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Unfreeze & SAVE Computer Work
This document contains recommendations on
what to do if the computer freezes or dead locks.
If your computer has stopped responding, follow the steps below to attempt
to get the computer
Tip: Some programs
have an AutoSave
feature. If you were editing a document at the time of the
lockup, you may be able to recover a recent version of the document after
Note: If your
program does not have an AutoSave feature or the ability to recover a recent
of a document, you may lose all unsaved work due to a freeze or dead lock.
It is important to save
your work often to minimize or prevent this possibility.
Give the computer some time
Wait. Give the computer a few minutes to
process. Sometimes a computer may appear to be froze,
but it is really just slow or busy processing a complex task.
Is the computer dead locked?
See if the computer can respond to anything by pressing the
Caps Lock key
keyboard and watching the Caps Lock
LED (light) to
see if it turns on and off. If the computer can
turn on and off Caps Lock, continue to the
If nothing happens, the computer is dead
locked and you must
End Task the Not Responding program
If the Caps Lock can turn on and off, Windows
is still working, but another program may not be
responding and causing the computer to freeze. Press
open the Windows Task
Manager. If the
can open, highlight the program that is not responding and choose
which should unfreeze the computer.
Note: It could
still take ten to twenty seconds for the unresponsive program to be
you choose End Task.
Reboot a frozen computer
If none of the above steps helped, you must
reboot the computer. To reboot a frozen computer,
press and hold down the
until the computer turns off. Once the computer is off,
wait a few seconds, then turn the computer back on and let it start as
Note: During the
computer startup process, you may see a screen asking if you want to start
computer in Safe
Mode or Start Windows Normally. Choose the Start Windows Normally
option and see if Windows starts up correctly, without error.
Suppose You have a program that you have spent
hours Working On and you find yourself with a
Frozen Screen and it is waiting on an action
window but is hidden behind the document Even If you
Carefully closed every single open document except
the one critical document you have not saved.
WHAT TO DO?
Fear not, help is on the way and you may have
Way Out. 1. Put your computer to sleep.
2. Come back after a Good 10 Minutes
3. Open up a Dummy page and do minor work
4. Once you see your original document is freed up
rapidily save your original work.
5. Close and perform a normal Complete Shut Down.
Resolve Hardware or Device Driver issue
If after trying all of the above, the computer
is still frozen or continues to freeze after rebooting,
there may be defective
a device driver
that is not working correctly. A defective
stick of RAM,
or other piece of hardware can cause a computer to freeze.
A device driver can also cause a computer to freeze if it is out of date,
conflicting with another
driver, or just not working properly.
If you determine that a defective piece of
hardware is causing the freezes, you should replace the
hardware right away to prevent further damage to the computer. If a device
driver is at fault, down
load the latest driver from the manufacturer's website and install it before
the computer freezes. Or
use another computer to download the driver and try installing the driver on
If you are unable to install the latest driver
before the computer freezes, another option is to
start the computer
in Safe Mode. Once in Safe Mode, you can
Manager and uninstall
the hardware device corresponding to the device driver that is not working
correctly. Then, restart
the computer and load into Windows normally. Windows should detect the
hardware that you
uninstalled and try to reinstall the device driver. This process may be
enough to fix the issue and stop
further freezes from occurring. You can also try installing the latest
driver at this point, to make sure
your computer is up-to-date for that device driver.
You can also try accessing the computer BIOS
and disabling any hardware that is not working properly,
to see if that stops the freezes from occurring. However, you should still
replace that hardware, as you
may not be able to use your computer fully if the hardware remains disabled.
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possible to try, we recommend taking your computer to a
repair shop and allow a computer technician to diagnose and fix the
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Recently I was checking my 401k account and thinking about
as everyone does when they hit the BIG 50 / 60 /70 or in my
the 80 . I saw an article about nursing homes,
care facilities and
retirement homes and ALL the expenses. Then it hit me.
No nursing home for me!
Here is my plan: I'm seriously thinking of checking into
A Holiday Inn.
WHY? Read on and although conceived in humor... this is
With the average cost for a nursing home reaching $188 per
is a better way when we get old and feeble. I have already
reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term
and senior discount, it's $49.23 per night. That leaves
$138.77 a day for
breakfast, lunch, dinner in any restaurant I want, or room
also will leave enough for laundry, gratuities, and special
Plus, I'll get a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge,
and dryer. I'll also get free toothpaste, razors, shampoo
and soap. And
I'll be treated like a customer, not a patient.
Five dollars worth of tips a day will have the entire staff
scrambling. There is a city bus stop out front, and seniors
The handicap bus will also pick me up if I fake a decent
limp. Ride the
church bus free on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take
shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there.
While you're at
the airport, fly somewhere. Meanwhile, the cash keeps
It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. On the
Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you are
not stuck in one
place forever -- you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from
city to city.
Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there, too. TV
bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem.
everything and apologize for the inconvenience.
The Inn has a night security person and daily room service.
The maid checks
to see if you are OK. If not, they will call the undertaker
or an ambulance. If you
fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip &
Holiday Inn will upgrade
you to a suite for the rest of your life. And no worries
about visits from family.
They will always be glad to visit you & probably check in
for a mini-vacation.
When I discussed my plan with friends, they came up with
even more benefits
that Holiday Inn provides retirees. Most standard rooms have
reclining chairs, and satellite TV -- all you need to enjoy
a cozy afternoon.
After a movie and a good nap, you can check on your children
(free local phone
calls), then take a stroll to the lounge or restaurant where
you meet new and
exotic people every day. Many Holiday Inns even feature live
the weekends. Often they have special offers, too, like the
Kids Eat Free program.
