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not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Muriel Strode, American Author "At the Roots of Grasses"
(Contributed by Dave at PositiveNews.net)
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From the Inside Out...
Love their Bach
What a Site!
BE the World
You Want to See!
When, to the best of our human ability, we can maintain
a high level of consciousness, the lives of those around
us are inexplicably enhanced.
It's part of the 'ripple effect' which spreads out in far-reaching
circles of positive energy and kindness.
From the Inside Out
she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day
of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers,
she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the
same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row,
slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs.Thompson
had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play
well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that
he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.
got to the point where Mrs.Thompson would actually take delight
in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and
then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers. At the
school where Mrs.Thompson taught, she was required to review each
child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However,
when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.
first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a
ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners. He is
a joy to be around." His
second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student,
well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother
has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle!"
third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard
on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much
interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't
fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't
show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he
sometimes sleeps in class."
now, Mrs.Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.
She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents,
wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's.
His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that
he got from a grocery bag. Mrs.Thompson took pains to open it in
the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to
laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones
missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But
she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty
the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume
on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long
enough to say, " Mrs.Thompson, today you smelled just like
my Mom used to." After the children left, she cried for at
least an hour.
that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.
Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs.Thompson paid particular
attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come
alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By
the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children
in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children
the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."
years later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling
her that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she
was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Four years
after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had
been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and
would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He
assured Mrs.Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher
he had ever had in his whole life. Then
four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to
go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the
best teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer,
the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.
story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter
that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be
married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years
ago and he was wondering if Mrs.Thompson might agree to sit at the
wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of
the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore
that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover,
she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered
his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.
hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's
ear, "Thank you Mrs.Thompson for believing in me. Thank you
so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could
make a difference." Mrs.Thompson,
with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you
have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make
a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."
Contributed by Sherry in Miami, Florida
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are usually not enforceable in court. If a landlord has violated
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Landlords usually can't legally seize a tenant's property for nonpayment
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eviction," which is usually grounds for legal action.
In many states, it's illegal for a lease to stipulate that the tenant
responsible for the landlord's attorney fees in case of a court
Visit the online resource for residential tenants at:
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WHY DOGS LOVE THEIR BACH
become sweet-tempered and relaxed when they listen to classical
music but put up a howl when they listen to heavy metal, according
behaviouralists led by Deborah Wells of Queen's University in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, exposed 50 canines in a dog shelter to four different
types of noise. The pooches were given either a middle-of-the-road
pop compilation that included Britney Spears and Robbie Williams;
a "best of classical" CD; a radio program which only had
human conversation; or an album by heavy-metal rockers Metallica.
dogs became agitated and barked a lot when listening to Metallica
but became quiet and lay down more when they listened to the classics.
Pop music and the human voice seemed to make little difference to
how they behaved. The study is reported in a specialist British
quarterly, Animal Welfare.
chief executive of the National Canine Defense League Clarissa Baldwin
discussed the implications of this work: "It is very important
to us that the dogs have as pleasant a time as possible while they
are in our care. Some of our dogs have had a rough start in life
and may be stressed out by being in kennels, so we need to ensure
they are as calm as possible. We always have the radio on in our
re-homing centers and we will be tuning into classical stations
from now on."
studies have already suggested that classical music boosts egg production
in factory hens and milk production in cows but this is believed
to be the first to apply to dogs. Wells added that the findings
supported the use of soothing music in human environments too. "We
know that classical music results in decreased stress, decreased
agitation, improved mood, improved performance in certain things
as well," she said."So
there is certainly scope for using classic music in potentially
stressful environments, such as dentists' waiting rooms, hospital
waiting areas, airports and so on."
added: "It is well established that music can influence our
moods. Dogs may be as discerning as humans when it comes to musical
doesn't the North Star ever appear to
move in the sky as other stars do?
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SOME DAY-STARTERS ...
A young man was sitting in class when the professor asked him if
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this very profound question. Finally, after giving it a lot of thought,
he sighed and said, "I think this was the decision George Washington
made prior to crossing the Delaware."
husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use
30,000 to a man's 15,000. The wife replied, "The reason has
to be because a woman has to say everything twice. The husband then
turned to his wife and asked, "What?"
know, it's really frustrating when you know all the answers, but
nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
attending a marriage seminar on communication, David and his wife
listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands
and wives know the things that are important to each other."
He addressed the man, "Can you describe your wife's favorite
flower?" David leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and
whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?"
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occasionally swerving across the road and running up on the curb.
Juan Lopez escaped from a Mexican jail January, 1996, after using
acidic salsa sauce saved from six years of jailhouse dinners to
dissolve the bars on his cell window.
apologize for the error in last week's paper in which we stated
that Mr. Arnold Dogbody was a defective in the police force. We
meant, of course,
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A Tiburonia granrojo, or "big red," illuminated by
a remotely operated submarine, swims deep below the surface of the
Pacific off the Farallon Islands near San Francisco, California.
Marine biologists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
found 23 members of the species in Monterey Bay, the Sea of Cortez
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LIFE BEYOND NAGGING (Part
to a study presented at the 2003 Society for Personality and Social
Psychology conference in February, nagging can seriously lessen
a couple's intimacy. "How we presents our 'beefs' determines
whether or not our partner will be responsive," says Jamie
Turndorf, PhD, a couples therapist. "The way out is what
I call 'climate control,'" says Turndorf. "We need to
learn how to properly communicate our needs, and it begins with
calmly stating what was said or done and how you felt about it."
tactic is to take action, instead of getting on the soapbox. "Skip
the nagging, and try taking action," says Michele Weiner-Davis,
MSW, a marriage and family therapist. "Skills like active
listening allow couples to learn how to talk to each other in
such a way that they are heard. Too often, when couples talk to
each other about heated issues, they are too busy defending themselves
to hear on a deep level what their spouses are saying and feeling.
If they can learn the tools for fair fighting, then both spouses
can be heard, and nagging isn't necessary."
the urge to nag strikes, Weiner-Davis suggests focusing on the
positive experiences you've had in the past with your partner,
when something other than nagging elicited the response you were
looking for. "Think about a time when you asked your partner
to do something, and he did it, and then think about what you
did differently that worked," she says. "Learn from
that situation, and change future situations accordingly so you
don't need to nag."
the partners of people who nag, some of the responsibility for
improving the lines of communication falls on them as well."Start
out by doing what your spouse is asking to you to do
that might nip it in the bud," says Weiner-Davis. "Another
alternative would be for the person who is getting nagged to avoid
getting angry or nasty, which doesn't work well. Instead, have
a heart-to-heart about what it feels like to be constantly hounded
about something, but in a loving way, instead of a defending way."
line: Good relationships are based on mutual care taking,"
says Weiner-Davis. "You really have to look out for your
and that might mean doing something you're not really crazy about
doing sometimes. And when you have to nag, that's a sign mutual
care-taking is not happening." Whether it's finding new ways
to communicate, or seeking help from a therapist, nagging can
be avoided. "The key is finding alternative ways to reach
your goals, and being more productive and more loving," says
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No-Nonsense No-Nagging Guide for Women
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