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« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2005, 10:23:11 AM »
Hi Mum and everyone:

Mum, I hope you had a lovely week end painting!  I've been sick with a cold for the last few days but starting to get the wind back in my sails now.  It's amazing how a cold can drain my energy so well.  It must be age because when I was younger it didn't do that.  Oh well....I'm feeling better now and glad it was just a cold.

I have to say, I really love reading your posts Mum.  You seem like such a down to earth person.  I'm sorry to hear that your mom is failing.  Has she been in the home long?  It's so hard to see a loved one suffer.  It must be worse to be so far away?  I hope your visit with her will be a comfort to both of you.  I bet she'll be glad that you remember her story about the black house and how much her comment meant to you.  I'm glad that you have such a relationship with your mom that you are able to tell her those things.  That is so nice to hear.

GFN: you just had a bad art teacher....

I don't know about that because I had several art teachers over the years.  I think I was a bit like your mom in that I just didn't think I had any ability (but I don't know if I can blame it on any one teacher).  I do get what you mean though, that my art teachers might have instilled the belief that I did....have ability....had they had the insight you have.  So I guess they were not the best art teachers.  I don't think I tried to do my best in art either because I didn't think I had it.  So why bother?  I'm so glad to hear that your goal is:

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...for no kids to EVER feel they CAN"T in my classroom.

That is so encouraging for them.  And they will greatly benefit by having such an experience in your class.  Way to go Mum!!!  All systems need more teachers who give that message to kids.

I remember in grade 10, I had a geography teacher who was just there for the money.  He would hand out sheets for us to read and write page numbers from the text book on the board for us to study and that was it.  He never taught anything.  Not one word.  If we asked a question he'd say the answer was in the text.  He handed out tests for us to do but didn't care if we did them, or if someone else did them for us.  As long as we handed them in.  My friend did all of my tests and I got an A in geography.  I still haven't got a clue about that subject.  This guy(the teacher) had a pool business, on the side, and spent his class time  doing paper work and stuff to do with that business.  What a jerk!  People like him give teachers a bad name.  Sorry to say.

Plus I remember a grade 10 math teacher who had such a passion and patience for mathematics!  She was fantastic.  She could explain stuff to a kid 42 times and not sound the least bit irritated.  Her explanations were so clear, for me, and I found math suddenly ....easy.  I got 99% in that course!!  Never to be repeated in my life time.  Teachers can make such a difference in a child's life.  They are so important in helping kids build self-esteem and in inducing kids with their own passions....their own great desires to learn more!

Thankyou for being such a great teacher, Mum.  In my case, home was not a happy place, so school was it.  It was the teachers who gave me some of my own passions.  Thankyou for reminding me......of that!



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« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2005, 12:24:10 PM »
Saw this quote and liked it:

"The future is the time when you will wish you had done what you should be doing now".

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« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2005, 11:04:51 PM »
The following three-word phrases can be tools to help develop every

1. Let me help.

Good friends see a need and then try to fill it. When they see a hurt they
do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they jump in and help out.

2. I understand you.

People become closer and enjoy each other more when the other person accepts
and understands them. Letting your spouse know - in so many little ways
that you understand them, is one of the most powerful tools for healing your
relationship. And this can apply to any relationship.

3. I respect you.

Respect is another way of showing love. Respect demonstrates that another
person is a true equal. If you talk to your children as if they were adults
you will strengthen the bonds and become closer friends. This applies to all
interpersonal relationships.

4. I miss you.

Perhaps more marriages could be saved and strengthened if couples simply and
sincerely said to each other "I miss you". This powerful affirmation tells
partners they are wanted, needed, desired and loved.

Consider how important you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone
call from your spouse in the middle of your workday, just to say "I miss

5. Maybe you're right.

This phrase is very effective in diffusing an argument. The implication when
you say "maybe you're right" is the humility of admitting, "maybe I'm
wrong". Let's face it. When you have an argument with someone, all you
normally do is solidify the other person's point of view. They, or you, will
not likely change their position and you run the risk of seriously damaging
the relationship between you. Saying "maybe you're right" can open the door
to explore the subject more. You may then have the opportunity to express
your view in a way that is understandable to the other person.

6. Please forgive me

Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit
their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults,
foibles and failures. A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has
been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today
than he was yesterday.

7. I thank you.

Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the
companionship of good, close friends are those who don't take daily
courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many
expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends
is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

8. Count on me

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out. Loyalty is an essential
ingredient for true friendship. It is the emotional glue that bonds people.
Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true
friends. When troubles come, a good friend is there indicating "you can
count on me."

9. I'll be there

If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to take a
sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from
home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase "I'll be there".
Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are
truly present for other people, important things happen to them and us. We
are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and
spiritually. Being there is at the very core of civility.

10. Go for it

We are all unique individuals. Don't try to get your friends to conform to
your ideals. Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how far out
they seem to you. God has given everyone dreams, dreams that are unique to
that person only. Support and encourage your friends to follow their dreams.
Tell them to "go for it."

