Gentleness

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who could slay with one strike but leave their sword sheathed.
For in their powerful gentleness they will inherit the earth.
The powerful sword wielder knows that blood leads to more blood.

The sword is useful for eliminating, but can not plant, germinate and bring to fruit.

There is a better way, and the sword wielder knows this, not to relinquish their scabbard and sword, but not to have to unsheathed it either.

A wisdom can exist, a form of the fear of the Lord that can exist in the Gentleman’s eyes, that causes caution on the part of the foolish. There is a “don’t mess with me” and a “come let us walk together” in that look, not unlike Abbas, for the Gentleman knows that an inheritance can occur without the shedding of blood. The fool can learn wisdom, for they themselves were once that fool.

How does that sword wielder become a Gentleman?

  • By not drawing blood.
  • By not taking cheap shots because you can.
  • By laying such a word that even if it cuts, the person wants the cut and the outcome.
  • By walking beside rather than talking at.
  • By living empathy over sympathy.

If you think someone is full of shit, even as they speak and as they work to bring into action their words, there is of course bullshit in what they say and what they do. Just like you.
The Gentleman does not draw his sword and slay just because he can, they know how to work in such a way that the bullshit becomes less and Jesus becomes obvious and more, in themselves and in others.

It is as simple as seeking to be part of the answer. Even an answer that receives opposition. Even then engaging that opposition with gentleness, skillfully putting aside their reactions while not themselves engaging in reactions.

Action rather than reaction is not afraid of the questions, nor is it rushed, it is comfortable in silences, it is prepared and considered, it can say “I don’t know, I’ll get back to you on that.” And it does! It can say, “Well that is one way of looking at it.” And it can provide a reasonable counter reply, and simply let their words stand. 

There is a gentle strength that we need to learn where our words, once we have let them out into the world,  they do not need us to defend them. We may repeat them or better explain them, but we let Jesus defend them. Is he not better at this than us?

Gather to yourself Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, sheathed sword wearers.

Become one yourself.

Recycling

Today’s YouTube browsing took me to:

Precious Plastic

Previous Plastics :

Then a shredding video here:

What interests me here is the combination between Maker & Creator, not just making stuff, but coming back a step or two and creating the stuff you use to make the stuff.

Also the Open Source nature of this machine and the manufacture support, which included a list of people all over the world who have taken Precious Plastic Open Source designs and made the machines available in their country.
https://bazar.preciousplastic.com/seller-map/

Using Theme Twenty Seventeen

I quite like this theme, may be over using it a bit.

Regardless, one thing I do not like about this theme is that it is too narrow.

To over come this and make the text area 80% of what ever device you are viewing from, go to Appearance -> Customize-> Additional CSS and add the following:

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max-width: 80%;
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@media screen and (min-width: 48em) {
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max-width: 80%;
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@media screen and (min-width: 30em) {
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max-width: 80%;
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Now we can see what this look like on an HD monitor.

This does not appear to do much with Post, and the following does help.

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.site-info { display: none; }

Self Replicating Community

Often we listen to the idea about downsizing, small living, tiny homes, yet what is the use of these ideas if you do not thrive, do not live well?

I am quite interested in what would it take to create a community with a small footprint, and where people grow and thrive, not merely survive.

Part of what interested me is the idea around 3d printed homes.

Buick 2002 Post 1

So we got back from California, and our car blew some plastic tubing.

They said it was going to cost $2,500.00 to fix. Ouch

So that is not going to happen. Now between master mechanic JW, amateur spanner turner Terry and pleb me, we are going to see if we can do this.

Step One Order parts. http://www.rockauto.com/ 

2002 BUICK PARK AVENUE 3.8L V6
AIRTEX AW5075 Water Pump $ 17.30 $ 0.00 1 $ 17.30
FEL-PRO MS98014T Intake Manifold Gasket $ 49.79 $ 0.00 1 $ 49.79
SPECTRA PREMIUM/COOLING DEPOT CU2349 Radiator $ 95.79 $ 0.00 1 $ 95.79

Shipping Cost $ 83.98. Prices all in US$

Human Centred Design

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Dress a Girl

20160905_153859  To start iron the dress fabric in half to give you a centre as a guide line for the pocket and for cutting out the arm holes.

20160905_153859 Measure to the left 2 inches from the centre line and 6 inches from the bottom of the hem line. Place pocket and sew.

20160905_153859 Like this with opening at the top.

20160905_153859 Fold dress in half where at the ironed centre line.

20160905_153859 Place armhole template on the folded fabric and draw the outline. Cut out armholes all 4 layers of fabric.

20160905_153859 Like this.

20160905_153859Now your ready to fold over the top of fabric to create the casing for the elastic to slide through easily.

20160905_153859Do this on front and back.

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20160905_153859You can add another seam at the top of the casing to make a nice ruffled look.

20160905_153859Use a safety pin to pull elastic through the casing.

20160905_153859Hold with pins.

20160905_153859Now for the shoulder straps pin them in place then sew both at the same time .

20160905_153859 This will form the shoulder strap.

20160905_153859Sew over both the ends of elastic at the same time.

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20160905_153859Iron the straps first flat then fold in half to to create a centre guide line.

20160905_153859Iron line making binding.

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20160905_153859Cut in half to make 2 at the length for the size dress you are making.

20160905_153859Open the ends sewing right sides together.

20160905_153859Then refold them.

20160905_153859Open the binding and lay the underarm hole first and pin.

20160905_153859Oh yes, it helps to snip the curve of the armhole before sewing on binding.

20160905_153859Pin well

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20160905_153859Making sure the top part of the elastic stays free.

 

 

20160905_153859When you get to the top part of the shoulder strap hold elastic towards the middle of the fold.

20160905_153859Then sew the strap closed. (Hint)When you stop to adjust,stop with the needle down.Take it an inch or two at a time.

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20160905_153859It makes a cute and simple little dress.

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Where we live.

So you want to find us.

We live at 75-5835 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Apartment N2, that is the set of apartments just abve the office.
There is visitors parking on the Left, above and below the open small field.

Have a look at this link to get an idea of how to come and where to park.

The Map!

What is creating the chasm in your marriage?

You’re not the person I married.
We just drifted apart.
We got bored with each other.
Our marriage was a farce.
If we want to live like we do then I need to work like I do.
They were more married to their job.
I just had to prove myself.

I have often seen churches, missions, jobs, sports, entertainment and the placing of ‘that thing’ above marriage. Always with great sense of duty, vocation, even service. I don’t know if it is because it is easier to serve and be dutiful to the thing than the person they married. Maybe it is a slow slipping, just the way things happen, a first world problem.

At times I have been outspoken against certain activities because of the rotten fruit it produces in some people’s marriages. But really, there is no one thing or groups of things that can be eliminated and your marriage will be sweet. It is as if the weather of this world is constantly howling against our marriages, trying to find a way to get it’s cold tentacles into our hearts and freeze them. You shore up one area, and another gets attacked.

The issue at point is, what are the chasm creators in your marriage?frozehouse
What have you allowed to slowly bring separation?
What is the elephant in the room?
What topic is always left unspoken?

From an untidy, lazy habit, to a full blown obsession.
The telling question that can only ever be asked, never forced on the other, is.

What things am I doing that are creating a chasms between us?

Every one of us has things that the other person is doing that grate. I am not talking about answering this question to change traits in the other to just make ourselves comfortable. Rather I am thinking of those things, those actions, were one spend oneselves, that is eloquently justify, that are creating chasms. Things that even while doing a lot of good are a winters cold slowly penetrating, allowing the beginning statements to come into existence.

It only takes one to create a chasm, it takes two to close it.