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Proverbs are Nothing More than Timeless Wisdom Rooted in Common Sense

Proverbs for life –

  • Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced – Soren Kierkegaard
  • A life without cause is a life without effect – Barbarella  
  • One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching
  • “When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep –not go screaming, like one of his passengers in his car.” Source unknown  
  • No man is a failure who is enjoying life.
    William Feather

Proverbs for Inappropriate Discourse –

  • Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you – Spanish Proverb  
  • The biggest lair in the world is “They Say” Douglas Malloch
  • What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t give witness with your mouth- Jewish Proverb
  • “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate – Cool Hand Luke 1967 with Paul Newman

Feminist Quotes –

  • “You don’t understand, Osgood. (Uh, I’m a Man). Well, nobody’s perfect!” Joe E. Brown, Some Like it Hot 1959
  • Female personhood is not a contradiction – the term refers to a non-gender specific being
  • Not to have felt pain is not to have been human – Jewish Proverb
  • Never wrestle with a pig. You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it.
  • I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.   Madonna Ciccone

Friendship Quotes –

  • Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
    Samuel Butler
  • True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
    Charles Caleb Colton
  • The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved –loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
  • “The world may see you as one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

Resources:

Quotations about Gossip

http://www.quotegarden.com/gossip.html

Proverbianet

http://en.proverbia.net/

Read and Listen to your favorite movie quotes through the supplied audio feeder  

http://www.filmsite.org/moments00000.html

A-Z Quotes

http://www.angelfire.com/ok/nightowlsgazebo/page6.html

International Wisdom Proverbs from All over the World

http://www.berro.com/entertainment/international_proverbs.htm

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For The Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this night be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Act of Thanksgiving

From the depths of my heart I thank You, dear Lord, for Your infinite kindness in coming to me. How good You are to me! With Your most holy Mother and all the angels, I praise Your mercy and generosity toward me, a poor sinner. I thank You nourishing my soul with your Sacred Body and Precious Blood. I will try to show my gratitude to You in the Sacrament of Your love, by obedience to Your holy commandments, by fidelity to my duties by kindness to my neighbor and by earnest endeavor to become like You in my daily conduct.

For Friends

Lord Jesus Christ, while on earth You had close and devoted friends, such as John, Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. You showed in this way that friendship is one life’s greatest blessings. Thank You for the friends that You have given me to love me in spite of my failures and weakness, and to enrich my life after Your example. Let me ever behave toward them as You behaved toward Your friends. Bind us close together in You and enable us to help one another on our earthy journey.

For Holy Mary to Help the Helpless

Holy Mary, help the helpless, strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all who keep your sacred commemoration experience the might of your assistance.

For the Seven Gifts of the Spirit

/O Lord Jesus, through You I humbly beg our merciful Father to send the Holy Spirit of grace, that He may bestow upon us His sevenfold gifts.

May He send us the gift of wisdom which will make us relish the Tree of Life that is none other than Yourself; the gift of counsel which will guide us in the way of righteousness; and the gift of fortitude which will give us the strength to vanquish the enemies of our sanctification and salvation.

May He impart to us the gift of knowledge which will enable us to discern Your teaching and distinguish good from evil; the gift of piety which will make us enjoy true piece; and the gift of fear which will make us shun all iniquity and avoid all danger of offending Your Majesty. To the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit be given all glory and thanksgiving forever.

Prayer as A Testimony of Abiding Faith

Amazing Video on the 7 Gifts of the Spirit

http://blog.adw.org/2010/07/distinguishing-knowledge-wisdom-and-understandin

Heartfelt Song of Prayer – Donnie McClurkin w/ Yolanda Adams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XfJZg3osHI

Sensible Prayer Strategies

http://executableoutlines.com/cw/cw_04.htm

Take a Look at the Top Sites to Pray At St. Peter’s Vatican in Rome (click on each of 7 Links)

http://www.saintpetersbasilica.org/Info/PrayerPlaces.ht

My Favorite Prayers – The Desiderata

http://silkworth.net/aa/desiderata.html

Video and Song Dust In Wind

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/538538/kansas_dust_in_the_wind_music_video/

Significance of Ash Wednesday – March 9th, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday#Biblical_significance

Christian Prayer Center

http://www.christianprayercenter.com/

Flying Military French Priest

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 “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows”
— St. Francis of Assisi

