Monday, March 31, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/31/08
“Don’t ask who influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life.”
(Charles de Gaulle) This is a great quote! The books I’ve read, the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had…and the guidance of God, have all shaped me into who I am today. And there’s a story behind each of them. You, too? ;-) Jack

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: we have a carving in the wood on the front of our Altar of a lamb. Somehow it is a stretch for me to see all of us in our pews as lions. Maybe like in the Wizard of Oz. I wonder about that Charles de Gaulle. Interesting quote as always.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: As it said in the old song, " I've sung this song and I'll sing it again, of the people I've met and the places I've been, some of the troubles that bothered my mind, and a lot of good people that I've left behind." Lots of influences. Various winds blow us in many directions.

FROM S.G. IN MICHIGAN: Indeed! Good morning, Jack. Enjoy this beautiful new Monday! JACK'S RESPONSE: I've sometimes quoted this poem in funeral messages.
God hath not promised skies always blue,Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;God hath not promised sun without rain,Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,Rest for the labor, light for the way,Grace for the
trials, help from above,Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: So, now we know who to blame for what your are today!!! JACK'S RESPONSE:
This reminds me of something at happened at Trinity Moline when I was growing up there. A German family came to the USA and joined the church. Their children did extremely well in school and got special recognition. The proud mother was quoted as saying, "The Church is to blame for that." That's one of the expressions in my memory that has made me proud of my church.

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: I've thanked my high school classmates for the positive influence they've been on my life. Have you?

FROM M.T. IN PENNSYLVANIA: I came across a couple of thought-provoking lines over the weekend:
"The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."- Mark Twain, in a letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888
There are people who say, "If music's that easy to write, I could do it." Of course they could, but they don't. - John Cage

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Yes, I have been shaped by many things, people, book, places I visited, and mainly, by God. I wouldn't change one influence...good or bad!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/28/07
“Live for something, be not idle, Life is passing swift away; Have a purpose true and noble, Live it in thy walk each day.”
(Unknown) This week I’ve enjoyed sharing with you a collection of quotes from the yellowed pages of my mother-in-law’s Composition Book. Winning Words is my electronic Composition Book. Do you have a special way to pass on your thoughts to others? Life is passing swift away. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: "Life is passing swift away." When my father ultimately realized that, there was so much he wanted to say, untold information about who he was and what had fulfilled his life. Before he died he wanted to pass it on to his children and grandchildren. With little time left, he gave me a lot of his childhood stories, letters from former friends, explanations of events in his life, photos, news clippings, small talk about successes and failures, and asked me to put it together in a chronicle of his life, so all the family would know how we got where we were. I wrote it. It revealed a simple but courageous man, and uncovered an impressive role model for anyone. (My wife and I have been motivated from that, to write our own life's experiences for the next generation and beyond.)

FROM D.S. IN MICHIGAN: Quotes were great.

FROM S.G. IN MICHIGAN: Good morning! The quote is a perfect example of OPTIMISM! Thank you. I needed this one today. Happy Spring!!!!!

FROM H.R. IN MICHIGAN: Today's words are most appropriate for the sender. It is, in my opinion, rare for one to have found his purpose true and noble.

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: A great week --- thanks for sharing!

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: All those people, alive and dead but still alive in our memories must be jumping up and down with their halleluyas to know someone is quoting them and helping others to think, especially now your dear mother-in-law, a woman who spent her life in mission to help people think.

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Life is swiftly passing away. That's sort of scary, however, we all know it doesn't end. I write down some of my thoughts, and I work hard on my scrapbooks to leave my memories and thoughts. Thank you for sharing your mother-in-laws thoughts!

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: There is much truth to the quote. I see so much of these writings in my own Mother.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: I began my book Good Debt, Bad Debt to leave as advice for my children (mining ideas from my journals). When there seemed to be a market for it, I sold it to Penguin. Now about it’s in its second printing (paperback) and in five foreign countries. So perhaps 50,000 to 100,000 or more (no one knows the foreign figures) have read the advice I first meant for my children. I realized the power of a book when I felt such a connection with the writers I was reading from 100 years earlier, such as William Matthews, and Orison Swett Marden. It felt like they were talking directly to me, the advice was still spot-on 100 years later. That’s the kind of writing I strive for.

FROM D.P. IN MINNESOTA: Your mother-in-law was a wise woman---thanks for sharing her personal collection of winning words!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/27/08
“Who ne’er has suffered, she has lived but half. Who never failed, she never strove or sought. Who never wept is stranger to a laugh, And she who never doubted, never thought.”
(J.B. Goode) My mother-in-law was typically Scandinavian, in that she didn’t usually express her feelings outwardly, unless it was in a positive way. She was a woman of faith, even though life, at times, was not easy. Do you think that the Goode quote is a good one? ;-) Jack


FROM MOLINER, G.S.: Very true.

FROM D.C. IN MICHIGAN (ALSO A TEACHER): Was this some place in Wisconsin? I'd like to know where she did all this. Thanks for sending the words every day.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: I love this passage from your mom-in-law. It reminds me of a passage I wrote long ago, questioning some of governments safety nets. My thesis was thus: “If you can’t really fail, can you ever really win?” I remember my parents were on the no work—no eat plan. I am sure a continual oozing towards European style socialism is not what is best for this country or its people. Once we have maliciously installed in middle class societies minds that health care, housing, and many other things are “rights.” We have invited a parasite that will kill the host. Or as rock legend Alvin Lee says, “Tax the Rich Feed the Poor Until there are Rich No More.” From the song, I’d Love to Change the World.

FROM G.G. IN INDY: Yes, I think it's a good quote. I'm enjoying all of the the entries from your mother-in-laws' Composition book. It's a special link to a womans' past.


FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: I can't imagine a woman who has never faced those trials. However, if there was such a person, she defintely didn't live a full, rich life. Trials make us who we are. It's working through them that really enriches our lives....not that we like them, or choose them, but they do make us grateful for the things and the people we do have.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Who never knoweth a good quote, knew not what J. B. Goode wrote!

