Friday, September 30, 2011

Arrow Prayers

People say a lot when they want the job.  (Carly Simon in a song and rap on the album - This Kind Of Love)


Today I posted to my Arrow Prayers blog for the 2000th time, marking nearly five and a half years of sustained interest in that blogging project that I started when I was still actively using AOL.

Mr. Dickie
30 September 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Golden Memories

Beware that golden memories do not rob you of present opportunities.
(Warren W. Wiersbe, Chapter-By-Chapter Bible Commentary, p. 609)
29 September 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Don't get stuck in the sands of half-hearted commitments.  (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, p. 260)

Google offers several new blogging formats.  I took a look at some of them.  They are quite nice.  At first glance it looks like the new formats don't offer some of the options I'm currently using for the sidebar.  For the time being I think I'll stick with what's work for me.  I might try it out if I could come up with an idea for another blog.  I already spend too much time blogging and doing Facebook.

Mr. Dickie
28 September 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


The real source of his trouble was himself.  (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, Day 234)

When the course of world history depresses you, look at events from heaven's point of view.  (Warren W. Wiersbe, Chapter-By-Chapter Bible Commentary, p. 565)
27 September 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Links to Useful Facebook Pages

Guard against developing a soft head to go along with a soft heart.  (after Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 7 September)

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Mr. Dickie
26 September 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Don't Forget Yourself

Once recognized, self-defeating patterns can be crossed out and rewritten. (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 19 June)

There is always one fact more in every man's case about which we know nothing.  (Oswald Chambers, in Everything Counts by Steve Case, 17 June)

Don't get stuck in the sands of half-hearted commitments.  (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, p.260)

If you forget yourself, other people probably won't.  (Mr. Dickie, after One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 28 August 2011) 25 September 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This and That

When I "react" I put the control of my peace of mind in the hands of others.  (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 15 September)

Broaden your perspective.  (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Heart, 8 September)

Today, let your actions speak louder than your words.  (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Heart, 5  September)

Today, concentrate on being optimistic, not pessimistic. (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Heart, 2 July)

Is "this" the cause of "that?" (after Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, p.281)
24 September 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stinking Thinking

Do your daily reading, practice speaking and thinking positive thoughts, avoid people and places that could cast you down.  (after Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 8 September)

Every day may bring dozens of invitations to cynicism, negativity, self-pity, stinking thinking - but we can turn them down.   (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 13 September)
23 September 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Horror Of That Moment

"The horror of that moment," the King said, "I shall never forget."
"You will, though," said the Queen, "if you don't make a memorandum of it."
(Lewis Carrol: Through The Looking Glass, in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 18 August)
22 September 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Clear Thinking

The root of many of our emotional problems lies in a lack of clear thinking - clear thinking based on Scripture.  (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, Day 224)


Last night I worked on a project learning how to use the ten "Pages" that are available with each Google blog.  It turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.  In the end I decided to leave learning about "tabs" until later.  I created a "Page" and then I added a link to the page in the sidebar of Mr. Dickie's Blog.  I'm planning to use the "Page" to store links to some of the webpages I look at frequently.  Early this morning I realized I can keep the web address of the "Page" private if I want.  I added the address of the "Page" to the Business button on my Chrome toolbar.  I can click on Business to access the drop down list of bookmarks and then click on "Mr. Dickie's Blog: My Private Links" to go to the Google page with my special links.  For now, you can take a look at the "Page" via the entry in the sidebar.

Mr. Dickie
21 September 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


... stay away from naysayers, fools, fast talkers, seducers, or any others who would nail your shoes to the floor when you want to move forward.  (paraphrased from Believing In Myself by Larsen and Hegarty, 13 September)


I installed a copy of CSVEd (freeware) on the new computer.  I moved all (10) of my CSV files from the old computer to the laptop.  I also uploaded copies of the CSV files to My Box. I put an icon for the program in the toolbar.  Now I can quickly look up contact information, information about books I'm reading this year and about my music collection.

Mr. Dickie
20 September 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011


We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.  (The Talmud, in Believing In Myself by Larsen and Hegarty, 14 June)

Think things through.  (after Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, Day 235)

One of the most tragic sights in life is a man who has learned nothing from the years.  (William Barclay, The Letter To Titus, p.283)  19 September 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Time Cannot Be Halted

Time cannot be halted in its swift and endless flight for age is sure to follow youth like day comes after night.  (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Heart, 29 August) 18 September 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Why'd I Buy That?

