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These are excellent points for fostering good communication with our children and others.  Take 2 minutes to read and reflect and I predict the dividends will far outweigh that trivial expenditure of energy.  (This article is from a book which I do now intend to read.)
 
When we’re engrossed in a book or staring at a computer screen, it’s easy to block out the spoken word. We should strive to make eye contact when we communicate... —Joel Beeke
We need to understand that communication is an art that we all must learn better. It does not come naturally. Here are seven principles to help you to grow in this art, that you might ...
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How do you feel about snakes?
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I have one as a pet.
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I like 'em but don't own one.
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I respect them but keep my distance.
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I clear out immediately when I see one.
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I have nightmares about them.
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 Amelia's cousin Zoe made her a video on how to draw a Zentangle.  Besides her wonderful thoughtfulness, I'm really impressed by Zoe's  creativity in making the video and the Zentangle that she drew.

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Does anyone know if the +ESV Study Bible is about to come out with a second edition?  I'm finding the 1st edition for around $30 on the internet which seems to be a big drop from the previous price of $50.  I recently borrowed a copy of this bible from a friend and have found it to be an excellent resource and so would like to buy one.
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A stunning photo found in a G+ post.  The richness of color is unbelievable.  This photo is of the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco -- a ROCOR church.  Enjoy!
 
Russian Orthodox Church San Francisco
 
We ran across this church in San Francisco and just had to see what was inside.  From the outside it has golden domes like you would see in Russia.  It stands out against the cityscape of San Francisco. 
 
As was the case we had no change for the meter! UGH!  My wife managed to find about 30 cents and we put it in the meter and got all of 11 min!  We hustled across the street to the entrance and were greeted by what you see in this photo.   The colors were amazing as everything was just rich and vibrant.  There were several people coming in and out and moving through out the photo.  I knew it need HDR to get the range so I set up for a 7 shot bracket.   I continued to look for another angle to shoot when some elder from the church started to give us a verbal guided tour.  At this point meter running and me trying to get the shot it distracted me from what I was doing and I didn’t realize that my camera was firing 7 shots but not bracketing the exposure.  I will usually chimp that to make sure it is when I switch from single shot mode.
 
 I really wanted to shoot a vertarama of the church but not enough time and too many people moving about.  I stitched two photos together to get this semi-pano look.  It was to be a HDR pano, but the brackets on the exposure side were all the same.  Never fear I used the single exposure HDR technique to get the range I needed.  I ran +2 and –2 exposures in Lightroom and then loaded them into Photomatix to get the base HDR image.  From there I used some Topaz Adjust, along with Nik Color Efex Pro to get the final image.
 
This was my first single image HDR and I didn’t get to bad a look.  I plan on going back to this church and doing a super Vertarama someday as the ceiling was also magnificent.
 
Info On Church:  The upper area in this photo is where the choir stands.  The Archpriest stands and gives his sermon in the center, as people stand in an arch around him, there are a few pews that the elderly and people who can’t stand can use but not many.  I’m not sure if the sermon is in Russian or English.    
 
Nikon D800
Tokina 16mm-28mm
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I restored the lenses on my car with some gritty toothpaste. It took 2 minutes. Pretty big difference, right?
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What kind of gritty toothpaste?
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Dear Google,

For Christmas, I would love an iOS version of Keep.  That way my wife and I could share lists.  (The mobile web version falls just short.)

I think Keep is elegant and refreshingly simple.  It meets > 90% of my note-taking needs so thanks for the fantastic Android and Web apps.

Sincerely,
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Avert your eyes if snakes make you squeamish.

Some workmen spotted this snake in my crawlspace so we had a wildlife removal company come and get it out.  The picture is of its belly but the wildlife guy positively identified it as a copperhead.

Apparently, snakes may come into crawlspaces to escape the winter weather and to semi-hibernate, or so is my understanding.  In the spring they clear out.

BTW, the workmen tried to kill it with a brick but didn't know they were successful.  The wildlife guy would have captured it and relocated it.
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I hate to say it but I have to visit this web site often.  Why can't I get it to stick in my brain?  Gah!
The difference between it's and its, explained in clear language.
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The Action Bible - Easter Story

My kids love these and it is easy to see why.

This is probably a 24 hour deal only.


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The Central Limit Theorem explained with dragons and rabbits - cartoon style!
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