Submissions: Favourite Quotes

I’m looking for your favourite quotes, with the following guidelines and topic headings, to eventually display on different themes on this site Guidelines power in brevity-one sentence quotes are best I appreciate wit, humour, charm, everyday experience, and application I don’t appreciate innuendo or anything even close to being crass (did I need to write that?) Themes Values & Principles Parenting, Marriage, and Family Vision, Integrity, Trial, Strength, Motivation Spiritual Generally thought provoking All-audience timeless humour Quips and Maxims Submit as many as you’d like, and whenever you come across them to nathan.muirhead(insert the “AT” symbol)muirheadkingdom.com. I’m attempting to avoid SPAM at that email...

Gorgeous Prints

We just had these 4 incredible prints of our boys printed at 10″x 10″ in size. Believe it or not that is cropped from the original size even at 200+ resolution. We framed each boy in these delightfully square double matted frames which are hanging up in our room on our wall of fame. Daria has already alluded to how much we are enjoying our new sanctuary of a bedroom and these shots just add to our enjoyment. It’s nice to be in that room and review in my mind how important my kids are. Having such great photos of them is a great visual reminder to guide my thoughts about nurturing, teaching, loving and planning for them and our family.

I’m So Glad When Daddy Comes Home

I learned the children’s song Daddy’s Homecoming at a young age. Go ahead and have a listen. I loved the song while little because it was so true. I remember freaking out when my Dad would finally come home from work. How excited we were to see him. Now I am the subject of that song and I can hardly believe the homecoming I receive each day when I walk thru the door. “Daddy! It’s You!” is the call from two little boys, and “Hey, Dad let me show you something” from a bigger boy. Honestly, I’m shocked and overwhelmed as each day they excitedly greet me. In non-family life I usually just get the courtesy “How’s it going” or “How are you.” With my boys, and my wife, an awesome energy fills...

New Home Page

I threw up a new home page today just to make it easier for anyone who refers people to Daria and I’s blog (is I’s a true word?) or can’t remember the URL /blogs/daria or /blogs/nathan. We love new readers and new comments so by all means spread the word.

Memory

Remember that fun game from childhood called Memory? I’ve been concerned about my memory for years-I feel like it fails me in too many situations. I’m sure there are multiple reasons for this-not enough repetition, slash and burning by my brain to keep up with the constant flood it takes in each day, or worse some physiological/genetic problem. I came across my old Pyschology textbook from my 1st year university course and flipped through to the section on memory. Here are some ways to improve your memory recall: Chunking: Combining digits into strings for example: 233334567891 to 2333 3456 7891 is easier. Imagery Encoding: Connect unrelated words by attaching imagery for instance associate the words with a visual tour through your house or some...

Principles

I’m a principle kind of guy. I love love love principles. I’ve learned that this is the type of information I retain the most. This is true of my scholastic learning, leisurely reading, and retention of the many lectures, presentations, and speakers I am exposed to each week. To me an effective speaker is one who from the outset gives her audience a principle to interpret all other details of the presentation. The principle is the guide, the details are the enrichment of that theme. You know that energizing feeling when you feel your learning at a higher plane? When you have an “Aha” moment? Its thrilling. I joined Audible.com so I could take advantage of their two free audiobooks with a trial membership that you can cancel at no financial...

Easter Preparation

As the Easter and Passover seasons approach, the world over remembers our Lord’s humbling crucifixion and celebrates his triumphant resurrection over death. I’ve been listening to the marvelous Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage, during my commuting time, and gaining greater appreciation and insight into the remarkable life of my Saviour. I’m also recommending this excellent primer as a beautifully written summary to prepare and focus on. I felt a warm peace as I read what James E. Faust shared: Each of us has to receive our own witness concerning Jesus as the Christ. We cannot get it secondhand from someone else. I believe that a testimony of our Redeemer comes from a divine source, as a spiritual gift. … As one who has sought such a...

Talents

Tonight my wife got together with a bunch of her girlfriends in an organization she belongs to called Relief Society for a monthly evening called Home, Family and Personal Enrichment. From what I hear these monthly outings are an incredible source of fun, upliftment and sisterhood. Their theme for the evening was talents, and they kicked it off with a dinner and a hilarious comedy skit, that perhaps Daria will describe for you. The rest of the evening they all shared and showcased some of their talents. Daria showed off her awesome seamstress skills with a cute dress she made without a pattern (I hear that’s a big deal). Others showed off photography and other hobbies. It sounded like a total blast and I’m glad Daria belongs to such a noble...

Macs are like Hondas

I’ve always been told that foreign cars made by Honda and Toyota hold their value more than domestics, and the used car market seems to agree. This also seems to be an advantage held by the Apple computer. We just sold our old iMac on eBay this evening and it went for the final price of $450 US dollars. The computer was released in 2000 and though I don’t know for certain, I’d wager a Wintel machine made in that same time period wouldn’t sell for nearly as much. This might explain the new Alberta Electronics Recycling Fee being applied to new computers. Too many Dells in the dump I suppose. Now what do you think we should we do with the...

Colin

I had a great friend growing up in Colin. We first met while playing on the same community basketball team when I was about 10. I was a guard, Colin was a forward. I have the pictures of us somewhere (I’ll try to post those after I dig through some boxes), we were young and goofy. It wasn’t until I switched elementary schools in grade 6 that I really got to know him as my best friend. We remained best friends all through highschool and a year or so afterwards, but as time went on we saw each other less and less as schooling, missions and jobs took us to different countries and cities. We grew up together, from complete immaturity to having a solid identity and maturity. Being friends for so long made everything sweeter, as the years went by we had all...