Saturday, May 1, 2010

SAT Today


Good luck to today's SAT takers.

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Hare and Tortoise - Race 3



Read part 1 here.

Read part 2 here.

After the second race, the tortoise did not want to give up.  The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realized that there's no way it can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted.

It thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. The hare agreed.

They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. The finishing line was a couple of miles on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do.

In the meantime the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

The Moral: First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Special teacher


A young school teacher had a dream that an angel appeared to him and said, "You will be given a child who will grow up to become a world leader. How will you prepare her so that she will realize her intelligence, grow in confidence, develop both her assertiveness and sensitivity, be open-minded, yet strong in character? In short, what kind of education will you provide that she can become one of the world's truly GREAT leaders?"

The young teacher awoke in a cold sweat. It had never occurred to him before -- any ONE of his present or future students could be the person described in his dream. Was he preparing them to rise to ANY POSITION to which they may aspire? He thought, 'How might my teaching change if I KNEW that one of my students were this person?' He gradually began to formulate a plan in his mind.

This student would need experience as well as instruction. She would need to know how to solve problems of various kinds. She would need to grow in character as well as knowledge. She would need self-assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others. She would need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future. She would need to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind. She would need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit. She would need to set high standards for herself and learn self discipline, yet she would also need love and encouragement, that she might be filled with love and goodness.

His teaching changed. Every young person who walked through his classroom became, for him, a future world leader. He saw each one, not as they were, but as they could be. He expected the best from his students, yet tempered it with compassion. He taught each one as if the future of the world depended on his instruction.

After many years, a woman he knew rose to a position of world prominence. He realized that she must surely have been the girl described in his dream. Only she was not one of his students, but rather his daughter. For of all the various teachers in her life, her father was the best.

There is a difference between education and experience. Education is what you get from reading the small print. Experience is what you get from not reading it!

Moral: Great learning comes from both education and experience.


Credits: Steve Goodier

Puppies for sale


A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising for 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of little boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran

Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.

As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....

"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."

With tears in his eyes, farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.  Holding it carefully handed it to the little boy.

"How much?" asked the little boy.

"No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love; it comes free of cost for you."

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Hare and Tortoise - Race 2


Read part 1 here.

After the race, the hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul-searching. He realized that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax.

If he had not taken things for granted, there's no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed.

This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. The hare won by several miles.

The Moral:
Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.
It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and consistent.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Final Exam - May 2nd

We are going to have our final exams on May 2nd.

Here is your checklist for exam preparation.  You will be allowed to enter the exam hall if you have the following items:

1.  A pencil or pen to write the exam (paper will be provided to you),

2.  Those BRS answers you have to turn in,

3.  The textbook that you borrowed,

4.  A smile on your face.

The list should enable you to prepare early on, and to search for that text book which is probably elsewhere in the house or in the glove compartment of your dad's car.

I do not want you to cram for the final exam at all.  Reading the textbook is encouraged, but most of the questions on the test will be from our classroom discussions.  I am quite sure that you know those answers. Those answers are in your head, and you just have to recall your memory.  In case you do not understand a question, you may ask me; not your colleague sitting next to you.

Have a good night sleep, and walk right in with your brain and those 4 items mentioned above :-)  

For some reason if you do not have a ride on that day, or fall sick, do let me know in advance so that I can make alternate arrangements.

There may or may not be any snacks that day, after church.  It will be a good idea to pack a sandwich, and eat it in your car prior to the exam, so that your brain works best during exam.

Call me if you have any questions or concerns and I will be more than willing to assist you.

See you on Sunday.

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Gardener wife

She dug the plot on Monday, the soil was rich and fine
But she forgot to put the dinner on, so out we went to dine.

She planted roses Tuesday, she says they are a must.
They really were quite lovely, but she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday it was daisies they opened with the sun,
All pinks and whites and yellows, but the laundry wasn't done.

The poppies came on Thursday all bright and cherry red,
I guess she really was engrossed, she never made the bed.

It was violets here on Friday in colours she adores,
It never bothered her at all, the dirt upon our floors.

Saturday I hired a maid, I'd not admit defeat,
She can garden all she wants now and the house will still be neat

It's nearly lunchtime Sunday I cannot find the maid,
Oh I don't believe it. She's out there alongside my wife with her own spade!

