Smart Appliances


With plans in full swing for the appliances
of tomorrow–from
networked water heaters to refrigerators that order groceries–
we consumers must prepare for the inevitability of these sci-fi
devices in our everyday lives.

But smart appliances may do more than save time. Our top ten
reasons to dread them:

1. Over the limit: The bathroom scale keeps telling the fridge
to stop ordering food.

2. Tattle snooze: Your smart pillow talks to your PC, which
emails your boss with a message that, yep, you’ve overslept

3. Brand name: Not only does your stovetop grill know when
steak is cooked to your exact specifications, but it sears a
nice flying Windows logo onto each side.

4. Buying on spec: Sunglasses combine UV protection with real-
time stock quotes, but laugh maniacally when you approach
margin calls.

5. Car talk: Your dashboard computer insists on making blonde
jokes about your driving.

6. Rotten sense of humor: The perky “kitchen assistant,” an
animated onscreen spatula, keeps calling your mobile phone
and asking, “Is your refrigerator running?”

7. Lack of privacy: Your mailbox keeps asking why you get so
many plain brown packages.

8. No dim bulbs: Your lamps are so full of bright ideas you
have to pay for their MENSA memberships.

9. High maintenance: Your appliances secretly open a joint bank
account for repairman kickbacks.

10. Anticompetitive practices: Your Microsoft coffeemaker
monopolizes the countertop.

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This moment is all you have

a certain point, life becomes less about who you’re becoming and more
about who you’ve become.  What you used to think of as the future has
become the present, and you can’t help but wonder if your life wouldn’t
be better if you’d just lived it more fully in the past.  But how could
you have?  You were too busy thinking about the future!

you’re past a certain age, you can hardly believe you wasted even one
minute of your youth not enjoying it.  And the last thing you want to do
now is steal any more life from yourself by failing to be deeply in it
while it’s happening.  You finally get it–not just theoretically, but
viscerally–that this moment is all you have.

You don’t close your eyes anymore and wonder who you might be in 20
years; if you’re smart, you study the tape of your current existence to
monitor how you’re doing now.  You see the present as an ongoing act of
creation.  You look more closely at your thoughts, behavior, and
interaction with others.  You understand that if you’re coming at life
from fear and separation, you have no reason to expect anything but fear
and separation back.

  You seek to increase your strengths and decrease
your weaknesses.  You look at your wounds and ask God to heal them.  You
ask forgiveness for the things you’re ashamed of.  You no longer seek
your satisfaction in things outside yourself, completion in other
people, or peace of mind in either the past or future.  You are who you
are, not who you might one day be.  Your life is what it is,
not what it might someday be.  Focusing on who you are and what your
life is right now, you come to the ironic and almost amusing realization
that, yes, the fun is in the journey itself.

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It's Not a Good Computer If

It’s Not a Good Computer

The lower corner of screen has the words
“Etch-a-sketch” on it.


In order to start it you need some jumper cables
and a friend’s car.

The “quick reference” manual is 120 pages

Whenever you turn it on, all the dogs in your
neighborhood start


The screen often displays the message, “Ain’t
it break time yet?”

The manual contains only one sentence: “Good

The only chip inside is a

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Fluid Joint

Day 2 : Washington D.C.

It’s always hard to sleep the first night away from home, and being on a train makes it double hard. The cramped quarters and constant rocking of the train adds to the problem.

Once you adapt to the situation, it can be quite enjoyable. Traveling though the little towns with the clanging of the signals and the constant blowing of the train whistle adds to the romance of traveling by train.

Capitol Building

Our first destination was to be Washington D.C., our nations capitol. This city is always fascinating and a bee hive of activity. With the vast history in the area, weeks could be spent and never partake of all the options available.

Washington Monument

A short visit to the Amtrak VIP lounger to recharge our batteries and ourselves, it was time to take in a little sightseeing. We had a six hour layover before our train to Chicago would depart, plenty of time for a tour.

Finding a Red Double Decker bus tour , we were on our way for a visit to the most popular historic sites Washington D.C. had to offer. The tour was nice in that we could get off at any site we chose, stay as long as we liked and hop on another bus at our pleasure. The buses ran every twenty minutes, so finding another bus was never a problem.

The first stop was the Smithsonian Space and Science Museum. The museum is fascinating because it houses all types of aircraft from the Wright Brothers “First Flight” aircraft to the latest space and lunar landing modules.

Smithsonian Space and Science Museum

On to the Capitol Building where we were able to stroll to the steps and enjoy many photo ops.

Lincoln Memorial

The Washington Monument,and Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials followed, with a brief stop at each one.

Jefferson Memorial

Across the Potomac to the Arlington National Cemetery to view the rows and rows of fallen heroes who all sacrificed so much in the defense of freedom.

