Smiles Are Contagious

March 21, 2009 at 5:44 am (Smile Makers) ()

Do you believe that smiles are contagious? What happens when you share a smile? Do you get one back? Or do you get a frown or ignored? How do you feel when your smile goes ignored? Next time you need a smile give one and see what happens. If someone is too wrapped up in their bad mood or bad day, they could really use a smile, but not everyone looks outside when they are in a state of grumpiness, worry, sadness, grief, or depression.

Don’t give up. Be the happy person in life. Smile, it makes people wonder what you are up to.

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My Visit To The Museum of Tolerance

March 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , , )

I have wanted to visit the Museum of Tolerance for several years and finally got to go with a group of students this past week. The Museum that I went to is in Los Angeles, CA. It is amazing that it was only 3 days after Bloggers United for Women’s Rights. Talk about a double wake up call, well this was certainly it.

One thing that I do not understand is how we can keep teaching hate. I guess it is born in us to pass the hate on from generation to generation. Are we born with hatred or does it have to be taught?

My trip to the Museum of Tolerance taught me that not one of us is without prejudice. We might think we are but when we reach deep into ourselves and are honest with ourselves we can find that for most of us there is something that would label us as being prejudiced.
Sometimes we think that there is nothing wrong with laughing at an ethnic joke. I might even have some on this blog.

As far as being prejudiced and humor go that is a difficult call. Most comedians use ethnic humor. Most people can laugh at themselves. However when humor turns to how we think people are our we use humor as a way to put people down or insult them, and we really mean it, then we really need to take a look at who we are.

Politicians use stereotypes and fear to reach their goals. The prime use of this was by Hitler. I am not sure what prompted him to hate the Jewish race, but that hatred almost eliminated an entire race of people. Everyone, no matter where they were born has something to contribute to the world.

Blacks in the USA have a history of abuse. The land of equality, freedom, and opportunity for all has still not torn down all the walls of hatred and bigotry. Even though we elected a black President, we are not where we should be with equality in the US.

I intend to post more on this topic in the near future.

I hope if anyone plans a trip to Los Angeles for any reason that you can take some time to include a trip to the Museum of Tolerance.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

There are people in the world who are facing injustice each and every day. Innocent people who are being treated as criminals. We have to find ways to help them. Just by posting on blogs and getting readers is a start. We can reach out to the world to remove fear and hatred by understanding.

I still feel there is Faith and Hope and Love to share with the world.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm (Motivation-Inspiration)

Today is International Women’s Day. I have been saying I will get my article posted all day long. However, there is grocery shopping, then lunch, then laundry, then this then that, and now the day is almost over. Things to be thankful for: electricity and my computer. Now I can get my article posted.

To quote from the bloggersunite.org site:

IWD is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

I think we need to remember the women of the past who have paved the way for the women of the current times who will pave the way for the women of the future.
When I think of the women who have made significant changes in history, and the ones who have always been admired by me, there are several. I hate to narrow the list down but I will.

I wonder how many will write about Mother Teresa:
Just one of her quotes:

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

If I could do just a little of what she did to help those less fortunate, my life would have purpose.
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Golda Meir might be less known among the younger generation, but when I learned about her I was fascinated.

Golda Meir was born in Kiev in 1898, and then she lived in the US from 1906 to 1921 before immigrating to Palestine with her husband. She was very active in fund rasing to support the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. That in itself is such a historic time. She raised funds in the US although her political involvement was cemented long before that.

Golda Meir was an excellent diplomat, and served in many positions, such as Israel’s Ambassador to the Soviet Union, also in 1948. She was a foreign minister in Israel for 10 years and she was very active in gaining support and establishing relations with the US, and Latin American countries.

In 1969, at the age of 71, Golda Meir became the world’s 3rd female Premier, or Prime Minister of Israel. When you consider that when she was born, the people of Israel did not even have their own nation. She lived through so many wars and fighting for birth of a Jewish Nation. That fighting still goes on today in one form or another.

In a region of the world where women do not carry the same status that they do in Western cultures, and at a time when there were few women leaders anywhere, Golda Meir definitely stood out among women!

