SparkPeople A Writer's World of Fitness Team Messageboard This is a place for everyone who loves to write. Be it serious or just as a hobby, frequently or sporadic. So, if you like to write, want to be fit and are into nutrition, this is the place for you! SparkPeople A Writer's World of Fitness Team Messageboard Paying Places Looking For Writers Have you ever wanted to write greeting card verse and get paid? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> is always looking for funny verse. <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 May 2018 11:27:26 EST Easy Recipes For Busy Writers Crockpot Baked Potatoes <BR> <BR> Wrap russets in aluminum foil. <BR> Place in crockpot. <BR> Cook on HIGH 4 hours. <BR> <BR> Voila! <BR> <BR> Serve with your favorite toppings. <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>214</em> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 10:54:09 EST your favorite book Romance. Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:24:03 EST do you have a fitness journal Yes Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:23:21 EST are you a new or seasoned writer I use to write in junior high for the school paper. I sold it it was ten it was actually pretty good lol. But perhaps I'm biased Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:22:14 EST what do you enjoy writing about It makes me feel like I'm in my own never never land like Peter Pan <em>221</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:20:10 EST intro. to say hi if you're new or it's been a whil Hi guys Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:17:43 EST learning to write Short stories is a great way to start. <BR> The wind blew softly and a strand of hair carressed Stephanie's face. The sun was shining and slowly she began to pick up the pace of her walking. His was only the beginning Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:16:37 EST journaling Does anyone journal. Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:14:31 EST do you have a favorite pen I love pretty pens. Loving colors in Inkjoy. Almost to me to get a new journal Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:13:58 EST what do you enjoy writing about I love all styles of writing. I wanna learn mystery writing Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:12:28 EST Share Writing Prompts Here How about if we challenge each other to share as many writing prompts as we can? <BR> <BR> Write on! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:19:18 EST Looking for writer/weight loss buddies Hey writers, <BR> <BR> Let me just say, I like writing much more than trying to use weight! Nonetheless, here I am. I'm trying to use 20 lbs --- and get a graphic novel finally published. I write children's literature, comic books, short stories and personal essays. <BR> <BR> I'd love to make some writer-friends who'd like to talk about their writing projects and weight loss efforts (dear God, let's not call it a journey). If you're sardonic, funny, and determined, hit me up. <BR> <... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:23:24 EST (Insert Standard "Hello" Message Here) Greetings everyone! You can see my username, but I'll tell you anyways that I'm George Valtom! I'm a couple of weeks into Sparkpeople and I've been looking around for a writing team! <BR> <BR> I've had experience with writing fanfiction, and in fact I signed a small contract with DreamWorks this summer to write a couple of videos for their YouTube channel. I'm currently looking at publishing a proper novel, which is 20% of the way completed right now. <BR> <BR> Happy to be here! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:43:23 EST Hello! I was part of Spark People for a while, then fell out of the habit of posting. Now I'm back. My name is Tina, I live in the Atlanta area, and I am an aspiring novel writer. I'm married with a teenage son who has high-functioning autism, and whose favorite word is, "What?!" :-) Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:21:17 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:28 EST Gifts for Writers Here are suggestions for gifts for writers. What others can you recommend? How about a subscription to Writer's Digest magazine? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2014/12/gifts-for-writers.html </link> <BR> <BR> Lou Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:42:21 EST Writing Tips Good advice! <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> The Kill Zone <BR> Hey, Butt Out! I’m Reading Here© <BR> Posted: 21 Apr 2014 12:30 AM PDT <BR> by Robert Dugoni <BR> <BR> [Note from Jodie: I'm going crazy with last-minute preparations for my big move across the country <BR> in a few days, so bestselling thriller author and writing instructor Robert Dugoni is filling in for me today. Take it away, Bob!] <BR> <BR> I raise more than a few eyebrows when I teach, and that’s usually a good sign. I know I’... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:38:10 EST Outlets Seeking Submissions Seeking devotional submissions: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>riting-contest-littworld-2015/guidelin<BR>es-for-devotional-writing-contest-litt<BR>world-2015/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lou Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:29:38 EST how did it go today, what did u learn in today I learned to stay with it. there will be ups and downs. but to search continuously for motivation and to try to create it. sometimes I found that it isn't what you do but the attitude in which we do things. <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> when I do my best each day im learning not to beat myself up for not being perfect, its a process that takes place over time not a race to see who finish first. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:16:11 EST Hi Again Hello fellow sparkers. I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while but there's a lot going on in my life and I have not been able to post as often as I would like to. We are downsizing and have put our house up for sale. I have been busy packing, cleaning up, looking for a new house and all the "good stuff" associated with moving. We are staying in the same area but we want a house of half the size of the one we had. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post more often. I hope y'all had a great summe... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:57:49 EST what inspires you to workout? so many times I find that I am searching for inspiration and motivation sometimes to begin a workout. I was wondering when you hit a wall what you did to stay inspired? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:49:30 EST say hello again. hi, im star and im not only the team leader im new and I haven't had the pleasure of knowing who a lot of you on our team hear at spark. I hope to keep things fresh and interesting for you. and would love for you to say hi <em>524</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:42:48 EST group share: add tips for getting healthier a. write it in your journal <BR> b.always carry a snack(fruit, sandwich, trail mix) <BR> c. march in place during commercials <BR> d. its ok to get your ten minutes in at the end of the day too. <BR> e. eat breakfast, even a light one <BR> f. don't shop hungry <BR> g. we always remember and reflect on our slip ups, seriously give yourself credit when you get it right. <em>265</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:36:41 EST what subjects you enjoy writing on I enjoy writing about my weight loss goals, set backs and achievements. I also like writing about my personal journey. sometimes I try to write romance. but writing a mystery seems fun. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 03:07:34 EST your fav. journal, do you have more than 1? <em>58</em> <BR> a lot of times it can help to have journals for different topics. I have one for weight loss and tracking, one for writing, and one for daily writing. it just helps keep me better organized this way. am I the only one? <em>41</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 03:03:28 EST what are you reading? ive been reading a lot of weight loss books. I would also like to read a tale of two cities and hounds of the Baskerville again. <em>426</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:51:30 EST what's your favorite go to snack? i think cottage cheese and mandarin oranges are delish Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:53:28 EST what's your fall goal for 2014 i hope to be more committed to writing and to being active at least 10 minutes a day Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:51:27 EST whats a good workout dvd tae bo Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:16:56 EST what book helps the weight loss journey i like denise austin Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:15:42 EST the best writer you ever read? i think mark twain was a wonder full writer. i also think shakesphere was funny. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:13:35 EST what inspires you to write? its amazing how the sunrise inspires me to write. I also love writing when it rains. mostly nature inspires me. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:07:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 1 - 7 ) <BR> QUOTES BY RENE DESCARTES <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. <BR> <BR> 3)The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. <BR> <BR> 4)Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:59:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:09:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:59:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:50:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:40:44 EST i miss you already We talked all the time...about nothing. <BR> Sometimes, just to kill the time, or kill the silence of the time. <BR> Sometimes he made me laugh, sometimes, he made me mad. <BR> Most of the time, he made me happy, happy to have the friend I had. <BR> Today he will be laid on a hill within the hills..... <BR> No more will he message me to say did you hear that song? <BR> No more will he ride his side by side all night long. Coveralls covered in all, dirt, mud, grass and sweat. <BR> I have had m... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:31:51 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:51:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:33:50 EST AmtrakReside ency4Writers Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American co... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:30:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:23:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:29:13 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:11:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:58:13 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:04:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:37:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -24) 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:06:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 12 - 18) 1)Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. <BR> Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 5)The sweetest of all sounds i... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:29:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:16:33 EST Hello I have not introduced myself although I have been responding to posts here. I am a former teacher who writes. I began sort of like Virginia Lanier with the thought I can write as well as some of these people whose works I was reading. So I tried. First effort got bogged down, second try at novel writing occurred years laster and produced a non fiction book Beck House. Have finished a spin off from Beck House that will be published this summer. So those of you just starting, don't quit, ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:05:00 EST I'm new here and I'm a writer who doesn't write Hey guys! I'm new here to spark people. My name is Emma, I'm a Freshman in college (an English major, go figure), and my whole life I've planned on being a writer. I enjoy writing. I've been told I'm good at it. But, uh... I don't write. Not in my free time, anyway. I relish writing assignments and just generally writing for a grade, getting the positive feedback, etc, but for some reason when I'm writing for fun I lose all motivation. Is that bad? Anybody else have this problem? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:48:37 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here. I can already tell this is a great community. <BR> <BR> I'm not really good at these " introduce yourself" posts. My goal is to lose 100 pounds. My scale isn't the greatest so I've been gauging my weight loss more by my clothing than the scale. I actually started walking last November. So far, I've dropped 2 jean sizes. Just this morning I changed my route because I was getting bored and really kicked butt. I'm feeling pretty proud of... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:30:07 EST What do you write about? I blog about health on a Spark. <BR> I have an artist's blog. <BR> I write about my childhood memoirs. <BR> I'm writing a fictional story. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:34:08 EST How do you motivate yourself to write? I joined a writing group to make me write! It's working! I'm writing a fictional story. What are you working on? Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:32:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:49:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:10:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:45:40 EST Newbie Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've got a book series on my brain but can't seem to find the time! Between one full time job, a part time job, a meager social life, and trying to eat right and exercise- I'm exhausted! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:51:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 8 - 14 ) QUOTES BY MORIHEI UESHIBA <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> 1)Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. <BR> <BR> 2)Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. <BR> <BR> 3)If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attack... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:36:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 1 - 7 ) QUOTES BY JOAN RIVERS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio. <BR> <BR> 2)I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. <BR> Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> 3)I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.' <BR> <BR> 4)People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:54:38 EST Be passinate about your goals I myself like you enjoy writing (although it is not yet easy for me) as I am trying to influence members of SparkPeople to better set and meet their goals, and in hopes that they would join my Time Management and Organization team (It is the second team listed on my Spark Page, please check it out) . <BR> If you don't find it worth your time, you might get interested in reading some of the material referenced there, like the book "Organize your Mind; Organize your Life". Spartaa liked what ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:36:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 24 - 30 ) 1)All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. <BR> Thomas Browne <BR> <BR> 2)It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <BR> Marilu Henner <BR> <BR> 3)We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people... And we must do so as one people with one goal. <BR> Kamla Persad-Bissessar <BR> <BR> 4)There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enoug... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:16:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 17 - 23 ) 1)The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> 2)Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. <BR> Stella Adler <BR> <BR> 3)I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)We make a living by what we... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:53:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 10- 16 ) 1)Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 2)My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 3)Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 4)The mother-child relationship i... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:17:59 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 3 - 9) 1)Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. <BR> Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> 3)It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. <BR> Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> 4)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <B... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:00:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 27- Nov 2 ) 1)The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> 2)Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. <BR> Stephen King <BR> <BR> 4)Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. <BR> Joyce Brothers <BR> <BR> 5)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to p... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:55:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 20- 26 ) <BR> 1)To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 2)Peace begins with a smile. <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> 3)Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. <BR> Dan Gable <BR> <BR> 4)Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albe... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:31:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 13- 19 ) 1)God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 2)The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:15:30 EST New to Group Hello everyone, <BR> I'm also a rebounder and can't remember when I first joined Spark?! Keep falling off the healthy-eating wagon, but love to write, so hopefully, it will all come together with this group. Have self-published two books (fiction), appeared in an anthology (writers group effort), newspaper article, numerous short stories, newsletters, etc. Give me a pencil/keyboard and I'll start dreaming up the next adventure :) I like writing much more than I like exercising--need to ge... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:39:28 EST Hello from Florida! I just joined and look forward to getting to know you. I took a writing course called "How to make money writing" and I am going to set up some new goals with the knowledge I gained from the class. I hope to share ideas here and make this a fun team. Thank you. <em>30</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:06:51 EST Hello there! I'm new. My name is Ally and i'm 23 and I've always had a passion for writing but I seem to never finish a story I'm working on. But, I intend to change that now. I've been working on a story for a couple months have about 15 pages. Found I write better at Starbucks. Not quite sure why. I think it's because when I am home I get distracted by everything that needs to be done but at Starbucks there's nothing to distract me. I like noise haha. They leave me alone there whereas at home I have two cats and... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 18:43:10 EST Hello Everyone!!! Hello, I just recently returned to sparkpeople from a very long hiatus. Now I am back. I don't really know where to go from here, so I thought about browsing around the sparkteams to see if there were any I would like to join. I happened to stumble upon this lovely team, and thought I would give it a go. <BR> <BR> Since this is the introduce yourself section of the forum let me give you the rundown about myself. My name is Christina, but on the internet I am known by Quill. A couple of month... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 01:46:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 6 - 12 ) 1)Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 2)Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> 3)An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. <BR> Budda <BR> <BR> 4)All life is an experiment. The... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:30:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 28- Oct 5 ) 1) Love is the poetry of the senses. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 2)A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 3)History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 4)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)A mind that is ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:07:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 22 - 28 ) 1)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)In politics stupidity is not a handicap. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4Your living is deter... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:50:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 15- 21 ) 1)I shed a tear when I meet somebody who always quits. Reliable people are so rare in this world. <BR> Bauvard <BR> <BR> 2)Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 3)Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. <BR> William E. Gladstone <BR> <BR> 4)Mastery passes often for egotism. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 5)Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. <BR> Frank Leahy... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:31:20 EST I AM WONDER WOMAN! Yesterday I realized how dedicated I am to my walking... <BR> <BR> I took a fall being silly with my hubby, tripped over of all things the bottom of my stationary bike. <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> I fell hard on my butt...and it has been so sore. think of how when you go to take a step that it moves that area ( r u laughing) so the first day after it happened I went for 1/2 hour walk in pain....but yesterday I was able to do one hour...did it bet but each step I took I thought tha... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:25:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:40:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7 ) 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:18:22 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31 ) 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:55:36 EST I began writing, because I missed my husband. I was married for 25 years, and then my husband died. He left such a void in my life that I didn't know what to do. I began journaling, but couldn't stop. I wrote about a woman who was trying to kill her husband, although the story began and ended as a wedding was about to begin. After many months of crying and writing, and of spilling anger and love onto the many pages, I decided I was done. A friend of mine saw this pile of papers on my desk at home and asked if she could read what I h... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:25:01 EST Quote Sept. 2 - 8 Raise Children by the Rule of 3 <BR> First Time: It is considered a request <BR> Second Time: It is considered a reminder <BR> Third Time: Automatic No. Three is considered badgering and I'll be badgered by no one! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 08:30:42 EST Quotes of the Week Aug 31-Sept 7 To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:16:35 EST New to this Forum It has taken me a bit of time to figure out how to actually post. <BR> I have been writing since 5 yrs. of age. Mostly poetry. Perhaps someone has <BR> some words of inspiration to break the procrastination loop I seem to be caught <BR> up in. My character tends to work at cross purposes. I do not do SIT very well <BR> and yet I have hobbies that require sitting. (ie writing, knitting & reading). <BR> Most naturally I like to be on the move pretty much constantly (ie. running & <BR> ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:32:26 EST I'm writing two books! I've started the long, and exciting journey of writing two books. My first book started out as a gift to my children and close friends, and it has blossomed into much more. It is a collection of our favorite family recipes, many are very old. I'm also writing a very controversial historical novel. I'm interested in any advice on POD companies or publishers. I'm not sure what software program to use for these books. For the time being, I'm using WriteItNow for my novel, for organizationa... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 01:42:10 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:39:23 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:36:56 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:18:46 EST I am a Newbie Hello. I am new to anything out here in syberspace. Need help. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:36:38 EST I am a Newbie Hello. I am new to anything out here in syberspace. Need help. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:36:13 EST Hello out there Reaching out of my comfort zone to see what happens with Writer's Workshop. Writer's block. How to get started. More of a reader and thinker. A long-time student of the writing process (decades) and believer in the magic of writing and the wisdom of Spark People. What happens next? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:02:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:13:39 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 - 27 ) QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:25:43 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 - 20 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:06:04 EST Hello everyone! Hi! My name is Andraxia, or Andy for short. I'm back on Spark People after two years of absence. I have a degree in Journalism and began grad school in English to become a writer...ended up dropping out of grad school to write a book. Now I'm just editing and polishing up the manuscript. Next step I actually have to get a professional opinion of my work...I already have no nails! Waiting for an opinion on my writing is the next step after I finish what I'm doing now...which oddly enough I'm l... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:58:12 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:28:04 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 30 - July 6 ) QUOTES ON RELIGION <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. <BR> Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. <BR> C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 3)Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 4)Our prayers should be for blessings in g... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:16:09 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 23 - 29 ) 1)I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> 3)Never look back - unless you’re planning on going that way. <BR> Henry Thoreau <BR> <BR> 4)Sometimes the hardest battle we fight is the battle within. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you want to be respected by others, you must first respect yourself. <BR> A... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:20:24 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 16 - 22 ) 1)The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The people I treasure the most give me the biggest scars. <BR> Tablo <BR> <BR> 3)If you want to be unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure, just spend your life trying to do something that is not right for you. It is just like trying to wear shoes that don’t fit. <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 4) Don’t explain. People only hear wh... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:57:45 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 9- 15) <BR> <BR> 1) Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and be good to yourself. <BR> Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 2)I think you have to sometimes lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. <BR> Dawson, Dawson’s Creek. <BR> <BR> 3)The next time you feel you have to defend something about yourself, ask yourself, why am I feeling I must defend this? … Do not feel you must say anything. Be who you are. Do not try to be perfect all the time. <BR> Orin... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:38:16 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 2 -8 ) <BR> 1)Fake friends are like shadows, always around on your brightest days, but during your darkest times they are no where to be found. <BR> Chris Sandoval <BR> <BR> 2)Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. <BR> Phyllis McGinley <BR> <BR> 3)I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. <BR> Brittany Renee <BR> <BR> 4)We can’t control w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:12:34 EST I will be out of touch I am having a revision of my total knee replacement on Tuesday, June 18 thus I will be out of touch for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Kathie <em>220</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:54:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience is ... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:33:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience is ... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:32:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 19 - 25 ) MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. <BR> Allen West <BR> <BR> 2)There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. <BR> Robert Charles Winthrop <BR> <BR> 3)These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:48:28 EST Mother's Day Quotes 1)All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. <BR> William Makepeace Thackeray <BR> <BR> 3)God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. <BR> Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> 4)The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. <BR> Theodore Hesburgh <BR> <BR> 5)The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the... Thu, 9 May 2013 19:06:47 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 12 -18 ) 1)The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. <BR> Pope Theodoros II <BR> <BR> 2)You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 3)In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 4)I can, of course, think what I want, just like everyone else. I simply have to refrain from saying everything I think. <BR> Margrethe II of Denmark <BR> <BR> 5)The knowledge... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:59:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 5 -11 ) 1)It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. <BR> Emiliano Zapata <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 5)I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. <BR> Voltaire <B... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:38:50 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 28 - May 4 ) 1)It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated. <BR> Abdullah Ahmad Badawi <BR> <BR> 2)The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer. <BR> Ben Nighthorse Campbell <BR> <BR> 3)Nothing exists except through language. <BR> Hans-Georg Gadamer <BR> <BR> 4)In fact history does not belong to us... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:46:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 21 - 27 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> ============================ <BR> 1)House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad. <BR> <BR> 2)Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. <BR> <BR> 3)For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy. <BR> <BR> 4)Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery. <BR> <BR> 5)Did you ever ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:45:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 14 - 20 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? <BR> <BR> 3)People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:22:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:29:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:28:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 23:57:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 24 -30 ) QUOTES ON FRIENDS <BR> ====================== <BR> 1) The enemy of my enemy is my friend. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) A friend is known when needed. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 4) No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor. <BR> -Danish proverb <BR> <BR> 5) You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years. <BR> -English Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Friends are like fiddle... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:56:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 17- 23 ) <BR> 1)Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. <BR> -Ambrose Bierce <BR> <BR> 2)Adventure is not outside; it is within. <BR> -Ray Stannard Baker [David Grayson] <BR> <BR> 3)A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. <BR> -Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every great fortune there is a crime. <BR> -Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 5)He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Pr... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:40:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:21:17 EST quote for Week of 3/18 to 3/23 (or there about) Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm! <BR> -Sir Winston Churchill Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:39:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 1) Repentance won't cure mischief. <BR> -Scottish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never repeat old grievances. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see. <BR> Ano... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:18:11 EST Does anyone write for publications here? I'm curious to know how I would get started in writing for publications. Does anyone here write for any or know how I could get started? My latest idea is going to be a collection of stories from those who have turned their lives around. I talk with so many at-risk kids and I want them to see the other side of the bars, how life really is when you don't live it right. I've told them all the stories I could think of from people I knew. I want them to be able to see the stories from people who ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:01:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 24 - March 2 ) 1)We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. <BR> Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> 2)Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> Ralp... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:05:42 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 17- 23) 1) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 2)The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. <BR> Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> 3)If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. <BR> George Orwell <BR> <BR> 4)The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” <BR> Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> 5)Travel brings power and love back into your life.” <BR> Rumi <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:49:19 EST Introduction Hi! I joined SparkPeople a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to joining teams. I am currently in the fourth draft of the editing process of my first novel and am excited since it's at the point where it's finally starting to get decent. I have always enjoyed creative writing and though I don't have a lot of spare time (I am currently a doctoral student), I do make sure to give myself a little time in my day to do some writing. Feel free to friend me if you want. I don't really know ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:07:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:00:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:43:17 EST Hi, I'm Gail Hi, everyone, I'm Gail. I don't feel like I'm new to writing, but I'm definitely new to being serious about it. Have just finished a "middle reader" novel, and am working on a young adult one. Well "working on" is a bit of a euphemism :) - I've started it, but need to commit to more regular work. I'm a retired high school biology teacher, and have just recently cut down to part time work at the jobs I took after theoretically I have more time. :) I look forward to learning ab... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:39:47 EST Hello! My name is Cheryl, though I write under a different name (Jess Kiefer). Silly to have an alter-ego when I haven't been published, but there it is. The genre I write in, is paranormal. Within that, most of it would be considered romance. I have a family in my alternate universe I write about often. The Nickerson clan. Currently working on edits for a piece called The Storm. I find re-working harder than the initial writing, but so far, everything that has been brought up, makes sense to... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:39:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:56:56 EST Hi I'm Lisa I love to write all kinds of stories. I do this to help keep my hands busy so I don't eat a lot of junk food that I don't need to eat. I also do all kinds of crafts. I knit with both needles & a knitting board loom, crochet, make beaded jewellery including goal necklaces, needlepoint stamped quilts that I embroider both full adult size & baby. I live with my mom & help take care of her because she has a lot of health problems. I have 2 neices ages 15 & 17 & 2 nephews age 23 & 32. I am going t... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:08:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 20 -26 ) 1)The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 3)Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4)I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; ye... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:46:42 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 13 -19 )) 1)You may delay, but time will not. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 3)As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 4)A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:28:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 6 - 12) 1)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)God is closest to those with broken hearts. <BR> Jewish Saying <BR> <BR> 3)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 4)Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> 5)Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 6)It ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:10:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 30 -Jan 5) 1)Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> 4)The gr... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:51:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 23 -29) <BR> CHRISTMAS QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <BR> Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> 2)He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. <BR> Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> 3)Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his cho... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:16:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16- 22) <BR> 1)Never wear anything that panics the cat. <BR> P.J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. <BR> Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> 3)Never ruin an apology with an excuse. <BR> Kimberly Johnson <BR> <BR> 4)True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:56:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 9-15) <BR> 1)We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. <BR> -Francois de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. <BR> -Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3) I cannot believe that t... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:36:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 2 - 8) 1)Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. <BR> Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> 2)When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. <BR> &#8213;Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. <BR> Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> 4)There will always be someone who will stab you in the back, if not, you are that person. <BR> Anonymous <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:57:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 25 - Dec 1 ) ) 1)A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. <BR> Lana Turner <BR> <BR> 2)A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. <BR> Jim Carrey <BR> <BR> 4) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. <BR> Ron... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:42:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 18- 24 ) 1)Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred is blind, as well as love. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 4)Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. <BR> Robert Jordan <BR> <BR> 5)Forgiveness... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:10:42 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 11 - 17 ) 1)The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 3)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. L... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:56:14 EST Thank you for the welcome Many thanks for all of the positive comments folks. <BR> I'm not entirely new to the sparkpeople site - joined some time ago but didnt really use it as I got quite frustrated with the food tracker (at random times my firewall blocks me saving things to my food tracker). I'm now using weightwatchers online as my primary food tracker, although when I can updating both. <BR> <BR> Busy family day today, so have only done a few minutes of writing (on a short story). <BR> <BR> Did anyone from ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 15:18:27 EST Newbie Looking back over my 53 years, there are two things I've done consistently, whatever my circumstances....write, and diet. Although I love doing the first one, and have varying attitudes to the latter, I have noticed a similar pattern in my approach. I have bursts of committment and energy when I will write every day, and stick to my diet (the two aren't always in tandem I hasten to add). Then I just kind of trail off. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I had a health scare that stopped me in my tr... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:44:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:15:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:14:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 28 - Nov 3) HAPPINESS QUOTES <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> 2)Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. <BR> Alice Walker <BR> <BR> 4)Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. <BR> Benjamin Disraeli <BR> ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:48:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 21-27) PET QUOTES <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> 1)I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 2)Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> <BR> 3)No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. <BR> Charles de Gaulle <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:35:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 14-20) QUOTES ON EXPERIENCE <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. <BR> Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 2) A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. <BR> <BR> 3)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experien... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:09:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 7- 13 ) QUOTES ON MARRIAGE <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 2)It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 4)A journey is like marriage. The certain way to b... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:56:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 30 - Oct.6 ) ) FAMOUS M*A*S*H QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Look, all I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war and rule number one is young men die. And rule number two is doctors can't change rule number one. <BR> Henry Blake <BR> <BR> 2)I'm a life long Anglophile. England is still the only place I know where any young man can grow up to be the Queen. <BR> Hawkeye <BR> <BR> 3)Listen, it's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to b... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:36:13 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 23-29 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me. <BR> <BR> 2)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart. <BR> <BR> 3)When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. <BR> <BR> 4) It takes a ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:18:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 16-22 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> <BR> IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER <BR> <BR> 1) I would have talked less and listened more. <BR> <BR> 2) I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. <BR> <BR> 3) I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. <BR> <BR> 4) I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. <BR> <BR> 5) I would have cried and... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:28:05 EST Newbie I am I am new to SP and to here. I just enrolled in a writing class for the fall and am looking forward to it. It won't start until the 8th of Oct and I am so waiting for it to start. A little bit about me I am 59 going onto 60 in Jan., married, have one son just married last year, gained three step grandchildren. I have depression ( under control at this time), overweight, diabetes, chronic pain, arthritis, had open heart surgery, have two cats my companions, and just me. My son and his fami... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:28:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 9-15 ) Dear Abby Quotes <BR> <BR> 1)Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does -- except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. <BR> <BR> 2)If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. <BR> <BR> 3)The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good. <BR> <BR> 4)The less you talk, the more you're listened to. <BR> <BR> 5)Peop... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:31:23 EST point of view and tense I was pretty late last year in deciding to to NaNoWriMo for the first time. Of course I didn't finish it. I've spent the last several months researching things for my novel. Now I'm still struggling with point of view and tense. I know who my main character is, and so forth. I feel like maybe I SHOULD write it in first person but it's really hard. Also probably present tense is preferred, but again I don't have experience doing this. When I did my beginnings last year it was all third person ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 18:01:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 2-8 ) ANN LANDERS QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. <BR> <BR> 2)One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one. <BR> <BR> 3)Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty wi... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:37:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 26- Sept 1 ) 1)Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. <BR> Anton Chekhov <BR> <BR> 2)Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants. <BR> ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:47:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 12 - 18 ) 1)Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. <BR> Robert Orben <BR> <BR> 3)Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated. <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:25:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 5-11 ) 1)A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it. <BR> Ella Wheeler Wilcox <BR> <BR> 3)Always desire to learn something useful. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 4)Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. <BR> Og Mandino ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:11:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 29- Aug 4 ) 1)A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it. <BR> William Feather <BR> <BR> 2)A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. <BR> Caskie Stinnett <BR> <BR> 3)A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. <BR> Charles W. Pickering <BR> <BR> 4)A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:02:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 22 -28 ) 1)A friend doesn't go on a diet because you are fat. <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 2)A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. <BR> J. P. Morgan <BR> <BR> 5)A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. <BR> Max Luc... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:51:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 15 - 21 ) 1)A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man. <BR> Catherine Deneuve <BR> <BR> 2)A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. <BR> Gilbert K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 3)Action is the real measure of intelligence. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 4)Always be smarter than the people who hire you. <BR> Lena Horne <BR> <BR> 5)An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. <BR> Albert Camus <B... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:33:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 8-14 ) 1)A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. <BR> Maurice Chevalier <BR> <BR> 2)A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. <BR> Robert Frost <BR> <BR> 3)A man growing old becomes a child again. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 4)Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:06:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 1- 7 ) 1)May you get to Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead. <BR> Irish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 3)Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. <BR> Henry Miller <BR> <BR> 4)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)The light is what guides you... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:32:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 24 -30 )_ 1)All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. <BR> Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> 3)All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their di... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 04:09:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 17 -23 ) 1)Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. <BR> Samuel Goldwyn <BR> <BR> 2)Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. <BR> Sir William Osler <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. <BR> Oscar Levant <BR> <BR> 4)Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend; And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry [economy]. <BR> William Shakespeare ( 'Hamlet,' Act I, Scene iii... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:21:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 10- 16) 1)A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it. <BR> Frank Howard Clark <BR> <BR> 2)A mother who is really a mother is never free. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 3)Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating. <BR> Bob Filner <BR> <BR> 4)Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 5)Children that are raised in a home with... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:39:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 3 -9) 1)Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 2)Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. <BR> Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> 3)Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> 4)Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. <BR> Barbara Sher <BR> <BR> 5)Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for t... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:12:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 27 - June 2 ) 1)Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” <BR> Indira Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2) Always use your mind and plan deep before doing an action. it is not a cowardly act to retreat in a battle, let's stay focused on a step backward to have 10 steps forward. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) Courage is the di... Sat, 26 May 2012 09:46:13 EST Quotes ofthe Week ( May 20 -26 ) Quotes on Stupidity: <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1) Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. <BR> Friedrich Schiller <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity... Tue, 22 May 2012 08:00:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 13 -19 )) 1)A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together. <BR> James H. Boren <BR> <BR> 2)A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. <BR> Michel de Montaigne <BR> . <BR> 3)A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. <BR> Maurice Chevalier <BR> <BR> 4)A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never ... Wed, 16 May 2012 23:16:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 6 -12 ) 1)“The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others <BR> Tibetan Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)“The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. <BR> Theodore Parker <BR> <BR> 3) I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. <BR> Paul Sweeney <BR> <BR> 4)People only see what they are prepared to see. <BR> Ralph Waldo <BR> <BR> 5) I Like this quot... Thu, 10 May 2012 21:49:16 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 29 - May 5 ) 1)If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. <BR> Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> 2)The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. <BR> Morrie Schwartz <BR> <BR> 3)If people are truly, madly, deeply in love with each other, they will find a way. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The best way to waste your life, ... is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate. <... Wed, 2 May 2012 21:02:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 22 -28 ) 1)Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. <BR> William James <BR> <BR> 3)Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. <BR> Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> 4)The world as we have created it is a pro... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:29:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 15-21 ) 1)Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything. <BR> Paris Hilton <BR> <BR> 2)Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. <BR> Jamie Paolinetti <BR> <BR> 3) If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it. <BR> Jesse Jackson <BR> <BR> 4)I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can ad... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:24:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 8 -14 ) 1)Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live. <BR> Anonynous <BR> <BR> 2)It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) Be happy. It's one way of being wise. <BR> Sidonie Gab... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:09:50 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 1 - 7 ) 1)A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears. <BR> Woodrow Wyatt <BR> <BR> 2)A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. <BR> William James <BR> <BR> 4)No man is worth your tears, but... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:46:19 EST Zombie Apocalypse Scenario... 1. First thing to your left? <BR> 2. Name of the person you spoke to first today? <BR> 3. Current location? <BR> 4. Last thing you had in your hand? <BR> 5. Closest metal/ iron thing to you? <BR> <BR> Ok now put them together in this scenario: <BR> <BR> I use (1) to kill zombies. The only other survivor with me is (2). We are trapped in (3). We are running out of (4), and we need (5) to save us. <BR> <BR> Here's mine: <BR> <BR> I use 1.tacks to kills zombies. The only other survivor with ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:33:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 25 -31 ) 1)The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. <BR> Flannery O'Connor <BR> <BR> 2) When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. <BR> Brendan Francis <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every successful man is a surprised woman. <BR> Maryon Pearson <BR> <BR> 5)Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:26:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 18 -24 ) 1) If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. <BR> Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> 2)The best way to waste your life, ... is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate. <BR> Chuck Palahniuk <BR> <BR> 3)Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. <... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:43:50 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 11 -17 ) 1)Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> 2)Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. <BR> Robert Cody <BR> <BR> 3)Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. <BR> Pope Paul VI <BR> <BR> 4)Love doesn't make the world go '... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:25:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 4 - 10 ) <BR> 1)Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. <BR> Fyodor Dostoyevsky <BR> <BR> 2) Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation. <BR> -Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 4)... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:24:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 25 - March 3 ) 1) We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 2)Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies. <BR> Kofi Busia <BR> <BR> 3)Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route. <BR> Francois de La Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 4)Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 01:38:53 EST New I am hoping to become a published writer someday, but I am sporadic with my writing. I will go strong for about a week and then get stuck for a while. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:57:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 22 -28 ) 1)Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Persevere and you will win the prize. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)You get whatever you settle for. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)In all your adversities there lies the seeds of equivalent advantages. In every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the next time. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)I wake up every day with the realization that this is it, that there'... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:33:16 EST Who Is Your Guardian Angel? Here's the 2nd article in my series about angels. Two more are scheduled to be posted in February. I invited my friend, and author, Paul Duarte to be a guest author and share his own unexplained angel story with us. I have one of my own that I will share in an upcoming article. The final article will talk about what the bible says about angels. I hope you like this series. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/who-is-your-guardian-angel.html </link> <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:38:56 EST BLOG: Angels from Heaven NEW WORSHIP MELODIES BLOG: <BR> <BR> Have any angel stories? Here's just one of mine! Please, share yours in the comment section below the article on the WM site! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/01/angels-from-heaven.html </link> <BR> <BR> It seems that some of you have been having problems leaving comments on the WM site. Here are the steps to follow to leave your comments with the blog. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Write your comment in the comment block prov... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:26:12 EST OK, So the Story Goes Like This... My latest Worship Melodies Blog.... <BR> <BR> Ever wonder about all those people who like to tell their own story? Ever wonder if you should tell yours? This will give you the answers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ok-so-story-goes-like-this.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:37:02 EST Did anyone watch Chef Meg on "The Doctors" today? What did you think? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:41:53 EST Intersting Questions 7 1) What is one thing you wish you had more time for? <BR> <BR> 2)What place would you like to visit before you die? <BR> <BR> 3) What sport or hobby would you like take up? <BR> <BR> 4) If you could own the world's largest collection of anything, what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:13:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 15 -21 ) 1)Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Tears are words the heart can't express. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish. <BR> John Jakes <BR> <BR> 4)Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the thing... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:00:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 8 -14 ) 1)Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> 2)It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. <BR> Fenderx Morrie Schwartz <BR> <BR> 4)Never allow someone to be your priority while allo... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:44:37 EST January '12 Round Robin "I don't belong here," she thought for the thousandth time. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:19:17 EST Blog: How the Grinch Stole Christmas My latest blog... God does amazing miracles sometimes at Christmas time. This one is mine about how I came to have a great Christmas for the first time in almost two decades. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-grinch-stole-christmas.html </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:11:35 EST Really frustrated looking for Round Robin I have been a member of this Team for a few weeks now and still cannot find a Round Robin to add a sentence to, as is one of the goals of this Team! Please can somebody help me in this! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 00:03:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 1 - 7 ) 1)As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. <BR> - James Froude <BR> <BR> 2)We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. <BR> - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> 3)Every man over forty is responsible for his face. <BR> - Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and w... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:07:50 EST it's a new year and a new person Hey all. I'm Dan. I'm positive I already had an account here but I can't remember any logins or anything so I'm starting again. I'm a 22 year old who's living in Pennsylvania and here to lose about 90 pounds. Tomorrow I'm starting college, in July I'm moving to where my son lives and my last resolution was to get in shape so that's what I'm doing. (I just backspaced over 'trying' and replaced it with 'doing' !!!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm certainly here to try to make friends so if any of you gu... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:14:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 25 -31 ) 1)Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip. <BR> Gary Allan <BR> <BR> 2)There's more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. <BR> Larry Wilde <BR> <BR> 4) I have always though... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:47:01 EST Interesting Questions 6 <BR> 1) If you have to name the dummest purchase you eve made, what would it be? <BR> <BR> 2)If you had to name the wisest purchase you eve made, what would it be? <BR> <BR> 3) What has been the greatest disappointment of your life? <BR> <BR> 4) If you could erase fears in your life, which one would you erase first? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:45:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 18 -24 ) 1)Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. <BR> Pauline Kael <BR> <BR> 2)Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:27:36 EST Sliding On the Ice If the Christmas season is difficult for you, my latest blog might help. If you know someone who has a difficult time during Christmas, this may help you to help them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/sliding-on-ice.