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Old Nov 19, 2001, 06:13 PM   #41
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MY GRANDFATHER'S STORY

By Vickie Smith

There was Grandfather, his little grandson often came in the
evenings to sit at his knee and ask the many questions that
children ask. One day the grandson came to his Grandfather
with a look of anger on his face.

Grandfather said, "Come, sit, tell me what has happened today."

The child sat and leaned his chin on his Grandfather's knee.
Looking up into the wrinkled, nut brown face and the kind dark
eyes; the child's anger turned to tears.

The boy said, "I went to the town today with my father, to trade
the furs he has collected over the past several months. I was
happy to go, because father said that since I had helped him
with the trapping, I could get something for me. Something that
I wanted.

I was so excited to be in the trading post, I have not been there
before. I looked at many things and finally found a metal knife! It
was small, but a good size for me. So father got it for me."

Here the boy laid his head against his Grandfather's knee and
became silent. The Grandfather, softly placed his hand on the
boys raven hair and said, "and then what happened?". Without
lifting his head, the boy said, "I went outside to wait for father,
and to admire my new knife in the sunlight. Some town boys
came by and saw me, they got all around me and started
saying bad things.

They call me dirty and stupid and said that I should not have
such a fine knife. The largest of these boys, pushed me back
and I fell over one of the other boys. I dropped my knife and
one of them snatched it up and they all ran away laughing."

Here the boy's anger returned, "I hate them, I hate them all!"

The Grandfather, with eyes that have seen too much, lifted his
grandson's face so his eyes looked into the boys. Grandfather
said, "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times have felt a great hate
for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.
But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like
taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled
with these feelings many times. It is as if there are two wolves
inside me, one is white and one is black. The white wolf is good
and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and
does not take offense when no offense was intended. But will only
fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

But, the black wolf is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him
off
into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no
reason.
He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is
helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing. Sometimes it is
hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to
dominate my spirit."

The boy looked into his Grandfather's eyes, and asked, "Which one
wins Grandfather?"

The Grandfather, smiled and said, "The one I feed".


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By SleepyHead:
Probably everyone, no matter what country you
hail from, has heard of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. We
have lost these two good people and to many of us, they
were our idols as we were growing up. Here is what Roy
wrote himself....to put on his headstone.


The Cowboy's Prayer

Oh Lord, I reckon I'm not much just by myself.
I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do.
But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high,
Help me to ride it straight the whole way through.
And when in the falling dusk I get the final call,
I do not care how many flowers they send--
Above all else the happiest trail would be
For You to say to me, "Let's ride, My friend."
Amen
(Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Apple Valley, California)

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A Garden

Life is a garden,
Good friends are the flowers
And time spent together,
Life's happiest hours.

And friendship, like flowers,
Blooms ever more fair,
When carefully tended
by dear friends, who care.

Thank You My Friend!!

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A Wonderful Story

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."

"Is the man of the house home?", they asked.

"No", she replied. "He's out."

"Then we cannot come in", they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. "Go tell them I am home and invite them in!"

The woman went out and invited the men in."We do not go into a House together," they replied.

"Why is that?" she asked.

One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. "How nice!!", he said. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"

Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"

"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband to his wife. "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?"

The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!!!"

MY WISH FOR YOU...

-Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy.
-Where there is self-doubting, I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through it.
-Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength.
-Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage.

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THE BITTER TASTE OF GOSSIP
2001 - Marissa Montgomery


An unknown author once related that during
Aaron Burr's long life, "he tasted from the
cup of honour and distinction and also drained
the dregs of bitterness, humiliation and gossip."

Burr, a prominent New York lawyer and politician,
served as U.S. Vice-President under Thomas Jefferson
from 1801-1805. He is best known for challenging
longtime political rival, Alexander Hamilton, to a
pistol dual and mortally shooting him.

The fatal dual marked Burr's fall from grace and
completely destroyed his promising political career.
He was later indicted for treason pertaining to a
empire land aquisition scheme, acquitted of all
charges and eventually returned to practicing law
in New York.

As Burr lay in his final sickbed at age 80, a
visiting friend wished to cheer him by reporting a
tasty tidbit of gossip and began, "They say...."

