Family: a haven in a heartless world
Salon Spa Tanning Volume 5May/June Issue 1 May/June 20101 2010
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DREAMS: Do Come True The history of The Boulevard began when Sioux Young was a little girl, she had always dreamed of owning a salon and spa. In 1966, Sioux graduated from cosmetology school. After a conversation with her dad, he told her he would help her accomplish her dream. In 1970, Siouxâ€™s father was killed in a plane crash. When this happened
her dream was put on hold. Over the next eighteen years, Sioux got married, had three children and purchased a salon. Then in 1988 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which forced Sioux to give up the salon. When one door closes another door opens. Sioux had to give up the salon, which allowed her to go back to school to obtain her associates degree in nursing. Sioux business life wasnâ€™t the only thing affected by her diagnosis with MS; doctors told her that she could no longer sunbath because of the prolonged exposure to heat. Sioux decided that she could still tan in a tanning bed for 20 minutes in an air-conditioned room and she would be just fine. While Sioux was still working as a nurse she discussed opening a tanning salon with her husband and children. This was the beginning of Sunsational Tans & Co. Their doors opened in 1996 on Washington Street in Farmington with six tanning beds. They soon out grew that location and moved to a larger location on Karsch Bou-
levard in 1997 adding more tanning beds. Sioux’s education and experience in cosmetology and nursing gave her the edge to open a beauty salon and spa that would operate side by side with the tanning salon. In 2004, after sizeable growth in Farmington, Sioux and her family opened another Sunsational Tans & Co. location in Desloge this time adding a gift store, The Briar Patch. Maria Young, Sioux’s daughter-in-law manages this location Sioux and her husband and children have worked extremely hard to get established. They just recently revamped the Farmington salon changing the name to The Boulevard. Rick, Sioux’s husband worked full time for the railroad and as many hours as he could at the salons. Their children, Todd Young
and Amy Dawson, operate the business along with theirolder child, Misty Shaw, helps with promotional ideas and is an officer in our corporation. As you can see Sioux’s dream did come true, thanks to the efforts of her entire family and a lot of good people who patronize our business. The Boulevard, Sunsational Tans & Co. are family owned and operated. They are a places that will immediately make you feel comfortable and at home. Their business philosophy finds it foundation in unique family style customer service. Cutting edge technology and knowledge of modern trends is what makes up their competitive edge. They offer a unique blend of elegance and country style. Contact The Boulevard in Farmington at 573-756-1327.
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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
TENTS 8| Editor’s Note
10| Family Fun Camp Mom & Dad
12| Graduation Notes To Live By 14| Real Warriors He Didn’t Have The Heart To Shoot 16| Gotta Eat 20| Focus on Health Children’s Mental Health 22| Heros The Battle of la Drang 24| Humor for Dads 26| Inspiration A Sparrow at Starbucks 30| Business Technology An Answer to Information Overload 33| It’s OK to Laugh
34| Home Entertainment 37| Dog Gone Funny May/June 2010
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Camp MOM and DAD NO EXTRA MONEY FOR CAMP THIS SUMMER? NO PROBLEM! CAMP “MOM/ DAD” IS READY TO ROLL!
By Mary Morgan
Start off right. No camp is complete without official shirts. “Camp Mom/Dad” shirts can easily be made with Sharpies by the participants of your personal, summer program. Buy shirts (white T’s were 7/ $10 at Walgreen’s recently), special hats, snacks, maps as desired utilizing the dollar stores as much as possible. Deciding on venues to visit takes time and planning. If done well, you will all have a summer camp experience that you won’t forget. For safety, remember to stay away from putting campers’ names on the shirts. One caveat: if you do not make a camp activity schedule, and stick to it, your camp will be a dud. It’s easy to put off an event, that
is, if it’s not on the “official camp calendar.” If you have some friends or relatives with children, you may want to divide up the dates and free up a “counselor” now and then. Preparation is the key to success. Both you and your campers will learn a lot about organization as you muddle through your first year. But by next year, you will be experts. Be sure to keep notes, logs, maps, brochures and contact names/numbers for all activities. These will serve you well in the future. Don’t over do. Children tire quickly, so pace the activities and trips accordingly. If you do a walking tour, make sure the next thing that you do is sedentary.
