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A lecturer at a Stress Management Seminar held up a glass of water and asked,
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
  Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
  The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.
  It depends on how long you try to hold it. A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water
  If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
  If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
  If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
  In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
  He continued,   And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. "
  As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."
  "So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can."
So, my friend, why not take a while to just simply RELAX.
  Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.
Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.
Life is short.    Enjoy it!
  Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
  * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  * Never buy a car you can't push.
  * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  * The second mouse gets the cheese.
  * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  * We could learn a lot from crayons...
Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  *A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
  Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today......I did.


Bro. Joe

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Take out a one dollar bill, and look at it. The one dollar bill you're looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design. This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it.   It is actually material. We've all washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.


If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury Seal. On the top you will see the scales for a balanced budget. In the center you have a carpenter's square, a tool used for an even cut. Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury. That's all pretty easy to figure out, but what is on the back of that dollar bill is something we should all know.


If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.


If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid. Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark.  This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is un-capped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity.  It was Franklin's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.


"IN GOD WE TRUST" is on this currency. The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, "God has favored our undertaking."


The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, "a new order has begun." At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776.


If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States  It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.

The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown.  We had just broken from the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.  In the Eagle's beak you will read, "E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning, "one nation from many people".

Above the Eagle, you have thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one..

Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.


They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this: 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum", 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

I always ask people, "Why don't you know this?"  Your children don't know this, and their history teachers don't know this.  Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade.  Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care. Too many veterans never came home at all.

Share this page with everyone , so they can learn what is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for...

God Bless YOU, and Have a Great Day!


Bro. Joe

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This is great.  Please take a moment to read it.
It will make your day and the ending will surprise you.

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.
They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to
Raphael. They would
often sit together and admire the great works of

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to
He was very
courageous and died in battle while rescuing another
soldier. The father
was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there
was a knock at the
door. A young man stood at the door with a large
package in his hands.

He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the
soldier for whom your son
gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he
was carrying me to
safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he
died instantly. He
often talked about you, and your love for art." The
young man held out
this package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not
really a great artist,
but I think your son would have wanted you to have

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by
the young man. He stared in awe at the way the
soldier had captured the
personality of his son in the painting. The father
was so drawn to the
eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He
thanked the young man
and offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir,
I could never repay
what your son did for me. It's a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every
time visitors came
to his home he took them to see the portrait of his
son before he showed
them any of the other great works he had collected

The man died a few months later. There was to be a
great auction of his
paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited
over seeing the
great paintings and having an opportunity to
purchase one for their

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The
auctioneer pounded his
gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture
of the son. Who will
bid for this picture?"

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We
want to see the famous
paintings. Skip this one."

But the auctioneer persisted. "Will somebody bid for
this painting. Who
will start the bidding? $100, $200?"

Another voice angrily. "We didn't come to see this
painting. We came to
see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the
real bids!"

But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The
son! Who'll take the son?"

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the
room. It was the
longtime gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give
$10 for the
painting." Being a poor man, it was all he could

"We have $10, who will bid $20?"

"Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters."

"$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the
picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once,
twice, SOLD for $10!"

A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's
get on with the

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the
auction is over."

"What about the paintings?"

"I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this
auction, I was told of a
secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to
reveal that
stipulation until this time. Only the painting of
the son would be
auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would
inherit the entire estate,
including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!"

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the
cross. Much like the
auctioneer, His message today is: "The son, the son,
who'll take the

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets

Bro. Joe

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this might have beeen placed on the Comparative bedroom thread -



>>>> Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!
>>>> Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things
>>>> they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how
>>>> feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids
>>>> with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for
>>>> failure in the real world.
>>>> Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
>>>> Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world
>>>> will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about
>>>> yourself.
>>>> Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
>>>> You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
>>>> Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
>>>> Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
>>>> Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they
>>>> called it opportunity.
>>>> Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine
>>>> about your mistakes, learn from them.
>>>> Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as
>>>> they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning
>>>> your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you
>>>> were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your
>>>> parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
>>>> Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but
>>>> life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
>>>> and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right
>>>> answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in
>>>> real life.
>>>> Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers
>>>> off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND
>>>> YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
>>>> Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually
>>>> have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
>>>> Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Bro. Joe

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I think we all need to be reminded...
Let's see if you send it back. We all know or knew someone like this!!
One day, when I was a freshman in high school,

I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.