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Online friend


Shannon could hear the footsteps behind her as she walked toward home. The thought of being followed made her heart beat faster. "You're being silly," she told herself, "no one is following you." To be safe, she began to walk faster, but the footsteps kept up with her pace. She was afraid to look back and she was glad she was almost home.. Shannon said a quick prayer, "God please get me home safe."

She saw the porch light burning and ran the rest of the way to her house. Once inside, she leaned against the door for a moment, relieved to be in the safety of her home. She glanced out the window to see if anyone was there. The sidewalk was empty.

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line..

She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on.. She sent him an instant message:

ByAngel213: Hi I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123: LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you? Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

ByAngel213: Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

ByAngel213: Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213: Yes and we won!!

GoTo123: That's great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees.

GoTo123: What is your team called?

ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really kewl.

GoTo123: Did you pitch?

ByAngel213: No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye

GoTo123: Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile.......

GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1987
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina
Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall.
Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him.
He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work.
He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats.
Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey.
He knew she was in the seventh grade at the Canton Junior High School.

She had told him all this in the conversations they had on-line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ball park that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child.

Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her. Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely. He was leaning against the fence first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the fear she had felt. After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car. Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room. "Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you."

Shannon moved cautiously to a chair across from the man. How could he tell her parents anything?

She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am Shannon?" The man asked.

"No", Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14 and he lives in Michigan!"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see Shannon there are people on-line who pretend to be kids: I was one of them. But while others do it to find kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to give out too much information to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. Your name, the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh. It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again."

"I won't," Shannon promised solemnly.

"Will you tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

"It's a promise!"

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Heartprints


Whatever our hands touch,
we leave fingerprints on.
On walls, on furniture, on door knobs,
dishes and books.

As we touch with our hands,
we leave our identity.
Oh please wherever I go today,
help me leave heart prints.

Heart prints of compassion,
understanding and love.
Heart prints of kindness
and genuine concern.

May my heart touch a lonely neighbor,
or a runaway daughter,
or an anxious mother,
or perhaps a dear friend!

So I shall go out everyday,
to leave heart prints,
and one day someone should say,
"I felt your touch!"

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Hare and Tortoise - Race 1


Once upon a time a hare and a tortoise had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race.

They agreed on a route and started off the race. The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he'd sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race. He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep.

The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ. The hare woke up and realized that he'd lost the race.

The moral: "Slow and steady wins the race."

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Perhaps

Do you find that every time you think about making a change in your life you sabotage yourself by thinking it is unlikely that you'll be able to do it? Do all the negative, self-limiting thoughts come to the forefront and stop you in your tracks? You must learn to change these self-imposed limitations that are preventing you from reaching your potential. Then you can transform your life and achieve your dreams.

An unlikelihood CAN become a possibility, which can lead to a probability, if you use the power of PERHAPS. You can use this simple word to change your negative beliefs into possibilities; and that is the first step toward changing them into probabilities.

Remember when you were a kid and you asked your parents if you could have something? If their answer was "No, you can't," you knew there wasn't much chance you'd get it. But, if their answer was, "Perhaps, we'll see," it usually meant you'd be able to convince them.

The word PERHAPS left the door open to negotiation; it meant there was a POSSIBILITY that you'd get what you'd asked for. All you had to do was be persistent from that point on and you would probably get what you wanted. There's POWER in the word PERHAPS.

You can use the power of PERHAPS today, also, just like when you were a kid.

How?

By using the word PERHAPS in place of the words I CAN'T and I WON'T.

Let's say, for example, you have a belief that you can't do math. Either you did poorly in the subject when you were in school (internal belief from past experience) or someone told you that you were not good in math (external belief). What would happen if you simply changed "I can't do math" to "PERHAPS I can do math"? The word PERHAPS opens up the belief to other possibilities. It allows for some action to be taken that could result in a change in the belief. "PERHAPS I can do math if I . . ."


- get a tutor
- take a class
- study harder
- concentrate more
- buy some math software
- work with numbers more often
- read a math textbook

Instead of just giving in to a negative belief, you are open to taking some ACTION that will help you change the belief. "I CAN'T do math" can become "PERHAPS I can do math if I take some action" and then become "I CAN probably do math".

