Friday, January 30, 2009

Winning Words 1/30/09
“I’m a firm believer in learning from adversity. Often the worst of times can turn to your advantage. My life is a study of that.”
(Donald Trump) I wonder if this quote has a message for us in these days that are so difficult for so many? I don’t always agree with The Donald, but this time I do, because I’ve personally seen it happen. I like the spiritual song, We Shall Overcome. We shall overcome! ;-) Jack

FROM N.L. IN FLORIDA: ME TOO: these are very tuff times for a lot of folks.

FROM INDY GENIE: so true. almost wonder if we should get to the point of welcoming adversity....we might bypass a lot of stress!

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: deep in my heart, i know that, i do believe. we shall overcome some day.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Adversity separates the "men from the boys" in many ways. Christians know something better is on the horizon. Trump overcame a lot and now pays for his success. Wealthy people are either loved or hated...mostly hated. Abraham Lincoln had this to say, "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong." Trump, no matter how you feel about him, is one of the strong.

FROM MOLINER LIZ: Now if we could get Nancy Pelosi to learn from adversity... FROM JACK: I thought that you were giving that political stuff a rest.

FROM J.E. IN MI: this fits perfect today. My husband has been diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor in his lung (he’s never smoked) and I’m having a difficult time selecting a new secretary/assistant. Life, it throws you some curves sometimes. God only gives you what you can handle.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: The Donald is smarter than you think. He's kept his celebrity nose out of politics.

FROM P.O. IN THE HOLY LAND: Your WWs are such a comforting taste of home.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Winning Words 1/29/09
“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie.”
(Shakespeare) The truth is that our problems can often be solved by introspection. I like that word. It’s appropriate that today’s quote appears in the play, All’s Well That Ends Well. A follow-up quote from Wil seems to fit. “The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” And still, another: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” The id is mysterious. ;-) Jack

MORE OF THE QUOTE FROM TRUMP: "My policy is to learn from the past, focus on the present, and dream about the future." MORE FROM JACK: My step father used to have this saying...“Forget about yesterday, plan a little bit for tomorrow, and live like hell today”.

FROM M.L. IN IL: introspection is a great word. i also like the word id. id's not used/heard often!

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Ol' Bill seems to be saying that we can handle our own problems. A true Republican. FROM JACK: Who was it that asked, "Am I my brother's keeper?"

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: My id and I instinctively felt I should reply to this WW. My ego reasoned a well thought response, but then my super-ego became critical and judgmental and I decided to scrap the whole thing. FROM JACK : Sometimes our humanness confuses us. We are who we are, for better or worse.

FROM MY SON: The id is mysterious….and so is this WW.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Winning Words 1/28/09
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
(Seneca…Sent by D.C.) This Roman Stoic philosopher lived 2000 years ago, and many quotes are attributed to him. Emerson was a fan of Seneca’s, but others regarded him as a hypocrite. Legend says that he was converted to Christianity by St. Paul. I think that today’s comment on friendship is beyond stoicism. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: And to be loved when unlovable! Friendship disregards flaws.

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: The gift of Understanding is one of the gifts of the Spirit (Isa 11) I have always "understood" it to mean "the ability to put one's self in another's moccasins"

FROM MOLINER LIZ: Today's quote makes one realize how few really "true" friends one has. Everyone is happy to party with you, but when the chips are down, it's "bye bye." They don't want any part of the bad stuff. "Fair weather" friends these folks used to be called. This can go for family, too. I thank God for my true friends.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: It was adopted and improved nicely by Steven Covey. His Habit 5 is: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.

FROM CJL IN OH: Often by long distance....

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Winning Words 1/27/09
“Life is like playing the banjo—just stick with it.”
(Steve Martin) A lot of jokes are made about banjo playing. Maybe that’s why Steve Martin put it into his comedy skits. I read about a lady who played the banjo with a violin bow and made it sound like a church organ. Sometimes life looks strange and wierd, like a banjo. But, depending on how you play it, beautiful music can be heard. Stick with it. ;-) Jack

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS: I liked that story. And no, I have never played a banjo.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Most of the criticism of Banjo’s seems to be directed at the backwoods perception of Banjo players. The truth is, it takes great skill to play a Banjo at all. The strings from high to low are reverse of a guitar. So merely knowing how to play a guitar doesn't get you there. "Banjo" may bring to mind the scene in the movie Deliverance, but without exception every banjo player I have met have been exceptionally intelligent. I hired a banjo player recently to simulate “caffeination” or a “caffeinated feel” in a song about coffee. It’s a great instrument; that takes great skill to play. Though you will find a mediocre banjo player is roughly as annoying as a mediocre bagpipe player.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: I have an antuque French Horn hanging on the wall in front of my computer. Can't play it, but it gives me pleasure...By just imagining who played it, where they played it and what they played. Don't know if there's a lesson in that but it is something to think about. Anybody blow your horn lately?

