wrd cottage rental agency representing over 170 privately owned cottages available for rent weekly in the summer and shorter periods in the fall, winter and spring in the haliburton highlands, muskoka and kawartha regions in central ontario canada.
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Welcome to our Cottage Owner's Page.


If you are a cottage owner and are thinking about renting  out your cottage,
give WRD Cottage Rental a call for a no nonsense evaluation of  your
opportunity.  Call the agency which is honest, up front and with no hidden
charges.  We work hard to ensure your satisfaction and to make the rental of
your cottage a relatively  simple process.  Our heavy booking season starts in
mid-December so the earlier you call, the better the chance of success
if you decide  to list with the best cottage rental agency in the province.

Considering that we are now into the 2017 booking season, now is the time
to start to prepare for renting your cottage in 2017 and beyond. The process of
listing your cottage with this agency is a simple one. We will visit your cottage
to discuss with you the entire process which includes the usual paper work,
a tour of your property and to take pictures of your cottage both inside and out.
A lot of people do not realize that we produce our web site in house which results
in no delays in publishing the pictures of your cottage which normally takes
about 3 days. The reason we ask that you start to prepare for this process at this
time is because we would like to take pictures during the summer when the
gardens are at their peak, when there are still leaves on the trees and the
shoreline at the cottage is at it's best. However, make no mistake, we take
on new cottages all year long but the process is somewhat better during August
and the first 2 weeks of September. So if you are looking at possibly renting
your cottage out in 2016, we suggest that you give us a call at your convenience
to start the process in motion.


Call today at
705-457-9434
or send us an e-mail at 

bill@ontariocottagerental.com
   

We are really looking forward to your call and the opportunity of
working with you as we bring your cottage to the marketplace.

The most trusted name in cottage rental since 1995 !!!




Earn Extra Money !!!

As one of our cottage owners, here's the deal. if you refer a friend, family member
or neighbour to our service and that individual ends up listing his or her
cottage with this agency, we will send you a cheque for $100.
Wow, found money !!! This is too easy and you will be
recommending the best cottage rental agency in
Ontario. This is what you call a win, win situation.





Help a Family Celebrate
Cancer Recovery.

As stated on the first page of this web site, WRD is now a proud and enthusiastic partner of Cottage Dreams. We encourage our cottage
owners to take a few minutes to
visit the Cottage Dreams web site and to perhaps
participate in this most worthy and much needed program.
In the coming week you will be receiving an offical letter
announcing our participation. If you wish to donate a week
at your cottage to a needy and recovering family, you can
call Cottage Dreams directly or simply call our office and
we will see that the Cottage Dreams office contacts you.
Either way, your generosity will help those who are
going through a very trying period in their lives.
Call Cottage Dreams at 705 - 457- 9100
or visit their web site - http://www.cottagedreams.org/


fe from the seat of a tractor.. 

 An  old Farmer's Words of Wisdom we could all live  by.......
The  last  quote  fits everyone...I don't care who you  are

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 Your  fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and  bull-strong. 

Keep skunks and bankers at a  distance. 

 Life is simpler when you plow around the  stump. 

 A bumble bee is considerably faster than a  John Deere tractor. 

 Words that soak into your ears  are whispered¦....not yelled. 

 Meanness don't just  happen overnight. 

 Forgive your enemies; it messes  up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. 

 It don't take a very big  person to carry a grudge. 

 You cannot unsay a cruel  word. 

 Every path has a few puddles.  

 When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.  

 The  best sermons are lived, not preached. 

 Most of the  stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.   

 Don't judge folks by their relatives.   

 Remember that silence is sometimes the best  answer. 

 Live a good and honorable life, then when  you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second  time. 

 Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't  bothering you none. 

 Timin' has a lot to do with  the outcome of a rain dance.  

 If you find yourself  in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'. 

 Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.   

 The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have  to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'. 

 Always drink upstream from the herd. 

 Good  judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from  bad judgment. 

 Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a  whole lot easier than puttin' it back in. 

 If you  get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try  orderin' somebody else's dog around. 

 Live simply,  love generously, care deeply,  

 Speak kindly, and leave  the rest to God. 

Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.


 


ENLIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE
 

Please
Read all the way to the bottom!

If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective.

T
he subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis!

They're written by Andy Rooney , a man who
had the gift of saying
so much with so few words. Enjoy.......


I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at
the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made
my day!' makes my day.

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of
the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't
have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires
you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand
to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block
on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper.
The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us
everything we ask for.

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings
that make life so spectacular.