There’s always next time. Don’t try to cram too much into one day. Never forget the lunch tote/cooler. The cost soars if you “step up to the window.” Have a severe weather alternative. The Zoo will still be there next week. Why trudge around in the rain? Got a Chemically Toxic Employee?
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Go to a kid’s movie or another indoor attraction. Don’t forget the camera. Looking over the summer pictures together brings back fond memories of good times together. Remember to have fun. It’s camp, not school.
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He Didn’t Have th Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England. His B-17 was called ‘Ye Old Pub’ and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to Kimbolton. After flying the B-17 over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named Franz Steigler was ordered to take off and shoot down the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not believe his eyes. In his words, he ‘had never seen a plane in such a bad state’. The tail and 14
rear section was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage. The nose was smashed and there were holes everywhere. Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17 and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained plane. Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England. He then saluted Charlie
Look at the B-17 (the bigger plane), note how shot up it is - one left engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up... It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist Ernie Boyett from the description of both pilots, Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler, shown below). Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it.
he Heart to Shoot
Brown and turned away, back to Europe . When Franz landed he told his Commanding Officer that the plane had been shot down over the sea. He never shared the truth with anybody. Charlie Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were then ordered never to talk about it again. More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, he found Franz. He had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions. Brown and Steigler met in the USA
at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day. When asked why he didnâ€™t shoot them down, Stigler later said, I didnâ€™t have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute.
Both men died in 2008. May/June 2010
Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops
ea can always be enjoyed as a simple, soothing cup of comfort. But with so many flavors and varieties available, tea lovers are discovering entirely new ways to enjoy their favorite brew. Tea-drinking trends find people infusing their tea with fruit and other flavors, and experimenting with tea in recipes. 16
These recipes from Lipton showcase the rich, ripe flavors of whole leaf teas infused with fruit and flavor. From frozen pops to tropical punch, cool smoothies to hot, spiced chocolate tea, youâ€™ll find a refreshing take on tea that just might make your day. For more recipes and information about Liptonâ€™s Pyramid teas, visit lipton.com.
Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops Serves: 8 Preparation Time: 10 minutes Freeze Time: 4 hours 2 cups boiling water 4 Lipton Bavarian Wild Berry Pyramid Tea Bags 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup chopped strawberries Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar until dissolved; let cool slightly. Combine tea with strawberries in medium bowl. Evenly pour into 8 (4-ounce) paper cups (or popsicle molds). Freeze until almost firm, about 1 hour. Insert wooden ice pop sticks into centers; freeze until firm. To serve, press firmly on bottom of paper cup to remove.