If I ever get to Jerusalem, I am definitely going to pay my respects to Golda Meir.

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Elizabeth Arden was known as a skin care specialist. What a different path than the two I previously mentioned. However she has an incredible story, too.
She was born in 1884 and lived until October 18, 1966.

Many people might remember her for her famous skin care company, Elizabeth Arden, Inc. She owned and operated a chain of beauty salons and spas, and was a mass marketer.

I am friends with a lady who knew her personally and apprenticed with her. Elizabeth Arden was one incredible lady.

Elizabeth was named after the famous nurse, Florence Nightingale (another women who we should all know). Elizabeth did pursue training as a nurse and she had experience seeing burn victims either during that time or during World War 1 or 2.
She was a leader in the skin care industry when it was dominated by men.

Women executives were rare during those times. Women as owners and entrepreneurs of big corporations were almost nonexistent and she certainly had to fight for her position.

She had a very interesting life running her businesses from 1909 until her death in 1966. My friend apprenticed with her and then went on to work for Eli Lilly, who purchased the Elizabeth Arden company, and now has her own skin care company featured in spas worldwide, and also distributed by independent distributors (I am one through Atria Skin Care at Nutronix International).

Knowing Colleen Moon, and knowing that Elizabeth Arden took her as an apprentice when she was 14 years old has given me insight into a time and era that I only experience through movies. I read the biographies about Elizabeth Arden, and they do not do that lady justice. I hear the stories that my friend Colleen tells me about her, and I am very impressed. I see who Colleen Moon is, and how she was so influenced by Elizabeth Arden that I feel she is carrying on the legacy of this lady.

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I think what it really comes down to celebrating, no matter which woman we choose for our one to admire, is the fact that they all had a passion to help and leave the world a better place then it was when they were born into it.

Several women are born into circumstances where just surviving one more day is all they can do. I think as we look at women who have changed lives, we can not forget our sisters who are so much less fortunate. We have sisters who wonder how their children will be fed another day, or how they will survive an illness due to malnutrition or an inadequate supply of safe water to drink.

We can honor the ones who make a difference in a huge way, but we all have the opportunities to make a difference in our own way. Most often the ways we can do that are so simple that they might go unnoticed or without a thank you. In the big picture, when we all take time to help one only one, we can in turn help many.

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The Tea Party~Humor

March 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm (humor)

This is not my story but from an email that I got from my
top source for funny emails. I wish I thought some of this stuff up.


Cup of Tea

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and had just recovered from an accident.

Someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a get-well gift and it was
One of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I
Brought Daddy a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water. After several
Cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of
Tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing!’
My Mom waited, and sure
enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she
watches him drink it up.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know.. 🙂

‘Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water
Is the toilet?’

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Have You Taken This IQ Test?

March 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm (humor, Smile Makers) (, , , , , )

It seems no matter how many times I take this, I still manage to surprise myself with the results.

Dementia Quiz

Below are four (4 ) questions and a Bonus question to test your perception, reasoning and the quickness of your logical processing.
They are stated simply so you should try to answer them instantly ..
To assure the accuracy of the results, you should not take your time; but instead, answer each of them immediately.

OK?

Let’s find out just how clever you really are….

Ready? GO!!! (scroll down slowly to uncover Q’s and A’s )

First Question :

You are a participant in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

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Answer : If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely WRONG! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, YOU are in second place!

Try not to screw up next time. Now answer the second question, but don’t take as much time as you took for the first question, OK?

Second Question :
I f you overtake the last person, then you are…?
(scroll down)

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Answer : If you answered that you are second to last, then you are ; ; ; ;WRONG again. Tell me Sunshine, how can you overtake the LAST person??

You’re not very good at this, are you?

Third Question :
V ery tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator .
Try it.

Take 1000 and add 40 to it.. Now add another 1000 Now add 30 . Add another 1000 . Now add 20 . Now add another 1000 . Now add 10 . What is the total?

Scroll down for the correct answer…..

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Did you get 5000 ?

The correct answer is actually 4100 ..

If you don’t believe it, check it with a calculator!
To day is definitely not your day, is it?

