Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cupid and Valentine



Cupid has long played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. He is known as a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows who would pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Roman's he was Cupid, and his mother Venus

One legend tells the story of Cupid and the mortal maiden, Psyche. Venus was jealous of the beauty of Psyche, and ordered Cupid to punish the mortal. But instead, Cupid fell deeply in love with her. He took her as his wife, but as a mortal she was forbidden to look at him. Psyche was happy until her sisters convinced her to look at Cupid. Cupid punished her by departing. Their lovely castle and gardens vanished with him and Psyche found herself alone in an open field

As she wandered to find her love, she came upon the temple of Venus. Wishing to destroy her, the goddess of love gave Psyche a series of tasks, each harder and dangerous than the last. For her last task Psyche was given a little box and told to take it to the underworld. She was told to get some of the beauty of Proserpine, the wife of Pluto, and put it in the box.

During her trip she was given tips on avoiding the dangers of the realm of the dead. And also warned not to open the box. Temptation would overcome Psyche and she opened the box. But instead of finding beauty, she found deadly slumber

Cupid found her lifeless on the ground. He gathered the sleep from her body and put it back in the box. Cupid forgave her, as did Venus. The gods, moved by Psyche's love for Cupid made her a goddess.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Help Wanted


A firm put a sign in the window saying "Help Wanted" You must be a good typist and have good computer skills. Successful applicant must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer."

A short time later a lovely golden retriever dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it, whined and pawed the air.

The receptionist called the office manager. He was surprised, to say the least, to see a canine applicant. However, the dog looked determined so he led him into the office.

Inside, the dog jumped up on a chair and stared at the manager expectantly. The manager said, "I can't hire you. The sign says you must be a able to type."

The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to quickly type a perfect business letter. He took out the page with his mouth a nd trotted over to the manager, gave it to him, then jumped back up on the chair wagging his tail.

The manager was stunned, but told the dog, "That was fantastic, but I'm sorry. The sign clearly says that whomever I hire must have computer skills." The dog jumped down again, went to the computer and proceeded to demonstrate his expertise with various programs. He produced a sample Excel spreadsheet, a sample Power Point presentation, retouched a picture with Photo Shop, and then printed all of them for the manager.

The manager was dumbfounded. He said to the dog, "Listen, I realize that you are a very intelligent applicant and have fantastic talent, but you're a dog! There's no way I can hire you!"

The dog jumped down and went to the sign in the window and pointed his paw at the words, "Equal Opportunity Employer."

The exasperated manager said, "Yes, I know what the sign says. But the sign also says you have to be bilingual."

The dog looked him straight in the eye and said, ' ' ' ' ' '

"Meow ."

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Humility


There was a time when the word "humility" was a word of contempt. One could not offer a man a greater insult than to call him humble. To call a man humble was to characterize him as cowardly and weak. But when Christ came, He took this hated word and made it one of the most honorable in our language. The virtue it expresses, once so despised, is now regarded as the crowning grace of life. Humility is now considered a virtue so beautiful, so exalted, that men seek to cultivate it. One cannot pay a man a greater tribute today than to say that he possesses the grace of humility.

The word "humility" means literally a low estimate of self. But this does not imply self-deprecation. When you hear someone deprecating himself, usually you can put it down as a sort of counterfeit humility. Someone has said, "The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your full height before some higher nature that will show you how small your greatness is." "Walk humbly with thy God." Here is where we learn true humility. Walking with God, seeing ourselves by the side of His greatness, we see how little we are. And seeing how little we are is the first step toward becoming what we can and ought to be.

We never become truly great, we never do our best work until we are "clothed with humility"; until, like our Lord and Savior, we are willing to live to serve others.



