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have always looked at life as a voyage,
mostly wonderful, sometimes frightening.
In my family and friends I have discovered
treasure more valuable than gold."
Buffet, Famed Singer & Songwriter(1946 --)
"Changes in Latitudes,
Changes in Attitudes"
From the Inside Out...
The Yellow Shirt
a Vacation (1)
Cat Miracle Diet
What a Site!
Irrational Thinking (1)
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From the Inside Out
THE YELLOW SHIRT
baggy yellow shirt had long sleeves, four extra-large pockets trimmed
in black thread, and snaps up the front. It was faded from years
of wear, but still in decent shape. I found it in 1963 when I was
home from college on Christmas break, rummaging through bags of
clothes Mom intended to give away.
not taking that old thing, are you?" Mom said when she saw
me packing the yellow shirt. "I wore that when I was pregnant
with your brother in 1954!" "It's
just the thing to wear over my clothes during art class, Mom. Thanks!"
I slipped it into my suitcase before she could object. The
yellow shirt became a part of my college wardrobe. I loved it. After
graduation, I wore the shirt the day I moved into my new apartment
and on Saturday mornings when I cleaned.
next year, I married. When I became pregnant, I wore the yellow
shirt during big-belly days. I missed Mom and the rest of my family,
since we were in Colorado and they were in Illinois. But that shirt
helped. I smiled, remembering that Mother had worn it when she was
pregnant, 15 years earlier.
Christmas, mindful of the warm feelings the shirt had given me,
I patched one elbow, wrapped it in holiday paper and sent it to
Mom. When Mom wrote to thank me for her "real" gifts,
she said the yellow shirt was lovely. She never mentioned it again.
next year, my husband, daughter, and I stopped at Mom and Dad's
to pick up some furniture. Days later, when we uncrated the kitchen
table, I noticed something yellow taped to its bottom. The shirt!
so the pattern was set. On our next visit home, I secretly placed
the shirt under Mom and Dad's mattress. I don't know how long it
took for her to find it, but almost two years passed before I discovered
it under the base of our living-room floor lamp. The yellow shirt
was just what I needed now while refinishing furniture. The walnut
stains added character.
1975, my husband and I divorced. With my three children, I prepared
to move back to Illinois. As I packed, a deep depression overtook
me. I wondered if I could make it on my own. I wondered if I would
find a job. Unpacking in our new home, I knew I had to get the shirt
back to Mother. The next time I visited her, I tucked it in her
bottom dresser drawer.
I found a good job at a radio station. A year later, I discovered
the yellow shirt hidden in a rag bag in my cleaning closet. Something
new had been added. Embroidered in bright green across the breast
pocket were the works "I BELONG TO PAT." Not to be outdone,
I got out my own embroidery materials and added an apostrophe and
seven more letters. Now the shirt proudly proclaimed, "I BELONG
TO PAT'S MOTHER."
I didn't stop there. I zigzagged all the frayed seams, then had
a friend mail the shirt in a fancy box to Mom from Arlington, VA.
We enclosed an official-looking letter from "The Institute
for the Destitute," announcing that she was the recipient of
an award for good deeds. I would have given anything to see Mom's
face when she opened the box.
of course, she never mentioned it. Two years later, in 1978, I remarried.
The day of our wedding, Harold and I put our car in a friend's garage
to avoid practical jokers. After the wedding, while my husband drove
us to our honeymoon suite, I reached for a pillow in the car to
rest my head. It felt lumpy. I unzipped the case and found, wrapped
in wedding paper, the yellow shirt. The shirt was Mother's final
gift. She had known for three months that she had terminal Lou Gehrig's
disease. Mother died the following year at age 57.
was tempted to send the yellow shirt with her to her grave, but
I'm glad I didn't because it is a vivid reminder of the love-filled
game she and I played for 16 years. Besides, my older daughter is
in college now, majoring in art. And every art student needs a baggy
yellow shirt with big pockets.
