Of Course Not, it's called a 'motivational' speech.
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
When all is said and done, more is said than done. Lou Holtz, Coach.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that
survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin
People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing-that's why
we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker 1926-2012
Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive ?
Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Taken. Charles Schulz
Blocking calls on our phones: means we never have to talk to a weird ex.
'These days crabbin' and fishin' and holdin' on to a pot to piss in, is just
about the best a man can do. James McMurtry, 54, singer/songwriter. 12-2015
We Do Not Inherit the Earth From Our Ancestors,
We Borrow It From Our Children
. American Proverb
I Pray Every Night, and I Don't Ask for Much. I Just Say 'Thank You.'
Prince American musician. 1958-2016
In the immortal words of Lily von Shtupp: 'It's twue !'
Looking in the mirror, one chicken said to the other: 'Oh, Gladys, it's twue !
Chickens Don't Have Lips !' So much for having lipstick. …
Did You Know ? STRESSED Spelled Backward = DESSERTS Yay !
What Type of Monster Loves Dance Music ? The Boogie Man.
Say What You Will About the South: But No One Retires & Moves Up North .
We Luv Our Sunny South !
To Me, Old Age is Always 15 Years Older Than I Am. Francis Bacon
LOVE That Man !
'I thought I would last longer than a carton of milk.' Said by:
Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director, in his first
interview since he was fired after 10 days in the position. Time Mag. 8-2017
Animals are much like humans in the sense that they feel and exhibit stress in
similar ways. If you have lost a pet during Harvey, contact your local animal-
control agency and check local shelters, such as HSPCA and BARC, every day.
Do not approach stray animals unless you feel safe. Displaced, frightened and
potentially contaminated pets need to be handled by an animal control agency.
shelters of all sizes need volunteers, food, supplies and foster
homes. Check with your local shelter to see what it needs most. Feed and walk
them at the same time every day, it will make their recovery faster.
When an animal is stressed, it may show a decrease in appetite, digestive issues, lethargy, and aggression. Heat also poses a threat to pets who might have to be outside. Panting and insides of ears turning red may indicate heat issues. A cool towel for them to lie on helps lower their body temp. Give water and access to shade. Houston Chronicle 9-10-2017 byline: Abby Trout
Check on your neighbors.
Some are alone, widowed, homebound by illness, or for any number of reasons. Ask if they need something, in terms of food, water or just a friendly voice.
Most likely they will resist, so do not insist.
At least give someone a call. Heloise Hints. Houston Chronicle
(Parenthesis notes : courtesy Betty Passini-Kite, editor.)
Disaster: Brings Our Common Humanity to Forefront.
Hurricane Harvey in Texas was an unprecedented event. Even those who live far
away were jolted out of their silos. Watching video footage from Texas-the scenes of rescue after rescue, kindness after kindness; we are so hungry for good-
-ness, for common cause, for reasons to like each other, a reminder of something
we feared might be extinct. That aspect of America that brims with com -
-passion-the kind that does not discriminate.
Those responders, volunteers and professionals must have been tired and scared
themselves, but they didn't rush the rescued, and they treated every person and
even the pets as precious, which of course they were. There is an intimacy to seeing people of every type thrown together without any social trappings. Every
one is intertwined, journalists, news crews, all involved in riveting drama; no one
was asking whom these people voted for or about tax reform, or moving a Con-
Even now, we are feeling like one tribe-one whose members will set out in the
dark through filthy, treacherous waters to save someone they have never met.
Without a crisis, it's all too easy to slip back into our corners, to see other people
as a threat. But don't lose hope. Empathy is hard-wired into our species, says
Dr. James Doty, who studies the brain from inside and out as a neurosurgeon and
who founded Stanford U. Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Edu-
-cation. Altruism is not only a benefit to others, but it benefits us in terms of our
health and longevity, says Doty.
We evolved this way as hunter-gatherer tribes because if one person suffered, it put
the whole group at risk. It is quite profound. We learned to respond to those in pain. You can teach yourself to be compassionate when empathy is hard to come by. You can also re-watch some of those storm videos when you want to be re-
-minded of our better angels. It is a message all of us need to hear-and deliver-
more often. (Indeed !) Time Mag 9-2017 byline: Susanna Schrobsdorff
Food Labels Simplified ?
Food labels are intended to help shoppers figure out what to throw away, but they are also mixed up with deadlines for retailers as well. Result: Confusion among
shoppers. Shoppers discard fool that is safe or usable after the date to the tune of
$29 Billion a year in the U.S. alone. (Such a Waste ! ! )
Now some of the biggest consumer goods companies, including WalMart, Nestle`,
Campbell Soup Co., Kellogg Co., and Unilever, have agreed to streamline them by
2020. (Why should it take that long to simplify the wording ? ?)
The Consumer Goods Forum, a Paris-based network of 400 companies across 70
countries, said companies would have the choice of one of two labels. One, which
highlights USE BY, would apply to non-perishable items like cans of soup, though
the exact wording will be tailored by region.
Ignacio Gavilan, director of sustainability of the Forum, said the goal is to have the
labels like DISPLAY UNTIL that are meant for retailers appear instead in bar codes. (Feel Better Now ? ?) Houston Chronicle Wire Reports 9-22-2017
Clothing Labels Simplified :
K-Mart has re-branded its plus size label as 'fabulously sized' in an effort to create
a more body-positive atmosphere. It is the latest sign that the problematic term plus size is no longer on trend. (oh.)
In 2015 the online fashion retailer ModCloth removed the plus size section from its
website and grouped its XL and regular sizes together. The luxury lingerie brand
Cosabella dropped the word plus in descriptions of its larger sizes and replaced it
with extended when rolling out its new collection in 2015.