His name was Kyle.

It looked like he was carrying all of his

I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?

He must really be a nerd."

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.

They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.

His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him.

He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.

As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks.

They really should get lives.

" He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!"

There was a big smile on his face.

It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.

As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.

He said he had gone to private school before now.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.

We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.

I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends

He said yes.

We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and myfriends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came! , and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again.

I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!

" He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.

When we were seniors, we began to think
about college.

Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I
was going to Duke.

I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem.

He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class.

I teased him all the time about being a nerd.

He had to prepare a speech for graduation.

I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak

Graduation day, I saw Kyle.

He looked great.

He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.

He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.

He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.

Boy, sometimes I was jealous.
Today was one of those days.

I could see that he was nervous about his speech.

So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!"

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.

" Thanks," he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began

"Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.

Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends...

I am here to tell all of you that being a
friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.

I am going to tell you a story."

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.

He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.

He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.

"Thankfully, I was saved.

My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable."

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.

I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.

Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions.

With one small gesture you can change a person's life.

For better or for worse.

God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way.

Look for God in others.

"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

There is no beginning or end.. Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is mystery.

Today is a gift.

It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care.

Bro. Joe

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>   Your Bank Account
>   This is AWESOME....something we should all remember.
>   A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully
> dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed
> and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a
> nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making
> the move
>   necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the
> nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
>   As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual
> description of his tiny room, including the eyelet curtains that had
> been hung on his window.
>   "I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old
> having just been presented with a new puppy.
>   "Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."
>   "That doesn' t have anything to do with it," he replied.
>   "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like
> my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it's
> how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It's a decision I
> make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day
>   in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body
> that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that
> do.
>   Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the
> new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time
> in my life.
>   Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put
> in.
>   So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the
> bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory
> bank.
>   I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
>   1. Free your heart from hatred.
>   2. Free your mind from worries.
>   3 . Live simply.
>   4. Give more.
>   5. Expect less.
>   Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.

Bro. Joe

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Author and lecturer, Leo Buscaglia, once talked about a
>contest he was
>             asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the
>most caring
>             child.
>              The winner was:
>              A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an
>             gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man

>cry, the little boy
>             went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and
>just sat there.
>              When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor,
>the little
>             boy just said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."
>              ***************************************************
>              Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture

>of a
>             family.  One little boy in the picture had a different hair
>color than the other
>             members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted.
>              A little girl said, "I know all about adoption, I was
>              "What does it mean to be adopted?", asked another child.
>              "It means", said the girl, "that you grew in your mommy's
>heart instead
>             of her tummy!"
>              ****************************************************
>              A four-year-old was at the pediatrician's office for a check
>up. As the
>             doctor looked in her ears with an otoscope, he asked, "Do you
>think I'll
>             find Big Bird in here?"
>              The little girl stayed silent.
>              Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her
>throat. He
>             asked, "Do you think I'll find the Cookie Monster down there?"
>              Again, the little girl was silent.
>              Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest. As he
>listened to her
>             heart beat, he asked, "Do you think I'll hear Barney in
>              "Oh, no!", the little girl replied, "Jesus is in my heart..
>             on my underpants."
>              ****************************************************
>              On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a Littlle League
>             game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat
>down behind the
>             bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the

>score was.
>              "We're behind 14 to nothing," he answered with a smile.
>              "Really," I said. "I have to say you don't look very
>              "Discouraged?", the boy asked with a puzzled look on his
>face... "Why
>             should we be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet."
>              **************************************************
>              Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and
>think about
>             little Jamie Scott.
>              Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His
>mother told me
>             that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he
>would not be
>             chosen.
>              On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect

>him after
>             school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and
>              "Guess what, Mom," he shouted, and then said those words that

>             remain a lesson to me.....
>              "I've been chosen to clap and cheer."
>              **************************************************
>              An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in
>             some years ago:
>              A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe
>store on
>             the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and
>shivering with cold.
>              A lady approached the young boy and said, "My, but you're in
>such deep
>             thought staring in that window!"
>              "I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boy's
>              The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked

>the clerk
>             to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked

>if he could
>             give her a basin of water and a towel.
>              He quickly brought them to her.
>              She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and,

>             her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them

>with the
>             towel.
>              By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing
>a pair
>             upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.
>              She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to
>him. She
>             patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, you will be more
>comfortable now."
>              As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the
>hand, and
>             looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her .
>. .
>              "Are you God's wife?"



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Joe, You really get alot of forwards don't you?

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch!

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Joy of Children

The Price of Children

This is just too good not to pass on to all.  Something absolutely positive for a change.  I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way.  It's nice.

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family.  Talk about sticker shock!  That doesn't even consider college tuition.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down.  It translates into: 

    * $8,896.66 a year, 
    * $741.38 a month, or 
    * $171.08 a week. 
    * That's a mere $24.24 a day! 
    * Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be "rich."  Actually, it is just the opposite.  What do you get for your $160,140? 
    * Naming rights: First, middle, and last! 
    * Glimpses of God every day. 
    * Giggles under the covers every night. 
    * More love than your heart can hold. 
    * Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. 
    * Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. 
    * A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate. 
    * A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites.
    * Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up.  You get to: 
    * finger-paint, 
    * carve pumpkins,&nbs p;
    * play hide-and-seek, 
    * catch lightning bugs, and 
    * never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to: 
    * keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, 
    * watching Saturday morning cartoons, 
    * going to Disney movies, and 
    * wishing on stars. 
    * You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay or Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.  You get to be a hero just for: 
    * retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, 
    * taking the training wheels off a bike, 
    * removing a splinter, 
    * filling a wading pool, 
    * coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to history to witness the: 
    * first step, 
    * first word, 
    * first bra, 
    * first date, and 
    * first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal.  You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren.  You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under Go d.  You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits...  so, one day they will, like yourself, love without counting the cost.  That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!

Love and enjoy your children and grandchildren!


Bro. Joe

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1940's, 50's,  and 60's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.


They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.


Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.


We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.


As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.


Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.


We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.


We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......




We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.


No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.


We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.


We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no

lawsuits from these accidents.


We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.


We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.


We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!


Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!


The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!


This generation has produced some of the best risk!-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!


The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.


We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned





And YOU are one of them!



You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.


and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

PS -The big font is because your eyes are shot at your age.

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stretching enlighenment a bit - not RED on Snopes yet -


Subject: I'm Definitely Going Bananas

had a professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class who told us about bananas.  He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain.  Eat an apple and a banana a day.  Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !


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Banana skins are useful too!

From the Shotime "Weeds", the pubescent son is accused of flushing his sox down the toilet, the plumber immediately recognises the syndrome of male pubecent "activities" followed by hiding the results.....his wise uncle takes him aside for a chat and in the course of discussion, explains how he might benefit from banana skins....
you can fill in between the lines....

You are right, you never look at a banana quite the same way after that....or the skins.

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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives 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 children, 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.  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."

Please share this with someone you care about.   I JUST DID

Bro. Joe

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Brother Shecky,

Wait a second... I tried this step by step.

I've got the golfball and the sand and the mayo all mixed up and I can't get anything into the jar.

Don't the Chinese do this better -- just writing down the proverb and putting it in a cookie?

El Sante


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OK Frank, I tried.  See ya soon.

Bro. Joe
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