Friday, August 21, 2009
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.
That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich; a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. The class agreed!
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too, so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great. But when government takes all the reward and shares it with those not earning it, no one will try or want to succeed.
It just doesn't get any simpler than this.
I guess we really HAVE to do the effort to reach our own goals. Why would we expect any one else to do the work for us? Here's to having great goals! CHEERS!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
At lunchtime, I read an article by a building contractor in the Toronto area. He hosts a TV show too. If you know Jim Caruk, he lets you see the problems that his business comes up against each week.
This article let us inside the problems HE is having personally with his health. It was titled, "My Wake-Up Call". He found out he has PMR: polymyalgia rheumatica. In Greek it means "pain in many muscles". As a professional building contractor, he figures the hammering, shoving, lifting and general abuse to his body has come home to haunt him.
Jim's new diet is low-fat, high-fibre, unprocessed foods with all the anti-inflammatory foods that nature provides: green tea, fish oils, turmeric, cinnamon, pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar and more.
He has been told to follow his nutritionist's diet for 8 weeks to start cleaning up his body. (No beer, chips/ crisps, steaks and wine.) Jim is finding out about drinking 2 liters of water per day to flush his system. Imagine that.
He never thought he would be using words like organic yogurt, fresh pineapple and flax seeds in one sentence, let alone eat them for a breakfast.
Jim now snacks on walnuts, strawberries, black grapes and almonds.
I liked his phrase, "You know what this diet looks like? It looks like the farm-fresh food our great-grandparents ate throughout their lives."
Are you starting to wean yourself off the highly processed, uber-salty, glucose-laden, pre-packaged semi-foods that cost the earth and give you little nutrition? This article reinforced the truth to me that we have really strayed from the healthy ways our great-grandparents used to eat.
By the way, our little great-grannies didn't spend four hours a day watching the TV either... she'd box our ears if she could see how we sit to be entertained by the hour. But that's a topic for another day!
Friday, August 14, 2009
My mom has learned how to email. All her tap dancing buddies email her jokes. So now mom is sending emails that are about 5 years old but I am laughing all over again because she thinks they are funny.
Isn't that great? It's like reading Dr. Suess to a child and watching them curl up and give in to the hilarity.
So my mom's email had about 20 sayings, like:
I'm not a complete idiot... some of my parts have fallen off.
The joke may not be exactly "politically correct", but it is great to receive a message from a senior with a sense of humour.
Can you remember some of your first received emails???
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yeah, I'm humming the festive carol about it beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but hey, I've been known to clown around quite a bit. I am tuned into the many things that are ready to be picked in the gardens, on the trees and in the fields.
This morning at work, one of the appliance repair techs brought in a box full of figs! I had to ask what they were! Perhaps as an Easterner, I've only seen them baked up in Fig Newtons. WOW, these were so juicy that the bottom of the box was a bit soggy.
Of course I had to ask how one is suppose to eat a fig, and this fellow (bless his heart), said, "Karen, you just pull the skin back and pop it in your mouth. It looks like a red brain inside." (Those were his words... a brain inside. Oh yummy!)
Also inside the wee carton were a bunch of tomatoes with really bumpy ridges running from top to bottom. They looked like tiny red pumpkins-- those kind of ridges. What type of tomato is THAT? It doesn't look like any beefsteak that I've ever seen.
Tonight instead of really pushing myself to walk these hills, I brought along a peanut butter container (washed out) and brought in a harvest of blackberries. A year ago I was part of a team of neighbours who tried to pull, cut and burn out these thorny vines!! Our efforts were futile and the berry vines and their wicked thorns are back with a vengeance. When life deals you blackberries; make a fruit salad or a purple smoothie!!! I was able to gather the berries in 10 or 12 minutes without ripping my skin or destoying my clothes. (If you ever find yourself in a blackberry bush... in the words of Jim Carey in Dumb And Dumber... "Do NOT go in there!"
On this property where I rent until the end of August, there are purple and yellow plums growing, peaches ripening, and red & also red/yellow apples (I'm guessing MacIntosh and Gala) that will be ready in another month.
Here's something you probably won't believe about my walk and berry harvesting this evening-- I heard a sound behind me while I filled up my container... and there were 3 deer waiting for me to finish, so they could feed in the same area. (A doe and two fawns.)
I don't usually go 'picking' like many friends do, so this has been a fun day realizing what produce is being grown right under my nose! Have you seen any fields and gardens ripening?
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