Likewise, "I WON'T make money with an online business" becomes "PERHAPS I can make money with an online business if I start one and work at it" to "I CAN probably make money with an online business." Do you see how changing that one word will change the whole feeling of the belief?

Use the word PERHAPS to change your negative beliefs to possibilities that invite ACTION and, ultimately, to positive beliefs and probabilities.

Think about the potential outcome for your changed beliefs. Changing your negative beliefs is the first step in the transformation process that will really make a difference in your life. What are your possibilities?


Credits: Anita Foley

The + ve side of life


How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.

We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors....but they all exist very nicely in the same box.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

And now...

Have an awesome day, and know that someone who thinks you're great has thought about you today!

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Opportunity


A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

"Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young man in the Marine Corps uniform standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand.. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit alongside the bed.

Nights are long in hospitals-but all through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength.

Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest a while. He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital-- the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son's hand all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. "That's not necessary... Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father" she answered.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"

"I knew right away that there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, and I knew how much he needed me. So I stayed."

The next time God gives you an opportunity ... be there. Stay.

You'll be glad you did.


Image Credits: Michael Yon

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1000

Dear Readers,

We just reached another milestone - this is our post # 1,000.  We had 25 posts in 2008, 541 in 2009 and 433 so far in 2010.  That's an average of 1.689 blogs per day (over 592 days).  At this juncture, I would like to give you little bit of history about this blog.

Back in 2008 I approached the then Headmaster Shaju Scaria and Secretary Sithara Jacob, with an interest of teaching Sunday school.  My request was finally granted and I was assigned to teach the 10th grade.  We were about to move to our new church campus and everything was new.  They were gracious enough to provide me the corner classroom that would accommodate a slightly larger class.

Since everything was new, it took a while for us to settle down.  At that time, my wife Benoy Jacob suggested me using online media to communicate with the students and asked me to think something like a blog.  One of her cousins, a high tech entrepreneur has been maintaining his own blog ever since web 2.0 came out.  I thought of it as a brilliant idea, since I had couple of technically savvy students in my class.  I baptized the entire class into Google and encouraged them to have their own gmail accounts.  We would then be communicating through this newly established gmail accounts. That was the birth of this blog.

After the first class on September 14, 2008, I came home and wrote the first piece of blog.  It took me a good hour to write the contents and to my dismay, not many students read it.  I dropped the idea thinking it was not worth my time.  Then during our Christmas program, we needed a common communication channel and I thought of resurrecting the class blog.  It was called the 'Sunday school 10th Grade' at that time. The class of 2008 used the web page for everything including scanned copy of text book.

Soon, I thought of adding more stuff to the blog and there were many readers.  Readers from all over the world flocked in!!  From then on, it was a non stop journey.  In 2009, I added labels to keep track of topics and with an effort of organizing them. This would enable the reader to go directly to their interest area.

Many people have asked me where I get the daily material to publish. The simple answer is that I read a lot and bookmark that page when I come across a good article.  I also use multiple search engines (other than Google) to search for contents.  That way, I get a good list of hits for my search.  Most of my search keywords include some Christian based themes (well, most of the time, OK).

On an average, I read articles daily for 2-3 hours and it takes me about 15 minutes to compile and post online.  Finding that 15 minutes is the toughest thing.  Most probably, I try to post them early in the morning when I am still fresh, but occasionally I drag on till noon - call me a slacker.

I search you tube for videos and also here to get some cool stuff.

If you have a Google account, maintaining a blog is quite simple.  There are many help topics available online and all it takes is an interest and few minutes to put them together.  The account comes pre-loaded with numerous templates and it's so easy to pick and choose.  I also use a website that offers free background to make it look fancier; which I try to change every month.  Most of the images, I search using Google images; it takes a while to settle on an appropriate image.  Some of the images are copyrighted and I do my best to give them credit.  If you have adequate time at hand, you can make the blog look lot fancier and pretty.  With the kind of job I am doing, I don't want to spend more time in front of the computer, and hence keep it simple - it's easy to maintain.

The spell checker on the blog is not that good, and hence every now and then I make few typos and they miss my eyes, until a reader points it out.

Well, I would like to thank you for being a reader and hope this blog provides some inspiration as well as some chuckles to cheer you up.

