Monday, August 31, 2009

Winning Words 8/31/09
“Death is more universal that life; everyone dies, but not everyone lives.” (A. Sachs) The media gave broad coverage to the death of Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy. I wonder if that was because they died or because they lived.” Some people live even after they die. There are probably relatives of yours and mine who fit that category. The media may have overlooked them, but they made a difference just the same. ;-) Jack

FROM YOOPER BOB: Sign at a motel next to Michigan Tech Univ. "You may get all A's But still flunk life." FROM JACK: I hope that the Techies read it.....and the F.U. students, too...if they venture over there.

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: you know where my loved ones live on and on. i gave you the address.

FROM L.G. IN MICHIGAN: Life on earth is simply a string of consecutive moments, beginning on the day of our birth and terminating at the moment when God takes us home. Think of those moments — those precious moments of life — as pearls on a string, each loaded with potential and opportunity. The thief wants to rob you of as many of those pearls as possible. And he does that by causing you to live life in the rearview mirror, or concerning yourself with future scenarios that most likely will never occur. (From: A Lifetime of Wisdom, a book by Joni Eareckson Tada)

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS IN MINNESOTA: Oh yes, my husband lives on in many stories! I am thankful for that!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Memories live on...some leave good memories, some not so good, but they are remembered anyway. I'd like to leave behind good memories for those staying behind. But neither are my reward. I will be embraced with open loving arms for eternity.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Good observation. A. Lincoln said: "Live a good life. And in the end, it's not the years in a life, it's the life in the years."

Friday, August 28, 2009

Winning Words 8/28/09
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” (Churchill) In his military and political life he made several decisions that turned out to be failures—nice ideas that didn’t work. But he kept coming up with ideas that did work and eventually was named one of the most influential leaders in history. Failure doesn’t have to be final. Hold on to your enthusiasm!. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: It takes determination to remain enthusiastic in the face of failure. I suppose that's what identifies a true achiever. Regarding Churchill: The current observance of Senator Kennedy's death (and life) reminds me of the time of Churchill's death. We were living in London at the time, and lined up among the thousands who passed his casket for one last salute to a great leader. For a couple days there was a continuous queue of common people reverently filing through the great hall where he lay, paying homage to that very uncommon man. FROM JACK: We are what the times make us.

FROM BBC IN ILINOIS: Very encouraging today; thank you - needed a lift on a grey day!
Look for the silver lining
When e'er a cloud appears in the blue.
Remember some where the sun is shining,
And so the right thing to do,
Is make it shine for you.
A heart, full of joy and gladness,
Will always banish sadness and strife.
So always look for the silver lining,
And try to find the sunny side of life.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Remember the phrase: Success is never permanent; Failure is never final?

FROM MOLINER C.F.: If enthusiasm is driven by passion, the odds for success are multiplied.

FROM P.H. IN MINNESOTA: also, Teddy Kennedy!

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: C.F. Moliner, your response is greatly appreciated by me. And today's Winning Words. What is life and all the dreams we dream and the risks we take if not driven by passion?!!!!! That might be why the movie "The Passion of Christ" was called "The Passion of Christ." We simply follow.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Winning Words 8/27/09
“I hope for an America where neither ‘fundamentalist’ or ‘humanist’ will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls.” (Teddy Kennedy) I like this quote, not because of who said it, but because of what it expresses. I wish for more people of good will. Is there time or place when wishes do come true? ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I like this quote, and I admire the man who said it. Flawed man that he was, he nevertheless worked tirelessly to effect a better life for everyone in this nation, and especially those less fortunate than he was. He was a true statesman, doing what he could to foster policies whereby government served its people better, essentially creating a place where "wishes do come true." FROM JACK: "Flawed man...." Are there any who are not flawed? ""True statesman...." Not many legislators can be called that.

FROM J.H. IN OHIO: good one... I'll use this with my students today, as we are looking at the "continuum" of environmental beliefs and values. I think this speaks well to the idea of the continuum and how we should go about using these sorts of labels. THANKS for sharing!

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Fundamentalism is something I struggle with. But appreciate Kennedy's addition of "people of good will". I hope for an America where we have lots of people of good will, fundamentalists, humanists, Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, Presbyterians, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, the more people of good will the better. FROM JACK: I like the poem, "Mending Wall."
MENDING WALL by Robert Frost
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

MORE FROM S.H.: I was interested to read in today's New York Times an editorial which pointed out the truth of (today's) Winning Words. On page A27, by Nicholas D. Kristof "Health Care Fit For Animals". He writes about one Wendell Potter who used to be an executive in the health insurance industry, watched Michael Moore's movie, saw himself uninsured people being treated in livestock stalls, and says "It was a life-changing event to witness that," he remembered. Increasingly, he found himself despising himself for helping block
health reforms. "It sounds hokey, but I would look in the mirror and think, how did I get into this?" "Mr. Potter says he liked his colleagues and bosses in the insurance industry, and respected them. They are not evil. But he adds that they are removed from the consequences of their decisions, as he was and are obsessed with sustaining the company's stock price--which means paying fewer medical bills." It seems like looking in
the mirror works and especially finally seems like Wendell Potter could see better how he could use his good will. I found this all very interesting and perhaps you do too.


