A sermon I delivered at my synagogue about the qualities of giving and sacrifice.
Elsewhere I've stressed how important time in the saddle is to effective training. A good way to encourage yourself to spend more time riding is to keep a log of your training miles. You mileage log can be simple: ...
How to continue biking when biking gives you knee pain.
You don't really want to threaten your kid - well, at least most of the time. Threats are just motivations with teeth, really.
Serene sky absent airplanes Vacant of vapor trail empty of engines Of contrails clear and free of flyers The very definition blue How I love you Green grass standing still Leaves listless in breathless...
When my load seemed heavy and no one knew I sought the shelter of the trees, thoughtful Pensive shade dappled with sun drops as if Hints of happiness just out of my reach To sit among the young shadow-loving ...
Product comparison between the Securitron DK-26, Alarm Lock DK3000 and PDK3000 and the IEI 212ilm.
This morning I took a day off the bike to recover from three straight days training and took the train to work. It was another crisp, clear morning, the fourth in a row, temp in the mid-forties. I am savoring this...
Normal aging-associated memory loss mainly affects recent memory, such as remembering what you had for breakfast or the name of someone you met a few days ago. I'm sorry. What were we talking about?
Set for Act IV Characters: Ruth Mom Johnny Security Guard Security Guard's Radio 2 EMT's (Emergency Medical Technicians) Scene opens in blackout, everyone offstage. Ruth and Johnny are wearing...
Act II, Scene I of the play, "Big Winner"
I give the gift of time by riding in fundraising bike rides and in other ways. I find spending my time helping others is the best investment I can make.
Characters: Ruth: A young woman. Gerry: A middle aged man Scene: Standard motel room. Two double beds with a nightstand between, TV remote, phone, desk, bureau, alcove closet, bathroom, exit. Clothes are scattered...
Surface. n. 1. Outer shell or area; the layer first encountered when touching a thing: "We stand on the surface of the Earth." "The log lay submerged beneath the surface of the lake." "Your surface is smooth,...
All novels are stories, but not all stories are novels.
Ruth, a young woman, wearing a skirt and top Johnny, a young man, dressed in coveralls News Anchor The stage. As the lights go up, Ruth is sitting at the computer. She types. She laughs. She types some more....
So different every minute as they learn The upward paths to this relatively Dreary though still endearing place, where we Once having jumped the dam must spawn and die Eventually. For now we just swim A...
Where should I put my tongue? Oh yes. In my cheek.
Comparison and contrast between two popular sources of information and entertainment.
A philosophical look at cycling as a sport and as a metaphor for life.
An overview of the options afforded your posterior's comfort onboard a bicycle. A good bicycle seat is the key to a good ride.
Loneliness wears a beard at our table, Computer monitor lighting his face ‘Til dawn. We make him leave at noon each day, Prohibiting his return until five. He wears this persecution like a badge Of honor....
Regrets are a waste of time. Here's why.
Writing a novel? How's it going? Uh-huh. Well, here's a little pep talk just for you.
Today was a hard day, but it was a day that changed my life. First, I slept late because my Movado alarm clock ran out of batteries. As a direct result I spent a fruitless half an hour on hold, waiting for my...
A few strategies and resources to help you on your journey toward becoming a published writer.
When people insult you, there's no need to be at a loss for words. Use mine, dumb ass.
This is the story of how I met my wife.
The Cape Cod Getaway cycling event is run annually by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise funds for research and to help individuals.
Should we, the people, do it again. In 1776 the people of the United States pitted themselves against the most powerful military force in the world and won. What are the odds we could do it again?
You know the guy. Here are some ideas about how to deal with him.
Sometimes it's hard to tell if it's time to leave - especially if you are really, really dense.
Angelina Jolie has won my admiration by rising from roles like Lara Croft to the Oscar-winning performances of recent years. If I were Ms. Jolie, I would look back upon a past when I used to be considered something of...
A few common sense things I've learned about capitalization, marketing, customer service, taxes, and just being in your own business.
Door thickness must be considered when planning to install a mag lock.
A humorous look at choosing a first car for your teenage daughter.
Love is beautiful and life God's gift, As intertwined as lovers' embrace. Deprived of love, life is cast adrift Upon listless seas whose lonely face Vacant stares, realizing silence Where music should thrill the...
MS Sedco offers a versatile line of actuators and presence sensors for use with power operators and automatic door openers.
Constructive criticism is a matter of give and take. Give it respectfully and take it with a grain of salt. Here are some techniques for the giving and taking of criticism.
As intelligent creatures we can develop techniques that help reap practical conclusions from the lessons of life.
A humorous look at the tell-tale signs that it might be time to move on.
In my career as a mobile locksmith I met many people in strange situations. Here are a few of my experiences.