Many many thanks to many of you, who have contributed graciously to keep this going.  Numerous people have said good things about this blog and posted them as comments - thank you for inspiring me.  If you see an area in which I can improve, kindly feel free to let me know; I am always looking for means to improve.

I strongly believe that this is not the best online blog; there are numerous others who do a far better job than I do.  I am a merely a regular person with limited capabilities who is still learning as days go by.

The only message I want to convey through this blog is that, "God is the ultimate source of all wisdom and love, and we need to be near Him to gain some of it."

Thank you.

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Interviewing God

"Come in," God said, "So, you would like to interview Me?"

"If you have the time," I said.

God smiled and said, "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?"

"What surprises you most about mankind?" I asked.

God answered:

"That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.

That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.

That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived..."

God's hands took mine and we were silent for while and then I asked...

"As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile:

"To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved.

To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis!

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.

To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.

To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.

To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.

To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different.

To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them...and likes them anyway.

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."

I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."

People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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The best and worst

Here is a list of the best and worst:

The most destructive habit: Worry

The greatest Joy: Giving

The greatest loss: Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work: Helping others

The ugliest personality trait: Selfishness

The most endangered species: Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource: Our youth

The greatest "shot in the arm": Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome: Fear

The most effective sleeping pill: Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease: Excuses

The most powerful force in life: Love

The most dangerous pariah: A gossiper

The world's most incredible computer: The brain

The worst thing to be without: Hope

The deadliest weapon: The tongue

The two most power-filled words: "I Can"

The greatest asset: Faith

The most worthless emotion: Self-pity

The most beautiful attire: SMILE!

The most prized possession: Integrity

The most powerful channel of communication: Prayer

The most contagious spirit: Enthusiasm

The most important thing in life: GOD

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Top reasons

Top reasons to be in the Altar.

On Sunday morning, you're running out of clean clothes and the Altar robe saves on laundry.

The church is usually crowded and you want to make sure you always have ample space around you.

You never have to put anything in the collection box.

You love your own voice through those speakers and there are ample chordless microphones around.

For years you have wanted to know who sits in the back of the church but were afraid to turn around and look.

Nobody notices how late you came in, as long as you can stay behind those curtains and wait till all morning prayers are done.

By hanging around in the Altar area, you have a legitimate excuse to skip general knowledge sessions at Sunday school.

You get to munch some of those special yummy food items that are brought exclusively for the priest or bishop.

You can pretend to do something really important and move around freely, without those grown ups raising their eye brows or getting scolded.  

The leather couch and the bed inside the Altar boy's room are more comfy than those pink chairs outside - especially during sermons, guest lectures, fund raisings and those long announcements.

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Sample questions

If these questions appear on your next Sunday's exam, what would be your response?
Scroll down for those humorous answers.

What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?

What do they call pastors in Germany?

Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?

Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?

What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?

Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?

Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?

Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?

Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?

Which Bible character had no parents?

Why didn't they play cards on the Ark?


---------Answers------
Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda.

Q.. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A Samson. He brought the house down.

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan The banks were always overflowing.

Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David. He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.

Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck.

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Cycling with Jesus



When I first met Christ
It seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
But it was a tandem bike,
And I noticed that Christ
Was in the back helping me pedal.

I don't know just when it was that
He suggested we change places,  
But life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way,
It was rather boring, but predictable...
It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
Up mountains, and through rocky  places,
At breakneck speeds,
It was all I could do to hang  on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, "Pedal"  

I worried and was anxious and  asked,
"Where are you taking me?"
He laughed and didn't answer,
And I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life
And entered into the adventure.
And when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed.
Gifts of healing, acceptance,  and joy.
He said, "Give the gifts away;
They're extra baggage, too much  weight."

So I did, I gave them to the people we met,
And I found that in giving I  received,
And still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first,  In control of my life.
I thought He'd wreck it;
But He knows bike secrets,
Knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
Knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
Knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up
and pedal  in the strangest places,
And I'm beginning to enjoy the view
And the cool breeze on my face
With my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,
He just smiles and says...
"Pedal."  

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Letter to dad



WARNING: Don't try this at home.  I was told this is a true story.
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A father passing by his teenage daughter's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made and everything was neat and tidy.

Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the centre of the pillow.