When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: Certainly in heaven. FROM JACK: ....Where wishes do come true.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Winning Words 8/26/09
“I’m a big believer in “the mirror test.” All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell that person that you’ve done your best.” (John McKay) A follow up to this is a poem, The Man In The Glass, by Dale Wimbrow. A friend once explained to me how mirrors work. Fascinating! But what mirrors “show and tell” is even more fascinating. Study one today. ;-) Jack


When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in you life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you’re a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please-never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end.
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Looked in the mirror, thought to that person honestly that I've done my best. Later I might talk out loud. Isn't there something in the Bible about seeing through a dim glass darkly or something? I've certainly wanted to feel that I've been doing my best at risking but not at all very certain that I've always done my best by communicating. The "mirror test" is more profound than at first look. FROM JACK: There's nothing wrong with talking out loud to that person in the mirror.

FROM HILLTOPPER JOHN: I'm a big believer in the God test....can you look at God and tell him that you've done your best....if you can, you are probably lying! FROM JACK: Just as I am, without one plea.....

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" is my favorite song of his. Though written by a woman, the lyrics go, "I'm looking at the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. No message could have been any glibber-- if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change." FROM JACK: We all leave this world with more that we could have done.

THE MAN IN THE MIRROR Song by Michael Jackson
I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .
As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man's Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know
'Cause They Got Nowhere To Go
That's Why I Want You To Know
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,Na Nah)
I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not Alone?
A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody's Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With Me
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror

FROM MOLINER, G.S.: Have you read The Man in the Mirror, by Patrick Morley?

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: My prayers are with the Kennedy Family. I thought you'd have something on that this morning. I heard late last night as I was up late writing watching Fox FROM JACK: Tomorrow...I write my stuff the evening before it's sent out. Teddy was an easy target when focussing in on his past...but so are we all. On balance...I'll let God be the judge, and I believe that he will do so with grace, as is his promise.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: A corollary to this is: when you point a finger, don't forget that three are pointing back to you.

FROM RJP IN FLORIDA: I once helped my grandson get over a problem by starting every day looking in the mirror and telling himself . " You can handle anything today!!! You are capable.... you can be strong and confident" He made it through a new school and a few bullies by believing in himself in part talking to the mirror..............This is a good one

ROM J.G. IN MINNESOTA: After many, many years, we know the author of The Man In the Glass!! Mark used The Man In The Glass poem in his high school graduation speech. We never thought more about it for all of these years!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Winning Words 8/25/09
“The world hates change, but it is the only thing that has brought progress.” (Charles Kettering) A similar quote of his: “You can’t have a better tomorrow, if you’re thinking about yesterday all the time.” Kettering was an automotive pioneer with 140 patents. His life was about creating change for the better. We have a nearby school named for him. How appropriate. Schools create change. ;-) Jack

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: That is so true, and schools have changed so much, especially in the methods of teaching. That is why I enjoy Grandparents' Day in public, private, and Catholic schools in Florida, Texas, and Virginia. LIfe is very interesting. When I was teaching in Moline and and California, the mothers used to tell me how glad they were that school was opening. That thought has not changed through the years. FROM JACK: The Church changes; society changes; we change. But, in each instance, the basic truth remains. "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Even those things which prove wrong help us grow in the long run. Witness Edison et al.

FROM A.P. IN MICHIGAN: hmmmmm, I'm reading this as I'm unpacking in my 'new' school room. I will keep a lookout for the good things that come from this change. Thanks for your positive words -

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: Change is great-- if we learn from the past and build on it. We can see that change for the sake of change is a recipe for disaster. MORE FROM L: Change: not always good... AFL-CIO President Named Head of New York Fed... But neither was the status quo. A Goldman Sachs executive!!! FROM JACK: But, basically, we don't like change!

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: This is so appropriate or me! I am the original foot dragger. I think that it is because it is familiar and I am happy with things. I have often said that if it was up to me we would still be lighting fires by rubbing sticks together. But that is not reality. I see it so often as I do not like to see all the
changes in my Mother and how all the grandchildren keep growing up, etc, etc. However, I read an article lately that spoke about changes, acceptance and the like. One of the statements really has stuck with me: Fight reality and you will lose every time! FROM JACK: Fight reality, and you will lose every time? I like it.

FROM ANONYMOUS: I am an Episcopalian. We have an openly gay, divorced bishop. Socially, I am a liberal person. But my question is this: when a Bible-based church does not follow the teachings of the Bible, doesn't it cease to be a church? FROM JACK: But my question, in return is: Who interprets the Bible for you? Even if one takes the Bible literally, different dpeople have different ideas as to what the words mean. We are most comfortable when we have an authority that we can trust. So, we choose on that basis.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Who is the judge of what needs changing? One man's feast is another man's poison. Change needs to be very carefully thought out, and then applied with the consent of the "changees." FROM JACK: You are the judge, unless you don't believe that you were created with a free will. Some people stubbornly say, "Nobody's gonna change me," and then they eventually die.