FROM C.H. ON CAPE COD: Very fitting given the lectionary reading for Sunday is doubting Thomas! Then again, I'm sure your time is no coincidence! JACK'S RESPONSE: Since I'm no longer preaching regularly, I'm like the average guy in the pew. I get there on Sunday, wondering: "What's he (or she) going to talk about today?" Doubting Thomas is one of my favorite people.

FROM D.L. IN OREGON: Your Mother-in-Law is or was a remarkable woman. It's great that you have or had a wonderful relationship with her. Many of her experiences my Mother would have clearly understood.
Her collection of sayings, poems and writings are quite remarkable.

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: My Grandpa used to say that if you didn't have any enemies, it was because you hadn't done anything!

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: Jack, many of her "thoughts" are quite wonderful. I hope you have a "book" of these. They are priceless. She was quite a "thinker" wasn't she? FROM JACK: Her Composition Book (much of it in her own handwriting) is a real treasure.

FROM MOLINER, J.T.: My mother was also a very positive woman. Thank God some of it wore off on me.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Another way in which we were taught!

FROM J.T. IN MICHIGAN: The longer one lives the more this quotation by Goode has relevance. No one goes through life without times of joy or sorrow. Knowing the presence of God can get you through the difficulties of life.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Many years ago my mother said to me, "if you ever have a chance to help a lady, do it". I didn't exactly know what my mother meant, but I remembered, and today the meaning is oh so relevant. Women are so totally magnificent, I am amazed it is taking the Republicans so long to pass the ERA. How can we jolt them into action? I know, by sending them each of your Mother in law's quotes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/26/08
“Somewhere beneath the stars there is something that you alone were meant to do. Never rest until you have found out what it is.”
(John Brashear) My mother-in-law began teaching in a one room school. She was the janitor, too. On weekends, no matter what the weather, she’d walk 10 miles back to her parents’ home. She was also a choir director, organist and piano teacher…and a saver of quotes like this one. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: The music your mother-in-law made may still be wafting out there "somewhere beneath the stars" , while what she believed is still here on earth for us to read and relate to. Knowing how she lived and what she believed, she's a true role model.

MORE FROM R.I.: Knowing about her, now we understand better why Mary is such an admirable person. I suppose that "one thing you alone were meant to do" was to find her and marry her.
I've often wondered just what it was that caused my wife and I to cross paths. Was it meant to be?

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: Quite a legacy

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: I think I'd have liked your mother-in-law --- definitely my kind of lady!

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Where did she teach school? Gary's grandmother and aunts were school teachers too. Mabel Lincoln taught school near Cadillac, Michigan. Her school is still standing. I have her little school bell she rang to quiet the children down. It's remarkable what they used to do. We have it easy now with our dishwashers, "ready-made clothes", washers, dryers, etc. My passion is reading about the pioneer days and early Michigan history. They were some strong people!! JACK'S RESPONSE: She taught in rural Lincoln County, Wisconsin. The school is gone, but not the memory. She had to start the fire in the pot belly stove each day. No indoor plumbing. She lived during the week with an elderly couple. They went to bed at 7 pm, and turned out the lights. She was the oldest of 8 children. During the big flu epidemic, she was the only one who stayed healthy....and had to care for all of her siblings and her parents at the same time.

FROM A,MC IN MICHIGAN: And people think they work hard today! My dad worked seven days a week when we came out of the depression. He had lost his business during those challenging times.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: makes one feel as though he has done very little.

FROM G.C. IN SAN DIEGO: This mother-in-law must have been quite a lady. Impressed. Please relate the same to your partner.

FROM MOLINER, L.P.: Good morning. It is so refreshing to hear someone (of either sex) speak with respect and admiration toward an in-law. It is also refreshing to hear of an in-law who is worthy of it...

FROM J.B.: Sounds like an awesome lady!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Your mother in law was a real gem. When I attended a one room school house we "men", rotated the duties so our pregnant teacher didn't have to lift a finger.That was a real story in itself.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/25/08
S.M. reminded me that this is Women’s History month. My mother-in-law lived before there were such observances, but she printed in her Composition Book a long time ago:
“Prize your friend for her own true heart, Though her dress be poor and mean; The years, like a fairy wand, May change Cinderella to a queen.” (Unknown) Have you met any Queen Cinderellas in your lifetime? I have. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: That quote is so insightful, but one needs to accumulate some years to appreciate it. It's really satisfying for me to meet someone from my childhood in later years, and observe how time has given that person charm and refinement...hoping that time has done the same for me.
Your mother was a remarkable woman, and now we find that Mary's mother was special too; sorry I never met her. I expect the composition book you have inherited has many illuminating passages.
When I was in elementary school, a Lutheran parochial school in Missouri, it was common for each of us to have a little "Memories" book, probably similar to what your mother-in-law kept. However, our procedure was to pass our book around to our schoolmates and have them write comments or verses for us. Unfortunately many of us did not have the foresight to protect and cherish the little book, and mine has disappeared. I can still remember one verse someone wrote in my book: "Columbus discovered America in 1492, but I discovered something better when I discovered you." I would be happy to write that in your book, Jack.

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: ...and yet another good one.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: I married one!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: yes,yes,yes,. Moma Monticelli. She came over and helped my wife after she had Matt. She had Rom as a child at home, and a new baby and husband who worked a 12 hr day, and took phone calls at night. This Angel of Light was so generous with her kindness, she was sent bythe good Lord. I cannot say enough of this fine lady. My relatives didn't even bring over a loaf of home made or taylor made bread.

