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ANTLERS (continued): • Pedicles appear on young deer during their first year of life, appearing as small bumps or knobs. Each year when new antlers grow, the antlers get larger and longer, with more “branches.” You can tell a deer’s age by counting his branches.
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• After three or four months of growth, antlers can reach a span of 7 feet (2 m) and a weight of more than 45 pounds (20 kg). Antlers serve as a sort of “badge of courage.” The animal with the biggest antlers, or rack, is usually the leader of the herd. Deer of all types use their antlers to fight and show dominance. When the antlers are in their time of quick growth, testosterone is at its highest levels.
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• Antlers are not hollow like the horns of cows and other animals. Horns are made of tubular filaments of keratin, which is what human hair and nails are made of. Only the rhinoceros has solid horns. Horns, unlike antlers, do not regenerate each year. They grow throughout an animal’s life, and if they are broken, they do not reform. Most animal horns have only one point. The pronghorn antelope is the exception with two points. Pronghorns also are different in that they shed their horns.
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• Antlers are made of a honeycombed bone-like tissue. They go through a time when they are covered with a thin skin of fine hairs called velvet. The velvet contains an extensive capillary (vein) network. If you were to touch growing antlers on a live deer, they would feel warm from the high level of blood flow. The antlers harden over time during the growth season, and the cartilage in the antlers becomes bone. Antlers start hardening at the base and the process continues rather quickly to the tip until they are completely hard.
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• When the velvet dries and hardens, the antlers have reached their full size. Deer rub and polish them against trees to keep them sharp and shiny and also rub trees when it is time for the antlers to shed. The antlers do not always fall off together. Sometimes one side will fall off, and the other side may fall off a day or so later.
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• When antlers are almost fully grown, during the heat of the summer, they serve an unusual purpose. With the large amount of blood running through them, the antlers “throw off” some of a deer’s body heat. How’s that for built-in air conditioning? Of all of the types of deer though, remember that the only females that grow antlers are caribou and reindeer. So, the poor females of the other types of deer don’t have air conditioning! • Many deer shed their antlers in about the same locations (called “antler sheds”) each year, and many hunters and artists search for the shed antlers. Collecting and selling the antlers is Continued on page 5
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Jesus is speaking here…. John 13:34-35 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. So many church people have missed this right here, what is our greatest witness? That we give tons of money, that we volunteer for everything, that we sing in the choir, that we help with the children and with the youth, that we have every CD and every book, and we watch every Christian TV program, that we have the latest Christian bumper sticker on our car? No, tell me what the greatest evidence to the world around about us is? It is our love, one for another. All those other things are good, don’t get me wrong, but… the one witness that the world cannot refute, cannot argue against, cannot counter is our love for each other. Our greatest witness, did ya hear me? There is nothing more powerful, more influential, more convincing to the people outside the church walls, than your love for each other. This right here is THE NT commandment, us loving each other. And of course how many know that conversely, the enemy is going to try and do everything in his power to see that this does not happen by trying to cause strife and discord in the body. Because if he can….then our witness is ruined, do you see this? Strife in the church, strife in the home, strife in a marriage relationship, is the manifest presence of the enemy. James tell us that where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. Jesus is talking directly to His disciples and telling them that they are, that we are to love our fellow believers. That is one of the reasons that my heart grieves so much when someone in the church decides it is their job or their duty to make public and air to the world, what they think to be the error of another pastor, or another preacher, or another congregation. Who made them judge and jury? Who told them they have all the answers? Who told them this is their job to air the churches dirty laundry? I can tell you who it is, anyone know? They think they are being so high and mighty when in fact they are cooperating and being used by the enemy himself. That’s why we are told not to judge, because when we judge, the Bible tells us that we are guilty of the same exact thing, and you can clearly see that is this example. No, what did Jesus tell us, what command did Jesus give to us?... John 13:34-35 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
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First of all, be the best at what you do. This is the first and most important step to take to ensure your survival. You are in business to meet some kind of need that exists in your community - make sure you are the very best at what you do. Excellence is always worth the effort. It’s easy to be mediocre; it’s easy to walk on flat ground. But the way of excellence demands something extra, something that comes from inside you. Something that causes you to try a little harder, work a little longer, study a little more, practice another hour. Excellence is preceded by sweat but followed by fortune. Take a critical look at your business. Walk through your store or office and look around. What does it look like, sound like, smell like, or feel like? Is it inviting, clean, friendly, exciting, professional? If your place of business is dull, dirty and unfriendly, do something about it. Also look critically at the skill level with which you deal with your customers. Are your people properly trained? How can YOU improve what YOU do each day? In a tough economy only the best survive – so seek excellence, be the best at what you do. Second, talk to your customers. Do you want to know what’s right or wrong with your business? Ask your customers. Have you noticed the restaurant that gives the best service and highest quality food usually has someone walking around the place talking to customers and checking on the quality of food and service being offered? Your customers are the best business consultants you can hire and are available to you at no cost, so talk to them. Ask questions such as, “What can we do to improve the service we provide you?” “What products or services do we need to add?” “Why do you do business with us instead of our competition?” Ask for opinions and suggestions about every aspect of your business. You’ll be surprised at how helpful people will be if you ask them. When you do this, you open doors of communication, you demonstrate a sincere interest in your customer, and you strengthen your business relationships. Third, don’t discount. Price fairly your products or services in the first place. Then work hard to meet customer needs, and you may never have to discount. Yes, I know it is very easy to rationalize discounting in a down economy. You may want to argue, “It helps drive business in the door.” Back in the 1990’s McDonalds and Burger King were in a price war. They continually discounted their burgers and thus trained their customers to never pay full price. Notice they don’t do that much anymore. If you need to lower your prices to make your products or services more affordable or to generate volume, go ahead and lower them but do so prudently and gradually. Be slow to offer twofers or BoGos or huge discounts that steal your profits and train your customers to say, “We’ll wait until their coupon comes out before we buy.” Remember, price is an indicator of value, and even in tough times people want value. The ideal price for your products or services cannot be determined simply by looking at what your competitor charges. First, determine the true value of what you do for your customers; then ask what your customers are willing or able to pay and price accordingly but always price profitably. It is better to have one customer and make a profit than ten customers and break even.
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On Nov. 28, 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gave birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins. Shakespeare’s plays were not published until after his death, when two members of his troupe collected copies of his plays and printed the First Folio (1623). On Dec. 4, 1928, “Dapper Dan” Hogan, a St. Paul, Minn., saloonkeeper and mob boss, is killed when someone plants a car bomb under the floorboards of his new Paige coupe. The first car bomb was a horse-drawn-wagon bomb that exploded in 1920 outside the J.P. Morgan Company’s offices in New York City.
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