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From a Child

Things children will say…………

President’s Day

I was eating lunch today with my 14 year old grandson when his mom asked him  “What is tomorrow?”

He said “It’s President’s Day”

She asked “What does that mean?” …. I was waiting for something profound…

He said  “President’s Day is when Obama steps out of the White House and if he sees his shadow, we have 2 more years of unemployment.”

Pay Attention! Life is short….

 

Life is short….

I think there is a VERY PROFOUND message here!

How true is this one!!!!!  

 

 THE SITUATION

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

 

About 4 minutes later:


The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:


The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW… it has an expiration date

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Inspiration

 
 
 

***Received this in an e-mail and found it so interesting***

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Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.
~Swedish Proverb
 

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ABC News – Japan Earthquake: before and after

place the curser on the right side of the picture and drag it to the left to show before and after

Slide the cursor over each photo to see the before and after.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

The price of Gas versus Printer Ink

The price of Gas versus Printer Ink
All these examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap; it just

illustrates how outrageous some prices are….

You will be really shocked by the last one!
(At least, I was…)

Compared with Gasoline……

Think a gallon of gas is expensive?

This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.

Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 … $10.32 per gallon

Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ……….$9.52 per gallon

Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ….. $10.17 per gallon

Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ……… $10.00 per gallon

Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 …… $33.60 per gallon

Vick’s Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 … $178.13 per gallon

Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon

Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ……. . $25.42 per gallon

Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 ……$84.48 per gallon

And this is the REAL KICKER…

Evian water 9 oz $1.49..$21.19 per gallon! $21.19 for WATER and

the buyers don’t even know the source.

(Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)

Ever wonder why printers are so cheap?

So they have you hooked for the ink. Someone calculated the cost of

the ink at……………
(you won’t believe it….but it is true……..) $5,200 a gal. (five

thousand two hundred dollars)

So, the next time you’re at the pump, be glad your car doesn’t run

on water, Scope, or Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or God forbid,

Printer Ink!

Just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next trip to the

pump…

And – If you don’t pass this along to at least one person, your

muffler will fall off!!

Okay, your muffler won’t really fall off…but, you might run out of

toilet paper.

 

The Eagle Has Been Replaced

 

I did not write this – only share!

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Look, the Obamaunk !!
The Eagle Has Been Replaced
Thought you’d get a kick out of this……….

The skunk has replaced the Eagle as the new symbol of the American Presidency.
It is half black, half white, and everything it does stinks!

This is the BEST LAWYER INSURANCE STORY OF THE YEAR

Cigar box with cigar cases
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(You are invited to judge by yourself, however!).

This took place in Charlotte , North Carolina .

A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.  Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.  In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost “in a series of small fires.”

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON!

(Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable “fire” and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the ‘fires’.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART . . .

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!  With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year’s Criminal Lawyers Award contest.

 

July 2011 Calendar

A bag of money, US dollars, spinning in a vort...
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OK. I am not taking any chances with this one!!!!!

This year, July has 5 Fridays,
5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called
money bags. So, forward this to your friends and money will arrive within 4
days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui the one who does not forward…..will be
without money. Not taking any chance!  Good Luck!
July 2011
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I’m Fine…..How are you?

 

It is better to say “I’m fine” with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.

 

I’M FINE!! HOW ARE YOU?

 


There’s nothing the matter with me,
I’m just as healthy as can be,
I have arthritis in both knees,
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, my blood is thin,
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

 


All my teeth have had to come out,
And my diet I hate to think about.
I’m overweight and I can’t get thin,
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

 


And arch supports I need for my feet.
Or I wouldn’t be able to go out in the street.
Sleep is denied me night after night,
But every morning I find I’m all right.
My memory’s failing, my head’s in a spin.
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

 


Old age is golden I’ve heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
And my glasses on a shelf, until I get up.
And when sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself,
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?

 


The reason I know my Youth has been spent,
Is my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went!
But really I don’t mind, when I think with a grin,
Of all the places my get-up has been.

 


I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits.
If my name is missing, I’m therefore not dead,
So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed.

The moral of this as the tale unfolds,
Is that for you and me, who are growing old.
It is better to say “I’m fine” with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.

I’M FINE!! HOW ARE YOU?

