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Includes the following:  Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From - Vid(S714-Sup)
.........................What Is The Meaning of Life (S511 in Supp)
.........................The Parable Of The Pencil (S479c in Supp)
.........................The 20 Qualities Of An Educated Person (S478b in Supp)
.........................Keeper (S457b in Supp)
.........................Things God Won't Ask On That Day (in Supp)
.........................The Real Friend Test (S435b in Supp)
.........................Cookie Thief At The Airport (S364b in Supp)
.........................I Had A Drug Problem (S354 in Supp)
.........................Do Not Quit - Poem (S453 in Supp)
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.........................Pearls Before Swine (S926)
.........................Deep Thoughts (S228)
.........................My Seize-The-Moment Friend (S227)
.........................Road To Success (S222)
.........................Things We Hope Our Grandkids Will Learn (S220, S506c)
.........................Reason, Season, Or A Lifetime (S218, S376)
.........................What Really Matters (S218)
.........................You Are Unique - GIF (S432b)
.........................Great Truths About Growing Old (S212, S475b)
.........................A Columbine Student Essay (S185)
.........................Rose, A 87 Year Old College Student (S176, S557c)
.........................The Dalai Lama Says (S170)
.........................Priceless Gifts (S88)
.........................How To Survive A Heart Attack Alone(DU)
.........................How To Survive A Heart Attack Alone II - PPS (S596b)
.........................Thoughts of An 83 Year Old Woman (S157)
.........................Why We Are Here? (S143)
.........................Trusting God (S366)
.........................Interview With God (S130)
.........................Whiners (S129)
.........................Hagar On The Meaning Of Life (S531)
.........................Short Thoughts I've Learned (in Supp)
..............................Inner Peace (S354 in Supp)
..............................Quotes By Abe Lincoln (in Supp)
...................................Bizarro Cartoon (S806)
...................................Lincoln Quote About The Internet (S903)
...................................Ripley's Believe It Or Not! (S645c)
..............................Quotes About Hope (in Supp)
..............................Quotes On Courage (in Supp)
..............................Quotes On Happiness And Life (in Supp)
.................................Finding Joy Movie (S617b in Happiness)
.................................Pearls Before Swine (S895 in Happiness)
.................................Happiness Tank Top (S890 in Happiness)
.................................Happiness Is A Warm Blanket (S924 in Happiness)
.................................Pickles Comic Strip (S662b in Happiness)
..............................Quotes About The Future (in Supp)
..............................Quotes About The Success (in Supp)
.................................Garfield On Success (S579 in Supp)
.................................Secret of Success is Persistence (S495 in Supp)
.................................Andy Capp Comic Strip (S638 in Supp)
.................................Frank And Ernest Comic Strip II (S651 in Supp)
.................................Frank And Ernest Comic Strip III (S870 in Supp)
.................................Frank And Ernest On Success (S598b in Supp)
..............................Other Quotes (in Supp)

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Subj:     Pearls Before Swine (S926)
          By Stephan Pastis on 12/26/2014
Source: http://wpcomics.washingtonpost.com/client/wpc/pb/2014/12/26/
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Subj:     Deep Thoughts (S228)
          From: gheckman on 6/10/2001

 Something to think about .......

 In light of the recent shooting in Massachusetts, let's
 see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hair (she
 was murdered, her body was found recently) complained she
 didn't want any prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

 Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.
 The Bible that says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not
 steal, and love your neighbor as yourself, and we said OK.

 Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children
 when they misbehave because their little personalities
 would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem
 (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide) and we said, an expert
 should know what he's talking about, so we said OK, we
 won't spank them anymore.

 Then someone said teachers and principals better not
 discipline our children when they misbehave.  And the
 school administrators said no faculty member in this
 school better touch a student when they misbehave because
 we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want
 to be sued.  (There's a big difference between discip-
 lining and touching, beating, smacking, humiliating,
 kicking, etc.)  And we accepted their reasoning.

 Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions
 if they want, and they won't even have to tell their
 parents.  And we said, that is a grand idea.

 Then some wise school board member said, since boys will
 be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give
 our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all
 the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their
 parents they got them at school.  And we said, that's
 another great idea.

 Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't
 matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs.
 And agreeing with them, we said it doesn't matter to me
 what anyone, including the President, does in private
 as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

 And then someone said let's print magazines with pictures
 of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth
 appreciation for the beauty of the female body.  And we
 said we have no problem with that.