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:12:47 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 11 -15 ) 1)This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts. <BR> Bhagavad Gita <BR> <BR> 2)The state of severance of union with sorrow is known by the name of yoga. <BR> Bhagavad Gita <BR> <BR> 3)Fall with awareness and acceptance. <BR> Brian Kest <BR> <BR> 4)Woman was taken out of man; not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:30:30 EST Interesting Questions 5 1)Who do you feel the closest to? <BR> <BR> 2) What was your most joyous experience as a child? <BR> <BR> 3) What offenses do you find the most difficult to forgive? <BR> <BR> 4) What do you regret the most? <BR> <BR> 5) Who inspires you the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 03:20:25 EST Yuletide Cheer Here's my latest blog entry on my own website. It's about finding the true Christmas spirit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2011/12/yuletide-cheer.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:16:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 27 - Dec 3 ) 1)Never fight with an ugly person - they have nothing to lose! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Ugliness is superior to beauty because it lasts. <BR> Serge Gainsbourg <BR> <BR> 3)Be careful whose toes you step on today because they might be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow! <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental,... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:32:09 EST Another Run Hello fellow writers, <BR> <BR> I am a 28-year-old guy from Germany, back here on Sparkpeople for my second run. <BR> <BR> Since I am also a writer (in both german and english), I decided to join the workshop as well. So far, though, I haven't written anything that was fit to be printed, though. Badly enough, I never finished the stories I've started thanks to the inconvinient distractions of life - working full time, married life, organizational challenges... <BR> <BR> Well, maybe this gr... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:24:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 20 -26 ) 1)A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting. <BR> Helen Rowland <BR> <BR> 2)Always be smarter than the people who hire you. <BR> Lena Horne <BR> <BR> 3)Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. <BR> Julius Charles Hare <BR> <BR> 4)Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. <BR> Janis Joplin <BR> <BR> 5)Belief is the death of intelligence. <BR> Robert Anton Wilson <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:55:00 EST Interesting Questions 4 1)How are we , as parents, helping our kids get ready for life on their own? <BR> <BR> 2) Your opinion on the approach we take nowadays on disciplining our children. <BR> <BR> 3) How did you handle the " empty-nest"syndrome? ( or how do you think you will someday if your kids are sttill at home) <BR> <BR> 4) How does TV affect our lives today? <BR> <BR> 5) How would you occupy yourself if you had to go without TV for one day? <BR> <BR> 6) How could you make this year's Thanksgiving celeb... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:29:34 EST I Love to Write Day Tuesday, November 15, is "I Love to Write Day." I'll be talking with high school students about writing during FL's annual Teach-In. How will you celebrate it? -- Lou <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:00:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 13 -19 ) 1)The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours. <BR> -Peggy Fleming <BR> <BR> 2)You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it. <BR> Swedish Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)In ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 12:01:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 6 -12 ) 1)Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others. <BR> - Benjamin Disraeli <BR> <BR> 2)He who can lick can bite. <BR> - French Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex and minus reason. <BR> - Mason Cooley <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothin... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:34:32 EST Interesting Questions 3 1) What in your life today brings you the greatest sense of joy and fulfillment? <BR> <BR> 2)if you could relive any year in your life - without changing a thing- which year would you choose? <BR> <BR> 3)If you could be the President of the United States for one day, what's the first thing you would do? <BR> <BR> 4)What's one of the most adventurous things you've ever done? <BR> <BR> 5)What were your parents' favorite TV shows when you were growing up? <BR> <BR> 6)If you could spend one ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 01:23:38 EST new here Hello! I've been writing "new here" all week as I've navigated around this site. I'm looking forward to making this my place, my comfy hangout where I can connect with others, feel inspired and maximize my life. I want to continue writing, just feel like I'm reconnecting with my muse again. Looking forward to meeting with you here as I optimize my life. Sat, 5 Nov 2011 10:01:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 30 -Nov 5 ) 1)Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object. <BR> - Joseph Addison <BR> <BR> 2)Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. <BR> - Janis Joplin <BR> <BR> 3)If I try to be like him, who will be like me? <BR> - Yiddish proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. <BR> - Jean-Jacques Rousseau <BR> <BR> 5)Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. <BR> - N... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 14:12:09 EST Interesting Questions 2 1) Which holiday do you enjoy the most? Why? <BR> <BR> 2) What are you currently looking forward to? <BR> <BR> 3) Which hobby of yours fo you enjoy the most? Why? <BR> <BR> 4) When was the last time something exciting happened to your life? Explain <BR> <BR> 5) What is your idea of a relly relaxed evening? Explain <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:06:45 EST Interesting Questions 1) What is your favorite dessert to order in a restaurant? <BR> <BR> 2)What is one day you would love to live over again? <BR> <BR> 3)What was the best meal youever had in a restaurant and what was the name of the reastaurant? <BR> <BR> 4)What is your favorite flower? <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:22:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 23 -29 ) 1)We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire. <BR> - La Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)For fools admire, but men of sense approve. <BR> - Alexander Pope <BR> <BR> 3)All philosophy in two words, - sustain and abstain. <BR> - Epictetus <BR> <BR> 4)If you are surprised at the number of our maladies, count our cooks. <BR> - Seneca <BR> <BR> 5)I praise loudly; I blame softly. <BR> - Catherine II <BR> <BR> 6)As the Greek said, "Many men know how to flatter, f... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:05:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 16 -22 ) 1)Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you have not committed. <BR> - Anthony Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Poor Mexico, so far from God and so near to the United States. <BR> - Porfirio Diaz <BR> <BR> 3)Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship. <BR> - Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 4)Imagination is the eye of the soul. <BR> - Joseph Joubert <BR> <BR> 5)If you would wish another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:23:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 9 -15 ) 1)The most important thing about power is to make sure you don't have to use it. <BR> Edwin Land <BR> <BR> 2)I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not <BR> Lucille Ball <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result. <BR> Robert G Ingersoll <BR> <BR> 4)They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning. <BR> Clint Eastwood <BR> <BR> 5)Believe in yourself, never give up ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 16:44:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 2 - 8 ) 1)A man growing old becomes a child again. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 2)Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 3)A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. <BR> Adlai E. Stevenson <BR> <BR> 4)A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. <BR> Michel de Montaigne <BR> <BR> 5)All marriages are happy. ... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 00:28:27 EST Writing Contests Check out this contest: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lou Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:19:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 25 - Oct 1 ) <BR> 1)Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. <BR> Don Galer <BR> <BR> 2)You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients. <BR> Julia Child <BR> <BR> 3)Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital. <BR> Kelly Barton <BR> <BR> 4)t is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. <BR> Richard Braunstein <BR> <BR> 5)A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:10:53 EST Quotes of the Week (Sept 18-24 ) 1)There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. <BR> - Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise. <BR> - Jean Paul Richter <BR> <BR> 3)A hungry man is not a free man. <BR> - Adlai Stevenson <BR> <BR> 4)If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner. <BR> - H. S. Leigh <BR> <BR> 5)It is in the half fools and the half wise that the greatest danger lies. <BR> - Goethe <BR> <BR> 6)When a man opens the car door for his wife, i... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:35:26 EST Quotes of the Week (Sept 11-17 ) <BR> 1)Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. <BR> Samuel Johnson <BR> <BR> 2)Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out. <BR> Christopher Reeve <BR> <BR> 3)A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. <BR> Andre Maurois <BR> <BR> 4)The three P's of success: passion, persistence and patience. <BR> Doug Bronson <BR> <BR> 5)We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared. <BR> Edward Dahlberg <BR... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 03:56:17 EST Quotes on Writing <BR> 1)The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. <BR> ~Anaïs Nin <BR> <BR> 2)And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. <BR> ~Sylvia Plath <BR> <BR> 3)If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison <BR> <BR> 4)What I like in a good author is not what... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 06:25:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 4 -10 ) 1)The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. <BR> - Dante Alighieri <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control. <BR> - Arthur Schopenhauer <BR> <BR> 3)All husbands are alike, but they have different faces so you can tell them apart. <BR> - Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A good husband should be deaf and a good wife blind. <BR> - French Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)What... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 05:19:22 EST Quotes of the Week (Aug 28 -Sept 3 ) 1)It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. <BR> Sally Field <BR> <BR> 2)If you don’t ask because you might be refused, you’ve already refused yourself. <BR> Nisandeh Neta <BR> <BR> 3)The mind should dance with the body, and the whole universe is your stage. Try to feel that whatever you are doing is the most beautiful thing, the prettiest dance, because you are dancing with the whole Universe. <BR> Yogi Bhajan <BR> <BR> 4)Pay no attention to what the critics ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:50:27 EST Backing Up and Tracking Story Changes How do you backup your stories and track changes? <BR> <BR> I use a flash drive but don't carry it with me every time I leave the house. I guess I should in case there is a fire or burglary. What do you do? <BR> <BR> And how do you track changes? With Word tracker or some other way? Is it practical to print or save every copy after changes are made in case we want to use some deleted or altered material later? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your thoughts on these. -- Lou Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:36:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 21 -27) 1)No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow. <BR> -African Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning. <BR> -American Indian Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates ex... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:04:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 7 -13 ) 1)I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine <BR> Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> 2)Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 3)You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk? <BR> Clint Eastwood <BR> <BR> 4)After a certain age, you get the face you deserve. <BR> Joan Collins <BR> <BR> 5)Age is just a number. It's totally irrel... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 07:50:13 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 31- Aug 6 ) <BR> 1)You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. <BR> -Pearl Buck <BR> <BR> 2)Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands. <BR> -Yiddish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Gossip is nature's telephone. <BR> -Sholom Aleichem <BR> <BR> 5)While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about wo... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 03:24:43 EST Writing "advice" from Writer's I thought I would post these quotes that were compiled by a lady in my writing group. I cannot guarantee the accuracy, but they were inspirational to me: <BR> <BR> Mark Twain: “If you want to be a writer, write.” <BR> Bill O'Hanlon: “Write is a verb.” <BR> Stephen King: “If there's a secret, it's to get it down on paper.” <BR> Maeve Binchy: “...write...don't just talk about it.” <BR> Bernard Malamud: “You write by sitting down and writing.” <BR> James Thurber: “Don't get it right, ge... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:32:47 EST Writing as my second career; how do I go about it? Hi fellow writers, writing has been a hobby of mine since I was a kid; I am now thinking of doing a creative writing class through a long distance class I am doing my research because this is something that I have been wanting to do; as I don't intend to be a bagger at Publix forever. What do you think? What long distance schools do you recommend? Workshops are a little steep but would do that as a last resort. <em>54</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:36:30 EST 4th of July What are your plans for the 4th? <BR> <BR> Give us your best barbecue sauce recipe and tell us what you will eat on that day.. <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 08:39:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 3 - 9 ) <BR> 1) How do I change? <BR> If I feel depressed I will sing. <BR> If I feel sad I will laugh. <BR> If I feel ill I will double my labour. <BR> If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. <BR> If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. <BR> If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. <BR> If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. <BR> If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. <BR> If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. <BR> Today I will be the master of my em... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:14:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 26 - July 2 ) 1) He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Many lick before they bite. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs. <BR> George Chapman <BR> <BR> 5)He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer. <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> 6)A flatterer is one who says things to your face t... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:32:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 19 -25 ) 1) The right diet directs sexual energy into the parts that matter. <BR> Engr-Barbara Cartland <BR> <BR> 2) It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears. <BR> Cato The Elder <BR> <BR> 3)The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life. <BR> Cyril Connolly <BR> <BR> 4) I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people. <BR> Rodney Dangerfield <BR> <BR> 5)More die in the United States from too much food that from too little. ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:49:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 12- 18 ) <BR> 1) Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste. <BR> Lucille Ball <BR> <BR> 2) The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Ability is of little account without opportunity. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 4)Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <B... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:29:07 EST New Kid on the Block Hi everyone.This team sounds fun and informative. <BR> <BR> Was there anything important in my life that I did not write down. Nada, nope,not hardly, not likely and no, no, a thousand times no... <em>334</em> <BR> Now was I organized with all those notebooks, journals and ideas on napkins and scraps of paper? No, no, a thousand times no.. <em>198</em> My grandaughter bought me a little plaque for my desk that says " Creative chicks Rule"...Sounds about right to <BR> <BR> Lookin... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 01:59:35 EST Hello fellow writers! I just joined SP last week, and I've already lost a pound! I'm new to SparkTeams, so bare with me. I love to write, but never seem to find the time. I have a goal of writing a book, but I just can't get into writing mode - which is why I joined this team. I look forward to the support that I need to jump-start my writing again. Thanks! Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:46:30 EST I'm new to this group Hi, <BR> I'm Lenay and have been with Sparkpeople for three weeks. I like to write, maybe even feel compelled to write if those story thoughts whirling in my mind throughout the night mean anything. I've created a few websites with attention to copy writing and search engine opti with headlines, etc., and I've written a few articles for I've also written and recorded hypnosis scripts for my website. <BR> <BR> The problem is making myself write what I want.. I have a bo... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:31:21 EST newbie here How and where do we get started? Are there writing prompts? Fri, 10 Jun 2011 06:52:39 EST Quote on Life ( Wonderful !!!!! ) WHAT IS LIFE? <BR> Life is an Adventure ... Dare it <BR> Life is a Beauty ... Praise it <BR> Life is a Challenge ... Meet it <BR> Life is a Duty ... Perform it <BR> Life is a Love ... Enjoy it <BR> Life is a Tragedy ... Face it <BR> Life is a Struggle ... Fight it <BR> Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it <BR> Life is a Game ... Play it <BR> Life is a Gift ... Accept it <BR> Life is a Journey ... Complete it <BR> Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it <BR> Life is a Goal ... Achieve it <BR> Life is an O... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 05:39:31 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 5 -11 ) 1) What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)When one of your dreams come true, you begin to look at the others more carefully. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 05:22:26 EST "Elevator" Pitches Watch this and related videos to learn how to make succinct pitches to agents: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> -- Lou Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:10:40 EST Halloween Short Story Does anyone know of publications or sites that accept Halloween short stories? Thanks. <em>431</em> <em>333</em> -- Lou Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:26:51 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 3 -June 6 ) 1)Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. <BR> Berthold Auerbach <BR> <BR> 2)Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. <BR> Ghandi <BR> <BR> 3)All human beings are interconnected, one with all other elements in creation. <BR> Henry Reed <BR> <BR> 4)As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 5)There is always a w... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 05:38:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 22 -28) 1)The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 2)Sad are only those who understand <BR> Arab Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)'Dont waste a minute being unhappy. If one window closes - run <BR> to the next window - or break down a door. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. <BR> Euripides... Tue, 24 May 2011 16:39:52 EST Lets try this Round Robin BUZZ BUZZ <BR> The sound of the alarm clock breaks the quiet of the night. He reaches for it twice, missing it both times. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ( I hope this will help start this Round Robin) Wed, 18 May 2011 20:42:21 EST Quotes of the Week (May 8 -14 ) 1) Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art, rather than a science. <BR> Bruno Bettelheim <BR> <BR> 2) Be nice to your kids. They chooseyour nursing home. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Do not take lifetoo seriously. You willnever get out of it alive. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> 4) Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. <BR> Kirkergaard <BR> <BR> 5) Life is the greatest of all bargains: you get it for nothing. <BR> Yiddish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Don't wa... Fri, 13 May 2011 00:33:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 1 - 7 ) 1) The body is the soul's house. Shouldn't we therefore take care of our house so that it doesn't fall into ruins? <BR> Philo <BR> <BR> 2)A man too busy to takecare of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. <BR> Spanish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Healing in its fullest sense requires looking into our hearts and expanding our ewareness of who we are, <BR> Mitchell Gaynor <BR> <BR> 4) Our greatst healer is sitting under our nose, moving in and out: our breath. <BR> Jacku... Fri, 13 May 2011 00:02:52 EST Round Robin Hello everyone <BR> <BR> I have just added writing one sentence a day. So where do I find a round robin to join? Mon, 9 May 2011 18:39:39 EST Quotes of the Week (April 24-30 ) 1)A boxer's diet should be low in fat and high in proteins and sugar. Therefore you should eat plenty of lean meat, milk, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit and ice cream for sugar. <BR> Gene Tunney <BR> <BR> 2)A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see the guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking a cigar and saying long-time-no-see. <BR> Phyllis Battelle <BR> <BR> 3)A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. <BR> Elbe... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:19:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 17 -23 ) <BR> 1) If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion. ~ <BR> Ashleigh Brilliant <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. <BR> Shirley Abbott <BR> <BR> 3)The first recipe of happiness - avoid too lengthy meditations on the past. <BR> Andre Maurois <BR> <BR> 4)We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:51:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 10 -16 ) <BR> 1)The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best. <BR> Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> 2)A vigorous 5-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine ans psychology in the world. <BR> Paul Dudley White <BR> <BR> 3)You can't lose weight without exercise. But I' ve got a philosophy about exercise: I don't think youshould punish your legs for something your mouth did. Drag your lips around the block... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:08:15 EST Texas in the Digital House! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Thomas and I am new to the group, I live in Houston Texas and wanted to take a second fo your time to say Hello and Hope to get to know some of you over time. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:11:33 EST Everyone should write on this website. You manage your account and easily publish your writing online. It is very cool! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:35:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 3 - 9 ) <BR> 1)Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else. <BR> Jean Kerr <BR> <BR> 2) My parents want me to get married. They don't care who anymore as long as he doesn't have a pierced ear, that's all they care about. I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. <BR> Rita Rudner <BR> <BR> 3)De... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 23:40:12 EST Round Robin Goal? Does this team still do a "Round Robin" or any other type of writing challenge? I just signed onto the team goals: 8 glasses of water, 8 hours of sleep, 10 minutes on primary work, and at least one sentence on current Round Robin per week...but I am not finding one. Can we start one? Sun, 3 Apr 2011 20:44:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 27 - April 2 ) <BR> 1) There's always someting ( From Saturday Night Live) <BR> Gilda Radner <BR> <BR> 2) Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change. <BR> Schiller <BR> <BR> 3)The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. <BR> Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> 4)When you're first single you're so optimistic. At the beginning, you're like: " I want to meet a guy who's really smart, really swe... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 00:17:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 20 -26 ) <BR> 1) Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age, but only if the grapes were good in the first place. <BR> Abigail Van Buren <BR> <BR> 2)You can't help getting older but you don't have to get old. <BR> George Burns <BR> <BR> 3)Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 4)You know you are getting old when the candles cost more... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:43:32 EST writing classes can anyone recommend a great writing class online? <BR> <BR> thanks Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:54:44 EST Back again, for Round 2 Hello everyone! <BR> 3rd year college student here, working towards that B.S. in Computer Science with a specialization in Computer Audio/Music. I had signed up a bit ago, but never did anything on the website and ended up deleting it, because it was making me feel guilty. :D <BR> <BR> This last quarter was kind of rough, and I realized I need to start prioritizing my health/fitness as much as I do my classes! So I chose to try Sparkpeople again - I like that here, you do little things to... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:57:55 EST Author of Unanswered Questions Hello everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Pam and I just found out about this group. I published my book July 2010 after thirty years of writing it. It is a memior. I have about 14 poems, three were published in the book. I self published so it has not sold a lot yet but there is still lots of time. I have three fiction stories, that I have not touched in awhile. I am so happy I found this site. Well I did not find it another sparkperson told me about it. lol lol Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:24:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 6 -12 ) <BR> 1)Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 5)Th... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:01:56 EST Fiction story exchange Fancy swapping pieces of writing and then give each other feedback. Let's set a limit of no more than 3.000 words....well, we are all busy people! If some people need a deadline to work to, then we can agree on one that suits. Thoughts please? (If you're busy tip-tapping on the keyboard, you've haven't got your head in the fridge!!!) Sun, 6 Mar 2011 20:58:47 EST Quote of the Day ( March 6 -12 ) <BR> 1)When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? <BR> G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 2)If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. <BR> Robert Quillen <BR> <BR> 3)To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. <BR> e.... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 00:20:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 20 -26 ) <BR> 1)The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. <BR> David Brinkley <BR> <BR> 3)Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. <BR> Edgard Varese <BR> <BR> 4)I ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:58:31 EST Fun Challenge More then a year ago some of us had talked in another thread about doing some challenges that were actually just suggested assignments from a book I got from a creative writing class. So finally today I found the book in a box in my basement, opened it up and chose one of the first assignments that I thought might be fun. So when we were doing these challenges a year or so ago what we would do is do the writing as a blog post on our Spark pages and then come back to the challenge and post t... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:25:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 13 -19 ) <BR> 1)Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! <BR> Thomas Hood <BR> <BR> 2)Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction. <BR> Antoine de Saint-Exupéry <BR> <BR> 3)Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> 4)I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler com... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:00:01 EST Hello from Colorado Hi, this is Erin. I used to write professionally technically and personally creatively on a regular basis. Currently, I write very sporadically. However, once the "flow" starts, I let it run its course. You know that feeling when you find something you wrote awhile ago and you think to yourself, "Wow, did I write that?!" Or, "I didn't know I felt that way until I wrote it out." The pleasure of writing is found in both the journey and re-discovery of written words. Just now, writing thi... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 01:53:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 6 -12 ) <BR> 1) I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Jane Wagner <BR> <BR> 2)Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses. <BR> Proverb of Unknown Origin <BR> <BR> 3)I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it. <BR> Wilson Mizner <BR> <BR> 4)Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs. <BR> George Chapman <BR> <BR> 5)It took me a long time not... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:50:57 EST Hello from a new member! I'm Ximera (pronounced like Chimera, the mythical beast), and I joined SparkPeople yesterday. I'm 43, and I live with my husband and dogs in the foothills of the Cascades outside of Seattle. Although I've been obese my entire life -- and morbidly obese by entire adult life -- I discovered several years ago that I'm actually very athletic. My goal is to get fit and do all of the crazy, athletic, adventurous things I want to do before I get too old to do them! <BR> <BR> I'm also a writer. I h... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:04:03 EST Sites For Writing Tips Here's a good site for writing tips: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lou Wed, 9 Feb 2011 20:55:17 EST Good day to you all! I'm delighted to be joining you all from across the pond (I'm in the UK). It'd be great to swap stories, both of weight loss & of wild imaginings! Live long & prosper! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 18:30:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 30 -Feb 5 ) <BR> 1) No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. <BR> John Donne <BR> <BR> 2) The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~ <BR> James Bryce <BR> <BR> 3)There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. <BR> G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 4)With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back. <BR> Russian Proverb <BR> <BR> 5)Trut... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:15:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 23 -29 ) <BR> QUOTES ON SPEAKING <BR> <BR> 1) To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. <BR> Ben Jonson <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it. <BR> Earl Wilson <BR> <BR> 3)The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much. <BR> Germain G. Glien <BR> <BR> 4)By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 5)The trouble with talking too fast is you ma... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:52:26 EST Poetry!! If you love to write poetry please share some here!! I love poetry and I know everyone goes through some amazing emotions while losing weight and becoming healthy. Share that here!...Or share your favorites! <BR> <BR> I'll try to comment on as many as I can and please read others as well! Go on get writing! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:29:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 16 -22 ) <BR> 1)Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. <BR> Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy <BR> <BR> 2)You must be the change you wish to see in the world. <BR> Mahatma Ghandi <BR> <BR> 3)Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you hav... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:11:19 EST Earning money from writing, editing, etc.? How? Are you earning money from writing related work? How? <BR> <BR> I edit books for a publisher and authors and web sites, brochures and other written materials for individuals and businesses. <BR> <BR> Lou Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:44:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 9 -15 ) 1)Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. <BR> Antoine de Saint-Exupery <BR> <BR> 2)Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. <BR> Sicilian Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. <BR> Arnold Glasow <BR> <BR> 5)When you realize you've made a mistake, mak... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:08:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 2 - 8 ) 1)Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see. <BR> George W. Russell <BR> <BR> 2)It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only. <BR> Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> 4)Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 5)Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one. <BR> Astrid Alauda <BR> ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:10:38 EST Happy New Year! I wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous, and Happy 2011! <em>409</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:41:18 EST What are you reading right now! 12/28/10 Right Now, What book are you currently reading... <BR> A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Conner -not too bad :) Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:02:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 26 - Jan 1 ) <BR> 1)Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm. <BR> Dan Heist <BR> <BR> 4) Keep your words soft and t... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 21:47:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 19 -25 ) 1)Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home. <BR> Carol Nelson <BR> <BR> 2)When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. <BR> Chi Chi Rodriguez <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job. <BR> Ella Harris <BR> <BR> 4)Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain. <BR> J.K. Rowling <BR> <BR> 5)The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. Pierre Corneille ... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:21:48 EST Aloha from Honolulu, HI Hi, <BR> My name is Anasin. I am 32 years old and live in Honolulu, Hawaii with my husband Daniel, my son Avery, and my stepson Matthew. I recently returned to school full time as an English major, planning to write and possibly teach at a high school or university. My goal is fist and foremost to be a writer. We'll see what life has in store. <BR> <BR> I am originally from Boston and although I miss the subway and the beautiful seasons, especially the colorful fall foliage, I have come to... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 21:53:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( ec 12 -18 ) 1)Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. <BR> Don Marquis <BR> <BR> 2)God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" <BR> William A. Ward <BR> <BR> 3)People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. <BR> Leo J. Burke <BR> <BR> 4)Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~ <BR> rom a headstone in Ireland <BR> <BR> 5)We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and w... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:22:45 EST I need your vote! Heyya Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I want to be the FIRST IRON FOODIE...and you can help! Voting started this morning and only lasts a few days...please visit my blog and vote now, thanks! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/i-want-to-be-the-first-iron-foodie-<BR>and-you-can-help/ </link> <BR> <BR> Oh, and please feel free to pass this post on to your own groups, as well! <BR> <BR> Thanks gang, <BR> <BR> -Perry Tue, 7 Dec 2010 22:38:53 EST Quotes of the Week (Dec 5 -11 ) 1)Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. <BR> Anthony J. D'Angelo <BR> <BR> 3)me persons are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions. <BR> Brendan Francis <BR> <BR> 4)The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 5)Try again. Fail again. Fail better. <BR> Samuel Beckett <BR>... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:53:39 EST Hi! I'm new. My name is Amanda. I'm twenty-four and trying to lose thirty pounds. I'm into writing, hiking, and books. Nice to meet you all! Thu, 25 Nov 2010 02:00:22 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 21 -27 ) 1)Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. <BR> E.P. Powell <BR> <BR> 2)There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. <BR> Josh Billings <BR> <BR> 3)Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. <BR> Doug Larson <BR> <BR> 4)I love being married. It's so great to find... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:28:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 14 -20 ) 1)A clever man commits no minor blunders. <BR> Goethe <BR> <BR> 2)I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 4)The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head. <BR> Jean ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:29:40 EST Concrete Poems I've been researching children's books about concrete poems. Seems like this is the only poetry I can relate to. Well, it's a start anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm fascinated by words conforming to a shape or mimicking one. <BR> <BR> Do you have any favorites someone else wrote or that you wrote? <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:33:48 EST