Red Tea Harvest Strawberry Smoothie Serves: 2 Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour 1 cup boiling water 3 Lipton Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup frozen strawberries 1/2 cup strawberry frozen yogurt* 1/2 cup ice cubes (about 3 to 4) Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze, then stir in sugar; chill. In blender, process tea, strawberries and yogurt. Add ice cubes, one at a time, and process until blended. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and Variations: For Island Mango & Peach Fruit-Tea strawberries. Serve immediately. Pops, use Lipton White Tea with Island *Substitution: Use regular strawberry Mango & Peach Flavors Pyramid Tea yogurt. Bags and 1 cup chopped peaches. For Green Tea & Mandarin Orange Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Green Tea with Mandarin Orange Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup blueberries. For Black Pearl Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Black Pearl Black Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and/or strawberries). For Harvest Strawberry & PassionfruitTea Pops, use Lipton Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags. May/June 2010
“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.” - Irish Blessings Tropical Punch With Fruity Tea Ice Cubes Serves: 8 Preparation Time: 15 minutes Chill Time: 2 hours 4 cups boiling water 12 Lipton Tuscan Lemon Flavored Black Pyramid Tea Bags 1/2 cup sugar 3 cups pineapple juice 1 cup orange juice 2 cups raspberries Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar; chill. In large pitcher, combine 2 cups chilled tea with remaining ingredients; chill. Meanwhile, in 2 ice cube trays,* arrange 3 raspberries in each compartment. Pour remaining chilled tea over berries. Freeze 2 hours or until solid. To serve, pour punch into large pitcher or bowl. Add tea ice cubes. Serve immediately. *If you don’t have ice cube trays, try using mini muffin pans or a 6-cup ring mold. 18
Black Pearl Hot ’n Spicy Chocolate Tea Serves:2 2 Serves: Check Out airemagazine. PreparationTime: Time:55minutes minutes Preparation com for more recipes. New Cook CookTime: Time:55minutes minutes ones are added every 1 fat cup 1% milk 1 cup freefat or free 1% or milk week. 1 cup 1 water cup water 2 Lipton 2 Black Lipton Pearl BlackBlack Pearl Black Pyramid Tea Bags Also Check out our Lawn Pyramid Tea Bags 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste & Garden and Home & 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon Life Styles. New Topics 1/8 groundground gingercinnamon teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon ginger added every week. 1/8 groundground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup Bring milk and water just to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and brew 1-1/2 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze, stir in remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Tea and a Healthy Lifestyle Keeping your body hydrated can help maintain overall well-being. Unsweetened tea is an excellent beverage for hydration. This conclusion is based on the Healthy Beverage Guidelines that were created by a panel of independent scientists under an unrestricted grant from Unilever. Tea may help maintain a healthy lifestyle — for example, drinking 2 to 3 cups of tea throughout the day, as part of a healthy diet, may help maintain healthy vascular function. Find out more at lipton.com. May/June 2010
FOCUS ON HEALTH
Children’s Mental Health Whenever we hear about or witness firsthand the suffering of a young person, our heart begins to break and perhaps we feel helpless as to how we can help. Children are meant to be protected and to be nurtured. Unfortunately, many young people have serious obstacles during their journey of growing and developing into an adult. Mental illness is one of these obstacles.
Did you know:
• One out of five families is affected by mental illness; • In Missouri, 700,000 people rely on the Missouri Department of Mental Health for treatment; • People with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years earlier than the general population. Children’s Mental Health Awareness is important to the future of our children and youth. It is so important that the state of Missouri dedicates one week of the year as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This year it was celebrated the week of May 2-8. The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health conducted a poster contest for children and youth. The artwork displayed on the poster was created by three inspirational artists –
that partner with us to benefit their child. Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child/youth has problems with emotions or behavior. Such observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, can help determine whether a young person needs treatment. Sometimes a young person uses alcohol or drugs to cope with stress or emotional upheaval and of one of whom is connected with BJC Behavioral Health in Farmington (the course this causes more concern. The following signs may indicate first picture on the left). The theme for the poster is “What Matters to You?” the need for professional help: BJC Behavioral Health in Farmington works with children and youth who • Decline in school performance have a serious emotional disturbance • Poor grades despite strong efforts and reside in St. Francois, Washing- • Constant worry or anxiety ton and Iron counties. In recognition • Hyperactivitiy or fidgeting of Children’s Mental Health Week, • Persistent nightmares on May 5th, BJCBH hosted an eve- • Frequent temper tantrums ning of food, games and entertainment • Depression, sadness or irritability with the families served through the • Extreme anger or rage youth program. This year we hosted • Thoughts or verbalization of hurting self /others. the event at the Clubhouse known as the “Friends In Action Clubhouse” located in Park Hills. The evening was a Early identification, diagnosis and time for staff to connect with the whole treatment of mental health issues can family while promoting family time. help a young person reach his/her full We do this as recognition that children potential. If you suspect a problem or often need multiple supports to help have questions, talk with your child’s meet their needs and that of their fami- pediatrician or contact a mental health ly when there are mental health issues. professional. We value and appreciate the families By Chris Saylor, Clinical Supervisor and Karen Miller, Associate Director BJC Behavioral Health in Farmington
The Battle of Ia Drang Author Unknown, Edited by Annette Wolf
You’re a 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying. It’s November 14, 1965, in the jungle somewhere near Landing Zone XRay in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. Your unit is almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. Then your unit commander closes the helicopter landing zone because of intense direct enemy fire.
