I love the saying, "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Known as Maslow's Law of the Hammer or the Law of the Instrument, the maxim says that we all rely on familiar tools to solve tasks at hand. It could also be expressed, "To a surgeon, every malady requires a … Continue reading Law of the Tape Measure
When I was a Girl Scout selling cookies door-to-door, I was jealous of the Cub Scouts in my class, always verbally jousting about their Pinewood Derby strategies. How many times did I have to listen to those smug boys talk about weights, decals and axle lubricants, while I spent my winter weekends hawking Tagalongs on … Continue reading Look at That GS Car Go!
Look what just arrived in the mail: my diploma in General Construction! I could not be more grateful to my unflappable instructor, Kenton Pleger, or to the whole team at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville, for welcoming a middle-aged mom with no relevant experience into the school's new class in Building Construction Technology. (Nor … Continue reading Big News in the Mailbox
An incredibly thoughtful friend just gave me a band saw salvaged from the garage of "an ancestor." All signs point to the fact that it was never used, but my band-saw inexperience and general blade anxiety led me to call in quasi-professonal help before plugging in my new toy. Enter my neighbor, who so often … Continue reading I’m with the Band Saw