 And someone else took that appreciation a step further
 and published pictures of nude children and then stepped
 further still by making them available on the internet.
 And we said they're entitled to their free speech

 And the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows
 and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit
 sex.  And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs,
 murder, suicide, and satanic themes.  And we said it's
 just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, and nobody
 takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

 Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no
 conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and
 why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their
 classmates, and themselves.  Probably, if we think about
 it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think
 it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

 Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then
 wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we
 believe what the newspapers say, but question what the
 Bible says.

 Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided they
 do not have to believe, think, say, or do anything the
 Bible says.

 Funny how someone can say "I believe in God" but still
 follow Satan who, by the way, also "believes" in God.

 Funny how we are quick to judge but not to be judged.

 Funny how you can send a thousand 'jokes' through e-mail
 and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending
 messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about
 sharing.

 Funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely
 through cyberspace, but the public discussion of Jesus
 is suppressed in the school and workplace.

 Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday,
 but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week.

 Are you laughing?

 Funny how when you go to forward this message, you will
 not send it to many on your address list because you're
 not sure what they believe, or what they will think of
 you for sending it to them.

 Funny how I can be more worried about what other people
 think of me  than what God thinks of me.

 Are you thinking?

 Pass it on if you think it has merit!
 If not then just discard it....
 No one will ever know what you did, for sure.  But, if
 you discard this thought process, then don't sit back
 and complain about what a bad shape the world is in.

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Subj:     My Seize-The-Moment Friend (S227)
          From: donldsnb on 5/28/2001

 Too many people put off something that brings them joy just
 because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their
 schedules, didn't know it was coming, or were too rigid to
 depart from their routines.  I got to thinking one day about
 all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner
 that fateful night in an effort to cut back.  Ever since, I've
 tried to be a little more flexible.

 How many women out there will eat at home because their
 husbands didn't suggest going out to dinner until after some-
 thing was thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean anything
 to you?

 How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence
 while you watched "Jeopardy" on television?

 I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How
 about going to lunch in half an hour?"  She would gasp and
 stammer, "I can't." Check one:
      "I have clothes in the dryer."
      "My hair is a mess."
      "I wish I had known yesterday."
      "I had a late breakfast."
      "It looks like rain."
 And my personal favorite:
      "It's Monday."
 My sister died a few years ago.  We never did have lunch
 together.

 Because we Americans cram so much into our lives, we tend to
 schedule our headaches.  We live on a sparse diet of promises
 we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect.  We
 will go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie
 toilet trained.  We'll entertain when we replace the living
 room carpet.  We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two
 more kids out of college.

 Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.  The days get
 shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.
 One morning we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives
 is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Some day
 when things settle down a bit."

 When anyone calls my 'seize-the-moment friend', she is open
 to adventure and available for trips.  She keeps an open
 mind on new ideas.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.
 You talk with her for five minutes and you're ready to trade
 your bad feet for a pair of roller blades and skip the
 elevator for a bungee cord.

 My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years.  I love ice
 cream.  It's just that I might as well apply it directly to
 my hips with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process.
 The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker.
 If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have
 died happy.

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Subj:     Road To Success (S222)
          From: gheckman on 3/13/2001

 Stop reading here, if a religious reference will offend you.

 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS IS NOT STRAIGHT
 THERE IS A CURVE CALLED FAILURE..
 A LOOP CALLED CONFUSION..
 SPEED BUMPS CALLED FRIENDS..
 RED LIGHTS CALLED ENEMIES..
 CAUTION LIGHTS CALLED FAMILY..
 YOU WILL HAVE FLATS CALLED JOBS BUT..
 IF YOU HAVE A SPARE CALLED DETERMINATION..
 AN ENGINE CALLED PERSEVERANCE..
 INSURANCE CALLED FAITH..
 A DRIVER CALLED JESUS..
 YOU WILL MAKE IT TO A PLACE CALLED SUCCESS!

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Subj:     Things We Hope Our Grandkids Will Learn (S220, S506c)
          From: h2oman19 on 3/14/2001
      and From: jtgalvan on 9/28/2006

 Paul Harvey Writes:

 We tried so hard to make things better for our kids
 that we made them worse.

