Saturday, December 07, 2013

Ukulele (Uke) Music Books

Here's a Christmas Gift to you!
I'm starting a list here in this post and will keep editing it with links to Ukulele Music Books.
There are many available online.

I'll start with a few and you can return to this post later as I add more.
You might also like my Original Post on Ukulele Resources or my later post on Ukulele Worship Music

Songbooks that have separate pages to download for each song
I'll add more here later

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bible Verses When Teaching Children About Caring For Others

Bible Verses When Teaching Children About Caring For Others

Tomorrow, the Sunday School class that I teach is going to be packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Other classes have decided that they are also going to join in on the fun!

I wanted to have our class read some Bible verses for the other children. Our class is made up of Third and Fourth grade students, so they are about 8 to 10 years old.  All the other classes that will be participating are younger children. So, I though it would be good to have our children set an example for the younger children and read some Bible verses to them about helping others.

I found two places on the internet (see the first and second ones) with ideas for Bible verses about helping others.  Here are the ones I chose for tomorrow.

1 John 3:17- But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

John 15:12-13 - "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Matthew 25:35-40 - Words of Jesus Christ
'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

Matthew 5:13-16 - More words from Jesus
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. "Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Hebrews 13:16 - And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

Acts 20:35-36 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

I thought I'd post them here so I can use them again next year and because others may want to use them. Do you have any suggestions of verses to add? 

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Grandma's Swedish Pancakes for Breakfast

Weekends were usually the days we would make special breakfasts for our family. Ruth and I still do this. One favorite has been Grandma's Swedish Pancakes!

Once, Ruth's mom was making them and I asked for the recipe. She replied that it was easy: 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, and 1 cup of flour. Mix it up, put some in a pan and then roll the pan around to make it real thin. Non-stick pans work best.

Once they're done on one side (the top gets dry), flip it over to cook the other side. Because they're so thin, this goes quick.

When it's done, put it flat on a plate and put a little bit of jelly on it. Roll it up and you're done! Well, except you now need to eat them!

Depending on the size of your pan, this might make about a half-dozen pancakes. It's easy to double or triple the recipe because it's easy to remember: 1-1-1!

Let us know about your favorite recipes!
If you try this, let us know!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Airline reservation tools

Here are some helpful websites for making airline reservations
  • Yapta - This website will track falling or rising prices on flights. This works well for JetBlue because if you make a reservation and then they have a sale, this will alert you and then you can call JetBlue to get a credit!
  • Cheapoair - provides alternate dates for flying
  • Kayak -
  • Hotwire - shows you what you might save using alternate airports or alternate days
Market Comparisons/Buy or Wait

Before you buy a ticket, check out these sites to see average fares, price history, and if prices are rising or falling. Again, check these sites out before you start looking into airfares to get an idea of what you should expect to pay.

Farewatch (Shows average fares)
Kayak (after searching click on ‘show chart of fare history’ in left hand corner)
Farecast (for tickets in the next 30 days shows if prices are rising/falling)

The best search engines for searching for airline tickets. You don’t book through them, rather they redirect you to the airline’s homepage. (This is what makes them different from online travel agencies.)

Kayak or Sidestep (same company now)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Toby Attempts to Talk Like a Pirate

Yesterday Sept 19,2013 was international talk like a pirate day ( Toby took a try, but doesn't sound like a pirate! Better luck next year! Arrrr!
See his post here: Toby Attempts to Talk Like a Pirate

Saturday, September 07, 2013

How to Save Money on Gasoline

Here's how we save a little bit of money on gasoline.
1. Driver Rewards
BP has a Driver Rewards card. It's not a credit card and free to join. Whenever you buy 20 gallons (and a minimum of two visits) you get a reward of 5 cents per gallon off your next visit (up to 20 gallons). 
Note: for our family and friends living in NJ we have had pump attendants answer "no" when the screen on the pump asks if we want the reward. You have to tell them if you want them to answer yes or no.
I believe Shell also has a Rewards Card.