FROM C.N. IN BOSTON: i usually read your winning words early in the morning, but fittingly so, i just read todays. see this morning i was working on some writting for a fellowship submission. amongst a couple of other bumps today when i returned to the piece this afternoon the file was corrupt. i couldnt figure out if it was a sign to throw in the towel, or stick with it. i think there is now a pretty clear sign to stick with it. best

FROM JACK: Steve Martin is releasing The Crow, a new CD of banjo music, on April 26. I'm getting it.
February 02, 2009 Jokes and Films Are Fun, but He Loves His Banjo By DAVE ITZKOFF Steve Martin, who has gone from manic, rabbit-eared stand-up comedian to introspective memoirist, has a bluegrass album.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Winning Words 1/26/09
“The only true wisdom is that you know nothing.”
(Socrates) Immigration was a hot-topic in the mid-19th century, too. A group, called “the know-nothings,” was organized to curb the immigration of Catholics and keep them from voting. This group later developed into a major political party. “I know nothing,” reminds me of Hogan’s Heroes and Sgt. Schultz. I think that today’s quote is a good one. ;-) Jack

FROM J.F. IN NOVA SCOTIA: Am partway through "The Catcher was a Spy", a biography of Moe Berg--remember him? Great Princeton athlete, linguist, OSS operative, was given the assignment by Wild Bill Donovan and Furman (who just died) to "happen" to run into Heissenberg at a hotel with a scientific convention (I'm just getting to that part). Berg was given a list of subjects to chat with Heissenberg about, and depending on Heissenberg's answers, to wish him a nice day or to shoot him. But the thing that reminded me of your quote was not only the discrimination Berg ran into as a Jew but the fact that Donovan was promised the job of (I think) Attorney Geneal by Hoover, but that didn't materialize and Donovan found out Hoover got a firestorm of disapproval for suggesting the job go to a Catholic.

FROM MOLINER LIZ: I give up-- the Democrats? Just kidding!

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: Cogito Ergo Sum

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS: Ok—I am curious—which political party???

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Who am I to question Socrates, but wouldn't it be more accurate to say "your knowledge is limited"? There are many things we do know, but we don't know everything about those things. Sometimes we allow what little we know to mislead us. Perhaps a WW quote should read, "The only true wisdom is to keep your mouth shut." No doubt someone has already said that somewhere. (Got a source for that, Jack?) FROM JACK: The only true wisdom is to keep your mouth shut? Where would we be is Martin Luther or Martin Luther King, Jr followed that advice? God is omniscient. Compared to that, we know nothing.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: And that political party is sure living up to its name. FROM JACK: You betcha!

FROM C.S. IN WI: This could apply to many political cronies of the IL Governor…they all raised both their hands after he was accused and said…”I don’t know anything. I haven’t talked to the Governor in a year or more.”

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: They are wise words today! The more I know the more I realize I don't! Sgt. Schultz was a favorite character...easily led astray and deceived for laughs.

FROM THRIVENT TOM: My rock regarding wisdom has always been Solomon's Proverb that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

FROM C.H. ON CAPE COD: But just to be contrary (!) ... read Romans 8 and you know SOMETHING - that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Winning Words 1/23/09
“A boil on one’s neck is of more interest than forty earthquakes in Africa.”
(Dale Carnegie) Self-interest is behind the actions of most of us, regardless of our desire to be benevolent people. I wonder if it was the same for Mother Teresa or Albert Schweitzer. It’s really difficult to be truly caring for all who need care. But we try, and that’s what’s important. I remember having a carbuncle, once. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Unfortunately, this is a true statement. We are more wrapped up with ourselves than others....I think it's called "self-preservation" to some. A side note....I just finished a book on 1800's midwives. One of the things the midwife dealt with was a carbuncle! What a strange word to "bump" into twice in one month!!!

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: I had a large boil on my right arm when I was about ten years old and it was of great interest to me, especially when my Dad said, "Hold out your arm." He took his huge hands and crashed them together on my arm and the core of the boil shot out and up to the ceiling and there was blood all over. That was our form of health care in those days. I think we have made some big advances over the years!!!

FROM D.C. IN MI: Considering a carbuncle, my dad had one in about 1940, and it was determined he had high blood sugar. I'm sure now it would be called Type 2 Diabetes, (which is what I have.) He was 47 years old in 1940. He cut out cream and sugar in his coffee, and went pretty light on the donuts from then on. He never took anything for it

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Yeah, I remember my uncle ate too much spaghetti too.

FROM CWR IN B'MORE: I thiink it's true that though our "better selves" are 'other directed', we are, infact, 'inner directed' in that how we extend ourselves must be compatible with how satisfied we are with ourselves. "To thine ownself be true and then it follows as night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man"..........or something like that.