Maybe you’ll get the last question right… Maybe…

Fourth Question:

Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono, and ? ?? What is the name of the fifth daughter?

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Did you Answer Nunu? NO! Of course it isn’t.
Her name is Mary you retard! Read the question again!

Okay, now the Bonus round ,
I.e., a final chance to
Redeem yourself:

A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.
Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants?

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It’s really very simple
He opens his mouth and ask for it….

Does your employer actually pay you to think??
If so Do NOT let them see your answers for this test!

PASS THIS ON TO FRUSTRATE THE
SMART PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE!
Have a nice day, one and all.

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A Redneck Love Poem

March 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm (Smile Makers) (, , )

A REDNECK LOVE POEM

SUSIE LEE DONE FELL IN LOVE,
SHE PLANNED TO MARRY JOE.
SHE WAS SO HAPPY ‘BOUT IT ALL,
SHE TOLD HER PAPPY SO.

PAPPY TOLD HER, SUSIE GAL,
YOU’LL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER.
I’D JUST AS SOON YO’ MA DON’T KNOW,
BUT JOE IS YO’ HALF BROTHER.

SO SUSIE PUT ASIDE HER JOE
AND PLANNED TO MARRY WILL.
BUT AFTER TELLING PAPPY THIS,
HE SAID, ‘THERE’S TROUBLE STILL.’

YOU CAN’T MARRY WILL, MY GAL,
AND PLEASE DON’T TELL YO’ MOTHER.
BUT WILL AND JOE, AND SEVERAL MO’
I KNOW IS YO’ HALF BROTHER.

BUT MAMA KNEW AND SAID, MY CHILD,
JUST DO WHAT MAKES YO’ HAPPY.
MARRY WILL OR MARRY JOE;
YOU AIN’T NO KIN TO PAPPY.
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(Kinda brings a tear to yer eye, don’t it?)

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Senior Citizens Roadtrip~Joke

March 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm (Smile Makers)

Seniors on a Road Trip

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a
roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal,
they left the restaurant and resumed their trip. When
leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on
the table and she didn’t miss them until they had been
driving about twenty minutes.
By then, to add to the
aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they
could find a place to turn around in order to return to the
place where they ate.

The elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man.
He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the
entire return drive. The more he chided her — the more
agitated he became. He just wouldn’t let up.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the
old geezer yelled to her. “While you’re in there, you might as well get
my hat and the credit card!”

Has that ever happened to you? Does it remind you of anyone? Sometimes jokes are not that far away from reality.

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International Woman’s Day is March 8

February 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm (Random Rambles) (, , )

Bloggers Unite is adding more ways to participate in a vairety of causes world wide. Basically what we can do to make a difference is to pick one or more that we choose to participate in and then simply post on or near that day about something related to the cause.

We should all know something about Women. Hopefully we all had a mom. Whether or not you want to write about that is totally up to you. However if you want to write a story of a certain culture or a book review that has influenced you, or a musician, you can do that, too.

There are no rules to this. Blog Catalog plays an important part in these events and it is a great way to meet bloggers who care to make a difference with their blogs. I hope you can participate.

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The Gym Membership Gift~Funny!

February 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm (Smile Makers) (, , , , )

A WOMAN’S WEEK AT THE GYM

If you read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine.

Dear Diary,
For my birthday this year, my Husband (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

My husband seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.

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MONDAY:
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god – with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!

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TUESDAY:
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!! It’s a whole new life for me.

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WEDNESDAY:
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.

Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other shit too.

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THURSDAY:
Asshole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late – it took me that long to tie my shoes.

He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom.. He sent some skinny bitch to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine — which I sank.
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FRIDAY:
I hate that bastard Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.

Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.

The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

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SATURDAY:
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.

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SUNDAY:
I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun — like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

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Lawyer Humor

February 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm (Political Humor) (, , , )

I got this in an email and it made me laugh. I hope you like it, too.

These are from a book called ‘Disorder in the American Courts’ and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

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ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
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ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
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ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s twenty, much like your IQ.
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ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
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ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS : Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
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ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
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ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.
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ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
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ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
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ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral.
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ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 pm.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
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ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
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And the best for last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

THINK ABOUT IT! MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE LAWYERS.

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