You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you know you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But ... It doesn’t seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. He’s not Medi-Vac so it’s not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the Medi-Vacs were
ordered not to come. He’s coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. And, he keeps coming back; 13 more times. Until all the wounded are out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took you and 29 of your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey. Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died in August 20, 2008 at the age of 70, in Boise , Idaho.
What is a Hero? A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~ Christopher Reeve May/June 2010
HUMOR FOR DADS
The Haircut A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son: ‘You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.’ The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father said, ‘Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut. The boy said, ‘You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair...and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.’ You’re going to love the Dad’s reply: ‘Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?’
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Snakes and Frogs I went fishing this morning but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then I saw a cottonmouth snake with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog and put it in my bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit.
It’s Funnier When It’s True
So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in the A man comes into the ER and yells . . . snake’s mouth. His eyes rolled back, ‘My wife is going to have her baby in the cab.’ I grabbed my stuff, rushed out he went limp. to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress and I released him into the lake without in- began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cident and carried on fishing using the frog. A little later, I felt a cabs -- and I was in the wrong one. nudge on my foot. There was that same Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco snake with two frogs in his mouth.
By John Thomas Oaks
It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square . Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it’s enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth. For a musician, it’s the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I’m told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right. Apparently, we were striking all the right chords
that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig - I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the ‘40s to the ‘90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along. After the tune was over, she ap-
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proached me. “I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?” she asked. “No,” I replied. “We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?” To my delight, she accepted my invitation. “You choose,” I said. “What are you in the mood to sing?” “Well. ... do you know any hymns?” Hymns? This woman didn’t know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. “Name one.” “Oh, I don’t know. There are so many good ones. You pick one.” “Okay,” I replied. “How about ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’?” My new friend was silent, her eyes
averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, “Yeah. Let’s do that one.” She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing. Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come? The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to its conclusion. I sing because I’m happy; I sing because I’m free. For His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me. When the last note was sung, the applause crescendoed to a deafening roar that would have rivaled a sold-out
crowd at Carnegie Hall. Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din, “Oh, y’all go back to your coffee! I didn’t come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get somethin’ to drink, just like you!” But the ovation continued. I embraced my new friend. “You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!” “Well, it’s funny that you picked that particular hymn,” she said. “Why is that?” “Well . ..” she hesitated again, “that was my daughter’s favorite song.” “Really!” I exclaimed. “Yes,” she said and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual.
“She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week.” I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. “Are you going to be okay?” She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. “I’m gonna be okay. I’ve just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs and everything’s gonna be just fine.” She picked up her bag, gave me her card and then she was gone. Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just
happened to pick the very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it. God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time; and it’s no stretch for me to imagine that he could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting him and singing his songs, everything’s gonna be okay. The next time you feel like GOD can’t use YOU, just remember... Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Sampson had long hair
and was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David had an affair and was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Peter denied Christ, the Disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, the Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once, Zaccheus was too small, Paul was too religious, Timothy had an ulcer... AND Lazarus was dead. No more excuses now! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger.
