Archive for March, 2010

>Different kind of President

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Harry Truman was a different kind of President.  He probably made as many or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence   Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.  (Sic.  Illinois)

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!!
 

This is not sent for discussion. 

Source Unknown 

 


>Invictus

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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, 
Black as the Pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll. 
I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

>Can I borrow $5 (Priceless)

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This is priceless!
 Can I Borrow  $5?
A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year old son waiting for her
at the door.

SON: ‘Mummy, may I ask you a question?’

MUM: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the woman..

SON: ‘Mummy, how much do you make an hour?’

MUM: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the woman said angrily.

SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’

MUM: ‘If you must know, I make $20 an hour.’

SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: “Mummy, may I please borrow $5?”

The mother was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.’

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut

the door..

The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down, and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.The woman went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

‘Are you asleep, son?’ She asked..

‘No Mummy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy.

‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the woman. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $5 you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you Mummy!’ he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother.

‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the mother grumbled.

‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.

‘Mummy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow.

I would like to have dinner with you.’

The mother was crushed. She put her arms around her little son, and she begged for his forgiveness.

It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $20 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

>Happy Birthday Nikki

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16 March 1972

Your date of conception was on or about 24 June 1971 which was a Thursday.

You were born on a Thursday
under the astrological sign Pisces.
Your Life path number is 11.

Your fortune cookie reads:
Every excess becomes a vice.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 3 & 6.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2441392.5.
The golden number for 1972 is 16.
The epact number for 1972 is 14.
The year 1972 was a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/15/1972 and ending 2/2/1973.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Rat.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Wolf; your plant is Plantain.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Pachons, the first month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 1 Nisan 5732.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 2 Nisan 5732.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 12.17.18.11.8 which is
12 baktun 17 katun 18 tun 11 uinal 8 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Thursday, 30 Muharram 1392 (1392-1-30).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 2 April 1972.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 9 April 1972.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 16 February 1972.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 21 May 1972.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 28 May 1972.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 9 September 1972.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 30 March 1972.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 15 February 1972.
 
As of 3/16/2010 11:54:39 AM EST
You are 38 years old.
You are 456 months old.
You are 1,983 weeks old.
You are 13,879 days old.
You are 333,107 hours old.
You are 19,986,474 minutes old.
You are 1,199,188,479 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:

Kevin Tod Smith (1963) Erik Estrada (1949) Bernardo Bertolucci (1940)
Jerry Lewis (1926) Pat Nixon (1912) Henny Youngman (1906)
James Madison (1751)

Top songs of 1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O’Sullivan
American Pie by Don McLean Without You by Nilsson
I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash A Horse with No Name by America
Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me by Mac Davis Me and Mrs. Jones by BillyPaul
The Candy Man by Sammy Davis, Jr. Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.4320939334638 years old. (You’re still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Thursday.
Your lucky number is 3 & 7.
Your ruling planet(s) is Jupiter & Neptune.
Your lucky dates are 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th.
Your opposition sign is Virgo.
Your opposition number(s) is 5.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 365 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 39 candles.

Those 39 candles produce 39 BTUs,
or 9,828 calories of heat (that’s only 9.8280 food Calories!) .
You can boil 4.46 US ounces of water with that many candles.  

In 1972 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1972 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1972 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1972 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1972 the population of Australia was approximately 13,409,288.
In 1972 there were approximately 264,969 births in Australia.
In 1972 in Australia there were approximately 114,029 marriages and 15,655 divorces.
In 1972 in Australia there were approximately 109,760 deaths.

Your birth flower is DAFFODIL

Your birthstone is Aquamarine <!––>

The Mystical properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is often used to experience love and mercy. It is said to help ease depression and grief.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Jade, Rock Crystal, Bloodstone

Your birth tree is
Lime Tree, the Doubt

Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labour, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.


There are 284 days till Christmas 2010!
There are 297 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon’s phase on the day you were
born was waxing crescent.
 