FROM PR P.H. IN MN: hope it wasn't on your backside!! MORE: i have never had a boil and i don't want one. i did used to get stys on my eyes as a kid but haven't had one in years, thankfully.... now, should we discuss hemroids or not???

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: My Pa used to make a bread poultice to apply to bring it to a head, then after puncturing it at the appropriate moment, position a hot coke bottle over the head, and wrap the bottle in a ice cold cloth. The core of bacterial were a sight to see. Staphylcoccus Aureus I believe. today if you are unlucky you can acquire MRSA, or Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus. rotten stuff. This is why you should insist that your beef, pork, lamb, chicken are antibiotic free. Meaning the farmer didn't add any antibiotics to the animals feed. so their animals would grow fast and put some meat on it's bones ( go to market )

FROM JACK: I was somewhat surprised about the lack of comment on the 40 African earthquakes; and yet, the quote said that a boil would get more attention.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Winning Words 1/22/09
“Everyone who’s taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
(Nolan Bushnell – Founder of Atari) I just remembered that I have a file folder, marked: Ideas. I looked. It’s empty. Time for a shower. Do you have any suggestions for putting ideas to work? Someone told me that he kept a recording device by his bedside for “middle-of-the-night” ideas. He never said if played them back or acted on them. ;-) Jack

FROM S.T. IN MI: Inspired to do more today than yesterday. Keep up the inspiring words.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I won't criticize you for your "Ideas" folder remaining empty. My own "Ideas" folder has quite a few entries...ideas that I've never done anything with. My folder might just as well be empty like yours. When I was at the university we had a poster in our studio, showing two guys slouched in lounge chairs, with their feet up on the coffee table. The caption read, "Next week we've GOT to get organized!" I'm many, many weeks behind.

FROM MOLINER LIZ: I think you probably have acted on many of the ideas you came up with in the shower. Perhaps you didn't invent the iPod while you were in there, but you undoubtedly came up with many solutions to everyday problems/concerns that made a big difference in your or someone else's life. FROM JACK: I rationalize by saying that the file is empty, because I've acted on them or rejected them. I'm always ready for something new. In fact, I had a breakfast meeting with someone today, and we exchanged ideas. They're not going into a folder. I'm acting on them.

FROM MKH IN MI: I am most productive in the shower, how did you know? Love it !!

FROM J.L. IN MI: I use a pad of paper. My Dad used to say that a sharp pencil was better than a sharp memory!

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: Jack, I suspect you will hear similar things from others, but I have done my best "problem solving" in the middle of the night. I used to have a pad of paper and a pen with a light on it to make notes in the middle of the night. If I didn't make a note I never would go back to sleep fearing that I would forget it. I'm so old now my brain just says go back to sleep!!!

FROM MOLINER C.F.: I assume Nolan also got dressed.

FROM YOOPER BOB: As I've grown older ideas have arrived more frequently around 4 a.m. I don't keep a tape recorder. Instead, I get out of bed and insert them where best appropriate on my tasks to do list.

FROM PR P.H. IN MN: I once heard Conrad Hilton on the Johnny Carson show ask his TV audience to always remember to put the shower curtain INSIDE the tub. Now there is a good idea. Hilton explained that his company spent huge sums of money each year repairing water damage in his worldwide chain of hotels. JACK'S REPLY: I wonder if Conrad got this idea while standing in the tub. At least he did something about it.

FROM MOLINER J.T.: My idea device is carried in my shirt pocket. A simple 3 X 5 card. It also has my grocery list.

FROM J.B.: God is in control, I am on His side, and that means all is well with my soul. Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is! Have a good day

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: By the time I get out of the shower, dry off, put on some clothes and walk to where paper and pen are, I forgot the earth-shattering idea. I tried putting paper and pen by the sink, but I kept moving it. However, if I ever remember those ideas, I will let you know. :-) BTW: Action speaks louder than my mom used to say.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Winning Words 1/21/09
“I’ve always found, when I was worrying, that the best thing to do was put my mind upon something, work hard and forget what was troubling me.”
(Edison) Somehow I never have thought of Edison as the worrying kind, but I guess that’s a malady that we all have to one degree or another. How do you deal with it? I wonder how Obama will handle the worries of his new office. My advice to him: D.F.T.P. A successful executive had these letters carved on the edge of his desk. They reminded him, as he was about to make important decisions…Don’t Forget To Pray. ;-) Jack

FROM PE J.S. IN MI" What we do seem to forget is that prayer almost always leads to us. God sends us out to do something. Prayer is not an end in itself but always a means to an end.....think of Gethsemane. FROM JACK: The point is...When worrying about what to do next, prayer is a help.