You can invite your grandkids over after school to have a
free dinner with you.
Just tell them not to bring more than three friends.
When I discussed this concept with relatives they had even
more input... like
NO electric bills, no water & sewer bills, No Cable TV
bills, No Trash bills
in fact some one each days comes and empties ALL your waste
the beds... straightens up the living room, bath room,
kitchen and bed room
along with making up the beds. There is no charge for a
or for 24 hour security and SEVEN day a week maid service.
Meals are from
a REAL menu and there is 24 hour coffee shops, guests
room with Fax, copier and the like. Uh, did I mention most
now offer FREE
internet. Free towels at the Pool, Jacuzzi, spa and workout
Those of you worried about savings... forget about a
bill that looks like what rent use to be. Save your money
when it comes to
property taxes, school taxes, lawn care, house up-keep as in
landscaping. Parking is FREE and secure and convenient
especially if you are
handicapped and are a LONG term resident customer. You can
greet guests in
the Lobby, reading area, party or function rooms and later
take them out to eat
without Going Back Out. Valet parking makes everyone feel
special and on v
vacation. Everyone there greets you with a smile and by name
within one week
of staying there. You feel welcomed and that you belong to a
Team and one of
the staff. Everyone ALWAYS treats you with dignity and
respect you will
NEVER see at an institution.
Pick a Holiday Inn where they allow pets, and your best
friend can keep you
company as well. If you want to travel, but are a bit
skittish about unfamiliar
surroundings, you'll always feel at home because wherever
you go, the rooms
all look the same. And if you're getting a little
absent-minded in your old days,
you never have to worry about not finding your room -- your
electronic key fits
only one door and the helpful bellman or desk clerk is on
Being natural skeptics, we called a Holiday Inn to check out
this idea of my plan.
I'm happy to report that they were positively giddy at the
idea of us checking in
for a year or more. They even offered to negotiate the rate
to $35 a night !
My dad now has special medical needs but just like if he
were home... the nurses
can visit him daily at the Holiday Inn, so can the
podiatrist, the personal
Aid and assistant and even the PT therapist. On an extended
stay for months you
can personalize your quarters with your own books, pictures
Dialing ZERO and you have a live voice only a few steps away
that can respond
to a request or offer assistance. The more one thinks
about this and the thousands
that can be saved and invested... why in two years you could
be living FREE with
a simple investment in Tax Free muni's where the principle
is never touched...
You could have a 6 digit estate to hand down to your
children in less than 10 years.
Now THAT is called LIVING... Seen any of the dozen Hawaiian
You would think you are in Heaven... my uncle now has a 7
day chauffeur for the
Jaguar he got for FREE with all the savings this has brought
him. Amazing !
So where am I at right now... a nursing home and so is my
Simple, I did NOT PLAN and guess what? Neither have you
! You've been warned...
A More Innovated
Approach and Up-date to the above...
About 2 years
ago my friend and I were on a cruise through the western
Mediterranean aboard a Princess liner. At dinner we noticed
lady sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in
the main dining
room. I also noticed that all the staff, ships officers,
waiters, busboys, etc.,
all seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter
who the lady was,
expecting to be told she owned the line, but he said he only
knew that she
had been on board for the last four cruises, back to back.
As we left
the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to
hello. We chatted and I said, "I understand you've been on
this ship for the
last four cruises". She replied, "Yes, that's true." I
stated, "I don't understand"
and she replied, without a pause, "It's cheaper than
a nursing home" !
will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and
am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost
for a nursing
home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations at
Princess and I
can get a long term discount and senior discount price of
$135 per day.
That leaves $65 a day for:
1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.
2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to
or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast
every day of the week).
3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout
washers and dryers, and shows every night.
4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and
They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An
extra $5 worth
of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.
7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the
No Problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your
sheets and towels every day, and you don't even have to ask
9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are
on Medicare; if you fall
and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you
to a suite for the rest
of your life.
Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America,
the Panama Canal,
Tahiti, Australia, Glaciers off the coast of Alaska, New
York Cruise to Niagra Falls,
Asia, or name where you want to go? Princess will have a
ship ready to go. So don't
look for me in a nursing home with CRUMMY FOOD, LOUSY
INMATES, FRUSTRATED PROVIDERS & DOCTORS THAT SEEM NEVER
Oh, and I forgot the ZINGER... prices out the WAZOO... Not
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I Want To Manage
All My Photos, Remove, Edit, e-mail... I want to
do it all... Help
Q. I sent a picture of a
chair to my sister via e-mail. Instead, she
received a picture my husband had taken of me
nude. We were both shocked. I had deleted that
picture. I went back to my computer and my
picture was not there, but my chair was! Also, I
have sent documents via e-mail. Changes I made
to the documents didn’t appear. Instead original
documents were received. What's going on?
A. I get a lot of e-mail
from people want this answer. I can guess why,
but I’m not going there.
Most likely you clicked the wrong image file.
You say that you deleted the picture, but I bet
a copy was still on the computer. It’s not that
uncommon. The way pictures get named by most
cameras using numbers adds to the confusion. And
your camera’s software may be keeping backups,
That’s why I recommended that you download
the free program,
Picasa. After you install it, it will search
your entire hard drive for any image files.
Afterwards, it presents you with a semblance of
organization. You can see the pictures by dates.
You can rename files. You can delete files. You
can even do some photo editing.
After this call, I posed the question to the
other geeks in the office. Sorry to say, but we
think you probably just made a mistake. And as a
point of reference for the future, if you take
these type of photos, it’s probably a good idea
to format the camera’s memory card afterwards.
