Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I f you are not familiar with the band, "The Arrogant Worms" you may be in for a treat. I happen to like their irreverant humour...
Here's one to motivate the laziest cat...
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Last night, 4 sets of neighbours got together for a pizza party. I have looked forward to this get together for a full week. . . and it was better than I had hoped.
We don't dress up. We just enjoy company of good folks that live very close to one another. Usually we keep up-to-date on all the health issues that 8 people live with: diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, high cholesterol... you get the picture.
Last night our host would normally be labelled as the sickest member among us. That friend is named Merl and he is not a healthy 80-yea- old. Last night he shared news that his newest doctor proclaimed him CURED!
There was a lot of hugging going on in Merl's livingroom.
Since August, this man has been admitted to hospital no less than 5 times. The number of pills that he has been prescribed is phenomenal. (High cholesterol, water retention, poor circulation, irregular heartbeat, shallow breathing and acid reflux are just the beginning of the list of afflictions.) It turns out that Merl has not been taking his pills. His wife admitted that she can't find them anywhere in the house.
So even though "Mr. Merl" is picking and choosing what chemicals he will allow into his body, yesterday's doctor visit surprisingly gave him a clean bill of health. So we celebrated.
The other side to this story is that Merl's wife has been spiralling lower and lower into depression as she faces how very sick her hubby has been. As neighbours, we imagined losing her first as she seemed to be unable to care for herself or for Merl.
I can't help thinking that this doctor visit was arranged to help raise a woman from depression and give her hope, and secondly, to tell a man who won't take his meds that 'obviously he is cured' (sarcastically) because he is doing so well without pills.
A healing miracle or a dismissal by a health care professional??? What do you think?
Monday, November 01, 2010
Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day
no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.
The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall...
By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks.
These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.
They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story.
Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by War Veterans.
LEST WE FORGET - Wear a Poppy to show your respect on Remembrance (Vetrans) Day
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