 For my grandchildren, I'd like better.  I'd really like for
 them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice
 cream and leftover meatloaf sandwiches. I really would.

 I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you
 learn honesty by being cheated.

 I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and
 wash the car.  And I really hope nobody gives you a brand
 new car when you are sixteen.

 It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies
 born and your old dog put to sleep.

 I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you
 believe in.

 I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother.
 And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle
 of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with
 you because he's scared, I  hope you let him.

 When you want to see a movie and your little brother wants to
 tag along, I hope you'll let him.

 I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends
 and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.  On
 rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't
 ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be
 seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

 If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to
 make one instead of buying one.

 I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

 When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to
 add and subtract in your head.

 I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your
 first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother
 that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

 May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn you hand on
 a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

 If a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize
 he is not your friend.

 I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your
 Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

 May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.
 I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball
 through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and
 kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold
 of your hand.

 These things I wish for you---tough times and disappointment,
 hard work and happiness.

 To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

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Subj:     Reason, Season, Or A Lifetime (S218, S376)
         From: h2oman19 on 4/3/2001
      and From: Imogenelumen on 4/11/2004

 Are you a Reason a Season or a Lifetime?

 Pay attention to what you read.  After you read this, you
 will know the reason it was sent to you!  People come into
 your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  When you
 figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for
 each person.

 When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is usually
 to meet a need  you have expressed.  They have come to assist
 you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and
 support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
 They may seem like a godsend, and they are!  They are there
 for the reason you need them to be.  Then, without any wrong
 doing on  your part, or at a connvenient time, this person
 will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
 Sometimes they die.  Sometimes they walk away.  Sometimes
 they act up and force you to take a stand.  What we must
 realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled,
 their work is done.  The prayer you sent up has been answered.
 And now  it  is time to move on.

 When people come into your life for a SEASON.  Because your
 turn has come to share, grow, or learn.  They bring you an
 experience of peace, or make you  laugh.  They may teach you
 something you have never done.  They usually give  you an
 unbelievable amount of joy.  Believe it! It is real!  But,
 only for a season.

 LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things
 you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
 foundation.  Your job is to accept the lesson, love the
 person, and put what you have learned to use in all other
 relationships and areas of your life.  It is said that
 love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.  Thank you
 for being a part of my life.

 Work like you don't need the money, love like you've
 never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.

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Subj:     What Really Matters (S218)
          From: h2oman19 on 4/1/2001

 SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
 Somewhere between the procrastination
 And the homework
 And the incessant forwards
 And the new friendships
 And the nasty campus food
 And the calls home complaining about roommates
 Somewhere between the phone calls to old friends
 And the "I miss you's"
 And the "I love you's"
 And the "I can't wait to see you again's"...
 And somewhere between all of the changing ? growing...
 And somewhere between the classes
 And the skipping classes
 And the studying for tests
 And the pretending to study for tests
 And the downright not studying for tests...
 I forgot.
 I forgot what it was like to be in high school.
 I forgot what it meant to cry.
 I forgot that pretending to be happy doesn't make you happy
 And that pretending to be smart doesn't make you smart....
 I forgot that you can't just forget the past.
 I forgot that you can't control falling in love.
 And that you can't make yourself fall in love.
 I learned that I can love....
 I learned that good food doesn't really seem great
    until you can't have it anymore
 And I learned that even I would grow to love Ramen
    nuddles and hundreds of sandwitchs.
 I noticed that I get along better with my parents
    now than I ever did before
 And that wasn't because they changed, but because I changed.
 I learned that going to college means making choices
 And that making choices can get you into trouble.
 I learned that it's okay to mess up
 And it's okay to ask for help
 And it's okay to feel like crap.
 I learned that sometimes the things you want most
    you just can't have.
 I learned that the greatest thing about college isn't the parties
 Or the drinking
 Or the boys/girls...
 It's the chances.
 Taking the chances
 And then making the most of them.
 I learned that sometimes the things we want to
    forget are the things which we most need to talk about.
 I learned that once you get to college,
 Things don't automatically get better...
 It's what you make of them.
 I learned that letters from friends are the most important thing
 And that sending cards to your friends makes you feel better.
 But, basically, I just learned that my friends,
 Both old and new,
 Are the most important people in the world
 And without them
 I wouldn't be who I am today
 So this is a thank you to all of my friends
 For always being there
 And I love you.
 God bless

