Wally Amos is the
founder of Uncle
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When the going
gets tough ...
THE BIBLE SAYS, “It came to pass.” And as the late
Unity minister Eric Butterworth said, “It came to
pass. It did not come to stay; it came to pass.”
History has proven this to be a very true statement.
Everything that ever was has passed. One day we
too will pass. It is important for us to remember that
truth during these so-called turbulent times, which
are no more or less turbulent than times past.
I remember during basic training in the Air
Force going through the obstacle course. As I slid
down a rope strung on a slope, I took my gloves
off to get a better grip. When I reached the bottom, my hands had frozen so I could not get my
gloves back on. In below-freezing temperatures,
I had to finish the rest of the course without my
gloves. The one thought that helped get me
through was knowing it would not last forever:
“This, too, shall pass.”
Another phrase that helps me daily is “going
through it.” People use this phrase all the time:
“I’m going through this” and “I’m going through
that.” The answer is inherent within the phrase.
Keep going through it. Do not stop. Focus on
answers and solutions. My friend J. T. O’Hara
says, “When you’re going through hell, don’t
stop to take pictures.” Another friend says, “If
God brings you to it, he will bring you through
it.” It’s also helpful to remember you only have
to experience whatever “it” is one day at a time.
There are no promises that life will be easy.
Years ago, I decided that life is never really what it
seems. It’s always more. The phrase that helps
me remember this is “This, too, shall pass.” C
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tips for the home office
JUST AS IN a traditional corporate office, keeping energy
costs down in a home office
is a smart policy. The good
news is that many energy-saving steps don’t require significant expenditures: They
can be as small as changing
light bulbs or adding insulation strips around doors—or
simply changing habits.
Here are some energy-smart tips for the home office
from Energy Star, a govern-ment-backed program that
promotes energy conservation.
These tips are applicable in
summer and winter alike.
Seal your home. If you
add up all the hidden air leaks
in your home, they can equal
a hole the size of an open window. This makes home sealing
one of the first and most
important steps you can take to
reduce home energy costs year-round. Sealing air leaks and
adding insulation—paying spe-
cial attention to your attic and
basement, where the biggest
gaps and cracks are often
found—will keep warm or cool
air inside where it belongs and
help your equipment perform
more efficiently. For more
information, get EPA’s “Guide
to Energy-Efficient Heating and
Cooling” and “A DIY Guide to
ENERGY STAR Home Sealing”
Maintain your equipment.
Dirt and neglect are the top
causes of heating- and cooling-system failure. Equipment
maintenance is one of the most
important steps you can take to
keep your system at peak performance. Schedule an annual
checkup of your system with a
licensed contractor. Also, make
sure to clean or change your
system’s air filter once a month.
You’ll recoup the costs through
lower energy bills.
Use a thermostat. Using a
programmable thermostat to
regulate your home’s temperature saves energy by offering
settings that lower temperatures
when you are away and raise
them when you return.
Use a ceiling fan. Fans cool
people by creating a wind-chill
effect against their skin. So even
if the air in the room is warm,
people feel cooler with a gentle
draft. And fans are economical:
They don’t need to be on when
there’s nobody in the room.
Also, ceiling fans can help in
winter. Most fans have a switch
to operate the ceiling fan at low
speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle
updraft, which forces warm air
at the ceiling down.
Change your lights.
Replacing traditional light bulbs
with new compact fluorescent
lights (CFLs) can significantly
reduce your energy usage. CFLs
CHRIS A RUSNAK
provide the same
amount of light
while requiring less
energy than older lights.
CFLs are now available in
Use Energy Star–compliant
equipment. Equipment such as
computers, printers, refrigerators, fans and air conditioners
that meet Energy Star requirements use less energy. They do
this by smart design and by
automatic “sleep” functions that
turn down the machines when
not in use.
For more tips, go to