It was addressed "Dad". With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands:-

Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you, but I'm leaving home. I had to elope with my new boyfriend Randy because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you.

I've been finding real passion with Randy and he is so nice to me. I know when you meet him you'll like him too - even with all his piercing, tattoos, and motorcycle clothes. But it's not only the passion Dad, I'm pregnant and Randy said that he wants me to have the kid and that we can be very happy together.

Even though Randy is much older than me (anyway, 42 isn't so old these days is it? ), and has no money, really these things shouldn't stand in the way of our relationship, don't you agree?

Randy has a great CD collection; he already owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. It's true he has other girlfriends as well but I know he'll be faithful to me in his own way. He wants to have many more children with me and that's now one of my dreams too.

Randy taught me that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone and he'll be growing it for us and we'll trade it with our friends for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Randy can get better; he sure deserves it!!

Don't worry Dad, I'm 15 years old now and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren.

Your loving daughter,
Rosie.

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At the bottom of the page were the letters " PTO".

Hands still trembling, her father turned the sheet, and read:

PS:
Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at the neighbour's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than my report card that's in my desk centre drawer. Please sign it and call when it is safe for me to come home.

I love you!

Your loving daughter,
Rosie

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Good neighbour

There was a Nebraska farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves. So it is in other dimensions.

Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace.

Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches.

And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

Moral: If we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.

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Things work out

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn't,
Because men do what they often shouldn't,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow, in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.

Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we'd like to play
Some of us whimper along life's way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.

Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long
Some of us whimper that life's all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.

So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break, and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out.

Credits: Edgar Guest

GHP - about to go away

So far, we have been hearing budget cuts affecting teachers.  It is now coming towards students and parents as well.  Due to budget cuts for 2011, there has been talks of eliminating the prestigious summer enrichment program for students - the Georgia Governor's Honor Program (GHP).  

2010 could be the last year in which they hold GHP.  There were talks of reducing the program duration from 6 weeks to 4 weeks.  I have not seen copies of what the senate passed for 2011 budget; but will keep you posted.   

Click here to read what one of the students who attended the program wrote last week.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The joy of teaching


Suppose Rabbi Jesus taught the 10th grade class, this is how things might have been in our last class:

Then Jesus came to the 10th grade class gathering them around him, he taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Then Anabella said, “Are we supposed to know this?”

And Sherlyne said, “Can you repeat the whole thing once again?”

And Alex returning after drinking some water said, “What did you say after 'poor in heart'?”

And James said, “Is this going to be on the final exam?”

And Amal who walked in after a one-on-one meeting said, “Is there an answer guide online?”

And Joseph said, “Do we have to write this down?”

And Rony said, “The other disciples didn’t have to learn this!”

And Merlyn said, "Can we sing this as a song?"

And Sherine said, "Whatever you said so far sounds convincing and true."

And Alina said, "There was a similar episode on cable last Saturday".

And Ajoey decided to stay back home and missed the main points.

And Judas was more interested in counting the membership collections.

One of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus’ lesson plan and inquired of Him, “Where are your anticipatory sets and your unit objectives according to eastern orthodox principles? Has the 'Board of syllabus committee' reviewed and approved your lesson plan?”

And Jesus wept.

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Guardian Angel


You've always been there for me,
Though your face I cannot see.
I feel you by my side,
And I never have to hide.
Your wings have brought me shelter,
Kept me safe from stormy weather.
You're like a whisper in my heart,
That I know will never part.
I know I'll never walk alone,
 I have an Angel of my own.
One to gently hold my hand,
Just to help me understand.
One to guide me along my way,
Just to love me everyday.
I feel so very special,
To have a Guardian Angel! 

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Few Interludes of Life

1. Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile.

2. There are moments in life when you really miss someone that you want to pick them up from your dreams and hug them. Hope you dream of that someone.

3. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want in life.

4. May you have:
Enough happiness to make you sweet
Enough trials to make you strong
Enough sorrow to keep you human
Enough hope to make you happy
And enough money to keep you comfortable.

5. When one door of happiness closes, another opens. But we often took so long at the closed door, that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

6. The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch, swing with, never saying a word and then walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.

