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May 9
I was tasked with replacing a battery in a tiny electronic device. Opening it, I pulled out old power cells, copied down their model number, and a quick search for them on the website of our local hardware store. Drats! There was no such thing in their inventory.
Since I’ve played this game many times before, I turned to Google to see if they were known by other model numbers. Huzzah! I was correct. What I had identified as “G13-A” microcells turned out to have at least 5 other identities. Some of these depended on the manufacturer, others on…

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May 2

I recently had to attempt a repair on our sofa; it’s one of those things that lets you stretch out the seat and have a foot-rest pop out. A La-z-boy, but not that specific brand.
A sofa is a clean thing, I thought. It might get crumbs and the odd beverage spilled on it, but mechanically I expected it to be grease free. After all, looking at the thing, even under a bright light, didn’t reveal any oily or grease spots. There must be some lubrication in order for it to operate smoothly and quietly, but, it’s not a messy…

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April 25

My eclectic choice of virtual and hard-copy reading material ranges from pressing social issues to obscure machinery. Usually the streams are so different they don’t connect, but each adds to my understanding of the world. At times I am challenged and have to rethink things. At times I am affirmed, firming up my foundation of self-knowledge. Whether challenged or affirmed I am sure of one thing: I have fun with my eclectic reading material.
Every once in a while the stars align and a single theme emerges from the variety of articles and sources that feed my curiosity. Recently, “success”…

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April 18

When I was in my teens, I used to go swimming in the big pool at the newly minted Etobicoke Olympium. It featured an Olympic sized swimming pool and two 10 metre diving towers. Every once in a while I would actually jump off from the top of one of the towers, pointing my toes and straightening out my body in order to make a clean entry. I didn’t have quite the courage to do a proper dive, but I was good enough to enter the water safely just jumping in.
When I grew older and finished high-school, I stopped…

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April 11 2021

The recent Pandemic related “zoning” change in our region caused our church Session, (the congregation’s leadership team) to reconsider worshipping in person. At a quick meeting after worship, it was decided to return to virtual services for the next four weeks. It’s a good decision that helps protect everyone and serves as an excellent example of taking responsibility with our little village.
The only problem with this decision is that it was made on Good Friday, leaving me only a day and a half to get everything ready and record the service. Thankfully, all of the paperwork had been…

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April 4th

In Graphic Design, what isn’t there matters as much as what is there. The white space around a bit of text helps the message stand out; the voids between images declutter the page; emptiness is built into a design to provide visual and emotional balance or to direct the eye to where it should go. In a sense, empty places help to fill a design and bring it to life; they are not there by accident; they are deliberate and considered as carefully as the text, images and overall content of a page.
The Cross is the central image of…

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March 28

The internal combustion engine found in cars, lawnmowers and many other devices is a marvellous device. Ranging from tiny, single-cylinder units that can fit in the palm of your hand to mighty multi cylinder units bigger than the average garage, they have helped revolutionize the way we live.
As incredible as they are, they all share a rather embarrassing secret. Internal combustion engines cannot start themselves. For all the incredible and complex technology that allows them to run for as long as they have fuel, without a little external help, they are nothing more than a fascinatingly intricate assemblage…

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March 21
As a maker, one of my goals is to make functional objects pleasing to the eye. I love tools and products that function well and look good. That doesn’t mean they have to be fancy in their appearance. All I ask for is that they be neatly finished with no ugly seams or rough surfaces. You don’t even have to hide the screws if they’re arranged neatly and consistently. Making something the pleases the eye and does its job isn’t that hard.
Why does appearance matter? For me how something looks is important because…

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March 14

For the past few weeks, the residents of Coldwater, the village in which I live, have been sharing old photos of the place on Facebook. The photos offer new insights into the history and shape of Coldwater for newer arrivals like myself. For long-time Coldwater citizens, they’re a blast from the past evoking memories of their younger selves and what life was like in the past.
Sharing photos is a relatively modern thing, but visual records of the past are not. Ancient sculptures and cave paintings reveal what life was like eons ago and even give us a glimpse of…

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March 7

Cadillac luxury vehicles are known, if not throughout the world, certainly across North America. They represent the finest automobiles the US has to offer, and for may people, they represent the epitome of refinement and quality. Of course, being luxury vehicles, they have been created specifically for those who can afford to pay for them. The cars are not simply utilitarian appliances designed for ordinary folk like you and me. If you’re in the market for a brand new Cadillac, you are one of a select few people in North America; you are definitely in the “have more than…

John A. Giurin

100% Italian, Born and raised in Canada, Presbyterian Pastor, Maker, Singer, Writer, Musician, Theatre, Married, Father, Learner, choosing Love, he/him

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