Monday, February 27, 2017

You Can Feed the Hungry of the World! Stop Hunger Now and Rise Against Hunger

Some of my regular followers of my blogs may remember that when I spoke at IBM Interconnect last year, I also did some volunteer work with Stop Hunger Now. If you read my blogs, you may very well know that as a Christian, I have a servant's heart. Stop Hunger Now is an organization that has the goal of ending world hunger. They are in the process of changing their name to "Rise Against Hunger."

While volunteering to help package meals at IBM Interconnect 2016 (285,000+ meals were packaged there, 285,000 meals will fill a whole shipping container), I asked the Stop Hunger Now leaders about how to organize an event with them. I mentioned that our church had done something very similar a few times with a similar organization called GAIN. I asked the SHN leaders if we could do a meal packaging event with Stop Hunger Now. I worked with Stop Hunger Now and my local church. I lead an event in 2016. Our church raised more than $3000 ($0.29 per meal) and packaged 12,500+ meals that later went to feed the hungry in Uganda!

I also started speaking with the IBM Club of New Jersey (I had volunteered with them in the past).  They agreed to sponsor the event and supply the funding of about 10,000 meals (the minimum needed to have an event) if I would agree to lead the event. I was happy to do so!
I'm happy to say that we had 50 volunteers who turned out this past Saturday and we packaged 10,152 meals!

We had a fun time singing and dancing to the music while working. It only took about 100 minutes!
As we packaged the meals, we would sound a gong every time that another 1000 meals were packaged. I was able to sound the gong at 7,000 meals being completed.  Our New Jersey State executive sounded the gong when we accomplished the midway point of 5,000 meals. Our IBM Club of NJ treasurer sounded the gong for one of the milestones too. We also had some children of IBMers who volunteered and they also sounded the gong for some of the milestones.

Here I am with my wife (who was a big help) in front of the meal boxes.

I recommend that you may want to consider leading a similar event with some organization that you are involved with. You can contact Rise Against Hunger at their website and they would be more than happy to work with you.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

another Patent

Another patent was just issued yesterday with my name on it.
This was another idea that I came up with and was able to collaborate on it with another IBM Master Inventor.
See the "My Patents" page link here on my website ( for the link to it.
Thank God that he created me this ability to be creative.
I also thank my parents and schools for giving me the basis to think of these ideas.
I thank God and my family for giving me the experiences that help me think of these things and the encouragement to submit ideas.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Traveling In Europe With a Moose


I just got back from traveling on business to Europe (Germany and France).
I traveled with a moose.  "A moose?", you ask.  Yes, a moose. My granddaughter was given a plush moose by  my son and daughter-in-love as a souvenir gift when they recently came back from a trip to Sweden.
She put it in my suitcase to take with me on my business trip.
I flew into Frankfurt Germany and took 3 trains to Strasbourg France (The capital of Europe).
Here's a Map showing the train route:

We walked around Strasbourg, here's a short video showing the Cathedral (more about that later)


This moose is such a great traveling companion! Moose reads the maps, helps with directions, carries my bags, finds the best places to sit and the most comfy side of the bed for me. Moose watches my bags for me, and is a great translator because this moose is conversant in many languages. Many people enjoyed seeing me take photos with the moose. Some people from work even suggested some pictures that I should take with the moose. Someone on the customer team said that the moose needed a traveling friend: a cigogne. This is the White Stork which is the emblem of the Alsace region of France where Strasbourg is located.
Here is the moose helping me with directions:
Moose helped me know when to cross the street too! Here the Moose is telling me to wait for green:
here we are outside the Strasbourg train station
inside the train station
on the local train (Thanks to my manager for taking this photo for me)
Here the moose is helping me order the local traditional dish of pork with sauerkraut: Chouchroute garnie
Here's what that dish looks like:
While walking about Strasbourg, my manager's manager kindly took this photo of me in front of the cathedral
Later in the evening, we saw this light show on the side of the cathedral. You can see fish and a whale in this sequence:
The moose helped me with the train schedule. Here you can see the board that shows how the trains are configured so you can figure out where to stand on the platform and if you have a reserved seat where it is on the train.
Another train ride:
And, here is moose watching my bags on the train
The Frankfurt Train station:
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The hotel gave me a room key that said that their low prices are "Lower than a sausage dog taking a lie down" - which is quite funny since our dog Toby is a dachshund.
Look at this huge signboard at the Frankfurt airport!
When I saw this opportunity in the airport to pose with a hot air balloon, the moose wanted to take a selfie with me
And, in the plane, the moose found this comfy seat for me. We both had a great trip and a good ride home.
What do you think of the moose?

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Raspberry Pi mutiboot, Node-RED, and more

I wanted to use my Raspberry Pi 2 in several ways.

So, I formatted the 8GB SD card (note: Windows will make it look like 128Mb, but that's ok, the Raspberry will use the rest of the card).
Then, I installed Berryboot. It's easy. I just downloaded Berryboot (a .zip compressed file) and extracted the files to the SD card.

Once I plugged the SD card into the Raspberry Pi 2, it booted and asked a few questions.
Then, I could install operating systems.

I installed Raspian, which has Node-RED included with it now.

I also installed OPENELEC which allows me to watch media online. We've used it to watch the Hallmark on-demand movies in the past.  There's even a Kodi app you can download on your mobile to control it remotely.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Peanut Butter Eggs And Why Eggs at Easter

When I was a child, I can remember being at my Aunt's house in Pennsylvania and having her Peanut Butter Easter Eggs.  We've made them a few times. A year or so ago, my Aunt told me that she was working with the ladies in the fire house to make hundreds of them to sell in their town for a few weeks. I decided to make them this year for our family. I had a good talk with her yesterday. We talked about the variation I have of this recipe that my mom had for "Chocolate Covered Balls." That recipe is very similar, but adds coconut flakes. It calls for much more butter and no milk. So, I made half of one and half of the other. The original Peanut Butter Egg recipe is below.

