Uncle Thor's Lessons, Anecdotes and Humor

Archive for March, 2008

31
Mar

Leave a Candle Lit….

Paul was one of the people whom I had helped put back together. He was a smart, somewhat arrogant young man with an inquisitive mind. Paul had potential. From living in a parking lot to taking a position as a computer expert, he had rebuilt his life. Later, he met a woman he came to […]

30
Mar

Picking on the Germans

I recently came across a web page that included various insults for Germans. That got me to wondering. It is time to set the facts straight. German-bashing is a widespread thing. It started in World War I, waned for a few years, and then flared up again in World War II. The abuse has hardly […]

29
Mar

Just Thinking….

When I had started compiling the materials for my books, I never thought things would get so far. Nor did I ever think that these materials would far exceed the simple lessons that Willi had given me. There has been much work on my part, most of which was first compiled into The Road to […]

29
Mar

Many and One

Fehu and Urus illustrate a unique paradox of the human condition: the society and the individual. Though the symbol of the herd and the lone wild ox. There is a great lesson. In a way, it mirrors the paradox of Mannar: the Roles and the Person. Mannar is the balance of Who a person is, […]

28
Mar

Writing Effectively

I just received an email letter from an angry young man. It was one long run-on sentence devoid of punctuation or capital letters, with mis-spellings and indecipherable grammar. I concluded that the writer was a buffoon, partly from the rant and partly because of the poor writing skills. These days, writing skills are lacking. Half […]

28
Mar

Technology Crunch

I do not carry a cell phone, and am not too experienced in their use. To me, it seems a waste. I do not like the idea of having phone conversations in the middle of my other activities. I am not that important that anyone has to contact me immediately at any hour of the […]

27
Mar

Seeing True?

A pinhead Heathen limits his learning to the fragments and vestiges of the old lore. A good Heathen does not limit his lessons. To him, the whole world is a teacher. If you were ill and needed a medical procedure, would you first inquire as to its origin? Would it matter if it were a […]

26
Mar

Cooling time

I was out doing some metal casting today. I just acquired a mold that makes two figures: a Prussian from the Napoleonic Era, and a Prussian from circa 1870 – 1914. I also cast figures from other molds today. These included some Civil War troops, a Western figure in buckskins firing pistols, and Revolutionary War […]

25
Mar

Both Ends Against the Middle

Every child tries this trick. He asks his mother for something, but she tells him no. A spark of inspiration strikes, and he decides to ask Dad. Maybe Dad will say Yes. Even if he says Yes the first time, Mom will find out. That is when Mom and Dad realize the child is old […]

25
Mar

Fix the Solution, Solve the Problem

During the Middle Ages, Japan faced a crisis. They knew the Mongols’ Chinese puppet states were planning an invasion. The wiser Japanese leaders also knew that they key to stemming the Mongol / Chinese attack would be archery. The problem was that archery had declined. Japanese soldiers were so fixed on swordsmanship that they let […]

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