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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mama and her Bible

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered.
Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.

The first said "I had a big house built for Mama".

The second said "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house "

The third said "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."

The fourth said "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."


The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes. She wrote:

"Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway"

Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good Thanks."

"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same."

"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."

Almost All Are True

True or False
Three of these four things really happened. Are you cynical enough to figure out the made-up story?

(a) A judge in California told juror-candidates that if they were embarrassed to admit that they couldn't be fair, just to make up another excuse, and he'd let them go.

(b) Australia's tax agency signed up as a sponsor of this year's awards pageant for the country's pornography and prostitution industry.

(c) The insurer Lloyd's of London wrote a policy on a male model that would pay off if accident or illness caused him to lose 85 percent of his chest hair.

(d) A court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, approved the forcible implanting of a radio frequency identification tag in the arms of a man's two wives so he can monitor their whereabouts.


Answer to Almost All Are True: (a), (b), and (c) are true.

Kinderen voor Kinderen song - Two Fathers

Now Tell me what I want to know! And Tell me NOW!

Now Tell me what I want to know! And Tell me NOW!

Friday, February 16, 2018

My first time

It was my first time ever,
And I'll never forget.
I'd do it again
Without a single regret.

The sky was dark,
The moon was high,
We were all alone:
Just she and I.

Her hair was soft,
Her eyes were blue,
I knew just what
She wanted to do.

Her skin so soft,
Her legs so fine,
I ran my fingers
Down her spine.

I didn't know how
But I tried my best,
I started by placing
My hands on her breast.

I remember my fear,
My fast beating heart,
But slowly she spread
Her legs apart.

And when I did it,
I felt no shame;
All at once
The white stuff came.
At last it's finished,
It's all over now.
My first time ever

At milking a cow..

Meth Dangers

Dealing with Teenage Methamphetamine Use

Identifying and dealing with teenage drug use is a frightening prospect for any parent. But we live in a world where teens have so many opportunities for losing their way. They have the time and money for vices and less supervision at home. And drugs today are even more powerful and addictive than ever.
Methamphetamine (known on the street as "speed," "meth," "crank," "crystal-meth") is a central nervous system stimulant that is among the most dangerous drugs available. Like cocaine, it is a powerful "upper" that produces alertness and feelings of elation, along with a variety of adverse reactions. Methamphetamine is sometimes called the "poor man’s cocaine," because it costs nearly the same as cocaine with much longer lasting effects.
Methamphetamine can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected. Under the influence of the drug, users often become agitated and "wired." Their behaviour becomes unpredictable: friendly and calm one moment, angry and terrified the next. Once users become too tired to continue using or run out of meth, they will begin to "crash." Initially, the crash is marked by agitated depression, which soon gives way to lethargy, followed by a long deep sleep. Once the user awakens, the depression returns and may last for days. This is the time when the potential for suicide is high.




With prolonged high-dose use or long binges, stimulant psychosis may develop. User may feel intensely paranoid, hear voices, and experience bizarre delusions (such as thinking that people are talking about and/or following them). Methamphetamine-induced panic and psychosis can be extremely dangerous and may result in incidents of extreme violence.

Dangers and consequences of meth use include:
  • sleeplessness
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • skin ulceration and infection, the result of picking at imaginary bugs
  • paranoia, anxiety, irritability
  • depression
  • increased blood pressure due to the constriction of blood vessels (may produce headaches, chest pain, or irregular heartbeat and lead to stroke or heart attack)
  • seizures
  • permanent brain cell damage
  • for intravenous (IV) users: AIDS, hepatitis, infections and sores at the injection site, and infection of the heart lining and valves (endocarditis)

If you are a parent concerned that your teenager may be using meth, there are symptoms you should look for. You may notice a striking degeneration of your child's attitude, school attendance and marks, dress, personal hygiene, complexion and skin condition, along with increased mood swings, weight loss, and irregular sleeping patterns such as long waking and sleeping periods (days). A change of friends, secrecy, missing monies and valuables, dropping out of extra curriculum activities, and verbal aggression and/or the threat of physical aggression are also warning signs. If you suspect your child of drug use, contact a professional or counselor to help guide you through the process of acknowledging, confronting, and dealing with this problem. Professionals, non-profits, and faith-based organizations are available throughout Saskatchewan to help you and your family through this difficult time. Teen Challenge Saskatchewan Phone: 306-664-4673

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

So Sayeth The Buddha

The Buddha
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- The Buddha

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
- The Buddha

To live a pure unselfish life,
one must count nothing as one's own
in the midst of abundance.
- The Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

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.
- The Buddha

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.
- The Buddha

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
the stream always wins -
not through strength but by perseverance.
- The Buddha

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

All wrong-doing arises because of mind.
If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
- The Buddha

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth.
- The Buddha

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
- The Buddha

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
- The Buddha

On life's journey, faith is nourishment,
virtuous deeds are a shelter,
wisdom is the light by day
and right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
- The Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop.
- The Buddha

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able.
- The Buddha

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.
- The Buddha

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire,
men cannot live without a spiritual life.
- The Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

He who experiences the unity of life
sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self,
and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
- The Buddha

No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.
- The Buddha

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone
who is more deserving of your
love and affection than you are yourself,
and that person is not to be found anywhere.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe
deserve your love and affection.
- The Buddha

Work out your own salvation.
Do not depend on others.
- The Buddha

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman
in the midst of this world,
where each person is clinging to his piece of debris?
What's the proper salutation between people
as they pass each other in this flood?
- The Buddha

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.
Doubt separates people.
It is a poison that disintegrates
friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.
It is a thorn that irritates and hurts;
it is a sword that kills.
- The Buddha

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.
A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
- The Buddha

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
- The Buddha

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.
- The Buddha

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked
than it is loved by the good.
- The Buddha

To keep the body in good health is a duty...
otherwise we shall not be able
to keep our mind strong and clear.
- The Buddha

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
- The Buddha

The secret of health for both mind and body
is not to mourn for the past,
nor to worry about the future,
but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
- The Buddha

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
- The Buddha

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little,
at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick,
at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
- The Buddha

There has to be evil so that
good can prove its purity above it.
- The Buddha

All things appear and disappear
because of the concurrence of causes and conditions.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone;
everything is in relation to everything else.
- The Buddha

Quizzing Away The Afternoon...

Answers are below question 20...
Quiz
Take out your pencils and paper kids...