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Subj:     You Are Unique (S432b)
          From: LABLaughsRiddles on 5/4/2005
 Source: (Removed from lablaughs.com)
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Subj:     Great Truths About Growing Old (S212, S475b)
          From: Joke-Of-The-Day.com on 2/19/2001
      and From: cappucinid on 2/21/2006

 * Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
 * Insanity is my only means of relaxation.
 * Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
 * You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes
   and wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
 * You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a
   rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
 * One of life's mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can
   make a person gain five pounds.
 * Every time I think about exercise, I lie down 'till the thought
   goes away.
 * God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things.
   Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever.
 * I finally got my head together, and my body fell apart.
 * Time may be a great healer, but it's also a lousy beautician.
 * Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
 * Amazing! You just hang something in your closet for a while,
   and it shrinks two sizes.
 * Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but
   they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.

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Subj:     A Columbine Student Essay (S185)
          From: ICohen on 08/14/2000
 (Also see 'The Paradox Of Our Time' in THOUGHTS-TIME)

 We think our younger generation never notices anything,
 but in truth, they notice more than we as adults do,
 and they notice and understand more than what we want to
 admit they do.

 A Columbine student wrote this very compelling essay,
 so appropriate on the first anniversary of their  tragedy:

 "The paradox of our time in history is that
  we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
  Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
  We spend more, but have less;
  We buy more, but enjoy it less.

  We have bigger houses, but smaller families;
  More conveniences, but less time;
  We have more degrees, but less sense;
  More knowledge, but less judgment;
  More experts, but more problems;
  More medicine, but less wellness.

  We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
  We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
  We've learned how to make a living, but not  a life;
  We've added years to  life, but not life to years.
  We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have
     trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
  We've conquered outer space, but not inner space;
  We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;
  We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.
  We have higher incomes, but lower morals;
  We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

  These are the times of tall men and short character;
  Steep profits and shallow relationships.
  These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare;
  More leisure, but less fun;
  More kinds of food, but less nutrition.

  These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce;
  Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
  It is a time when there is much in the show window
     and nothing in the stockroom;
  A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
     and a time when you can choose either to make a
     difference and pass it on ...
     or just hit delete."

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Subj:     Rose, A 87 Year Old College Student (S176, S557c)
          From: RFSlick on 6/17/00 and 9/13/2007

 The first day of school our professor introduced himself and
 challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know.

 I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my
 shoulder.  I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old
 lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire
 being.

 She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven
 years old. Can I give you a hug?"

 I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you
 may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in
 college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.

 She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband,
 get married, have a couple of children, and then retire
 and travel."

 "No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have
 motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

 "I always dreamed of having a college education and now
 I'm getting one!" she told me.

 After class we walked to the student union building and
 shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends.
 Every day for the next three months we would leave class
 together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening
 to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience
 with me.

 Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and
 easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress
 up and she revelled in the attention bestowed upon her from
 the other students. She was living it up.

 At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our
 football banquet and I'll never forget what she taught us.
 She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.
 As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped
 her three by five cards on the floor.

 Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the
 microphone and simply said "I'm sorry I'm so jittery.
 I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me!
 I'll never get my speech back in order so let me
 just tell you what I know."

 As we laughed she cleared her throat and began: "We do not
 stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we
 stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young,
 being happy, and achieving success."

 "You have to laugh and find humor every day."

 "You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams,
 you die. We have so many people walking around who are
 dead and don't even know it!'

 "There is a huge difference between growing older and growing
 up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full
 year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty
 years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed
 for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
 Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or
 ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the
 opportunity in change."

 "Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for
 what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only
 people who fear death are those with regrets."

 She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose."
 She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them
 out in our daily lives.

 At the years end Rose finished the college degree she had
 begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose
 died peacefully in her sleep.

 Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in
 tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that
 it's never too late to be all you can possibly be. We send
 these words in loving memory of ROSE.

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Subj:     The Dalai Lama Says (S170)
          From: mbucher on 5/3/00

          I N S T R U C T I O N S  F O R  L I F E

  1.  Take into account that great love and great achievements
      involve great risk.

  2.  When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  3.  Follow the three R's:  Respect for self, Respect for
      others and Responsibility for all your actions.

