I know it has been awhile since I have written. I’m not even going to apologize for it because this is my blog and I can write or not write as it suits my desires. I wish that I desired to write more but the fact is that I haven’t really desired to write at all and thus the blog has gone quiet.

As I write this, I am honestly not in the best spirits. As loyal readers of my blog know, April 13 marked the one year anniversary of the passing of my father. The anniversary and time surrounding it has hit me pretty hard and started to hit me in the middle of March. Looking back, I am so thankful that I was able to travel with dad to the last of his chemo therapy appointments in late February/March of 2016. I wouldn’t trade those car rides for anything.

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Hello everyone. I’m taking a bracket break to update my blog for the first time in way too long. My reasons for not having written sooner are many but can best be summed up as laziness. At least I’m honest, right?
Let us see if I can’t catch you all up on the “happenings” in my life. This shouldn’t take too long but probably will take longer than it should.

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ChristianAudio.com Free Download: Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Crystal Evans Hurst

Apologies for not getting to this earlier but the monthly free download from ChristianAudio.com is Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst. The book is summarized thusly:

In Kingdom Woman, Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, remind women of their calling from God to be free, delivered, healed, and hopeful. The authors bring insight that encourages women to correct distorted perceptions and understand who they really are in Christ. A kingdom woman is called and empowered to live a life of victory through Christ!

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Free Audiobook Download: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The folks over at Tantor Audio are offering a free download of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. This title is narrated by Lorna Raver and clocks in at an impressive 39 hours and 48 minutes, approximately.

The download is completely free. There is no need to sign up for anything or any other obligation. This will only be available for a limited time, so if you are interested, it is best to act quickly. All you will need is to sign up for a Tantor.com account if you don’t already have one. This is so you will have access to your audiobook library and it is completely free. They offer free downloads on a periodic basis and I always try and post them here. They also offer sales on CDs, MP3 CDs and downloads from time to time. Happy listening!

2017 Audie Award Nominations

The 2017 Audio Publishers Association’s Audie Award nominees were announced earlier today. I usually don’t care much about awards and don’t let what I watch or listen to be decided but what is or is not nominated for an award. But I am always interested in the Audie nominations and this year was no different.
You can see all of the nominated titles in 26 categories plus find reviews and sound clips by clicking here.

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Budgeting Better

In November of last year, I started thinking about things I would like to accomplish or do differently in 2017. I started to think about the way I was spending money particularly when it came to entertainment related purchases. That is when I decided to cut my cable down to the bare minimum and slash my SiriusXM package down to just the music channels. Those two things alone saved me about $110 a month.

Mind you, I didn’t do it because I was in financial distress or anything. I just felt like I could get more out of the money that I was spending if I did things a little different. So I sat down with a spreadsheet and ran some numbers and came up with a plan for 2017.

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New Discoveries

We reside comfortably in the information age. And quite frankly, more often than not, the too much information age. It is true that even for topics that we are really interested in following there can be too much to keep up with and it can be hard to prioritize what is most important to you and what you can let pass by unnoticed.

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Get 20% Off Your Next Movie or TV Show Purchase or Rental at Vudu

I don’t typically use Vudu to purchase or rent movies or TV shows. I’m more of an Amazon or especially iTunes kind of guy mostly for convenience purposes. However, 20% off your next purchase or rental is too good for even me to pass up.

How exactly does one get 20% off their next purchase or rental at Vudu? It is very easy, simply click here and enter the promo code WWEUNIVERSE.

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Free Audiobook Download: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The folks over at Tantor Audio are offering a free download of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and narrated by Simon Prebble. On an interesting note, at least to me, this book was apparently released on Jan. 18, 2010 which means the anniversary is tomorrow.

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Concept Development for Blind Children: A World of Wonder

People constantly compliment my writing and while I am always appreciative, I have to be honest when I say that I could do better. This post by my blogging acquaintance Jena is an example of what I think is better.

If you read more of her blog and I think you should, I marvel at how much more descriptive and vivid her writing is compared to mine.

This is a great post. Her experiences aren’t quite the same as mine because I did have some vision as a child and thus interacted with my environment differently. In my opinion, she’s the better writer but I can take comfort in the fact that I would have the upper hand in video games or at least I did as a kid.

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It is estimated that 40% of human sensory perception is visual. If you are sighted, you might think this would be bad news for a totally blind baby. But my loved ones found countless ways to let me see the world and develop “visual” concepts right along with my sighted peers. Whether it was colors, animals, changing landscapes and seasons, or intangibles like height and distance, they always found a way. If you are concerned that your visually impaired child will miss out on things, I give you the following examples from my own life to prove that her world will be as big and as interesting as you show her that it can be. Use any or all of the following ideas to give your child the world!

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