Patricia Lorenz, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul'
~ Contributed by Diane in St. George, Utah
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AVOID E-MAIL MISTAKES
Here are four easily avoidable mistakes you should know about to
keep your friendships and inbox in tiptop shape.
Failing to follow e-mail etiquette. There's no point in belaboring
the etiquette issue. We all know we should be polite. But here are
a few points to consider:
Don't write when you're angry. Wait 24 hours. Calm down. Be
reasonable. Have someone else edit your e-mail.
DON'T USE ALL UPPERCASE! That's the e-mail equivalent of yelling.
Your recipient won't be appreciative. Go easy on the exclamation
points, too. Overuse dulls their effectiveness.
Use clear subject lines. That will help people decide whether
to read the e-mail now or later. We're all busy. Your correspondent
will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Thinking you are anonymous. If you are sending nasty missives,
you might think no one will be able to figure out that the e-mail
came from you. After all, you set up a phony Web address. Think
again. E-mail contains invisible information about the sender. That
information is in the header. All major e-mail programs can display
header information. Here's how:
In Microsoft Outlook, double click the e-mail. Then click View >
* In Microsoft Outlook Express, click the e-mail. Then click File
..Properties and select the Details
* In Eudora, double click the message. Then click the Blah Blah
* In Netscape, click the message to open it. Then click View >
..Message Source to display the header.
sender's revealing information is in the sections that begin with
"Received:." The originating computer is in the
bottom "Received:." That section will have an Internet
Protocol (IP) number, such as 220.127.116.11. It can be traced on
a number of Web sites. I use InterNIC.
The number is probably assigned to the sender's Internet service
provider, rather than the sender. But the ISP will be able to identify
the sender using that number.
Clicking "Send" too fast. Reread every e-mail before
you send it! I actually get e-mails from job applicants with misspellings
and missing words. And don't depend on the spell-checker. It will
catch misspellings. But if you use "four" instead of "for,"
or "your" for "you're," it won't tell you. It
also is not likely to catch any missing words in a sentence that
you inadvertently failed to include. So take a minute and reread
your text. Don't look like an ignoramus.
Forgetting the attachment. This seems obvious, but I can't tell
you how many times I've received an e-mail with a missing attachment.
Since we all do it occasionally, it shouldn't be a huge deal.
is almost like talking. We use it so much that we don't really think
about it. But there are rules and courtesies, just as there are
with talking. And there are other considerations involved in communicating
by written word only. Giving them some additional thought could
make your e-mail experience more satisfying and your recipients
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TIKAL MAYAN PYRAMID
North Park University /Chicago
The monumental ruins of Tikal with its towering pyramids looms out
of the thick Guatemalan jungle canopy like stoic sentinels of ancient
mysteries. Tikal was once a wealthy metropolis of 100,000 inhabitants
and the seat of power for the great Jaguar clan lords. Today, the
site attracts archeologists from all around the globe and the wildlife
surrounding the ruins makes it a naturalist's dream. The ruins include
more than 3,000 structures extending over six square miles and including
palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas,
avenues and steam baths. The ancient Maya began building Tikal around
600 B.C., and for the next 1500 years the area was an important
religious, scientific, and political center.
Foundation of America"
do Bruce Willis, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, and Carly Simon
have in common? They all stutter. In fact, more than three million
Americans stutter. The Stuttering Foundation of America has free
online resources, services, and support to those who stutter and
their families, as well as aid for research into the causes of stuttering.
HOW TO CHOOSE A VACATION (Part
Do you want a remote getaway, a popular destination or to take in
a big event? Determine whats important to you by creating
a set of objectives for what you want out of the trip. To help you,
weve devised 10 criteria for how to choose a vacation. They
were chosen from discussions with travel agents, representatives
of tourist bureaus and travel publications, personal experiences
and reviews of other information. Select the criterion most important
to you or a mix of all of them.
