Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Winning Words 3/31/10
“You git what you git, so don’t throw a fit.” (Unknown) Someone recently passed this on to me, saying that it came from an older relative. I think that the advice was to take life as it comes. People respond to the cards that are dealt to them in a variety of ways. Stoicism is a word that describes some responses. ;-) Jack

FROM MF IN MICHIGAN: Maybe with a little more effort, one will "git" a bettter outcome. Many people never outgrow their temper tantrums when things don't go their way,... many of my students throw a fit for the same reason over and over. I wonder, .. will they mature and learn a better response, or will they carry this
behavior/ response to adulthood?... Stoicism... for many life is their stage... FROM JACK: There are reasons for fit-throwing...some voluntary, and some not. How we react to certain situations depends, in large part, to a personal attitude. I'm glad that you are calm and peaceful, like I am.

FROM PRJS OF MICHIGAN: You really are a Stoic, aren't you? The Seneca of the ELCA!!! FROM JACK: I resemble that remark.

FROM HAWKEYE GS: Jack, you certainly put out some unusual quotes. FROM JACK: Wait until you read tomorrow's.

FROM MOLINER CF: Sounds kind of defeatist to me. FROM JACK: REALITY is the key work on TV these days. Maybe it fits today's WWs, too.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY recovering from knee surgery): I just got home from physical therapy at Henry Ford. All I can say is OUCH. LOL It was painful but I had the nicest people and the place was wonderful. I
look forward to graduation day! It was intense, but nothing we (as you know personally) can't get through. "You git what you git, so don't throw a fit....and I aim to git better!" FROM JACK: Done with outpatient therapy today. Now, it depends on what I do at home.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: The important thing is not what you "git". The important thing is how you respond. FROM JACK: The Winning Words say that throwing a "fit" is not a proper response.

FROM NFC IN ILLINOIS: We were just at a funeral where they quoted the deceased as saying, "You git what you git, so don't throw a fit." What a coincidence that you had that in your winning words.

FROM AC IN MICHIGAN: It was funny to read this quotation, because it was a saying my kids learned in pre-school. It was almost like a motto of theirs for when they passed out anything to all the kids.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Winning Words 3/30/10
“Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.” (Laurence Peter) LP is best known for his Peter Principle, “Employees tend to rise to the highest level of incompetence.” The cartoon Dilbert is based on this principle. However, I think that the value of Peter’s Principle is in the eye of the beholder. I generally see it as applying to “the other guy.” ;-) Jack

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: Not necessarily.....I think it ought to jog each of us to assess his/her abilities realistically and look for that spot that fits us. So Peter was of use to me....not in judging others but in judging myself. FROM JACK: As the quote put it: "It's in the eye of the beholder."

FROM JN IN MICHIGAN: Congratulations on your recovery! I may have missed a previous earlier edition of Winning Words, but this is the earliest time I've noticed. I enjoy reading your Winning Words every week day and I'm glad I don't have to see or hear them when they are first "e-published." FROM JACK: Yep! I'm back in the saddle again, back where a friend is a friend etc.

FROM MOLINER CF: The eye of the beholder generally has tunnel vision.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Dilbert is one of our favorites. It's so easy to believe you are the only one who has the answers....correct ones at that....and truth and beauty are in the eye of the beholder. Interesting quote. FROM JACK: Which reminds me of verse 8 of the Robert Burns poem, To A Louse: (O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.)

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: The first WW and the last WW have made me think the most today. Especially reflecting upon how few things we tie today, compared with Joubert's time and probably how many more people back then wore patches over their bad eyes as compared to today and still the WW strike a chord of common sensibility even taking them as referring to something non-literal. Thanks for making them available for reflection. Many of us would never have heard of them otherwise.

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: Competence remains in the eye of the beholder only until you can measure it. The missing part of the Competence equation is (or was) the measuring of people's effectiveness in working with others. The Gabriel Institute (which I've been working with for the past 14 months) has developed a completely new way to predict how people will perform in teams to benefit their group, overcome a challenge, or achieve a common goal. In hopes of improving 'quality of hire', organizations have been using personality tests that were designed (in the 1940's & 50's) to measure individual characteristics or traits. Such tests are very well documented, but personality factors do not predict how people will actually behave. In contrast, TGI's Role-Based Assessment (RBA), was designed from
the very beginning to measure 'teaming characteristics'. It is used for hiring & promoting, works extremely well in matching people to the functional mission of their team, and also for analyzing and solving team performance problems.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Winning Words 3/29/10
“Never cut what you can untie.” (Joseph Joubert) J.J. was a contemporary of Goethe. His quotes often make me say: “I agree with that.” For instance: “Children need examples, not critics.” Or, “The aim of argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” And, “When my friends are one-eyed, I look at them in profile.” Words such as these really cause me to think. ;-) Jack

FROM SON DAVID: Too many WWs in one day, so I miss the meaning of all of them. FROM DAD: My mind is able to process more than one idea at a time. I wonder if that is genetic?