Burr, whose prior actions had made him the target
of malicious gossip for the last 30 years of his
life, raised his hand in quiet interruption. "My
dear," he said to his friend, "never use that
phrase. It has broken more hearts than any other."

Whenever we are tempted to spread gossip or rumors,
it is best to remember that it takes just as much
vocal effort to say something good about someone
as it does to speak ill of them.

As writer James Truslow Adams once stated, "There
is so much good in the worst of us, and so much
bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of
us to find fault with the rest of us."

Marissa Montgomery is a published writer
and poet. She lives in the Midwest with
her husband, two daughters and a bossy
mixed-breed dog named "Mr. Chips." She
may be contacted for reprint info at -
marissa_montgomery@hotmail.com


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A TURN OF GOSSIP


Claire, the town gossip and supervisor of
the town's morals, recently accused George,
a local man, of cheating on his wife because
she saw his pickup truck parked outside the
home of a beautiful blonde the previous night.

George, who had lent his truck to the beautiful
blonde's boyfriend on the night in question,
just stared at Claire in complete disbelief for
a moment and then said nothing.

Later that evening, George parked his pickup
truck in front of Claire's house and left it
there all night.

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BILL GATES AT HIS BEST
Source - Clean Humor Digest http://www.jokesnstuff.net/digest/


To anyone with kids of any age, here's some
advice Bill Gates recently dished out at a
high school speech about 11 things they did
not learn in school.

He talks about how feel-good, politically
correct teaching has created a full generation
of kids with no concept of reality and how this
concept set them up for failure in the real world.<UL TYPE=SQUARE>RULE 1
Life is not fair-get used to it.

RULE 2
The world won't care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3
You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a
year right out of high school. You won't be
a vice-president with a car phone, until you
earn both.

RULE 4
If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'till
you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

RULE 5
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your grandparents had a different word for
burger flipping - they called it opportunity.

RULE 6
If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault
so don't whine about your mistakes, learn
from them.

RULE 7
Before you were born, your parents weren't
as boring as they are now. They got that way
from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes
and listening to you talk about how cool you
are. So before you save the rain forest from
the parasites of your parent's generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room.

RULE 8
Your school may have done away with winners
and losers, but life has not. In some schools
they have abolished failing grades and they'll
give you as many times as you want to get the
right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest
resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't
get summers off and very few employers are
interested in helping you find yourself. Do
that on your own time.

RULE 10
Television is NOT real life!! In real life
people actually have to leave the coffee
shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll
end up working for one.[/list]
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WORKING TOWARD DREAMS
Unknown

Before Orville and Wilbur Wright ever flew the
first airplane at Kitty Hawk, they believed
flight was possible. They had a picture of it
in their minds.

The first step in creating anything is to be
able to picture it in our minds. If we can
picture it as a possibility, we can work to
make it happen.

When we were small, we dreamed a thousand
dreams about what could happen in our lives.
Anything, even magical things, seemed like
they could happen and our world was full of
visions. That part of us that believes
wonderful, magical things can happen is still
in us. It may have been beaten down for a
while, but it is still there waiting to help
us seek the wonderful, lovely and good things
in life.

Which of your dreams can you work toward today?

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SEIZE THE DAY
Excerpt from T.E. Denton's "Seize The Day" sermon.


It's said that a king once sent for his jester
and presented him with a staff, saying, "Take
this staff, and keep it until you find a bigger
fool than yourself."

Lying on his deathbed many years later, the king
again sent for his jester. "I am going away,"
the king said.

"Where?" asked the jester.

"To another country," replied the king.

"What provision has your majesty made for this
journey and for living in the country where you're
going?" asked the jester.

"None," was his answer.

The jester handed the king the staff. "Take it,"
he said, "because I've found a bigger fool than
myself, for I only trifle with the things of time,
while you trifle with things of eternity."

Seize the day while we may so that there will be
no regrets when at last we must face the grave.

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5 RULES TO JOY

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

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HUGS

Has no moving parts, no batteries,
No monthly payments and no fees.

Inflation proof, nontaxable,
In fact, it's quite relaxable.