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who
wants to be
appreciated and loved.

I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone,
you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person
is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned.... That everyone you meet
deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost;
someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness,
happiness will
park elsewhere.

I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her
one more time before she passed away.

I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender,
because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds
your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with,
the more things I get done.

To all of you.... Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.


Celebrate National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending
it back to the person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you,
then you'll know you have a circle of friends.
HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!!
YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED!
Now send this to every friend you have!!
And to your family. This was sent to me.




No matter what our kids And the new generation think about us,


WE ARE AWESOME !!!
 
OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!
 

To Those of Us Born
 
1925 - 1970:
  

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.

If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said. 
 
 
Very well stated,
Mr. Leno.
 

~~~~~~~~~
 

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
 
1930s, '40s, '50s,'60s and '70s!!

 
 
First, we survived being born to mothers
who may have smoked and/or drank
 
while they were pregnant.
 

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

 
 
Then, after that trauma, we were
  put to sleep on our tummies
in baby cribs covered  with bright colored
lead-based paints.
 

 
 
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
locks on doors or cabinets,
 
and, when we rode our bikes,
 
we had baseball caps,
 
not helmets, on our heads.
 

 
    
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats,
no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags,
bald tires and sometimes no brakes..
 
 
 

 
  Riding in the back of a pick- up truck
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, real butter, and bacon.
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And we weren't overweight. WHY?
 

 
 
Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
 

 
 
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 OKAY.
 

 
 
 
  We would spend hours building 
Our go-carts out of  scraps  and then ride them 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 Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes.
There were no
video games, no 150 channels on cable, 
no video movies or DVDs,
no surround-sound or
CDs, n
o cell phones, no personal computers, 
no Internet and no chat rooms.
    

 
 
We had friends a
nd we went
Outside and found them!
 

 
 
We fell out of trees, got cut,
 broke bones and
teeth,
and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.
 


 
   We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches,
ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand,
and no one would call child services to report abuse.
 

 
 

 
   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,
22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, 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 walked in and talked to 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!


 
 
These generations have
Produced some of the best risk-takers,
 
Problem solvers, and
Inventors ever.
 

 
 
The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..
 

 
 
We had freedom,
Failure, success and responsibility,
and we learned how to deal with it all.
 

 
  
If YOU are one of those born
 
Between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!
 

 
 
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 so much of our lives for our own good.
 

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

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

~~~~~~~
 

The quote of the month by
 
Jay Leno:
 

 
   "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides,
flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country
from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu
and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time
to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
 
 

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us,
go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us.....
please pass this on.



Try Not To Cry

"When you're down to nothing, God is up to something."

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating
room. She said: "How is my little boy ? Is he going to be all right ?
When can I see him ?"
The surgeon said, "I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't
make it." Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer ? Doesn't God care any
more ? Where were you, God, when my son needed you ?"
The surgeon asked, "Would you like some time alone with your son ?
One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the
university." Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good-bye to son.
She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair.
"Would you like a lock of his hair ?" the nurse asked.
Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a
plastic bag and handed it to Sally. The mother said, "It was Jimmy's idea to donate
his body to the University for Study. He said it might help somebody else.
"I said no at first, but Jimmy said, 'Mom, I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it
will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom." She
went on, "My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone
else. Always wanting to help others if he could."
Sally walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after
spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with
Jimmy's belongings on the seat beside her in the car.
The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty
house. She carried Jimmy's belongings, and the plastic bag with the
lock of his hair to her son's room. She started placing the model cars
and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them.
She laid down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.
It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Laying beside her on the bed
was a folded letter. The letter said: "Dear Mom, I know you're going to miss me;
but don't think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you,
just 'cause I'm not around to say"I Love You".
I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day.
Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little
boy so you won't be so lonely, that's okay with me. He can have my room
and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead,
she probably wouldn't like the same things us boys do. You'll have to buy
her dolls and stuff girls like, you know. Don't be sad thinking about me.
This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I
got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see
everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you
know what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him,
I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD ! And guess
what, Mom ? I got to sit on God's knee and talk to Him, like I was
somebody important. That's when I told Him that I wanted to write you a
letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that
wasn't allowed. Well, you know what Mom ? God handed me some paper and
His own personal pen to write you this letter.
I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you.
God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him
'Where was He when I needed him ?' "God said He was in the same place
with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as
He always is with all His children. Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else
can see what I've written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank
piece of paper. Isn't that cool ? I have to give God His pen back now.
He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to
sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don't hurt anymore. The cancer is all
gone. I'm glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God
couldn't stand to see me hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The
Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery!