Arlington National Cemetery

Time was running short, so it was time to return to Union Station to continue our journey to the nation’s breadbasket, the rest of the tour would have to be resumed at a later date. No problem, many photos and memories were recorded during the previous four hours.

Pulling out  the station the train was on time and we were soon traveling across one of the most beautiful states in the union, Maryland. With the rolling hills, farmland and  many horse farms, it was a welcome change to the crowded city life of Washington D.C.

The sun had come out and as we entered the more mountainous regions of Western Maryland and West Virginia the landscape again changed . We were in some pretty isolated areas, so cell phone and computer service was nonexistent.

No time for that anyway, too much scenery to observe and photograph, it would be dark soon and there was no need to burn daylight sitting behind a computer.

With the Potomac River on our right , we meandered up the mountain valleys to Cumberland Maryland, where we would enjoy dinner in the diner car, as the sunset behind the mountain, ending our day.

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If Life Was Like A Computer

If Only Life Could Be Like a

If you messed up your life, you could press
“Ctrl, Alt, Delete” and
start all over!
To get your daily exercise, just click on “run”!

If you needed a break from life, click on suspend.
Hit “any key” to continue life when ready.
To get even with the neighbors, turn up the sound
To add/remove someone in your life, click settings and control
To improve your appearance, just adjust the display
If life gets too noisy, turn off the speakers.
When you loose your car keys, click on find.
“Help” with the chores is just a click away.
Auto insurance wouldn’t be necessary.
You would use your diskette to recover from a crash.

And, we could click on “SEND NOW” and a Pizza would be on
it’s way
to YOU.

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Today I will be Online

I Don’t Wanna

I don’t wanna do the dishes
I don’t wanna do the wash
I sprinkled clothes a week ago
And now my iron is lost!!

I don’t wanna rattle pots
I don’t wanna rattle pans
I see the mail light flashin’
I wanna chat with friends!!

Oh the tables need some dustin’
and the floor could sure be mopped
But I know if I get started
there’ll be no place to stop

The closets are so full
things are falling off the shelves
I wish for cleaning fairies
and magic little elves.

They could sprinkle fairy dust
and twitch their little nose
The windows would be sparkling
I would have no dirty clothes

Oh I know that I’m just dreamin’
My head is in the sky
I must cook that meat that’s greying
and bake that apple pie

The Hubby needs a bath
Doggy needs attention
Oh.. the other way around I mean
my brain is in suspension

I am runnin’ round in circles
I am gettin’ nothin’ done,
I keep thinking of my web
I am missing all the fun!!!

Well I know I’m not addicted
though I hear that all the time
But I guess this stuff can wait on me
Cause Today I’ll Be On Line!!!

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Your Life Plan: One Day at a Time

We all like to think we have our life under control and we know the
direction it will go. This can give a false sense of security to us as
life’s circumstances are not always what you may wish them to be. The
pattern of life does not always go in the direction you may want it to

I often say I had my whole life planned when I was twenty-one, and I
haven’t done any of it yet. This has been a good thing, my life has
turned out better than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. I
would have never visualized some of the things I have been fortunate
enough to experience. It hasn’t always been easy, and at the time, if I
thought I had a choice, I would have never chosen some of the events I
experienced. But looking back at the big picture I realize the good
times and the final outcome has far surpassed any trials I may have had
to endure.

Buddhist Proverb
There is an old proverb stating that a thing valued is worth enduring and
working for and this is true. The harder we strive to meet a goal and
the more effort we put towards achieving that goal , the more we value
it. I was told early in life that to work for something would make it
more important to me, and I soon found this was true. the people that
were handed everything on a sliver platter early in life never
appreciated them and in most cases either destroyed what was given them
or were extremely ungrateful. Most often they even resented the very
ones who were trying to pander to them.

You still see this today, many times, the individuals who are the most
privileged are the ones protesting against the society that has given
them so much.

Our life circumstances are never exactly as we would want them, but they
are as we need them. The pattern of life very seldom goes as we plan, if
it did , life would be very boring and predictable. Many times we may
think we are being lead off our life plan entirely.

In spite of all this, it is essential to have a plan, to not have a plan
is to wander aimlessly in life and accomplish very little. Instead of
wondering or questioning the direction you life has taken , just accept
the fact there is a plan and you may not know all the details, it is a
play as you go life, often times we need to complete one step before the
next step is revealed to us.

If we keep traveling in the correct direction , we eventually reach our
destination , often times the destination is far better than we could
humanly predict, and in the end we find that it isn’t the destination,
but the journey that is important.

Walk your path one step at a time – with courage, faith and determination.
Keep your head up, and cast your dreams to the stars. Soon your steps
will become firm and your footing will be solid again.A path that you
never imagined will become the most comfortable direction you could ever
hoped to follow.

Keep your belief in yourself and walk into your new journey. You will find
it magnificent, spectacular, and beyond your wildest imaginings.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth.

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