If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.
The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.
What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.
One old friend is better than two new ones.
One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton
I don’t want to become immortal through my work. I want to become Immortal through not dying.
Bless her little heart…
A doctor on his morning walk, noticed the old lady pictured above. She was sitting on her front step smoking a cigarette, so he walked up to her and said, “I couldn’t help but notice how happy you look! What is your secret?”
“I smoke ten cigarettes a day,” she said. “Before I go to bed, I smoke a nice joint. Apart from that, I drink about a bottle of Jack Daniels every week, and I eat mostly junk food. On weekends, I have sex, which I still enjoy; I watch lot of TV and avoid exercise.
“That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?”
“Forty,” she replied
Everyone knows the founders of Apple Computer were Steve Jobs and Steve (Woz) Wozniak, but few know that there was a third founder of Apple, his name was Ron Wayne, and he sold his stake for only $800 in 1976. That was a gigantic screw-up… it was a decision made because he disliked Steve Jobs. If he’d held it until today, it’d be worth $35 billion…yes, with a “b”.
who keep using existing skills and interests. They still use skills, interests and activities but modify them to fit retirement. “I am a continuer. I don’t teach or have a salary, but I still write and speak about things I’ve always been interested in.”
who start entirely new endeavors. They see retirement as an opportunity to make daring changes in their lives. “I’m not talking about becoming mountain climbers, but these are people who start something new. For example, a bank teller might become a docent in a museum. An investigative reporter might become an artist. It is about adventures in new arenas.”
who explore new options through trial and error. This means you look into different activities. You talk to people in the fields you’re interested in. You volunteer for different projects or programs , and if you don’t like one, you try something else. This is much like what happens to many high school and college graduates who don’t know exactly what they want to do when they graduate, so they search and struggle to find their way.
EASY GLIDERS…who enjoy unscheduled time letting each day unfold. “They let the day unfold. Maybe they’ll babysit the grandkids one day. Maybe they’ll go the movies. They may just hang out. They don’t have an agenda, and they are comfortable not having one.”
who care deeply about the world, but engage in less-active ways. This may be an art director who is retired but still goes to art museums, or a politician who is still a news junkie.
who take time out or disengage from life.
There are two kinds of these folks: people who are couch potatoes and people who are taking time out to figure out what to do.
Many combine paths, and over time, one’s path might change,” “The point of looking at paths is to realize the many options for everyone during retirement.”
Based on interviews with more than 150 retirees, Nancy Schlossberg identified the following ways that people approach retirement: From an article by Nanci Hellmich for USA TODAY
Eskimos Enjoy Bear Of A Meal
Yesterday, officers from the Broward County Dog & Bear Pound baited a trap with Klondike ice cream bars and captured a 1500 pound, 9 feet tall Polar Bear. “We get about 20 to 30 bear calls a month,” said Broward County, Florida, Pound person, Fred Baer, (no relation to the Baer Furniture people), “but I can’t remember the last time we had a polar bear alert. They’re fairly rare this far south. We found him wearing a Nome, Alaska, pet tag with the name, “Whitey,” and drove him all the way home to Nome.
His owner said it wasn’t the first time he ran away. A couple of years ago, Whitey crossed the Bering Straits and ended up in the Moscow Circus. He got a job as performing bear, but during the show he had to jump through a fire hoop, so he quit after 3 months. The guy in Nome wasn’t real happy to see that Whitey found his way back. He said the bear was eating him out of house and home and had gulped down his favorite daughter a few weeks before. He also complained Whitey insisted on hibernating in the guest bedroom.
Whitey’s trip South to Florida was a fatal mistake. Tourists sometimes fall into that trap. “We tried to chase him away but he wouldn’t leave,” Baer said, “and I sure as hell wasn’t going to drive up to Nome again. I’m pissed because I wore out my Johnny Horton ‘North To Alaska’ eight-track tape on the first trip up to the 49th state.
But I digress, back here in Hollywood, Florida, when Whitey menacingly charged a group of curious school kids, Baer and fellow officer, Smokey Barski had no choice but to shoot the four-legged visitor from the north. “It was pretty grizzly,” Smokey Barski lamented. “He’s not the first tourist to get shot in South Florida and probably not the last. We usually don’t get ‘em this big unless they’re out on the beach in speedos.”
Local descendants of Alaskan Eskimos skinned and butchered the bear and took it by dog sled to “The Igloo Social Club” on Dixie Highway. The hide was turned into clothing for use next winter. “A good polar bear coat can really take the sting out of a frigid Florida winter,” one appreciative club member said.
Luigi Yamamoto, Nome native born Inuit, and manager of The Igloo, was ecstatic. “We had a great dinner, saved the bear paws for breakfast and still have more than a thousand pounds of meat left in the freezer. It made us realize how much we miss our native food. A couple of the ladies even baked a couple of Eskimo Pies. It would have been absolutely perfect, if we’d had a little whale blubber for appetizers. We are crazy about our whale blubber, somewhat like the Jewish people who love gefllte fish.”