FROM C.S. IN WISCONSIN: We went back to IL for a visit this weekend. This quote really was appropriate for our weekend…we saw lots of change – did it bring progress? It sure has brought a lot of people, new businesses to our area, also the decline of wonderful farmland too. Our home in Woodstock was surrounded by blue spruce and pines we had planted as seedlings. These trees are now HUGE and really have enclosed the house to be a secluded looking place – one I’m not fond of when we drive around looking at homes…I love to see people’s homes instead of looking at seclusion. Will the new owners change it? Maybe they enjoy the
“progression” of the growing. We drove past where Bob grew up on Hunt Club Road and found his growing up years’ home taken over by weeds and vines growing up the walls of the house…not pretty. It is waiting for “progress” to happen – strip mall, gas station, McDonalds, a bank? His whole old neighborhood looked the same. We drove past the five acre tract that my father built homes on – beginning when I was 4 or 5 years old. They are still standing proudly. The present owners are still maintaining them well – even looked at one home built before I was born and it still looks great. He did a good job of making his “progress” do well. Our playing fields of wildflowers are now covered with homes and nicely landscaped. As we drove down Washington Street past Almond Rd. heading east to Gurnee, Bob comments about remembering that Washington Street had been a two lane gravel road and it is now 6 lanes paved. Hunt Club Road was gravel also when he was a kid and is now 6 paved lanes…lots of traffic and congestion! Shepherd of the Lakes looks so
different with all the new additions. My youngest sister still worships there, but they are in deep financial stress and may end of having to merge with another congregation to keep it afloat. That was sad to hear!
So I guess with change comes progress, but is it always for the better? FROM JACK: I remember the old saying: You can't go home again. It helps to have a good memory.

FROM RJP IN FLORIDA: I would challenge Kettering. Holding steady courses on values can also bring progress. Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon, Mao, also brought change but not progress. Luther brought change and that was progress. I think we should not always feel that change is progress. What we see happenning today is in many ways regression not progression. No not others thoughts........ mine...............We can disagree but don't worry, I still love you ..............Wanta have lunch at the Crash Landing???? FROM JACK: That's right...
challenge a dead man. But of course, all change that happens is to our liking, but, in one form or another, it happens.

FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: We may hate change, but it is what makes life interesting - and when change ceases for us, life has ended! So I look forward to the change that comes with each day ! And there is a lot of change to note!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Winning Words 8/24/09
“We are where we are. If we keep moving, we’ll be someplace else.” (Michael J. Fox) This is the answer Mike gave when his kids kept asking, “Are we there yet.” Sometimes we get impatient with the passage of time. Sometimes we might not like the scenery of the present. If we keep moving, time has a way of moving with us. Before you know it, the view will change. Patience is a virtue. ;-) Jack

FROM D.M. IN MICHIGAN: I am convinced that this one is an age thing:-) Thanks so much for so consistently sharing your wisdom. FROM JACK: Yes, I do think that each generation has its own perspective on time and it's own appreciation of scenery...and music, too.

FROM E.M. IN MICHIGAN: I will have to use that one with my kids - I love it! We have Michael J. Fox's book - it's on my "to read" pile. I just have to finish the other 2 books I'm currently reading! This lesson is great for me as well right now. There is so much going on in my life and I just have to realize that moving forward will create change. Thanks for this one.

FROM J.B. IN WISCONSIN: I just read his book Always Looking Up a few days ago, so these words are familiar.

FROM S.G. IN MICHIGAN: I like this one very much. Michael is such an inspirational fellow. So much optimism in the face of his own personal struggles. Thank you FROM JACK: I gained a new appreciation for what those with disabilities have to cope with...and their caregivers, too. I have always been in favor of more stem-call research.

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: reminds me of a saying that a dear friend introduced to me years ago. "wherever you go, there you are." he's passed on now. there he is. thanks ron.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: A rolling stone gathers no flys.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Winning Words 8/21/09
“When ideas fail, words come in very handy.” (Goethe) Words, words, words. We hear so many of them. I’m looking for some thoughtful ideas on a variety of subjects. It appears as though Wolfgang was looking for the same thing. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: One of Goethe's countrymen later took heed of that quote. Adolf Hitler had some failed ideas, but he used words handily to sway an entire nation. FROM JACK: Yes, words can lead to evil, and so can certain ideas. Our be able to judge right from wrong.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Spot on commentary for our times. FROM JACK: I try to be relavent.

FROM R.P. IN FLORIDA: Wolfgang must have known we would have a plethora of political figures with no ideas worth their salt at this time in our history. FROM JACK: There you go again!

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: Speaking of words. I am still pondering eleemosynary!

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Words are only one way of expressing one's self. Actions speak louder. Not new, but so true.

FROM D.S. IN SAN DIEGO: sounds like straight out of Washington DC. FROM JACK: ...or from Rush.

FROM MOLINER J.T.: A difficult subject !!

FROM A.M. IN MICHIGAN: That reminds me of George Bernard Shaw who said I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn't have time.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: We're hearing a lot of words lately and not a lot of relevance and sometimes, not a lot of truth. It's hard to tell the difference! FROM JACK: Truth is what you think it to be.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: How do you express ideas except with words? FROM JACK: I like these words by Edgar A. Guest who used to write a daily poem for The Detroit Free Press.
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Winning Words 8/20/09
“The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer; it’s that there are so many answers.” (Ruth Benedict) The church group to which I belong is currently in a convention and, among other things, will be discussing human sexuality and how it relates to the Church. Benedict, an anthropologist, objects to generalization and abstraction, when it comes to characterizing the human being. She would have us be more understanding of differences that exist among us. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Over all the millenia the one subject that has forever confronted us is the concerns of human sexuality. The Church dispensed its own answers, but generally to the disinterest of the people. There is so much new data that's been compiled about human sexuality and needs to be examined objectively. That convention you mentioned better be a long one.

