily staple, plus instructions for dozens of enhanced, even fancy versions.

recipes oatcakes daily bread how-to food

Papa's Porridge Microwave Oats

My standard breakfast porridge; in case I become too feeble to prepare my own meals someday, someone will be able to prepare some familiar comfort food for me.

recipes oats breakfast porridge how-to food rituals

Art

My few feeble attempts at creating art.

drawings photos pictures paintings

Poetry

My few very brief attempts to write poetry.

poetry

Daily Bread

What are the minimum requirements to live a life with human dignity? An essay working toward examining the the rights and duties of individual persons, and of their various societal units.

rights duties humanity society essay

The Answer Man

A very short story. It is possibly autobiographical fiction.

fiction story Modesto

Where's Here?

Not "where am I?" exactly, but "where is the only place that is not there?" Don't get lost.

locus of perception navel-gazing

The Lost Child

A very short story. No children were actually lost; but the peace and composure of the adults was seriously depleted for a while. Not every child who does not answer when called is absent.

story searching lost found

Simple Tools

A quick note-taking utility -- two different ways to accomplish a task that was simple on a PC back in 1984 but is less so now.

A Blog For Spartan

A description, perhaps even documentation, of the process and code I used to implement the blog I'm using on this server. It is all very simple, like Spartan itself.

documentation blog Spartan

What Do I Know?

When I was young I thought I knew everything; this page contains some comments I made at a birthday party a few years ago. Now that I'm not young I perhaps can tell what is important.

essays

This is Crazy!

An essay examining admissions policies and practices at acute care behavioral health facilities.

mental health involuntary commitment admissions essay

The Newman Occasional Journal

A one-time attempt at a blog that I only posted to a few times.

blog small town living perception prejudice

Do we serve a random God?

A reflection on the origins of life, and science, and truth. One of the first pages I posted on my web site (1996).

essay evolution creation truth speculation

Faith and Truth

A brief essay about the sources and nature of truth. That description sounds more philosophical than the page itself warrants.

scripture bible truth philosophy

On the Use and Misuse of English

"Life is filled with little annoyances... get used to it." My children and grandchildren have heard me repeat that phrase many times – here I complain about how others misuse certain words.

words mangled English

A brief guide to reading Gemtext files.

It may be that you don't yet have a browser or other software to display Gemtext files (the file format used for Spartan and Gemini protocol sites). This helps explain what a gemtext file looks like from a reader's point of view, and suggests strategies for using the files if they are presented in their raw plain-text form.

how-to gemtext

Home Page

Home is somewhere around here. Every site needs needs a Home page! Actually, I like to tinker with maps so this made a fun place to do some of that.

map

Ripperdan

An old map of a town that existed briefly that is now part of Modesto.

map Modesto

Hills Ferry

Some contemporary photos and some historical background of the small community of Hills Ferry.

history photos pictures map

Living With A Gemini

Nothing astrological here; a Gemini is a pocket-sized computer and this page is my review of its pros and cons.

review Android handheld computer keyboard

Operational Definition

How do you know? A class assignment on one of the elements of the scientific method.

school class assignment

Resume

An old resume from when I was actually looking for work.

resume employment history


Church

Pages dealing with Christian themes, mostly related to The Salvation Army.

Articles of War

A good place to start if you're trying to figure out what The Salvation Army is all about, this is the document signed by persons who wish to enroll as soldiers of The Salvation Army.

soldier SalvationArmy doctrine

Articles of War

A side-by-side comparison of three different versions (old, older, and current) of the covenant that Soldiers of The Salvation Army agree to.

soldier SalvationArmy

What's Right With The Salvation Army

A list of elements I believe The Salvation Army has right or does well. The original intent was to expand each item with a paragraph or two of explanations or examples — over 20 years later and it is still firmly ensconced in my *List of Unfinished Projects*.

SalvationArmy

What's Wrong With The Salvation Army

An insider's view of what ought to be improved in The Salvation Army.

SalvationArmy

Militant Music

Is the use of militant music within The Salvation Army declining?

SalvationArmy music songs

Old Songs

Two favorite songs that weren't included in the old "new songbook" (1986).

SalvationArmy songs

Grays Harbor Salvationists Fellowship

A small collection of material relating to a group of Salvationists that met for about a year after their local Salvation Army corps closed permanently. Meetings were suspended during the CoViD-19 pandemic and have not resumed since.

local SalvationArmy

How To Be A Soldier... When You Don't Have A Local Corps

Some thoughts I recorded early in the process of adjusting to the fact that our local Corps would soon be closing permanently. It helped sort out my options and my priorities. Includes a link to the accompanying set of presenter's slides.

SalvationArmy essays

Aberdeen Churches

A list of Christian churches in the Aberdeen area

church

Bible Study Tools

Just what it says on the label. A collection of links to my favorite Bible study resources.

bible study

What's Left

My Bible study discussion guides are all on this page, along with my most recent sermons. Most are PDF files because participants were given printed copies.

scripture bible study

What Is Love?

The most recent and most complete of a series of essays on this topic. It is an examination of the meaning of "love" in Biblical texts.

love service

Beginners Guide To Love

One of several working drafts, or earlier attempts, to answer the question "what is love?" from a Biblical perspective. The most recent, most complete version is this:

What Is Love?

love essays scripture bible study

What Does Love Demand?

One of several working drafts, or earlier attempts, to answer the question "what is love?" from a Biblical perspective. The most recent, most complete version is this:

What Is Love?

love essays scripture bible study

Doing Love's Errands

A very short story about what it means to love.

love story family essays

In Search Of Holiness

An unfinished essay exploring what it means to be "holy".

holy scripture bible study essays

Holy! What?

