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A different question

I bet you think I’m going to ask you the usual "half empty or half full" question about this glass of water, right? Instead, suppose I inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
8 oz.? 20 oz.? A pound?
Well, the fact is, the absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.
The stresses and worries in life (and grudges) are like that glass of water. Think about them for a minute and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything. So, we need to remember to put the glass down. Thanksgiving can be a time of both letting go and picking up. Why not take this o…


I’m sure you have noticed, for the last several weeks it seems like everyone has “tips” to help you winterize your house:  check insulation and weather stripping, caulk, get the heater checked, get a programmable thermostat, yadda yadda yadda….

One thing I rarely see on those lists though is a reminder that your ceiling fans can help you stay comfy during the heating season as well as cooling.  

Don’t retire them for the winter, just flip the switch to reverse the rotation.  In the summer you get cooled by the “wind chill factor” and in winter the heat that rises toward the ceiling is recirculated without feeling like a draft.

I think the best way to remember to make the switch is, whenever you change your system from cooling to heating or vice versa, change your fans too.  Well, maybe not in the Houston area where we tend to have heating and cooling in the same day, but you get the idea…


By the way, if no matter how much winterizing you do, your home…