Credits: Rev. John R. Gunn

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Loving Thoughts


One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. - Sophocles

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. - Arthur Wing Pinero

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. - Karen Sunde

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust

At the end of the day, love and compassion will win. - Terry Waite

Beauty is truth, and truth is beauty - John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. - John Keats

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. - Henry David Thoreau

Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you. - Madame de Tencin

Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; Do not write them on their tombstones, Speak them rather now instead. - Anna Cummins

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy. - Alfred North Whitehead

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde

If you want to be happy, be. - Leo Tolstoy

Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. - Swedish Proverb

Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. - Swedish proverb

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. - Bill Cosby.

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The application


Imagine that you are making application for heaven. What would you list as your qualifications?
  • I have always believed in God.
  • I'm thought of as a religious person.
  • I have tried to live a good life.
  • I have been baptized.
  • I go to church.
  • I haven't done anything really bad.
  • I have friends who will vouch for me.

By now you realize that if you were to list any of those qualifications on an application for heaven, it would indicate that you don't yet understand the worthlessness of religion.

The only application that would be accepted by heaven would be one on which you listed your qualifications as follows:
  • I can cite no merit of my own.
  • I have been a sinner from birth.
  • I am coming not in my name but in Christ's.
  • I believe He is the Son of God and my Savior.
  • I have accepted His sacrifice for my sins.
  • I believe He rose from the dead.
  • I have put my trust in Him to save me.

This is the confidence of the apostle Paul who, to distinguish between religion and Christ, wrote: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works [pure religion], which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:8-10).


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines

Valentines Day is around the corner - next Monday.

What did the boy sheep say to the girl sheep on Valentine’s Day?
I Love Ewe!

What did the stamp say to the envelope on Valentine’s Day?
I’m stuck on you!

What did the boy owl say to the girl owl on Valentine’s Day?
Owl be yours!

What kind of flowers do you never give on Valentine’s Day?
Cauliflowers!

What do you call a very small Valentine?
A Valentiny!

What did the boy squirrel say to the girl squirrel on Valentine’s Day?
I’m nuts about you!

What did the chocolate syrup say to the ice cream?
“I’m sweet on you!”

What did the paper clip say to the magnet?
“I find you very attractive.”

What did the elephant say to his girlfriend?
“I love you a ton!”

What did the bat say to his girlfriend?
“You’re fun to hang around with.”

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Boy and Girl


BOY  : May I hold your hand?
GIRL : No thanks, it isn't heavy.

GIRL : Say you love me! Say you love me!
BOY  : You love me.

GIRL : If we become engaged will you give me a ring?
BOY  : Sure, what's your phone number?

GIRL : I think the poorest people are the happiest.
BOY  : Then marry me and we'll be the happiest couple

GIRL : Darling, I want to dance like this forever.
BOY  : Don't you ever want to improve?

BOY  : I love you and I could die for you!
GIRL : How soon?

BOY  : I would go to the end of the world for you!
GIRL : Yes, but would you stay there?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Children bring peace

President Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin gathered in Camp David in 1978 to discuss peace. President Anwar Sadat approved the peace proposal but it was rejected by the Israeli Prime Minister Begin. There was a stalemate. The three, by now tired and emotionally drained, were about to depart without any peace accord. As President Carter and Prime Minister Begin were about to depart they remembered that they had earlier agreed to sign photographs for each other’s families.

They met on the front porch of Prime Minister Begin’s cabin for the signing. President Carter asked for the name of the children to make the signing more personal and Prime Minister Begin reciprocated. Then President Carter decided to show the photographs of his grandchildren describing the personality of each; Prime Minister Begin did likewise. As they looked at the pictures tears filled their eyes. What type of world would their grandchildren grow up in? Prime Minister Begin returned to his cabin and re-emerged after five minutes asking to look at the peace proposal once again.

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Jazz night



After attending a jazz night with my colleagues at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, I just got back to my hotel. Yes - it's nearly 3:00 AM.  The event was Tisziji Munoz Quartet with Paul Shaffer.  The music was extraordinary, yet unfamiliar to the ears.  There were no vocals - only instrumental.

Paul Shaffer appears on David Letterman show and is also known as David Letterman sidekick.  He was playing the piano.