1. Which prominent member of the family Corvidae, amongst the smartest birds, is referenced in a common American colloquialism where a person claiming wisdom, later proved to be foolish, may be told to "eat _____"?

turkey
shrike
chicken
crow


2. Be a wise linguist and tell me what is the common meaning of the 16th Century rhyming couplet: "a foole and his monie be soone at debate, which after with sorrow repents him too late".

A fool and his money are soon parted
Fools should not have money
Fools with money are unhappy
Money makes everyone a fool


3. He was born Lawrence Tureaud in 1953, but very few recognize that name. He has been a student, soldier, bouncer, wrestler, bodyguard, and well-known actor. I PITY THE FOOL that doesn't recognize his stage name. Do you know it?

J. T. Quincy
B. A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus
Mr. T
Clubber Lang


4. Even kings, in all their wisdom, sometimes play the fool. This "King" cut at least three records about love and foolishness. But which tune did Elvis Presley NOT sing (like many of us, you may have to resort to singing the songs aloud in order to find the lie, man)?

Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Falling In Love With You
A Fool Such As I
Love Me


5. Calling someone a name to make them feel bad about themselves is not the way to be a good friend. Which of these words would be something nice to say to your friend?

Feeble
Sagacious
Senseless
Incompetent


6. Time to chose a name for your new baby girl. Let's find one that starts your child off on a good note. Which of these popular girls names means wise in Greek?

Sophia
Mallory
Jaymie
Campbell


7. Which of the following islands is fictitious, having been invented by the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper as part of an April Fool's Day hoax in 1977?

San Serriffe
Tristan da Cunha
Formosa
Kiribati


8. In August 1914, at the start of World War I the British Commonwealth made some wise, but often overlooked, decisions to limit German power in the South Pacific. Which Commonwealth island nation's first action was to send an "expeditionary force" to invade the German territory now known as Samoa?

Singapore
Australia
New Zealand
Japan


9. During your tarot reading you turn over the Fool card. In most circumstances the Fool indicates you should expect what major event in your life?

Early death
Finding true love
Loss of income
Opportunity for change


10. It is an oft stated sentiment that those with the least to say often say the most. In what Shakespearean history does "Boy" succinctly sum up this concept by saying "the empty vessel makes the greatest sound"?

Richard III
Henry V
Hamlet
King John


11. Who wrote the lines "Where ignorance is bliss 'tis folly to be wise"?

Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Gray
William Shakespeare
Mark Twain


12. Which of these international films exposes bureaucratic foolishness when an escaped lunatic is mistaken by city authorities for a construction worker?

The Getting of Wisdom (Australia)
The Big Dig (Israel)
Where Angels Fear to Tread (United Kingdom)
The Idiot (Japan)


13. In 1940, famed songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to this song that tells us that "romance is a game for fools". Can you name this song where "wise men never go" that was originally sung by Tony Martin and has been covered by such diverse artists as Etta James, Ricky Nelson and Bow Wow Wow?

Fools Rush In
Everybody Plays the Fool
Poor Little Fool
What A Fool Believes


14. Who says that there are no more Renaissance people? Don't be foolish and tell me what feat of wisdom and creativity links such diverse luminaries as Hedy Lamarr, Mark Twain, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abraham Lincoln, Zeppo Marx and Paul Winchell?

Discovered a chemical element
Members of MENSA
Granted US patents
Awarded Doctorate degrees


15. The fifth century BC was an amazing time for Eastern religions, as the founders of four major faiths were believed to have lived. Which of these great men sagely noted "by three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest".

Zarathustra
Lao-Tzu
Confucius
Siddhartha Gautama


16. Chemists may know it as FeS2, but we mere mortals call the mineral iron pyrite by its foolish name. What is it?

foolscap
fools cap
fool's parsley
fool's gold


17. A 1930 April Fools' Day hoax article stated that this rotund Yankee had lost so much weight that he would have to quit baseball and become a horseracing jockey. Can you swat the incorrect choices and pick the correct name?

Frank Gifford
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Roger Maris


18. This beloved UK television series won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Series in 1985, 1988 and 1996. The show focuses on two brothers who expend great effort to get rich quick and avoid paying taxes. What is the apropos title of this show?

Fools pay Taxes
House of Fools
Wise Men Dont Work
Only Fools and Horses


19. Contrary to what you might have been told as a child, it turns out playing video games may have been a wise decision after all. Scientific studies have indicated that playing action-based video games may help improve the player's what?

Self-esteem
Muscle tone
Bladder control
Decison-making skill


20. What popular investment advice company founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner is named after the medieval court jester who cold tell a King the truth without losing his head?

The Money Fool
The Foolish Bard
The Motley Fool
The Wise Fool


ANSWERS:

1. crow
Eating crow after a bad prediction of future events is sadly a pursuit I am well versed in. The origin of the expression is not widely known but most believe it is simply that a crow does not make a very appealing prospect for a meal, and likewise, accepting that you were wrong (to say nothing of enduring the gloating of those who were right) can be a bitter lump of pride to swallow. However, the saying can also be meant as a way to symbolically inherit the bird's wisdom and thus increase your chances in your next bout of forecasting.

Crows have shown adaptive wisdom in numerous settings, making the most of their environment even in highly developed urban areas, which are generally hard on wild animals. My favorite such instance is a report of carrion crows in Japan which have figured out how to use traffic lights and cars as nutcrackers. When cars stop on a red light, the crows will swoop in and drop a nut in front of the tire of an idle car. The crows vacate the scene before the light changes, let "nature" take its course and return afterward to claim their handily opened prize.

2. A fool and his money are soon parted
16th Century English poet, farmer and business advisor Thomas Tusser crafted the rhyming couplet about the propensity of the unwise to lose money as one of his "Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie" a book of poems, advice and stories about rural Tudor England. In 1557, Tusser published a shorter series of ideas, "A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie" but the set was expanded in 1573. In Elizabethan England Tusser's pithy quotes and advice were well received and were widely read by peasant and noble alike.

Tusser is also credited with quipping such popular advice as "sweet April showers do bring May flowers" and returning to words for the wise added "who goeth a borrowing goeth a sorrowing. Few lend (but fools) their working tools". Tusser died in 1580 and was remembered by British historian Thomas Fuller as a thinker who had limited success in business with this rhyme "he spread his bread with all sorts of butter, yet none would stick thereon".