  4.  Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
      wonderful stroke of luck.

  5.  Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6.  Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

  7.  When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
      steps to correct it.

  8.  Spend some time alone every day.

  9.  Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
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 11.  Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

 12.  Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
      think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

 13.  A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for
      your life.

 14.  In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the
      current situation.  Don't bring up the past.

 15.  Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

 16.  Be gentle with the earth.

 17.  Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

 18.  Remember that the best relationship is one in which your
      love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

 19.  Judge your success by what you had to give up in order
      to get it.

 20.  Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
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  A friend of mine, Shahala,
gave the Dalai Lama a hug.
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Subj:     Priceless Gifts (S88)
          From: smiles on 98-10-07

  1. The gift of listening...
     Try giving this to someone in need.
     And you must really listen.  No interrupting,
     no daydreaming, no planning your responses.  Just listen.

  2. The gift of signs of affection...
     Be generous with your hugs, kisses and
     gentle squeezes of the hand.  Let these
     tiny actions demonstrate the love inside of you.

  3. The gift of a note...
     It can be as simple as "I Love You" or
     as creative as a sonnet.  Put your notes
     where they will surprise your loved ones.

  4. The gift of laughter...
     Just cut out a cartoon, save a clever article.
     Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

  5. The gift of compliment...
     A simple "You look good in blue" or "Good supper"
     can be of greatest value to those who
     may feel they are being taken for granted.

  6. The gift of a favor...
     Help with the dishes, run an errand, etc.

  7. The gift of leaving alone...
     There are times in our lives when we
     want nothing better than to be left alone.
     Become more sensitive to those times and give solitude.

  8. The gift of a cheerful disposition...
     Try to be cheerful around those you love.

  9. The gift of a game...
     Offer to play your loved one's favorite game.
     Even if you lose, you'll be a winner.

 10. The gift of prayer or positive thoughts...
     Pray for your loved ones and
     let them know you pray for them.
     or are simply thinking of them....

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Subj:     How To Survive A Heart Attack Alone (DU)
          From: RFSlick
          on 3/6/00

Picture from jtgalvan on 11/6/2007

(See 'How To Survive A Heart Attack Alone II' below)

 The following is not a joke, but a public service announcement.
 I think it is important for you to know.

 How to save yourself.

 Let's say it's 6:17 p.m.  and you're driving home (alone of
 course) after an unusually hard day on the job.  Not only
 was the workload extraordinarily heavy, you also had a
 disagreement with your boss, and no matter how hard you tried
 he just wouldn't see your side of the situation.  You're
 really upset and the more you think about it the more uptight
 you become.

 All of a sudden you start experiencing severe pain in your
 chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into
 your jaw.  You are only about five miles from the hospital
 nearest your home, unfortunately you don't know if you'll
 be able to make it that far.  What can you do?

 You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course
 neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself.

 HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

 Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, what
 can you do?  Without help a person whose heart stops beating
 properly begins to feel faint and has about 10 seconds left
 before losing consciousness.

 However, these victims can help themselves by coughing
 repeatedly and very vigorously.  A deep breath should be
 taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and
 prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the
 chest.

 A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two
 seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the
 heart is felt to be beating normally again.

 Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing
 movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
 The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain
 normal rhythm.  In this way, heart attack victims can get
 to a phone and, between breaths, call for help.  You'll be
 giving yourself CPR with this technique.

 Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could
 save their life!

 The above was taken from Health Cares, Rochester General
 Hospital via Chapter 240's newsletter AND THE BEAT GOES ON.
 (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart
 Response).

 This is an Urban Legend as reported in Snopes.com at
 http://www.snopes.com/medical/homecure/coughcpr.asp
 Even though it is true, you can do as much damage as help.
 If the pattern of your coughs is wrong, you can cause a
 mild heart attack to become a fatal one.

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Subj:  How To Survive A Heart Attack Alone II 
       From: jbcary1 on 6/22/2008 (S596b)
Picture from jtgalvan on 11/6/2007....
 This PowerPoint Show shows you how to survive a heart attack
 alone.  Please note that the medical community does NOT
 recommend doing this as verified from Snopes.com at
 http://www.snopes.com/medical/homecure/coughcpr.asp

 You can view this PPS on my web site by clicking 'HERE'.