FROM HILLTOPPER JOHN: No bias or slant in those words, is there? FROM JACK: The point that I tried to make is that in the questions that life poses, there are many answers. You can read into it what you choose.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Having so many answers is indeed a trouble for us humans with our limited
understanding. I believe it is only God who can give us more understanding of the differences that exist among us, may God give us hearts open to sharing and hearing the different stories we are living. I strongly believe our church group is doing well and going to be OK.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: That's why we were given the Bible. It has the answers...but sometimes we don't like what we read so we change it to fit what we feel is correct. I am praying for the correct answers always. Free will though, don't always mean we choose the correct answer. FROM JACK: We each make the choices we make, because God has given us free will. People read the same biblical words and come up with a variety of interpretations. We read and come up with our own interpretation. Usually this is colored by listening and reading a variety of other interpretations. There are many answers.. "Choose this day etc."

FROM INDY GENIE: Ruth and I would get along just fine. FROM JACK: She had an interesting life. It's worth the time to Google her story.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: If we didn't question so much, we wouldn't need so many answers. Sometimes faith is answer enough. FROM JACK: Faith usually comes from asking questions.

FROM R.G. IN AZ/MI: I think the idea that one can suggest that there are "so many" answers, indicates that one doesn't necessarily find the answer(s) in one simple idea. As we make new discoveries in physics or in our own personal constructions, we are confronted with the complimentary adjustments to be made -- or ignored altogether [living in a fantasy -- like our governmental officials]. Faith exists in the unknown, not the known! You are right on the money with your comment regarding the development of one's faith through the process of questioning. As Socrates would suggest: we are better served to ask more questions rather than to think we can have all the answers. By the way, we are the Church. It isn't a "thing" that exists outside of us! Hence, "it" cannot speak for me/us -- we are it! FROM JACK: Thanks for your perceptive comments. Check for news of the Church assemby NEWS@ELCA.ORG Not all government officials are living in a fantasy world. The Executive, the two Houses, and the Judiciary each have a role to play. There will never be unanimous
agreement on decisions that each branch makes, but that's the system we have....and that's life. As with the Church, we are "the Government."

FROM CWR IN B'MORE: in Baltimore, two of those with whom I socialize or worship and have as friends ,each in different settings, one a Policewoman and the other a health care worker , are both Lesbians. That's how it relates to the Church and society. We're all hungry and looking for bread.


FROM CJL IN OHIO: So what else is new?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Winning Words 8/19/09
“There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet the difficulties.” (Phyllis Bottome) I found it interesting that this writer was, at one time, an instructor for Ian Fleming. I.F.’s James Bond always seemed to find a way to alter difficulties. If only real life were like that. Most of the time, it’s a matter of adjusting. ;-) Jack

FROM PO IN MICHIGAN: This series is so timely. My immune system is running amok and I'm facing the possibility of some nasty treatments. Prayers, the 'steroid high' and my own short attention span are in my favor. I managed nearly a whole day of a pity party and then got bored with that. It is what it is.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: My husband and I watched a Nicholas Cage movie last night..."Next". He is able to see his future but only 2 minutes ahead. He was able to alter his future just by knowing two minutes ahead. It was an interesting idea. On the DVD, we watched the outtakes of the movie also. The other "star", Jennifer Beal was asked if she would want to know her future and she said no. I feel the same way. I would say we do alter the way we deal with events...we have's the only way to deal with life. We can't alter the future or past or present, but we can alter the way we look at all of it. FROM JACK: That sounds like an interesting movie. I'm thinking....How would it be to see two minutes into the future?

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: I really, really like your Winning Words this morning. Especially they are pertinent as my church has just finished up a summer of watching and discussing movies. I'm just taking
a few minutes here, trying to figure out if mostly movies would have a plot where the circumstances would be altered, that probably makes a movie we really like, our fantasies become true on the screen, or if there has been a movie where a person has adjusted.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Remember the old tailor in downtown Moline? FREE ALTERATIONS. Never changed your legs. Always adjusted your pants. FROM JACK: Yes, I do...on 7th Ave, between 15th & 16th Sts.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Winning Words 8/18/09
“God has not promised to take away our trials, but to help us to change our attitudes toward them.” (Thomas Keating) This was sent by a friend who was recently diagnosed with a serious illness. His illness has caused an acceleration of “reflective pursuits.” Keating’s writings have helped him with the process. God is ready to assist each of us as we walk life’s path. ;-) Jack

FROM CWR IN B'MORE: ........yes FROM JACK: Some things become more important, and some things become less important.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Attitude gives us more latitude. FROM JACK: Attitude helps in alot of ways in alot of situations.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I think St. Paul said something that is applicable here: "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 1Cor10:13

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Keating was a wise man who knew where to get his help and attitude change. Your friend is wise also, to learn to live each day for what it is! I'll keep him in my prayers!