Can't be stolen, won't pollute,
One size fits all, do not dilute.

It uses little energy,
But yields results enormously.

Relieves your tension and your stress,
Invigorates your happiness.

Combats depression, makes you beam,
And elevates your self esteem!

Your circulation it corrects
Without unpleasant side effects.

It is, I think, the perfect drug,
May I prescribe, my friend,.....The HUG!

(and, of course, fully returnable!)

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Is There A Place Without Sorrow?

There is an old Chinese tale about a woman whose only son
died. In her grief, she went to the holy man and said,
"What prayers, what magical incantations do you have to
bring my son back to life?"

Instead of sending her away or reasoning with her, he said
to her, "Fetch me a mustard seed from a home that has never
known sorrow. We will use it to drive the sorrow out of
your life." The woman went off at once in search of that
magical mustard seed.

She came first to a splendid mansion, knocked at the door,
and said, "I am looking for a home that has never known
sorrow. Is this such a place? It is very important to me."

They told her, "You've certainly come to the wrong place,"
and began to describe all the tragic things that recently
had befallen them.

The woman said to herself, "Who is better able to help these
poor, unfortunate people that I, who have had misfortune of
my own?" She stayed to comfort them, then went on in search
of a home that had never known sorrow. But wherever she
turned, in hovels and in other places, she found one tale
after another of sadness and misfortune. She became so
involved in ministering to other people's grief that
ultimately she forgot about her quest for the magical
mustard seed, never realizing that it had, in fact, driven
the sorrow out of her life.

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THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND

Twas battered and scarred,
And the old auctioneer,
Thought it scarcely worth his while,
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile,
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who'll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar"; then, "Two!" "Only two?
Two dollars, and who'll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
going for three ..." but no.
From the room far back, a gray-haired man,
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said; "What am I bidden for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand! And who'll make it two?
Two thousand! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone," said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand,
What changed it's worth."
Swift came the reply,
"The touch of the master's hand."

And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sun,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like this old violin.
A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine;
A game; and he travels on.
He is "going" once, "going" twice,
He's "going" and almost "gone."
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd,
Never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that's wrought,
By the touch of the Master's hand.

Copyright - Myra Brooks Welch

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SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

A group of Geography students studied the Seven Wonders of the World.
At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what
they considered to be the Seven Wonders of the World. Though there
was some disagreement, the following got the most votes:

1.Egypt's Great Pyramids,
2.Taj Mahal,
3.Grand Canyon,
4.Panama Canal,
5.Empire State Building,
6.St.Peter's Basilica,
7.China's Great Wall.

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet
girl, hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was
having trouble with her list.

The quiet girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my
mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the Seven Wonders of the World
are:

1.to touch
2.to taste,
3.to see
4.to hear."

She hesitated a little, "and then

5.to run
6.to laugh
7.and to love."

It is far too easy for us to look at the exploits of man and refer to
them as "wonders" while we overlook all God has done, regarding them
as merely "ordinary."

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THE ANT PHILOSOPHY

Over the years I've been teaching kids about a simple but powerful
concept - the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants.
They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part:
ants never quit. That's a good philosophy.

If they're headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they'll look for
another way. They'll climb over, they'll climb under, they'll climb
around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to
never quit looking for a way to get where you're supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That's an important perspective.
You can't be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are

gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, "Don't build your house on the sand in the
summer." Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to be
realistic. In the summer, you've got to think storm. You've got to
think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all
winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind them-
selves, "This won't last long; we'll soon be out of here." And the
first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they'll dive
back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can't wait
to get out. And here's the last part of the ant philosophy. How much
will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All
that he possibly can.

What an incredible philosophy, the "all-that-you-possibly-can"
philosophy.

Wow, what a great seminar to attend - the ant seminar. Never give up,
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DON'T WE ALL

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come
from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would
consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no
clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous
but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered.
This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."

"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought. He didn't.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't
look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus. After a few
minutes he spoke. "That's a very pretty car," he said. He was ragged
but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard keep
more than his face warm. I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my
car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never
came.

As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if
he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held
true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked. He answered in three simple but
profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in
great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and
accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand.
He spoke the three words that shook me.