FROM J.O. IN MICHIGAN: I don't know about how many Cinderellas I've met, but I sure read Winning Words...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/24/08
My mother-in-law graduated from high school at age 16. She kept a Composition Book in which she wrote or pasted poems and quotes that were important to her. I’m going to use some of them this week, because I think that they’re so good.
“So many gods, So many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind Is all the sad world needs.” (Ella Wheeler Wilcox) Isn’t it interesting that something saved in a book so long ago is relevant today? ;-) Jack

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: Sounds like the thesis statement for the song, “We are the world.”

FROM S.M. IN MICHIGAN: What a wonderful celebration of Women’s History month!

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: At a time now when we are realizing the importance of recycling, you've shown some simple but remarkable words can motivate us all over again. And again. Wilcox had special insight, but your mother-in-law had unusual vision.

FROM C.B. IN N.H.: That is a very good one. You're so right. I finished a book on vacation called Gilead- it got great reviews and was described as very spiritual. I have to agree. It was about a pastor in a small town who has a heart condition and is reflecting on his life through a diary to his son. It took me a long time to read because I had to think about it, re-read at times before moving on. Have you read it?

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: Just like I am doing with my mother's things. When I moved her here from MN I found a small spiral notebook where she had written a summary of every book in the Bible. Some pretty profound stuff. I am typing it all out with hope of making copies for my kids. Has some of her own thoughts, etc, etc, Her heading on this was "What the Bible is all about" I feel blessed in so many ways to have her here!

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: And what is required of thee but to do justice, to love KINDNESS and to walk humbly with thy God"

FROM C.H. ON CAPE COD: I think I agree with Wilcox and your mom-in-law (how can one not) but it was intersting to hear part of a recording on NPR with Jarislov Pelikan on the importance of creeds...
MORE FROM C.H.: You write: Isn’t it interesting that something saved in a book so long ago is relevant today?
You could say that about the Bible too! Hope it has been and is a blessed Easter for you!

FROM MEU IN MICHIGAN: One of my favorite authors is Joseph Campbell. One of the quotes (not direct) but from memory is that myths never change, because people never change. The moral lessons we learned are still appropriate today. I believe I read in "The Hero With a Thousand Faces." Your mother-in-law was very profound.

FROM J.O. IN MICHIGAN: This world thinks it's too sophisticated to be kind to others. That's so sad...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/21/08
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
(Jesus) In crisis times we come to the realization that there is a spiritual connection with what’s happening. Ultimately, we must put the situation into God’s hands. I think that this is a particularly good quotation for today. ;-) Jack


FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: I'm preaching on that Psalm this evening at St. Andrew. I really like the translation "commit" my spirit better. I think it gives a stronger understanding of the intent of the Psalmist. He is in deep need of trsting someone and a commitment is what he needs to make. The same for Jesus. He is not in a spot where simply "commending" does the job. He needs to make an absolute commitment at that point in time.

FROM L.H. IN MARCO: Today you are quoting someone who has credibility and is the One who truly offers hope.

FROM B.G. IN MICHIGAN: Very “good” word on this particular “Friday”.

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: remember...there is a green hill far away...without a city wall.
where our dear lord was crucified...he died to save us all.

FROM G.G. IN INDY: I've heard those words so many times before but today I feel like I just heard them for the first time. I love when that happens! The word spirit really pops out this time. I agree, those are good words for this friday.

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: What a wonderful saying! "Into Your hands!" Whenever I am in an emotional turmoil, facing problems, get upset, depressed....that's the saying I am going to use from now on..."Father I give them into Your hands."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/20/08
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
(Napoleon) I don’t know about you, but this is the kind of leader I’m willing to follow. Enough of the “nattering nabobs of negativism.” Even though Napoleon met his Waterloo, he did know something about leadership. Whatever your circumstance, don’t give up hoping. ;-) Jack

FROM L.H. IN MARCO: I have been sitting here wondering how to reply because using Napoleon as a roll model left me speechless. JACK'S RESPONSE: I'm surprised that you concentrated on Napoleon and missed the point. I just know that YOU would want to follow a leader who offers you hope, rather than someone who doesn't have a clue. This isn't about Napoleon; it's about your choice of a leader.

FROM MOLINER, L.P.: Wish I'd known about this beforehand.---
Moline interfaith prayer service calls for peace
Standing in the midst of the Islamic Center of the Quad-Cities in Moline, Rabbi Henry Karp of Temple Emanuel in Davenport listened to the Mosque's muezzin recite the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, Wednesday evening. At 7:15 p.m., it was the prayer for just after sunset. Moline interfaith prayer service calls for peace
Standing in the midst of the Islamic Center of the Quad-Cities in Moline, Rabbi Henry Karp of Temple Emanuel in Davenport listened to the Mosque's muezzin recite the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, Wednesday evening. At 7:15 p.m., it was the prayer for just after sunset.

MORE FROM L.P.: Hence the popularity of Barack Obama. Though I'm not usually a Democrat, I'm liking his message of hope. (Enough that I likely would vote for him if he gets the nomination.)

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: We're seeing the word "hope" used a lot today in politics but without much substance. Leadership also means "doing".

MORE FROM C.F.: I'm sorry to be cynical, Jack. That's not my nature. But I find it har to use "God Damn America" as an uxcuse to give me diatribe on "racism". JACK'S REPONSE: Be careful not to take things out of context. Some of those who forward things such as this often have an agenda.

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: Maybe Barack is right......that race should be a major issue in the election season. It certainly is, and will grow in importance. That will minimize the fuss over gender. A good thing.

FROM L.P. IN MICHIGAN: I always learn something from reading (and exploring) your WW messages.... a handy quote from Napoleon, a quick lesson on the use of alliteration by Spiro Agnew in his speeches, and a few visits to to make sense of it all.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: He may have been an excellen t leader, but he led his people to death. He and Grant, and Eisenhauer let their people to mass graves. I'd rather follow Jonas Salk, and the other Gent, and Jenner, and the team that developed so many vaccines for the Merck Co. These people are my role models.