Sure, a really determined person still could
recover them. But for all practical purposes,
they would be gone.
Also, when sharing pictures with others, you
don’t have to use e-mail. Use a photo-sharing
site such as Ofoto or Yahoo! Photos.
As for the documents, there might be a
logical explanation. Attaching a document to an
e-mail will send the last saved copy. So if the
document is open, any changes you’ve made since
it was last saved won’t be included. Before you
attach a document, save and close it.
The ability to send files is one of the best
features of e-mail. Unfortunately, it trips a
lot of people up. We’ve all received messages
that reference non-existent attachments.
Likewise, we’ve all been guilty of forgetting to
attach a promised file. And, of course, many
people have sent the wrong files with an e-mail.
I’m constantly asked to walk people through
attaching files to e-mail. For those who don’t
know how to attach files, here’s a quick
The process is quite simple. E-mail programs
vary somewhat, but, typically, you click on the
paper clip on the toolbar. When the attachment
dialog box opens, navigate until you find the
file. Then, highlight it and click Insert.
You can repeat the process for multiple
files. Or, if they’re all in the same folder,
press Ctrl+A to highlight all of them. Then send
the e-mail as you normally would.
If you access e-mail via the Web, there are a
few more steps. Also, the process will vary,
depending on the e-mail provider.
For example, on Yahoo! you click the Attach
Files button. On the next page, click Browse.
The File Upload dialog box will open. Navigate
until you find the file. Highlight it and click
Open. Repeat the process for each file. Then
click Attach Files.
After the files have been scanned for
viruses, click Continue to Message. You can then
edit and send your message as you normally
To be on the safe side, before clicking the
send button, double-click the attachment in the
outgoing message. This usually opens it. Close
it and click Send. As for forgetting to attach
files, I suppose there’s no cure for that! Even
I am guilty of that from time to time.
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Q. I am
trying to learn how to copy
music CDs. I was able to
copy one CD on my computer.
But it only plays on the
computer. I want to play it
in my car and on my stereo.
Can this be done? Must I
convert the songs to MP3s to
play them say, in my car?
should be able to use the
CDs you create in ANY CD or
even a DVD player. However,
there are a couple of things
that might trip you up.
First, there are two
types of burnable CDs.
CD-Rs can only be written to
Once. CD-RWs, on the other
hand, are re-writable (hence
the RW). They can be erased
and reused. Unfortunately,
not all players can read
So make sure you use CD-Rs.
You might also have
created a data CD instead of
an audio CD. Audio CDs will
be readable by any CD
player. Data CDs, on the
other hand, are only
readable by computers.
Your computer probably
came with CD burning
software. When you open the
program, make sure you're
creating a music CD. It
should prompt you when you
create a new CD project.
Also, many programs
include a CD-copying
feature. This will copy the
original CD. It should
automatically create the
correct type of CD.
If your computer doesn't
have CD-burning software,
you can use one of a number
of free programs. These
include the dbPowerAMP.
Microsoft Windows XP has a
Music recorder in the
Windows Media Player.
My favorite is the
dbPOWER AMP. Here are
instructions for using it:
First, set your
preferences. In the AMP
Category, click CD. Under
When Saving a CD to My
Library, select Wave (.WAV)
and click OK.
Wave files will give you
the same sound quality as
the original CD. Don't use a
compressed format like MP3
when copying CDs. The sound
quality will be poor.
When you insert a CD, AMP
asks if it should copy it to
the hard drive. Click Yes.
Once it has saved the
contents, it will eject the
CD. If it doesn't prompt to
save the tracks, click
Tools>>CD>>Save CD Tracks.
If you have more than one CD
drive, select the correct
one. The drive letter will
be in parentheses.
Once the songs have been
saved, click the
Burn/Transfer tab. Then,
click Burn CD on the left
side of the window. Under
Add Tracks from My Library,
navigate to the CD you just
copied. Select the songs and
then click Add Selected to
Insert a blank CD and
click Burn Your CD. Burning
can take anywhere from a few
minutes to almost half an
hour. This depends on the
length of the CD and the
SPEED of your drive.
Wave files are large. You
MAY want to delete them once
you have burned them to CD.
If you want to keep music on
your computer, use a
compressed format. The MP3
format is the most commonly
used. Follow the procedures
as above, but select .MP3,
rather than .WAV.
I personally will make my
dbPOWER AMP create WMA files
and that is because I can
maximize the sound quality
and the small space it
actually takes up. I have
these AudioRAZR's and I can
load in version... 20 MP3
files or almost 128+ tunes
in WMA. The letters stand
for Windows Media Audio by
the way. Here are some
further tips you might like
to hear from those with a
dfew years experience
Choose 64 bit sampling rate,
the human ear can not really
tell the difference on much
larger and space eating
sampling rates such as 128
or even 320. Select 44
instead of 48mhz frequency
for the same reason. Select
Stereo in the drop down
window and also choose a
convenient folder not used
before like a folder you
call My dbAMP music. that
says it all with out
guessing. You may want to
put it in a convenient spot
and not 15 levels down
through files and programs
but rather right up at the
top say "Desktop".
Next we will cover recording
Records, tapes and any audio
recorded off air to the HDD
so you can later also make
CD's or put them on a
portable player or Flash
Next door here I will try
and get the DVD burn
version of this important
exercise of making music.
:-)) Any suggestions or
I Just Love This Stuff meister
OK, Think You Know...
Watch this, can't remember everything you are
trying to Search for? Use the ASTERISK '*'
in place of the missing word, like Elvis
Google will come back & ask are you
looking for 'Heartbreak'?