The crowd tonight was fantastic, and I could tell they were hard core jazz lovers.  We had food there, but it is not a food place.  Most of the people had food outside and came in just to listen to jazz.

(High) Time to get some sleep, before work begins in few hours.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

A tear to the eye


Barbara was driving her six-year-old son, Benjamin, to his piano lesson.

They were late, and Barbara was beginning to think she should have cancelled it. There was always so much to do, and Barbara, a night-duty nurse at the local hospital, had recently worked extra shifts.

She was tired. The sleet storm and icy roads added to her tension. Maybe she should turn the car around.

"Mom!" Ben cried. "Look!" Just ahead, a car had lost control on a patch of ice. As Barbara tapped the brakes, the other car spun wildly rolled over, then crashed sideways into a telephone pole.

Barbara pulled over, skidded to a stop and threw open her door. Thank goodness she was a nurse - she might be able to help these unfortunate passengers.

Then she paused. What about Ben? She couldn't take him with her. Little boys shouldn't see scenes like the one she anticipated. But was it safe to leave him alone? What if their car were hit from behind?

For a brief moment Barbara considered going on her way. Someone else was sure to come along. No! "Ben, honey, promise me you'll stay in the car!"

"I will, Mommy," he said as she ran, slipping and sliding toward the crash site. It was worse than she'd feared. Two girls of high school age are in the car. One, the blonde on the passenger side, was dead, killed on impact.

The driver, however was still breathing. She was unconscious and pinned in the wreckage. Barbara quickly applied pressure to the wound in the teenager's head while her practiced eye catalogued the other injuries. A broken leg, maybe two, along with probable internal bleeding. But if help came soon, the girl would live.

A trucker had pulled up and was calling for help on his cellular phone. Soon Barbara heard the ambulance sirens. A few moments later she surrendered her lonely post to rescue workers.

"Good job," one said as he examined the driver's wounds. "You probably saved her life, ma'am." Perhaps.

But as Barbara walked back to her car a feeling of sadness overwhelmed her, especially for the family of the girl who had died. Their lives would never be the same. Oh God, why do such things have to happen?

Slowly Barbara opened her car door. What should she tell Benjamin? He was staring at the crash site, his blue eyes huge. "Mom," he whispered, "did you see it?"

"See what, Honey?" she asked.

"The angel, Mom! He came down from the sky while you were running to the car. And he opened the door, and he took that girl out."

Barbara's eyes filled with tears. "Which door, Ben?"

"The passenger side. He took the girl's hand, and they floated up to Heaven together"

"What about the driver?"

Ben shrugged. "I didn't see anyone else."

Later, Barbara was able to meet the families of the victims. They expressed their gratitude for the help she had provided. Barbara was able to give them something more - Ben's vision.

There was no way he could have known what happened to either of the passengers. Nor could the passenger door have been opened; Barbara had seen its tangle of immovable steel herself. Yet Ben's account brought consolation to a grieving family. Their daughter was safe in Heaven. And they would see her again.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Phase 1 gone live

I had been quite occupied yesterday morning with work related activities.  Phase 1 our our work just went live yesterday afternoon.  Everything went quite well, as planned. There were certain deviations we had to take during the midst of going live, but we managed to do so. Today morning, I checked everything and they look ok.  Going live is a big event and anything could go wrong if not planned well.  If you have watched those NASA command center activities, it's somewhat like that - many people interacting and we making step by step advancements.  Yes, it is stressful being on the helm, but it  comes with practice.

Right now, I am on my way to New York, (versus Monday morning).  I had planned to be there early with our 'Going live' in mind. Now that we have gone live, there are no activities left, but I am not changing my schedule; instead will find something to do tonight at Times Square. My flight is landing into NY in another 15 minutes and we are being requested to turn off our 'battery powered devices'.

Have a nice week ahead!!

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Strength and Courage



It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pains,
It takes courage to show them.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to endure abuses,
It takes courage to stop them.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

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