Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Ends Today

Now It’s History!
If there’s anything you wanted to get accomplished in 2010, you don’t have much time to get it done. Today is December 31, 2010.

happybirthday_animatedA Special Birthday Today
My granddaughter, Kara, has a special birthday today. She begins her time in life as a TEENAGER!

I just might have a picture of Kara tomorrow showing you what a new teenager looks like.

Did you get those resolutions made yet. A lot of married me do not have to make new year’s resolutions, because their wives make them for them.

What is a New Year’s Resolutions. A resolution is nothing more that a promise to yourself to change something you do for the better.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Did you ever know anyone who was as good with word as this politician?

A Senator in the USA was once asked about his attitude toward whisky.

'If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I'm against it.  But if you mean the elixir of a New Year toast, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I'm for it.  This is my position, and I will not compromise.'

Quotes of the Day

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak'A cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.


Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Joke of the Day

A ventriloquist stops to entertain some people in a small town. He's going through his usual stupid George W. jokes, when George W. himself walks up.

"I've heard just about enough of your denigrating George W. jokes!" He says. "What makes you think you can stereotype me that way? What does a person's knowledge of geography and world politics have to do with their worth as a human being? It's guys like you who keep people like me from being respected at work and in my community. I'm as smart as anyone else and..."

The ventriloquist begins to apologize, when George W. stops him.

"You stay out of this, Mister. I'm talking to that little smart aleck on your knee!"

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Remember Waldo?

Find the White Squirrel
Look at the picture below. Can you find the white squirrel? Maybe we should name him Waldo?

This next picture will help.

This white fuzzy tail has been dancing around our back yard the past few days.

One day he tried to join the gray squirrels in this tree nest, but they would not let him inside. IMG_3522
He sulked for a long time on one of the branches. IMG_3526
He (or she) is quite a critter, and hard to spot with the snow on the ground and in the trees, IMG_3531
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It has been said, “Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.” And how true it is.

Quote of the Day
Many people look forward to the New Year
for a new start on old habits.

~ Unknown

Joke of the Day

The world’s worst conductor was directing up his band during a practice for an upcoming concert. Half way through the first act he was directing with wild abandon when, out of his hand, his baton flew and impaled itself in the eye of a flute player instantly killing her. The police arrive shortly after and ruled the case as an accident.

The following week at practice, he again was caught up in the music of the second act and out of his hand flew the baton, which this time struck a flute player in the eye instantly killing her. The police arrived and after consideration ruled the case an accident.

The following week at practice the conductor again got lost in the moment of the music of the third act and out of his hand flew the baton this time hitting a trumpet player in the eye and killing him instantly.

After the police arrived they could not believe that this was an accident after the third death, and the conductor was arrested.

The conductor was tried and sentenced to death in the electric chair. After strapping him in the chair operator threw the switch, nothing happened. Again he threw the switch and nothing happened. The warden was frustrated by this time and demanded that the chair operator explain what the problem was, to which the chair operator explained, "Well, everyone knows he's a bad conductor.”

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Are You Too Short?

As you prepare your New Year’s Resolutions…
You may be inclined to think you are overweight. You might be wrong. Look at this doctor’s perspective;


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Oh how true these words are: 
Youth is when
you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.
Old age is when you're forced to. 

Quote of the Day
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.
~ An Irish Toast

Joke of the Day

Two men were walking through the woods and came upon a big black, deep hole. One man picked up a rock and tossed it into the hole and stood listening for the rock to hit bottom. There was no sound.

He turned to the other guy and said "that must be a deep hole...let's throw a bigger rock in there and listen for it to hit bottom." The men found a bigger rock and both picked it up and lugged it to the hole and dropped it in.

They listened for some time and never heard a sound. Again, they agreed that this must be one deep hole and maybe they should throw something even bigger into it.
One man spotted a rail-road tie nearby. They picked up the tie, grunting and groaning, and lugged it to the hole. They tossed it in. No sound. All of a sudden, a goat came flying out of the woods, running like the wind, and flew past the men and jumped straight into the hole. The men were amazed.

About that time, an old hayseed farmer came out of the woods and asked the men if they had seen a goat. One man told the farmer of the incredible incident they had just witnessed...they had just seen this goat fly out of the woods and run and leap into the big hole.

The man asked the farmer if this could have been his goat.

The old farmer said "naw, that can't be my goat...he was chained to a railroad tie."

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Four Weeks In December

My Left Knee
Or my left hind leg, as I call it, is still on the mend. It’s been 4 weeks today since the surgeon first eased the scalpel into the flesh of my knee. Only 4 weeks, and I’m feeling great. I’ve now finished 3 weeks of home therapy, and on Wednesday of this week I begin outpatient therapy. I have put the walker away, and now use my cane for added support. I feel great with little to no discomfort. Some ask if my new knee feels different, and I can’t tell in any way that it has been replaced. I did wake up a couple of nights with my knee hurting, and I was my right knee.