The New York digital boutique Hey Gorgeous was known as Madison Plus Select before undertaking an official name change in May 2016. The company saw an initial boost after the re-brand, but folded later that year. Time Mag 9-25-2017
Marriage Harder Than Ever-Maybe Better Too…
The ideal modern marriage is the one between Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu and her American husband Shane Tusup. Did their epic love story slip by
you? Until 2012, Hosszu was a talented but unremarkable swimmer. After the
London Olympics, in which she entered four races but won No medals, she asked
her then-boyfriend Tusup to take over as her coach.
The volatile Tusup worked Hosszu much harder, pushing her to enter more races and to lift more weights, and often got visibly angry poolside at meets if she did
not win. He said: 'We agreed that the goal was never to settle for ok, we are going to keep pushing, even if we don't get it, to be great, to be amazing, to be legend-
In the 2016 Olympics, in Rio, Hosszu entered five events and won four medals, three of them gold. She is the first swimmer to ever reach $1Million in race winnings. Her nickname, the Iron Lady, is now used for a brand of apparel. The
Hosszu-Tusup union is an extreme version of what people now expect from
marriage, according to Northwestern U. professor Eli Finkel. He is the latest in a
spate of authors to try to figure out what our most intimate institution has become
now that it's no longer a pre-condition for becoming a grownup, getting it on, en-
-suring economic security or having kids.
In his book, Finkel argues that 21st century spouses seek partners who will bring out their best, most authentic selves, who can spot potential in their mates and find, Michelangelo-like, the beautiful sculpture within the block of stone. That does not mean today's spouse is absolved from the conjugal responsibilities of yore. We still want higher-order parenting skills; those come standard. We continue to view our marriage as a central locus of love and passion and we continue to view our home as a haven in a heartless world, but….a marriage that achieves those things without also promoting self-expression is insufficient, writes Finkel.
Finkel's considerable years of research has produced the book: The All-or-Nothing
Marriage in which he likens the history of marriage to the ascent of a Maslow-like mountain of needs and desires. Base camp: economic and physical safety,
thought to be the prehistoric drivers of our desire to pair up. At the peak: self-ex-
-pression and personal growth. Problem is: as we have moved higher up the
mountain, the air has become thinner and couples have needed to work harder to
Modern lovers are expected to be each other's coach, therapist and champion, while also being vulnerable, familiar and playful. But the rewards at the peak,
Finkel notes, are considerable. Those people who can be both Carl Jung and Bear
Bryant have better, happier, more fulfilling unions than any couples in history.
Americans have made marriage a more fragile institution, but they also placed
within reach a whole new level of spousal connection.
Gamely, Finkel even suggests how regular people might reach this marital nirvana.
Try to fight fair, be responsive to your other half, have fun, give your partner the
benefit of the doubt, occasionally lower your expectations for what your partner
can do for you. Also: carve out some time just for each other.
Finkel's optimistic, data-driven attempt to capture what couples are striving for,
even in the face of cultural and economic headwinds, is like a good, steadying
drink. Keep calm and marry on.
(Note: From the 1980s to the 2000s there has been a 20% rise overall in the number of marriages that survived longer than eight years. Hurray !)
Time Mag 9-25-2017 byline: Belinda Luscombe
Equifax Breach: Concerns 145 Million People.
Equifax announced that its chief executive Richard Smith would leave his post ef-
-fectively immediately, weeks after the credit-reporting company disclosed a Mas-
-sive Data Breach. Oh, and he will still get his $18 Million Pension. The nearly
six-week delay in notifying the public about the intrusion into its vast database of
sensitive info-and the bungled handling of potential fixes-led to an outcry from
consumers and lawmakers as well as state and federal investigations.
The breach has caused much more concern than previous incidents, such as those involving Target and Yahoo, because of the amount of consumer data warehoused
by Equifax and the nation's other two major credit reporting companies. Here, the
data that they have includes your Social Security number, where you shop, your
credit history from all kinds of places; it is much more personal.
Adding to Equifax's troubles was the revelation that three executives Sold Thou-
-sands of Shares of company stock in the days before the breach was discovered
on July 29-long before the public was informed of the breach and the stock nose-
-dived. (Lock Them Up ! Lock Them Up !) Equifax has said the executives were
unaware of the breach when they sold their shares. ( Yeah, and I have some ocean-
-front property in Arizona that is For Sale too).
CEO Richard Smith earned $15 Million in total compensation in 2016, including
a $1.5 Million base salary and $7.3 Million in stock awards, according to the com-
-pany's securities filings. (Give It Back, Give It Back !) The other two top exe-
-cutives have also announced they were 'retiring', effectively immediately.
(Take the Big $$$Profit from your stock sale and Run ! Run! Run! Cowards !)
Houston Chronicle//Los Angeles Times 9-27-2017 byline: Jim Puzzanghera
Until God Opens the Next Door for You-Praise Him in the Hallway.
How Should We Pray ?
Pray as you go, wherever you go. P. R.A.Y.
P: Praise-Thank Him for who He is, what He's done, and what He's promised
R: Repent-Admit the ways you have sinned against Him and commit to change.
A: Ask-Ask for His help, wisdom, and action in your life and the lives of others.
Y: Yield-Express your trust in Him and surrender to His plan for your life.
The Good News 11-2015
There are two excellent theories for arguing with a woman.
Neither one of them works. Will Rogers Just so you know.
When arguing with your wife, you can always get the last word: 'Yes, Dear.
You're right. I am sorry'. Walt Canty, Kingwood
May Your Troubles be Less, May Your Blessings be More..
May Nothing but Happiness Come Through Your Door. Billy Graham
It is never too late to learn how to have fun on the dance floor.
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