FROM SG IN TAMPA: All very good thoughts and ways to approach life. FROM JACK: That's why they're called, Winning Words.

FROM SH IN ILLINOIS: I love the one about the aim of argument or discussion. Too bad all those in Washington (and many of our fellow citizens) don't realize this.

FROM CJL IN OHIO: It's pretty obvious you do a lot of thinking. Keep it up.

FROM MOLINER CF: When these words cause you to think, do you think outside the box?

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: I also often say about your WW, "I agree with that".

Friday, March 26, 2010

Winning Words 3/26/10
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Albert Einstein) I’m not always comfortable with the word, more. But in this case, I believe that those with the gift of being able to “think outside of the box” have an advantage in this world. In his early years Einstein was not considered to be a knowledgeable person, but he had the gift of being able to “see” what others could not. ;-) Jack

FROM DRPL IN MICHIGAN: I love this, Jack! This is the problem I have with Standards and Benchmarks in education. sometimes I I think we get to immersed in content and let "imagination" go lower and lower on that priority list of daily lessons in the classroom. I hope we don't pay a price for all this data driven obsession we are in right now. FROM JACK: Creativity and imagination go together. Educators are still learning.

FROM LG IN MICHIGAN: I love that one, Jack! I've always sooo admired Einstein. No one could argue his value as a scientist, yet he did not feel threatened by spirituality. I feel this quote reflects my point. Here's another one of my favorite quotes by Einstein (much longer) that further illustrates it: Our time is distinguished by wonderful achievements in the fields of scientific understanding and the technical application of those insights. Who would not be cheered by this? But let us not forget that knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity owes to
personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the inquiring and constructive mind (Albert Einstein, The Human Side) FROM JACK: I agree....Another good quote.

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA (AN OUT-OF-THE BOX PERSON): ...and Thomas Edison was pronounced
"addled" by his teachers, but not my his mother. FROM JACK: Most mothers are like that.

FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: i'll think to that!

FROM MOLINER CF: CF proverb : Man who thinks out of the box is never boxed in.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Winning Words 3/25/10
“We cannot alter the facts, but we can alter our ways of looking at them.” (Phyllis Bottome) She and her husband started a school in Austria which combined psychology and education. One of their students was James Bond author, Ian Fleming. They hoped their approach to education would go a long way toward curing the ills of the world. If the ills are a fact, can we alter how we look at them? ;-) Jack

FROM JUDGE EA IN MICHIGAN: Not so in court. FROM JACK: Do you mean to say that there are no gray areas from your side of the bench?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: You can't alter the facts, although many try to change them just by saying they are different, but to know what the actual facts are makes a world of difference. How you gather the information, what you do with it when you find the true facts, and your attitude towards what you have found can and do make the difference. FROM JACK: What are facts. Who is to determine truth? MORE FROM OJ: I think that is my point. What is the truth? Who is correct? How do we know we are getting all of the truth...especially now-a-days when people make up whatever they want people to think is the truth. It's a very hard thing to discern. All we can do is hope we are hearing, reading or researching as much of the truth as possible and pray we are going in the correct direction.

FROM MOLINER CF: Some ills can be changed , others cannot. I look for several ills to be changed in November. FROM JACK: Not me. I'm satisfied.

FROM SL IN MICHIGAN: This happens to be something that I often tell myself. I can't change the situation, I can only change MY reaction and handling of it. It is amazing how much that small shift in thinking can change the day! You have a delightful one.

FROM JK IN MICHIGAN: Wow - right on. What is truth? I have been observing that many people live by the motto "your' truth is not my truth". I wonder if we are losing synergy as a people group in lieu of our personal
perspectives? FROM JACK: As you imply...truth is in the eye of the beholder.

SH IN MICHIGAN SOUNDS OFF: I've found that it helps me to just acknowledge the facts as I see them, i.e., this is a really crappy situation, so-and-so is not validating me, I feel like I am being abused, exploited, persecuted, misunderstood, etc., etc., etc., or else someone else I'm worried about is going through these things; right now things seem pretty crappy and I'm just relieved I can identify it to you, God. Help me to endure some more until things turn around again. Amen Amazingly, just even stating the facts helps me to
feel better. Maybe it's because I feel God is listening and always brings action of some kind.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Winning Words 3/24/10
“We are all meant to shine. We were born to make manifest the glory of God. As we let our light shine, we give other people permission to do the same.” (Marianne Williamson) This was sent to me by Steve and Suzanne in Illinois….two shining lights who help make the world a brighter place. Are there such people in your life? Why not tell them so? ;-) Jack

FROM MF IN MICHIGAN: I believe that you and your ww's make the world brighter. FROM JACK: Thank you.