Today make the most of small opportunities and tasks.  They could just be the start of great things.  (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Heart, 16 June)

Let us see in others not their little imperfections, but let us find the good things that arouse our best affections.  (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Hear, 14 September)

This morning Melva and I went to a multi-person yard sale.  I missed the corner going into the neighborhood.  So much for the extensive map check I did before we left the house.  The ladies at the sale were selling sewing items.  Melva bought an book on quilting and a bag of thread.  I bought a hard cover copy of Iyanla Vanzant's book - The Value in the Valley, a two-light book-light, and a Sharp fax machine which I thought Cyndi needed.  I couldn't reach Cyndi on her cellphone because she was busy at Zumba class.  It turned out she resolved the problem she was having with her fax.  What will we do with two fax machines?  Silly me!

Facebook announced this morning the new way of creating Lists, Subscriptions and Notifications.  I tired it out.  I think I will like it.  In the past I didn't always remember to add people to my Lists when we became Facebook friends.

Mr. Dickie
17 September 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011


The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 3 July)
16 September 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Noise is the background music of tension, anxiety, and rage.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 17 August)

[Today I'll] ... undertake only as much as I can accomplish well, without haste or tension.  (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 30 June)


Yesterday I installed an application to allow uploading of photos from my Picasa 3 albums on the computer to Facebook.  It worked.  I'm not certain whether this is something I'll use.

Last night I listened to the Jim Lauderdale during the opening of the weekly Music City Roots show from Nashville, TN.  He sang a song he wrote King of Broken Hearts in honor of the 80th birthday of George Jones.  The song is about George.  I didn't know that and I didn't know Jim Lauderdale wrote the song.  I did know it had been recorded by several artists.  George Strait sings the song in the movie he made and Wayne Taylor sang the song on one of the albums by The Country Current.  It's a great song and both George Strait and Wayne Taylor hit their marks while singing it.  I like both versions.

King of Broken Hearts
Written by: Jim Lauderdale
Sung by: George Strait
About: George Jones

Cyndi and I went for a long walk yesterday.  We walked the Northeast Branch Trail from Good Luck Road to Decatur Street and back.  It took about an hour and a half.  We saw the pumping station at the Edmondston community for the first time.  It must be impressive when all three turbines are running at the same time.

Mr. Dickie
15 September 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

That's What Life's About

"That's what life's about.  Sometimes we have to give up a good thing today to get a better thing tomorrow."  (Paul a friend of Philip Zaleski in Daily Guideposts - 2009, 19 August)  14 September 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Every Step

Selective expression of feelings shows maturity.  (Selwyn Hughes, Every Day Light, Day 200)

Addiction always results in the loss of freedom and dignity.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 12 August)

I will try to respect everyone's reality, and to remember that much of the world lies outside my range of vision.  (Casey and Vanceburg, The Promise Of A New Day, 19 August)

Every step of the way is made possible by the step that preceded it.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 2 September) 13 September 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

At Funerals

At funerals, the friends and family members gathered cannot say enough about the deceased.  During life, however, all those qualities that draw praise [at the funeral] usually [go] unnoticed.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 29 August)  12 September 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Privilege, Responsibility, Accountability

Privilege brings responsibility and where there is responsibility there will be accountability.
(Warren W. Wiersbe, Chapter-By-Chapter Bible Commentary, p. 583)
11 September 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Unattended Faults

If you cannot make yourself what you would like to be, how can you expect to have another person exactly to your wishes?  We want to see others perfect, yet our own faults go unattended.
Thomas A' Kempis paraphrased from One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 3 September) 10 September 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Aging Nation

Successful life management must be based on reality.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 30 June)

We can't assume something is true just because we need it to be true.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 23 July)

It is also a common mistake of government officials who are determining what is best for everyone [to impose their will on everyone else.] (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Wisdom of the Ages, p. 24)

Who are they that hold so much power over our lives?  (Orville Thompson in Believing in Myself by Larsen and Hegarty, 31 August)

The nation was aging and did not realize it, and national death would come much sooner than the people realized.  (Warren W. Wiersbe, Chapter-By-Chapter Bible Commentary, p. 574)
9 September 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Make an effort to open your mind to experiencing things directly before proclaiming them as true and living by them.  (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Wisdom of the Ages, p. 8)

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings.  Then you will forget your anger.  (Epictetus in The Promise Of A New Day by Casey and Vanceburg, 11 August)

Self-examination and meditation are the tools for self-knowledge and serenity.  (Casey and Vanceburg, The Promise Of A New Day, 30 June)
8 September 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