How about that ?
Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.





This is too funny !!!

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class.  She presented
each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked
them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.   It's hard to believe these
were actually done by first graders.  Their insight may surprise you. While reading,
keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

Don’t change horses ……………………………...…… until they stop running.
Strike while the …………………………………….....… the bug is close.
It’s always darkest before ………………………...…... Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of …………………... termites
You can lead a horse to water but ………………....…How?
Don’t bite the hand that …………………....................looks dirty.
No news is ……………………………………………..... impossible.
A miss is as good as a ……………………………....... Mr.
You can’t teach an old dog new …………………….. math.
If you lie down with dogs …………………………..… you’ll stink in the morning.
Love all, trust ……………………………..................... me.
The pen is mightier than the ……………………....... pigs.
An idle mind is ……………………………………...…. the best way to relax.
Where there’s smoke there’s ………………………... pollution.
Happy the bride who ……………………................... gets all the presents.
A penny saved is …………………………………….... not much.
Two’s company, three’s the ……………………...…. Muskateer’s
Don’t put off till tomorrow what ………………….... you put on to go to bed.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you,
cry and ....................................................................you have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as …………………………. Stevie Wonder.
Children should be seen and ………………………. not spanked or grounded.
If at first you don’t succeed ………......……………. get new batteries.
You get out of something only what ….…………... you see in the picture on the box.
When the blind lead the blind ……………………… get out of the way.
A bird in the hand …………………………………….. is going to poop on you.

And the winner is …

Better late than ………………………………………... pregnant.



Over A Million And A Half Hits And Counting


If you have been keeping track of the number of hits on our web page you will see that
we have surpassed the 1,500,000 mark on our web page. We continue to
get very favorable comments on our newly designed web site
and the way we do business in general. In the near future
we will be expanding the search engine capability on
our web site to reflect the actual availability of a
particular cottage, meaning if the cottage
is truly available for a given date or not
part of the search because it has
already been booked for that
particular date.

(See our Testimonials Page)




Lock Boxes - Important Notice

The lock box program is a huge success with our renters and you owners alike. After Thanksgiving, our staff (the vacation planners) will be visiting all our cottages so that they'll have a good knowledge of your cottage. While they are at your cottage they will be collecting all the lock boxes which will be returned to our offices where any maintenance will be done and all codes will be changed. Winter rental cottage lock boxes will remain in place and codes will be changed and you will be notified of the new codes once done. We thank you for your participation in this program and we look forward to another successful season.

WRD lock box WRD lock box

To open your lock box, simply punch in the numerical code for your lock box and then slide the top button down and towards you.
To close the lock box again, simply punch in your code again,
slide the top button down again and replace the face plate to the original position. The second button in the middle of the face plate is a "clear" button in case you make a mistake in entering your code.
The lock box is very well made and quite heavy.
Another advantage is now you do not have to hide a key on your property. A key is always in the lock box when you need it.

If you have any questions with regards to the operation of the lock box, don't hesitate to contact us directly.



Cottage Of The Week

You may have noticed on the first page of this web site,
a link called ... "Cottages of the Week".
We have tested this concept for free at test cottages all summer and
we were amazed at how well it worked. Now that it is a proven idea,
you may want to give your cottage a bit more exposure and attention by making your cottage the Cottage Of The Week. We will be charging
$25.00 per week for this link and you can have the link for a week or
for as long as you wish. Needless to say, this is not for everyone but
it could prove useful as the booking season heats up. If you
are interested give us a call.



We all know that Ontario gets it's fair share of snow but look at these pictures from Saskatoon !!!




This is what should be in the news.



This is a picture of John Gebhardt who is serving
in Iraq and his little friend !!!

John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's
entire family was executed.
The insurgent's intended to execute the little girl too
and shot her in the head ... but failed to kill her.
She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up,
but continues to cry and moan.
The nurses said John is the only one who seems
to calm her down, so John has spent the last 4 nights
holding her while they both sleep in that chair.
The girl is coming along with her healing.
John is a real star of the war and represents
what the western world is trying to do.
This picture is worth sharing with the world
and it's the reason it is on this page for all to see.
You will never see things like this in the news.

Please keep this going, tell your friends about it.

Nothing will happen if you don't but the public
needs to see pictures like this to realize that we are making
a difference - even if it is just one little girl at a time.



 
So You Think English is Easy ???

Can you read these right the first time?


