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When the Goal Is Great... the Effort To Succeed Is Great

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!

  


I Met Another Clown on Spark People!

Friday, August 21, 2009

I checked my Spark Page and found a note from Bonnie in Ohio who also clowns for her church! It really made my day.

Let me back up a bit. Sharing the gospel by clowning is not a ministry that many folks would gravitate to, but for those of us who don't mind being seen as silly, well, it is a match made in... heaven?

Bonnie got me all excited about working with the church school kids again. I haven't done that since my move (almost 2 years ago). I used to visit groups at various churches in my costume and makeup whether it was their seniors group, a child care situation (while the bazaar was going on for the adults) or actually giving my testimony in a humorous way.

I'm not a talented clown when it comes to balloon twisting or face painting. And I have seen the experts! No, I'm an entertainer who would rather dance around to some comical music and get you to follow my actions. I'll sing a ditty alone or with a whole room of people. Any requests?? I've marched in some parades and played at a picnic too. Strangely enough, I am not feeling the call to entertain at children's birthday parties like other clown friends that I have known.

Clowning is a strange calling. Being a clown that shares the gospel or a 'clown for Christ' is even more unique. Maybe something that I have kept dormant is beginning to wake up again.

Bonnie, thanks for getting in touch with me!

  
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BONNIE627 8/21/2009 5:03PM

    you are so very welcome.. I was surprised to see another gospel clown and happy too.. I have added you as a friend also.. have lots of ideas if you need them on things we do as walk arounds ...good luck on your weight loss journey.. hugs, Bonnie

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/21/2009 4:14PM

    That is so nice, and I am glad you found her

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Eating Like Our Great-Grandparents Did

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!

  
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JEAN524 8/19/2009 6:17PM

    I found out a year or so back that eating seeds was really healthy and I am vegetarian so generally eat as healthily as possible. I don't like white bread and processed foods much either.

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ESSEXCHICKIE 8/19/2009 5:13AM

    I read a lot of times, that if you can not pronounce the ingredients then you should not even eat it !!

Makes good sense to me. Which is why I eat organic food, most especially product, as the thought of eating pesticides, really freaks me out !!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/18/2009 9:01PM

    I often wonder how many of us would have turned out if things like fast food, potato chips, much of the junk we consume these days, would never have been invented, I think much better.

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GRAMIDX3 8/18/2009 7:25PM

    Being raised in a three generation household, I was a much healthier child. We ate from our garden, had our own hens for eggs and later the stew pot..
When I became a young adult, I "knew" more than the "old folks". Fresh from the garden and farm was replaced with more convenient foods. What a life style
change for the bad over many years of working and doing the processed, quick
fixes.
As it is stated, we should listen to Mom or Grandma.
I am now in the process ( hate that word) of going back to the old ways that were instilled in me by my parents and grandparents. It is paying off for me and I hope my example will reflect to my family.
We get some of our "exercise" by tending the garden again.
Making recipes from scratch and not a box makes a big difference.
I also eat every little red meat since I find that my joints do become inflamed and very painful. Also, so many of the additives in the processed foods causes problems.
The very best to you, GospelClown and your friend, Jim. emoticon

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SUSMAX 8/18/2009 6:11PM

    This is my new focus...avoiding processed, chemical laden foods. I'm trying to eat fresh foods, and any foods that I can make myself, I am. I like knowing exactly whats in my food!

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.

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???

  
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BOBBI97 8/18/2009 9:43PM

    Like you all say many moons ago lol but sometimes I still get a kick out of them lol!

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STREGA*LUNA 8/15/2009 10:16AM

    Wow, it was so long ago, lol! I remember feeling so amazed at the possibility of e-mail, lightning speed & all!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/15/2009 12:07AM

    Oh yes, many moons ago.

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ROBLAINE1 8/14/2009 9:29PM

  DH has a friend that he sends emails to, and then about 3 weeks later, we receive those same emails back from him. I guess he must forget where he got them....but sometimes, they are good for just one more laugh.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/14/2009 4:40PM

    My dad is like this! If you send him an email, he'll send it to you while he sends it to everyone on his list. It's fun to watch him get so excited. You have to be careful what you send him. You better make sure it's something you don't mind the whole entire world seeing, because he doesn't get the rules. LOL You send it to him, everyone in his book is getting a copy! Geeze, I love my dad.

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YUM-- It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Harvest

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!)
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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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CANNOTFATHOM 8/13/2009 8:23AM

    I love figs!

Penny

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/13/2009 1:10AM

    Wow! That sounds so neat to be able to enjoy the beauty and taste of natures harvest, and then to see deer, Oh it just sounds so peaceful to me. Sounds like you had a nice day, I used to go blackberry picking with my mom on a farm she grew up on, I treasure those memories.

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ESSEXCHICKIE 8/13/2009 12:51AM

    My grandfather was born in Naples, Italy and came to America in 1911, married and raised a family.

His traditional way of eating figs which my Dad does to this day, is to cut one in half, stick half a walnut in the middle, fold it back and eat it, sort of like a sandwich.

I love figs, but rarely eat them as a bit too high in sugar and I have insulin resistance, but they are delish !!!!!!!!!!

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