False Visions and Messages

With false visions and messages the nation's leaders whitewashed the nation's sins and covered its weaknesses.  (after Warren W. Wiersbe, Chapter-By-Chapter Bible Commentary, p. 547)

Cultivating the ability to recognize the difference between bad luck and bad judgment can result in positive benefits.  (after Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 3 September)


Yesterday I worked on a project to convert some photos on a CD I purchased.  I wanted them in JPEG format because they are easier to use with the blogs when they are in that format.  I used a free program to do the batch conversion of all the photos in one folder of Aerial Sports photographs.  I moved them from one computer to the other using Gmail.  Many of the photos are of hot air balloons.  I'm particularly fond of hot air balloon photographs.

Mr. Dickie
7 September 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Our Vision

... there comes a point when we begin to question what we are told and to feel that our own vision is probably as keen as anyone's.  (Casey and Vanceburg, The Promise Of A New Day, 2 September) 6 September 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Still Learning

It is hard to talk about yourself all day. ... You learn when you're with other ideas, other books, other friends.  Talking about yourself can't advance your life.  (Yannick Noah in Black Pearls by Eric V. Copage, 12 August)


I tried to use the Windows Media Center program yesterday.  That didn't go well.  I lost the cursor two times.  I'm finding all of the Windows Media programs somewhat awkward.  Maybe it's just me.

I connected the ViewSonic monitor and its speakers directly to the laptop computer.  That seemed to resolve the issues I was having.  There must be something about the Toshiba docking station that I don't understand or that doesn't work.  I left the mouse and the printer connected to the docking station. Changing computers has always been a long drawn out process for me.

Today we are planning to go to Bowie at 11:00 a.m. to attend the Labor Day event at the Catholic Church.  I hope I will be able to buy some books for my 2012 reading program.  I'm looking for a copy of the 2010 Daily Guideposts book.

Mr. Dickie
5 September 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Constant Reminders

You are constantly being reminded of what you should or shouldn't believe, and what all of our tribal members have always believed, and what will happen to you if you ignore these beliefs.  (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Wisdom Of The Ages, p. 7)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Memory Lane

Today stroll down memory lane, relive and rekindle treasured friendships.  (Helen Steiner Rice, From The Heart, 19 June)

... the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.  (Martha Washington in The Promise Of A New Day by Casey and Vanceburg, 25 August)
3 September 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Serious Times

Whatever you do takes time, and yet it is always now. (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, p. 266)

In any realm of life success depends on obedience to the word of the expert.  (William Barclay, The Letter to the Hebrews, p. 34)

No Man Need Stay The Way He Is, (Title of a Fosdick sermon in The Letters To Timothy by William Barclay, p. 251)

Each of us must make our way through these serious times, carefully ordering our priorities and doing what we need to do to safeguard our spiritual growth.  (Casey and Vanceburg, The Promise Of A New Day, 6 August)

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Bowie, MD.  I attended the computer club meeting at the Senior Center.  I assisted with setting up and breaking down the room.  Florence brought her desktop computer running Windows XP. We connected the computer to the projector.  She needed some help with with the use of her floppy and CD drives.  The computer was quite slow even when it was hard wired to the Internet.  After the meeting Bob B. made several changes in an attempt to eliminate the problems.  

After the club meeting I went to the libraries in Bowie and Crofton to return books and CDs.  I checked out ten more CDs from Crofton.  I selected several CDs by country artists who are new to me.

This is my second day using the new Blogger editor.  I like it so far.  The Label entry works better and the formatting commands are better.  The Preview displays how the page will actually look.  Overall I give them a "thumbs up."

Mr. Dickie
2 September 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quality Of Life

The quality of our life isn't measured by our degrees or possessions but by our behavior.  (Casey and Vanceburg, The Promise Of A New Day, 23 July)

On this day I will choose a project I have not devoted my entire attention to and attend to it.  (Eric V. Copage, Black Pearls, 3 August)

Despair can seem the only realistic response to problems that are too deeply rooted or long-standing.  (Larsen and Hegarty, Believing In Myself, 5 June)

It would be a great thing to die knowing that we had never in our lives transgressed the rules of honor and of honesty in the race of life.  (William Barclay, The Letters To Timothy, p. 242)


I'm test driving a new Blogger editor today.  I hope it will fix a couple of problems I noticed in the past.  Sometimes I couldn't change the font color and sometimes I couldn't added new labels. Here's a test of changing font size and color.

Mr. Dickie
1 September 2011