7. It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.

8. Always put yourself in other's shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably does hurt the person too.

9. A careless word may kindle a strife;
A cruel word may wreck a life
A timely word may level stress
A lovely word may heal and bless.

10. The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them with our own image, otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

11. The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along the way.

12. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we should know how to be grateful for that gift.

13. It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

14. Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched and those who have tried. For only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.

15. Love is when you take away the feeling, the passion, the romance and find out you still care for that person.

16. A sad thing about life is that when you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find out in the end that it was never bound to be and you just have to let go.

17. Love starts with a smile, develops with a kiss and ends with a tear.

18. Love comes to those who still hope even though they've been disappointed, to those who still believe even though they've been betrayed, need to love those who still love, even though they've been hurt before.

19. It hurts to love someone, and not to be loved in return but what is most painful is to love someone and never finding the courage to let the person know how you feel.

20. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. You can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

21. Never say goodbye when you still want to try;
Never give up when you still feel you can take it;
Never say you don't love that person anymore when you can't let go.

22. Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back. Don't expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in their hearts but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours.

23. There are things you love to hear but you would never hear it from the person whom you would like to hear it from, but don't be deaf to hear it from the person who says it with his heart.

24. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life to the fullest so that when you die, you're smiling and everyone around you is crying.

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A Friend

(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "HI"
(D)oesn't give up on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(G)ives unconditionally
(H)elps you
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust "be" with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(N)ever Judges
(O)ffer support
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(U)nderstands you
(V)alues you
(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains things you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality

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Moonlight ride

Jenny was so happy about the house they had found.
For once in her life 'twas on the right side of town.
She unpacked her things with such great ease.
As she watched her new curtains blow in the breeze.

How wonderful it was to have her own room.
School would be starting, she's have friends over soon.
There'd be sleep-overs, and parties: she was so happy.
It's just the way she wanted her life to be.

On the first day of school, everything went great.
She made new friends and even got a date.
She thought, "I want to be popular and I'm going to be,
Because I just got a date with the star of the team!"

To be known in this school you had to have a clout,
And dating this guy would sure help her out.
There was only one problem stopping her fate.
Her parents had said she was too young to date.

"Well, I just won't tell them the entire truth.
They won't know the difference: what's there to lose?"
Jenny asked to stay with her friends that night.
Her parents frowned but said, "All right."

Excited, she got ready for the big event.
But as she rushed around like she had no sense,
She began to feel guilty about all the lies,
But what's a pizza, a party, and a moonlight ride?

Well the pizza was good, and the party was great,
But the moonlight ride would have to wait.
For Jeff was half drunk by this time.
But he kissed her and said that he was just fine.

Then the room filled with smoke and Jeff took a puff.
Jenny couldn't believe he was smoking that stuff.
Now Jeff was ready to ride to the point,
But only after he'd smoked another joint.

They jumped in the car for the moonlight ride,
Not thinking that he was too drunk to drive.
They finally made it to the point at last,
And Jeff started trying to make a pass.

A pass is not what Jenny wanted at all
(and by a pass, I don't mean playing football).
"Perhaps my parents were right....maybe I am too young.
Boy, how could I ever, ever be so dumb."

With all of her might, she pushed Jeff away:
"Please take me home, I don't want stay."
Jeff cranked up the engine and floored the gas.
In a matter of seconds they were going too fast.

As Jeff drove on in a fit of wild anger,
Jenny knew that her life was in danger.
She begged and pleaded for him to slow down,
But he just got faster as they neared the town.

"Just let me get home!
I'll confess that I lied.
I really went out for a moonlight ride."
Then all of a sudden, she saw a big flash.
"Oh God, Please help us! We're going to crash!"

She doesn't remember the force of impact.
Just that everything all of a sudden went black.
She felt someone remove her from the twisted rubble,
And heard, "Call an ambulance! These kids are in trouble!"

Voices she heard...a few words at best.
But she knew there were two cars involved in the wreck.
Then wondered to herself if Jeff was all right,
And if the people in the other car were alive.

She awoke in the hospital to faces so sad.
"You've been in a wreck and it looks pretty bad."
These voices echoed inside her head,
As they gently told her that Jeff was dead.

They said "Jenny, we've done all we can do.
But it looks as if we'll lose you too."
"But the people in the other car?" Jenny cried.
"We're sorry, Jenny, they also died."