Work-at-Home Isn’t a By Nancy Camden
Work-at-home isn’t a fairy tale. It’s real. It isn’t a scam. People of all ages all over the world have profitable on-line businesses and I do, too. Here’s the truth about work-at-home. It’s all about finding a way to help other people and then taking action. 30
10 reasons you should have your own work-at-home online business. 1. Financial freedom. Remember, this isn’t a fairy tale. You earn your financial freedom; it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll need to stick to it and not lose focus, but the reward is real. 2. Flexible schedule. You may have a deadline, but you can get the work done at your convenience. Sometimes I work early in the morning or before bed. Sometimes I put in a few hours on the weekend. Set your own schedule, but be consis-
tent. 3. No commute or dress code. Don’t worry about putting miles on your older car or the price of gas per gallon. Dress in your jeans or sweats. Be comfortable to be productive. 4. You can start with what you have.
a Fairy Tale You already have the equipment you need – a computer and internet connection. If you can send and receive email and have more than a dial-up internet connection then you’re good to go. For now your “office” can be in the basement, the garage, a spare bedroom or even a closet. 5. Lots of free software available. I was amazed at the nifty free software that’s out there. I use free software for pdf files, for my calendar, to plan my writing assignments, to keep track of my hours and to communicate with clients. That’s just a start. In another blog I’ll list all of my favorites. For now, just know that you can get a great start with the free stuff. 6. You don’t have to sweat the technical stuff. We’re not all computer geeks or technical wizards. I’m not an auto mechanic either, but I can hire a good one when I need to. I also hire my “computer mechanic.” I’m lucky that my son, an IT professional, set up my blog software, my domain name and my website, but I could have hired a stranger inexpensively. Just be sure to get a referral to someone who will be there for you if you have questions. 7. You’re not alone. You can find adMay/June 2010
vice from this blog and others, and from forums or groups for every topic imaginable. Connect with people who do what you want to do. You’ll soon have a whole community of people that you know and trust. 8. No scarcity of clients or customers. Get over the scarcity mindset. Millions, if not billions, of people are on the internet and you only need a very few to make a nice income. I had three clients the first year and earned the extra income I needed. When you solve problems for people they come to you and they tell their friends. 9. Young or old – it doesn’t matter. It isn’t about your age. It’s about your willingness to help, and helping people is ageless. Eighteen-year-olds are millionaires and retirees are enjoying financial freedom because of on-line
businesses. 10. It’s fun! There’s nothing like the satisfaction of helping other people. Lots of people dream of making money on the internet. There are two problems with that. First, making money on the internet is not a business model and second, they only dream, they don’t take action. Does that fit you? Make a real difference. I have determined to take control of my own financial future and to do it by helping other people. This is my way of making a real difference in the world. You can make a real difference, too, in your own life and the lives of your family and the world. Don’t wait for someone to wave a magic wand. Make a real difference. Who needs your help and what help do they need? That’s where you start!
IT’S OK TO LAUGH
One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was “acting up” during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, “Pray for me! Pray for me!” A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages. “Mama, look what I found,” the boy called out. “What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy’s voice he answered, “It’s Adam ‘s suit”.
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Sherlock Holmes Not your father’s, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, rendition of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes and
his trusty friend and crime-solving colleague Dr. Watson. Rather, it is an adaptation of a storyline from Lionel Wigram’s comic book series of Holmes tales. Director Guy
Richie pulls out all of the technological stops in order to breathe some high-tech energy into the team of Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law). As a result, a very entertaining, fast-action film results. Making full use of all the visuals that modern CGI has to offer, combined with the flair of a classic, established character, the result is an impressive blend of old and new. Mark Strong adds depth to the plot as Holmes’ supernatural adversary, Blackwood. Rachael McAdams does a fine job as Irene Adler, the one female who can trump Holmes at his own mind games. Dr. Watson even gets a lady this time around. The lovely Kelly Reilly shines as his reserved fiancée Mary. Enjoy the detective duo as they tread some new ground. Now available as a home enter-
tainment offering, Holmes can be enjoyed over and over again. The mild The Lord of the Rings: The Motion PG-13 rating means that most of the Picture Trilogy family can be in on the adventure. When it comes to fantasy/ adventure Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Or- classics it’s hard to surpass director leans Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the Ring trilogy, Fellowship of the Ring, The When it comes to versatility, Nicho- Two Towers and Return of the King. las Cage reigns supreme. From family Just released as a 6-disc, Blu-ray colman to master criminal, Cage makes lection, the new technology promises high-definition picture and sound quality that should greatly enhance the original motion picture experience. The story is as old as the powerful ring itself. It’s up to brave, young hobbit Frodo Baggins to rid the world of the object that is the source of all evil and in doing so, destroy the dark lord Sauron. The hope of the world lies in his long, dangerous journey and noble mission. An Education us believe his characters. His role as rogue cop, Detective Terrance McDonagh is no exception. McDonagh’s beat is post-Katrina New Orleans where he often makes up his own rules in an effort to supplement the broken down order of the ruined city. Included in his lifestyle are plenty of drugs and women that temporarily ease his pain and the reality of the devastation that surrounds him.
