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well within yourself that treasure, kindness.
Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose
without regret, how to acquire without meanness."
George Sand, Pseudonym of Amandine Aurore Lucile
Prolific French Novelist (1804-1876)
"Try a Little Kindness"
From the Inside Out...
No More with Me
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with ... Yourself
BE the World
You Want to See!
As the old saying goes,
"if you aren't part of the solution, you're part of
the problem." We all recognize how cold and unkind
the world 'out there' can be ... why it's often downright
appalling! However, rather than simply pointing a righteous
finger, we could choose to really make a difference by committing
to do at least one kind deed each day.
From the Inside Out
NO MORE WITH ME
sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he
said as he struggled to get off the escalator. I'll admit to it.
There have been times when walking or driving behind an older person
I've gotten impatient and upset. I've huffed and zoomed around them
because I was in a hurry to get nowhere.
I'm more aware of it now because I see myself there one day soon.
Today I saw myself in this old man's shoes and it caused me to slow
down, stop and ask for his forgiveness.
was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw
him as an obstacle. I've seen people get off the end of an escalator
and stop dead in their tracks, gather their things and suddenly
there's a pile up of angry people behind them. You can't stop an
escalator full of people behind you. Like the Energizer bunny, they
keep on goin'.
man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step
aside. Fumbling with his small packages, struggling to gain his
footing, you could see how troubling this was for him. "I'm
sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he
said as he struggled to get off the escalator.
suddenly saw this in a whole new light. It was like I was watching
my future. I felt sorry for him. I felt sick to my stomach because
this man was apologizing to everyone, when we should have been helping
him and calming his fears.
by one, people zipped around him. I heard a few angry comments whispered
as one lady passed by him. I saw me. By the time I got to him he
was just about steady on his feet. "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't
know there was more," he said. "No, sir. No more with
me," I said.
really hit me hard. I realized right then how sad it was that the
world was in such a hurry. That, of course, included me. But...no
more with me. Count me out. This wonderful man paid his dues. For
whatever time he had spent on this earth, he most likely walked
many rough roads and too many important miles. Now he should be
apologizing for moving slower?
heart ached as I looked into his eyes. I wished that I could see
what he had seen all those years. His face weathered from life itself,
was creased and wrinkled. The small soft pockets under his eyes
and the gentle lines that curved up and around them told me he had
many happy moments, too. Those were traces left behind from laughter
and a smiling, happy man.
"My friend, can I help you with those things?" I asked.
Hesitant at first, he finally said, "Well, yes, thank you!"
I placed my hand under his left arm and walked with him a safe distance
away from the rush of people.
"So what are you shopping for, sir?" I asked. "Oh,
just a little something for my neighbor. She's a young mother raising
kids on her own. She's always so nice to me. I thought a box of
candy for Mother's Day..." he said, stopping suddenly as he
searched his inside pocket of his sport coat.
"Do you need something?" I asked. "Oh, no. Here.
I think I have it right here. I always carry them with me,"
he said. Then pulling out a hand full of papers he shuffled through
them and handed me a business card that read: "John A. Pomicter
to all...enemy to no one! I
said a prayer today and you were the answer. Thank you!"
for you," he said. "Thanks for stopping to help an old
man." "My friend, you helped me. I discovered that I was
unhappy with the world and I was part of the problem. Now I'll be
part of the solution. No more with me!"
this was meant to be," he said smiling. "You know God
sends me gifts every day and always at least one special person.
You were my gift for today! Let's go get some chocolates, my friend."
Bob Perks, Motivational Speaker and Author
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According to one UCLA study, people evaluate one another using the
Three V's: visual (appearance), vocal (voice) and verbal (what you
say). About 93 percent of a person's communication effectiveness
is determined by nonverbal communication. Another study, conducted
by a University of Toledo psychology professor, concluded that the
first 30 seconds make or break the connection between two people
when they meet for the first time. The
following six steps, or "two-minute drill," will guide
you toward a best-case scenario for interviews and other important
Appearance counts. When you look good, you feel good. Make sure
you look groomed and neat. If you were a book, would someone want
to read more? Your clothes and accessories should be conservative
and neutral, rather than wild and loud. Your clothes are your packaging
and should not take attention away from the product.
Nonverbal communication sometimes conveys a stronger message than
verbal communication. When you slouch, whether sitting or standing,
you're saying volumes about you and your confidence level. Sit up
straight like your mother always told you to. When you stand,
make yourself as tall as possible: shoulders back and head held
Eye contact and smiles can indicate a confident and upbeat attitude.
You will notice that many job postings ask for enthusiasm and energy.
This is a good opportunity to demonstrate your social and interpersonal
skills as well as your excitement about the opportunity for which
The handshake sends a strong tactile message. Whether your hands
are hot and sweaty or cold and clammy, you can try some tricks to
control the temperature. To cool your hands, try running cold water
on the insides of your wrists. Use hot water if your hands are cool.
If you have particularly sweaty hands, try using a deodorant gel
(antiperspirant) as a lotion.
Your voice and the volume of your speech convey a strong impression.
Whether the interview's over the phone or face-to-face, you should
speak with enthusiasm and energy. Use a firm voice to demonstrate
vocabulary reveals your communication skills and ability to interact
with people, especially ones you've not met before. The words you
choose will say something about you, as well as your knowledge of
the industry. It is important to use "their" words and
talk "their" talk.
Photo: Sigurdur H Stefnisson
Lights, "Aurora Borealis," is a visible phenomena in Finnish
Lapland caused by solar particles being captured by the earth's
magnetic field, accelerated to high energy levels and hitting the
upper atmosphere forming large Auroral ovals around both magnetic
poles. In Finnish they are called "revontulet", which
means "fox fires" a name derived from an ancient fable
of the arctic fox starting fires or spraying up snow with its brush-like
tail. In winter time, Aurora is almost a nightly phenomena and it
is no surprise the natives rarely pay much attention to it.
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ABOUT GUARDIAN ANGELS
A couple of months before he died of an inoperable brain tumor,
10-year-old Ryan Reynolds was at a picnic with family and friends,
and during the hayride he told his mom he could see angels. This
wasn't unusual, because Ryan often spoke of angels. But when the
family photos from the picnic were developed, right there among
the aunts and uncles and friends were white transparent images.
had first thought that it was something to do with the developing,"
Shirley Reynolds, Ryan's mother, told ABCNEWS affiliate WCPO-TV
in Cincinnati. But Ryan's mom wasn't the only one to get back photos
with unusual images. In fact, three different cameras, using three
different kinds of film, developed at three different places, all
had the same transparent white shapes. "No,
I've never seen that before in a photo," said Angie Shafer,
a photographer for a local newspaper, "We thought that maybe
there were spots on it."
really bizarre," said Ryan Kurtz of Cincinnati Magazine. "I've
never seen anything like it." The
ghostly images appeared as scattered little spots, a sort of fish
shape, and one large white globe that little Ryan recognized right
away. "When he saw it, he said, 'Mom, this is why I felt so
good to go on the hay ride,' " his mother recalled. "He
said, 'Because right there is my guardian angel. I knew she'd be
there. That's my angel, Mommy. She talks to me all the time.' "
it wasn't Ryan's first experience with angels. "I said, 'Who
were you talking to?' " Reynolds said of another incident.
"He said, 'Mommy, it's my angels.' "Then
he looked up at me," she added. "He never met my parents.
They died way before he was ever born. He said, 'Mommy, your mommy
and daddy, is that them in the picture on the wall?' And I said,
'Yes.' And he said, 'Mom, I just wanted you to know, they're both
OK. They're just as pretty as they are in that picture, except they
have wings, and they're waiting for me.' "
also had a camera at the picnic, where she was taking pictures for
The Community Press. The spots in the photos she took with her digital
camera could have been due to low light. But after she saw the other
photos, she doesn't think so. "Unbelievable," Shafer said.
"I believe it though. I believe there was a presence there
watching over him. He seemed like such a great kid, the little time
I was there and spent with him."
the photographer for Cincinnati Magazine, has been developing and
taking photos for 15 years. He was able to explain away a few of
the spots, but only a few. "That could be from dirt or water
on the lens," he said of some of the marks. "These, I've
never seen a shape like that as far as a reflection of a flash along
with this perfect circle. You wouldn't get a circle like that from
a marking on a lens."
they angels? Or did all three cameras see the same reflections in
different places at different times? Maybe only Ryan knew for sure.
"He said, 'They're my guardian angels, and they've been here
since I was born.'" his mother said. "And now, when I
think of Ryan, I see him as a happy healthy little boy running and
playing doing everything he could no longer do the last nine months."
Michael Flannery Special to ABCNEWS.com
here for WCPO-TV coverage, including more photos
Contributed by Joan W. Anderson,
was the first writer to submit a typewritten manuscript?
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THE IMPORTANCE OF PROOFING
newspaper carried the notice last week that Mr. Oscar Hoffnagle
is a defective on the police force. This was a typographical error.
Mr. Hoffnagle is, of course, a detective on the police farce.