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: Yes, and that is a true blessing. FROM JACK: Blessing is an interesting word. The modern meaning of the term may have been influenced in translations of the Bible into Old English during the process of Christianization to translate the Latin term benedīcere meaning to "speak well of", resulting in meanings such as to "praise" or "extol" or to speak well of or to wish well.

FROM J.C. IN HONG KONG: I forwarded this to some acquaintances.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Winning Words 8/17/09
“There are some questions that can’t be answered by Google.” (Sent by MAS) I have a set of The World Book Encyclopedia, but I seldom refer to it anymore. I use Dogpile or Google as my search engines. But answers to the real questions that arise in life situations aren’t found there. Someone once told me, “When I get to heaven, I’m going to have a lot of questions to ask God.” ;-) Jack

FROM HILLTOPPER JOHN: When (If) I get to heaven, I don't plan on having any questions to ask....I want to bask in the brightness of God's glory. The questions will take care of themselves.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: My question is "Are there some questions that are not answered by scripture?" I seriously hope there are not some people I truly care about who don't have scriptural guidance for their lives, including me too. It's not fair for people to have to wait and die and go to heaven to have guidance for their earthly lives. Are there some things in our lives we can't live by scripture? Does that keep our feet to the fire or do we prefer to wait until we get to heaven to ask these burning questions of God? Maybe these questions are answered by Google. Maybe the secular answers the questions Church won't deal with. FROM JACK: Maybe you'd better save that question for heaven.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Dogpile and Google have made mistakes...God doesn't. That's the answer. We can't change what is written in stone.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Better write them down or risk forgetting them.

FROM S IN MICHIGAN: DogPile??????????????????????????????????????????????? What in the world is that? Hope its better than it sounds FROM JACK: .....or smells.

FROM L.P. IN MICHIGAN: I'm a fan of wikipedia, google, and of course I'm still practicing up eleemosynary...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Winning Words 8/14/09
“I don’t fail. I succeed at finding what doesn’t work.” (Christopher Titus – sent by J.L.) Edison said something similar. “I didn’t fail. I just found 2,000 ways how not to create a light bulb.” If a genius like TAE can fail and still be a success, so can we. If at first you don’t succeed….(You know how it goes.) This seems to fit for a lot of different situations. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Even though it sidesteps the issue, I like the wit expressed in today's WW and Edison's comment. It's a special talent to remain positive in the face of negative results. FROM JACK: The issue, as I see it, is to think about...What is failure, and what is success? The common measurement of each isn't always to be relied upon.

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: If failing is any indication, I must be well on my way to greatness!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: The more I read this, the more I like it. Talk about postitive! We don't really ever fail do we? Failure would be not trying at all!

FROM MOLINER C.F.: The only way to fail is not try. FROM JACK: This reminds me of something Wayne Gretzky (the famous hockey player) said: "I missed 100% of the shots I didn't take." MORE FROM C.F.: Even Boxcar Willie got famous. Was he a failure? I donno. MORE FROM JACK: He was a very successful singer in Branson, MO.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Winning Words 8/13/09
“It isn’t about winning. It’s about helping others cross the finish line.” (Ann Guzdzial, Special Olympics) It started in Michigan in 1975, when, during a race, a runner fell and two others stopped, went back and helped him cross the finish line. The Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is built on that spirit. It’s not about winning, it’s about having the opportunity to participate. Congratulations to those who stop, reach out and help. This world needs more caring people. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: I agree wholeheartedly. Sports is not about winning, it's about playing the game. And if the competition is going to mean anything you want your opponent to be as strong as can be. FROM JACK: Yes, it's about the game. However, the quote is about helping the disadvantaged to play and enjoy the game, without the focus on winning or losing.

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: Thanks for this one.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: I don't know how many times in this game of life the "feeling better than others" attitude comes up: I'm on a team, you're not, I'm still in a marriage, you're not, I've still got a job, you don't, I've got health, you've got some sort of chronic illness, that Special Olympics attitude is surely much more winning than the attitude described above. We should all constantly reach for the Special Olympics attitude
and then we will be winners too.

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: I am proud to share her name. Unusual as it is! FROM JACK: Eunice is from Greek and means, She who makes fortunate conquest. Happy victory!

FROM P.H. IN MINNESOTA: amen to that!

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Yes, she will be missed. My prayers to her family.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: I remember reading about those very special people! I've run across several people in my life who would go above and beyond for others. They are true blessings.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: The one who stops and helps someone across the finish line is the true winner.

FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: A fitting word on the day that Eunice K. is laid to rest.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: as my daughter was growing up and even up until now, she has commented tersely that she has been able to watch her friends and then try to learn from their mistakes. That's how she succeeded at finding what doesn't work. I think she has even watched me and is trying not to make my same mistakes, which she has found in me. And so the wheel turns. Undoubtedly there are some failings for which there is no original example for. We each have some of those I suppose.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Her funeral was most appropriate for one who had given so much. I especially thought Maria Shriver did an outstanding job. FROM JACK: I was moved as she struggled lifting the casket.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Winning Words 8/12/09
“There are three constants in life…change, choice and principle.” (Stephen Covey) In grade school I learned the difference between principal and principle. The principal of the school is your pal…princi-pal. The other principle means something that is important in your life. One of my favorite college courses was American Ideals. It helped shape my system of values (principles). ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER G.S.: I got to know my grade school principal, Miss Nyquist, real well because I was in her office a lot for misbehavior. I learned my math tables really well at Grant Grade School.