 

 

Only 31 words

A very powerful cartoon…..please keep it going.

This should be posted in every school in the ” USA ..”

 

Only 31 words — Think about it!

 
Isn’t life strange? I never met one Veteran who enlisted to fight for Socialism!

86% will send this on.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

 

If Muslims can pray on Madison Avenue, why are Christians banned from praying in public and from erecting religious displays on their holy days?

What happened to our National Day of Prayer? Obama says we can’t have that; yet, Muslims are allowed to block off Madison Ave. , in N.Y.C., and pray in the middle of the street! And, it’s a monthly ritual!

Tell me, again, whose country is this? Ours or the Muslims?

I was asked to send this on if I agree, or delete if I don’t.
 
It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.

Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having ‘In God! We Trust’ on our money and having ‘God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I believe it’s time we stand up for what we believe!

Precautions ::: Mammograms and Dental XRays/ A Useful Warning

Woman undergoing a mammogram of the right breast
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The information below I received just now in e-mail –  *** IT has Been checked and it is
CORRECT! *** – it just might be your time (or your wife’s  ( or girlfriend) ) to have
a Mammogram done and without asking you might not know) — and I would
rather get it out so YOU have a voice to ASK!
 
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Precautions re Mammograms and Dental XRays/ A Useful Warning
A wife sent me this:
 
On Wednesday there was a TV segment on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program that mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. On the apron/shield the dental tech places over your upper body during dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don’t even bother to use it. Also, there is something called a “thyroid guard” for use during mammograms.
 
By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn’t routinely used. Answer: “I don’t know. You have to ask for it.” Well, if I hadn’t seen the show, how would I have known to ask?
 
I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.
 
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The Handgun……Issue

I have dear friends on both sides of the handgun issue, those who believe easy access to hand guns is not good for this country and those who believe government has no business dictating ownership one way or the other. 

I have gained valuable understanding from both arguments.  I have made my final decision.  

Certain Americans, especially those who are more likely to become victims of crime, need to own and become proficient with handguns!

 
I can’t discuss it further right now.  Gotta get back to the firing range . . . . .

It’s my turn to pick up the brass behind the shooting stations.

Free hug for you today (& Everyday)

 

Click on the photo below to watch this video made in Sondrio ,  Italy.
You’ll be smiling or crying by the end of it.

Thinking of you!

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Did this make your newspaper ??

This photo is real. Why isn’t this person with the sign

(we will shoot more police”) not being arrested?.

Take a good look at the sign he is holding!

Ok all you fighters for illegal immigrants‘ rights. Here is one of the

reasons we have a problem with it. As the ones that have to pay for the

welfare of these immigrants,depriving the natural citizens.

One of the several reasons the U . S . A . is falling apart.
“Gitter Done Arizona ” !

Enough said.
Boy-oh-Boy, this needs to travel around the U.S.A.Don’t let it die folks.

Lawyer: Van der Sloot to plead temporary insanity

Mugshot of Joran van der Sloot
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LIMA, Peru — Joran van der Sloot plans to plead guilty to killing a young Peruvian woman he met gambling but will argue temporary insanity in a bid to significantly shorten his sentence, his defense lawyer said Monday…read more here…

Headache

A guy is out with his buddies. He has a
few drinks, gets in the mood but true to
his wife, goes home.

When he gets home he finds her sound
asleep in bed with her mouth wide open.
He gets two aspirin and drops them into
her mouth.

Of course, she chokes but recovers and
asks, “What did you put in my mouth??”

He says, “Two aspirin”.

She replies, “BUT I DON’T HAVE A HEADACHE”!!!   

He says, “That’s just what I wanted to hear.”

Mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee

A photo of a cup of coffee.
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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,
when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and
the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some
items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a
very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf
balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it
was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into
the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again
if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it
into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked
once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous
“yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under
the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively
filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want
you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are
the important things— your family, your health, your friends and your
favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they
remained , your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job,
your house and your car.
The sand is everything else—the small stuff. “If you put
the sand into the jar first,” he continued, ” there is no room for the
pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all
your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for
the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your
happiness. Play with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit
with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse
out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the
house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the
things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the
coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad! you asked.
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life
may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a
friend.”