Let's say you want to know where in the USA
you can find a... say a GE Dish Washer, just
ask 'Froogle Google' and don't worry, Google's
page is so clear and clean of any ad's and junk
banner's you can't miss anything. Soon as you
ask you will get almost every known location
selling these machines... with the
listed FIRST !
See the Link at Google that says
? Well if you hit that you will
actually Land on the web page for that dot com.
Try me at Feeling Lucky...
Told ya !
mien dear meister. Can you PLEASE explain
WiFi & BLUETOOTH in Layman's terms?
Of course and we can
start with some interviews I have had discussing this.
is a networking company that sells everything from switches to networking
power plugs. But Wi-Fi is getting the attention
these days. How significant is it?
In the next 18 to 24 months, it will probably permeate 60 to 70 percent of
things changing on the
When Wi-Fi first started, it was just about
cards that plugged into your PC and then access points. Then
Wi-Fi moved into routers, firewalls and
switches. It will become a standard feature. You used to have to pay extra
for an Ethernet card, a 56K modem, a DVD drive. Over the years, all of those
things became standard features that came with a PC. The same will happen
with Wi-Fi. Eventually all digital devices will
have to be connected to the Internet. We're talking about MP3 players,
basically anything with digital media, whose use is growing every day.
the sequence unfolding?
All PCs need to be able to be connected to the Internet--either through a
wired or wireless means. It's pretty far along already. Today you
practically cannot buy a PC--unless you want something really dirt cheap,
and even then you have to make an effort to find one of those--that does not
have a wired connection to the Internet. Now the wave is starting to outfit
every PC with a wireless connection to the Internet as well. THAT is where
the revolution is starting.
starts off with the PC and then it will move onto other devices.
For example, today there are Wi-Fi connections
both to a PC as well as to a PDA, and you're starting to see
PDAs with Wi-Fi
built in. That's a trend (integrating Wi-Fi into
devices) that is going to be accelerated. And then naturally NEXT we
transition into a lot of business retrofitting installed
PDAs and installed PCs.
two things that
is going to happen. The newer digital
devices--I've already seen some models like high-definition digital
Japan--will come with Wi-Fi. You could see it
because you know TV and cable are going digital so you know those are going
to have Wi-Fi built in. That can similarly be
said for Internet radios, which are digital devices that not only can
receive broadcast channels, they can also receive digital channels from the
Internet. This is a new generation of digital devices, which will come with
again, there's a huge retrofit market. You could retrofit back for digital
devices, such as gaming consoles, TVs and ordinary radios, using a digital
media adapter so you can retrofit the old analog devices to connect to the
Internet. THIS will become big next year.
do you think is responsible for Wi-Fi becoming
so popular, so fast?
Wireless has always been the preferred choice for connections because it's
flexible and easy to install. The phone is a good example. The phone started
off wired, but now most people have a cordless phone in their home. People
don't just sit around. They move around and you want to connect with people
that move around, so you must have a way of connecting flexibility to a
moving subject. What prevented it from happening earlier was technology and
Wireless LANs have been around for 20 years but did not become big until it
got easy to use and affordable, just like with PCs.
Wi-Fi became big over the last 18 months because the price dropped.
That's because chip prices came down as makers came up to challenge Lucent,
which was the main Wi-Fi source. Two and a half
years ago, Intersil
entered the market, and that's when a second source of chips became
available. Then, of course, many others entered and prices dropped further.
The second reason is Wi-Fi finally became easy
to use because system vendors like Linksys made
the set up of Wi-Fi easy. So when the two
converged, things just took off.
is a good history of Wi-Fi, but what's the
We need to focus on ease of use and the continued increase in the price
performance curve. That doesn't necessarily mean dropping the price all the
time because you get to a point where that isn't possible anymore. But you
can improve what it does. Wi-Fi is evolving from
"b" to "g" to "super g," so from 11 megabits to 54 megabits to 108 megabits
per second. But that's not the end of it--you will continue to see higher
speeds and more features.
theory is that the more
devices out there, the greater the possibility for hot-spot service to take
spots are the best thing on earth. The question is whether people willing to
pay for that service. Psychologically, it will be difficult for people to
get over the hump in terms of paying for it. People must continue to
experiment to figure out what is the right model for getting people to pay.
to compare them to ATMs.
People said, "Why should I pay to get my own money?" It was ridiculous, and
the banks, 20 years ago, realized you just can't be competitive without ATM
service. So over the years banks changed their views on ATMs. They were
free, and then they charged for them, and then they were free again.
Now banks look at
ATMs as a necessary customer-enhancing service to attract and retain
customers, while other people are willing to spend $20,000 to $30,000 for a
machine so they can to stick it in a grocery store and make a killing on
charging fees. The industry found equilibrium, where ATMs would be a
customer retention tool for some, while in other places people charged.
And you see
the parallel with hot spots?
It's the same scenario. The industry just has to find the right balance to
get there. Along the way there will be those that can't hit it and fold and
others that will hit it and survive. It's just like e-commerce. Some people
asked, who can make money out of e-commerce?
Guess what? Some people did, and THEN there were a lot of companies that
ended up as Road Kill along the way.
