Sunday, January 21, 2018


A common mistake that people make trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of fools.
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Dick Henthorn
21 Jan 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Most Dangerous Thing

The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them.

(Andy Andrews, How Do You Kill 11 Million People? page 42)

Dick Henthorn
16 Jan 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Are They Lying?

Are They Lying?

You may remember the old joke: "How do you know if a politician is lying? If he's moving his lips." It's not that funny anymore is it? Obviously, there is no certain way to know at the moment something is said. But remember this: past performance serves to reveal future behavior. A person who has exhibited a pattern of lying is a liar. I know it sounds rough, but can you think of another way to put it? This is why character in our leadership is so important.
(Andy Andrews, How Do You Kill 11 Million People? page 64)

Dick Henthorn
14 Jan 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Microsoft One Drive

Microsoft OneDrive

I have a free account on Microsoft OneDrive. As part of my new year housekeeping I wanted to review how much storage they gave me. I had a 3x5 card with information about the account. I wanted to verify that I started with a 15Mb account and that they later added an additional  10Mb.

I couldn't find where I should click to view my storage. After stumbling around for ten or fifteen minutes I spotted the information. It's probably no surprise, to people who know me, that after I confirmed what was on the 3x5 card I still wasn't able to find my way back to the storage information to look at it a second time.

As I went through the relearning process I noticed that there was no bookmark to OneDrive visible on my computer.

I use a program called, igHome as my computer start page. At the top of the display there is a black toolbar where I can store twelve links. I was using eleven for links to: Gmail, Facebook; Box, etc. I copied the link to OneDrive and pasted it to the toolbar.

My new link takes me to the OneDrive sign-on screen.  After I enter my user name and password the link displays the first page of my OneDrive account. On the left sidebar, near the bottom of the page, is a line of text that displays how much storage I have and how much is in use.

I also noticed that there is a supposedly easy way to use OneDrive for backup. If I every knew how to do this I have forgotten. That's another possible new year project.

Dick Henthorn
7 Jan 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Books Read in 2017

  • I read nine books in 2017. I posted them to my LibraryThing account.
  • Today I learned there was a LibraryThing widget that I could use with my Google Blog. 
  • Here's how that looks. 
  • To learn more about a book and read my review, if there is one, click on a book image.

Dick Henthorn 
1 Jan 2018

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

The bottom of our little Christmas tree - 2017

To say the least this year has been very interesting and challenging. Only God knows what lies ahead.

Melva enrolled in two classes at the Bowie, Maryland Senior Center.  She continued to enjoy attending quilting class on Friday.  In addition she attended a Wednesday Chair Yoga class.  All of the students of the quilting teacher took part in making items that were sold at the annual Christmas Bazaar. Proceeds go to a local charity. Melva made many items and helped at the sale table. Cyndi and Dick attended the sale to provide moral support, visit with others and take photos.

Melva attended the quilting class party at the Episcopal Church in Bowie on December 22nd.

Santas and candles on the dining room table - 2017

During the year Melva and Cyndi were able to use the Internet to hold several conversations with relatives in Panama, some with video and some just audio.

Cyndi has a two-day a week temporary job at AARP headquarters in Washington, DC. This job will end in April. She continues to actively seek full-time employment. Frankly, while there are job postings, many of the potential positions don't have much to offer.  It's a trying time.

Christmas Village - 2017

Dick continued membership in the Bowie Seniors Computer Club that meets twice a month at the Bowie, Maryland, Senior Center. He volunteers doing webmaster duties on the club website. There were two interesting challenges with the website during the year. First, management forgot to renew the website hosting subscription. That shut the website down for several days. Later, a new version of the FireFox browser was released.  The FireFox company dropped support for FireFTP which we used to upload the updates to the website.  It took Dick several days to find a way that allowed the continued use of FireFTP.  He installed another browser, WaterFox, which supports the FireFTP application.  On December 7th Dick and Melva attended the annual computer club Holiday Luncheon at the Osaka Grill & Buffet in Crofton, Maryland.

We decided to simplify Dick's Christmas Village display this year. We used one table and left the rest of the houses in the attic.  We couldn't find the Christmas light cord that we used last year.  Rather than spend time searching, Dick devised a way to use individual cords and two power strips to light the ten houses

Dick's interest in the genealogy hobby remains strong.  He enjoys following several county and family pages on Facebook.  He maintains his own private Henthorn Genealogy group page on Facebook. There he shares some of his genealogy projects with a select group of folks he knows personally.

Christmas Village - 2017

In early October, our across the street neighbor and friend of nearly forty years, James Michael, passed away at his other home in Gulfport, MS. Dick wrote a tribute message that he posted on Jim's Facebook timeline. Jim was retired from the Navy so he and Dick enjoyed telling each other the same war stories as the years passed.

Covered Bridge with barn in background - 2017

As we participate in the activities of the Senior Center and observe our own aging we are well aware of how much impact the aging process has on all of our lives. We are thankful for each day of good health we experience.

Thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to stay in touch during the year.  We enjoyed the phone calls, cards, letters, Email and Facebook contact.

We Wish You A 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 
Good Health and Prosperity 

Dick and Melva Henthorn

Monday, December 18, 2017

A President Must

A President Must

A president "... must be willing to listen to his advisers and department heads; must encourage consideration of conflicting views; and must acknowledge errors and learn from them ... must be disciplined, control emotions, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation ... must maintain cordial relationships with leaders of countries of different backgrounds and must have their respect and trust," and must be able and willing "to separate truth from falsehood" ..
(Diane Jhueck, L.M.H.C.,D.M.H.P., chapter “A Clinical Case For The Dangerousness of Donald J. Trump,” in the book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by Brandy Lee, p. 191)

Dick Henthorn
18 Dec 2017