Avoid the temptation to shoot a hundred photos, hoping for one good shot. With a little setup before shooting and a little adjusting after, you can produce high quality pictures, even with your phone.
There are two basic types of teams or leagues: recreational and select. Recreational leagues and teams typically come from a city sponsored or endorsed league and follow a fair-play system
I searched for a ground cover that would withstand the hottest days and be able to go long periods between watering. I took a chance a few seasons ago on ornamental sweet potato vine, Ipomoea batatas. There are several varieties to choose from and all perform unusually well in full sun, full heat...
Fall is the time for planting, a tag line used by more than one commercial garden center. The generally cooler temperatures and increased precipitation make it ideal for new plants to take hold.
Young athletes can be surprisingly tough some times. As tough as they may seem, dealing with losing is still hard, and can be painful for young players. As parents, it is important for us to understand how to handle losing
Five Keys to Success For Work At Home Parents Working from home allows for opportunities that working outside of the home does not provide. How you take advantage of the opportunities can impact your success.
5-S Methodology Businesses employ a variety of tested operational methodologies to increase their efficiency, quality, and productivity. Change management philosophies such as continuous process improvement and Kaizen, project methodologies such as Six Sigma and ITIL, and organizational models such...
Summer Sports Camp The end of the school year brings with it a variety of sports camps, typically sponsored by local high schools and athletic associations. In our area, two of the local high schools sponsor football, basketball and baseball camps.
Organized sports can be a fun and enriching experience for youth athletes. They can also be pressure packed and stressful. Most youth team sports have recreational leagues and "select" leagues.
French Canadian Meat Pie This is my grandmother's original recipe, and the one that I use for my pies and meat stuffing (you can use the mix to stuff your bird too). It is a simple meal to make, and the pies freeze and keep well.
Five Tips For Saving Storm Damaged Plants My wife and I worked hard this spring on our planting beds and containers. We spread eight yards of wood chips, planted new shrubs and flowering perennials. We put a dozen new rose bushes in a new bed along one side of the house. We made beautiful...
Earlier this spring, I took advantage of an opportunity to pick up a BenchCoach dugout organizer.
Remembering The Past, Remember In The Future While on routine anti-submarine patrol, United States Navy PB4Y-1 BuNo 63948 was lost at sea along with a second PB4Y, BuNo 63940. A third aircraft in the patrol returned to base and reported the formation as having been attacked by German JU aircraft.
How To Repair An Ives Standard Gauge Toy Train Motor The wonderful thing about electric toy train motors from the 1920's and 1930's is that they can be repaired and made operational regardless of what condition they are in after 80-90 years.
How to Improve Project Communications in an iPhone World I recently took on a project for an organization that I work with as a volunteer.
Five Tips For Beautiful Hydrangeas Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowering perennials. The plants require little: regular watering, good soil, and a few hours of sunlight every day.
Five Tips for Growing Garden Mums As Perennials Garden mums are a fall staple. They go hand in hand with corn stalks, hay bales, and pumpkins.
Proper Baseball Glove Break In And Maintenance There are more methods to condition a baseball glove than there are stars in the sky - or it would seem that way at least.
E85 Ethanol Gas Mileage Not Economical With gas prices at record levels American drivers are looking for ways to cut costs. For those who drive hybrid cars or alternative fuel vehicles the options are plenty, but the cost savings may not be as good as one would think.
Six Great Tips For New Managers Receiving a promotion at work is a milestone in anyone's career. A promotion to a manager role is a significant accomplishment, one that will bring with it change and new challenges.
The first step in problem resolution is defining a problem. You need to know what the problem actually is before you can fix it. Sounds simple enough, but when you look at the process behind problem definition, and really think about how you resolve problems in your daily life, you'll find that...
How To Admit You Are Wrong It can often be difficult, when in a leadership role, to admit when you are wrong. Admitting you are wrong implies that you have made a mistake.
How to help your helpdesk Microsoft provided all of the tools necessary for us to provide a high level of customer service and satisfaction.
How To Save Money On New Toy Trains New trains can be expensive. The cost of a new engine, with all the bells and whistles, is 3 to 5 times the cost of many ready-to-run starter sets.
A wise man once said to do something over and over the same way and expect different results each time is the definition of insanity. While that may seem extreme, it is not too far from the truth. We spend extraordinary amounts of time developing processes for our business operations then set them...
Effective communication with customers is one of the many areas that often go overlooked when developing a customer service plan. While virtually everyone will agree that it is important to communicate with customers, and do so effectively, few actually develop a communications plan.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, when Apple Computer was without Steve Jobs at the helm, the company greatly diversified its product line, making dozens of different Macintosh computers, with a dizzying array of options and configurations and model numbers.
My wife and I are looking for a sitter for our brood. We are using a service, Care.com, to find qualified people to watch our kids. We post a help wanted ad of sorts on the website and interested sitters apply for the job by sending us an email expressing their interest. Applicants have profiles...
In the late 1990s, Lionel introduced a line of engines, both steam and diesel, that were billed as "Command Upgradeable". They were designed as a mid-priced bridge between conventional transformer operation and the growing line of TMCC (command control) operated engines.
How To Plant Double Knockout Roses: Double Knockout Roses do exceptionally well in North Texas. They are tolerant of the hot, dry conditions, and with the right soil preparation, will be outstanding growers and bloomers.
I've been looking in to an expandable garden/landscape maintenance tool that I can use for trimming, edging, roto tilling and pruning.
Over the last few months, the service at the local store dropped dramatically and the quality of the food went along with it. The burgers were being served cool, as were the fries.
How do you sell trains on eBay? Selling on eBay is convenient, albeit expensive and sometimes risky. You have a global market for your trains here.
The question of how to keep your trains clean has some very simple answers. Dust and dirt can foul couplers, make wheels squeak, and gum up motors resulting in operating issues. Using a few common household cleaning tools and a little bit of elbow grease for the tough spots, you'll have a sparkling...
I had the pleasure of eating at a Chick-fil-A in Lewisville, Texas last night. I've eaten at this restaurant before, and generally, I like Chick-fil-A. They have decent food at exorbitant prices, and you leave with a full belly and typically, satisfied.
There's no magic to weathering, and the dry powder technique is very easy. The trick is to mimic the effects of weather and wear and tear on the locomotive without making it look like a load of dirt was dumped on top of it.
How To Change The Road Number on A Lionel Locomotive Use Testors decal sheets to make your own locomotive numbers and much more
How to find a short on model train tracks - Dirty tracks can cause problems as I found out with tracking down an elusive short
How To Get Started in Model Railroading It is difficult to pick out the one key difference between what is considered a toy train and what is considered a model train.
When I receive outstanding customer service, I praise it. I lift it up to the heavens and sing its glories. I give kudos and high fives and the occasional chest bump. When service does not meet my expectations, beware. I can be Greg-House-like in my critique.
How to get started in model railroading: Thinking about getting in to toy or model trains? This ground up guide will help you get going.
Getting started with model railroading or toy trains as a hobby can be a daunting task. The range of different modelling scales and train gauges can be overwhelming. This series will attempt to help you make an informed decision on which way to go with the hobby.
Traction tires are rubber bands that wrap around the drive wheels on a steam or diesel locomotive. Virtually all gauges of toy train locomotive have traction tires. They may take eons to wear out, depending on how often you run your trains, but they do wear out and it is simple to change them.
How to Clean a Lionel Train Locomotive Basic maintenance will help keep your fleet of locomotives running smoothly. I perform maintenance on all my engines every six weeks.