Now we will give you a
Once upon a time in a
Galaxy far, far away... Seriously you might be asking yourself what a strange
name. Why, where did it come from and why again? Fear not my mortal meisters,
your Obi-won is here to guide you through the valley of terrible death of
Computer Terms! OK. Bluetooth means simply No more wires. Apparently the young
inventor was a descendent of Scandinavia and named his invention after a King of
so long ago who had this penchant for the Berry (read Wine) and so naturally his
smile said as much we have been told. Now what and how... THAT is a little more
Bluetooth Technology is a specification for a small form factor, low cost
wireless solution providing links between mobile electronics with other mobile
and even non mobile electronics. Such equipment as... Cell Phones and one item
that sounds intriguing is the cell phone Ear Phone so the phone can remain on
your belt, in your pocket, purse, briefcase; why, even left behind in the car
charging! The ear phone can Take a call, since it has voice dialing it can
therefore Make a call as well. Distance is changing. Use to be a couple of feet
like pocket or purse to your ear. Then it went 30 feet or all around the home or
office. We now are expecting hundreds of feet... like the office Building, the
Mall... you get the picture. It can be in your next printer. It IS in many
computers especially Laptops. Not to be confused, however, with WiFi above. You
ready for this? Tell your cell phone to call up your notebook. Tell your
notebook to go on line. Tell your notebook to have the cell phone connect you
with a dial up ISP like your nearest AOL or where ever your ISP is located. You
say that could be a long distance charge? NOT necessarily. Yeah, my meister's
Swell Cell Deal gives you 220,000 minutes a month but you also have VoIP and
everyone is getting on THAT bandwagon especially if they want to sell cell
phones and cell phone service... Duh!
Bluetooth technology is designed to replace cables and wires between all these
electronic equipment. A VERY unique feature of the Bluetooth concept is ad hoc
connectivity or devices coming into close proximity to each other can
spontaneously create or join an existing network. Bluetooth services are FREE
unlike WiFi with unlimited access, use time and schedules. Conversely all
devices leave the network when they move out of range so you could enter an
office with your Bluetooth Laptop and connect to an existing Bluetooth printer
and start printing away. All devices maintain a virtual connection with one
another that is only converted into a physical connection when data is actually
transferred. Therefore every Bluetooth capable device can communicate with a
range of other devices. This small wireless network is usually referred to as a
PAN or Personal Area Network or lately... a PicoNet. In addition to point to
point connections, the Bluetooth specifications allows up to seven simultaneous
connections to be established and maintained by a single Bluetooth radio. Each
Bluetooth component is identified within the network by a unique address similar
to the MAC address used in Ethernet networks. Your existing Ethernet connection
maybe a Cable modem or DSL by the way.
Bluetooth radio waves operate in a frequency range between 2.402 GHz and 2.480
GHz in the so called ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) band that is Free and
unlicensed through-out the world. The Bluetooth speed specifications is 1Mbps
(Mega ((million)) bits per second). But, protocol and header info occupies some
of this bit rate. Therefore, a maximum of 723 kbps (kilo ((thousand)) bits per
second is available for speech and data transport. This speed is sufficient for
wireless speech, music, audio and data applications but is considered too slow
for the transmission of MPEG video. Nonetheless, at the 2002 International CES
(Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas) Sony demonstrated Bluetooth equipped
camcorders capable of transmitting short video clips and still images across a
wireless link to other Bluetooth devices such as a Sony Vaio Laptop computer and
desktop PC. However, many of these products when they are finally shipped
outside Japan are stripped of key features and most are the Bluetooth feature
unfortunately. FYI the meister's world famous
RETAINS it's Bluetooth feature despite it being stripped out of any Euro or
North American markets, sad to say.
Currently the maximum range is set at 10 meters or about 30 feet according to
the guide lines set down with the Bluetooth convention. Another specification is
now on the horizon, was shown at the 2004 CES January in Las Vegas called
Bluetooth II which can carry at least 300 feet. It will require more power so
this feature may be spared for now in Cell Phones and put in computer
peripherals such as printers, scanners and the like. Security issues may be on
your mind about Bluetooth and we have that covered as well. Bluetooth is a fast
frequency hopping system. This divides the available frequency band into 79
channels which the system continually switches (or "hops") between these
channels, jumping 1600 times per second to provide a modicum of security
protection. Frequency hopping also provides a measure of protection from other
interfering transmissions in Bluetooth frequency range. If one channel is
occupied by an interfering radio source then communication is blocked for only
1/1600th of a second.
Each Bluetooth system is comprised of three elements: a receiver / transmitter
and associated radio frequency electronics; a LINK controller that manages
communications and handles device
identification and access; and lastly a link manager that creates the data
packages ands secures the communication. In the future the Bluetooth LINK
manager is expected to support other wireless protocols such as WAP (wide area
protocol) and IrDa which is wireless infrared (remember your TV remote
control?). The Bluetooth chip set currently costs about $10 but most experts
agree that once costs get below the $5 threshold in 2004 a Much Wider range of
devices and applications will occur.
Mobile phone and computers comprise nearly half of all 133 new Bluetooth
products. In 2004 listing the order of Bluetooth devices in use are Cell Phones,
Laptops, PDA's and finally MP3 players (the last two outside of the North
American market). Since a Bluetooth Laptop can go online using a Bluetooth Cell
Phone, Microsoft announced in 2003 support for the protocol in all of it's next
What's NEXT? Well the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) for the automotive
industry announced GM & Chrysler will begin offering a Bluetooth enabled hands
free use for mobile phones upon entering the driver's seat. Based on a voice
recognition system the systems communications is driven through the use of the
driver's wireless Bluetooth phone. The system automatically connects and up to
five Bluetooth devices can be handled simultaneously. This will allow the driver
especially to make and receive calls and control the phone with just voice
commands. The audio can also be fed through the vehicle's existing speaker
system over riding the radio. A truly universal remote control for ALL home
appliances and electronics is in the offering under Bluetooth II. Garage doors,
bank machines and even cash registers like those in movie theaters would
transact and dispense a movie ticket by just the customer walking by.