A wide variety of lodgings in every price range. Lodgings will
be one of the biggest line items on your vacation budget. And how
you feel about the importance of accommodations may vary from I
only sleep there, who cares? to Sheets with less than
a 500-thread count depress me. In Orlando, Fla., where Walt
Disney World is based, for instance, you can stay at a campground
for as little as $25 a night or stay in a four-diamond hotel at
rates of up to $1,000 a night.
Currency equal to or weaker than your dollar. One of a vacationer's
greatest pleasures is to get more for less. Eating at a Brazilian
rodizio (unlimited meat roasts and vegetables served at the table)
for $7 per person or buying fine Canadian wool at two-thirds the
price in the United States makes spending guiltless. Even
trips within the United States can give you that wow, this
is cheaper than home! excitement. For example, cities such
as Louisville, Ky., with its Kentucky Center for the Arts and world-renowned
Actors Theater of Louisville and, of course, the Kentucky Derby,
can be a treat for vacationers. Or
stretch your dollar in Las Vegas, where everything from movie theaters
to food is subsidized by huge gambling revenues. If you don't gamble,
you can luxuriate in fabulous pools, eat like a king and watch the
big stars while the guys at the blackjack table are footing half
your bill. If that bores you, check the nearby desert or even the
Easily accessible by air and good roads, trains, area transportation.
From Antarctica to the African plains, you can get most anywhere
these days, but at what price? The journey may be too strenuous
for you (Himalayan adventures are graded by arduousness.). Other
destinations are deceptively simple to visit until you arrive. For
example, Crans Montana in the Swiss Alps is a short train ride from
Geneva. Once you get there, it's a cable car up and down the mountain
and a treacherous drive on narrow icy roads to explore nearby France
and Italy. U.S. destinations are best if theyre destination
or hub airports, in which airlines use that locale as
a staging spot to send travelers on to other cities. An exciting
US location with nonstop flights from almost anywhere in the country
is Nashville. Its a relatively inexpensive city that offers
the Grand Ole Opry and the new Country Music Hall of Fame.
Different but on the beaten path. One of the most satisfying
vacations you can spend is one that doesnt place you in the
middle of 400,000 other tourists but still offers you resort accommodations
and plenty of things to do. If youve always wanted to visit
Hawaii but dont want to join the masses, consider the island
of Kauai. Its the South Pacifics tropical Switzerland,
15 minutes by plane and 110 miles west of Honolulu. A
contrasting type of exotic locale is found in the pioneer life of
the Black Hawk Hills of Northern Illinois. A good time to visit
is in autumn, beginning in Rockford, Ill., where you can enjoy the
quintessential all-American road tour into a country unchanged since
Great or interesting cuisine. For price and quantity, Latin
America offers incredible deals not just on the food but on accommodations
and overall cost. A three-course, fresh fish meal in Honduras, including
wine, is $15. For European cuisine, it's a tie between Greek festival
foods like skewered lamb and onions and the heavy Portuguese peasant
cuisine. Don't forget to order uzo with the Greek food, and finish
the Portuguese menu with a beaker of port, and a cream cake from
Belem. All for well under $20 per person.
G. Berg, MSN
What is the origin of Father's Day?
Laughing It Off
THE CAT MIRACLE DIET
diets fail because we are still thinking and eating like people.
For those of us who have never had any success dieting, now there
is the new Cat Miracle Diet!
Breakfast: Open can of expensive gourmet cat food. Any flavor
as long as it cost more than $.75 per can and place 1/4 cup
on your plate. Eat 1 bite of food; look around room disdainfully.
Knock the rest on the floor. Stare at the wall for awhile before
stalking off into the other room.
Lunch: Four blades of grass and one lizard tail. Throw it
back up on the cleanest carpet in your house.
Dinner: Catch a moth and play with it until it is almost
dead. Eat one wing.
Bedtime snack: Steal one green bean from your spouse's or
partner's plate. Bat it around the floor until it goes under the
refrigerator. Steal one small piece of chicken and eat half of it.