FROM GOOD DEBY JON:You can work or worry. Perhaps by design they are mutually exclusive—right now I’m working.

FROM S.G. IN MI: What a great quote and equally provacative are your comments! THANK U

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Prayer is the only thing going to get us through...after prayer...hard work. That's life though. It's rewards are the little joys in life.

FROM INDY GENIE:Cleaning helps.....especially scrubbing floors on my hands and knees. Remember the movie "I remember mama"? Mama said she felt closer to God when she was on her knees. Pulling weeds/digging in the garden helps too.

FROM M.E. IN SOUTHERN CALIF: My Mother also used to clean the dirtiest corner of the house. I also used to go for a run and now go for a bike ride; basically try to make myself so tired that I focus on what is truly most important and the other background noise issues that create the worry, seem to fade away.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: he had his laboratory in West Orange, N. I wonder if anyone has disected the lives of our prominent inventors and found some core tenants for young people to mold their lives. something to kick start their lives. Have you ever thanked the dumb Russians for driving out the Jews who came here with their tallent? I knew a Jewish lady who was from Kenosha, she and three of her girl friends all married their proffessors, who happened to be nice people. But none of them invited me to their weddings. Shucks, I didn't have any money to buy them a present, but I could have given them my best wishes.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Winning Words 1/20/09
“If you’re walking down the right path, and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you will make progress.”
(Barack Obama) It’s important for us to choose wisely the path that we will walk. It’s also important to show our children how to pick life’s right path. As I look back, I see that progress has been made. Someone took the time to be a leader for me. Thank God for good leaders. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: One of our delights in life is to show our little ones the right path...a God pleasing path.

FROM B.G. IN MI; M.T. IN PA; M.L. IN IL: Amen!

FROM J.T. IN MN: I was so proud, impressed and hopeful today. I think the world is hopeful with us and looking for the US to lead towards a more peaceful and negotiable understanding.
Thanks for your WW. I always look forward and appreciate them.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Winning Words 1/19/09
“An individual has not started living until she can rise above the narrow confines of her individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
(MLK Jr) One person can make a difference, sometimes by a simple act of kindness. It was cold last Saturday, and I was wearing a light jacket. A woman came up to me and said, “It’s cold, and you should be wearing a scarf.” With that, she took a nice, blue, wool scarf from her neck and wrapped it around mine. “Don’t worry,” she said, “I’ve got another at home.” MLK Jr was saying that a single person can influence humanity. He did, and she did, and I am grateful. Now, I’m looking for a way to share a kindness. ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER G.S.: you do it with Winning Words.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Life is filled with so many opportunities, challenges, thrills, and enlightenment; so many fresh paths for learning, contributing and expanding of ourselves, and perhaps inspiring others too. I've experienced how exploring diversity can deepen our understanding and lead to good will and good living.

A cynic might believe that what she was really thinking was: " Look at that old man running around with that light jacket one---he probably doesn't have anything better" (I can say this to you because I am old as well and also I sometimes run around in the winter with the wrong clothes on.) Be well and stay well. In essence, I would much rather believe in what MLK said. What a wonderful day it will be tomorrow.

FROM M.L. IN IL: you mean besides the daily one you share? MORE: being wrapped in spiritual blankets is a coziness of a different color! FROM JACK: A blanket for a needy person would be an act of kindness, especially if it were your own blanket.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: You don't have to look far. There's need all around us. And it's going to take more than one act of kindness. I think we had better get busy.

FROM S.T. AT TAPPER'S JEWELRY: Thank you for sending this. When I received this today and I was pleased because it is the same quote I had selected for display next to the candle we lit at Tapper’s West Bloomfield this morning in memory of Dr. King.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Isn't it so much easier to be kinder to strangers? The real test is to be kind to those whom we see each day...the ones who make us crazy! We know them so well and they are so easily the "targets" of our wrath. Today, I will be kinder and nicer...both to strangers and to loved ones.

FROM SNOWBIRD PR F.M.: If you are able please listen to CNN at 12 Noon, they are offering the whole sermon by MLK Jr.

FROM CWR IN B'MORE: ........good one

FROM MOLINER LIZ: She? FROM JACK: You noticed! MORE FROM LIZ: I agree with G.S.-- you spread kindness with your winning words. And I'm sure it doesn't stop there. I remember a teacher once told us that to do something generous and not tell anyone about it is the true test of a giving person. FROM JACK: Like evryone else, I have to work at it.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS: We have a newspaper called "The Metro Lutheran" that comes out once a month. This month there is a whole page article about the time Dr. Martin Luther King came to Gloria Dei. Elizabeth (Johnson) Eckholm had told them the story. It is very good, and if I had a scanner, I would send it.