The suburbs of London, 1961, is the perfect place for daring, young Jenny (Carey Mulligan) to obtain a very liberal education, but not necessarily the kind that her parents have in mind for her. Bright, attractive and bored with her lingering adolescence, she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard), a man very willing to show her the ways of the world. Completely taken with the lifestyle of her new escort, Jenny is swept May/June 2010
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Season One
off of her feet as he wines and dines her and shows her London as she has never before experienced it. Will the May- December fling be enough to make Jenny pass on accepting the scholarship to Oxford University that is waiting for her? One of the most acclaimed films of 2009, An Education is an outstanding coming of age film. Played primarily at art houses and with a limited release, this is your opportunity to watch a film that got plenty of buzz at Awards® time.
This new-comer to the reality television line-up makes its debut this month in a collectible three DVD set. An almost instant hit on Bravo, averaging 2.5 million viewers per episode, this reality drama of lavish lifestyles, friendships and family has plenty of big hair, big secrets and big drama. At first glance, the men of the household might shy away from this estrogen packed reality show, but the girls, Teresa, Jacqueline, Caroline, Dina and Danielle, will quickly draw them in to the story with their often outrageous antics. Now is an opportune time to catch up on the action as the second season will begin soon. The episodes of the wild weekend that the girls spend in Atlantic City and “The Last Supper” season finale are well worth the price of the entire set. Oh, Those Jersey Ladies!
DOG GONE FUNNY
ONLY IN TEXAS A lady was telling her neighbor that she saw a man driving a pick-up truck down the interstate; and a dog was hanging onto the tailgate for dear life. She said if the pick-up truck driver hadn’t been going so fast in the other direction, she would have tried to stop him. A few weeks later, her neighbor saw this truck at the local Bass Pro Shop. The pick-up truck driver is a local taxidermist with a great sense of humor. Taxidermists are a twisted lot anyway. And it is not a dog; it is a Coyote. Can you imagine how many people tried to stop this guy?
Dog For Sale Whether you own a dog or not, you will appreciate the efforts of this owner to sell her dog. Read the sales pitch below. Dog For Sale. Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat. Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name, Ho Lee Schitt. May/June 2010
MEMORIAL DAY 38
Cemetery Watchman I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to Smokey’s. Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 1655. Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day. Full dress was hot in the August sun. Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever--the heat and humidity at the same level--both too high. I saw the car pull into the drive, ‘69 or ‘70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail’s pace. An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed; she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers--about four or five bunches as best I could tell. I couldn’t help myself. The thought came unwanted and left a slightly bitter taste: ‘She’s going to spend an hour; and for this old soldier, my hip hurts like hell and I’m ready to get out of here right now!’ But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in. Kevin would lock the ‘In’ gate and if I could hurry the old biddy along, we might make it to Smokey’s in time. I broke post attention. My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch. I must have made a real military sight: middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in marine full-dress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began the watch at the cemetery. I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk. She looked up at me with an old woman’s squint. ‘Ma’am, may I assist you in any way?’ She took long enough to answer. May/June 2010
‘Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.’ ‘My pleasure, ma’am.’ Well, it wasn’t too much of a lie. She looked again. ‘Marine, where were you stationed?’ ‘Vietnam, ma’am.. Ground-pounder. ‘69 to ‘71.’ She looked at me closer. ‘Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine. I’ll be as quick as I can.’ I lied a little bigger: ‘No hurry, ma’am.’ She smiled and winked at me. ‘Son, I’m 85-years-old and I can tell a lie from a long way off. Let’s get this done. Might be the last time I can do this. My name’s Joanne Wieserman, and I’ve a few Marines I’d like to see one more time.’ ‘Yes, ma ‘am. At your service.’ She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone. She picked one of the flowers out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone. She murmured something I couldn’t quite make out.. The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918. She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at one stone. I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek. She put a bunch on a stone; the name was Stephen X.Davidson, USMC, 1943. She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944.. She paused for a second. ‘Two more, son, and we’ll be done’ I almost didn’t say anything, but, ‘Yes, ma’am. Take your time.’ She looked confused. ‘Where’s the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way.’ I pointed with my chin. ‘That way, ma’am.’ ‘Oh!’ she chuckled quietly. ‘Son, me and old age ain’t too friendly.’ She headed down the walk I’d pointed at. She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted. May/June 2010