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Leadership should NOT be about race, gender, religion, or anything else, except what our founding fathers based this blessed country on...freedom...freedom of many different kinds! We need a leader who will offer us what we have always had, and are in danger of loosing. Believe but beware! God is with us, are WE with us?!? Leadership is a huge undertaking and takes an honest, brave, principled, unselfish person....let us remember the true leader in our lives...the only one who represents what we truly need...Jesus.

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: You can have Napoleon. I'll take Pitt the Younger and Wellington. See you at Waterloo!!!

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Heeding the poet's words, "hope springs eternal", we frequently come upon a wellspring for renewal and redirection. Alas, too often people resist the fresh water, choosing something warmed over.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: Sometimes Agnew’s nattering nabobs of negativism become the reliable raconteur’s of realism; as often dealers in hope cannot supply their army food and ammunition. It may still be too early to tell if our modern day dealers in hope will be Wellington’s or Napoleon’s.

FROM B.G. IN MICHIGAN: I like this, especially as we move into the great three days. Jesus was a dealer in hope and those driven by fear would have none of it.

FROM CWL IN OHIO: Isn't hope the central part of our faith?

FROM A.Mc IN MICHIGAN: For Irish men, it may be impossible but is never hopeless.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/19/08
“Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.”
(Goethe) So that’s why Hillary and Barack are having such a tough time; but this quote isn’t about them. It’s about us and the reality of trying to achieve goals. Is there a goal that you are trying to attain? I like the word, perseverance.; also, pertinacity! ;-) Jack

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: Along with perseverance one needs patience. Along with patience, one needs perseverance (J Siefken....2008) As a matter of fact I am closing in on a goal and the closer it gets the more I am having to be patient but also the more I am having to work and work to get it. I'll let you know if I ever get there!!!

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: I like your pertinacity with these messages. Though sometimes I see obviate statements.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: If you have a perspicacious pertinacity you shall often prevail; thus plausibly and perfectly preventing plundering of your primary purpose in planning.

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: Do the diificulties iincrease or are we just getting tired? I donno.

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: Pertinacity --- love it! (haven't heard that one in a long time.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Reply: asI remember my youth, just the opposite occured. As we reached a goal, progress was easier.Yes? Ask Leonard.

FROM J.L.: Weight is always a problem with us. But, we are both persevering and pursuing the goal. We are on the way down, and going very slowly but steadily. Onward and downward! (At least on the scale!) Blessings on this wonderful rainy day....I can see my flowers coming up!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/18/08
“It is very easy to feel someone’s pain when you love them.”
(Salma Hayek) Sympathy and empathy are similar words. The latter seems to catch the spirit of today’s quote. To me, it’s more than walking in another person’s moccasins; it’s becoming as one with the person you love…getting inside their skin. There are people who need us to care about them. ;-) Jack

FROM UNKNOWN: It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what isthe most painful is to love someone and never finding the courage to let the person know how you feel.

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: I like Ken Haugk's definition of the two. Sympathy is like sending someone a card when they are hurting. Empathy is hearing their pain and seeing what you can do to alleviate it. That makes the two words although similar very different from the point of view of the persons who hurts.

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: How do you come up with this stuff? Must know your way around the web.

FROM MOLINER, J.T.: Perfect for today. My son is scheduling his brain surgery today. We'll know the date later tonight. I'll let you know. I am already getting the uncomfortable stomach feeling. Your Winning Words help. Thanks !!

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I love some of your correspondents: "Where do you come up with this STUFF?"

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: I think "share" is an appropriate word here, also.

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: It easy to feel someone's pain especially when you love them. However, watching or reading of a stranger's pain, for me, can be very bad too. I suffer when I see someone else suffer. I pray for a lot of strangers, sometimes, people passing by who just look like they need prayer. Prayer is so very powerful, just saying praying taking away the pain for both.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: My mother used to say, before you critisize ( you notice the negative connotation here? ) a person, walk in their shoes for a mile or so. ( meaning, live their life for awhile to understand them better ). I notice it is easier to understand someone else as we grow older and wiser ( hopefully wiser )

FROM D.S. IN ARIZONA: I appreciate your winning words. I copied this one recently on feeling one's pain..hit home! thanks

Monday, March 17, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/17/08
“Each player must accept the cards that life deals.”
(Voltaire) I think of this in the light of basketball’s March Madness when teams long for the best “seeds” in the various brackets. I say to them, “Just play the game!” How about the life that is ours? Should we agonize over the lot that is our’s, or just play the game without complaint? Are you on Voltaire’s team? ;-) Jack

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: I keep playing; I keep complaining: I keep giving thanks!

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: I believe God is in control of my life, but I sure don't like it at times. Like now, I've been dealing with a right foot bunion - 2 operations - since surgery last Oct & I've still got 2 pins in my big toe. How's this for complaining. I know, I'm thankful that I have both feet, but still................

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (aka Voltaire) I think would mock and satirize “March Madness” and all of sports. If you borrow from Voltaire and Marx (born 40 years after Voltaire’s death), you could come up with, “Sports is the opiate of the masses, the sigh of an oppressed people.”
Voltaire perceived the French bourgeoisie (our upper middle management-the-fat-dumb and happy) to be too small and ineffective, the aristocracy (Kennedy’s/Bush’s/Clinton’s etc) to be parasitic and corrupt, the commoners (today those intellectually neutered by government schools and handouts) as ignorant and superstitious. To control the masses the aristocratic need only have a tiny part of the electorate beholden to them and keep the majority divided and fighting. They buy their control with money coercively taken from the majority divided (as well as their victims). The agony is not in the cards, but in learning you are not playing the game you thought you were.

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: No! That would be Stoicism and Christianity is definitely not Stoic. We believe that the world can be changed and that we ought to be out there doing some of that changing. What is the sense of repenting if no change can be affected? We repent so that we might be forgiven (which changes the cards completely) and then change. So Voltaire can keep his Deistic Stoicism. JACK'S RESPONSE: I guess that means you don't want to play on Voltaire's team!