FROM CJL IN OH: I don't think you'll have to look very far. The problem will be how do you choose.
But choose you will.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Winning Words 1/16/09
“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
(Picasso) Sometimes, that what I want…Answers! I have enough questions. The computer is my friend, in many ways, but what we all crave is a friend who will sit down with us and reflect in a human way. None of this, garbage in, garbage out, business. I’d like to sit down with Picasso and talk why he painted as he did. ;-) Jack

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: Computers are tools....just like a router and/or hammer. If you use them properly, you get something out of them. If you let them use you, you become a slave.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Even though computers are not substitute for friends, it does enable one to be in touch with those far away or inaccessible everyday. But they don't give me the answers I look fact, sometimes they add to the questions!

FROM M.L. IN IL: that would be an interesting conversation. may i participate? as for computers, they make me feel very small, yet very connected. it's kinda like looking at the night sky.

FROM L.K. IN OH: Why don't we all sit down with God and thank him for the miracle of the Hudson. The occasional miracle gives rise to gratitude, acceptance, yet continued questioning.........yet who other than God can appear to be arbitrary and get away with it?

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: A former associate where I worked, who didn't like computers, but pretended to know all about them, would always throw that phrase around, "garbage in, garbage out." He never got creative enough to try to put something better than "garbage" in. Regarding Picasso and why he painted as he did, that's one of the things you'll find out when "the veil is removed" (see yesterday's WW). FROM JACK: I think the "garbage" phrase simply means, you get out it what you put into it. That's like in general.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Even Picasso didn't know why he painted the way
he did. He just did. It's called inspiration. So don't ask. (Doesn't the word DID look stupid? Who coined it? What was the reason? Sometimes we can drive ourselves crazy withh questions.)

FROM D.C. IN KANSAS: Did you know computers were human? Every so often you have to ask, "Are you saved?"

FROM P.H. IN MN: i love the story of how Picasso's home was robbed one day. he got a glimpse of the robbers. when the police came, he drew them a picture of the two robbers. the next day the police went out and arrested a bicycle and a sew machine!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: I believe that knowing and interacting with anyone is clearly a positive.Going fishing with a brilliant person is far better than wasting time with a dumbkopt. Ya. Ya. Si,Si senor.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Winning Words 1/15/09
“Give thanks for the veil that hides you from the infinite, which makes it possible for you to believe in what you cannot see.”
(Robert Nathan) The other day I asked the root canal dentist why there are nerves in teeth. He began his explanation by saying, “God, in his infinite wisdom…” Now, I understand the need for dental work. There are many things hidden behind the veil. I’m satisfied that there will come a day of explanation, and I will understand. Meanwhile, I give thanks. ;-) Jack

FROM L.K. IN OH: this one also is good, like so very many you have sent over the years....

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Why things are veiled is certainly a mystery.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I'm not sure I give thanks for the veil, but I can accept it's being as the reason for faith in things. I would just as soon be able to observe the infinite, allowing me to both see and believe. On second thought, we're told to believe nothing we hear and only half of what we see. So I guess I have to accept half a veil.

FROM BBC IN IL: nice analogy.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winning Words 1/14/09
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
(Dalai Lama) Last year I went to Ann Arbor to see and hear the Dalai Lama. His name means, literally, Teacher of Deep Things. He is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet, now living in exile. The Dalai Lama is an advocate for peace. Kindness is one way to bring about peace. It may not always work, but the alternative doesn’t seem to work, either. What has been your experience based on trying to show kindness in the face of animosity? ;-) Jack

FROM B.G. IN MI: Thanks for your kindness to me over the years.

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: The most lopsided debate I ever witnessed occurred when someone tried to defend unilateral disarmament as a means to peace. The negative destroyed that position. The key is original sin as Reinhold Niebuhr understood. Sometimes kindness and weakness is a great way to bring on war and adversity. Strength combined with understanding seems to work a lot better on the international front. Strength and aggressiveness, of course, is a great way to bring on war.

FROM M.L. IN IL: kindness often times confuses the aggressor. it is most always disarming. i choose kindness. JACK'S REPLY: I'd faint if you answered otherwise.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: I have a poster in my computer room that says - The cold heart of adversity can be melted by the warm touch oif kindness.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: It's very foolish to believe everyone will react with kindness. A few of our best presidents tried many times to do the evasive and it still led to wars. We as Christians are called to defend the defenseless which sometimes means kindness won't work. I know this will not be a popular answer, but you can't paint over the truth. Sometimes smiles aren't enough.

FROM C.B. IN MI: In my life I find satisfaction and peace in trying always to take the high road, treat everyone with respect, and reserve judgment. It creates so many opportunities (choices) for peace.