1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to
refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert
his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he
thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head
of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen
about how to row
.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when
the
does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down
into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer
taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting
I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject
to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my
most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant,
nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England
or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads,
which aren't sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we
explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand
can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a
guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write
but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce
and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth
is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth?
One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make
amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends
and get rid of all but one of them,
what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables,
what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers
should be committed to an asylum
for the verbally insane.
In what language do people recite at a play
and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the
same, while a wise man and a wise guy
are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique
lunacy of a language in which your house can
burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a
form by filling it out and in which, an alarm
goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers,
and it reflects the creativity of the human race,
which, of course, is not a race at all.
That is why, when the stars are out,
they are visible, but when the lights are out,
they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"

You lovers of the English language
might enjoy this .


There is a two-letter word that perhaps
has more meanings than any other two-letter word,
and that is
"UP."

It's easy to understand up meaning toward the sky
or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning,
why do we wake
UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come
UP?
Why do we speak
UP and why are the officers UP for election
and why is it
UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room,
polish
UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers
and clean
UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house
and some guys fix
UP the old car .
At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir
UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite,
and think
UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing,
but to be dressed
UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP
because it is stopped
UP .
We open
UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

I seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of
UP ,
look the word
UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes
UP almost 1/4th of the page
and can add
UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are
UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the
many ways
UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time,
but if you don't give
UP, you may wind UP
with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding
UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing
UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP .
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it
UP ,

Thanks to my good friend Mark in Seattle
for sending me this.



Does this look like your pet? Your's is in here somewhere !!!


I'm so tired of eating
I think I will have a little snooze



How do they expect you to get to the bottom of a 4 inch can when you only have a 2 inch mouth?


This sure is a funny place to hide food !!!


Dear God, Thank you for the treats
we are about to receive. Amen.



Nothing like a Bud
and a good football game.



I don't like football,
call me when it's time to eat again.


Boy that ham was salty !!!



Jimmy's a Bud fan,
me, I like a few ol' Silver Bullets.



Have you hugged your pet today?


True or False

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button.

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.

4. People do not get sick from cold weather;
it's from being indoors a lot more.

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.

7. 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

8. Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until they
are 2- 6 years old.

9. The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

11. The average housefly lives for one month.

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.

16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

17. The REAL reason an ostrich sticks its head in the sand is to
search for water.

18. The only 2 animals that can see behind themselves without turning
their heads are the Rabbit and the Parrot.

19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a
Gentleman" and "Tootsie".

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.

21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of
white paint and a little thinner is used instead of real milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same
airplane, just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato
can for a carburetor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from
women who give birth. They are reused in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

26. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be Green.

Answers: All of the above are true.
Don't you just love number sixteen?


Feeling Old ?

Grandchildren don't make a man feel old ...
it's the thought that he's married to a grandmother.



A Lawyer Named Strange

A lawyer named Strange died, and his friend asked the
tombstone maker to inscribe on his tombstone,
"Here lies Strange, an honest man, and a lawyer."

The inscriber insisted that such an inscription would
be confusing, for passersby would tend to think that
three men were buried under the stone.
However he suggested an alternative:

He would inscribe, "Here lies a man who was both honest
and a lawyer." That way, whenever anyone walked by the tombstone
and read it, they would be certain to remark:
"That's Strange!"



I received this from a very dear and loving friend
of mine and I thank her so much !!!
Daily she leaves footprints in my heart.


We have all heard about Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This is about ...

Breakfast  at McDonald's

Please read until the end.


This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through
until the end! (After the story, there are some very interesting facts!):

...................................................................................................

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently
completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities
that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called "Smile."

The class was asked to go out and smile
at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone
and say hello anyway, so, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son,
and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning.

It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden
everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up
inside of me as I turned to see why they had  moved.


As I turned around I smelled a horrible "dirty body" smell,
and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was "smiling".

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light
as he searched for acceptance.

He said, "Good day" as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend.
I realized the second man was mentally challenged
and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.

He said, "Coffee is all Miss" because that was all they could afford.
(If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up,
they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and
embraced the little man with the blue eyes

That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me,
judging my every action..

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter
to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table
that the men had chosen as a resting spot
I put the tray on the table and laid my hand
on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Thank you."

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said,
"I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope."

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.
When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said,
"That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope."

We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that
only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.

That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.
I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand

I turned in "my project" and the instructor read it.

Then she looked up at me and said, "Can I share this?"