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: a good quote for holy week. jesus turned out to play the cards dealt with courage and unending belief.

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: Absolutely!

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: It doesn't hurt to argue with the "referee" once in a while. You CAN improve on the call.

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: My favorite part of playing a game of cards, is wondering what is coming it an ace or a 2! Isn't life like that? Wondering what is coming next? I'm pretty sure that was what the disciples were thinking 2000+ years ago....after Good Friday, what was coming next? It's in the cards!

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Life does indeed deal us some of the cards, but some we ourselves take from the deck. Choose carefully.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: : I remember in 1944 when all the kids on the "A" team had joined the military, and the B team had no one to practice with, so those of us who had to go home and milk cows as soon as school was over, played these kids, and we beat them hands down, repeatedly. I probably didn't weigh more than 100#s dripping wet then. But we had a great determination to succeed, and we did. I wish I had that same motivation today, right now.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/14/08
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
(Charles Darwin) Many politicians these days are talking about change. Change can be good or bad, depending on from what to what Do you remember the saying, “Be careful of what you wish for, you may get it.”? Having said that, it’s good to change your socks once in a while. ;-) Jack

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Change is hard for me sometimes....sometimes easy as pie! It depends on the flavor of change, the reason for change and who is will effect. Change is good when it means something but just to change for the heck of it, doesn't do much for me. Like this time change....good for some sometimes, but hard for others. It's takes me a while to get used to it, but I really do like it.
My beloved red-winged blackbirds came back today...this very morning. I llove that change!!

REPLY FROM JACK: Do you know the hymn:

FROM N.K. IN YOOPERLAND: CHANGE.......So many things I never thought I'd live to see, During the depression - my Dad was able to get a job with an engineering company...we had to move about every 12 to 18 months.He was one of those people that after the building was ready for the TURBINE IN THE POWER PLANT. Dad would get the turbine in place....About 80 % of the jobs were in Alabama,Louisiana, Texas, Florida. Our family were the DAMN YANKEES. Mom and Dad were always trying to help the negroes that had NOTHING. Not even the Fire dept would come to their houses when their houses caught on fire. This is still very vivid in my heart and memory. When I applied for my Parish Worker job at SALEM 74th & Calumet..
The Pastor was Phil Johnson (and Cecile Ryden Johnson). The negroes were moving in and Phil wanted some help...visiting....etc. His first parish had been in Caliifornia...and was helping the migrant workers.
Now I think back on CHANGE !!!!! When I chaperoned our youth group to go to the BOSTON YOUTH GROUP. Guess what ? I believe we were the firstones that had a negro girl in our youth group.
CHANGE......One of our young men from Salem became the first black Page in Congress.
And now - lo and behold a Senator from Illinois is running for CHANGE.
I have to get another cup of coffee...

FROM D.P. IN MINNESOTA: That reminds me of: If your nose runs and your feet smell, you must be up-side-down!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Tell that to the chin strap penquins. I saw a bit on T.V. that illustrated their problem & demise. This is shameful on humans part. I wonder when other folks are going to ride their bikes to the grocery, school, church, library, etc. and unplug electrical items not in use.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/13//08
“You don’t have to like doing your homework; you just have to do it.”
(Words from Good Debt Jon’s mother) There are often things in this life that we don’t like to do. But that’s the way it is. My mother used to say to me, “Tough!” What did your mom used to say to you? I know of people who don’t like to prepare their taxes…So, move to another country! The simple point is wrapped up in the Nike slogan, “Just do it!” ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: Good Debt John had a smart mother. My mother said the same thing but she added "NOW" to the end of the directive. MORE FROM C.F.: Another....Probably, "Clean your playroom"

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: My mom: "Listen, mister, if I can do it, so can you!" MORE FROM R.I.: I wish I had then what I have now, able then to make my mom's life a little more comfortable. She traveled a rough road during the 89 years of her life. The fact is, I could have given her much more than I did, showering her with more simple acts of love, kindness and attention. Those cost nothing and mean so much, and ironically it's too late now when I finally understand that.

FROM J.N. IN MICHIGAN: There wasn't a word or phrase, but the attitude was always that I had to do what I had to do. The phrase from my mom that I most recall and have passed on to my children is "If things are as bad as you think, they can only get better." The implication was, hang in there and don't give up.

FROM J.H. IN OHIO: I remember one day long long ago when I had a pile of papers to grade and I was sitting in the hospital with my mom after a surgery. She looked at the pile of papers and told me to just give the top paper an "A", the next a "B" , etc. all the way down to the bottom. And if the person with an "F" paper complained, tell them that they are scheduled for an "A" next time!
That was a very tempting solution... but I decided to use the Nike version instead... Just Do It!

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: Good Morning! As I sit here reading today's WW a grand daughter is here reading them with me. You baptized her years ago at Holy Spirit. She is now a very special 14 yr old who is a 9th grader and getting a 4.0 GPA, very active in several sports (was MVP in volleyball last fall), and a big help to her single Mother. The "coincidence" of the day, the WW, the audience, etc. all coming together is interesting to me!

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: My wife always tells our kids, "life wasn't set up to be necessarily fair".

FROM ANON: Now, as my child's mother, I've tried every saying in the book (and a few that are unprintable) to get her you-know-what in gear. If anyone knows the magic words, do pass them along to me-- she gets top grades, is a very hard worker at her job, but won't do a thing at home. Never has. But that doesn't mean I'm giving up!

FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: My mother said, "Don't ask questions - just do it!"

FROM JACK: M is for the million things she gives meO means only that she's soft to holdT for the things she tries to teach meH is for her heart of purest goldE for her eyes with love light shiningR means right and right she'll always bePut them all together they spell Mother,A word that means the world to me.