FROM LBP IN MI: In honor of our congregations 150th anniversary our pastor has challenged us to each do 150 acts of kindness this year. I think I'll pass this WW along. Several of the recent sermons have been challenging us to think about what it means to be kind.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/13/09
“Money is like time. The important thing is not how you save it, but how you spend it.”
(An ad seen on Canadian TV) I remember my mother saying: “Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a Promissory Note; Today is the only cash you have—so spend it wisely.” Isn’t it strange how certain things jog the memory bank? Today’s quote did that for me. Any jogging for you about spending time and money? ;-) Jack

FROM M.F. IN MI: Yes, my memory was jogged, I've always like that quote.

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: Don't let it run generous with it and don't waste it

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Three comments I remember from my parents are: 1) Money doesn't grow on trees, 2) We aren't made of money, and 3) Here's a nickel...don't spend all of it in one place.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Yes...we always had the kids put their gift of money or their earnings in three for God, one for savings and one for spending. My grandma would say...One for God one for us. I don't think we are doing so well with those sayings these days. But there's always tomorrow.
PS Our favorite show is a Canadian show called "Corner Gas". It's swearing, no sex and no violence. It's hard to find on tv so we ordered the DVD's. It's our favorite tv to re-watch over and over again. Too funny!

FROM INDY GENIE: This qote reminds me of something I read in the book "The Delaney Sisters". "Life is short, it's up to us to make it sweet"

FROM J.G. IN MN: A thought that came to mind ... whether it be time or money is ..."waste not, want not"

FROM L.P. IN MI: At my first salaried job I calculated out how much money I made for 10 minutes on the job. To help me stay focused I discretely posted a note to myself saying "was the last 10 mins worth $$?" MORE:
The other time-is-money memory I have is from Frank when I worked at the Keego Dairy Queen. He told a mopey employee once "I don't pay you to have boyfreind troubles. You just leave those at the back door. You can pick them up on the way out"It's funny what sticks in the mind. Do you ever hear from Frank and Patty? I am still thankful for that phone call from you suggesting that I apply to work there. It was a great first job.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: I've always had trouble with the word "spend". I prefer "imvest". FROM JACK: I should forward this to Bernie Madoff. He's looking for people like you.

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: Yes, don't spend money that you don't have and enjoy each day.

FROM J.E. IN MI: Thank you so much for adding me to this list. WOW. I’ve been inspired already. Today’s WW:

FROM CJL IN OH: Today's quote was used by Hank Stram while he was coach of KC. Funny how these things go. First your Mom and then Hank.

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Your Ma hit the knickle on it's head, my parents always promoted saving, which was interesting, we never had anything to save as kids. It wasn't until the war started ( damn ) that we had money, and until we got out of college that we had anything to save

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/12/09
“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”
(Paul Tillich) Tillich was one of the foremost theologians and existential philosophers of the 20th Century. He wanted to demonstrate to skeptics how faith could be reasonable. A nuclear physicist used to drop his kids off for Sunday School. One Sunday the pastor invited him into the church, saying, “You don’t have to park your brain out here with your car, either.” That scientist eventually became a pastor and a Lutheran bishop. ;-) Jack

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: And then there is Tertullian....."I believe because it is absurd" MORE: I think the essence of what Tertullian was saying is that Jesus may be the cause of the aburdity....Who can believe that God would break into our world and die for us? REPLY FROM JACK: Absurd is an interesting word. You don't hear it used much anymore. Isn't that absurd?

FROM M.T. IN PA: That's a thought-provoking message today.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Have faith in doubt. Doubt always leads the way to truth. FROM JACK: C.F. sent a picture of Doubting Thomas to hang by my computer.

FROM MOLINER LIZ: I'm sure I've said this before, but why is there this God vs. science mentality still out there? God is the ultimate scientist.

FROM PR P.H. IN MN: I offer the idea that the opposite of faith is certainty. But its a "bad" kind of certainty. The kind the Christian Right displays. As if they know the mind of God fully. This kind of certainty (and lack of faith and trust) has done tons of damage to so many over the centuries.

FROM L.K. IN OH: I believe, help my disbelief.

FROM G.C. IN SAN DIEGO: A good winning word today

FROM CJL IN OH: Excellent thought. Would that more people would use it!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Our God is wonderful because of loving us even when we doubt. Maybe more because of it....that's how we do grow in faith. We all have our doubting Thomas moments. Growing in faith is learning and studying in faith.

FROM M.L. IN IL: doubt is the part of faith that makes us think the most. questions lead to answers. MORE: and questions...which came first...the answers or the questions...think i'll have an egg sandwich and ponder...

