1. Inspirational Quotes
2. The Light Within by Joe Mazzella
3. Find of the week
4. Wild Trivia
6. Cycling lessons about life by Ken Warren
9. On a personal note
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1. Inspirational Quotes
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Statesman, Prime Minister
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but curiosity is the mother of discovery. --Charles
Handy, American Business Executive and Writer
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their
attitudes of mind. - William James, 1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author
A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. Unknown
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus, 50-120,
Things That It Took Me Over 50 Years to Learn: By Dave Barry
? Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same
? If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not
achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be
? People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you
to share yours with them.
? You should not confuse your career with your life.
? Nobody important cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
? Never lick a steak knife.
? The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
? You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why
we observe daylight savings time.
? You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you
think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby.
? The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion,
economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL
believe that we are above average drivers.
? A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
? Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the
Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
2. CROWDED WITH LOVE by Joseph J. Mazzella
(Sounds just like our place!)
My home got a bit more crowded this week as we added four more beloved pets to it.
That brings the grand total of my tiny home to an amazing nineteen. That includes
five people, four dogs, two cats, two fish, a turtle, two cockatiels, two parakeets, and a ferret. I am still not sure about how we ended up with so many animals to love in our small home. Perhaps it is because no matter how tiny our house is our hearts always feel big enough to make room for one more.
That is the way love works. The more love you give to others, the more love grows in your heart and soul. And the more love you have within yourself, the more you want to share it with the world. It is a glorious, lifelong journey that you make in this life and take on to the next. It is filled with millions of hugs, kisses, smiles, laughs, tender animal touches, kind words, and little acts of love. As William Wordsworth once said, "The best portion of a good man‟s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of
kindness and of love."
May you always live from the love within your heart and the joy within your soul then. May you always give that love and joy freely and happily to all who need it. May your heart always feel big enough to love one more person, one more animal, or one more thing. May your life be filled everyday with little acts of kindness and of love. May your heart, soul, and mind find love and joy everywhere and leave them wherever you go.
God gives each of us two wonderful gifts called life and love. When you open one, you open the other. To live is to love and to love is to live. May you embrace both gifts and share them always no matter how crowded your home or hectic your day gets. There is no greater gift that you can give to God than to use the gifts He gives to you.
3. Find of the week
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I must tell you that I called Gary‟s place this morning and was told that he had gone
to Penrith to buy some donuts. If you have met Gary you would know that I found this
a bit hard to believe, as he is not the sort of person who you would think of as eating
donuts. Gary came by this afternoon and bought afternoon tea ~ donuts. But not
ordinary donuts, these are “Krispy Kreme” donuts. All I can say is that if you fancy
donuts you have got to try these, it is worth the trip. www.krispykreme.com.au
Here’s a quick guide to help you correct some of the common mistakes in our language ~
1. Affect/effect.” Affect” means to influence. (The mother hoped to affect her child’s outlook.)
“Effect” means a result or consequence. (The teacher’s remarks had an effect on the students.)
2. Father/further. “Farther” refers to physical distance. (He ran farther than he planned.) Further
means additional. (He needed some further counselling.)
3. Was/were. “Was” refers to a past condition that is not contrary to fact. (If John was hungry, you
couldn’t tell it.). “Were” refers to a wish or condition contrary to fact. (The decorations make it
seem as if we were in Hawaii.)
4. Fewer/less. “Fewer” refers to individual numbers or units. (Using the computer resulted in fewer
mistakes.) “Less refers to quantity. (She walked to school in less than ten minutes.)
5. Can/may. “Can” means your ability to do something. “May” means permission to do it. (You
may watch television if you can finish your homework.)
As Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right work is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Keep practicing – you’ll get it write – excuse me, “right!”
– Neil Eskelin
Butter vs. Margarine thanks Lyn INTERESTING!!! Glad we have never liked butter.
? Both have the same amount of calories.
? Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.
Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount
of butter according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
? Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
? Butter has many nutritional benefits, whereas margarine has a few only because they are
? Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.
? Butter has been around for centuries whereas margarine has been around for less then 100
Now for Margarine...
? Very high in Trans Fatty Acids.
? Triple risk of Coronary Heart Disease.
? Increases total and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol).
? Lowers HDL cholesterol (and this is the good one).
? Increases the risk of cancers by up to five fold.
? Lowers quality of breast milk.
? Decreases immune response.
? Decreases insulin response.
And here is the most disturbing fact....
? Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE from being PLASTIC..(This fact alone
should be enough to have you avoiding margarine for life - and anything else that
is hydrogenated [this means hydrogen is added changing the molecular structure of the food].
? YOU can try this yourself: purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or a
shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things - no flies, not even
those pesky fruit flies will go near it, (that should tell you something) it does not rot, or
smell differently...Because it has no nutritional value, nothing will grow on it, even those
teeny weeny micro-organisms will not find a home to grow on. Why? Because it is nearly
plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? Not the same put
you get the point.