3. Mr. T.
The three incorrect choices were in fact, roles played by Mr. T. His breakout role was as Clubber Lang in "Rocky III". He garnered greater success from 1983-87 as Baracus in TV's "The A-Team." Mr T played Quincy in the 2001 movie "Judgment."

In earlier years, Mr. T was never seen in public without wearing a plethora of ostentatious gold neck chains. In 2005, while assisting in the Hurricane Katrina cleanup, he witnessed directly the suffering and tribulations of the victims. Shortly thereafter, he stopped wearing the gold, saying that it would be a sin before God, and insensitive to the people who had lost so much.

4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Elvis Presley cut "Love Me" in 1958. The opening lines are: "treat me like a fool, treat me mean and cruel..." His 1959 hit is sometimes listed as "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I." The title alone probably helped you eliminate it. The third Elvis tune is from 1961, and was featured on the movie sound track of "Blue Hawaii." Different sources cite slight title variations of "(Can't Help) Falling In Love With You."

"Why Do Fools Fall In Love" is a 1956 Rock & Roll classic by Frankie Lie, man. Oops - make that "Lymon" and the Teenagers". The song has since been covered by numerous artists, including the Beach Boys, Diana Ross, and Gale Storm (yes - "My Little Margie"). But it was NOT recorded by Elvis.

5. Sagacious
Sagacious means to have wisdom or show good judgment. I am sure your friend would like to know that you find them to be intelligent and wise. The English word "sagacious" comes form the Latin word "sagacem" which means to have quick perception. The antonym of sagacious is to be foolish or unwise. Other words that also mean to be foolish include calling someone feeble of mind, senseless or incompetent.

Each of these words can be found on a standard US fifth grade student's vocabulary list.

6. Sophia
Sophia is derived from Greek and means wise one or wisdom. Variations of Sophia include Sonja, Zosia and Sofka. Adhita is a Sanskrit name that also means wise and is a popular name in Hindi families. Kaya, Sage and Mackenzie are also names that derive from words meaning wisdom.

On the other hand, while a lovely name, be advised that Jaymie (and James for that matter) comes from the Hebrew word meaning "he who supplants". Campbell comes from the Gaelic words for crooked and mouth and originally was not used as a compliment. Mallory (with all due respect to people so named or to Mallory Keaton on "Family Ties") means unfortunate or ill-fated.

7. San Serriffe
On April Fool's Day 1977, the Guardian published a special supplement on the non-existent island nation of San Serriffe in the Indian Ocean, purportedly to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the island's independence. The supplement described the island's tourism potential and economy, and featured a map based on a shrunken outline of New Zealand. Although many of the place names were taken from printing terminology, quite a number of people were fooled and travel agencies received an influx of requests for holiday bookings to San Serriffe.

Formosa was the former Portuguese name for Taiwan. It was used in an early 18th century hoax perpetrated by George Psalmanazar who became famous in Britain by claiming to be the first Formosan to visit Europe. In 1704, he published 'An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa', which contained entirely fictitious accounts of polygamy, human sacrifice and cannibalism. Predictably, the book was hugely successful, running through two English editions before being translated into French and German.

Tristan de Cunha is part of a British overseas territory in the Atlantic Ocean which also incorporates St Helena, the site of Napoleon's final exile.

Kiribati is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, with a population of around 100,000 people.

8. New Zealand
At the start of World War I, Germany was in possession of Samoa, having established trading posts there in the latter part of the 19th century and annexed the territory in 1899. At the behest of the UK, New Zealand sent a 1370 man invasion force to invade German Samoa. The small group of ships and marines narrowly avoided disaster by evading the superior German East Asian Naval Squadron. These actions served to deny Germany the use of the radio stations and harbours on these strategic Pacific islands.

Australia invaded and occupied German New Guinea, the German Solomons and Nauru, also at the request of the British Government at the outset of the War. Japan declared war on Germany and seized among other territories, the Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands in the Central Pacific.

9. Opportunity for change
The Fool card in a tarot deck is one of the major arcana cards that indicates great importance. The Fool is usually represented as a brightly dressed young traveler, carrying a sack, walking along a narrow mountain road and daydreaming. The Fool usually is accompanied by a dog who is trying to get the character to pay attention to the danger of the cliff he is approaching. As such the Fool often represents the expectation of choice or the possibility of change. The card acknowledges that change can be fraught with risk but is also the opportunity to take a new path" or "seize the day".

The Fool is something of an oddity in modern tarot. The Fool is the only major arcana card that does not contain a Roman numeral. As such the Fool represents the zero. Like all tarot cards the Fool is influenced by the other cards in your deck. A Fool followed by the Devil may mean your new opportunity is going to end poorly. While the Fool followed by one of the higher ranking cards from the suit of swords may mean a new chance to increase your wealth.

10. Henry V
Shakespeare, as is so often case, is the source of timeless and acute wisdom. In 1599's "Henry V" the Bard retells the historic battle of Agincourt, where the young king Henry V rallies an English army that is outnumbered by five to one to route the French army. During the battle Pistol, one of the soldiers who spends more time looking for battlefield booty than fighting, captures a French soldier. Unable to speak French Pistol uses "Boy" to translate and secure a rich ransom. Disgusted with the loutish soldiers boasting the Boy remarks that "the empty vessel makes the greatest sound".

The Greek philosopher Plato is often credited as the first to express the sentiment that "wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something". However, despite extensive etymological research there is no scholarly evidence to suggest Plato ever made the statement. A common variation on the idea is in the Bible at Proverbs 17:28 that "even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue". This phrase was refined and is commonly (for no scientific reason) attributed Abraham Lincoln (sometimes to Mark Twain) to wit that "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt".

11. Thomas Gray
Yes, the quote was made by the guy who wrote the "Elegy". This is from the end of the snappily titled "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" and the last verse runs in full: "To each his sufferings: all are men,/ Condemned alike to groan;/ The tender for another's pain,/ The unfeeling for his own./ Yet ah! why should they know their fate?/ Since sorrow never comes too late,/ And happiness too swiftly flies./ Thought would destroy their paradise./ No more; where ignorance is bliss,/ 'Tis folly to be wise."