FROM PR F.M. VACATIONING IN THE SOUTH: nice story along with your WW's. We have traveled down to the Gulf Coast, left the cold and snow and winter to you who do some thinking and selecting every week day. We are resting, trying to get my computer on line and enjoying the weather, yesterday it was 63, today 57. You must be doing some blowing of the weather as they say it will get down to 35 tonight right on the shore of the gulf. Hope things are well with you in the new year. We will be down here until the first day of spring!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/9/08
“Our life unfolds as if God were showing us a slide show.”
(Hugh Prather) This is one of Prather’s Spiritual Notes To Myself. Sometimes people are bored by slide shows, but usually not if pictures of them are shown. This quote intrigues me, particularly when I wonder what the next slide will show. I’d like to go back and see some of the slides again, and then there are others… “It’s A Wonderful Life,” isn’t it? ;-) Jack

FROM EMT SINGS IN MI: I agree! I have often said life is like a soap opera and a nice thing is to be able to see how things/people start out and then how they progress(or don't). One of the fun things about growing older ourselves is getting to see "the rest of the story". Life truly is an adventure!

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Here's a verse from a song that Jon has written. I have the rest of the lyrics and the music, too. It's a good one.
I love to watch memories, like movies in my mind
I can stop, fast forward, sometimes I rewind
I have a favorite scene that I never forward through
A waitress pouring coffee and that waitress is you

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: Read the book one page at a time and enjoy each page....remember what you can from the past pages but always look forward to something new in the coming ones. JACK'S REPLY: I sometimes like to skip ahead.

FROM P.O. IN MI: Bored --- never, no matter whose slides are being shown! I distinctly remember when I left the synod saying to Pr. Maddox that I could hardly wait to see what was waiting for me around the corner --- little did I imagine this!!

FROM S.H. IN MI: A quote from Henri Nouwen...."Sometimes we have to "step over" our anger, our jealousy, or our feelings of rejection and move on. The temptation is to get stuck in our negative emotions, poking around in them as if we belong there. Then we become the "offended one," "the forgotten one," or the "discarded one." Yes, we can get attached to these negative identities and even take morbid pleasure in them. It might be good to have a look at these dark feelings and explore where they come from, but there comes a moment to step over them, leave them behind and travel on."

FROM P.H. IN MN: may all your slides be good ones...

FROM EMT SINGS IN MI: I can really appreciate this whole concept as I keep very detailed photo albums. Not just pictures but thoughts, the grandchildrens score sheets from games, etc, etc. In fact, on this snowy day I am planning to get 2008 up to date. Doing it retrospectively (the only way you can do it) truly makes you appreciate everything more. You tend to forget the small insignificant details of an experience that may have not been so positive on the day they happened, and only can be so happy with it. For instance, I hope you enjoyed our Christmas card. That picture was taken as my kids were camping on Mackinaw Island (bridge in the background). We think it is totally precious, but I know to take it took lots of time to figure out the location, best time of day and probably squabbly kids (although they get along so well). Yes, I do think life is a slide show. I hope everyone can remember the goodness of each "slide" and forget the rest!

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: It certainly is and every day is absolutely wonderful.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/8/09
“There’s little difference in people, but the little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it’s positive or negative.”
(Bits & Pieces) I looked forward to having a root canal a couple of days ago, because I knew that I’d feel better afterward…and I do! Maybe it doesn’t always work, but I’ve found out that a positive attitude is one of my best friends. ;-) Jack

FROM PR J.S. IN MI: There's a lot of differences in people. We are unique. One of those differences might be attitude. To make it the only difference seems to me to be blind to reality. JACK'S RESPONSE: Reality is in the eye of the beholder.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: A battery has a positive and a negative pole. That's what makes it run. People who can be negative once in a while run better too. It ain't all roses out there. (From a positive thinker) JACK'S REPLY: Upon rereading, you'll notice that I had a disclaimer, saying that it might not always work...but it does for me. There are alot of negative things going on in the lives of alot of people. I realize that. I also realize that some words of encouragement might ease their pain. I think some words like that were used in one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams. My son and I once played catch on that field.

FROM P.O. IN MI: think I generally approach life with a positive attitude --- but I definitely have to work on applying that to dental visits!!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: A positive attitude definitely helps get one through these days....sometimes it's harder to maintain one though, but it definitely worth the effort. JACK'S REPLY: Remember previous "conversations." I think I can, I think I can, I know I can.

FROM INDY GENIE: I think I'm going to call you Pastor John "PaulAndy" Freed from now on. That root canal story is DEFINETLY playing the "glad game". Thank you for those WW's!