Jenny prayed, "God, forgive me for what I've done.
I only wanted to have just one night of fun."
Tell those people's family, I've made their lives dim,
And wish I could return their families to them."

"Tell Mom and Dad I'm sorry I lied,
And that it's my fault so many have died.
Oh, nurse, won't you please tell them that for me?"
The nurse just stood there-she never agreed.

But took Jenny's hand with tears in her eyes.
And a few moments later Jenny died.
A man asked the nurse, "Why didn't you do you best,
To bid that girl her one last request?"

She looked at the man with eyes oh so sad.
"Because the people in the other car were her mom and dad."
This story is sad and unpleasant but true,
So young people take heed, it could have been you.

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Blurred vision

A businessman was highly critical of his competitors' storefront windows.

"Why, they are the dirtiest windows in town," he claimed.

Fellow business people grew tired of the man's continual criticism and nitpicking comments about the windows. One day over coffee, the businessman carried the subject just too far. Before leaving, a fellow store owner suggested the man get his own windows washed.

He followed the advice, and the next day at coffee, he exclaimed, "I can't believe it. As soon as I washed my windows, my competitor must have cleaned his too. You can see his windows shine now."

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The donation box

A preacher and his young son traveled the countryside on horseback. When they approached a small town the preacher would offer to preach a sermon at the small church in exchange for what the congregation could afford to pay.

At one such small church, the preacher and his son entered the church and the preacher casually threw a quarter into the donation box.

After a fine sermon, one of the congregation stood and thanked the preacher and said, "We're a small church and we can afford to pay you only what's in the donation box."

He opened the box and dropped the contents into the preacher's hand - a quarter. As the preacher and his son were riding away, the preacher was grumbling about the meager pay.

The son listened for a bit and said "Dad, if you wanted more out, why didn't you put more in?"

Moral: We always get out of life pretty much what we put into it!

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Change

A holy man was engaged in his morning meditation under a tree whose roots stretched out over the riverbank. During his meditation he noticed that the river was rising, and a scorpion caught in the roots was about to drown.

He crawled out on the roots and reached down to free the scorpion, but every time he did so, the scorpion struck back at him.

An observer came along and said to the holy man, "Don't you know that's a scorpion, and it's in the nature of a scorpion to want to sting?"

To which the holy man replied, 'That may well be, but it is my nature to save, and must I change my nature because the scorpion does not change its nature?"

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The secret box

A preacher was told by his doctor that he had only a few weeks left to live.

He went home feeling very sad, and when his wife heard the sad news she said to him, "Honey, if there's anything I can do to make you happy, tell me."

The preacher answered, "You know, dear, there's that box in the kitchen cabinet with what you always called "your little secret" in it and you said you never would want me to open it as long as you lived. Now that I'm about to go home to be with the Lord, why don't you show me what's in that secret box of yours?"

The preacher's wife got out the box and opened the lid.

It contained $10,000 and three eggs.

"What are those eggs doing in the box?" the preacher asked. "Well, Honey," she replied, "every time your sermon was really bad I put an egg in the box.

Now the preacher had been preaching for over forty years, and seeing only three eggs in that old shoe box, he started to feel very proud about himself and it warmed his soul.

"And what about that $10,000?"" he asked.

"Oh, you see," she whispered softly, "every time there were a dozen eggs in the box, I sold them and put a dollar in the box."

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Encouragement

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.

Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti's judgment.

He then apologized for taking up Rossetti's time, but would he just look at a few more drawings - these done by a young art student? Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. "These," he said, "oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it."

Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. "Who is this fine young artist?" he asked. "Your son?" "No," said the old man sadly. "It is me - 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up - too soon."

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Giving blood

There was a story of a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a disease and needed blood from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

The boy hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and said, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save Liza."

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"

Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her all his blood.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The butterfly


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

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I resign

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.

I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities 
of an 8-year-old again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and 
make ripples with rocks.

I want to think M&M's are better than money because 
you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade 
stand with my friends on a hot summer day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple.

When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, 
and nursery rhymes,

but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what 
you didn't know and you didn't care.

All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware 
of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair.

That everyone is honest and good.

I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and 
be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simple again.