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Subj:     Thoughts of An 83 Year Old Woman (S157)
..........From: RFSlick on 02/02/2000
 (Also see 'When To Use The Good China' in THOUGHTS-TIME)

 This was written by an 83 year old woman to her friend.

 I'm reading more and dusting less.  I'm sitting in the yard
 and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the
 garden.  I'm spending more time with my family and friends
 and less time working.  Whenever possible, life should be a
 pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure.  I'm trying
 to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

 I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good China and crystal
 for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the
 sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.  I wear my
 good blazer to the market.  My theory is if I look prosperous,
 I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries.  I'm
 not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing
 it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.
 "Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my
 vocabulary.  If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want
 to see and hear and do it now.

 I'm not sure what others would've done had they known that
 they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for
 granted.  I think they would have called family members and a
 few close friends.  They might have called a few former friends
 to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles.  I like to
 think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, or for
 whatever their favorite food was.  I'm guessing; I'll never know.

 It's those little things left undone that would make me angry
 if I knew my hours were limited.  Angry because I hadn't written
 certain letters that I intended to write one of these days.
 Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often
 enough how much I truly love them.  I'm trying very hard not to
 put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and
 luster to our lives.  And every morning when I open my eyes,
 tell myself that it is special.  Every day, every minute, every
 breath truly is a gift from God.

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Subj:     Why We Are Here? (S143)
          From: KMacinty on 10/25/1999

 A father and son were lying on their backs on the grassy
 knoll of a park, next to their hamburger wrappers watching
 some clouds loiter overhead, when the son started a
 conversation:

 SON:  "Dad, what are we doing here?"

 The father thoughtfully answered:  "I've thought a lot
 about it son, even long before you were born, and although
 it's deep I don't think that it's all that complicated.  I
 think that we are here just to maybe teach a kid how to bunt,
 turn two, and eat sunflower seeds without using his hands.

 "We're here to pound the steering wheel and scream as we
 listen to the game on the radio, twenty minutes after we
 pulled into the garage.

 "We're here to watch, at least once, as the pocket
 collapses around John Elway, and its fourth and forever.
 Or as the count goes full on Big Mac with the bases loaded
 and the pitcher wishes he had gone on to med school.  Or as
 a little hole you couldn't get a skateboard through suddenly
 opens up in front of Jeff Gordon with two laps to go.

 "We're here to wear our favorite Texas Rangers cap, a
 Slippery Rock sweatshirt and old Converses on Saturday
 morning with nowhere to go and nothing special to do.

 "We're here to rake in a Jack-high nothing hand and make
 sure that nobody knows it.  Or get in one really good brawl,
 get a nice shiner, and end up throwing an arm around the guy
 who gave it to us.

 "We're here to shoot a six-point elk or to bag a doe on
 doe day.  Or to tie the perfect fly, make the perfect cast,
 and catch absolutely nothing and still call it a great
 morning.

 "We're here to nail a yield sign with an apple core from
 half a block away.  Or to win the stuffed bear at the fair
 and/or go broke trying.

 "We're here to be the coach that finally gets the kid
 whose glasses are always fogged up, to finally make a
 perfect back door pass.

 "We're here to be there when our kid has a three goal two
 assist game, and especially when he doesn't.

 "We're here to see the Great One setting up behind the
 net, tying some keeper's neck in a reverse half-twist Windsor.

 "We're here to witness Tiger Woods commercial.

 "We're here to be able to do a one-and-a-half for our
 grandkids.  Or stand at the top of a favorite double-black
 and overhear those five wonderful words: 'Highways closed,
 too much snow'.

 "We're here to get a Frisbee to do things that would have
 caused medieval clergymen to burn us at the stake.

 "We're here to sprint the last 100 yards of a 5K and be
 so tired we have to sit down to pee.

 "I don't think that the meaning of life is gnashing our
 bicuspids over what comes after death but tasting all of the
 tiny moments that come before it.

 "I don't think we're here to make Sportscenter.  The
 really good stuff never does.

 "None of us are going to find ourselves on our deathbeds
 saying, 'Dang, I wish that I had spent more time on the
 Hibbing's account at work'.  We're going to say, 'That scar?
 I got that scar stealing home with the winning run against
 Consolidated Plumbing'.

