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  • Advice

    MozartA young man is reported to have approached the renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (one of the great musical prodigies of all time), and asked, "Herr Mozart, I have the ambition to write symphonies and perhaps you can advise me how to get started."

    Mozart said, "The best advice I can give you is to wait until you are older and more experienced, and try your hand at less ambitious pieces to begin with."

    The young man looked astonished. "But, Herr Mozart, you yourself wrote symphonies when you were considerably younger than I."

    "Ah," said Mozart, "but I did so without asking advice."

  • An Old Farmer's Advice

    Good honest advice for life.~ Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

    ~ Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

    ~ A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

    ~ Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

    ~ Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

    ~ Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

  • Discipleship

    military bootsAs a new Ensign, I was assigned duty at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, and carpooled to work with a veteran Marine sergeant. One afternoon, I showed him a pair of brown shoes I had purchased to go with my khaki uniform. He examined the leather carefully. "Let me take these home," he said, "and I'll show you a real Marine Corps shine."

    The next day I wore my old shoes, expecting to switch them with the ones the sergeant was polishing. From a grocery bag, Sarge pulled out the right shoe, shining like glass. "This is the way a Marine shines a shoe," he said. "Now all you have to do is polish the left one to look like it."

  • Fellowship

    man4Lonely and alone, discouraged and empty hearted
    That's when a man needs a brother

    When the burden is heavy, the load too much to bear
    That's when a man needs a brother

    When in despair, and needing someone to care
    That's when a man needs a brother

    When the strong arm on your shoulders make the tears flow free
    That's when a man needs a brother

  • Grandma Generation Gap

    sewingMy granddaughter came to spend a few weeks with me, and I decided to teach her to sew.

    After I had gone through a lengthy explanation of how to thread the machine, she stepped back, put her hands on her hips, and said in disbelief,

    "You mean you can do all that, but you can't operate a cell phone?"

  • Slap Her, Hard!!!

    Here's a powerful message for men, delivered by some young boys after they are told to slap a girl.

  • Three Powerful Words

    personA funny story is told about General George Patton from his World War II days. He once accepted an invitation to dine at a press camp in Africa. Wine was served in canteen cups but, obviously thinking he was served coffee, Patton poured cream into his cup. As he stirred in sugar, Patton was warned that his cup contained red wine and not coffee.

    Now, General Patton could never, never be wrong. Without hesitating he replied, "I know. I like my wine this way." And he drank it!

  • Triple Filter Test, Gossip, Slander

    ancient greeceIn ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

    One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

    "Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

    "Triple filter?"

  • Walk a Little Plainer Daddy

    father and son2"Walk a little plainer daddy," said a little boy so frail,

    "I'm following your footsteps and I don't want to fail.

    Sometimes your steps are plain, sometimes they are hard to see;

    So walk a little plainer Daddy, for you are leading me.

    I know that once you walked this way many years ago;