Memory booster - Scientists have discovered that bushing your teeth with your opposite
hand or driving to work a different way or even chewing gum is a form of mental exercise that
increases blood flowing through your brain which helps to create and strengthen both brain
cells and the link between cells.
Did You Know Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost
immediately ~ without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain
Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?
Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup
of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as massage oil, for
instant relief for aching muscles.
Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1
Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
Cure urinary tract infections with alka-seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a
glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins
eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was
never been advertised for this use.
Eliminate puffiness under your eyes ~ All you need is a dab of preparation H,
carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The haemorrhoid ointment acts
as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.
Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes ~ Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and
place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and
speeds healing. Works overnight.
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus ~ Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by
soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your
toenails looking healthy again.
Easy eyeglass protection ~ To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening,
apply a small drop of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before
Coca-Cola cure for rust ~ Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate
an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain.
The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.
Smart splinter remover ~ just pour a drop of Elmers Glue-all over the splinter,
let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
Tomato paste boil cure ~ Cover the boil with tomato paste as a compress. The
acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
Balm for broken blisters ~ To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of
Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.
Vinegar to heal bruises ~ oak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the
bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing
Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to
your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin
irritations. Goodbye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odour ~ Next time your dog comes in from the rain,
simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making
your dog smell springtime fresh.
Eliminate ear mites ~ All it takes is a few drops of corn oil in your cat's ear.
Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil
soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.
Vaseline cure for hairballs. To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of
Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly,
lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief ~ It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups
of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1
minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief
from arthritis pain.
When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less,
I needn't hold my tummy in to wear a belted dress.
But now that I am older, I've set my body free;
There's comfort of elastic, where once my waist would be.
Inventor of those high-heeled shoes, my feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now, but used to wear a seven.
And how about those pantyhose ~ they‟re sized by weight, you see,
So how come when I put them on, the crotch is at my knee?
I need to wear these glasses as the print's been getting smaller;
And it wasn't very long ago I know that I was taller.
Though my hair has turned to grey and my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I'm the same old me, the outside's changed a bit.
But, on a positive note... I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handles these
three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them
when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but
people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start Long ago, a man wandering through a barren desert suddenly came upon a spring of cool, crystal-
clear water. It was so refreshing that he decided to take a sample of it to the king. He filled his
canteen and began his long trek through the hot sands until he reached the palace. On the journey,
however, the water became stale because of the old leather canteen in which it was stored.
The king cordially accepted the gift of this faithful citizen. He tasted it with an expression of deep
appreciation and pleasure. The wanderer left, he heart filled with delight.
When the man departed, several men in the king’s court tasted the putrid water and asked the king,
“Why did you pretend to enjoy it?” “Ah,” responded the king, “it was not the water I tasted, it was the spirit in which it was given.”
Today, be sensitive to the needs of others, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
– Neil Eskelin
6. Cycling Lessons about Life by Ken Warren
I sometimes think that cycling can teach us some important lessons about life. On a
recent ride up the range to Montville, I was reminded just how hard riding can be at
times. But through perseverance and just sheer effort, I made it to the top. Despite
being last up the range, I was given the encouragement to go at my own pace and that
it was not a race. I think we set ourselves up for problems when we spend too much
time comparing our own performance to that of others. As long as we do our personal
best, that is all that really matters. As we put the effort into our training (or what
we are wanting for our life), the improvements come over time.
Good cyclists tend to be focused on the direction they want to go. If you allow your attention to be distracted, it is easy to veer off your chosen direction, perhaps into the path of trouble. Many people live their lives not really thinking about where their choices are taking them. Others make choices inconsistent with their goals. Whether a cyclist or not, all of us need to monitor if our choices are taking us in the direction we want to go.
Cycling is also easier if it is done with others. More experienced cyclists are quick to offer assistance or advice if it is needed. I don‟t think any of us are made to go
through life alone and there are times when we all need support. It is also worthwhile to follow the example of experienced riders and to learn from their experience.
When cyclists have falls, they are generally quick to get back to riding as soon as they are able rather than simply giving up. Despite their preference for smooth roads, free of traffic, there are inevitably potholes or obstacles of some sort to avoid or cope. So often in successful individuals you see people, who despite their setbacks or failures, have persevered. They have learned to avoid some of the potholes of life and to cope with the setbacks which life sends their way, including the occasional „flat tyre‟.
Good cycling also involves maintenance of your bike, such as checking the tyres are inflated to their maximum pressure, the parts are well-lubricated, and everything is in good working order. To let your bike be poorly maintained is inviting either an accident or inefficient riding. Such self-care is also important in living your life well, taking care of your health, resting when needed, and living life in balance.
Consideration of other riders and vehicles is especially important when riding in groups. One needs to ride in straight lines and make movements predictable and well-signalled. To do otherwise increases the chance of a collision and injury to others. People who enjoy good relationships tend to find ways of similarly considering the needs of others. They balance their needs against the needs of others. When we show consideration to others, it increases the likelihood they will also show consideration to us. When we signal or negotiate changes that impact on others, we tend to have easier relationships.
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