>Success Suggestion

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Day 115: Inspiration from Sir Winston Churchill
by Bo Bennett, DTM

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) was one of the twentieth century’s most important figures, best known as Britain’s Prime Minister from 1940 – 1945 and 1951 – 1955.

Winston Churchill BiographySuccess is knowing that your past does not equal your future.  Winston was known to be a willful and somewhat rebellious little boy.  His teachers wrote in letters how difficult he was, one teacher even writing, “Very bad… is a constant trouble to everybody…”

Success is progress.  “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

Success is keeping your family life in order as well as your work.  In 1908, Churchill married Clementine Hozier, which proved to be a long and happy marriage.

Success is knowing that effective communication is better than proper grammar.   When corrected for using a preposition at the end of a sentence, Churchill gave the oft-quoted response, “This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.”

Success is viewing failure as temporary.  Being human, in 1914, Churchill made an error in judgment that lead to the disastrous Gallipolli landings.  This error cost Churchill his job as First Lord of the Admiralty and much of his good reputation.  •  “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Success is having courage.  “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.” • “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.”

Success is being able to inspire others.  Churchill’s role in World War II was mostly that of an inspiration.  He is known today as one of the greatest speakers of the century.

Success is persistence.  “We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire… Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”

Success is being optimistic.  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

 

 

>Pele – Tale Of The Volcano Goddess

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Pele – Tale Of The Volcano Goddess

Native Hawaiians knew all about volcanoes. According to them, volcanic eruptions were caused by Pele, the beautiful but tempestuous Goddess of Volcanoes. Pele had frequent moments of anger, which brought about eruptions. She was both honored and feared. She could cause earthquakes by stamping her feet or volcanic eruptions and fiery lava by digging with her Pa’oa, her magic stick.

Pele had a long and bitter argument with her older sister, Namakaokahai. The fight ended up forming the Hawaiian Islands.

Pele used her magic stick on Kauai, but she was attacked by her older sister and left for dead. Pele recovered and fled to Oahu, where she dug several “fire pits,” including the crater we now called Diamond Head, in Honolulu. After that, Pele left her mark on the island of Molokai before traveling further southeast to Maui and creating the Haleakala Volcano. By then, Namakaokahai, Pele’s older sister, realized she was still alive and she went to Maui to do battle. After a terrific fight, Namakaokahai again believed that she had killed her younger sister. But Pele was still alive and she was busy working at the Mauna Loa Volcano, on the big island of Hawaii. Finally, Namakaokahai realized that she could never crush her sister’s indomitable spirit and she gave up the struggle. Pele dug her final and eternal fire pit, Halemaumau Crater, at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. She is said to live there to this day.

Information courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey/Department of the Interior.

>"Dad yesterday was the best day ever" Lilli Rogers

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TD Jakes told a story about how his son Dexter was hanging out with him in meetings one day. Dexter told TD that if he could just get his game boy he would be good for the rest of the day. After the meetings TD told Dexter that he could go and play ping pong with the kids in the game room. Dexter played for a little while but wanted to play with TD Jakes.
 
TD was resistant because it had been awhile since he played, but did play with Dexter. He tells the story of the ball flying everywhere but he had forgot how fun it was to do those types of things.

I share this story with you to let you know that I had the same experience with my child. We had no plans and just went with the flow and it worked.  I did fall asleep but she said I did not miss much at the movie.

I learn so much about myself when with her because she knows how to push my buttons. But what I realized is when I was just present with her she acted more grown up more respectful. I spend more money than I wanted too but the time shared with Lilli was worth more than money can buy.
 
The truth of the story is take some time to get to know the little people in your life. If I died tomorrow I would be hurt because I did not act on these feeling sooner in life, but I know in my know that I was blessed to share “the best day every” with her.

Love you more than words or money can say or spend and the reason is because you are you.

OBMO (Dad)