A Touchstone of Faith

A touchstone is a fine-grained piece of jasper used to determine the purity of gold by the color of the mark it leaves when rubbed against it.  We have faith in the mark.   We also use the term in other aspects of life to describe the standard by which we judge...

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Studio Update

I’m currently about 80% done towards completion of my studio.  Unfortunately, I’ve hit some snags and unexpected challenges.   These are primarily related to covering the previous wall colors evenly and without splotchy effects.  Perhaps I should...

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Road Trip to Waco

Taking a road trip with the purpose of creating a YouTube video to share with family is a different experience.  Normally, going on a road trip at our house involves having a different goal in mind, such as visiting with family or friends, with the ancillary goal of...

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A Splash of Paint

In the introduction video on my YouTube channel (jeffwspencer), I stated that my primary goal is to share adventures and life with family far removed by distance.  My tertiary purpose is to share the journey of learning to be a better artist as I learn how to smoosh...

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Past is Prologue

In a past blog post, I wrote about the untimely death of my sister-in-law, Kelli Hysell, who passed two weeks after her 46th birthday.   One of the impacts of Kelli’s death has been an intense desire to connect with family who are far...

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The Evening That Came To Soon

Habits Habits in our daily lives can be lost when someone we know dies.   This is especially true if the death involves a family member with whom we developed a daily habit in our life.   Kelli Burbank Hysell is my sister-in-law, who...

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Dad’s Easy Yeast Rolls

This is a yeast roll recipe that is used in our house for rolls and bread. Different than most, it has a high fat content with shortening and eggs. This is a consistent bread - and you will crave these rolls as no other. Make enough for everybody - or you'l be sorry....

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Review: 2016 VW Passat SE TSI

A New Car This is my review of the 2016 VW Passat SE TSI, which my wife and I picked up last month.  When we turned the key, it had 7 miles reading on the odometer from our dealer, Hewlett Volkswagen in Georgetown Texas.   We took advantage of VW’s labor day sales...

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Travel with Open Eyes

Trip Preparation Earlier this month (October 2016) my wife and I finished a five thousand five hundred mile round trip that covered eleven (11) States from Texas, to the Oregon coast, and then back again to the Texas Hill Country.   A conscience effort was made during...

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Happiness is a Banana

It might be an over-generalized thought commonly known throughout the world, but why should I be any different.   Everyone wants to be happy and live life in a carefree manner. Crazy vegans in San Fransisco who have convinced themselves that they are reincarnated...

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More Bacon = Success

As we progress in age during life, it seems we strive to do things that would be impossible to achieve even in our youth. We sign up for aerobic classes where we jump up and down in sync to the latest music, which really isn't music.  We promise to learn to speak pig...

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Honey and Bacon Grease

Honey is akin to bee snot, regurgitated bee spit, or bee beer.  It’s also a good sugar substitute.  Isn’t it amazing how we describe essential ingredients in the modern kitchen.  The common ingredient of honey either devolves and evolves as we choose to use it, and...

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The Power of Knowledge

i read a blog post yesterday that addressed a method of finding people who have a similar worldview and gathering them in the fastest way possible.  The post was written by a very successful blogger and his suggestion was somewhat unique in my mind.    Basically, he...

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Week One Update

Today is Sunday and I promised to write a weekly update on my personal goal accomplishments each week.   This is my first report on the subject.  I’ve been busy this past week with projects at work, as well as at home.  I was able to write well in excess of 500 words...

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Sports on a Sunday Afternoon

There are several methods to prepare a household for watching sports on a Sunday afternoon.   The Super Bowl is fast approaching and the World Series is anticipated later in the year.   One must practice these methods in order to master their use before the big day...

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Twitter and Social Media Etiquette

First thing , I admit that I’m not a social media expert and lessons have been learned by first-hand trial and error.   In fact, I’ve been surprised by some of the vocabulary used online.   Others have suggested that I use the online urban dictionary if I’m unsure of...

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Talent: You Have It! Share It!

If you live the solitary life of a mountain man you will likely spend most of your time in the wilderness.   You’ll be surrounded by moose, elk, deer, bear and other animals found in places where few venture or witness.   You’ll  likely live by candlelight, or the...

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions are like a business plan for the soul.  When you write your new year business plan, set clear goals and objectives that are critical for your success in the new year.   You should do this because having clear goals will provide you with a path...

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Installing WordPress: My Take

Introduction My profession has been described as a cat herder.  I started out as a technical writer because of my legal education and technical background.  I have a Red Hat Linux certification, among a few others (Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft) under my belt.  I became the...

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Empty Shoes

‘Do you see the shoes?” “Yeah, I see ‘em.” They were there. Alone.  They were in front of the couch, as if someone placed them together, spaced equally apart. The couch was next to an oxygen machine, it’s water reservoir filled with liquid, a layer of dust covering...

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