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    Star Trek - The Movie

    Friday, May 8, 2009, 4:08 PM [General]

    This morning, when I went to see Star Trek, it was really difficult for me to sit in the theater and not hoop and holler, while doing the happy dance, when the movie started. I wasn't expecting such a fast paved entry. They got right into it.

     What I enjoyed best was the fleshing out of relationships, of how Kirk and his crew first met. And I was completely blown away by Uhura and Spock. This was a wow and truly delightful moment for me. I wanted to shout and do an arm pump but I restrained myself.
    I watch Heroes every week and have never really cared for the Silar character but Zachary Quinto did justice with Spock. And when we got to see the real deal - OK I'll stop. I have no complaints, just a few things in the story line that I'm curious about. Guess I need to get out my Star Trek encyclopedia to compare some notes.

    When the movie was over I was the last one out. I had to see all of the credits and hear all of the music. Why do people sit through a whole move and then walk out without seeing the credits. I mean some of them were gone before the names of the actors scrolled and the theme played. What's up with that?

    They didn't play the Star Trek theme when the movie started. A gentleman came in to sweep up and gave me a few odd looks. He thought I was expecting something more after the movie was over. I wanted to know why he turned on the lights and was sweeping up when a customer was still in there watching the credits - harrrumf.

     I told him I appreciated all of the hard work that went into the making of that movie and wanted to see all of the names and to especially know who did the music. And yes I will be seeing this one again, one day next week. It's worth it. 

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    Mother Said

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 11:18 AM [General]

    This morning I smiled as I watched my daughter and her three year old leaving the house. The little one was wearing a new skirt. And she'd apparently been given a "lesson" on how a young lady should sit when wearing a skirt, with the legs closed of course. I chuckled because every time the little one was asked how she should sit she'd say - Open. I've no doubt she'll catch on soon enough. :)

    Which brought to mind things that my mother has taught me over the years. I'm sure the lesson of sitting like a lady was one but what stayed uppermost in my mind was the day when I wanted something and needed to ask Dad to help me to get it. When I mentioned it to Mom she said - if you talk to him the right way you can get anything you want. And Mom was of course right. I did, and I got what I wanted.

    I wonder how many lessons have been taught my Mom's around the world and how many are remembered long after the day is gone.

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    May Day Celebrations

    Monday, April 27, 2009, 11:47 AM [General]

    When I was a kid, still in grammar school, one of the events we looked forward to each year was the May Day celebration. A pole would be put up, decorated with colorful ribbons. We would dance the May pole, create projects in class with flowers and such. They don't do that anymore. I don't know why. Perhaps political correctness has gotten in the way as it has with so many other things once perceived as pure fun.

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    Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 5:50 AM [General]

    I was watching one of those yard design shows this past weekend where the family was having a pool installed. The husband commented that after their yard was all spiffed up they wouldn't have to go away for vacations anymore, they could just go out in the backyard and hang out there. 

    I know that staycations have  become a financial necessity for many. I haven't been anyplace exciting for a couple of years, not so much due to finances but more laziness on my part. I don't think staycations are new. I've taken many a vacation from work, stayed home and gone on day trips with the kids. Isn't the basically the same thing as a staycation?

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    In Today's Email

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 4:53 PM [General]

    Church Bulletin Bloopers

    These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services

    The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.                         

    The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'                         

    Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.                         

    Remember in prayer the many who are of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.                          

    Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.                         

    Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.                         

    For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.                         

    Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.

    They need all the help they can get.                         

    Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.                         

    Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.                         

    Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.                         

    Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.                          

    The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.                         

    Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.                         

    The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.                          

    This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.                         

    Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S... Is done.                         

    Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.                         

    The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.                         

    Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance. 

    The Associate Minister unveiled the church's newcampaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours!

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    From today's email

    Friday, December 7, 2007, 6:36 PM [General]

    I like these  -----------------------

    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger.  
    Then it hit me.
    Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
    Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off?
    He's all right now.
    The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
    The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
    To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
    When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
    The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
    A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
    A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement.
    He became a hardened criminal.
    Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.
    We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.
    When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U.C.L.A.
    The math professor went crazy with the blackboard.
    He did a number on it.
    The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.
    The dead batteries were given out free of charge.
    If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory.
    A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.
    A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
    A will, is a dead giveaway.
    Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
    A backward poet writes inverse.

    In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.
    A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
    If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
    With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
    Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.
    When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
    The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.
    A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France , resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.
    You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

    Local Area Network in Australia The LAN down under.  
    A calendar's days are numbered. 
    A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.
    A boiled egg, is hard to beat. 
    He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
    A plateau, is a high form of flattery.
    Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
    When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
    If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine .


    When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.


    Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.


    Acupuncture: a jab well done.

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    From Today's Email

    Saturday, November 3, 2007, 10:12 AM [General]

    A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

    Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

    He said, 'It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.' The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. 'I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.'

    One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.  Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

    Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

    A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

    When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. 'My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,' said the CEO. 'Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!' All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, 'The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!'

    When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his Seed  - Jim told him the story.  The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, 'Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!'

    Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?

    Then the CEO said, 'One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.  But, I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

    When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!'

    If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

    If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

    If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

    If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.

    If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

    If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

    If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

     So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

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    From today's email

    Sunday, October 28, 2007, 11:23 AM [General]

    What Love means to a 4-8 year old . . .

    Touching words from the mouth of babes.  
    A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"
    The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

    "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."   Rebecca- age 8

    "When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."  Billy - age 4

    "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5

    "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy - age 6

    "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."  Terri - age 4

    "Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."  Danny - age 7

    "Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.  My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily - age 8

    "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."  Bobby - age 7

    "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6

    "Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." Noelle - age 7

    "Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6

    "During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."  Cindy - age 8

    "My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6

    "Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5

    "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7

    "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
    Mary Ann - age 4

    "I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4

    "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." Karen - age 7

    "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." Mark - age 6

    "You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." Jessica - age 8
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