Macky didn't always live out on the reservation. When we were little he lived out on Star Route a little over ten miles out of town. To get there you had to drive past the four corners and down along the creek, a long...
What is the process you use for parenting decision making? Does it work?
Following are tips for productive family meetings: Don't have children. Period. No fam, no family meetings. If you inadvertently have children, put them immediately up for adoption. See above. Constantly pawn...
Here are some ways you can deal with an abusive boss.
How to promote literacy and creative thinking at your elementary school with a Poetry Night event!
A brief look at path of egress, fire and life safety considerations concerning door hardware choices.
An article written in response to a HubPages Question, I discovered a bit about myself in the writing of it.
I was 22 years old, living in Boston, and my roommate whom I detested was going to be back shortly. What better remedy than an extended bike trip? I bought rear panniers and about 10 lbs. worth of dried rations. For...
The key to understanding why God does not stop injustice is the understanding of God.
A slice taken right out of my life.
One day in 1975 my friends and I were sitting around in my friends' house trying to think of some way to pass the time.
Kids are expensive, messy, and time consuming. Why not enjoy them? Try some of these for your own entertainment. Whenever you see your child with their friends, yell really loud, "Hi! Hi! I'm his dad I'm his dad! ...
A sampler of some popular multi-point locking hardware.
Where does the money go that you spend in the mall?
I invited some distinguished members of American government past and present to talk about the economic stimulus package.
When I was a youngster, there were the Disney animated feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), Sleeping Beauty (1959), and Pinoccio (1940), to name a few. In those days the re-release of one or...
Basic principles and ideas for the creation of a successful birthday party for young children.
Thank you notes are a rarity these days, but you can make yours extra special with a little extra care.
Frequently Asked Questions about United States Postal Service approved mailboxes.
A midrash about why Jews may have a different take on a question like this.
Yes, you did it again. The day before Valentine's Day, and you did not get your wife a Valentine. What is the matter with you? Don't you love her? Don't you ever think of her? Shame on you, you hearless, selfish,...
Brief reviews of a few great books you can read aloud to your kids from ages 3 to 13 or so. Reading to your kids is one of the best ways to instill a love of books and reading.
A brief overview of the terminology and options of financing a college education.
Kids? Chores? Who am I kidding? No advice here. Just some of what I call, 'humor.'
A review of popular mechanical and electronic touch bars used to release electromagnetic locks for egress.
Strategies for dealing with problems you may be having with your neighbor.
Me? Oh, I'm not so complex. Really.
At long last, here it is, exposed. The real truth is: Not only is the check not in the mail, you never intended to write the check and you still don't intend to write the check. You ate the cookie. You copied...
Social anxiety is something I've had to deal with. This is what I did about it.
Social etiquette has changed as times have changed. Some changes are due to practical reasons, some due to cultural changes, and some due to the bobsled ride to ruination that western civilization has embarked upon.
Exit alarms sound an alarm when an unauthorized person exits through a door. Here are a few examples.
There never seems to be a good time for religious proselytizers to visit. It always seems to occur at the most inconvenient time for peddlers of religion, for example, while you are timing a delicate souffle, or just...
To continue to love justice when so much injustice has been done you is truly a superhuman feat. May we all aspire. Robocop.
Being a writer: there are good points and bad points. Here are a few of each.
Political agendas in the United States may seem complicated, but they're really simple. In this article I examine conservative, moderate and liberal agendas and what they mean to you and me, as defined as 'normal'...
In these times, we all want to be environmentally conscientious. We try to recycle everything we can so that future generations will not have to mine our landfills for resources. Our landfills fill up too fast anyway....
You think you have everything you need? Really?
Snowshoes are a snowmobile less the stink, noise, and guilt. They are mobility. They take you to magic places where you otherwise could not go. They can bring you utter solitude and the peace that comes with it. Tread...
At President Obama's inauguration, Reverend Joseph E. Lowery gave a benediction that some people found controversial. Yet the controversy all boils down to rhyme. Isn't that poetic?
If you have a profitable business already, the Internet is just another way your customers can do business with you. The internet can also be an inexpensive way to start your own business.
Is civilization today a worse place to raise children then it ever was? Has the depravity of the human race increased? Are we a "sicker" species than we ever were before? Certainly civilization is far from ideal....
Perhaps a server made by Cisco Systems will take over my job. If this happens I'll have to find something to do. It shouldn't be impossible to find something useful to do. Many people are already retired. What do they...
When I was young and stupid, I thought: If I sat with my legs and arms spread out it would make me look bigger If I left my diary out, no one would read it because it was private. America was the superhero of the...
In 2009, several polls and other sources yielded surprising diversity in worldwide opinion concerning Islam.
An overview of the applications of the door stop and door holder.