I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news,
how to survive more days in the month than there is 
money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip,
illness, and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind 
word, truth, justice, peace, dreams,
the imagination, mankind, and making angels
in the snow.

So...here's my checkbook and my car keys, my credit 
cards and all my responsibility.

I am officially resigning from adulthood.

And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to 
catch me first, 'cause,

"Tag! You're it."

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Your value

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.

He then asked, "Who still wants it?"

Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

Moral: Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

You are special - Don't ever forget it!

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Words

One day a man bought a horse. He taught him that when he said “ Hallelujah” the horse had to go forward and when he would say “Amen”, the horse would have to stop.

The horse understood and sincerely obeyed his master. One day however, the man was riding his horse at an edge of a cliff. He was so scared that he forgot how to make the horse stop. The horse was galloping ahead. He became nervous and thought that this was the end of his life.

Out of fear, he started praying but the horse was still not stopping. Just when he ended the prayer by saying “Amen”, the horse stopped suddenly at the edge of the cliff.

The man's heart was pounding with excitement and relief, and that's when he uttered the word, “ Hallelujah.”

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Courage

One day, a CEO of a company threw a party for his executives at his mansion. At the back of the mansion, the CEO had a large swimming pool anyone had ever seen. The pool was, however, filled with hungry alligators.

The CEO told his executives, "I think an employee should be measured by courage. Today I am what I am because of my courage and this is what has made me a CEO. So this is a challenge to all of you present here: Who has the courage to dive into this pool, swim through these alligators, and make it to the other side? The one who will do it will win anything they desire - money, property, jewels, anything!"

All the employees laughed at the outrageous offer and proceeded to follow the CEO. Suddenly, they heard a loud splash. Everyone turned around and saw that the HR manager was in the pool, swimming for his life. He dodged the alligators left and right and made it to the edge of the pool. He pulled himself out just as a huge alligator was about to snap at his shoes.

The flabbergasted CEO said, "You are amazing. I've never seen anything like this in my life. You are brave and surely beyond measure and I will give you anything you want. Tell me what I can do for you?"

The manager panted for breath, looked up and said, “Can you tell me who pushed me in the pool?"

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Tough questions

One day in the court of Emperor Akbar, a courtier demanded that if Birbal could not answer his questions, he should be demoted from the position, as he didn’t deserve to be the chief minister. Akbar, who always believed Birbal, but yet, wanted to test his wit and intelligence agreed to the challenge. He informed Birbal that if he didn’t answer these questions, he would be required to step off the seat.

The courtier asked the following questions:

How many stars span across the sky?

Where does the centre of earth exist?

The number of males and females in the world?

Birbal brought back his version of answers.

For the first question, he presented a sheep, and replied that the number of hair on this sheep exactly equals the number of stars spanning the sky, and to be sure, the courtier has full right to count them.

For the second question, he drew couple of straight lines on ground and stuck a metal rod in between them. He claimed that it was in fact the centre of the earth, and the courtier can measure it, to his own precision.

The third answer was the most witty and humorous. He replied that the number of males and females cannot be determined nor counted as there are people like the courtier who can neither be termed males nor females and in order to know the exact number, such people would have to be killed.

Akbar was surprisingly proud of his choice. As a result, Birbal continued being the chief minister.

Life has a meaning

If there is a future there is time for mending-
Time to see your troubles coming to an ending.

Life is never hopeless however great your sorrow-
If you're looking forward to a new tomorrow.

If there is time for wishing then there is time for hoping-
When through doubt and darkness you are blindly groping.

Though the heart be heavy and hurt you may be feeling-
If there is time for praying there is time for healing.

So if through your window there is a new day breaking-
Thank God for the promise, though mind and soul be aching,

If with harvest over there is grain enough for gleaning-
There is a new tomorrow and life still has meaning.

Class on Apr 25

We had a full class today.

Anabella presented her character for our CARS project.  I have not compiled the grades yet - need to compile Alex's and Anabella's grades.  Check back later to view the grades.

Today you heard me talk about 'Stand up for what's right... even if you stand alone'.  This concludes my lecture.

Next Sunday, we will have our final exam. You do not have to study anything for the exam; you already have studied it all during our class lectures - just bring your brain to the class and you should be able to do well on the exam.

See you next Sunday.