We Get Involved For Many Reasons, Here Are Just A Few

  • We get a sense of bonding and connectedness
  • We want to make a difference
  • It allows us to stop and take time for some of the little things that really matter

  • Self-pride
  • The euphoric feeling it gives us

  • Hopefulness
  • It is our innate nature to give
  • Our faith and personal convictions

  • Generosity
  • Compassion
  • Our empathetic natures

  • Our belief in what can be as opposed to what is
  • For what we get back which is often so much more than we give

  • Our insistence in wanting to witness change and knowing that if we really try and succeed we can often help make good things happen
  • Our determination to see others happy and comfortable
  • Feelings of commonality

  • Because of the values we were raised with
  • And the other outside influences that have helped to mold and shape us into caring individuals
  • An inner willingness to want to pitch in and do what is possible

  • Understanding that one person can turn some situations around if he or she just attempts to do so
  • Because we like to think of ourselves as being dependable and responsible to others

  • Because we are sensitive to the special needs of others
  • Often times we are available to listen and express empathy when others are not

  • We like to be involved when we can and have no issues with lending a hand to someone in need
  • We have a natural desire to want to see things improve for others
  • We know how important our participation can be and what it can mean to people in need

  • Extending ourselves to others helps us to discover a whole other side of who we are
  • Volunteering has a way of enriching our lives in ways we sometimes could never imagine

  • It gives us a chance to support our communities
  • We gain a great sense of accomplishment from our volunteer actions
  • Our volunteerism allows us to come in contact with many like-minded individuals

We care for many reasons but most of all for the inner satisfaction we get from knowing our knowledge and talents are useful, and that we are truly needed.

More Thoughts on This Subject

Why College Students Volunteer

http://www.communityservice.wustl.edu/quotes/

Volunteer Campaign

http://www.bootcampaign.com/

Lend a Hand to Help the Planet

http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/lend-a-hand-to-help-the-planet-press-release-2-june-2010.html

Be Kind to Human Kind

http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/lend-a-hand-to-help-the-planet-press-release-2-june-2010.html

20 Reasons to Volunteer From Volunteer Match

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp394249.jsp

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Here is a just a short list of some of the money-making opportunities that have resulted in some of the greatest monetary successes of American entrepreneurs. 

These Moneymakers Made Economic History with What They Introduced

  • Plush toys
  • Specialized apparel boutiques
  • Shopping emporiums
  • Discount stores

  • Construction of strip malls
  • All things related to computer science
  • Retailing groceries

  • Specialized cereal products
  • Candle making
  • Artworks of exceptional value
  • Clothing manufacturing
  • Fireworks

  • Furnaces, ovens and other household appliances
  • Imported or customized automobiles and motorcycles
  • Coca-cola and soft drinks
  •  Aircraft manufacturing

  • Freight service
  • Nightclubs
  • Video arcade Machines
  • Electronics
  • Cell phones
  • Cable, satellite television and Internet

  • Publishing
  • Oil and gas
  • Personal care products

  • Fast food
  • Television broadcasting
  • Private education
  • Financial corporations
  • Trading

  • Real Estate
  • Health care
  • Holistic care
  • Hospice care
  • Retirement developments

  • Medications
  • Tax preparation
  • Salons and spas
  • Sports equipment
  • Fitness centers

Restaurants

Posh Resorts

More on this Topic:

7 Boldest Entrepreneur Moves of All Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgFd-LslbDA

Book: American Entrepreneurs

http://www.amazon.com/American-Entrepreneur-Fascinating-Stories-Business/dp/0814414117

Utube NYC Asian American Entrepreneurs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwHh_oTi88M

Video Clip Young Millionaires Share Their Secrets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGbt00ms7dQ&feature=related

Richest Kids in America

http://markvictorhansen.com/richestkids/

Wharton Newsletter – Monthly News and Highlights

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/whartonfacts/newsletter/index.cfm

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Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges – Walter Scott