2. Credit card rewards
Several of our credit cards will periodically give 5% back on gasoline purchases, so we keep track of which card has the reward. For several if these cards you have to sign-up online and the reward usually goes for a few months. Even though prices for paying with cash are less at some stations, the 5% back on the credit price is often less per gallon. Do your math!

3. Cash back credit cards
Some credit cards will give you 5% ( or other percentages) on gasoline purchases all the time. We keep track of which cards have these too!

4. Driving methods 
Of course, using cars as little as possible, combining errands, working from home when possible, and driving habits (e.g. Not always starting out like you're in a drag race) help too!

What ways do you save on gasoline?

Friday, August 09, 2013

2013 Global Leadership Summit notes

I am going to fill in this post later with my notes from the Global Leadership Summit (Aug. 8-9, 2013).

I am attending with 75,000 people from hundreds of satellite sites. Our local satellite location is in "God's Square Mile at the Jersey Shore" Ocean Grove New Jersey (

Please check back here later for the remainder of my notes!

Here is the first part of my notes, I'll be posting more later:

Bill Hybels

We need to be courageous leaders to stick with the vision given us.
Joshua's prayer: be strong and courageous Joshua 1:9
There are many people with vision, but not many with the courage to carry it through

*Build a healthy culture
People join orgs, they leave managers
Staff cultures will only ever be as healthy as the org leader allows it to be
In US, only 30% workers engaged, large percentage not engaged and many actively disengaged.
* Establishment and enforcement of values
Social media: mobile growing, more cell phones in US than people in US
People under 30 yrs spend about half time on mobile
Leaders need courage to move a vision to a viable value
My Takeaways : 
1. pray for a vision, one vision, and work on it
2. When something is "just not right" then say that to the leaders
3.  can I have someone independent interview those who report to me?

Note: I missed Gen. Colin Powell because I was giving an internal presentation about Social Project Management" - 400+ people showed up 

Patrick Lencioni
In order to make people valuable, give them a way to measure their own performance.
Qualitative vs quantitative measurement. How do you measure how you're doing. Are the things we're measuring, things we have control over?
Managers sometimes don't give their people a way to measure their own value because the manager wants to maintain control.
These are 3 signs of a miserable job: irrelevance, immeasurable, anonymity
People need to make enough money, but these are drivers
How can we be a servant leader without connecting and allowing them to feel value in their job?
* Management is a ministry

Liz Wiseman
Multipliers are people who make people smarter, they are amplifiers, intelligence multipliers
Diminishers make people feel unvalued, stupid, un-needed
There is more intelligence in our workers than we can see.
Diminishers believe that others need them to figure it out.
Multipliers believed you would figure it out
It takes 18 minutes to reboot brain after a stressor
Sometimes we are "accidental diminishers" despite our best intensions. We are following popular mgmt practices.
Instead of telling them what to do, ask them what needs to be done.

More notes will be posted here later

Other great notes:

Monday, July 15, 2013


I was recently introduced to the hobby of geocaching.

If you haven't heard of it, geocaching is a game or hobby where people hide a "cache" (usually a box with a paper log book and some "swag" or "trinkets" in it) in a public area for people to find. It's sort of like a scavenger hunt. Once hidden, the cache stays there for others to find. When someone discovers it, they are supposed sign the log book and hide it back in the same place.

The info about the "cache" is provided on a website ( that lists the item, it's GPS coordinates, a story behind it, and some hints to find it. People use the coordinates and the hints in the story to find the cache. They sign the log and then sometimes trade a trinket in the box for a more valuable one: something like a matchbox car, a wooden nickel, or a plastic bracelet, etc.

More info here:
Geocaching guide / Geocaching 101 

There is also certain words and terms that geocachers use while writung about their finds (see the glossary For example, they call non-geocachers "muggles." A geocacher might commonly be heard to say that while finding a cache we need to operate in "stealth" so that "muggles" don't see us. 

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Countdown to a Marriage

Yesterday we celebrated the Marriage of our son, Jonathan, to Abby!

To help the bride and groom center on The Lord as the wedding and marriage approached, we sent them (and the bride's parents) these messages each day. Feel free to reuse these! You can substitute the names of people you know!