I got to thinking, why do we decorate eggs at Easter?

One reason is that they are symbolic of new birth. Jesus was resurrected! We can also have new life through him. 2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Another reason that I can think of is that we've sometimes used the egg to explain the trinity. It's one egg, but has 3 parts (shell, white, yoke) just like God is one and there is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Peanut Butter Eggs
3 cups Graham Crackers crushed (I put them in a plastic bag and rolled them with a rolling pin)
1 pound confectioners sugar
1 cup Peanut butter (can use chunky if you like)
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter (melt or soften in microwave)
(You can also add coconut flakes, about 7 oz, if you like)

Mix together with mixer or by hand. You may find you need to add more milk  (just a little) or peanut butter to taste and to make it stick together, but not too sticky. I kept it fairly dry and pressed it tightly with my hands.
Refrigerate for about an hour. Melt chocolate in microwave (I found about 30 seconds) or double boiler and dip the eggs in chocolate and chill in refrigerator.

What are some of your thoughts about Easter, Eggs, and recipes for Easter?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Holy Week Skit for Children

Here is a Holy Week Skit that I am leading for some children.
This should work well with a group of about 20 to 40 children.
From Matthew 21,26 through  28

Select the characters:
  • The Crowd
  • The Disciples, especially Peter and Joseph, James and John
  • Mary and Mary
  • Narrator: you can have a narrator and while they hold the microphone, you can ask them to repeat after you
  • High Priest
  • Pilate
  • 2 guards at the tomb
  • Jesus
  • Note: there can be several of some characters if you switch the actors between scenes
Props (optional):
  • Palms
  • Chalice and a loaf of bread
  • A cross
  •  A chair for the High priest
  • A chair for Pilate
  • A stone or a step for Jesus to fold his hands and put them on when he prays in the garden

Scene 1: Entry Into Jerusalem
Narrator: It was the time of the Passover. Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. The crowd waved palm branches. The crowd shouted " Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"
Crowd: wave palms, shout the words

Scene 2: Last Supper
(The disciples are seated around Jesus, eating.)
Narrator:  While they were eating, Jesus told them that one would betray him. One of his disciples would tell people where to find him and arrest him at night.
Jesus: one of you will betray me
Disciples all take turns asking: Surely, not I Lord?
Jesus: the one who has dipped his hand in the bowl with me, it is he
Judas runs off
Jesus: (passing pieces from loaf of bread to the disciples): “Take, eat; this is my body.
Jesus: (giving a cup to the disciples) “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
Jesus: you will all leave me alone tonight
Peter: I will never leave you
Jesus: Before the rooster crows, three times you will tell people that you don't know me

Scene 3: The Garden
The disciples are with Jesus in the Garden
Narrator: The disciples went to the Garden with Jesus.
Jesus: “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
(Jesus motions for James and John to (with him)
(Jesus throws himself on the ground and prays. The disciples all fall asleep)
Jesus: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.”
(Jesus returns to the disciples and finds them all asleep)
Jesus (to the disciples) “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?
Narrator: Almost the same thing happened 3 times
Jesus "My betrayer is here"
Judas: (coming with a crowd goes up to Jesus): "Greetings, Rabbi!” (Judas gives Jesus a kiss)
(The crowd arrests Jesus and take him to the high priest)

Scene 4: Jesus' Trial by the High Priest
(The High Priest sits in a chair with Jesus in front of him. The Crowd is gathered. Peter watches from a distance)
Narrator: Jesus was on trial.
High Priest: "Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus "You have said so."
High Priest: "He deserves death"

Someone in Crowd: (to Peter): "You were with Jesus"
Peter "I don't know what you're talking about"
A girl (to Peter): "this man was with Jesus"

Peter "I do not know the man"
A few people "you must be one of them, your accent sounds like them"
Peter "I do not know the man"
(The Rooster then crows)
Narrator: Peter remembered that Jesus said Peter would deny him 3 times.
(Peter goes away crying)
(a crowd brings Jesus to Pilate)

Scene 5: Jesus' Trial before Pilate
(Jesus stands before Pilate. Pilate is seated)
Pilate:  “Are you the King of the Jews?” 
Jesus : “You say so.”
Pilate: “Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
Crowd "Barabbas
Pilate: “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

Crowd: "Crucify him!"

Scene 6: The Cross
(Jesus can hold his hands out like he is on a cross)
Narrator: They took Jesus to be crucified. Some of his disciples and his mother were there.
(Jesus is in pain on the cross)
Jesus "it is finished"
Narrator: Jesus said those words and he died.
Narrator:  They took him down and laid him in a tomb
 (they take him to the tomb and lay him there)
Narrator: A large rock was placed over the tomb. Guards were placed at the Tomb. 

Scene 7: the Tomb
Narrator: Time passed and on the third day, Jesus arose from the dead. He was alive again!

(Jesus gets up and sits near the tomb) 
(The guards run away)

Narrator: Mary and Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, but the tomb was empty.
(Mary and Mary walk up to the tomb, they look in and see it empty and look surprised)
(an Angel walks up, Mary and Mary are surprised and afraid)
Angel “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised"
(The women turn to go tell the disciples and see Jesus, again they are surprised and afraid)
Jesus :“Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Narrator: The disciples did as Jesus said. They want to Galilee. Jesus appeared to them there.
Jesus (as you ask the Jesus actor to repeat this, break it into parts):
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. 
And remember, 
I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Finish up with a worship song