Some of Life’s Precious Lessons

  • Common sense
  • Compassion
  • The importance of taking frequent pauses
  • To assume our share of responsibility for our own healing
  • Over the years time stacks up and after a while there is very little of it left
  • Laughter has great medicinal benefits
  • Nothing can restrict our inner feelings of freedom
  • The influence of our teachers remains with us long after we graduate school
  • It is all too easy to get wrapped up in ourselves
  • Lack of trust ruins relationships
  • In the end, the little things really do matter
  • All things increase in value when we take better care of them
  • Lasting motivation must come from within
  • Everything gained requires something lost
  • Nothing replaces the value of what is earned through hard work and self-discipline
  • A sense of true accomplishment is the best way to increase self-esteem
  • Small positive changes, repeated day-after-day, result in alterations in behavior patterns
  • If truth be told, there is always plenty of opportunities to do what we really want to do
  • We are the only ones who can build our character
  • The best way to succeed is to recognize our potential
  • The body needs constant care, continuous exercise and a steady diet of good nutrition
  • Life is meant to be lived and not squandered away thoughtlessly
  • Attitudes need adjustment from time-to-time
  • The time is always right to make a new friend
  • Daydreams can become reality if kept clearly in sight
  • There is no greater satisfaction than knowing we did the best we could
  • Mental refreshment is mandatory or our thoughts about life will grow stale
  • Laziness is contagious
  • Overcoming challenges requires refusing to let up when life lets us down
  • There is always enough time to express appreciation

Time Outs and Some Mighty Pleasant Diversions – Just Good Fun!

40 Motivational Songs to Keep us Refreshed

http://www.goal-setting-college.com/motivation/inspirational-motivational-songs/

Lochinvar – Sir Walter Scott

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3b4OwkJ0dA

Aretha Franklin Tribute (2011 Grammy Awards)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8fZs_O4vjQ

Bring Me to Life – A Tribute to Stan Winston’s Work

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjq9wK5d1Gs&feature=related

Review of Book – Life’s Greatest Lessons – 20 Things that Matter

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780743237826-7

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Here are just a few things that make life more worthwhile and truly fulfilling.  Take a look at this list, and consider adding your own ideas to it.

  • Boldness for undertaking risks when necessary
  • Courage to admit one’s mistakes
  • Enthusiasm that never tires
  • Positive results from efforts exerted
  • Unrestrained spirit

  • First-rate character
  • Greater reliance on the fundamentals of faith
  • Daily tasks easily performed with minimal loss of energy
  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Remarkable natural gifts
  • Determination to overcome unimaginable hardships

  • Discernment
  • Practical personality characteristics
  • Prudence in one’ s affairs
  • Strong lifelong friendship bonds

  • Close professional companionships
  • Ongoing cooperation from those whose advice is occasionally necessary
  • Honest answers from sincere sources with no ill-will intended
  • Sparks of natural genius

  • Broad array of interests
  • Adequate turnaround time after devastating setbacks
  • Enough stimuli to prevent boredom
  • Everyday learning environments
  • An adventurous spirit

  • Expeditions to new frontiers
  • Adherence to inner timetable
  • Positive trade-offs for unforeseen tragedies
  • Self-reliance

  • Good working knowledge of euphemisms
  • Avenues for personal development
  • Passion for professional projects
  • The ability to make the most unworkable circumstances work

  • Levels of mastery over elective leisure pursuits
  • Opportunities to positively influence others through role modeling

7 Characteristics that Make Great Role Models

http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Makes-a-Good-Role-Model?-7-Characteristics-that-Make-a-Real-Impact&id=1089000

Recommendations for Better Ways to live Life

http://www.dragosroua.com/100-ways-to-live-a-better-life/

Five Ways to Express Our Spirit of Adventure

http://ezinearticles.com/?Adventure-in-Your-Business:-5-Ways-to-Express-Your-Spirit-of-Adventure-in-Your-Working-Life!&id=5441333

The Art of Relationships

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK5NeeUwwh0

Giving While Living – amazing suggestions

http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/learning/atlantic-report/giving-while-living

On Being Bold

http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Bold

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I just read on the Internet about the horrific snow storms still ravaging the Midwestern States. My father’s family and their parents were hardy Midwesterners who, like many other couples, pulled together every penny they had and either rented or purchased land as was the custom in the very early 1900’s.  In those days if you wanted to live in a rural area you could pretty much live off the land if you could use your savings to purchase a few livestock and some farming equipment.   

A good size family included a big brood of kids and aging grandparents which provided lot of hands to help out and was an attribute to a farm owner and not a hindrance.  Large families were so common that even in my father’s generation, for example, he was the youngest of fifteen children.