FROM MOLINER G.S.: Couldn't agree more!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/7/09
“Life is like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it.”
(W. C. Handy) Handy knew life, the trumpet and music. You get out of it what you put into it. He bought his first horn when he was a teenager. At one time, he was director of The Alabama Agriculture & Mechanical College Band. He wrote Yellow Dog Blues, Beale Street Blues and the famous St. Louis Blues. Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Pearl Bailey, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and many other greats put life into his music. He’s even mentioned in the movie, The Music Man. Re-read today’s quote. ;-) Jack

MORE FROM JACK: It also reminds me of the song, The Music Goes Round and Round and Comes Out Here. Performances by Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Google the lyrics.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Junque in...junque out...nothing in...nothing out. Music clears the mind, cleans the soul, reaches to Heaven. Thank God for men like Handy.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: EVERYBODY gets something out of it when you put the right notes into it.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/6/09
“The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come."
(Sandra Day O’Connor) I’m in the process of reading a Christmas present, Tim Russert’s book, Big Russ & Me. The book says to me that it’s more than genes that we pass on to others in this life. I’m reminded of Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Today, try to recall a lesson you learned in your family upbringing. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: We were taught, love of God, love of family, love of country and fellowman, tell the truth, be kind and "Self-righteousness stinks" (my mom's personal favorite).

FROM M.E. IN S. CA: 2 lessons from my Father: It is no lose to be a gentleman; and When you walk into a crowded room and don't know anyone, always follow a smile. My children have heard them both and I know have benefited from the lessons.

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: Interesting that you should ask that particular question. Today at Bible Study our opening "question" to each, before we start our study, was "who influenced you in earlier life".I think the best lesson I learned, and it was from my mother, was "to do or treat others the way I would wish them to do to me". May seem corny to some, but I have tried to live by that ideal. At times it doesn't come to me "during the heat of a situation", but when I have time to think, I often change my way of dealing with a situation bearing that thought in mind.

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: I loved the book. Not to be too philosophical, I think we learned to be good, to develop our talents, and to help others as well as ourselves. I loved the democracy of living in Moline where we had the superitendent of schools living a few houses from the janitor of the high school and three doctors and a judge living on the same street as factory workers and a butcher.

FROM M.L. IN IL: this is so true. we tried to have family dinner every night while the kids were growing up. due to their crazy sport, band, and social schedules, this was not always easy. dinners were sometimes much later than my stomach growls intended, but it turned out to be one of the most gratifying sacrifices of my life. no t.v. trays, no t.v., just family and good food at the dining room table. lots of good lessons came from the conversations that we shared. both parents and children were educated!


Monday, January 05, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/5/09
“Good things are going to happen.”
(Seen on a plaque) As the new year begins, I’m going to find a place near my computer to post this one. I read an op-ed piece yesterday which said, “Americans want good things to happen to good people.” It was commenting on a survey which showed an increasing desire to expand the boundaries of heaven. As we live in a multicultural society, that experience should continue in heaven. At least, that seemed to be the gist of the artcle. ;-) Jack

FROM MKH IN MI: They always do! Happy New Year

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: I thought once we got to heaven, race would be a non issue. There would be no more quotas. God's grace will be sufficient.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Americans are blessed and are a blessing, so it's no surprise to me. God is the only one who knows who is going to Heaven....and His grace will be sufficient.

FROM J.H. IN OH: I like this one and the survey results too! JACK'S RESPONSE: Multi-cultural, from our point of view. From God's point of view, all are the same.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Were you ever in the elevator at Palmer School of Chiropractic? It was a cage with all four shaft walls visible. Well, Ol' B.J. had inspirational material plastered all over those shaft walls. Sounds like your computer room.

FROM M.L. IN IL: as my 82 year old mother-in-law says. "happy new year! make it a good one!" from the mouths of elders...

Friday, January 02, 2009

Jack’s Winning Words 1/2/09
“Remember, you are too blessed to be stressed.”
(Sent by E.A.) A good way for us to begin the new year would be to count our blessings. A long time ago. I learned to sing,
“Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you, what the Lord has done.” If there were room by my computer, I’d post that one. ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER C.F.: That's alright, Jack. i've got room by MY computer. I'll post it. As Shakespeare once said, "Clutter, clutter everywhere and not a spot to think."

FROM L.K. ON A VACATION: Great message...and so timely......earlier this morning, I had onboard our cruise ship heading home from Curacao, a full body very first one in nearly 64 years of living....the therapist said arthritis and stress have gotten the better of me,ha!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Our blessings are as numerous as the stars! ( I would love to see a picture of your it on your blogsite!)

FROM D.C. IN MI: May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come through your door.

FROM F.M. IN WI: We are so richly blessed and may we take time to offer our thanks!

FROM B.S. NEAR ORLANDO: Wow, I can hear Rev. Fulton now, "sing it again, and sing it out", that was during the depression when my Pa made $40.,00/wk for about 60 hrs of hard work. Then he would come home and work around the house. Happy New Year, Felies Ano Nuevo? mi amigo

FROM J.C. IN HONG KONG: Your computer must have too many blessings already! Did you count them?
I find counting stressful .... oh well! Happy New Year, 2009.

FROM J.G. IN MN: It's a great song. I learned it a long time ago, also.

FROM J&DT IN WI: Our (seminary) classmates are (were) blessings, too, that's for sure.