T-30 days and counting! 1 John 4:8b ...God is love. Lord, help Jon and Abby to always know you.

T-29 days and counting! 1 John 4:7a Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God... Lord, help --- & ---- always to know that their love for each other comes from you

T-27 days and counting! 1 Corinthians 13:4a Love is patient, love is kind. Lord, please bless --- & ---'s marriage with lots of patience and kindness.

T-26 days! 1 Cor 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Lord, may --- & --- grow in love, be strengthened in their faith, and always have hope.

T-25 days! May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 1:2 Lord, please multiply your mercy, peace, and love to the marriage of --- & --- !

T-24 days! Jude 1:21 "...keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life." Lord Jesus, please keep - & - in you love and help them to watch and wait for you.

T-23! ...and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph 5:2 Lord, help - and - in their marriage to walk together in your love; let them give of themselves for you and for each other

T-22 days and counting! Romans 13:8 "Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law." Lord, help - & - to love each other and for their marriage to reach out in love to others.

T-21 Days! 1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." Lord, we ask that you perfect - and -'s love for each other, you, and others in such a way that all fear will be cast away.

T-20D! 1 John 3:1a "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." Lord, may - & - know you and your love for each of us as your children. Bless their marriage that they will live in that love.

T-19 days! Ephesians 4:2 "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," Lord, please help - & - to have humility, gentleness, and patience in their marriage. Help them to bear with each other in love.

T-18 days and counting! Galatians 5:13 "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Lord, give - & - an attitude of freely serving one another in their marriage.

T-17 days to the wedding! 1 Peter 1:22 "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart," Lord, give - & - your pure hearts to earnestly love each other.

T-16 days and counting! Mark 12:30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’" Lord, help - & - to put their love for you first in their marriage.

T-15 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31 NIV) Lord, Help - & - in their marriage to love each other as they do themselves and help them to love their neighbors too!

2 weeks to the wedding! Ecclesiastes 4:12 "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. " Lord, bind - & - together with you so that they will have strength to never be broken.

T-13 days to the wedding! "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT) Lord, help - & - to have these attributes of love throughout their marriage!

T-12 Days! "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23) Lord, please help - & - to grow in the fruit of the spirit in their marriage.

T-11 Days! Proverbs 17:17a "A friend loves at all times" Lord, help - & - to continue being the best friends for each other in their marriage.

T-10 Days! Psalm 63:3 "Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you."  Lord, help - & - to know you and your steadfast love and praise you in their marriage.

T-9 Days! Philippians 2:2  "complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind."  Lord, let - & - be of the same mind, same love and same accord as part of your church, your family.

T-8 Days! 1 John 3:18 "Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." Lord, Let - & - love you, one another, and others in deed and truth.

T-7 Ephesians 5:25, 26 "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word," Lord, help --- to love --- with the same love!

T-6 days! Prov 31:11"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil." Lord, cause - & - to have a relationship built on trust!

T-5 days to the wedding!  1 Peter 4:8 "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." Lord, help - & - to love each other earnestly and with forgiveness.

T-4 Days! John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
Lord, Let Jon and Abby continue in a great love for each other, humbling themselves for each other.

T-3 Days! Song of Solomon 2:16 "My lover is mine, and I am his." Lord, Let Jon and Abby give themselves to each other on a daily basis in their marriage.

T-2 Days!  Ephesians 4:1-3 "Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. "  Lord, let it be said of Jon and Abby that they would live a life worthy of your calling and to live these attributes for each other and for you.

One Day to the Wedding! Hebrews 13:4a Let marriage be held in honor among all..."  Lord, Let them and all who know them, hold Jon and Abby's marriage in honor: honor to you, honor to them, and honor to others.

Today! Today is the wedding! Colossians 3:14 "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Lord, let this marriage be one of your virtuous love. Give Jon and Abby your love for each other. Let them be a light for you in this world!

The second day of Jon and Abby's eternity together as a married couple! (Romans 12:10) "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Lord, bless them as they start their new lives together. May they always love one another as friends and show honor to you, others, and each other.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Sign of Hope

A Sign of Hope - pass it on

Back in January (2013), I was at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association trustees retreat ( Pastor Jonathan Miller of the Presbyterian Church in Moorestown, New Jersey spoke to us. He told us a story and gave us each these crosses. The story is a wonderful one, so i want to share it with you today for Easter.

