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A history of the places I have lived.

I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Three weeks after I was born my family moved to Dover, Delaware, where the first of my four younger siblings was born.

From Delaware we moved to Connecticut, where my Dad had a lengthy train ride to work; West Virginia; and Richmond, Virginia.

We spent three years in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dad worked in Oklahoma City, where we also went to church (in a building that used to be an airplane hangar). While we lived there, Edmond was the site of one of the first post office shootings, and also suffered from a direct tornado hit. We were unaffected by both, though some people in our church were affected by each. In Edmond, I went to public school through second grade, and then began home school. I remember the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and I remember an early morning trip to the park with Dad to watch Halley’s comet.

From Edmond we moved to Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Dad commuted to work in New Brunswick, and we went to church in Edison. We lived there only nine months; I was the only member of our family to have a birthday in New Jersey. I remember watching the unveiling of the restored Statue of Liberty while we lived in New Jersey.

We spent three years in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Life in Goldsboro was very laid back and fun, at least for a boy of age 10-12 living in a large, old house.

Growing up, the place we lived the longest was Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, which was close enough to the Hershey’s chocolate factories that we could occasionally smell chocolate in the air, if the wind was just right. Our church moved from a fire hall in Hummelstown to a rented space above a 7-Eleven store, then to the Harrisburg Youth for Christ building (a large warehouse), and finally to a hotel (they now meet in a school).

I lived in Hummelstown for about six years before going to school at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where I met my wife. My family continued to live in Hummelstown for another eight years after I left for college. Despite living so close, I never actually visited Hersheypark until just after I graduated from college.

My wife and I were married soon after graduation, and moved to an apartment in Durham, North Carolina (we lived in Durham although we were served by the Chapel Hill post office; in the preceding link our apartment complex is a little bit farther down Farrington Rd. than the marker indicates).

After a year in North Carolina, we bought a house in Apex, where we lived from 2001 to early 2006. We chose Apex because it is close to our church. We were able to walk to church when the weather was nice!

In early 2006 we sold our home in Apex and moved to Holly Springs.

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June 23, 2006 at 9:24 am

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Resume keywords

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I’ve had my resume posted online and from time to time I receive a solicitation for job openings. Over time I’ve paid attention to my referral logs to see how folks find my resume. Almost every search includes the following keywords, and almost always they are required keywords:

+objective +education +experience

A large majority of searches also exclude the following keywords, which was a little surprising to me. I imagine that these keywords are meant to exclude job listings. If you post your resume online you should take care not to use these words!

-job -career

I have also seen the following keywords and exclusions. They are less common than the above, but it is worth considering them:

  • +senior +programmer
  • +engineer developer
  • engineer developer
  • intitle:Resume OR inurl:Resume
  • “application programmer” OR “application engineer”
  • -sample -example
  • -your -we
  • -opportunities
  • -apply -submit
  • -tips -guidelines
  • -interview
  • -service

It’s possible that I’m missing other common searches because my own resume doesn’t meet the search criteria! If you are aware of other common search terms please let me know.

Written by Scott Moonen

June 9, 2006 at 6:31 am

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A Suffering Catechism

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Does God know when you are hurting or disappointed?

Yes, God knows and sees everything.

Does God understand your pain and disappointment?

Yes, as a man Jesus experienced every kind of pain and disappointment.

Why does God bring pain and disappointment into our lives?

God loves us and he is drawing us to trust him more and more. God gives us many good and happy gifts but he wants to remind us that Jesus is more wonderful and good than anything else.

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June 7, 2006 at 6:27 am

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A Creation Catechism

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Who made [that]?

God made [that].

Why did God make [that]?

God made [that] to display his beauty and his glory.

Why does it work the way it does?

God is in authority over all things and he has decreed it.

Written by Scott Moonen

June 6, 2006 at 3:54 am

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Who do you trust in?

I trust in God!

God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For what do you trust in God our Father?

God is my Father. He loves me, watches over me, cares for me, and provides for me. Thank you, Father!

For what do you trust in Jesus the Son?

Jesus is my Savior. He died to take away my sin, give me his righteousness, and make me part of God’s family. Now he intercedes for me. Thank you, Jesus!

For what do you trust in the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit gives me life by uniting me with Jesus; helps me to trust and obey God; and helps me to grow to be more like Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit!

How do you trust in God?

By resting in him for my salvation and for all my needs.

Why does God love you?

He made me his child.

How do you know that God loves you?

He gave his son Jesus for me.

Why do you love God?

Because he first loved me.

Why do you obey God?

Because I love him.

Written by Scott Moonen

June 5, 2006 at 12:01 pm

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A Family Worship Catechism

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Why do we read God’s word?

We love to read God’s word because it is life and truth.

What does God’s word teach us?

God’s word teaches us about himself, how good and merciful he is; it teaches us that we are sinners who need a savior; and it teaches us how we are to live, trusting in God.

How do we read God’s word?

The Holy Spirit helps us to understand God’s word and to trust and obey it. Holy Spirit, please help me!

Written by Scott Moonen

June 4, 2006 at 11:56 am

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A Lord’s Day Catechism

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What is today?

Today is the Lord’s day.

Why is this day special?

God gives us a day of rest as a gift; to remind us that Jesus is victorious risen Lord of all creation; and to give us hope that some day we will enjoy rest with him forever.

What do we do on the Lord’s day?

On the Lord’s day we love to worship God together as his people.

Why is it so good to worship God together?

Long ago, people feared to draw near to God. But because of Jesus’s death, we now enjoy God’s nearness at all times, and especially when his people gather together.

Written by Scott Moonen

June 3, 2006 at 11:41 am

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A Mealtime Catechism

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Where did our food come from?

God provided for our food.

Why did God provide for our food?

God loves us and cares for us by providing for all of our needs.

How shall we thank God?

We thank God by our words, and by enjoying our food as a gift from him. Thank you, God!

Written by Scott Moonen

June 2, 2006 at 11:33 am

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