Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Fixed!

by Shane Holden – November 12, 2014

Cats are apparently the new rabbits when it comes to breeding. Our one stray cat has quickly become X cats now. I love them to death, but holy cow is she one fertile cat. There’s a stray male that comes often, we’ve named him Bruce, and he is undoubtedly the dad. It’s impossible to get anywhere near him, so we’ve taken the responsible approach this morning and dropped Mini (the Mom) and her 4 kittens (now cats) off to all be fixed. Strays seem to make their way to our house and end up being pets, but this will atleast stop ours from having more or having liters at others’ houses. The ride to the shop was pretty loud with some upset cats and I imagine when we pick them up this evening they are going to be ill.

What Cancer Can't Do

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Missing Mom

by Shane Holden – November 4, 2014

Today marks 4 years since Mom was here. I’m spending the day 400 miles from home working with my brother helping our brother on a project. The drive gives you lots of time to think, and I’ve thought alot about how blessed we were to have had one of the greatest moms imaginable for 25 years. I know we’ll see each other again one day, and knowing that helps wipe away sadness.

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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

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Second Parents

by Shane Holden – October 14, 2014

I think most people that are fortunate enough to have a best friend growing up, whether they are always best friends or grow apart, end up with two people that will always have an irreplaceable place in their hearts. These are the parents that put up with you over summer breaks or after school, not because they had to, but because they wanted to. And because of the love they showed, they will always be your second parents.

We learned today that one of our’s may be having some health problems. This is part of growing up that they don’t each you anything about—what it feels like to learn something like this. We took this chance to drop a card by to let them know that we are thinking about and praying for them, and if they ever need anything, let us know. And we also took the chance to let them know something that we’ve wanted to for a while, that some of our greatest memories while growing up are those with them.

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Bike Accident

by Shane Holden – October 12, 2014

We were about 30 seconds onto the scene of a bicycle accident this afternoon. We turned onto the highway and what looked like something that had fallen out of someone’s vehicle was actually a man. We immediately jumped out and ran to the guy. He was covered in blood mostly from the injuries to his head. He was scared, so we talked to him and tried to keep him to lay still until some help arrived. Another guy that had stopped did the same. I think he will be ultimately okay, thankfully. It sucks seeing someone be involved in something that could have very easily had been death. But it also gives you an opportunity to see the good in people—how people will instinctively stop and try to care for a stranger.

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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

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.— E. E. Cummings