Pastor Jonathan tells the story...
[These crosses were] Given to me by John Snyder a few years ago, age 88, at the cemetery following the burial of his sister. He flew from New Mexico to Moorestown, NJ for the service.

He told me he believed everything I said about the resurrection, but for years he had never paid any attention to God or anything that looked like a church.

Ten years ago his best friend invited him to read the gospel of John. At first he said, “No,” but then said, “ because you are such a good friend, I’ll read it. Then after reading it … I don’t know what happened … I guess you could say I fell in love with Jesus. I am a retired carpenter and I wondered what could I do that could send along a `sign of hope’ for anyone who needed it. And so it became obvious …. I was a carpenter (like Jesus) …. Why not make a cross … lots of crosses. I’ve given them to hundreds of people and wanted you to have a supply for your ministry.”

John died last year and the stories of his faithfulness to bear witness to the resurrection are still being told.

The story is told to be passed along …

The cross is one way of extending a `sign of hope’ to those who need hope. Folk are welcome to pass the cross on and tell the story of John Snyder and of course they are welcome to keep it.

Isn't that a great story? I was looking for a verse to go with the theme. I believe this is a good one. Do you have any suggested verses?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Keep track of all your passwords in a safer and easy manner

Through some information I found at my employer intranet, I found this great Open Source (free) program that will save your passwords in one secure "password vault" (aka "Password manager").

You can use keepass to keep your passwords on your computer or smart phone. You can even share the list of your passwords between all these things.

So, make one list of all your passwords and share the passwords between your devices!
You can even keep your passwords on a USB drive (aka "Thumb drive") and move it between computers. What a great program!

Free! Yes, Free!

Once it's installed, you enter your passwords and save them. You'll only need to remember one password to open up the list!

I find that I have passwords for my smartphone, wifi, online shopping, combination locks, banking, etc.
Now, I can use different passwords for them all and access the list at any time with my pc or my smart phone or tablet!

Try it, you'll like it!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Digital-preening / Virtual-preening: Take a Good Look at Yourself Before you Post (Personal Branding)

Today, I listened to a Presentation about Personal Branding. I've heard several other great presentations on Personal Branding too.

One thing that I realize is that we need to be careful what we post before we post it.

It reminds me of a class I took in college about body language. The professor talked to us about the concept of preening. We see preening when someone brushes or combs their hair or straightens their clothes before meeting someone or having an interview. How many times do we see someone take the time to go look in a mirror before they meet someone face to face?

We need to do this in our virtual social (digital) meetings with people too!

So, today, I am coining the term: "Digital-preening." or maybe "Virtual-preening" is a more appropriate term.

Digital-preening / Virtual-preening: We need to take a look at ourselves in the mirror before we post

Because any and every post we do in any social network might be the very first post that someone sees from us, we need to treat all of our postings the same as though we are meeting someone for the first time.

It's been said "You only have one chance to make a first impression."

Please add your comments about Personal Branding and Digital Preening and Virtual-Preening. Which term do you think is better?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Turning Work into a Game! Making Work Fun!

The IBM Connect2013 Conference was held just a few weeks ago in Orlando Florida.

In one of the sessions, Jane McGonigal spoke on the subject of turning work into a game.

I was interested in hearing her presentation since I have several years of video game Design, Development, and Management in my background.

Her presentation starts about the 39th minute in this video:

Her presentation challenged me to make my work, and the work of others, into a game.

It's been working for me.

I've had some very tough tasks that I didn't want to do, so I told myself that I'd get some points if I got them done. It worked! It motivated me to get the tasks done. It also helped me to focus on what mattered!

Now, I've started offering and giving out points to our team for tasks that we need to get done.

What are you doing to make your work (and the work of your team) fun?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Videogames I worked on

"Back in the day" I worked on video games

List of games (I'm working to get this into chronological order):

Here are some other links to games I worked on: