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The WitStop blogs are our joint effort. We enjoy writing about dogs, travel, leadership, self-improvement, home schooling, and the duties of husbands and dads.
Interests: education, marriage, home schooling, leadership, fatherhood, service before self, politics, dogs, self-improvement, travel
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I've got to admit it...I love and I'm not even a geek! This piece--How to Spot Truth in the Sea of Lies, Rumors, and Myths on the Internet--may turn you into a lifehacker lover too! In a nutshell, lifehacker suggests the following steps to determine whether what you find on the internet is true: Prime your brain with a simple question: "How do you know what you know?" Follow the source list and find the context for claims Learn to ask the right questions (e.g., Is it safe to try this?, Is the statement coming from a reputable source?,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at My Help Source
I searched for the image you see at the top. The images you see below it are the ones that Google thought were close matches. Sort of stinks if you're Nicolas Cage or one of the Olsen twins (i.e., Mary-Kate or Ashley). Maybe Google Image Search isn't quite ready for prime time. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: Sura Nualpradid ( I'm reading The 4-Hour Workweek , by Timothy Ferris again -- this is my third or fourth time through this life-altering book -- and relived this wonderful allegory this morning. It requires no comment -- the meaning is clear -- so I will just share the story in its raw form, as presented in The 4-Hour Workweek. The Fisherman & The Businessman An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at My Help Source
Fairhope Pier, Ala. - "Do people live on those boats?" July 2010. Planning for retirement, we were searching for a place near salt water. Our search brought us to Fairhope, Alabama, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It was hotter than blue blazes and we were standing on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at CruisingOnward
You know something? The strongest, longest lasting, most pleasant, and closest relationships are built on little things; not big. Please let me explain: It's early on a Saturday morning. Today is not necessarily a "work" day, but we have a few things to tend to. I'm up before my wife, Vickie -- a rare occurrence these days, as she's grown into even more of a morning lover than I. The coffee machine just gurgled out its last bit of coffee and sang its five sweet beeps to tell me its work is done for today. It smells wonderful and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: bplanet at Just revisited a thoughtful piece posted a while back by one of my favorite marketing gurus, Seth Godin. In this piece, Signals vs. causes, Mr. Godin explores the miscalculations we humans are prone to makes when it comes to determining causes and effects. Whatever it is that you're trying to sell -- ideas, products, services, whatever -- you need to understand the relationship between your pitch and the reaction of the person or people to whom you're delivering it. From Seth: It turns out that people who use Firefox are more likely to engage in certain... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 12, 2014 at My Help Source
Just a thought. If you base your joy on your circumstances, you're building on sand. If, on the other hand, you resolve to be filled with joy, then you are building on solid rock. Instead of allowing your joy to be crushed by what's happening to or around you, build your joy from within, without regard to the situation, and remember that you've been adopted by God. You are a child of God! Why in the world would you not be filled with joy? Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at My Help Source
You were designed for a purpose and you have a spark within you that is capable of kindling the flame of imagination, creativity, and fulfillment. What are you doing with that spark? Do you even know what it is? One of the problems in our lives is that we are too busy to build the fires within us that will make us excited to roll out of bed every day. Laptops, tablets, and smart phones are great tools. But all these lines of communication are directed outward. We need to enhance our inward communications. Take some time soon, preferably today,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at My Help Source
There has been a lot of talk about love these past few days, hasn't there? It happens every year in the hectic days leading up to Valentine's Day. If I were a space alien who happened to land in America, and I had been sent to figure out what this thing called love was all about, I would likely conclude that love is somehow related to chocolate, flowers, pajama grams, shiny objects, and gigantic stuffed bears. Oh, and don't even get me started about those over-priced greeting cards with pre-printed sentiments written by people who couldn't identify the recipients in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at My Help Source
"Breaking Home Ties" by Norman Rockwell Have you ever received advice -- and then ignored it? It wasn't just yesterday, but I remember it well. As I prepared for my pre-dawn drive to the Military Entrance and Processing Station in Los Angeles, my step-father offered some friendly advice. It was advice he learned -- and I suppose, followed himself -- when he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. His advice was short and simple: Never volunteer for anything. Being an 18-year-old know-it-all, I ignored Big Rick's advice and volunteered for a couple of simple duties (e.g., dorm guard, element... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: gualberto107 at I received an encouraging note from a longtime friend a few days ago. Just 25 words (including his name!). It took about seven seconds for me to read it and probably just a little longer than that for my kind friend to write it. It may sound dramatic, but I am not exaggerating when I tell you this simple message changed my life. You see, every message we receive changes our lives in one way or another -- sometimes in good way, and sadly, sometimes in a not-so-good way. The note I received was a response... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: suphakit73 | My wife and I had to ship a package of important documents today so we stopped by a local UPS Store that happened to be in our area. While we’ve used a different UPS Store for years and been for the most part happy with their service, the store we went to today has disappointed us each of the two times we’ve done business there. (Actually, the first time we went there we decided not to ship a package overseas because they quoted us a price that was more than ten times higher than what we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at My Help Source
Photo: MyHelpSource Jesus made human relations quite simple. He told us to just treat others the way we want them to treat us: "...whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12, NKJV Who have you been treating in a way that you wouldn't want to be treated? Change your heart and change the way you treat the first person who came to your mind when you read that question. Attribute that first thought to the God's Spirit moving in you ... and nudging you to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at My Help Source
Wow! I just watched the video of Michael Bay quitting during the Samsung press conference at CES 2014. What a painful experience. My heart goes out to Mr. Bay and all the others who've had similar embarrassments. Here are four tips to help you not to just avoid embarrassment, but to actually enjoy your next public speaking appearance: 1. Know your audience. I put this first because it is the most important consideration. The most basic thing you must know is who you're talking to. For some reason, this is obvious when we're just talking with people. You wouldn't think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at My Help Source
Image: "Silver Scales of Justice" by Kittisak ( Would you like to be happier this year than last? More fulfilled? More at peace with those around you? Try this one thing. I can testify -- based on my own decision to make this one change in the way I approach those around me -- that you'll reap big benefits. I've been much happier even though I've derailed a few times. And some of those derailments have been pretty public! Anyway, are you ready to create a more fulfilling year? Then do this one thing: Stop using yourself as the measure... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at My Help Source
Dog breeds come and go, and their relative popularity waxes and wanes as the tastes of dog lovers evolve. Which makes me wonder what sentiments are behind the shrinking appeal of these previously popular breeds: Irish Setters Scottish Terriers Collies Brittanys Cocker Spaniels What will it take to return these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Which Dog 101
Tired of the heckler inside your head telling you what you cannot do or be? Seth Godin has the answer here -- The Heckler. Bottom line: Just acknowledge the heckler and move on. Do the work. Do your work. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at My Help Source
On this, the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's moving address honoring those who fought at Gettysburg, it is worth noting that he was wrong in one of his assertions. With all the respect that our 16th president deserves, Mr. Lincoln was wrong when he stated... The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here... Indeed, the world has noted the sacrifice...and we will always remember, not just those who fought valiantly but also your immortal words, Mr. President. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at My Help Source
Image: "Scared" by brainloc It's early morning--the clock shows 4:23 AM right now. The timing was planned, but waking up in a cold sweat because of a disturbing dream was not on my agenda. The dream gives further proof to my observation that our conscious and subconscious minds play games that are unpredictable and creative. My near-to-last thoughts as I drifted into sleep last night were about the public speaking topic I intended to write about this morning, and in the moments just before I awoke I found myself scrambling and sweating and failing before an unappreciative audience. Maybe... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at My Help Source
Image: scottchan/ As you attack your day, ask yourself, "Will I be a missionary or mercenary today?" What's the difference? I'm glad you asked. Missionaries... Fight for the mission, for what's right, for the good of many Believe and are dedicated to The Cause Are driven by principle Serve something bigger than themselves Focus outward, on the wants and needs of others Mercenaries... Fight for the immediate reward, the paycheck, the looted plunder, the popularity, the adrenaline rush Have little care for The Cause Are not driven by principle Serve themselves Focus inward, on their own wants and needs So... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at My Help Source
Sunset over three crosses by ColinBrough (via He needed to die because He was perfect. We need to die because we aren’t. You might call that a paradox. The apostle Paul called it the gospel, the good news. “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15, NASB) Jesus Christ died for our sins because He was the only one who could. Jesus did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at My Help Source
As a teacher in a public high school, I receive notices several times a week alerting me to developmental or behavioral issues with my students. This one has ADHD. That one has issues with anger. Another is easily distracted. He is depressed. She’s shy. They can’t speak or listen. They’re unable to read or write. Every label you can imagine, and many I never heard of until somebody tried to stick that particular description on one of my students. Don’t tell my administrators or judge me harshly, but I rarely look at the labels and I never attach them to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at My Help Source
How can you get that next client, your dream job, the big contract, a higher grade, that spot on the team, approval from the object of your affection? In other words, how do you succeed? There's actually a pretty short answer. Believe it, then do it. If you succeed in your mind, the rest will follow. Or, as Napoleon Hill observed in his classic, Think and Grow Rich , "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Believe it, then do it. It's a classic formula for success. Fall down, then get back up. Most of us have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at My Help Source
"When in the course of human events..." And, so it began, July 4, 1776. Whatever you're doing today to mark this celebration of America's founding, take a few moments to enjoy a few fun facts about the day, the signers, and what we do--and spend--to mark the birth of this exceptional and one-of-a-kind nation. ____________________ Click here to share your fondest Fourth of July memories... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at My Help Source
General George C. Kenney (6 August 1889 - 9 August 1977) served as the top air officer for General Douglas MacArthur during the Pacific campaign of World War II. While skeptical of the role of air power at the beginning of the war, MacArthur was won over through General Kenney's creativity and tenaciousness. In February of 1944, General Kenney was serving at his headquarters in Brisbane when he was ordered to meet General MacArthur at a nearby airport. Kenney gave this account of that event in his book, General Kenney reports: A personal history of the Pacific War : As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at My Help Source