My Right Knee
I need my right knee replaced as well. Many have asked me when I plan to do it. Well, I have not decided. I want to completely recover from this knee replacement so that I can evaluate the improvement, etc. If I had to guess, I think I would have it done next year in October or November. If I’m going to be laid up, I don’t want it to be fishing weather.

In case you are interested, the following video is a 3D Medical Animation of a Knee Replacement. Looks pretty simple, but it is really quite complicated.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Would it not be better to think in terms of my resolutions for today, rather than for the year?

Wake with prayerful thanks and a purpose.
At night rest in your effort and ask forgiveness.

Quote of the Day
A New Year's resolution is something that
goes in one year and out the other. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

"House" for instance, is feminine: "la casa." "Pencil," however, is masculine: "el lapiz."

A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?"

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computadora") because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ("el computador") because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time, they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Last Week of The Year!

2010 is Almost History
It had to believe that this year has gone by so rapidly. But it has! We’ve had a good year, with lots of happy days with our family.

I’m thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Are you? I haven’t fully made up my mind. There are some things I want to accomplish whether I call them resolutions or not. We all need to have aims or goals in our life. Things we need to do and get accomplished. They make our life have a purpose.

Holston Middle School Takes 2nd Place
My Granddaughter, Kara, is second from the right in this picture of the seventh grader team. They represented their school in the recent Franklin Math Bowl Team Competition at East Tennessee State University.

holston121310An amazing Team: With no sponsor, no classroom practice time, no experience and only one month of preparation this underdog team really accomplished the unbelievable by winning 2nd place!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Truer words were never spoken: People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.

Quote of the Day
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.
~John Burroughs

Joke of the Day

A gentleman entered a busy florist shop that displayed a large sign that read “Say It with Flowers.”

“Wrap up one rose.” he told the florist.

“Only one?” the florist asked.

“Just one,” the customer replied

“I’m a man of few words.”


“I’ve never flown before, said the nervous old lady to the pilot. “You will bring me down safely, won’t you?

“All I can say ma’am,” said the pilot, “is that I’ve never left anyone up there yet!”

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Feliz Navidad


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Merry Christmas!

Quote of the Day
There has been only one Christmas
- the rest are anniversaries. 
~W.J. Cameron

Joke of the Day

It was Christmas and the judge was in a merry mood as he asked the prisoner,"What are you charged with?"
Christmas Santa
"Doing my Christmas shopping early", replied the defendant.

"That's no offense", said the judge.

"How early were you doing this shopping?"

"Before the store opened."

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Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s Christmas Eve

Just Relax and Listen
What better way to think about Christmas Eve… Just sit back listen to the Celtic Woman sing Silent Night at the Helix Center in Dublin, Ireland performing A Christmas Celebration.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season.



Quote of the Day
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: 
the presence of a happy family
all wrapped up in each other.
~Burton Hillis
Joke of the Day

After being away on business for a week before Christmas, Tom thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift.

"How about some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50.

"That's a bit much," said Tom, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.

"That’s still quite a bit," Tom groused.

Growing disgusted, the clerk brought out a tiny $15 bottle.

Tom grew agitated, "What I mean," he said, "is I'd like to see something real cheap."

So the clerk handed him a mirror.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bear Climbs Tree Stand

Calm Hunter
This video is interesting. Here’s a guy deer hunting on his tree stand when along comes Mr. Bear. I’m sure the hunter is expecting the bear to amble through the area and not be a problem. But, no! Just watch… The hunter  was cool and asked the bear a question and the bear took off. (Thanks for sharing Mark)

It pays to be calm!
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The above is part of a cartoon on the comics page a few days ago.  It means a little knowledge can be dangerous.
How true! For knowledge not to be dangerous we need different viewpoints and lots of wisdom.

Quote of the Day
It is Christmas in the heart
that puts Christmas in the air.
~W.T. Ellis
Joke of the Day

A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.

Just to see what would happen, on Christmas Eve their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.

On Christmas morning the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.

"Why are you crying?" the father asked.

"Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken." answered the pessimist twin.

Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure.

"What are you so happy about?" he asked.
To which his optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Is Here!

The People of the North Know How to Enjoy Winter
I’m afraid us Southerners just don’t know how to enjoy winter. It seems we complain continuously about the cold and snowy weather.

But it seems the people of the North know something we don’t. They just live with it and enjoy it. Just look at this video about the Winter Carnival in  Qu├ębec, Canada. It looks like fun to me.

Peanut Brittle
Beverly and Sharon have been making more candy. Now this peanut brittle is good stuff! This recipe is special. It does not get hard and stick to your teeth. It’s easy to eat and tastes wonderfully great. You might like the recipe. It’s easy to make.