A sermon exploring what it means to be "holy". Though I remember delivering this as a sermon, as I read it now it seems more like an essay.

holy sermon scripture bible study essays

What Should We Do?

This is a set of presenter's slides to be used with the Bible study

God's People In Exile: What Should We Do?

I was testing whether it might be possible to replace the printed study questions with just the onscreen version. This was also my first test of using the Reveal.js

library to replace my use of LibreOffice Impress or Microsoft PowerPoint.

test presentation bible study slideset

Sanctity of Marriage and Family

Not just unfinished, but just barely started, exploration of a phrase that appears in the new Soldiers Covenant but not the older

Peace

The lyrics to a song that I've listened to a lot.

music song lyrics

When Right Is Wrong

What's the right way to tell someone they're wrong? With courtesy and respect.

sermon scripture bible study tactfulness courtesy respect

What happened to the baby?

Reflections on nourishing and caring for new Christians.

exhortation commentary spiritual growth

Do you really believe that?

Our personal values are made evident in what we choose to do.

exhortation encouragement

The New World

An imagined very short story about what the world looks like through the Creator's eyes.

sin redemption love

On Target

A miniature sermon on purpose.

purposeful living sermon

The Other Guys

A sermon of sorts, about compassion.

sermon compassion acceptance tolerance

A Brief History

Asked to write out my personal testimony, I sat down and recorded this summary of key points in my spiritual journey. It leaves out a lot since it focuses on about the first decade of my life as a Christian. Also here is my mother's:

Mom's Testimony

testimony spiritual growth history SalvationArmy church

Worship and Service

Primarily related to The Salvation Army, where I spent 52 years. This is where you'll find most of my church-related material. This is a menu page in this site's original organizational scheme, it just contains links to other stuff.

menu links


Family

These pages are likely to be of interest primarily to my family and friends.

My Mother's Birthday Party.

A couple of photos taken at the party we had to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday.

photos pictures family

Social Me(dia)

It's the 21st century now and there's this crazy new thing: "social media" -- maybe I should check it out.

social media connections addresses

Now

If you're able to read my "finger" data it looks something like this, which serves as an introductory answer to "what are you up to these days?"

now finger project plan

The Ugly Duckling Christmas Tree

Tells the story of the crafty way we improvised a christmas tree.

story pictures family christmas crafts

Grace's Name

A very short story about a very little girl.

story fiction family

Bucketful of Memories

A collaborative memoir built from an extravagant gift.

memory family history HTML CSS markup test

When I Should Die

If you're trying to figure out when to pull my plug, this page may help. Though I've since had an attorney create proper legal documents for me, they are intended to be consistent with this page. Besides, it may help you to think about what your desires are for your own life.

family terminal illness

Alaska

A few brief anecdotes of our time spent living in Alaska.

Ketchikan Alaska story

Road Stuff

A brief attempt we made at maintaining a blog, mostly travel-related stuff.

blog travel family Utah Colorado Nevada

Papa's House

Another attempt I made at maintaining a blog. Posts include:

Plus more..

blog travel childhood adventures party behavior memories problems resolution photos

California

Brief comments about contrasts we noticed when we moved back to California after living in Alaska for ten years.

anecdotes Alaska California

Mom's Famous Cookies

For years my mother baked lots of cookies and used them to make lots of friends. Of course some of them asked for recipes; here they are.

recipes cookies how-to

How I Learn

After my first couple of semesters in college I was diagnosed with a learning disability. This page is the brief explanation that I gave instructors when requesting accommodations in testing schedules.

learning disabilities dysgraphia

CSUS Commencement 2000 Information

Information I posted for the benefit of family and friends who wanted to attend my graduation ceremony.

school CSU Stanislaus commencement graduation

Mom's Testimony

We were asked at church to write out our personal testimonies; my mother asked if I would include hers here.

Remnants from my ancestors

Some poetry and other bits from my parents and grandmother.

poetry recipes

Who am I?

Not a biography, but more information about me than you're likely to be interested in.

biographic summary

HELP! My Friend Has Multiple Personalities

An introduction to MPD as we experienced it, written to help our friends understand.

MPD DID

Best Photos of 2010

Early in 2011, being essentially unemployed, I spent some to sorting through the thousands of pictures taken during the previous year with our camera. These are some of the best, or most interesting.

pictures photos 2010

Pure Joy

"Consider it pure joy..." the scripture said. God, I'm not sure I can handle any more pure joy right now, have you got any other kind?

patience trust

The Best Trip Ever

A travelogue that was originally written before the World Wide Web was available, printed in booklet form, and distributed to the various friends and family members. When we started getting requests for reprints I converted it to the web (without the drawings that illustrated the original).

travelogue vacation driving

Other pages

About this site

What is this site all about?

about colophon history

Spartan Client Software

My recommendations for Spartan protocol client software.

Spartan software

Table templates

Use these templates for laying out common table styles using box-drawing characters.

editing tables box-drawing

Characters

Another page containing various emoji and other characters I sometimes need. It's easier to find them here than looking them up elsewhere.

editing emoji special characters

Emoji Keyboard/Display Test Data 14.0 [gemtext; here] Emoji Keyboard/Display Test Data 14.0 [HTTP .txt file; unicode.org]

This file provides data for testing which emoji forms should be in keyboards and which should also be displayed/processed.

editing emoji

IP [Spartan protocol only)

Returns your IP address, for those times when you want to know what your external address is.

ip address utility

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