12. The Big Dig (Israel)
Ephraim Kishon's off-beat 1969 comedy "The Big Dig" or "Te'alat Blaumilch" in Hebrew satirises bureaucracy in contemporary Tel Aviv. In the movie Israeli actor Bombur Tzur escapes a sanatorium and while obviously deranged starts to build a canal in the middle of a major Tel Aviv street. The police and city officials believe this crazy scheme must be sanctioned and allow the activity. The city planner who tries to stop the project is as you might expect in a comedy declared "insane."

"The Getting of Wisdom" (1977) is an Australian film set in a Melbourne boarding school. Akira Kurosawa's "The Idiot" (1951) is based on the Fyodor Dostoevsky novel. "Where Angels Fear to Tread" (1991) is a dramatisation of a book by E M Forster who took his title from a line in Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Criticism" ("For fools rush in where angels fear to tread").

13. Fools Rush In
"Fools Rush In" was written in 1940 by Johnny Mercer with music by Rube Bloom. Popular singer/actor Tony Martin released a recording of the song that topped at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The song has been covered and recorded by scores of artists including Ricky Nelson in 1963 where the tune reached 12th on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Nelson had his first number one song in 1958 with the foolish reference in "Poor Little Fool".

Prolific songwriter Johnny Mercer penned the lyrics to over 1500 songs. Mercer won four Oscars for Best Song and was nominated 19 times. Mercer wrote the lyrics to 1959's "Moon River" as well as such standards as "Hooray for Hollywood" and "I am an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande".

14. Granted US patents
Remarkably there is no shortage of entertainers, politicians and musicians who not only excelled in their primary field, but have also have been awarded patents for new discoveries. US President Abraham Lincoln received a patent in 1849 for a method to buoy ships over shoals. Actress Hedy Lamarr was the co-creator of a frequency hopping radar system to guide torpedoes and avoid enemy jamming techniques. Lamarr's device was implemented in naval operations in 1962. More importantly, the "frequency hopping" process served as the basis for the spread spectrum technology that fuels GPS and Bluetooth networks in the 21st century.

Actor and ventriloquist Paul Winchell can be considered a modern-day da Vinci as he held over 15 patents for such diverse products as artificial hearts, warning lights on refrigerators and pumps for transferring liquids. Mark Twain, who was a close friends with Nikola Tesla, held three patents including one for a highly successful self-sticking scrapbook process.

15. Confucius
The great Chinese philosopher and statesman Confucius lived between 551 BC and 479 BC. Unlike many religious leaders Confucius not only taught and wrote, but also served as a high ranking minister and accomplished diplomat in the Lu area of China during the Zhou Dynasty. Confucius saw firsthand how virtue and ethics are tested by practical application. Confucian philosophy became the hallmark of a humanistic faith that continues to influence Chinese and Asian society.

In addition to Confucius, Siddhartha Gautama, otherwise known as Buddha lived during the same time. Scholars believe Buddha was born around 563 BC and died in or around 483 BC. Lao-Tzu is credited as the founder of the Taoist faith and was also active during the 5th century BC. While there is some debate, modern historians believe that Zarathustra or Zoroaster, the Persian mystic that Zoroastrianism is based upon, also lived during the 5th century BC.

16. fool's gold
Iron sulfide or iron pyrite has a deceptive appearance that slightly resembles gold - thus the common term. Despite the disparaging nickname, this mineral has several uses. Pyrite was used in crystal radios and was the sparking agent in early firearms. Pyrite is currently a component of lithium batteries and paper. The term "fool's gold" has been used in the names of a music video, a recording company, and a movie, and even a sandwich! Foolscap is a type of cheap writing paper; a fool's cap is a classic jester's hat generally found with three belled tufts. Fool's parsley is a poisonous herb native to Europe and Western Asia.


I couldn't find any documented cases of the use of iron pyrite being used to dupe "fools" into a belief that the fake metal is gold. But I did find a business that claims a person can boost their energy, confidence, assertiveness and vitality simply by wearing their iron pyrite pendants and jewelry. It would seem that a fool and his gold really ARE soon parted.

17. Babe Ruth
The story appeared in the Miami News-Record. Known as the "Bambino" and "Sultan of Swat," George Herman Ruth was a big man by any standard. Various sources give his weight as somewhere between 215 - 250 pounds. An apparent joke of the time was that the Babe was able to cover more ground than any outfielder in the game - while sitting down! The article went on to state that if Babe's jockey career didn't pan out, he might try his luck as a pole vaulter!

Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris also played for the Yankees, but their era was much later (1950's-60's). Frank Gifford was a famous NY Giants football running back from 1952 - 1964 before becoming a football broadcaster most notably on the "Monday Night Football".

18. Only Fools and Horses
"Only Fools and Horses" was one of the BBC's most successful situation comedies. The brainchild of writer John Sullivan the show followed the attempts of South London brothers Derek "Del Boy" and Rodney Trotter as they wheel and deal and scheme to make a fortune by skirting the edges of legality and avoid paying taxes. "Only Fools and Horses" was named the BBC's most favorite comedy in a 2004 poll and in 2008, "Empire Magazine" voted the show the 45th greatest TV show worldwide.

The title "Only Fools and Horses" refers to an old cockney (Eastside London) saying that "only fools and horses work for a living".

19. Decision-making skill
Who ever said that playing video games was a waste of time and a mind-numbing activity might just have been wrong. A number of university research studies indicate that playing action-based video games may actually improve strategic thinking and decision-making. The theory is that in order to be successful in action-based video games such as "Halo" or "StarCraft" a player must make frequent split second decisions.

Prophetically, former US President Ronald noted the potential use of top video gamers as far back as 1983 when he said "many young people have developed incredible hand, eye, and brain coordination in playing these games. The air force believes these kids will be our outstanding pilots should they fly our jets".

20. The Motley Fool
In 1993, brothers Tom and David Gardner turned a love of financial investing and humor into a multimedia financial advice company named The Motley Fool. The company was one of the first financial advice outlets to aggressively tout investment in and by using the internet, gaining early fame for predicting success for on-line companies such as Amazon, Google and eBay.

The name "Motley Fool" derives from the character of the court jester who was said to be the only person who could tell the King the truth and not risk losing his head. In literature, Shakespeare amongst others was fond of including a character that dressed in the "motley" or brightly colored mismatched clothes and provide witty sarcasm often at the expense of the nobility.

10 Places Where Being Gay Could Get You Killed

By Dustin Diehl, PRIDE.com

It’s crazy to think that today, in 2015, there are still places in the world where being gay could get you killed. Sure, we have a long way to go when it comes to equal rights, intolerance and acceptance — but being killed? How is that still possible? Unfortunately, it’s a very scary reality for many LGBTQ people around the world.