"Don't we all?" he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in
the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.

Don't we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed
help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare,
but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three
little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter
how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little
you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without
money or place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it's just a
compliment, you can give that.

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.
They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different
perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from
daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see. Maybe the man
was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more
than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to
minister to souls too comfortable in themselves. Maybe God looked
down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, "go minister
to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."

Don't we all?

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THE VISITOR

One Sunday morning the congregation of a ritzy church (with vaulted
ceilings, hand carved oak pews, stained glass windows and deep plush
carpet) had a real upset.

A man came in just minutes before the service was to begin and he was
dressed horribly. He had on boots, overalls, a flannel shirt, and a
cowboy hat. The congregation was aghast! Many quickly sent notes to
the minister about this concern. At the end of the service the minister
greeted the humbly dressed man and asked him if he enjoyed the service.

The man exclaimed that he enjoyed it very much. The minister asked
the man to consider possibly dressing differently, and told him to pray
to Jesus about how he would have him dress if he should return again.

The next week the man returned. He was dressed the same and once again
the congregation was disturbed. At the end of the service the minister
greeted the man again and asked him what he had been told by Jesus
concerning how to dress for church.

The man exclaimed, "I spoke with Jesus about this but Jesus said he
didn't know how I should dress for your church because he has never
been here."

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Old Nov 23, 2001, 11:27 PM   #58
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Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice
to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that as an
observant Orthodox Jew - homosexuality is an abomination according to
Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned in any circumstance.

The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident,
which was posted on the Internet. It's funny!


Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law.
I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that
knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend
the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that
Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination.

End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other
specific laws and how to follow them.

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates
a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors.
They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in
Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair
price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in
her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The problem is,
how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and
female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend
of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians.
Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus
35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated
to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than
homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I
have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.
Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8.Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair
around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.
19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes
me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two
different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments
made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also
tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go
to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? -
Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family
affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.
20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident
you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is
eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.
Jim

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By SleepyHead:
THE ANT PHILOSOPHY

Over the years I've been teaching kids about a simple but powerful
concept - the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants.
They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part:
ants never quit. That's a good philosophy.

If they're headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they'll look for
another way. They'll climb over, they'll climb under, they'll climb
around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to
never quit looking for a way to get where you're supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That's an important perspective.
You can't be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are

gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, "Don't build your house on the sand in the
summer." Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to be
realistic. In the summer, you've got to think storm. You've got to
think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all
winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind them-
selves, "This won't last long; we'll soon be out of here." And the
first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they'll dive
back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can't wait
to get out. And here's the last part of the ant philosophy. How much
will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All
that he possibly can.

What an incredible philosophy, the "all-that-you-possibly-can"
philosophy.

Wow, what a great seminar to attend - the ant seminar. Never give up,
look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

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This story gives good advise!



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TAPS
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We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps."
It's the song that gives us that lump in our
throats and usually creates tears in our eyes.
But do you know the story behind the song? If
not, I think you will be pleased to find out
about it's humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the
Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert
Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's
Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army
was on the other side of the narrow strip
of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the
moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on
the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or
Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to
risk his life and bring the stricken man back
for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire,
the Captain reached the stricken soldier and
began pulling him toward his encampment. When
the Captain finally reached his own lines, he
discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier,
but the soldier was dead.

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught
his breath and went numb with shock. In the
dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It
was his own son. His son had been studying music
in the South when the war broke out. Without
telling his father, the boy enlisted in the
Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father
asked permission of his superiors to give his son
a full military burial despite his enemy status.
His request was only partially granted. The
Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army
band members play a funeral dirge for his son at
the funeral. The request was turned down since the
soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for
the father, they did say they could give him only
one musician.

The Captain chose a bugle player. He asked the
bugler to play a series of musical notes he had
found on a piece of paper in the pocket of his
deceased son's uniform.

This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we
now know as "Taps," used at military funerals,
was born.

"Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the lakes,
From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well,
Safely rest,
God is nigh.

Fading light,
Dims the sight,
And a star,
Gems the sky,
Gleaming bright,
From afar,
Drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh."

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