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Open Doors


picture of door sign

Life consists of a series of open doors and closed doors. That's one of the ways the Lord clearly leads us to our next stage in life. As I deal with students who are at the point of life where they are testing doors to see which will open for them, I love to remind them that a closed door is every bit as good as an open door — it prevents them from going where they aren't meant to go. I'm amazed that some people are eager to try to pry open doors that the Lord has closed — it seems to me as though it may just be asking for trouble. Lord, please keep the doors that are wrong for me closed!

Lately I've come across some door signs that are amusing or perplexing, and I share them with you today. Some times it helps not to be gifted so that you can read clear Pull or Push signs on a door, as in this classic Far Side cartoon.

picture of sign

I can't believe how many times I've done the same thing. Maybe I'm more gifted than I thought...? Probably not.
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I’m Motivated!


This is my 400th blog post, and I'm motivated to keep going. It's hard to believe that this next month will mark 7 years since I started the ivman.com domain. This summer I'll be celebrating the 5th birthday of my blog. Where does the time go?! Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me through the years, some going back as far as the initial e-mail group in 1997! If you want to read a little more about the history of ivman, check out my about page.

Many people reading this are doing so by e-mail, and a good number do so through a blog reader. Some of you have told me that the e-mails serve as a reminder to go read the post on the blog itself. But I'm sure there are many of you who rarely if ever visit the blog itself. You can easily get to my blog by clicking on the title of the blog post in the body of the e-mail. I hope you will visit the blog soon. The blog posts themselves look different on the blog — for some reason the pictures I float to the right in posts don't show up in the same place in e-mails and blog readers. Plus you miss all the hilarious and/or insightful comments that readers leave!

In previous posts — here and here — I've posted series of (de)motivational posters. I've run across many other funny ones since then, some fit for publication here and some not (another reason people have said they appreciate my blog....).

Some people aspire to loftiness....

picture of demotivational poster

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What to Eat and What Not to Eat


I've recently received some good cartoons about food, diet, and exercise. I wonder if we're to the point where those New Year's resolutions have become a bit less resolute. Here are several cartoons, followed by some other thoughts about what we should eat and what we shouldn't eat.

diet cartoon

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Smart Car Body Kits


Many Europeans are keen on their "Smart Car" — "the first European electric vehicles that are fully operational for everyday use." The concept is owned by the Germans and manufactured in France. To give you an idea of the size of the Smart Car, here's a picture of this energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly vehicle that our government will probably soon mandate that we all must use, much like the squiggly fluorescent light bulb.

picture of smart car

They come in a variety of colors — here's a picture of a stack of them at a dealership.
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Long Live the Queen!


picture of Queen Elizabeth - Time's 1952 Woman of the Year

Happy Presidents' Day! It might seem strange to give the title "Long Live the Queen!" to a Presidents' Day blog post and to start off with a picture of Queen Elizabeth II of England, but I think my doing so will make more sense to you as you read the post. Many people know the expressions, "God Save the King!" or more recently "God Save the Queen!" He seems to have done just that with Queen Elizabeth II.

In February 1952, at the age of 25, Elizabeth ascended the throne to become the queen. Time magazine named her its Woman of the Year for 1952. That was a long time ago, and that young queen is now in her eighties. I hope this post of pictures with little commentary will document at least one aspect of her 58 years as queen, so far.

For Presidents' Day 2010 I would like to do a tribute to the presidents through the eyes of Queen Elizabeth II.
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