A True Brother

Stephen B Calvert Clariosophic

Stephen B Calvert Clariosophic

There was once a Christian man who worked hard every day and provided well for his family. He and his wife had several children and his career was going wonderfully. One day he fell very ill and could no longer work. His health continued to decline until he could no longer walk. He needed assistance for bathing, and every sort of personal care. His wife, faithful as ever, took care of him, but they were behind in their bills and feared they would lose their home.

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Single Best Printer We Have Ever Owned – We Love The Brother MFC-L2700DW

BrotherMFCL2700DW

I waited a while to write this review because so often I get a product and it works great, but then a few months later something goes wrong or I uncover something about it that I can’t stand. Fortunately, even having had it for several months, that has not happened with my Brother MFC-L2700DW. This printer has, for the most part, been simply amazing.

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Distance…

distance

We think about distance all the time in our lives. We think of it when we have to run up the street to the store, or plan a bigger shopping trip to a bigger store further away. We talk about how many miles it is from our home, to another home when we might want to visit. Or perhaps how far we travel to church on Sunday. Frequently we talk about distance in terms of time – of how long it will take to reach a location. But what we almost never think about until it’s devastating, is what is the cost of distance?

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Last Shoot With Nikon D70

Elizabeth Points at Dad

Nikon D70, Nikon AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-70 lens, Focal Length: 40 mm, ISO: 1000, Shutter Speed: 1/20 Aperture: f/11

I decided I’d play around with my Nikon D70 one last time before my new camera arrives. I’ve been talking with other amateur photographers recently about different shooting styles, cameras, ISOs, editing software, and file types. I have long been a person committed to shooting in JPG only. “I paid a lot of money for the camera, it can handle some of the work load.” Has long been my mind set. But Michael (an occasional author on Faith Tech Life) has been touting the use of RAW images for quite a while now.

I also tend to use flash indoors. My lovely wife is adamant about how much she loves shots taken using only available light, but I hate the noise of the added ISO required to do so. For years I’ve opted for a fill flash, over cranking up the ISO on the D70. My gear is all kit level with the exception of my flash. The Nikon SB-800 has proven to be a very effective alternative to upping the level of ISO, but admittedly, it will deliver washed out photo’s if one isn’t careful.

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Why I’m Quitting Eve Online For the Last Time

Background

About a week ago I had decided that I was going to take a break from Eve Online. Eve is an amazing game, it truly is. They have managed to balance risk verses reward in such a way that the potential loss of your in game ships can cause an adrenaline high like I haven’t experienced since raiding in EverQuest. The reality that if you explode in Eve you have just lost a substantial amount of your play hours, stacked on top of the fact that the ability to purchase game time with in game currency gives you an ability to figure out a real world value, combines to create the most exhilarating experience that a game has to offer. When you undock, no matter where you are, you could lose your ship. There is no “safe” space in Eve.

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Reponse: Thai surrogate says unaware twin had Down until late in pregnancy

A great deal of emotion was stirred in me as I read an article at MSN talking about a Thai Surrogate that kept a child with a disability despite being asked to abort it. As a father of a child born with Down Syndrome I can tell you, it can be rough! But I can tell you something else as well. That tough child is a child, a human child, and he has all the same needs for love and acceptance that any “normal” child has. He is quite capable of feeling emotion, and desperately needs the type of affection that speaks to him.

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A “Real” Moment

Our son born at 25 weeks 2 days gestation.

Our son born at 25 weeks 2 days gestation.

I laid in bed for the better part of two hours tonight unable to sleep before I got up to write this. I don’t think there has been a time in my life when I have felt so alone. As I laid in bed I couldn’t help but think: why doesn’t anyone understand? Or do they, and just not care? Perhaps they don’t know? So here it is, I’m going to let my girl (emotions) out for a post tonight.

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My Special Needs Child is a Blessing

My wife and I gave birth to a special needs child back in 2008. It’s hard. We love our little guy as much as any other child we have, but if we’re to be honest life is harder with, than without a special needs child. I have been told by several people over the years that they could not handle it, and because of that, they would have aborted. The first of those comments came only weeks after my wife gave birth to our son, and the last comment like that, or most recent, came only a few months ago.

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