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Ah Spring! When Hope Springs Eternal!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Softball season kicked off this morning so spring is officially here! Two granddaughters, four games. It just doesn't get much better than this!

  


The End of the Winter of My Discontent

Friday, March 05, 2010

What a winter it has been! The weather was unseasonably cold. We have had winters when it has gotten a lot colder that it did this winter but only for a day or two. This year it just stayed cold for almost the entire 90 days! Global warming! Thank you Al Gore!

The economic doldrums continued through the winter and the phone didn't ring very much.

It looks like it is tuning warmer, although I know we have one last cold "gotcha" every year after the trees blossom but they are used to it by now. Hey Al Gore; "nanny nanny phu phu!"

The phones are starting to ring again and it appears God is returning to His heaven and all will be right with the world.

Through it all, the glass stayed more than half full. I weigh less now than I did on December 21, the beginning of winter and I have successfully avoided the swine flue, politically correctly called the H1N1 virus. While the economy dealt us a b low and we were knocked to our knees a time or two, it never managed to knock us all the way down and we did get back up every time. Bring it on!

  
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BSKTCON 3/5/2010 1:42PM

    I'm with ya'! This was truly a rough winter, but it's almost over and I'm looking forward to much better, much WARMER days!

I'm glad you were able to maintain your sanity and your sense of humor. Good luck on The Spark!!

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You Can't Please Everybody So You've Got to Please Yourself!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

You Can't Please Everybody So You've Got to Please Yourself! Thisd is the refrain in a song by Rick Nelson in the late '70s lamenting his cold reception at a revival concert. It is also the underlying theme in the bio-pic "Beyond the Sea", the Bobby Darin story. The quote of the day today was from Bill Cosby: "I do not know the formula for success but the formula for failure is to try to please everybody".

No matter how many people you try to please, someone else is going to be displeased and guess who is going to remember your efforts. the person you were trying to please No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! The person who is displeased will rfemember your efforts in explicit detail. You Can't Please Everybody So You've Got to Please Yourself!

  
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SERENA_DOVE 3/4/2010 12:34PM

    great reminder!! :)

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My Name is Rose

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


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, and have a couple of kids...'

'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 she easily made friends wherever she went.. She loved to dress up and she reveled 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. 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 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 year's 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.

When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE..

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it..

'Good friends are like stars...... ....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

  


Some Rainy Day Thoughts

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A careful driver is one who just saw the driver ahead of him get a traffic ticket.

Freeway drinking is like a shower or bath-one wrong turn and you are in hot water.

It seems that our road manners become more crude as our gasoline becomes more refined.

If your wife wants to drive, don't stand in the way.

Some people learn the traffic rules by accident.

  


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