FROM BUDDY HACKETT: My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

FROM A PASTOR IN WISCONSIN: AMEN - I had my mother until she was almost 104 years old - and she had her mind up to the day she died. She was 38 1/2 when I was born - her first pregnancy. She had a lot of trouble - and at times it didn't appear that she would deliver a healthy baby. She prayed to God that I might live and be born - and if I lived she promised God that she would dedicate me to the ministry. She never told me the story until after I was ordained - she just didn't want to influence me in that way. But she was always so supportive - and I thank God for her devotion and love.

MORE FROM GOOD DEBT JON: I hope they have blog access in heaven for my Mom to see, looks like her quote generated some discussion. She died 32 years ago.

REPLY FROM JACK: This song is from the era before blogs, or even dials.

Papa, I'm so sad and lonely Sobbed a tearful little child Since dear Mama's gone to heaven Papa dear, you do not smile
Chorus Hello Central give me heaven For I know my mother's there You will find her with the angels Over on the golden stair
She'll be glad it's me a-speaking Won't you call her for me please For I surely want to tell her That we're sad without her here
I will speak to her and tell her That we want her to come home Just you listen and I'll call her Call her through the telephone
When the girl received this message Coming o'er the telephone How her heart thrilled in that moment And the wires seemed to moan
I will answer just to please her Yes, dear heart, I'll soon come home Kiss me Mama, kiss your darling Kiss me through the telephone

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/12/08
“Worry looks ahead. Sorry looks behind. Faith looks up.”
(sent by Pat H.) In which direction are your eyes pointed today? I’ve found that the best way is the upward way, even though there are times when I try to look too far ahead. ;-) Jack
Looking behind….The six virtues not named….Charity, Chastity, Temperance, Diligence, Kindness, and Humility. Thanks for your Patience!

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: When you look through the eyes of faith, looking ahead and looking behind become important and much easier to do. It allows you to have knowledge of the past and hope for the future.
FROM JACK: We used to sing this song at Bible Camp.
"I look not back--God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours, the sinning and regrets;
I leave them all with Him who blots the record,
And graciously forgives, and then forgets.
I look not forward--God sees all the future,
The road that, short or long, will lead me home;
And He will face with me its every trial,
And bear for me the burden that may come.
I look not around me--then would fears assail me,
So wild the tumult of life's restless seas;
So dark the world, so filled with war and evil,
So vain the hope of comfort and of ease.
I look not inward--that would make me wretched,
For I have naught on which to stay my trust;
Nothing I see but failures and shortcomings,
And weak endeavours crumbling into dust.
But I look up--into the face of Jesus!
For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled;
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness,
And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled."

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Well, I'm not a worrier at all and sometimes I can't forgive myself even though I know God does, but I always look up!!!

FROM J.T. IN MICHIGAN: I keep trying to look up - and not worry. Some days it is easier than others.

FROM MOLINER, L.P.: Your words really hit home again today. I am a world class worrier. Apparently I'm also a better person than I realized-- I'll work on that patience part, but I hope it doesn't take too long! Thanks for your encouraging words. They're a great way to start the day, to quote (if I recall)Kellogg's corn flakes...

FROM MOLINER, J.T.: There are times when looking up is difficult. No date as to my son (Mike) and his brain surgery. Should have the date set this week. My grandson (Jimmy) is at his base in Bagdad. This is a tough period for us all and especially for his wife and two daughters. Our prayers are loud and often.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: BUT please look down once in awhile so you don't stumble, especially, if in your life you are walking a tight rope.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/11/08
“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”
(Barbara Johnson) Is your motor idling today, or are you revving the engine and ready to let out the clutch? Patience is one of the seven virtues given by Prudentius. Can you name the other six? (Hint: C,T,D,K,H,C) ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: But you'd beter not do it a a stop light. HONK, HONK!!!

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: hey, i had one of those experiences with a four year old today. he clearly did not know who he was dealing with. i idled and he ended up stripping his gears! teaching is like parenting without the baggage. it's much easier when your not carrying a steamer trunk!

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: Let's,temperance,honesty,hospitality,courage,kindness,
compassion, truthfulness, civility, ....these are some possibles......I'll keep thinking about the "D".......

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: This probably violates a few virtues (at least K) however: Barbra here is promulgating a mechanically flawed aphorism. Perhaps she means “getting in gear” (or engaging, or racing through the gears etc) as the opposite of idling. Stripping your gears is destructive (even a bit masochistic) meaning to shear off the teeth of a gear making movement impossible. As writers we have all done this, I sent a letter once where I said, “…he lapsed into a comma.”

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Charity, Temperance, Diligence, Kindness, Humility, Chastity...thanks Google!

FROM N.E. IN S.H.: No, I'd have to "Google" it. Wanna tell me?!?!?

FROM J.L. (NOT J.LO) IN MICHIGAN: Nope, it was on the tip of my brain....yes, I did google it. I knew a few, but not all. I knew, kindess, patience, humility and charity but not the rest. Thank you for the reminder. It was a good one!

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Often I do lack patience and strip my gears with my mouth. I'm the kind of person who thinks a mile a minute and quite often doesn't let the other person complete his/her thoughts before I'm jumping in with my own just wonderful ideas on the subject. Or so it seems to me at the time. That bad habit would be a good one for me to give up as a Lenten practice.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/10/08
“ It is characteristic of great art that it should be at first, surprise to an indifferent degree, after which, continuing and augmenting, surprise is changed to wonder and admiration.”
(Montesquieu..Sent by Mark Talaba) Can you recall a piece of great art that you have seen and its influence upon you? I saw Rodin’s The Thinker at a DIA exhibit. I didn’t realize that The Thinker was part of a larger sculpture based on Dante’s Inferno. I saw that The Thinker was contemplating life after death. Aha! ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I suggest that the underlying idea here is applicable to more than great art. Creative food, fine furniture, elegant clothing, inspired writing, and perhaps most of all, human personality, can all catch our attention initially and upon scrutiny will capture our admiration.