FROM MK IN MICHIGAN: I bet your system of values was already shaped by college? Just an observation. FROM JACK: I guess our value system is always in the process of being shaped, by the people we meet and by the circumstances that come upon us.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: One of the choices in life is to believe in those three constants for EVERYONE. I think sometimes people can see other people as more or less objects--especially the elderly, disabled, enemies, as being bereft of those three constants in life. Just sitting around, incapable of anything except waiting to die. It's one of my principles that I choose to see everyone capable of change up until our last
breath. It may be inner change but change it is and our privilege and honor to be together through it all.
FROM JACK: I thought of people as objects as I drove on Woodward through Detroit last evening and saw people huddled on the steps of churches and other buildings with "their earthly possessions" in bags.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: You wax eloquent....

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Yeah, you spent enough time in the principal's office to learn the difference real early.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: My principles were shaped when I was young by the actions and reactions of my parents, grandparents and Sunday school teachers, and the principles in the Bible. If anything, they have gotten stronger with each year. FROM JACK: We are who we were.

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: Thanks for that tip! I am going to give it to my grand daughter, Mariah. This year a junior, can you believe?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Winning Words 8/11/09
“What’s the use of worrying? It never was worthwhile.” (George Asaf) These words are from “Pack Up Your Troubles,” a World War I morale-building song written in 1915. It’s been a favorite of mine ever since I can remember. The famous “orchestra” leader, Spike Jones, made a popular recording of it.. I Googled a snippet of it and got a smile, smile, smile for today. ;-) Jack

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
and smile, smile, smile!
While you´ve a lucifer to light your fag
(Note: a lucifer is a match & fag is a cigarette)
Smile, boys, that´s the style!
What´s the use worrying?
It never was worth while
So, pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
and smile, smile, smile!

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: Reminds me of one of my "thoughts for the day": "Remember that a smile is a frown turned upside down. Don't make us stand on our heads to see you smile!" I think that I have sent this to you once, but I have always like it. Implying, of course, that it takes a lot of effort to make some people smile.

FROM HILLTOPPER JOHN: Don't forget the "Old Kit Bag" FROM JACK: Are you calling my friend, Kit, an old bag?

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: ...and a cheery cockadoodledoo to you,too!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Gary's Uncle Mike loves the The Big Band Sound. He has all the DVD's and all of the videos and all of the CD's full of music. His favorite is Glenn Miller but he also loves Spike Jones. When we head to Cadillac, we spend the rainy days watching those old time favorites.....and we smile smile smile! Joshua's favorite movie is "Singing in the Rain" and now it's Noah's. I can't even begin to tell you how many times we have watched it. (But we don't worry about it!) "Singing in the Rain" was the first (of many) DVD's we got Josh! He's 10 now and still loves it!!!

FROM MOLINER C.F.: show me a happy man and I'll show you a man at peace.

FROM MOLINER J.T.: One of mine also !!!

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: Do you remember the music teacher at Central Jr. High who taught us all of those WWI
songs? FROM JACK: Oh, that's where I learned it?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Winning Words 8/10/09
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” (Nelson Mandela) A good head without the good heart is something to be leery of. For my part, I gravitate toward those who are caring people. Eleemosynary is a word that describes them. Try to use eleemosynary in a sentence today and see what reaction you get. In the end, Mandela’s quote is a good one. ;-) Jack

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: You bet!

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Thanks for a good start to what will hopefully be a good week. I had fun looking up your suggested word just now: from Wiki--- Eleemosynary deeds have their incipience intramurally?
Answer ----Charity begins at home.

FROM INDY GENIE: Listening to NPR this morning , I learned that research is indicating that heart health is linked with head (brain) health. Interesting. FROM JACK: Today, I learned from NPR that scientists have tested mice and seem to have found the gene that triggers itching. Other info: Fish itch, too.

FROM HILLTOPPER JOHN: A good heart without a good head can be something to be leery of also....lots of thoughtless activity...I think that's why Mandela called for the two together not apart. FROM JACK: But if I had to choose....

FROM CJL IN OHIO: I'm impressed you continue to use those "big" words. Keep it up! FROM JACK: We learned that in seminary. You must have been absent that day.

FROM L.G. IN MICHIGAN: You give a sentence with that in it, Jack... I need an example. FROM JACK: I'm not going to do your homework for you. OH WELL...."Eleemosynary is a word that Lou is having trouble understanding. It's a good thing that she lives it."

Thankfully has a pronunciation file for eleemosynary. Now, how to slip it into casual conversation?...

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Some of the people are eleeosynary all of the time and all of the people are eleemosynary some of the time, but not all of the people are eleemosynary all of the time. (Abe Hodson)

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Today is the day to... "Try to learn something about everything and everything about something". (Thomas Henry Huxley) FROM JACK: Today is the day to learn something about the word, eleemosynary.

FROM CWR IN B'MORE: a way gamblers are eleemosynary, because they're "giving it away"........well, maybe just "good hearted" gamblers......

