Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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More Jelly!

We are making another batch of jelly. This time it’s crabapple! Pot is on the stove right now.

by Shane Holden – October 20, 2014

What Cancer Can't Do

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Retro Play: Smash T.V.

by Shane Holden – October 5, 2014

Smash T.V.

Unfortunately Smash T.V. is a game that we missed out on back when it was new. Even when the sequel came out on SNES it was unknown to us. We decided to give it a try, and it quickly became the next in our lineup. The controls at first took a little bit to get used to—for me atleast. I started and played over half the game using the A button, so I was at a strategic disadvantage. After beginning the game using that method, changing to the locked-aim method took a little practice to get it down, but that became the only way to play shortly after. It allows you not to have to constantly charge the enemies in order to kill them. Without a doubt, after enjoying this hit for a few weeks and finally beating it, we will be trying to get our hands on the SNES version and give it a play. I’ve checked out some video clips on it, and I’m looking forward to comparing it to the first.

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Great Resentment

by Shane Holden – September 26, 2014

Our financial system is a great source of resentment for most people—including myself. It’s the result of many generations simply not caring or being too distracted to care. One cannot simply save to get ahead for a rainy day. If you save your money, you are choosing to lose value over time due to inflation and the near 0 rate of return that the TBTF banks give. If you look for investments, you are choosing to jump into a boom and bust wave, with your return being dependent on the great money policy manipulators at the FED. The current system is reliant on consumerism, and living life so shortsightedly that most people don’t even have any emergency savings for a rainy day. It’s ridiculous.

In Washington we’ve allowed the system to become so broken, that one idiot, Harry Reid, has the power to keep a bill from seeing the light of day in the Senate. Regardless of the fact that the people have spoken with passing the Audit the Fed bill twice now, that moron cares more about his self-interest than exposing the crimes against humanity that the financial system has carried out since that day in 1913 that it was created.

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Work Hard. Play Fair.

by Shane Holden – September 10, 2014

I think my graduating class had the greatest principle ever. At the end of the announcements each morning, Dr. McNeil would tell the entire school the inspiring words below.

Work hard. Play fair. Dream big. Make a difference. Be proud of who you are. Make wise decisions. And have a great day.Dr. McNeil

Such a simple yet extremely powerful piece, that I and many others still find ourselves thinking about to this day and will for the rest of our lives. Today’s post is an example of that being on my mind. Thank you sir for being such a great inspiration to all of your students.

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Ugh, another one!

by Shane Holden – September 9, 2014

I spent the better part of this afternoon dealing with the sickness that comes with a migraine for me. I thought I had this one beat once my vision came back clear and no numbness followed, but shortly after I started getting nauseous and decided that I’d much rather hug my toilet at home. I wish I just knew what triggered them for me if it’s something specific so I could try my best to avoid it at all costs. On the bright side, I saw it coming and just skipped lunch—I saw no need on wasting the money on something that wouldn’t stay down. And, this little guy took care of me while I tried to sleep it off.

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Canned Jars Popping

We just finished our 4th batch of jelly and I hear the lids popping already. Such a satisfying sound to listen for!

by Shane Holden – August 30, 2014

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Picking Muscadines

by Shane Holden – August 24, 2014

We have picked around 25lbs of muscadines this weekend — 20lbs of which was picked today. Next up, making jelly out of them! From the research we’ve done online, and what we can remember when Mom used to do it with grapes, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to pull it off. The idea of using something that grows naturally that would otherwise go to waste is appealing. Can’t wait to try it with some homemade biscuits!

Basket full of muscadines

Basket full of muscadines

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Hello Police State

by Shane Holden – August 18, 2014

The recent events should make it impossible for anyone to try to refute the obvious. No-knock raids, tear gassing of citizens, small police departments with tanks and other vehicles, Constitution-free zones, etc. — this is what the new USA looks like. We’ve allowed our police departments to become militarized, and what’s unfolding in Missouri is the direct result of it. Along with the militarization, we’ll give anyone with a pulse a badge, and unfortunately for many that is a license to kill. This license to kill also comes with getting off scott-free for what is sometimes cold blooded murder.

I don’t know about you, but a cop is becoming the last person that I want to call in an emergency. They are too trigger happy. Too much power and deadly force with not enough self control. And the solution for everything is to disarm everyday people? You’ve got to be kidding.

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Good Questions I Think

by Shane Holden – August 8, 2014

Seeing people on Facebook do the knee-jerk reaction and share anything that has to do with standing with Israel is one thing that bothers me, for I don’t believe they even put an ounce of thought into their positions. I thought I would bring up some very good questions, hoping to atleast get a response with a polite adult argument to my questions, but so far they have gone unanswered.

My particular response and questions are:

That’s the thing that gets me with all of this “pro-Israel” propaganda. Would the Prince of Peace support the slaughter of another people? Would He be for wars of aggression? Is it love thy neighbor, unless your an Israeli or he is Muslim? Wouldn’t the Right of Return also be applicable to the Native Americans, or any other ethnic group that was displaced from their homeland throughout all of history? That’s the great hypocrisy with the Republican party. Is it possible to be so Pro-Life and support Wars of Aggression endlessly?

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Resistance To Change

by Shane Holden – August 7, 2014

You always think of children to be the ones that are absolutely against change at any level, but I’m learning that it’s adults that are more so. It doesn’t matter if the change is a benefit, added convenience, you name it, it’s initially rejected no matter what the reasoning. I don’t think it’s necessarily just being used to the way something was, but just a natural desire to resist.

When it comes to change at the workplace, arguing against, being defiant, being mouthy, to me serves no purpose. Your time is essentially being bought, and for that reason you should just go with the flow. I’ve heard so much whining, but give change a chance. I guarantee when you get used to an electronic in/out board, you’ll love it!

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.— Victor Hugo, The History of a Crime