In the beginning there was just Ericsson, Nokia, IBM, Toshiba and Intel that
created the Bluetooth protocol. Now there are over 2, 000 companies! While most
of the existing patents are owned by Ericsson (which is now SONY BTW!) Bluetooth
remains surprisingly a Royalty Free specification. 2003 the Bluetooth
convention adopted the third generation and if you want to read the behind the
scenes details please go to
I certainly hope my presenting these lecture topics is of some help in
understanding many of these new technologies. Please keep in touch by referring
periodically with the monthly and the LATEST news and Rumors page @
A Little Primer On Audio Music
Have you heard music recordings referred to as MP3s? Did you think,
"What could that possibly mean? I'll never understand all of that!"
The letters and numbers attached to music can be intimidating.
But they're not too bad when you break them down. So, let's do that.
Things like MP3, WMA and AAC are file extensions. They tell Windows
which program to use to play the file. All files have extensions.
Probably the most common is DOC, which is used by Microsoft Word.
So, you'll see something like Filename.MP3. That tells Windows that the
program associated with MP3 should be activated. That program could be
Windows Media Player, the RealPlayer, MusicMatch, or any of a number of
others. When you double-click Filename.MP3, the associated program will
open and play it.
All of the music formats I have mentioned ARE compressed. MP3,
for instance, is about 10 percent as big as an uncompressed file.
MP3s revolutionized music, because they made it possible to put
music libraries on computers. Uncompressed music files are huge,
and can overwhelm even monster hard drives.
So let's look at some music formats.
MP3--This is an old standard, but still very usable. Almost all music
players can handle it. You won't go wrong with MP3.
WMA--This stands for Windows Media Audio. Its files are much smaller
than MP3s, but they deliver comparable music quality. Because WMAs
are smaller, you can get more of them on the player. Many MP3 music
players can also handle WMAs.
AAC--This is Advanced Audio Coding. It is used to format the music sold
by Apple and RealNetworks. It is difficult to convert to more open
standards such as MP3. Therefore, it is generally restricted to just
a few music players.
WAV--This is an uncompressed format. It is sometimes used on recordable
CDs. But it is not suited for storage on a computer. It's just too big.
So meister... how do we convert WAV to MP3, or MP3 to WMA?
There are a number of conversion programs but mine is... Free
This is an Excellent Easy way to move Music from
such as DVD's, Cd's, even records, radio... you name it to
your computer & onto your Portable Music player which
even now Includes My
Guess what a little birdie told me at
2004 CES? Kiss CCD's Goodbye!
The dirty little secret is that
all the electronic companies making things
like camcorders and what-not... are all in bed with one another, at
least when it comes to hanging on for dear life to a LOSER... CCD's !
Case in point... FOVEON and the CMOS imager. Ready?
CMOS chips are cheaper... waaaay cheaper! and they are better...
Right... WAAAY better and we are going to get a taste of just how
much better as the CMOS chip has just done an end run around
the much inferior old antiquated and washed up CCD... they are
going into... Ready?... cameras inside your Cell PHONE! Why, you
say kimo-sabe is THAT important? Because Tonto... we are going to
see in a Cell Phone cam... High Definition before we see it in Our
camcorder! And THAT will be revolutionary. Just like the CD coming
onto the scene to replace records and sweep everything that came
before away in a flash... this lil CMOS is going to over night have HD
all over the place.
The Foveon CMOS sensor takes in photons not only across but also
through the chip. With a CMOS based optic processor you capture
more than TEN (10) mega pixels worth of data. The result is a 3.4
Mega Pixel image with the sharpness and DETAIL of a 6 or even 7
Mega Pixel image! Amazing...
The importance of this new technology can best be illustrated when
we start to approach the absolute limits of resolution as defined by
lens technology. At some point the lens won't be able to resolve
beyond so many pixels per inch. Let's say 25 mega pixels with a 35mm
full frame. The CMOS technology will produce an image at least Twice
as good as the CCD at this point. Probably the death knell will sound
with the next CMOS advantage over the lowly CCD... battery usage.
Camcorders, digital phones & digital cameras are all becoming more
common and there is NO voltage to spare with all the bells and whistles
going on let alone adding a battery drainer like CCD's. CMOS will
have a ratio of 10 to 1 power advantage and that is at the present time
with more technology improvements that can take that to well over
100 to 1. A Cell phone whose talk time is measured in 100 hours!
Stand by times in Months! Good Bye CCD.
The ONLY wrinkle to all this is the Sony, Pana, Sharp, JVC; all except
Canon! has Heavily invested in CCD and they will not let go without a
fight. Stay tune for Round One. CMOS is on it's way and April will
be the first shot. CMOS has too much going for it to be ignored or
continued to be pushed aside by the conglomerates.
Ok, got a little
helpful tip to get you in the right mood...
I get a lot of hits... 86,000 per day and whole heck of
a lot of e-mail... I do not need spam & I want to rid my
self of all of it Easily, Neatly and Efficiently. Watch...
Ever notice that e-mail arrives and they don't have your
correct address or
name, or anything at all at times? Guess what? You
can sort on that mistake by the spammers! Yup...
If it does
not correctly have your name in the "TO"
box in Analog Letters... it's deleted... automatically
Go to your mail program like Outlook, Go to Tools
and open "Rules Wizard" and hit "NEW"
Now we are going to First select the very
first choice "Check Messages When They Arrive"
|and then go to the bottom and hit "NEXT"
Next is conditions when you want this to apply,
This is very important... check the box that says
"where my name is NOT in the To box"
and then second from bottom of the list
check "suspected to be junk mail"
Go to the bottom and hit "Next"
Next is what to do with these spams, third
one down check "delete it". Hit "Next"
Next is to add any exceptions and you
check "if your name is in the CC box"
Lastly I need you to name it "Junk Mail"
and check box "Turn on this rule"
and then hit "Finish"
Now... only mail that
at least has your name will
be seen. Mr. Gates, you can send me my check
to the meister Honolulu Office... ! Hmmmm.