NOTICE: If you are one of hundreds of parachuting enthusiasts who
bought our "Easy Sky Diving" book, please make the following
correction: on page 8, line 7, the words "state zip code"
should have read "pull rip cord."
was a mistake in an item sent in two weeks ago which stated that
Ed Burnham entertained a party at crap shooting. It should have
been trap shooting.
are two important corrections to the information in the update on
our Deep Relaxation Professional Development Program. First, the
program will include meditation, not medication. Second, it is experiential,
the "City Beat" section of Friday's paper, firefighter
Dwight Brady was misidentified. His nickname in the department is
"Dewey." Another firefighter is nicknamed "Weirdo."
We apologize for our mistake.
was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is T-shirt Appreciation
Day. In fact, it is actually Teacher Appreciation Day
a recent edition, we referred to the chairman of Chrysler Corporation
as Lee Iacoocoo. His real name is Lee Iacacca. The Gazette regrets
I originally wrote, "Woodrow Wilson's wife grazed sheep on
front lawn of the White House." I'm sorry that typesetting
inadvertently left out the word "sheep."
one edition of today's "Food Section," an inaccurate number
of jalapeño peppers was given for Jeanette Crowley's Southwestern
chicken salad recipe. The recipe should call for two, not 21, jalapeño
marriage of Miss Freda vanAmburg and Willie Branton, which was announced
in this paper a few weeks ago, was a mistake which we wish to correct.
Jane at Online
The Cat's Meow
Hubble Space Telescope...
you're at all interested in astronomy, you should visit the Hubble
Space Telescope Public Pictures site. Even if you're not especially
interested in astronomy, you'll probably find these pictures interesting.
Some of the pictures are amazing and you'll probably find it easy
to hang around the Hubble site for hours.
Have you ever found yourself on the internet when suddenly
a full screen ad pops up and you can't find the "X"
to close it? Simply click once on the offending page, then hold
down the "Alt" key on your keyboard and press the "F4"
key. This will close the window that you just clicked on.
Look at THAT!
Eriko Sugita /REUTERS
American Shorthair Cat Mick ...
examines a "Meowlingual" device, which can translate
various meows into over 200 human words, at an unveiling in Tokyo.
Toymaker Takara last year developed a "Bowlingual" communication
gadget for dogs and will start sales of the "Meowlingual"
in November. The feline version won't strap on the collar as does
the Bowlingual, and you must hold the microphone up to the cat's
mouth and hope it says something. In case your cat's not in the
mood, the machine will have "playful features," such as
a horoscope reading for cat lovers and other surprises. ~REUTERS
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
BEING IN TOUCH WITH ... YOURSELF
way we can assure a Joyful Lifestyle is to be in touch with our
emotions, thoughts and body so that we actually know what we need.
We've all heard that naps can improve our mood, alertness, productivity
and help maintain our emotional well-being. However, too many
times, rather than appear weak in the workplace or to our
family, we push ourselves beyond our limits without allowing regular
time to re-charge. Staying tuned in to our mind, body and spirit,
and resting when needed, actually enables us to better reach our
goals and fulfill our mission in life.
Warner of WebMD reports that taking a nap after learning a difficult
task might help us perform better. A new study shows that a 60-90
minute daytime nap can provide the same sleep-related benefits
in learning new things as an entire night's sleep. Researchers
say that learning perceptual skills such as quickly picking
out a target amid other distracting images has been shown
to depend on a good night's sleep afterwards. For example, prior
studies have shown that people improve their reaction times in
the first few minutes of training at a new task, but further significant
improvement occurs only after several nights' sleep. However,
the study published in Nature Neuroscience found that the same
level of improvement can also be achieved following a 60-90 minute
daytime nap, as long as the napper experiences both slow-wave
sleep and rapid eye movement (REM), which are sleep stages associated
with deep sleep.
trained a group of adults on a visual task that required them
to quickly pick out a target among other distracting images. The
subjects were trained at 9 a.m. and subsequently tested on their
skills at 7 p.m. that evening and again the next morning. The
study found the participants who took a 60-90 minute nap between
learning the task and the evening test showed significant improvement
compared to those who did not nap or those who napped but didn't
experience both slow-wave sleep and REM. Researcher
Sara Mednick, of the psychology department of Harvard University,
and colleagues say the degree of learning and performance improvement
the power nappers gained from as little as one hour of sleep was
equal to the gains found after a full night's sleep (eight hours).
But they say the effects were specific to the visual task at hand,
so more research is needed before a midday power nap can be justified
as "learning on the job."
Chelle Thompson ~
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