I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings
and being part of God, we share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's,
my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the
classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.

I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:
UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE !

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person
who may read this and learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS
- NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

If you think this story has touched you in any way,
please send this to everyone you know.

There is an Angel sent to watch over you.

In order for her to work, you must pass this on
to the people you want watched over.

An Angel wrote:

Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head.

To handle others, use your heart.

God gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into its nest.



I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity
is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to
lift himself  up by the handle.

   ...... Winston Churchill



The Redhead

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead
sitting at the next table. He has been checking her
out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her.
Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye
comes flying out of its socket towards the man.
He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air,
and hands it back. "Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman says
as she pops her eye back in place.
"Let me buy you dinner to make it up to you, " she says.
They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards
they go to the theater followed by drinks.
They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams
and he shares his. She listens. After paying for everything,
she asks him if he would like to come to her place
for a nightcap and stay for breakfast.
They had a wonderful, wonderful time.
The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all
the trimmings. The guy is amazed! !
Everything had been SO incredible!
"You know, " he said, "you are the perfect woman.
Are you this nice to every guy you meet?
""No," she replies. . . . .

....It 's coming......

wait for it......
.

.

The suspense is killing you, isn't it?
.

.....

She says: "You just happened to catch my eye."

(Oh come on Folks, chill out, I just forward 'em, I don't write 'em)



You know you are maturing when ....

... everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt - doesn't work
and you wonder how you could be over the hill when you don't
even remember being on top of it.



WHY GOD CREATED CHILDREN
AND IN THE PROCESS GRANDCHILDREN

To those of us who have children in our lives,
whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students...
here is something to make you chuckle. Whenever your children are out
of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's
omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"
"Don't what?" Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.
"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit?
Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!"
" No Way !"
"Yes way!"
"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.
"Why?"
"Because I am your Father and I said so!"   
God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation
after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having
an apple break and He was ticked!
"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked. "Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?" said the Father. "I don't know" said Eve.
"She started it!" Adam said.

"Did not!" "Did too!" "DID NOT!" Having had it with the two of them,
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children
of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY!
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom
and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think
it would be a piece of cake for you?


THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!


1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk.
Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat
word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind
yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

------------------------------------------------

ADVICE FOR THE DAY:

Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day.


AND FINALLY:

IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION AND YOU GET A HEADACHE,
DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:
"TAKE TWO ASPIRIN" AND "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN" !!!!!



Beware of Bears

Given the recent increase in bears being sighted close to urban
areas  the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is advising hikers,
hunters, fishermen, and golfers to take extra precautions and be on
the alert for bears.

They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells 
on their clothing to alert bears of your presence and not startle
them unexpectedly.
 
They also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an encounter
with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear
activity in your area.
 
People should be able to recognize the difference
between black bear and grizzly bear droppings.  

Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries
and possibly squirrel fur.
Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them
and smell like pepper.




THE DONKEY

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.
The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to
figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old,
and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just
wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help
him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel
dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized
what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to
everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked
down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With
each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing
something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt
on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped
up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.
The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and
take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone.
We can get out of the deepest wells just by not
stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

(My thanks to my Son Bob for passing this on.)


PEOPLE OVER 30 SHOULD BE DEAD

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who
were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's
probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.  
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 pickup truck on a warm day was always a special
treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!  
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it,
but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no
one actually died from this.  We would spend hours building our
go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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 would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
were back when the street lights came on.  No one was able to
reach us all day. No cell phones.  Unthinkable!

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games
at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound,
personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.  
We had friends; We went outside and found them.  We played
dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.  
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and
teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these
accidents. They were accidents.
No one was to blame but us.  
Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls
and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen,
we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms
live inside us forever.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door,
or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.  Little League
had tryouts and not everyone made the team.  Those who didn't
had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade
and were held back to repeat the same grade.  Horrors!  Tests were not
adjusted for any reason.  Our actions were our own.  
Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law.  Imagine that!  This generation has
produced some of the best risk-takers and 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
how to deal with it all.  And you're one of them!

Congratulations.

I hope others see this who have had the luck to grow up as
kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives,
for our own good .

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors?



Cute little devils aren't they but what are they?
See the answer at the bottom of this web page.

 




Bill Gates

Love him or hate him, he does good work
when he's away from Microsoft.

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.