An illustrated guide on how to pick up girls without injuring yourself.
Easy directions on how to install a wireless door release system using readily available devices.
December 2008: A comparison of features between the Kaba Eplex E5200 series and the Alarm Lock DL3000 electronic access cylindrical locks.
Getting away: that's what romance is about.
Aiphone offers hands free audio/visual intercom products that are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
Be safe while driving, and be concerned with the safety of others. Highway safety is up to the drivers. It all depends on driver behavior.
A glance at the apocalypse theories of a few of the world's religions. This article only valid through 12-20-2012. After that you're on your own, bucko.
Socks have a tremendous will to be independent and free. That's why they are always trying to escape.
Overview of some of the considerations one needs to take into account when planning to control doors and locks electrically.
A look at social networking from the point of view of a clueless fifty-something.
A step by step guide to writing a love poem.
After civilization, what? Well, camping and hunting, of course!
DIY guide to changing your own locks, including an explanation of common lock types and the basics of how to replace cylinders and get new keys.
How to assess your security, know your enemy and secure the perimeter of your defenses.
Overview of mechanical locking devices available for aluminum storefront type doors.
War is not a viable solution for any problem, ever.
Product comparison: Dynalock and Securitron electromagnetic locks.
A positive thinking primer.
Electrification options for aluminum, narrow stile storefront doors.
A Haiku is a poetic form that has three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables like the first. It originated in Japan over a thousand years...
Music will always be a part of my life.
There are good reasons to break up. These are not them.
The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.
Learn the basic principals of the master key system so that you can communicate intelligently with your security professional.
A brief look at how to begin, write, and finish your novel.
Everything happens for a reason and I know what that reason is: everything happens to entertain me. From the smallest atomic particle to the universe, it was all created to amuse me. I should be grateful, I guess. I...
An overview of the options available for exit devices and panic hardware.
Typical nightlatch trim includes a cylinder hole and a pull. Key retracts latch or latches. Not all vertical rod devices are compatible with this kind of trim. Not available electrified. With thumbpiece trim, the...
It is not too hard to defeat a burglar who uses the key bumping technique. Here are three ways you can stop or inhibit key bumping.
My favorite hiking trails right around the great city o' Boston.
An introduction to the cylindrical lock, how it is made and how it functions.
Cycling in traffic is an acquired taste as well as an acquired skill. When you first get out there you are immediately conscious of how vulnerable you are as well as how oblivious drivers are. The mix can be harmful or...
Key control is not something you buy, it is something you exert.
Winter cyclists: the few, the proud, the perhaps mentally challenged. If you want to brave the winter elements on two wheels, here are a few ways to equip yourself and be mentally prepared.
The religious do not want to admit it, but there seems to be a link between fervent religiosity and violence. Where does it come from? This article explores that question.
Road rage is just not worth it. Learn to drive anger free.
Joe the Plumber doesn't want to pay more taxes, and he doesn't want you to pay more taxes, either! In fact, he doesn't want ANYBODY to pay more taxes. In fact, he is going to give you money. How could you even think...
An overview of the form and function of door closers.
China, global warming, oil, water and overpopulation are all challenges that all Americans should get to know.
How to dress for the cold weather.
Basic principles of the man trap or security interlock electric locking system.
Comparing the toddler with the teenager, there are surprising similarities and unpredictable differences.
The story goes that a certain Nicholas Klaus of Germany retired from his toy-making career to a reindeer farm in northern Lapland. He was attracted to Lapland by the local traditional dance called Lap dance. One night...
This article discusses the difference between low energy and high energy power operators or automatic door openers and system components of power operator systems.
The components and principles behind electromagnetic locking systems.
Riding a bicycle in traffic is challenging enough on a straight road, but in a rotary, otherwise known as a roundabout or traffic circle, you are riding in a veritable vortex of traffic. How do you do it and survive?
The term "cypher lock" or "cipher lock" is applied to keyless locks of all kinds as a general term, but there really is a Cypher Lock after all.
The mortise lock illustrated and described, followed by an overview of popular mortise lock functions.
As the United States presidential election approaches, you may be facing the same dilemma as millions of American voters: who should you vote for? Now that we owe our collective soul to China, are manufacturing...
The first question to ask yourself is, "How fast can I ride?" If you can easily average 20 mph over the course of your commute, a 20-mile commute will take you an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes depending on...
Definition and History The term, "keyless lock", is somewhat of a misnomer because most so-called keyless locks do, in fact, have keys. When referring to a lock of this type, one calls it a key override option. When...
The electric strike you choose must work with the lock you are going to release. Here are some basic terms, measurements and factors that influence electric strike choice.
How many users? How many doors? How many potential users and doors? These are some of the questions that need answering when specifying an access control system.