!10 Cool Tips for
Outlook E-mail Issues!
1. If you are using Outlook already, and continue
to enjoy the Experience,
first ensure you get rich very fast - you'll need the money to buy new versions.
2. You need a good internet connection to use Outlook. Zapped?
how'd you get the patches, updates and service packs?
3. Get a good anti-virus s/w. Better get all known antivirus kits.
You will need them, and more.
4. Attend a 'crash' course on mind-control and self-restraint.
You will need tons of patience to handle 'crashes'.
5. 'Forwarding' your mail is not so simple as MS tells you in
You need to pay a lot of attention, else you'll be in for a shock.
For starters, you will find that MS retains a copy of all forwarded
messages on the server.
6. When going out of town, your 'forward' wont work,
if your Outlook is still running on your desktop.
So, if you need to keep your system 'on' to use GoToMyPC,
be sure to shutdown Outlook.
7. If you forgot to do this, call up your office,
give your password to unlock, and shutdown Outlook.
It is still late for mails already received.
8. When the Exchange server is rebooted to load one
of the numerous patches and service packs, be sure to
shutdown Outlook and restart. Else, you cant send
mails and cant figure out why!! If you discovered
this half-way through composing a mail, save the
draft, restart Outlook and then send.
9. If all the above tips leave you cold, than scream to
your admin, to change Exchange server to a Unix server.
Then get yourself peace-of-mind switching to simple cool
10. If you're a geek, then start writing a replacement for
Exchange and Outlook, minus the unwanted 'features'.
You'll make excellent returns on your investment.
Who knows, Bill G might buy you out for a cool
billion dollars and you could be writing Outlook 2002.
OK, Here is the Microsoft Keystroke
Chart for all cursor movements!
ctrl + B
ctrl + D
bookmarks current Web page
ctrl + E
search frame (IE only)
ctrl + F
Find box to find on that Web page
ctrl + H
ctrl + I
favorites frame (IE only)
ctrl + I
info about current Web page(Netscape only)
ctrl + L
Open dialog box (IE only)
ctrl + M
e-mail window (Netscape only)
ctrl + N
in a new window
ctrl + O
address/location box (Netscape only)
ctrl + P
current page or active frame
ctrl + R
ctrl + S
ctrl + U
HTML code for Web page (Netscape only)
ctrl + W
alt + F
goes to the next match
with the Find box
alt + <F4>
alt + <home>
goes to browser's home
page (IE only)
alt + <left arrow>
alt + <right arrow>
alt + tab
between open windows
from link to link on a Web page
shift + tab
from frame to frame on a Web page (IE only)
from frame to frame on Web page (Netscape)
shift + ctrl + tab
back from frame to frame on a Web page
highlights contents of address box (IE only)
refresh/reload (IE only)
full screen view (IE only)
ctrl + esc
ctrl + A
ctrl + C
ctrl + X
ctrl + V
ctrl + ]
display font size (Netscape only)
ctrl + [
display font size (Netscape only)
alt + tab
between open windows
double click title bar
or expand that window
up Start menu
windows + D
to minimize or restore all open windows
windows + E
windows + F
up Find: All Files box to search computer
heard of this? A New tape is a Used tape.... and a used
tape can be a New Tape!
What that means is that when you buy a brand new mini DV
tape, what do you think happens if you put it in the
camcorder and hit play? Suppose you turn the volume all
the way up as well. You would see all this snow and hear
all this static. Not a good thing.
Now, let say you wish to record a very special tape, a
special moment... like a wedding. Wouldn't you like to
be able to make the best tape possible? Watch this...
We need to record some 'pink noise' absolute quiet. You
can do this several ways. One way is to go to your
nearest Radio Shack and get a wireless jack for about 25
cents. It is a plug that has no wire attached, just
a little black cap When inserted into the external mic
jack of most camcorders it forces the camcorder to
disconnect the built in mic and without a wire
attached it disengages the AGC (automatic gain control)
circuit. The result is when you hit record you lay a
perfect track of silence on both stereo audio tracks and
if you are in 16bit you will use all four audio tracks
and clean them out with 1 pass.
Now the video track. You need to lay down a perfect
color called 'Engineer Black' where every single pixel
position gets coated this special Black signal. Now,
there are TWO settings. In Japan and in PAL they have
only one called "0 IRE" & you get this darker black
level by setting your Pana or Videonics Mixers to a
Black Level 1. In USA you can also get this by
setting for a "7.5 IRE traditional black or
professionally called Engineering Black. This is a
neutral color and uses a special mixture to achieve and
therefore set each pixel to a neutral setting. Now when
used, the tape can be seen in perfect flicker free, edge
to edge smooth color and the volume control can
literally be set to full blast & Nothing Will occur.
A New Tape has been created.
Also some of the best video you ever made Will Occur!
are most WELCOME.
rule hear is to use the shortest possible cables from
one source to one destination. If you have to connect a
mini DV camcorder to a DV mixer, DVCR or computer that
is 12 inches away. Using a 24 foot FireWire cable is
both a waste of time & a good way to enter artifacts
into the picture and even create antannization' where
the length of the cable creates an antennae affect and
causes the picture to be disturbed and disruptive. Not a
Shorter is better. Also better is better and using the
best DV FireWire cables you can afford will keep all
that money invested in great camcorders, expensive
mixers, SFX and audio mixing equipment to say nothing of
any computer investment tip top shape and Image perfect.
selection of Millennium FireWire is just that sort of
choice and direction you may want to investigate and to
see for yourself just How Much Of A Difference It Makes.