Peanut Brittle

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I enjoyed a thought from Benjamin Disraeli, a former British Prime Minister. He said “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”
May this be a season when we count our own blessings and not get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas.

Quote of the Day
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale
Joke of the Day

One morning in a posh hotel breakfast room, a guest called over the head waiter. "Good morning, sir! I'd like to order two boiled eggs, one of them so undercooked that it's runny, and the other so overcooked that it's tough. I also want some rubbery bacon, burnt toast, and butter that's so cold it's impossible to spread. Finally, I'll have a pot of extra-weak coffee, served at room temperature."

The bewildered waiter almost stuttered. "Sir! We cannot serve such an awful breakfast to you here!"

"Why not?" the guest replied. "That's what I got here yesterday!"

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seasons of Life

A Year Has Seasons
A season is a natural period into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions. Did you ever think that a life has seasons. The following video presentation provides some beautiful photography and music, while giving us a good lesson into the seasons of our life. Just click on the picture below to start the video.

This Old Knee
I mean this new knee. Yes it’s doing good. I had a good therapy session yesterday. I can start using a cane rather than the walker when I am inside our home. I should continue using the walker while outside or have some distance to travel.

Beverly and I enjoyed yesterday. We started by joining in a little Holiday Celebration we have at the gym every year where we sample Christmas goodies. Then we ran some errands and made a trip to Sam’s Club. And we ended our day out with a nice dinner at Outback. I enjoyed the steak and lobster tail special. It was delicious. Why can’t hospital food taste like that?

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Be happy, smile, and be kind to all.
You attitude toward others can be impact someone’s like each and every day.
Ho Ho Ho
Merry Christmas!

Quote of the Day
I will honor Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
~Charles Dickens
Joke of the Day

A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, "I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and pair of running boards."

The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, "This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?"

"No," the cook said. "Three flat tires mean three pancakes, a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up, and running boards are 2 slices of crisp bacon.."

"Oh, OK!" said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer.

The trucker asked, "What are the beans for, Blondie?"

She replied, "I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!"


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Week Is Here

Merry Christmas

December 20, 2010
There’s just a few more days for your Christmas shopping. The good spirit of the Holiday Season just rings through the air. Can’t you feel it!

December 21, 2010
starThe first day of winter is tomorrow, but you could have fooled me. We’ve had an extremely harsh December and it seemed like winter arrived about 3 weeks ago.

Then a just a few more days until Christmas Eve. That’s when Kevin and his family come over for a Christmas Eve supper and we exchange gifts with the grandkids.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Relax and enjoy the Christmas Season.
It’s not the time to receive, but to give…
love, joy, and peace

Quote of the Day
May Peace be your gift at Christmas
and your blessing all year through! 
~Author Unknown
Joke of the Day

A man was driving down the road and ran out of gas. Just at that moment, a bee flew in his window.

The bee said, 'What seems to be the problem?'

'I'm out of gas,' the man replied.

The bee told the man to wait right there and flew away.

Minutes later, the man watched as an entire swarm of bees flew to his car and into his gas tank. After a few minutes, the bees flew out.

'Try it now,' said one bee.

The man turned the ignition key and the car started right up. 'Wow!' the man exclaimed, 'what did you put in my gas tank'?

The bee answered,


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Saturday, December 18, 2010


Finally Made the Candy
But the girls had to do it solo. The weather was so bad each day they had schedule to make candy, they had to cancel out. Beverly made her peanut butter balls today, and I believe Sharon IMG_0420made her candy yesterday. As Beverly was finishing up her butterscotch coated peanut butter balls, I took this picture. She then started working on the chocolate coated peanut butter balls. Beverly also made some tiger butter yesterday.

But there’s more candy making to do. There are still plans for peanut brittle and some fudge.

One More Elf Video…
And I Promise, No More!
Watch me jump around in this video and you can see that my left hind leg is in great shape. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to al our friends and relatives from Tennessee Granddaddy and Grandmother.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
ASAPRemember when you got a note that said ASAP! I always thought that meant “As Soon As Possible”, which in my book meant it was urgent!
Then I received a little poem from a friend:

There's work to do, deadlines to meet;
You've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry-

In the midst of family chaos,
"Quality time " is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest-

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather-

God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He'll respond to all your needs


Quote of the Day
If you want to be happy, be.
~Leo Tolstoy

Joke of the Day

Did you hear about the two blondes who froze to death in a drive-in movie?

They had gone to see 'Closed for the Winter.'


Clem called the airlines information desk and inquired, "How long does it take to fly from Atlanta to Seattle ?"

"Just a minute," said the busy clerk.

"Well, said Clem, "If it has to go that fast, I think I'll just take the bus."

