What I’m Looking For in a President

This election cycle is going to be interesting, that’s for sure. There’s a whole slew of Republican candidates from different backgrounds, and for the first time in my life I am interested in more than one of them. I only caught portions of this week’s GOP debates. I am impressed with Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, and have been for some time now. I am disappointed in, but not surprised by, another candidate… Donald Trump. Read More

Birthday Girl

Today marks a special day in our family. My dear daughter, Natalie, turns a whopping 10 years old today! In a way time seems to have flown by, but on the other hand I wondered if we would all make it to today! Raising a girl is hard work, at least from my perspective. I have no other frame of reference, really. While there are days when I just don’t understand what goes on in that preteen brain of hers, I love Natalie so very much. She adds so much to our family. In honor of her, we are taking a trip into Breckenridge today for some family fun! We’re going to scope out some zip lines, trampolines and other activities that will put a smile on her face.

Until next time.


Mountain Man

My family and I have been on vacation in the mountains of Colorado for several days now. The last time we took a family camping trip to the Mountain State was back in 2008. Shortly after that trip all hell broke loose, it seemed. The real estate market crashed, the country entered a recession and I lost my job working with a real estate developer. These events marked a two year period of job searching…and soul searching. Times were tough for my family, and I wondered if I would ever figure out my purpose in the grand scheme of God’s great plan. I’ll blog more about this period of life at a later date. For now, I want to reflect on today – the here and now. Read More


The Music Man

Today I began a new musical adventure: learning to play guitar. I don’t know how far I’ll go with it, but I’d like to at least learn chords and be able to play a song or two. Or three. Whatever. I can sing, and I can write lyrics, but I’m not proficient in an instrument. I’d like to change that. It’ll be nice to accompany myself and not depend on the availability of other musicians. Read More


An Act of Love

If you follow me on facebookland you already know that our furbaby, Daisy, has a bone tumor. We have a few days left to love on her and to let her know how much we value her as a member of our family. This morning, her son, Roscoe, helped her bathe…an act of love. He has stuck by her side this morning since then, even whimpering a bit as he lays next to her. I’m posting a clip of this morning’s bath, to remember this moment a little longer.


Install Spotify for Ubuntu

I love me some music. These days I listen to my favorite artists, such as my brother Sam Riggs, and playlists using Spotify. I use the spotify web player at work, because I use a Chromebook. However, at home I like using the Spotify Linux app because it integrates nicely with the audio controls in Ubuntu…and because I really hate having open browser windows when I don’t need them. Call me crazy. Or slightly OCD. I’m okay with that. Read More


Watch Amazon Prime Videos in Ubuntu 13.10 – Adobe Flash Player Fix


ubuntu-flash2Last year I posted a method for installing HAL so that Adobe Flash would work in Ubuntu 13.04. Since then I’ve upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander. I knew that Flash would probably stop working, so one of my first tasks was to find a solution to fix the flash player. I can’t go without being able to re-watch all my favorite Star Trek series on Amazon!

After reading through several discussion boards and blog posts I finally found a solution that Read More