 "You see, grownups spend so much time doggedly slaving
 toward the better car, the perfect house, or the big day
 that will finally make them happy; when happy just walked
 by wearing a bicycle helmet two sizes too large.  We're
 here to make the most of every moment.  The way is heaven
 is pure heaven.

 "Does that answer your question, Son?"

 SON:  "Not really, Dad"

 DAD:  "No?"

 SON:  "Nope.  What I meant was, why are we still here when
 we were supposed to pick Mom up forty minutes ago?"

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Subj:     Trusting God (S366)
          From: Grampsboyd on 1/30/2004

 Warning: This is not a joke.  If the items you send me to put
 in Sunday Morning Laughs, makes me laugh, or cry, I send it out.
 If I like it or its imagery is good, I also send it out.

 James Hewett wrote, 'When I recognized this Higher Power, it
 seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was
 a tandem bike.  God was in the back helping me pedal.  I don't
 know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but
 life has not been the same since.  When He took the lead, it
 was all I could do to hang on!  He took me down delightful
 paths, up mountains and through rocky places... at breakneck
 speeds.

 'I worried and was anxious and asked, 'Where are You taking
 me?'  He laughed and didn't answer, and I started to learn
 trust.  I forgot my boring life and entered into adventure.
 When I'd say, 'I'm scared,' He'd lean back and touch my hand.

 'At first I did not trust Him to be in control of my life.  I
 thought He'd wreck it, but He knows bike secrets... how to
 make it lean to take sharp corners, dodge large rocks, and
 speed through scary passages.  I'm beginning to enjoy the
 view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful,
 constant Companion.'

 Letting God have the front seat in your life can thrust you
 into an adventure you never imagined possible!  The Master
 of the universe knows where all the good stuff is.

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Subj:     Interview With God (S130)
          From: smiles on 7/25/99

   I dreamed I had an interview with God.
  "Come in," God said.  "So, you would like to interview Me?"
  "If you have the time," I said.
  God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do
  everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?"
  "What surprises you most about mankind?"
  God answered:
  "That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to
   grow up, and then long to be children again.

  That they lose their health to make money and then lose
  their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously
  about the future, they forget the present, such that they live
  neither for the present nor the future.

  That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if
  they had never lived..."

  God's hands took mine and we were silent for while and then
  I asked...
  "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your
  children to learn?"
  God replied with a smile:
  "To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they
  can do is to let themselves be loved. To learn that what is
  most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who
  they have in their lives.

  To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.
  All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as
  a group on a comparison basis!

  To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most,
  but is one who needs the least.

  To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound
  wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to
  heal them. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
  To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but
  simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.

  To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To
  learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it
  totally different.  To learn that a true friend is someone
  who knows everything about them...  and likes them anyway.
  To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven
  by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."

  I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him
  for his time and for all that He has done for me and my
  family, and He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day.
  All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."

  Author Unknown

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Subj:     Whiners (S129)
          From: smiles
          By Maya Angelou
   from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul  (c) 1996

 When my grandmother was raising me in Stamps, Arkansas,
 she had a particular routine when people who were known to
 be whiners entered her store. My grandmother would ask the
 customer, "How are you doing today, Brother Thomas?"

 And the person would reply, "Not so good today, Sister
 Henderson. You see, it's this summer heat. I just hate it.
 It just frazzles me up and frazzles me down. It's almost
 killing me." Then my grandmother would stand stoically, her
 arms folded, and mumble, "Uh-huh, uh-huh." And she would cut
 her eyes at me to make certain that I had heard the
 lamentation.

 As soon as the complainer was out of the store, my
 grandmother would call me to stand in front of her. And then
 she would say the same thing she had said at least a
 thousand times, it seemed to me. "Sister, did you hear what
 Brother So-and-So or Sister Much-to-Do complained about?"
 And I would nod. Mamma would continue, "Sister, there are
 people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor
 and rich and white and black, but they will never wake
 again. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at
 all for just five minutes of this weather that person was
 grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining,
 Sister. What you're supposed to do when you don't like a
 thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way
 you think about it. Don't complain."

 It is said that persons have few teachable moments in
 their lives. Mamma seemed to have caught me at each one I
 had. Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It
 can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.

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Subj:     Hagar On The Meaning Of Life (S531)
          by Dik & Chris Browne on 3/27/2007
 Source: http://www.hagardunor.net/comicstrips_us
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