There are three sets to the Millennium FireWire
collection. There are the cables in clear heavy duty
vacuum and magnetic free shielding with platinum wound
braided bands and clear connectors in a professional 6
connector and each cable comes with it's own 4 pin Sony
adapter so that any FireWire equipment can be used and
adapted to now, in the past and in the future.
They are Foot Longs, 15 footers and even 100 feet !
There is a special category for those that need and use
land lines that will make great single point leaps from
and amazing 200' to a whopping 600' !
They are Hybrids employing FireWire & Fiber Optics. That
brings us to our second group of Millennium FireWires:
USB/FW Dual Hubs. VGS has a 5 FireWire Input with One
Output and conversely can be used in reversed to
create One Input and 5 FireWire Outputs as a
There is also the use as a repeater and it allows a
powered connection to occur. You can plug in a 6 pin
FireWire and add A/C current and the hub will fire-up
and power the signal to another Hub with also a six pin
connection. The point to point Hub therefore becomes a
bridge and in this instance is a
Powered Bridge. You connect your 4 pin camcorder to
the Hub with a 4 to 6 cable that has an adapter and you
connect at the other end a 5 to 4 pin to your mixer,
computer or even another camcorder acting as a DV VCR
also with an adapter.
So, even though both units are four pin you have in the
middle a 6 pin to 6 pin bridge and it is powered and in
Both directions. There is another... and it too is a
Hybrid. It is what I call a UFO. It really does look
like one, circular in shape and the exact size of a CD
or DVD disc and about an inch in thickness. Around its
edge is chock a block full of sockets. Get this: 6
FireWire & all can be powered & 7 USB 2.0 High Speed
sockets 6 of which are the traditional receive and 1 is
a send as USB is NOT the same at both ends. This UFO can
be powered by an included A/C adapter which can be
field adapted to run off DC and it
includes a USB and a FireWire cable. It is also set to
a Matrix and any number of combinations can be set up
and Outputs. It is also stackable and so therefore can
be set to a rack whereby they will marry into each other
producing literally dozens and dozens of FireWire & USB
There are also LED red and green light indicators
showing transmissions and traffic.
To open a sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for
a few hours, then
slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm
water and put
Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the
steps. They won't
refreeze. ( not in central and south Florida !)
Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp
baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store
rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever you purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, immediately
take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of
having to throw
away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally
decided that this would
be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads
last me indefinitely!
In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened
Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a
peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop
of blood. Works
every time! Now, where to put the body?
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and
inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.
windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and
Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to
create a lovely
light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your
smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do
this with towels
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer
for at least
3 hours prior to burning.
To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper
bag and add the
flowers. Shake vigorou! sly as the salt will absorb all
the dust and dirt
and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!
Works like a charm!
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply
add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of
pan, and bring
to a boil on stovetop.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before
in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the
refrigerator and it
will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to
help bring out
the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub
it on your
forehead. The t! hrobbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice
cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces. Left over wine? What's
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying
soap on the area
and you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to
never cross a chalk
line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor
or wherever ants
tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job
and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape
before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over
the splinter, then
pull it off. Scotch tape removes most spli! nters
painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a
toilet. Drop in two
Alka Seltzer tablets,wait twenty minutes, brush and
flush. The citric
acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a
glass vase or
cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer
Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a
glass of water and
immerse the jewelry for two minutes. To polish it, not
from Poland!! :)
Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop
in four Alka
Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if
Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three
Tablets down ! the drain followed by a cup of Heinz
White Vinegar. Wait
a few min utes, then run the hot water.(Does it have to
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of you that got this far...
Comedian George Carlin's Look At Life...
Do you realize that the only
time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?
If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think
"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half
You're four and a half, going on five!
That's the key.
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back.
You ! jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey,
you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . .
you become 21.
Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad
He TURNED; we had to throw him out There's no fun now, you're Just a
What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.
Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it,
you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!
After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch;
you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.
And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards;
"I Was JUST 92."
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100,
you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"
Live Long Enough To Be A Burdon to Your Children !
---------------------------- Original Message
A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor
walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy
Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest
news. That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only
24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple's new
daughter, Dana Lara Blessing.
At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound, they already knew she was
perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs.
'I don't think she's going to make it,' he said, as kindly as he could.
'There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even
then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very
Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the
devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived.
She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind,
and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from
cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.
'No! No!' was all Diana could say.
She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the
day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.
Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was
But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana.
Because Dana 's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw', the
lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn't
even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength
of their love.
All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light
in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close
to their precious little girl.
There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.
But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here
and an ounce of strength there.
At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold
her in their arms for the very first time.
And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn
that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life,
were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother
Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with
glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life.
She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment.
Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy
ending is far from the end of her story.
One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving,
Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local
ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing.
As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several
other adults sitting nearby, when she suddenly fell silent. hugging her
arms across her chest, little Dana asked,'Do you smell that momma?'
Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana
replied, 'Yes, it smells like rain.' Dana closed her eyes and
again asked, 'No, Do you smell that?'
Once again, her mother replied, 'Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It
smells like rain.' Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head,
patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced,
'NO, it smells like Him !
'It smells like God, when you lay your head on His chest.'
Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the
other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what
Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at
least in their hearts, all along.
During those long days, weeks and nights of her first months of her life,
when her nerves were too sensitive for a human to touch her, it was God
that was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she
remembers so well.
1 Year Old !
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