YEMEN

If you’re a married man, and get caught having homosexual intercourse, you can be stoned to death. If you’re unmarried and get caught it’s a whipping and/or a year in prison. And for women — up to seven years in prison.

IRAN

Men caught engaging in homosexual sex can be killed. And it’s not just lip service: In July 2005, two teenagers were hanged, convicted of “homosexuality.”

IRAQ

There’s nothing in the law that calls out homosexuality specifically, but that hasn’t stopped militias and local judges from sentencing people to death anyway.

MAURITANIA

Gay Muslim men can face stoning, and gay Muslim women face imprisonment.

NIGERIA

Not only is it illegal for gay people to form clubs or groups, some states in Nigeria have also adopted the death penalty for gay men.

QATAR

Extramarital sex is punishable by death. And since same-sex marriage isn’t legal, that includes all homosexual sex.

SAUDI ARABIA

Lashes, imprisonment and stoning are acceptable punishments for “sodomy” and other homosexual acts.

SOMALIA

Imprisonment may be the law of the land, but that hasn’t stopped some states from enacting the death penalty.

SUDAN

Get caught once: Flogging. Twice: Imprisonment. Three times: Death penalty.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

There’s some confusion about what actually warrants the death penalty (consensual homosexual sex or just rape?), but all sex outside of marriage is banned.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

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The 411 - Special Edition - Saint Valentine


St. ValentineSaint Valentine refers to one or more martyred saints of ancient Rome. The feast of Saint Valentine was formerly celebrated on February 14 by the Roman Catholic Church until the revised calendar 1969.

His birth date and birthplace are unknown. Valentine's name does not occur in the earliest list of Roman martyrs, that was compiled by the Chronographer of 354.


The feast of St. Valentine was first decreed in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God." As Gelasius implied, nothing is known about the lives of any of these martyrs.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine's Day was possibly one of three martyred men named Valentinus who lived in the late third century, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II (died 270):

* a priest in Rome
* a bishop of Interamna (modern Terni)
* a martyr in the Roman province of Africa

Various dates are given for their martyrdoms: 269, 270 or 273. The name was a popular one in Late Antiquity, with its connotations of valens, "being strong". Several emperors and a pope bore the name, not to mention a powerful gnostic teacher of the second century, Valentinius, for a time drawing a threateningly large following.

That the creation of the feast for such dimly conceived figures may have been an attempt to supersede the pagan holiday of Lupercalia that was still being celebrated in fifth-century Rome, on February 15 is apparently a figment of the English eighteenth-century antiquarian Alban Butler, embellished by Francis Douce, as Jack Oruch conclusively demonstrated in 1981. Many of the current legends that characterise Saint Valentine were invented in the fourteenth century in England, notably by Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle, when the feast day of February 14 first became associated with romantic love.

It is believed that the priest of Rome and the bishop St. ValentineValentinus are each buried along the Via Flaminia outside Rome, at different distances from the city. Their calendar days of martyrdom have been made to coincide. In the Middle Ages, two Roman churches were dedicated to Saint Valentinus. One was the tenth-century church Sancti Valentini de Balneo Miccine or de Piscina, which was rededicated by Pope Urban III in 1186. The other, on the Via Flaminia, was the ancient basilica S. Valentini extra Portam founded by Pope Julius I (337‑352), though not under this dedication. Though the basilica is quae apellantur Valentini, "which is called of Valentinus", early basilicas were as often called by the name of their former patron as by the saint to whom they were dedicated: see titulus.

In the catacombs connected with the basilica of Valentinus, outside the Porta del Popolo, nineteenth-century excavations unearthed two hundred Christian inscriptions. Lanciani reported, from the chronicle of the monastery of S. Michael ad Mosam, an account of a pilgrim of the eleventh century who obtained relics of saints "'from the keeper of a certain cemetery, in which lamps are always burning.'" He refers to the basilica of S. Valentine and the small hypogaeum attached to it (discovered in 1887)" .

The earliest written Acta for Saint Valentinus were written in the sixth or seventh century, when the hagiographical genre was well established, with pious accounts of magic and torture shared among many texts and applied to many martyr-saints. The longer of the two is that written of the martyr Valentinus of Terni and his magical cure, through faith alone, of a crippled child. Bede, in the eighth century, knew of both hagiographies and included respripts of both under 14 February in his martyrology

The Legenda Aurea of Jacobus de Voragine, compiled about 1260 and one of the most-read books of the High Middle Ages, gives sufficient details of the saints and for each day of the liturgical year to inspire a homily on each occasion. The very brief vita of St Valentine has him refusing to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in the year 280. Before his head was cut off, this Valentine restored sight and hearing to the daughter of his jailer. Jacobus makes a play with the etymology of "Valentine", "as containing valour".

The Legenda Aurea does not contain anything about hearts and last notes signed "from your Valentine", as is sometimes suggested in modern works of sentimental piety. Many of the current legends surrounding them appear in the late Middle Ages in France and England, when the feast day of February 14 became associated with romantic love.

St. Valentine's Day

For more details on this topic, see Valentine's Day.

Jack Oruch has made a well-supported case that the traditions associated St. Valentinewith "Valentine's Day", well-documented in Geoffrey Chaucer's Parliament of Foules, and generally set in a supposed context of an old tradition, in fact had no such tradition before Chaucer. The speculative explanation of sentimental customs, posing as historical fact, had their origins among eighteenth-century antiquaries, notably Alban Butler, the author of Butler's Lives of Saints, and have been perpetuated even by respectable modern scholars. Most notably, "the idea that Valentine's Day customed perpetuated those of the Roman Lupercalia has been accepted uncritically and repeated, in various forms, up to the present"

In 1836, relics that were exhumed from the catacombs of Saint Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina, then near Rome, were identified with St Valentine; placed in a gilded casket, they were transported to the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland, to which they were donated by Pope Gregory XVI. Many tourists visit the saintly remains on St. Valentine's Day, when the casket is carried in solemn procession to the high altar for a special Mass dedicated to young people and all those in love. Alleged bodily relics of St Valentine also lie at the reliquary of Roquemaure in France, in the Stephansdom in Vienna and also in Blessed St. John Duns Scotus church in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland.