B o n u s:

11. I love you

Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone
that you truly love them satisfies a person's deepest emotional needs. The
need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted. Your spouse, your
children, your friends and you, all need to hear those three little words,
"I love you." Love is a choice. You can love even when the feeling, is gone.



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« Reply #48 on: March 04, 2005, 10:10:36 AM »

a) Mom,
b) Dad,
c) Love of my life,
d) Assistant Principal,
e) Local Police Chief,

Words cannot begin to express how sorry I am that your

a) Car
b) House
c) Pet
d) Mother-in-law
e) Left arm

was severely damaged by my

a) infantile
b) puerile
c) inept
d) comically brilliant but nonetheless sadistic
e) woefully under appreciated


How could I have known that the

a) car
b) jet ski
c) large helium balloon
d) Patriot missile
e) Zamboni

I was riding in would go so far out of control? And while it is
true that I should not have pointed it in the direction of your

a) house
b) wife
c) Cub Scout troop
d) 1/16th sized replica of the Statue of Liberty, complete
   with lightbulb in the torch
e) priceless collection of Rolling Rock beer cans

You must understand that it was all meant in fun. The subsequent
carnage that I caused is beyond my ability to

a) imagine
b) fathom
c) comprehend
d) appreciate
e) pay for

and I must therefore humbly ask your forgiveness. I know
that you are perfectly within your rights to

a) hate me
b) sue me
c) spank me
d) take my firstborn
e) gouge out my eyes with spoons and feed them to the
   fish in your koi pond

but I ask you to remember all the good times we've had,
joshing around at

a) school
b) work
c) church
d) the bowling alley
e) the municipal jail

and to remember that I am first and foremost your

a) friend
b) child
c) sibling
d) lease co-signer
e) only possible match should you ever need a
   bone marrow transplant.

I think that counts for more than one prank, especially one that

a) was so stupid
b) was so silly
c) would have been funny if it worked
d) you would have done, if you had thought of it first
e) I'm going to use again on someone else.


(your name here)

Gave me a giggle,



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« Reply #49 on: March 04, 2005, 10:46:30 AM »
GFN: as usual, you brightened up my day!! :lol:


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« Reply #50 on: March 04, 2005, 11:10:50 AM »

I love the last two posts.  I am going to print those!  Patz


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« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2005, 11:32:43 AM »
Thanks Mum.  You do that for me a lot too.

Print away Patz!  

Sorry, somehow I missed posting the title of that letter.  It's supposed to have the title:

All Purpose Appology Form.

Woops!!  Not the sharpest clicker-copier this morning! :D Need more coffee (or green tea or something...heehee).



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« Reply #52 on: March 07, 2005, 08:59:24 AM »
There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much that while I cannot give you, you can take:

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present instant.
Take Peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take Joy.

It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is one who will smile,
when everything goes dead wrong.

For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with the years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth,
is the smile that shines through the tears.

C.R. Gibson, from a book called "Apples of Gold"

Another one I like,


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« Reply #53 on: March 08, 2005, 08:48:55 AM »
The  pweor of the hmuan mnid.
 Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in  waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and  lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.  Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Ani't taht wried?


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« Reply #54 on: March 08, 2005, 09:18:53 AM »
hahaha! Brilliant! I love it!  :D I'm going to copy it, thanks!


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« Reply #55 on: March 11, 2005, 08:46:07 AM »

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you would have
produced enough sound energy to heat up one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.)

If you pass wind consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is
produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. (Now, that's more like it.)

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out of the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes. (In my next life I want to be a

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (Still not over that pig thing.)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
(Is that why Flipper is always smiling? And why isn't the pig included in this list?)

On average, people fear spiders more then they do death.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm......)

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (From drinking little bottles of....? Did the gov't pay for this research?)

Polar bears are left handed. (Who knew? Who cares? Did the gov't pay for this too?)

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.

A cockroach will live 9 days without its head before it starves to

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while it's head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. (Hi, honey. I'm home. What the...?)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (In my next life I still want to
be a pig. Quality over quantity, you know.)

Butterflies taste with their feet. (Oh, jeez!)

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like

Starfish don't have brains. (I know some people like this too.)

Remember, when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and smack the fool upside the head.

Well.....hope you smiled.  I'm away now for a week.



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« Reply #56 on: March 11, 2005, 09:01:43 AM »
(Hi, honey. I'm home. What the...?)
hahahahahaha! :D  And the rest are good *grunt* *snort* *snuffle*

Have a great week GFN and thanks for the laughs! P


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« Reply #57 on: March 11, 2005, 11:30:03 AM »
GFN, Thanks for the laughs.   :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

- The only thing that was ever really wrong with me was that I used to think there was something wrong with *me*.  :)


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« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2005, 11:37:15 AM »

Those were good, had me ROFL.



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« Reply #59 on: March 17, 2005, 06:56:27 PM »
Just another quote I like:

We cannot solve our problems
with the same thinking
we used to create them.

by Albert Einstein