Joe's Blog

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A blog by Joe Billman about programming, and other stuff

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Moral decay

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Posted on: March 12th, 2021 by Joe

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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien

As to be hated needs but to be seen;

Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,

We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Alexander Pope

Not to speak is to speak

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Posted on: March 12th, 2021 by Joe

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Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Learning from the past, living in the present, longing for the future

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Posted on: November 6th, 2020 by Joe

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Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. – Winston Churchhill

Ordinary can be extraordinary

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Posted on: August 2nd, 2020 by Joe

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The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary
people who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.

– Gordon B. Hinckley

Moms Know Best

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Posted on: July 24th, 2020 by Joe

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Remember that God is our only one trust. To Him, I commend you … My son, neglect not the duty of secret prayer.

– Mary Washington

Greatest snickerdoodle cookies of all time

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Posted on: March 14th, 2019 by Joe

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  • 1 stick of salted butter (8 tbsp.)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (real vanilla is best)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)

Cinnamon sugar coating

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix butter and sugar at medium speed until pasty. Add egg and vanilla, mix together at medium speed until creamy. Stir in baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and flour. Roll dough balls in the cinnamon sugar coating. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls about 2” apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes.  Let cool slightly before removing from baking sheet. Yields approximately 24 cookies. Enjoy!

I live in high altitude so this recipe has been adjusted accordingly. If you try it and they don’t seem right, try reducing the flour a little or adding a little more butter (coconut oil works great too).

Setting Goals = Happiness

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Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Joe

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If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.

– Andrew Carnegie

Accountability

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Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Joe

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Accountability breeds response-ability.

– Stephen Covey

Greatness Requires Enthusiasm

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Posted on: March 5th, 2018 by Joe

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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change Your World

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Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Joe

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Change you thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale


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