The saint's feast day was removed from the Church calendar in 1969 as part of a broader effort to remove saints viewed by some as being of purely legendary origin. The feast day is still celebrated locally in some parishes such as Balzan in Malta where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, as well as by those Catholics who follow the older, pre-Vatican II calendar. Prior to this action, the church in Rome that had been dedicated to him observed his feast day by, among other things, displaying his reputed skull surrounded by roses, much like the iconography often used by the Grateful Dead.

*From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

30 Best Love Quotes for Your Valentine


30 Best Love Quotes for Your Valentine
I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. 
– Roy Croft

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Come live with me, and be my love, and we will some new pleasures prove, of golden sands, and crystal brooks, with silken lines and silver hooks.
— John Donne

Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
— Franklin P. Jones

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.
— Margaret Anderson

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
— Aristotle

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
— Victor Hugo

When you are in love you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.
— Dr. Seuss

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
— Robert A. Heinlein

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
— Mignon McLaughlin

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
— Erich Fromm

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
— Sam Keen

The life and love we create is the life and love we live.
— Leo Buscaglia

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
— Lao Tzu

Love is the beauty of the soul.
— St. Augustine

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is like a friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
— Bruce Lee

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
— Eric Fromm

Do I love you because you’re beautiful, / Or are you beautiful because I love you?
— Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
— Peter Ustinov

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.
— Michael Leunig

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
— Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. — Henry Van Dyke

Will you love me in December as you do in May, / Will you love me in the good old fashioned way? / When my hair has all turned gray, / Will you kiss me then and say, / That you love me in December as you do in May?
— James J. Walker

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
— Author Unknown

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
— W. Somerset Maugham

Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.
— Author Unknown

Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
— Julins Gordon

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
— Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally

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The Love Doctor


The Love Doctor Dear Love Doctor,

I'm in my early 20s and have been always single. I have been feeling so worthless lately as all I've been having is casual sex. I mean I sleep with a different man EVERY night. My friends all think I'm trying to get HIV, by sleeping with so many men. I always use protection so nothing is wrong with that end. My issue is that I am unable to get into a relationship. I'm not afraid of commitment. I have a cat. But when I meet guys, we go for coffee, talk then we have sex. I want to end this cycle. Can you help me?

Signed,

Mr. Casual


Dear Mr. Casual,

Casual experiences don't have to be meaningless, cold, or transactional. How many of those partners are repeaters? I would say, go after the repeaters. They obviously like you more than just a one night stand. You say you aren't afraid of commitment, yet every day you lather, rinse and repeat. I'm not sure a cat has the same level of commitment that a loving relationship has. Relationships are not always as good as they are cracked up to be. Especially if you don't handle commitment well. Perhaps. in the meantime, I would try to limit the # of sex partners in a given week. I mean, while condoms are really good at protecting you from HIV they are NOT 100%. Be careful, and always find out their status, it may make you more careful and you can maybe prevent a very bad thing from happening. If you are super serious about getting into a longer term romantic entanglement, I suggest going (alone) to friends parties, or for coffee etc, but make it a point -- NO SEX ON THE FIRST DATE!

Yrs,

The Love Doctor PHD*

OZians? Can you talk about your casual-yet-meaningful experiences? Or events that only took an hour?

--Send your questions about love to "The Love Doctor" directly from 'OZ' - The 'Other' Side of the Rainbow! I have added an email link that goes direct to The Love Doctor, Dr. Eugene d'Amour PHD* - this will enable quicker responses from him. You can do this by clicking on his picture in the sidebar and put your question in the email. This will ensure that The Love Doctor gets your question. The Love Doctor forwards his replies to me for posting consideration. Note: Due to the high volume of letters that The Love Doctor receives, not all letters will be posted on 'OZ' - but the Love Doctor will reply to every email. (so he says)
*Pretty Handsome Dude

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Twas the Night Before Valentines


Twas the night before Valentines, and all through the land

The poor single people were wringing their hands

Handcuffs were hung by the nighties with care

Near the lotions and chocolates and mint underwear.

A day made by Hallmark to sell lots of stuff

Pushing candies and kittens and kisses and fluff

A day that makes “Single” a social disease

Like bubonic or typhoid or chiggers or fleas

And that fat baby Cupid must be on the take

Paid in buckets of cash and red velvet cake.

Love songs are played on every damn station

As “mush” takes over our entire nation.

Now not that we’re jaded, us single-type folk

We’ve tried Facebook and Match, and Equally-Yoked

We’ve tried parks and clubs and churches and bars

And a handful resorted to wishing on stars.

Like most other people, we want company

Without drama or fighting or disharmony.

No Jerry Springer or Kardashian drama

We have no time for all of that trauma.

Maybe we’re picky, world-weary, or fussy

Because we won’t date any Joe Schmo or hussy.

We want someone good-looking, gentle and sweet.

Hey, just cuz we’re single doesn’t make us minced meat.

We don’t begrudge the romance of others

The passion of courtship, the heat between lovers.

Before you judge my singular state

Think back to the days when YOU had to date.

Tomorrow we’ll stand in the grocery store line

Behind the husband with a bottle of wine

And a “Get-Well” bouquet cuz he waited too late

To find the red roses to give to his mate.

Hallmark has trained you to scurry and dash

Into its stores with fistfuls of cash.

For stuffed little critters with a lap full of love

And boxes of chocolate morsels from Dove.

Singles won’t stand hours waiting to dine

On elf food with garnish and overpriced wine.

No chocolates with abnormal tropical middles

Or angst about thighs that may wiggle and jiggle.

No staying in bars desperately late

Trying to connect with a last-minute date.

So embrace your status and shout it out loud.

Yes, I am single! Single and Proud!

Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock

Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock is a variation of the standard game which includes the addition of two new gestures, the Lizard and Spock, and was invented by Sam Kass. Due to the usage of five gestures instead of three, there are ten possible pairings, reducing the chances of a round ending in a tie. The game initially didn't receive much attention nor usage. This increased when the game was mentioned in three episodes of the popular tv-series The Big Bang Theory. According to an interview with Kass, the series producers did not ask for permission to use the game. Kass was later referenced in an episode in the fifth season as the creator of the game (shown below).
Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock
The game launched a kickstarter campaign on February 5th, 2013, by Alien Lab called Geek Dice. Instead of the standard hand-gesture variation of the game, in Geek Dice all players simultaneously throw a dice on which each side represents one of the gestures from rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock. The roll of the dices decide the outcome of the game, and if the players want to can result in the winning or losing of playing chips. The Kickstarter eventually reached its goal of $15,000 on March 18th.
Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock


A glass of wine

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine..
wine
and those who don't and are always seen with a bottle of water in their hand:

As Ben Franklin said:

In wine there is wisdom,

In beer there is freedom,

In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli,(E. Coli) - bacteria found in feces.