FROM P.O. IN MICHIGAN: Good grief---where did you find that one?! I'd better figure out how to pronounce it before I try to work it into a conversation. Actually, I could have used it earlier today. I was at U of D Mercy proctoring exams for graduating PA students. I was, for the purposes of that exercise, a 17-year old male with complaints that necessitated them taking a sexual history and doing some patient education. It was absolutely fascinating --- those heading for practices in trauma medicine, surgery, cardiology and the like just got the information and barely made eye contact, much less counseled me in any meaningful fashion or made me even want to have that uncomfortable conversation with them. Those heading for family practice were generally thorough and very caring and I'd have trusted them with all my 'deep, dark secrets'! But I'll bet I'd have had the faculty scratching their heads if I'd used eleemosynary in my evaluations!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: My sentence: Saint Nicholas was one of Christianity’s most eleemosynary figures, giving to the poor to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

FROM DMF IN MINNESOTA: My sentence: “Bethphage, Immanuel Deaconsess, Seafarers House, and other eleemosynary institutions have a strong societal benefit.”

FROM M.L. IN ILLINOIS: i am blessed to be surrounded by many eleemosynary people. do i pass? FROM JACK: Collect $200.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: Something I found today...a bit late but still applicable. It was the caption for a photo showing a Salvation Army woman musician playing an instrument while collecting at Christmas. "The gloved and booted organist is pitting her eleemosynary hymns against the cacophony of New York's 5th Avenue." (from STREETS FOR PEOPLE by Bernard Rudofsky, p. 141) FROM JACK: You win the prize for the best use of the word, eleemosynary.

FROM S.G. IN TAMPA: Isn't that a remarkable story and wasn't he a remarkable man?

Friday, August 07, 2009

Winning Words 8/7/09
“Regret is an appalling waste of energy. You can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” (Katherine Mansfield) Kathleen (birth name) was born in New Zealand and experienced a somewhat checkered life. Her words about regret probably come from the heart. I don’t think that she was one to wallow (Isn’t that an interesting word?). I hope that we wouldn’t be wallowers, either, as far as regrets are concerned. ;-) Jack

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: The word regret reminds me of the word regress, both of them being about going backward. That can be negative and a waste of time. However, I believe one can "build on" regret. Wasn't regret of his former self (before his conversion) what made St. Paul such a powerful instrument of God?

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: I hope that we wouldn't be wallowers, either, as far as regrets are concerned. I know what it feels like to befriend someone who has gotten stuck in the past, God only knows how others have felt in befriending me and from time-to-time finding me stuck in the past. Regret--maybe one of the most dangerous emotions that divides community? "You can't build on it" - interesting line.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: I will have to ponder wallowing...I'm still pondering ponder. However, regret is something I do sometimes. I regret words I've said, things I did but mostly I regret things I didn't say and didn't do. That's the hard part. Regrets though are just a slight indentation on my part....perhaps forgiving myself is even harder. FROM JACK: The success comes from building on the regrets, not from the wallowing.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: You can't change them

FROM MOLINER C.F.: A person without regrets is a person without conscience. FROM JACK: K.M. had her regrets, but she chose not to wallow in them.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Winning Words 8/6/09
“Whoever desires constant success must change his/her conduct with the times.” (Machiavelli) The philosophies of this 16th century Italian are still being debated today, although his thought on how to achieve success seems to be a reasonable one. Change is something that is hard for some people to accept. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Good sound advice....but it is so extremely hard to accept change...sometimes....I like changes of scenery, changes of heart and changes I choose, of course! FROM JACK: I thought that you might get the point. It's interesting that a quote from so long ago remains relevant today?

FROM S.T. IN MICHIGAN: Keep the winning words coming, they are always interesting and worth reading.

FROM MOLINER C.F.: And then there are those who promise to change the times. Although not necessarily for the better. FROM JACK: ....and then there are those who resist any kind of change, because they just "don't like change." Luddites are an example. MORE FROM C.F.: Glad I'm not one of those. Directions are like diapers...they need to be changed once i a while.

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Change when one is aiming for a good result is good but I don't particularly like change for change sake. Our old mailman is a good example. He had delivered mail for a really, really long time, got to know everyone on the route, dependable, caring, helpful to us all. The management fiddled around with his route but they always seemed to fiddle it back again until one day they were going to fiddle more than he could stand so--he retired. When something is working, people just shouldn't mess with it, just because they don't have something else to do or something. FROM JACK: Mailmen and evens pastors don't go on forever. There's a saying that some mothers give to their daughter. "Put some lipstick on and deal with it."

FROM CJL IN OHIO: or to make happen....

FROM F.M. IN WISCONSIN: Each day I read you WW - and each day I appreciate the word and also, your reflection - but I don't want to wait until tomorrow to say THANK YOU. FROM JACK: You're welcome!

FROM P.H. IN MINNESOTA: unless you are a baby with a bad diaper!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Winning Words 8/5/09
“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” Sent by DAZ in Colorado) Early in my ministry I came across a poem simply titled, Tomorrow. It’s about someone who made a list of things he was going to do, tomorrow. But for him, tomorrow never came. He died, leaving behind a long list of things that he was going to do, tomorrow! ;-) Jack

FROM C.S. IN WISCONSIN: Maybe it is okay to have a long list of things to do tomorrow– even if we don’t accomplish them all before we leave this earth. It shows that we have many interests, a positive outlook on life. I guess I’d rather leave a list of things I still want to do than to leave with nothing more to look forward to in life. FROM JACK: The fact remains that there are limited tomorrows. We have to choose wisely what is most important to accomplish, and do it now. Yours is a good thought.