THE BRICK

A young and successful executive was traveling down a
neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked
cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared.
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!
He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back
to the spot where the brick had been thrown.
The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed
the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked
car shouting, "What was that all about and who are you?
Just what the heck are you doing?
That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to
cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please,
I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do," He pleaded.
"I threw the brick because no one else would stop..."
With tears dripping down his face and off his chin,
the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked
car. "It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb
and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.
"Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive,
"Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?
He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow
the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.
He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into
the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief
and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look
told him everything was going to be okay.
"Thank you and May God bless you," the grateful child
told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply
watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down
the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back
to the Jaguar.

The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never
bothered to repair the dented side door.
He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:
"Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw
a brick at you to get your attention!" God whispers in
our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we
don't have time to listen, He has to throw
a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.



If you remember all this stuff, you are as old as me.

I am sharing this with you today
because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
old enough to know better and too young to care.
How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-6013).
Party lines
Peashooters
Howdy Doody
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Hi-Fi's
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins
Studebakers
Washtub wringers
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Tinkertoys
Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers,
5 cent packs of baseball cards - with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
Penny candy
35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn


Do you remember a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute
commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived !!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
their "grown-up" life . . .I double-dog-dare-ya!


Worth The Read

George Carlin was an American comedian of the 70's and 80's.
He was known to be a little foul-mouthed and it is fascinating that
after the death of his wife and 9 -11 he would write the following.

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

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly,
laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late,
get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and
pray too seldom. 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 not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble
crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things,
but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered
the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush,
but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men
and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce,
fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality,
one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything
from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much
in the showroom 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 share this insight, or to just hit delete.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and
height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind
is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our
entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family,
pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county,
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don't send this to at least 8 people....who cares?

- George Carlin -

" Thank you George for sharing your thoughts."



A group of students were asked to list what they
thought were the present Seven Wonders of the World.

Though there were some disagreements,
the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student
had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was
having trouble with her list. The girl replied, Yes, a little.
I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many.
The teacher said, Well, tell us what you have, and maybe
we can help. The girl hesitated, then read,

I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:

1. to see
2. to hear
3. to touch
4. to taste
5. to feel
6. to laugh
7. and to love

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take
for granted are truly wondrous!
A gentle reminder -- that the most precious things in life cannot be
built by hand or bought by man.


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 coffee....

A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him. When the
class began, wordlessly, he 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.

So 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 a 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 God, family, your
children, your health, your friends, and your favorite
passions - things that 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 partner 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.''


A true friend is someone who reaches
for your hand and touches your heart.



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REMEMBER: WHATEVER HAPPENS,
HAPPENS FOR A REASON
.

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Food For Thought

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding the attacks on 9 / 11).

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school, the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then 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). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

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."



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"Life is not measured by
the number of breaths we take
but by the moments
that take our breath away"

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I think you might enjoy this -
it sure did make me smile

Close your eyes, And go back . . .
Before the Internet or the MAC.
Before semi-automatics and crack.
Before chronic and indo;
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo.Way back. . .
I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.
Sittin' on the porch, hot bread and butter.
Eatin' a 'super-dooper sandwich' (Dagwood)
Red light! Green light!!
Chocolate milk. Lunch tickets.
Penny candy in a brown paper bag.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, double dutch,
Jacks, kickball, dodge ball, y'all! Mother, May I?
Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds,
Jaw breakers, blowpops, Mary Janes.
Running through the sprinkler!!
I can't get wet! All right; well, don't wet my hair....
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....Wait. . .
Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar. Playing sling shot and Red Rover.
When around the corner seemed far away,
And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
Bedtime, Climbing trees, a million mosquito bites and sticky fingers,
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Sitting on the curb.
Jumpin down the steps, Jumpin on the bed. Pillow fights.
Being tickled to death; Runnin till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt!! Being tired from playin'

.... Remember that? I ain't finished just yet . . .

What about the girl that had the big bubbly handwriting.
Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake.
Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!

Remember when . . .

When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys
(Keds & PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school,
was for "gym."
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.
When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties
and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time.
And, you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot!
When laundry detergent had free glasses,
dishes or towels hidden Inside the box.
When any parent could discipline any kid,
or feed him or use him to carry groceries,
and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out
to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed... ....and did!

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the
fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't
because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a much bigger threat!

If you can remember any of these things, I smile with you.
Pass this on to people you care about, it will make them smile too!!
Talk of these things to your children.
Don't let these memories fade away completely.
Just talking to your children, friends, or loved ones,
and trading memories is a joy.

Life goes quickly. Seize it !!


The picture is - baby porcupines !!!