In other words, we are consuming 1 kg of poop annually..
poop
However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and fermenting.

Remember:

Water = Poop

Wine = Health

Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of Shit .

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information, I'm doing it as a public service

Now the explanation regarding old people and their brain:

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much...
big brain
People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline.

The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.

SO THERE!!

AS GREAT AS THE LIFE HE LIVES

AS GREAT AS THE LIFE HE LIVES
A man is as great as the dreams he dreams,
As great as the love he bears,
As great as the values he redeems,
And the happiness he shares.

A man is as great as the thoughts he thinks,
And the work he has attained,
At the fountain at which his spirit drinks,
And the insight he has gained.

A man is as great as the truth he speaks,
As great as the help he gives,
As great as the destiny he seeks,
As great as the life he lives.

Reprinted from the December 1987 summons of the Occident Lodge No. 346, G.R.C., Toronto, Ontario.

FRIENDS VS SASKATCHEWAN FRIENDS

Saskatchewan Provincial Flag
FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Always bring the food.

FRIENDS: Will say 'hello'.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad.

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Cry with you.

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, help you clear the table & do the dishes, then play dominoes or cards and just being together.

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds' back-ends that left you.

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, 'I'm home!'.

FRIENDS: will visit you in jail.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: will spend the night in jail with you.

FRIENDS: will visit you in the hospital when you're sick.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: will cut your grass and clean your house then come spend the night with you in the hospital and cook for you when you come home.

FRIENDS: have you on speed dial.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: have your number memorized.

FRIENDS: Are for a while.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Are for life.

FRIENDS: Might ignore this.
SASAKATCHEWAN FRIENDS: Will forward this post to all their Saskatchewan Friends and those who once lived in SASKATCHEWAN.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Awesome Boat- "La Dolce Vita" - I'll have to pick myself up one of these!

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Wise Words

Be Wise

Be Wise!Regret

If your most well known friend is regret, and your most feared enemy desire, then you've lived a life with neither joy nor faith, and maybe change is what you require.


Be Wise!The 3 Principles of Art
Knowledge + Understanding = Wisdom
Wisdom + Understanding = Knowledge
Knowledge + Wisdom = Understanding

Knowlege + Understanding + Wisdom = Life


Be Wise!Simple Minds

Simple-minded people think only of simple-minded things.


Be Wise!Life As It Is

Life is like a feast… some are there to serve, while others are there to be served.


Be Wise!The Truth

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

- Lenin -


Be Wise!A Woman's Weakness

"Women do have lots of strengths, but one of their weaknesses is falling in love with men."


Be Wise!Attitude

Attitude is what you do when the coach, parent, teacher, or any supervisor is not looking.

Giggles, Guffaws and Groaners...


Too Much Information
"Hello! Is this Gordon's Pizza?"
"No sir, it's Google's Pizza."

"Did I dial the wrong number?
"No sir, Google bought the pizza store."

"Oh, alright then. I’d like to place an order please."
"Okay sir, do you want the usual?"

"The usual? You know what my usual is?"
"According to the caller ID, the last 15 times you’ve ordered a 12-slice with double-cheese, sausage, and thick crust."

"Okay, that’s what I want this time too."
"May I suggest that this time you order an 8-slice with ricotta, arugula, and tomato instead?"

"No, I hate vegetables."
"But your cholesterol is not good."

"How do you know?"
"Through the subscribers guide. We have the results of your blood tests for the last 7 years."

"You know what, I'm sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and everyone else having all my information! I'm going to an island without internet, where there’s no cellphone line, and no one to spy on me!"

"I understand sir. But you may want to renew your passport... it expired 5 weeks ago."


The Right One
Sitting in the bar George asks his 40-year-old friend John, "How come you aren't married?"

John replies, "I haven't found the right woman yet."

"So what are you looking for?"

"Oh, she's got to be real pretty, a good cook, and house keeper. She's got to know how to handle money, have a nice and pleasant personality, and money. She's got to have money. And a nice big house wouldn't hurt either."

"A woman like that would be crazy to marry YOU!" says George.

"Oh, it's okay, if she is crazy."
HYUK!

What's for Dinner?
Last night I was relaxing on the sofa watching TV when I heard my wife's voice from the kitchen: "Oh sweetheart, what would you like for dinner, my love? Chicken, beef or lamb?"

I said, "Thank you, darling. I think I'll have chicken."

She replied, "You're havin' a peanut butter sandwich. I was talkin' to the dog!"


Compact On the Sidewalk
Carol and Patty were walking down the street. Carol noticed a compact on the sidewalk and leaned down to pick it up. She opened it, looked in the mirror and said, "Hmm, this person looks familiar."

Patty said, "Let me look!" So Carol handed her the compact.

Patty looked in the mirror and said, "You dummy, it's me!"
HYUK!

Forgetful Dog
A dog walks into a butcher shop and the butcher asks, “What do you want?” The dog points to steak in a glass case. “How many pounds?” The dog barks twice. “Anything else?” The dog points to some pork chops and barks four times.

So the butcher wraps up a two-pound steak and four pork chops, and places the bag in the dog’s mouth. He then takes money from a purse tied around the dog’s neck, and sees him out. A customer, who has been watching in amazement, follows the dog to a house several blocks away, where it rings the doorbell to be let in. As the owner appears at the door, the customer says, “What a remarkable dog!”

“Remarkable?” snorts the owner. “This is the second time this week he’s forgotten his keys.”

Review: BECOMING THE DEVIL THEY FEAR: A Gay Book of Shadows

Review by The Wizard of 'OZ'
BECOMING THE DEVIL THEY FEAR: A Gay Book of Shadows
Review: BECOMING THE DEVIL THEY FEAR: A Gay Book of Shadows
BY RYAN WILLEY
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARK RIES
EDITED BY TRENT DEERHORN


The following auto-biographical novel was written by a friend of mine, Ryan Willey, of Saskatoon, SK Canada. It is also a book of shadows including spells, magical correspondence tables, rituals, prayers, etc.