FROM R.I. IN BOSTON: You're right. Why wait any longer? Better get started on that "Bucket List" right now.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: We have friends who save money like mad....they have a lot of it too. My husband and I love to travel and these people are waiting until they have "enough" to travel in style. We have been to all 50 states: they are waiting until they retire. Everything they do they will do after they retire. God gave us life for living. He knows how many tomorrows we have. But we don't. We believe in saving for tomorrow... and do...but we also believe life is worth living and enjoying to the fullest now...not later or tomorrow. What wonderful God-given gifts they have failed to open but are saving for tomorrow. We like or tomorrows but but love our todays!

FROM MOLINER G.S.: Tom Peters mantra, which I subscribe to, is, "Ready, Fire, Aim!" The reason for this is that too many times in larger businesses people do, "Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim..." and never make the decision to act. I read once where persons in nursing homes chief comment was that they never took a risk when the opportunity presented itself. I've NEVER had that problem. But I do regret some of my hasty decisions. FROM JACK: I can see why your business was a successful one.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Plan as if you are going to live forever; Live as if you are going to die today. I like this!
FROM JACK: My step-father put it this way....

FROM M.T. IN PENNSYLVANIA: I have a friend here in PA (Jay McPhillips) who has written a book of humorous (and other) musings. One says: "Yesterday, today was tomorrow."

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Sometimes late at night I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She's lost in peaceful dreams So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark
And the thought crosses my mind
If I never wake up in the morning Would she ever doubt the way I feel About her in my heart
If tomorrow never comes
RONAN KEATING LYRICS,If Tomorrow Never Comes

FROM KZB, DAUGHTER OF DAZ: Now that's a wise man, who said that! :) Totally agree. Carpe Diem.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Winning Words 8/4/09
“There are rainy day prayers and sunny day prayers, depending on your needs for that day.” (C.A. remembers that I said this) It may have been one of those comments that just popped into my mind for the occasion. Where do ideas like that come from? I like to think that the Spirit of God works in and through each of us. ;-) Jack

FROM HILLTOPPER JOHN: I'm out in the Berkshires and having a great time with my wife, daughter, son in law and grandson. Hence, I need a Sunny Day Prayer. I sang "Holy Majesty before Thee" for my morning devotions to remind myself that I am not the holy and exalted one. It other source of remaining humble comes from the author of WW.....

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: I could not agree with you more. Anything that I say that is the least bit profound I know I have not thought of myself!

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: This is certainly a comforting quote, it's a solace to know that whatever the day is like, whatever our needs are, it's perfectly OK to pray in whatever mood we are in. I think I can see why C.A. remembered this quote and I bet I will remember it now too. The best thoughts are the simple ones that will "get us through".

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Well put and duly noted

FROM C.A. IN MICHIGAN: AMEN to that ! I knew I remembered that quote.

FROM JACK: A song that I like......
Look for the silver lining
When e'er a cloud appears in the blue.
Remember some where the sun is shining,
And so the right thing to do,
Is make it shine for you.
A heart, full of joy and gladness,
Will always banish sadness and strife.
So always look for the silver lining,
And try to find the sunny side of life.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Winning Words 8/3/09
“’Twixt the optimist and the pessimist, The difference is quite droll. The optimist, the doughnut sees, The pessimist, the hole.” (McLandburgh Wilson) A radio program heard in Detroit many years ago was called, The Sunnyside Of The Street. We could use a program like that again. The pessimists seem to be listening to a different station. I’ll continue to look for the positives, and eat my doughnut. ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER G.S.: I remember listening to the sunny side of the street when I lived in Sandusky OH. Good program

FROM S.H. IN MICHIGAN: Another really wonderful quote. Actually, with a God like we worship, it's easier to look at the positive, because we believe God can create in the void. In the black holes of life. In the places we move aside from, to let Him be God. He can make something come from nothing. I'll eat my doughnut too and do my darnest to support the Church everywhere.

FROM L.K. IN OHIO: In my case, belief in miracles starts when you consider the gift of life in the first place.

FROM DMF IN MINNESOTA: Reminds me of Burl Ives’ song “Watch the donut, not the hole” . Different point….but still good.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Great way to start the week off! I love this one! I don't care for donuts, but I do like bagels! I'll have one in honor of my optimist friend Freed!

FROM MOLINER C.F.: Doughnut holes are great dunked in coffee. But I suppose only pessimists eat them. And you can eat about five holes for fewer calories than one doughnut. So maybe being a pessimist isn't all that bad. Or does it mean there are five pessimists for every optimist? I am optimistic that you will tell me. FROM JACK: A hole is a hole, meaning I hole is nothing. Eat five helpings of nothing , and you eat nothing.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: You shouldn't eat doughnuts. They aren't nutritionally sound. But continue to look for positives, unless you're writing WW. FROM JACK: Who ordained you to be a preacher on the subject of nutrition?