She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968, and the last on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970. She stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn’t make out. ‘OK, son, I’m finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.’ Yes, ma’am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?’ She paused. ‘Yes, Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larry and Darrel were our sons. All killed in action, all marines.’ She stopped. Whether she had finished, or couldn’t finish, I don’t know. She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully. I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car. ‘Get to the ‘Out’ gate quick. I have something I’ve got to do.’ Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us there down the service road. We beat her. She hadn’t made it around the rotunda yet. ‘Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost. Follow my lead.’ I humped it across the drive to the other post.
When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny’s voice: ‘TehenHut! Present Haaaarms!’ I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye--full dress attention and a salute that would make his Drill Instructor proud. She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she deserved, for service rendered to her country and for knowing duty, honor and sacrifice. I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac. Instead of ‘The End,’ just think of ‘Taps.’ As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer: ‘Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas. Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.’ Let’s all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before in our thoughts. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy. ‘In God We Trust.’ Sorry about your monitor; it made mine blurry too! If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under!
Stories To Learn By The Soldiers and The Trench The story goes that sometime, close to a battlefield over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of exhausted battle-weary soldiers digging an obviously important defensive position. The section leader, making no effort to help, was shouting orders, threatening punishment if the work was not completed within the hour. “Why are you are not helping?” asked the stranger on horseback. “I am in charge. The men do as I tell them,” said the section leader, adding, “Help them yourself if you feel strongly about it.” To the section leader’s surprise the stranger dismounted and helped the men until the job was finished. Before leaving, the stranger congratulated the men for their work and approached the puzzled section leader. “You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men - and I will provide a more permanent solution,” said the stranger. Up close, the section leader now recognized General Washington and also the lesson he’d just been taught. (This story is allegedly based on truth.) 42
Say It With Awe It is said that when filming the biblical epic The Greatest Story Ever Told, the director George Stevens was trying to encourage extra passion from John Wayne when delivering the highly significant line, “Truly, this was the Son of God.” “You are talking about Jesus - think about it,” said Stevens, “You’ve got to say it with awe.” For the next take John Wayne duly summoned his most intense feelings. He paused dramatically, and said: “Aw, truly this was the Son of God.”
2 Blind Men A blind man had been waiting a while at a busy road for someone to offer to guide him across, when he felt a tap on his shoulder. “Excuse me,” said the tapper, “I’m blind - would you mind guiding me across the road?” The first blind man took the arm of the second blind man and they both crossed the road. Apparently this is a true story. The first blind man was the jazz pianist George Shearing. He is quoted (in Bartlett’s Anecdotes) as saying after the event, “What could I do? I took him across and it was the biggest thrill of my life.” There are times when we think we cannot do something and so do not stretch or take a risk. Being forced to stretch and take a risk can often help us to reduce our dependencies (on others, or our own personal safety mechanisms), and to discover new excitement and capabilities.
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life. ‘That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.’ May/June 2010
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