Yamamoto said the meat was a pleasant change from the usual South Florida fare. “My people have just never gotten used to chicken wings and pizza,” he said. “If anybody reading this has a polar bear, or a walrus for that matter, they want to get rid of, we’d be glad to come pick it up.”
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This article was written by Cap Peterson for Cahoots Quarterly, August 2008 Edition, “The official Newspaper of… Hollywood Beach and Beyond.”
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”(Were you going to say, a -e- i -o- u?)
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. (“What big ears you have, Granndma,” said Little Red Riding Hood).
No word in the English language rhymes with… month, orange, silver, or purple. (Note: 1 ton of coal will be awarded anyone who can contradict this).
A Goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that’s about what my memory span is).
A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.)
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. (Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach).
There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (You’re not doubting this, are you?)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. (That’s colder than the cold that freezes the testicles off a brass monkey).
This has got to be the cleverest advertisements for
travelers to come see the sites in India, especially one of
the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, at Agra.
I ask myself…how can so many crazy,
deranged people exist on one small planet?
According to Billboard magazine, André Rieu is the world’s most successful male touring artist.
Being a natural showman, Rieu gets the audience, of all ages, out of their chair and on their feet, dancing, clapping and laughing. Rieu’s concerts are extravaganzas that attract thousands of fans a night. What’s unique is that Rieu, who is fluent in many languages, always addresses the audience in their native language.
Rieu, who plays a 1732 Stradivarius, is passionate about music and is dedicated to introducing children to the world of classical music. Being an ambassador for classical music, that’s what I’ve done the last 30 years, and that’s what I’ll continue doing the next 30 years,” states Rieu.
By Harvey Tobkes
Ventilating anger usually does more harm than good; the other person generally feels attacked and then may retaliate. From that point, there is usually a downward spiral that results in both people being increasingly isolated from each other.
Grudges, rancor, bitterness, spite acrimony and ill-feeling held inside by a person who feels he has been victimized only serve in a negative way to promote guilt and furthermore, I once read that anger is, “depression kept inside.” When it came to reacting to a slight or hurt, the sad part of all the foregoing, is that unfortunately my father was my paradigm. He had a short fuse and was quick to vent; it was bad for his victim but I believe it also had an effect on his health.
It took me a long time to learn that communication and ventilation are not the same thing. Being able to communicate your feelings (in ways that are more likely to be heard) without causing the other person to feel attacked is a skill not easy to learn.
So, get mad but then get glad!
Kilroy is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington, D.C.; he’s back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For you younger folks, it’s a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history. Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known- but everybody seemed to get into it.
The music touches your heart and the lyrics stir your brain. The words decry the gruesome futility and carnage in war, while criticizing those who seek to glorify it. This is exemplified by the account of a young Australian soldier who is maimed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the first World War.
Have a listen, Mate!
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I was more than embarrassed…it all happened back when I was in second grade. I remember it clearly, all six grades were in the school auditorium singing “America The Beautiful,” when a teacher tapped me on the shoulder and in a stern voice said to me, “Harvey, do not sing.” I guess I was a little out of tune that day.”
Embarrassed by Your Singing? It’s a Clue to Brain Health.
Scientists Observe Karaoke Singers to Get Better Understanding of Neurodegenerative Conditions
April 15, 2011 — Belting out a karaoke tune and then listening to the cringe-worthy performance afterward gave researchers new insights into how the brain processes embarrassment.
In the study, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley observed 79 people, 58 of whom had neurodegenerative conditions while the rest had healthy brains. In neurodegenerative conditions, brain cells are progressively damaged or destroyed.
Although not asked to sing karaoke in a club or bar, each volunteer crooned “My Girl” by the Temptations along with the voice-recording device and were videotaped while doing it. They were then asked to watch and listen to their vocal chops minus any accompanying music.
The goal was to embarrass the singers while researchers measured their facial expressions and reactions, including sweating, breathing, and heart rate.
“In healthy people, watching themselves sing elicits a considerable embarrassment reaction,” says Virginia Sturm, PhD, a postdoctoral neuropsychology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, in a news release.
But people who had neurological damage in a region of the brain known as the medial frontal cortex seemed less concerned. “The smaller the region, the less embarrassed the people were,” says Sturm.
The study was presented at the 2011 Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Hawaii.
By Cari Nierenberg POSTED BY WebMD Health News; Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Law-enforcement officials said he commanded the largest, richest and strongest mafia family in the United States, “exerted great influence on the other four New York families and dominated the national commission that sets policy for all 26 mafia families in the country,” according to his 1976 obituary in The New York Times.
Unlike other well-known mafia bosses who ended their careers in exile, prison or as victims of underworld executions, Gambino remained immune to pressure from rivals and law enforcement, serving only 22 months in jail during his more than 50 years in organized crime.
He died October 15, 1976, at the age of 74 in his Massapequa, Long Island, home.
Some of the artists of the 60’s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers. They include: