Weekly words to live by

“Each man is a hero and an oracle to someone"
     Ralph Waldo Emerson

”Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
 love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

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On the Lighter side....

Fans have come to expect a little eccentricity from legendary crooner Willie * Nelson, but he pulled off a real shocker this time.
He cut his hair.

He cut it to support the Gulf Coast oil spill, but engineers say they will NOT be using hair to sop up the oil spill….

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a white bag on the seat next to Sally.

"What's in the bag?" asked the old woman.
Sally looked down at the bag and, smiling, said, "It's a box of chocolates. I got it for my husband."

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: "Good trade."
Thought to Ponder: Why is it that when you eat too much for lunch, you feel drowsy all afternoon, but when you eat a big meal in the evening, you stay awake all night?

Have a good Thursday!

World’s largest Chicken Fried Steak

 FORT WORTH, Texas - A Fort Worth restaurant is boasting the biggest, breaded beef in the world: a four-pound slab of top round, that, after being coated in crumbs, deep fried and red in cream gravy, weighs about ten pounds and packs a whopping 10,000 calories.

The Cowtown Diner started serving the "Full O Bull" platter when it opened in January. Since then, the restaurant has dished up about 15 orders of the bovine complete with sides: six pounds of mashed potatoes and ten slices of Texas toast.
How many fat grams are packed in such a preposterous meal?

"We were afraid to calculate that," said Scott Jones, owner of the Cowtown Diner. "We also didn't want to figure out the Weight Watchers points."

If you're brave enough to tackle the $70 mammoth meal by yourself, you'll get it for free. You don't even have to eat it in a certain time limit. You just have to eat it all: steak, potatoes, gravy and toast.

So far, Jones said, no one has swallowed the challenge.

Weekly words to live by....

"A person is never so empty as when he is full of himself."
Author Unknown 

"Things turn out best for the people
who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
—John R. Wooden
(1910-); retired basketball coach, author
"Surround yourself with only people
who are going to lift you higher"
Author Unknown
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I'll be "lost" without Lost....

Sunday will be the finale of a six - year run for the series "Lost".  I have never before been so engrossed in a television show...not missing a single episode since the beginning.
I've become so attached to these people and I think that no matter what role they may play in the future, they will always be Jack, Sawyer, and Kate to me.
And I'm gonna miss them...REALLY miss them.

There was a young lassie named "Tess"...

Who's hair was always a mess,
Tangled and brambled,
like two eggs scrambled,
"I must get some help" she confessed.

Across town lived Phil the hairdresser,
Who's father was Joe the pants presser,
He took just one look
a poor Tess's tresses,
And vowed, at no charge, to impress her.

So pleased was the lady named Tess,
She gave him her phone and address,
Ere long they were wed,
just two in a bed,
She gave him a girl they named Bess!

Written by Charlie ~ age 84

Weekly words to live by...

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us; power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if they knew how they were worrying us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate will turn our days and nights into a hellish turmoil.
Dale Carnegie

The simple truth is that happy people don't get sick.
Bernie S. Siegel

Be careful about reading health books...
You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain
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I'm just sayin'...

There's been a epidemic spreading around this country for some time now, and there seems to be no end to it in sight. I'm talking about the influence that Hollywood, television, and magazines are having on our young girls; making them feel that they need to be something different than what they are and forcing them to grow up before their time.
Jonny Diaz sings about this in his latest song:

"More Beautiful You''""

Little girl fourteen
flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn't straight her body isn't fake
And she's always felt overweight

Well little girl fourteen
I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care
your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are

There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies, disguises,
and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

Little girl twenty-one
the things that you've already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you've got a man but he's got another plan
Only wants what you'll do instead

Well little girl twenty-one
you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there's a man whose love is true
And he'll treat you like the jewel you are

So turn around you're not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It's not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who's strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl.

“The idea that they need to look a certain way in order to be feel beautiful is completely false,” Diaz explains. “Through this song I hope to get the attention of females and tell them the truth found in God’s word, that there could never be a more beautiful you!”

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~ Mom's Day ~

"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right,
and right she'll always be,
Put them all together,
they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
--Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

-- George Washington (1732-1799)

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." -- Honore' de Balzac (1799-1850)

Small Blessings
Dear Lord, it's such a hectic day
With little time to stop and pray,
For life's been anything but calm
Since You called on me to be a mom,
Running errands, matching socks
Building dreams with building blocks,
Cooking, cleaning, and finding shoes
And other stuff that children lose,
Getting lids on bottled bugs
Wiping tears and giving hugs,
A stack of last week's mail to read
So where's the quiet time I need?
Yet when I steal a minute, Lord
Just at the sink or ironing board,
To ask the blessings of Your grace
I seen then, in my small one's face,
That you have blessed me
All the while,
And I stop to kiss
That precious smile!
Author Unknown
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Dearest Mother o' Mine

This Mother's Day card is over 85 years old.
It was sent by my mother to my grandmother. Who knows where she got the cut out of flowers to paste on. My guess is the Sears-Roebuck catalog.
I would guess she made this at the two-room school house that she attended in our neighborhood, and I'm sure every kid used this same verse!
I love how she signed her full name so that Grandma would be absolutely sure who it was from. This is something I will cherish forever.
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Angels are Around Us

Most of us have heard the word "Angel" as it applies to those moguls that finance theatrical productions on Broadway. Others at posh invitation-only galas are there to pledge millions of dollars towards a particular charity.

Both are worthy endeavors. One brings joy, employment and entertainment. These galas produce needed monies to finance research in medicine to alleviate man's pain and possibly provide cures yet unknown.

But these angels pale in comparison to the thousands of unknown angels that care for the ill and the elderly. These "angels", no matter how tired they may be, are ever cheerful, up-beat, and filled with so much encouragement, that it becomes contagious. They come in all shapes and sizes. When off - duty, they blend into the crowd. That suits them just fine because they seek no applause; just a little progress and a smile from the ones they are helping.
This is their reward.

Despite their own pain, they put the care of their "charge" first.
These are God's real angels! They don't have wings, as artists have depicted them down through the ages. You may be certain that He smiles on them and has a special place in heaven for each of them.

Charlie - age 84
(One of my residents or "charges" as Charlie calls it.)

Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy...

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.
She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.
The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?"
Do you know her? "Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is."
The little girl said, "Well, who is she?"

" That's just Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy" replied Timmy.

" Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us? "

" Well" Timmy explained, "every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life, so I guess I'll just have to get used to it."

Happy Mother’s Day week!

Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Mexican beef Stew
6 servings

2 lb. beef stew meat
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup frozen whole onions
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel mexicorn, with red and green peppers, drained

In slow cooker, mix beef, tomatoes, frozen onions, and chili powder.
Cover; cook on low heat setting 9 to 11 hours.
Stir in taco seasoning mix, using a whisk. Stir in corn and beans.
Increase heat to high.
Cover and cook 15 to 30 minutes or until thickened.
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Weekly words to live by

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
Barbara Bush
Wife Of The 41st President Of The United States

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