People who relocated to the country brought with them certain bare essentials, the most important of which was a mailbox and a wood burning stove.

Other items such as watering cans, bushel baskets for gathering and transporting farm-grown produce and metal buckets were equally indispensable for feeding the animals and for bathing children in the kitchen but could be purchased from a catalogue or from town. 

The nearest store which was usually an enormous distance away was difficult and on occasion impossible to reach.   Weather conditions sometimes made it impossible to travel and would detour families from going into town which was an arduous journey even on the most pleasant of days. Activities off the farm had to be scheduled carefully with the most vital consideration being adherence to the seasonal climate restrictions. 

Everyone enjoyed the time off because life in the country was not easy.  The whole family had to pitch in and work. Each family member had a series of daily and weekly chores such as milking the cows twice a day and feeding the chickens as well as; barreling hay.

There was little time for anything else since these and other tasks filled the hours from sun up until sunset. 

My great-grandmother helped my grandmother in the garden and in the kitchen.  They were particularly busy planting in the early spring and harvesting and canning until the very end of the fall.  

The crops had to be tended to religiously to keep insects and birds away.  The soil needed to be plowed and tilled and the seeds and sprouting eyes of potatoes and onions had to be planted into the soft, soiled furrows that were recovered with fertilized dirt at the end of the planting process. 

Many of the garden grown foods (fruits and vegetables) could be picked and eaten right away, but hardier crops like potatoes were gathered up in the fall and placed in wooden barrels where they would be safely stored in the farm’s cellar. Potatoes were a mainstay food because they could be used as the basis for a variety of dishes such as soups, stews and casseroles all winter long.  Butchering of certain livestock was also performed in the late fall and the meats sealed in glass jars to meet the requirements of the family during the cold harsh winters.

Doing the washing was a big deal too because instead of loading soiled clothes into a washing machine and flipping on a switch, each piece of laundry had to be cleaned by rubbing it up and down with soap vigorously on a scrubbing board to remove stubborn stains. 

It took hours to do so setting a special day aside each week to do this chore was mandatory.  There were no dryers back then so all the wet clothing and linens had to be hung on a clothes line where they could be seen fluttering back and forth in the sunlight and drying naturally in the wind.

Recreation consisted of simple family outings to parks where the community would gather listening to patriotic speeches, playing ball and just visiting with other people who had chosen to live in remote regions of the Midwest.

Picnics in the summer were a popular pastime. A big wicker basket would be packed with sumptuous delights and all the family’s duties would have to be completed ahead of time in the darkness of the early morning.   The promise of the tasty treats prepared and packed in advance things like fried chicken, freshly picked corn (each ear of corn had to be cut off the stalk) and vegetable relishes, along with homemade breads, fresh fruit pies and hand squeezed lemonade made the event especially festive.  Sometimes these activities would have to be cancelled when there was a good chance that a severe storm was on the rise; raging storms were quite common, accompanied by resounding thunder and lightning as were the threats of tornados and the damage they could cause, a big cause for concern for the farmers.

During the holidays the family’s chickens were shipped off to the big city by railroad.  Everyone usually went to the train station it was a real happening to see distant relatives and friend of the various in the area arriving to spend time this special time with their loved ones. 

There was generally lots of snow making this time special for the children who were bundled up in heavy coats, and wooly gloves and fuzzy ear warmers to keep them from getting chilled and sick in the icy climate; after all, there were snowmen to build and races to be won on their sleds.  The handmade quilts came in mighty handy when wrapped around bricks heated in the oven to pre-warm the beds.  

There was much to do at the local church too.  Members of the family sang in choirs or acted and performed in skits in Christmas plays. Trees were cut down and decorated with strands of popcorn, unlit candles and a wide array of other hand-woven decorations.

It is hard for me to imagine the life my father’s parents and his aunts and uncles had.  I have only set my feet on farm soil a couple of times in my life. I was born and raised in the middle of a bustling city at a time when everything could be had for the asking and nothing had to be produced by such hard efforts.  I marvel at the work ethic of the Midwesterners during the early 1900’s and even today with all the new inventions and machinery they have at their deposal. Farming was and still is a complete mystery to me. There are however aspects of growing up in a rural region of the country I know I would have loved.  There was a simplicity to life that made life less chaotic I am sure, that is until one of those horrific storms or tornados came along and disturb the otherwise serene countryside.  

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