Leave the other half on the sofa. Throw out the remaining gourmet
cat food from the can you opened this morning.
Breakfast: Pick up the remaining chicken from the sofa. Knock
it onto the carpet and bat it under the television set. Chew on
the corner of the newspaper as your spouse/partner tries to read
Lunch: Break into the fresh French bread that you bought
as your part of the dinner party on Saturday. Lick the top of it
Afternoon snack: Catch a large beetle and bring it into the
house. Play toss with it until it is mushy and half dead. Allow
it to escape under the bed.
Open a fresh can of dark-colored gourmet cat food tuna or
beef works well. Eat it voraciously. Walk from your kitchen to the
edge of the living room rug and throw up.
Breakfast: Drink part of the milk from your spouse's or partner's
cereal bowl when no one is looking. Splatter part of it on the closest
polished aluminum appliance you can find.
Lunch: Catch a small bird and bring it into the house. Play
with it all over the top of your down-filled comforter.
Beg and cry until you are given some ice cream or milk in a bowl
of your own. Take three laps, and then turn the bowl over on the
Breakfast: Eat 6 bugs, any type, being sure to leave a bunch
of legs, wings, and antennae on the bathroom floor.
Lunch: Remove the chicken skin from last night's chicken-to-go
leftovers your spouse or partner placed in the trash can. Drag the
skin across the floor several times. Chew on it in a corner and
Dinner: Open another can of expensive gourmet cat food. Select
a flavor that is especially runny, like Chicken and Giblets in
Gravy. Lick off all the gravy and leave the actual meat to dry
and get hard.
...VOILA! A NEW YOU!
Jane at The
Cat's Meow Online
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When the Options dialog box opens, click the Maintenance
tab. Click Clean Up Now. When the Local File Cleanup dialog
opens, click Compact. When the operation finishes, click
Look at THAT!
Bruce Pyke /Pharos-Tribune
Carolyn Gross and John Oehlert gaze ...
into each other's eyes at the High Street Laundry
in Logansport, Indiana. At this wedding, the pastor strained to
be heard above the racket of a change machine, and guests tossed
sheets of fabric softener instead of rice. The "Wedding March"
played on a cassette amid the swishing sounds of washers and the
hum of spinning dryers. The mountain-fresh scent of detergent filled
the air. At one point, a laundry cart being pushed by a young woman
rattled as it was wheeled past the couple, who stood between two
carts decorated with flowers. "We knew each other for about
12 years and this is where it kind of started," Carolyn said.
"He used to come in to get the TV Encore listing. He kept asking
me out, and I kept telling him no, but he wore me down."
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
IRRATIONAL THINKING (Part
take a look at how irrational thinking often takes the form of
Demanding, Cant-standing, Complaining and Blaming. When
we believe ABSOLUTES about ourselves, other people, our daily
problems, and what we want, we translate our Desires into Needs.
absolute words like should, have to, must, always, never,
etc. places conditions and sets us up for a fall if things
dont turn out the way they Should. When we make demands,
we view disappointments in our life as catastrophes and dwell
on the awfulness of circumstances.
vast majority of life events are NOT catastrophes, of course,
but its very easy to make catastrophes out of them by what
we tell ourselves and others. Most things that we dont like
are merely frustrating, unfortunate and sometimes inconvenient
... but rarely catastrophic. When we truly realize that disappointments
are, in fact, just disappointments, we gain a clearer picture
of reality. We may feel appropriately annoyed, disappointed and
frustrated, but we wont be devastated.
we cant stand a situation makes us feel weak
and powerless. Yet where is the EVIDENCE that we actually cant
stand something? Weve all handled difficult challenges
in the past relocating, finding a new job, losing a loved
one. Chances are we DID handle it. And even if it didnt
work out well, we found we could stand it and we survived.
(Continued Next Week)
nothing vain about acknowledging strengths to identify the basis
of our foundation. Complete the following sentence with as many
positive adjectives about yourself as you can. I am proud that
I am ________. .
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