MORE FROM R.I.: Getting back to your earlier question, "can you recall a piece of great art...and its influence on you?", one work that frequently comes back into my thoughts is what I saw quite a few years ago. It was a block of white marble about a cubic yard in size, with its base still entirely square, quarried marble, and the top was a man's head and part of the torso, with his hands pulling himself out of the crystalline block. Clearly man emerging from raw matter, done as I recall by a Polish sculptor. The concept and the artist's expression of it were bold to me.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: It's pleasant to think this morning and to read what you wrote about "The Thinker". I didn't realize the background of that sculpture but it is very wonderful to think that he is thinking about life after death and not what he should have for dinner or something.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: Neat. I always imagined he was contemplating something much more complicated, perhaps the tax code.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: While not considered "fine art", Prince Valiant had a great influence on my career choice... from the age of seven. Truly imaginative and faithful to the times, Harold Foster told a great story, magnificently drawn. Consider me shallow, but great art is not decided by the critics as far as I'm concerned.

FROM M.S. IN MICHIGAN: i saw Rodin in Paris years ago with my daughter and she asked me the same question I did not have a good answer. Now I can tell her something that makes sense and is thought provoking.

FROM S.G. IN MICHIGAN: I did not know that either. Don't you just love to learn and in doing so, become further enlightened!

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: Yes I have, Jack. When I was in Hawaii with my family, probably 35 years ago we were strolling through an art gallery and I focused upon a painting by Picasso, which I ordinarily do
not "appreciate", however, this one was of Christ, and in order to see him clearly you had
to look through a narrow prism. It was a wonderful piece and I have never forgotten it.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Winning Words 3/7/08
“When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.”
(Nietzsche) Somehow, I never expected words such as these from Friedrich. They’re really good.
We have so many blessings. Are a hundred pockets enough for you? ;-) Jack

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: Not nearly!

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: Not nearly enough if I'm counting God's daily blessings to me.

FROM G.G. IN INDY: Good Morning.......I checked the blog so I know you sent some "pockets" winning words , but I didn't receive them in my email. Thought I'd let you know.
I hope your pockets are completely full by the end of the day

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: Beware of pickpockets!

FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: No, I am satisfied with three or four pockets - that's enough for a day! JACK'S RESPONSE: ....but God is sending so much your way. Do you remember Perry Como's song...
For when your troubles startn multiplyin, An' they just might! Its easy to forget them without tryin, With just a pocketful of starlight! Catch a falling star an ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket, Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! ) Catch a falling star an put it in your pocket, Save it for a rainy day!

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Blessings rain down...I don't need pockets, I need buckets, pails, boats and floats!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Les Zacaris was a blind student who also lived in the Y. He ended up getting a dble major. He often quoted Nietzsche

FROM J.O. IN MICHIGAN: That message is deep. I'll have to meditate on it...

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/6/08
“Damn everything but the circus.”
(Corita Kent) I like this quote, but I don’t know why. Can you help me out? I’ve had it in my file for awhile, and today I’m bold enough to send it out. Corita was a peace-loving activist nun who was born in Iowa. Much of her message was made through her art. “I’m not brave enough to not pay my income tax and risk going to jail. But I can say rather freely what I want to say with my art. ;-) Jack

FROM R.P. IN FLORIDA: What she is saying is keep life in perspective and learn how to enjoy what is important. You sir need to get more rest........ You are up too early.......

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: Whaat kind of Christian wants everything to be damned? I would think that the whole idea of Easter is that God wants everything to be Jo 3:16....

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: When we are totally frustrated we may want to damn everything, but this quote gives us a little "wiggle room". Save the circus! If we consider that life is a "circus", we are already on the way to accepting a world of things. Then when one begins to recognize there are so many wonderful things in life to appreciate, we are on the way to redeeming "everything" and getting ourselves back in balance.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO: I can help, maybe it’s not that you like it but it’s familiar:
Because it’s the motto of the network and cable news right now, regarding the election. Spending and debasement of the money supply is not important. But if you will direct your attention to the center ring we will be comparing pictures of Barack Obama that Hillary’s campaign is accused of darkening in an attack ad (after all Time Magazine did it to O.J., right?). In ring number two we will discuss Hillary’s pants suits, ring three will be a 72 year old self professed Liberal Republican performing contortions to please those clamoring for the ring to the right of the tent.
Yes sir, step right up, welcome to the show, the parade starts at noon. Serious news? That discusses real issues? We’re not a think tank! We gotta go, Michelle Obama is wearing one of those cute little artist’s hats like they have in France…

FROM N.E. IN S.H.: As soon as you read the word "circus", you smile!

FROM MOLINER, L.P.: Damn everything but the circus! A great reminder not to take life too seriously and to remember to play.

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: To answer your question: I think she was in love with P.T. Barnum

FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: For some preachers, they have the courage to say what need be said in their preaching. Thank God for preachers who have courage as Corita Kent and her art.

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: I suspect she was a rather depressed person,not happy with what goes on in life in general, but got her relief at a circus which is filled with fun and joy.

FROM S.A. IN VEGAS: The circus is where reality and imagination mix and surprise is anticipated, causing us to scratch our heads and wrinkle our noses. Consider being shot out of a cannon. Everything else is predictable and, as such, not of much value. Speaking of predictable...Spring is getting closer.

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: I thought about these Winning Words quite a bit today while out and about. Personally, I have never ever liked the circus. It was scary, I disliked the treatment of animals, never liked clowns and I didn't like the big tents either. So, I don't like her statement. However, life is a big circus, filled with things we don't like, don't want to do, don't care about, and don't have control over. So, in a way, she is right...on with the show!

MORE FROM J.L.: Actually, my daughter didn't either. I read all the comments, as I usually do. I realize everyone has a different perspective and that's why it's fun to read them. The comments about the election and the circus tickled sure is a three ring circus! And I like the election as much as I like the circus. What we need is a good, no a great, Ring Master! Thank goodness this circus will end for us one day and we will be with the Eternal Ring Master!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Nuns amaze me. they dedicate their lives to God so others can have a more meaningful existance with probably the only compensation a thank you. At least I hope they were thanked. Not like the Nuns in the Belgain Congo who were murdered after spending 25 years teaching people how to read and write.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/5/08
“The gods, too, are fond of a joke.”
(Aristotle) I’ve seen pictures of a laughing Jesus. Does that mean that God laughs, too? Can you think of things happening in the world today that could be humorous to God? The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote about politics, ethics, metaphysics and poetry, among many other things. I can imagine that he also told some jokes. ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER, L.P.: When you think about it, "funny" is a funny thing. All cultures have humor, so my guess is that God does, too. I wonder whether God sings in the shower... JACK'S RESPONSE: Since God is a spirit, he needs the body figure of Jesus for laughing and communicating to us that he knows what it is to be human. Nothing in the Bible about Jesus taking a shower. Evidently the Gospel writers weren't obsessed with soap products as we are. They do speak of Jesus washing his hands. Before I gave communion on Sunday, there was a bottle of disinfectant and a bowl of water available, so that those receiving the bread and wine wouldn't get germs. Wouldn't it be laughable to see a bottle of disinfectant on the table in the picture of The Last Supper?

MORE FROM L.P.: In Sunday school we were told that Jesus was probably born in August. I think it had to do with when the taxes were collected in Jerusalem or something. Do you know anything about this? I also used to check periodically to see if my ears were loosening up on my head, as we were told that was an initial sign of leprosy. The stuff that you remember!

FROM DAZ IN MICHIGAN: I was going to get philosophical about politics, change and elections, but I've got other fish to fry. I remember one guy who was elected in Germany in the 30's and promised change and the Germans got it along with everyone else.

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: You notice that he said "the gods"....not God. Jesus certainly seemed to have a sense of humor. To make any comment about God's sense of humor, I think, would be to stretch the point a bit. Unless....of course, one is a theological liberal and is able to envision God in their own image!!!
Do you really mean what you said? "God created Jesus" That sounds very Arian to me. Did you use the Nicene Creed in your church. If so, did you cross your fingers when you said, "begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father...."??? Or was your statement a "slip of the pen"?

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: I imagine He has a lot to laugh about. In fact, I sure hope He has a tremendous sense of humor, otherwise He would be crying.

I choose to believe He is smiling!

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: Yes, I do think God laughs.....alot!!!

FROM MOLINER, C.F.: Looks like God is having his joke.

FROM PR. P.H. IN MINNESOTA: like it or not, certain films like O God, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty depict God is very likeable ways...

FROM D.C. IN KANSAS: Yes, notions that I can be god.

Years ago I saw a non-Hallmark brand card on sale at a Hallmark Shop with the following message inside: "If I can't laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there." It was attributed to Martin Luther. A couple people who saw the card doubted that he said that. I'd like to think that he did. So far as things happening in the world today to cause God to laugh, they're probably overshadowed by the bad things happening to His creation.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/4/08
“A politician should have three hats…One for throwing into the ring…One to talk through…And one for pulling rabbits out of, if elected.”
(Carl Sandburg) I have a picture of Carl hanging on the wall by my computer. He wasn’t perfect, but he had a way with words. Can you believe it…The real election isn’t for eight months? ;-) Jack

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: My seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Ross, was from Galesburg and grew up in a house that was kitty korner from Carl Sandburg's house. She said that he would take time to talk with her and was a very nice person. Because he was sometimes gruff, we probably miss that side of him. JACK"S RESPONSE: Sandburg is one of my favorite writers. Nominally, he was a member of 1st Lutheran, where my father was a member. My aunt, who lived in Galesburg, said of Carl, "He was a bum."

FROM J.L. IN MICHIGAN: Never been one to wish my life away, but I will be SO glad when this election stuff is finally over! I love Carl too. He had dry sense of humor!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: We believe we should have the British system that calls for a 6 week deadline.This equates to less waste.

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: Sometimes they even talk through their "behinds". I guess I probably have as well, from time to time.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON IN OHIO (WHO IS FRUSTRATED): Ohio primary is today. We must decide whether to vote for a liberal or a socialist today.

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: But today will surely be interesting.

FROM DAZ IN MICHIGAN: The best one so far---We really didn't mean that we just told that to the people in OHIO to get their votes. NAFTA quote Carl is right

FROM J.O. IN MICHIGAN: I'm not sure if I'm ready for 8 months of mudslinging...

Monday, March 03, 2008

Jack’s Winning Words 3/3/08
“Do not listen to those who weep and complain. Their disease is contagious.”
(Og Mandino) Augustino Mandino was one of the great salesmen of his day. He was the head of Success Unlimited. To help combat his alcoholism, he directed his life toward positive thinking. Today’s quote comes from one of his motivational talks. ;-) Jack

FROM PR J.S. IN MICHIGAN: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted"

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: His boss was, W. Clement Stone. He had a pencil mustache and wore bow ties. Founded Success Unlimited. He coined OPM, which means using Other People's Money. Heard him speak in Springfield IL long ago.

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: Hmmmmm, I'm surprised you would even send THIS one out. JACK'S RESPONSE: I sent it out especially to those who whine and complain about Obama!

MORE FROM D.S.: Yes, I know. "Don't confuse me with the facts, I've made up my mind". I don't recall who said that, but I know it was a Democrat. FROM JACK: F. SCOTT FITZGERALD. Since he was rich, he probably belonged to the GOP.

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: My definition of success is simple: happiness and peace of mind - you are successful, even if you lean left a little.

FROM BBC IN ILLINOIS: My father read him four decades ago - he was a household word for us. I never realized he was an alcoholic. Interesting motivation.