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Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. Irene Fisher, UofU Bennion Center

"No man has ever stood so tall, as when he stoops to help a child"
~ Proverbs (And the slogan for Shriners of America)

submitted by DM @ The Corsica, SD Police Dept.

Mariner's wisdom...
It is good to know where you are.
It is not so good to not know where you are.
It is much worse to think you know where you are and not really be there. submitted by Michael Dow
He who 'chickens wisely' lives to 'chicken' another day.,,    Unknown
Panic Intelligently....   Unknown
From Mary W.
Never tell a woman anything you don't want her close friends to know.
 When your wife is in labor, expect to be told it's all your fault.
 When a woman is in the mood, you have about one minute to realize it and figure out how you are supposed to respond.
 You will never regret getting into a bubble bath with your wife.

from Mike Llewellyn


Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies."
Voltaire (1694-1778) , on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan. - submitted by Steve Kenton
All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. --Sean O' Casey, playwright (1880-1964) courtesy of my sister, the editor.
 The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get behind the steering wheel. - Jim Kallio via the Internet.
"Eagles may soar, but prairie dogs don't get sucked up in jet engines." - State Sen. Ed Olson. R - Mitchell, SD.

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out--it's the grain of sand in your shoe. --Robert Service, writer (1874-1958)

Small towns... our most precious natural resource of sheer American quirkiness.  Travel Holiday Mag ? issue
The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off. -- Gloria Steinem

How to parallel park...

People panic when they have to parallel park. Here's a foolproof tip I learned from Mr. Timmins, my freshman driving teacher - pull up *even* with the car parked ahead of you. Make sure you are *close enough* so that your passenger could reach out his window and *touch that car from your car. If you start your parking maneuver from that position, you should nail a perfect parallel every time.

It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether *I* win or lose. - Darrin Weinberg

courtesy of AZCueball.

If you have no excesses in the full bloom of youth, what will there be to pare away on the long road to maturity? -- Sir John Barbirolli

Submitted by  Michael Rose

"Never underestimate the ability of a human being to find a rut and fall in love with it."

Brad Newsham in his 1989 travel book All The Right Places

Betcha didn't know this...

Napkin rings are for *used* napkins. The wealthy could afford clean napkins at each meal. The less well-to-do re-used their napkins... each person's marked with its own unique ring. From Kovel's Antiques Newsletter

There's a conversation piece fer yer next big goat feed.

Cynic - Someone who, when he smells flowers, looks for a coffin. --H. L. Mencken

Poem - What happens when anxiety meets technique. --Lawrence Durrell

Both of these courtesy of my sister, the book editor at the University of Arizona Press

“Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We are afraid.”

Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We will fall.”

“Come to the edge.”

And they came.

And he pushed them.

And they flew.

French poet / philosopher Guillaume Apollinaire

(Personally, I'd have left off the last line... shopkeeper)

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." --Alfred D. Souza (courtesy of my sister, the Editor)
While it may be true that the early bird gets the worm, it is the *second* mouse that gets the cheese. (Guy Clark on Prairie Home Companion)
Life teaches you that some people are wise, and other people are otherwise. Jeff Howard
If a guy hasn't got any gamble in him, he isn't worth a crap... Evel Knievel
Wisdom is in knowing what to overlook... William James
If a man speaks in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong? Lorie Miller
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one". Malcom Forbes  -- submitted by Bobbie Pritchard
Profound thought..."I know you want one, but I can't think of one."
Ken Gates
   (hey, at least the guy's honest!)
Good Health is merely the slowest way to die... anon (c'mon don't be afraid to leave yer names...)
Some of us who were not born with a conscience seem compelled to go out and marry one...
Rule 1: It's pointless to argue with her if you're not going to win

Rule 2: You're not going to win.... "Things a Man Should Know about Women" - Esquire Magazine Feb 99 (the one with Pamela Anderson on the cover)

To keep your cat out of the houseplants, spread a thick layer of marbles over the dirt. I'll be letting you know how this works...
"The first rule of holes... When you find yourself in one, quit digging"  - Nancy Arora

"Have you noticed that ... of the people who have developed the habit of eating, eventually none survive?"  -

Blank paper is God's way of showing us that it's not so easy to be God - "from a writer"

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance -

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness" -  Dave Barry

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most... Bruce Alexander, master woodcarver. See his website.

Overheard at a party last night... "My daughter is home from college, claiming to be half bulimic. She's got the binge part..."

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