I read this book over a couple of days. Its a book that once you start, you want to continue reading as you want to find out what’s next brewing in Ryan’s mind as soon as possible. I’ve always like biographies, I love to find out what makes people the way they are... While not a biography, per se, there is a lot of references to the author’s childhood and how he sees that this is part of what makes him, him.

Ryan Wiley is a witch who happens to be gay. I love the way he starts the book with the Wiccan Rede. This is an important pillar of what makes up the author’s life and it sets a tone for his long journey through the unknown to get to where he is today. For those of you who do not know it, here is the Rede:

Wiccan Rede [modified from original]

Bide the Wiccan Law ye must,
In perfect love and perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill;
An’ ye harm none, do what ye will.

Embrace the changing seasons with love and joy,
Like my child within, powers of girl or boy.
Invite thine beloved, come and play,
Like my sisters within my heart’s stay.

Spring’s rain smell begins to wake,
Remember earth’s health is at stake.
Bide the health of dear Mother,
Rejoice, her love returns one another.

In Summer’s love of life itself,
It gives my spirit the Mother’s health.
Out we go into forest’s grove,
Prepare the cauldron, heat the stove.

As Fall prepares for coming death,
I follow the echoes of my dead beloveds’ breath.
Into the night I remember their love,
I say a prayer and look above.

Go out into the cold twenty-fifth,
For those who know religion’s myths.
Remember and rejoice the coming sun,
Rejoice the cycle, life hath begun.

Call the corners on the midnight moon,
Moon Goddess send love to my magical tune.
Sunrise with thy shine so bright,
Sun God saves from bumps in the night.

What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the Rule of three.
Follow this with mind and heart,
Merry ye meet and merry ye part.

--Written By Ryan Willey

According to the book, the author was an occultist long before he knew he was gay. In his early childhood, Ryan discovers his pagan propensities before he became self aware of his sexual orientation.

The book itself is not organized by chapters, but rather headings just as one experiences life. Ryan lets us into his most personal thoughts. The tales of the most important parts of the authors life are told in such a way that allows the reader to picture exactly what the particular scene plays out. Fore example:

“We took it home, lit a candle and immediately opened the
board from the box. My older sister and her friend used it at this
time for the most part. The planchette looked as though it moved
while they barely touched it and they seemed to be talking to a
spirit. They asked general questions about the spirit but I was
rather skeptical at this point and wished that we had taken that
money which our mother left us for lunch to buy something else.”

Ryan Willey has a way of “trapping” you in his mind ... this is not a bad thing as it is because of that you really do get to see what makes Ryan, Ryan. You absolutely have to keep reading to see how the scenarios play out.

During his prepubescent years Ryan describes his innermost feelings and how he was burdened with them, and a perceived notion that he was alone with these thoughts. The thought of being gay hearkens to the same time in my life.

He talks a lot about love, That is a refreshing thing as in a life that has so many negative things it’s great to have positive experiences as well. Love for other boys, the wants and needs that he is feeling is told in such a way that again, the reader really experiences what the author feels. Ryan Willey is good at this.

This book, talks about several key times in Ryan’s life and he describes them with, again, very descriptive words and tantalizing phrases. He talks about becoming a youth leader in a church he is not sure he belongs in, showing his inner struggle to find his identity, where he attempts (like most gay boys), that he should pursue a relationship with the opposite sex, as that is the way society is. Hard feat to do, with all the unrequited sexual tensions of a love of people of the same-sex.

Ryan has had an interesting life. Being lucky enough to see ghostly manifestations, messages from the other side, and visions, as well as luck with the Ouija.

He finally comes to the conclusion surrounding his sexual orientation:

“I finally came to the realization that what I was feeling for these
boys in my life was far more than sexual curiosity. With having a
friend who I had feelings for walk away from me and that hurting
more than the breakup with my ex-girlfriend, I started to realize
what my inner most natural desires were. I wanted a boy to love
me back as much as I loved the other boys for whom I had
fallen. However, it was rather challenging to become comfortable
with that idea.”

This in of itself was of special interest to me. I wanted to compare my life with his. You know, this book is a must read for prepubescent gay or boys that have same-sex urges, that they are struggling with... Even more so for those that are not in the mainstream religions. Paganism falls into this category. And also mentioning suicidal thoughts. As I said a must to read.

He takes you thru “The Magic in Witchcraft” which is extremely detailed. A great thing to have detailed for those readers with a propensity for Wicca but don’t have a clue how to start with it. For those that aren’t, the things he writes about will be of interest to non believers as well.

Ryan ultimately finds happiness in his husband Josh. Which was great to include, showing that life does indeed get better. This is true of most people where growing up was a struggle. I speak from experience here. When I was going through the tumultuous times in my life, I wish I would have had this book. It is a must read. I only hope that the world treats being gay as just one of the ways that people are unique. I like the way Ryan wrote this book. After all, it’s one thing to be gay, it's another to be a gay witch.

About Ryan Willey: Ryan Willey is a Canadian Wiccan author from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has published this book entitled “Becoming the Devil They Fear: A Gay Book of Shadows” and has two google blogs, one of which has had previews to his upcoming book. He has found endless support in many “witchy” Facebook groups and many members of those groups are excited to purchase his book.

“Becoming the Devil They Fear” has many journal entries in regards to his past struggles of embracing his sexuality and simply being himself in right-wing religious communities. It also shows how he outgrew Christianity but still has respect for Christian friends who do him no harm. It’s a Book of Shadows with relatable spells to his journal entrees, which also includes paranormal experiences, magical correspondence tables, rituals and prayers.

You can “Like” his author page on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/ryanwilleyauthor/.
You can read his book previews at:
http://becomingthedeviltheyfear.blogspot.ca/
and his other blog entries at:
http://ryanwilleyglbt.blogspot.ca/.

Has Ryan become the devil his past religious communities fear or is there another meaning behind the title? Find out for yourself by ordering a copy of “Becoming the Devil They Fear: A Gay Book of Shadows” at Amazon.

http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/ ISBN: 9781772800890

**Read some excerpts below:
Opening the door
A Sister with a Connection to 'the Other Side'
Falling for a Christian Boy
The Cult
The Moment Everything Changed
The Cult Revisited
Religious Manipulation in Regards to Homosexuality
Outgrowing Christianity