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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Elves Are Back

Granddaddy, Grandmother and Our 3 Grandchildren
Here’s an Elf video I created to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

If you want to create an Elf Video just go to the following line and follow the instructions.

Thanks again to Office Max for providing this fun creation tool for us to enjoy!

Ice and Snow
Yesterday we woke to ice and snow. I like the snow but not the ice. I talked to my friend Doug and they did not have any electricity and he was building a fire. I invited them over just in case.

I don’t think we had as much ice as other areas around Kingsport. here a few pictures.

My bell



The green blooming trees are now cold and ice covered. Remember, there’s life underneath that ice. 
That dogwood by the patio has just enough ice to make it twinkle. IMG_0399

My Birthday and Snow
We had planned to go our and celebrate my 72nd  birthday last night, but the weather was so bad we elected to bring in food and celebrate at home. Below are a few pictures that made my birthday special…

IMG_0408 IMG_0410

We do not remember days; we remember moments.
~Cesare Pavese

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Quote of the Day
Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
~C.D. Jackson

Joke of the Day

Two Blondes With Hammers...
Lynn and Judy were doing some carpenter work on a Habitat for Humanity House. Lynn was nailing down house siding, would reach into her nail pouch, pull out a nail and either toss it over her shoulder or nail it in.

Judy, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, 'Why are you throwing those nails away? Lynn explained, 'When I pull a nail out of my pouch, about half of them have the head on the wrong end and I throw them away.

Judy got completely upset and yelled,'You moron! Those nails aren't defective! They're for the other side of the house!'

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Feeling Lucky

It’s Good to Be Lucky
I don’t know if the people in this video were “feeling lucky”, but most of them were very lucky. Just take a look and see how many just escaped death or serious injury.

My rule is not to depend on being lucky. Instead plan to be safe.

Plan to be safe. What does that mean? Here’s what it means to me: Don’t take unnecessary risks. Be aware of surroundings, and take preventive action to lessened the chance of an accident. Stop, look, listen and think about what could happened, and have a sequence of events in your mind on how to avoid it.. Avoid dark places at night. Avoid suspicious characters. Stay close to your friends.

Another Blog By My Cousin! 
John White, my first cousin, has initiated another blog concerning his knowledge of history and the JFK Assassination. I found John’s first entry to be very interesting. Check it out at JFK ASSASSINATION BLOG

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Be safe and don’t take any changes this holiday season. We have so much to be thankful for and it’s time to enjoy the joy and love of the holiday season.
Let’s work to keep our families safe and sound so our joy can be full.

Merry Christmas

Quote of the Day
A man who is not a Liberal at sixteen has no heart;
a man who is not a Conservative at sixty has no head.
~Benjamin Disraeli

Joke of the Day

To those in North Dakota, Minnesota, and for that matter the rest of the country, including Canada, I must report the sad news that Ole was shot. He was up by the Canadian border on his 4-wheeler cutting some trees when some rangers looking for terrorists spotted him.

According to the news reports, the rangers shouted to him over a loudspeaker, "Who are you and what are you doing?"

Ole shouted back, "OLE...BIN LOGGIN'!"

Arrangements are being planned.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

29 Staples

A Prime Number
The number of staples that they removed from my knee yesterday was 29. And 29 is a prime number. Any significance to that? I don’t think so.

I feel better having the staples removed and I think it will give me more flexibility for my rehab exercises. Michel, my therapist comes today, so we’ll see what happens.

Mexico Memories
Each year around Christmas time we arrange a meal at a local Mexican restaurant with some of the Expats that we worked with in Mexico. It’s a great time to renew friendships, catch up on the latest news, tell old stories, and dine on some delicious food. last evening we met at the La Campina Mexican Grill on Broad Street in Kingsport, TN.

Our gracious waitress was kind enough to take the following picture…


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Today is my birthday. I was born on December 15, 1938, and it was on my Mother’s birthday. It must have been quite a birthday present for her. I remember as a boy the privilege of celebrating our birthdays together.

Now here I am at 72 years of age, and I don’t feel old. But I thought Dad was old when he turned 40. Funny about that, huh?
Now at 72 I feel young in my thoughts, my ideas, my desires, etc. But at 72 I do feel old when I climb the stairs, do some work around the house, etc.
Here’s a few interesting quotes about age:

Age is an issue of mind over matter. 
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. 
~Mark Twain

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.  ~Chili Davis

Do not regret growing older. 
It is a privilege denied to many. 
~Author Unknown

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. 
~John Barrymore

How old would you be
if you didn't know how old you were?
~Satchel Paige


Quote of the Day
Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live.
~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Joke of the Day

John bought Bertha a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, a friend inquired how she was doing with it.

"Oh," said John, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."

"How come?," asked the friend. "Well," Ole answered, "because with a clarinet she can't sing."

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