FROM SL IN MICHIGAN: You are one of those people! Thank you for gently reminding us each day to remember the small things which add up to so much in a fulfilled life. You help all of us shine! Blessings to you today and always! FROM JACK: WWs is as much for me as it is for others.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Good thing we all mature and shine at different times; otherwise it would be blinding. FROM JACK: You've done more than your share to en-light-en people in different ways.

FROM JACK: Do I remember it? I can even sing it.

FROM SH IN ILLINOIS: Thank you very much for your kind words. We just keep trying to do the best we can! We learned a long time ago that, while we don't always have the ability to choose what happens to us, we do have the ability to choose the way we react. And the way we react always works out better when we rely on God's grace! Have a blessed day FROM JACK: There's a song, The Old Lamplighter. One line: He makes the night a little brighter. You make the days a little bright for me.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Winning Words 3/23/10
“The road to success is always under construction.” (Arnold Palmer) Those of us who have played golf know that there’s always room for improvement. That’s the way it is with life, too. When we travel, we complain about those orange construction barrels, but smooth roads are the result of ongoing repairs. So it is with living. ;-) Jack

FROM NL IN FLORIDA: I tell that to all my clients.

FROM RI IN BOSTON: Today's quote and your follow-up are "right on". I think every one of us requires a little character maintenance from time to time...maybe spiritual maintenance too. FROM JACK: I always tried to craft my Sunday sermons to help with the spiritual maintenance.

FROM PRJM IN MICHIGAN: My words exactly about disliking the road construction time but wanting and enjoying the smooth pavement that results. Since I'll be dodging orange barrels the rest of the year between my home in Pontiac and St. Andrew, and also, occasionally, going to I-696 this Spring, I need to keep that "road under construction" sentiment in my head. Thanks! FROM JACK: In so much of life, we like to have the results...but not always that which makes them happen.

FROM MOLINER CF: I don't mind the inconvenience of a road under construction as long as it is going in the right direction. FROM JACK: I wonder if someone is trying to invent a GPS for life?

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Always appreciate your Winning Words and especially yours today as I was just complaining last night, and even though there were some mighty fine things going on even with the potholes and all the hope that was in the situation. FROM JACK: If I were still preaching, a sermon topic comes to mind. DEALING WITH THE POTHOLES OF LIFE.

FROM SG IN TAMPA: There are certainly ups and downs in life, but it definitely helps if you know where you are going. FROM JACK: Follow the Yellow Brick the land of OZ.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: This good quote is very important to each of us... especially as we handle our rehabs. Hope you are doing well and getting better and better each day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Winning Words 3/22/10
“One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see…a cupped receiving hand.” (Goethe) Our view on many issues usually is influenced by personalizing it. The health care legislation is an example of this. Aside from the politics, people can often be swayed by putting a face on the issue. Goethe lived about 200 years ago. Attitudes toward giving haven’t changed much. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: We participate in the Dick Purtan "Bed and Bread" radio donation program each year. It's absolutely amazing how many people care about the poor and hungry in Detroit. The USA is the most generous nation in the world, both with our time and our funds. I think we have good eyes although there are always going to be the poor and hungry, as Jesus says. FROM JACK: We will miss DP when he retires this week.

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: People can be swayed by bribes, promises and threats, too. FROM JACK: I could have used Haiti as an example, but I knew I'd hear from you if I mentioned health care legislation.

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: The conservaatives in America have fought desperately against every major change that has ever occurred. It took a huge war to stop them from enslaving other people. It took a huge movement....the Progressive Movement of the late 19th and early 20th keep them from oppressing others in sweat shops and using children to labor for them. It took over 60 years and a depression before they were forced to acknowledge the rights of workers to organize. It took over one hundred years to keep them from using poll taxes, grandfather clauses and threats to stop African American citizens from voting. Now we finally have a health plan which has been in the making since the late 1940s ....but only over their dead bodies. We were the only major developed nation in the world to lack a health plan. It takes so much sweat, toil and tears to make changes in this country that ought to seem obvious. Thank God we have folks who are willing to fight it out and get those changes. God bless Barack Obama FROM JACK: Justice is sometimes long in coming.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: There is giving as Goethe speaks of here; and since you brought it up “Coercive Giving” through legislation, “where the hand never un-cups.” In the present legislation the IRS will need to hire 17,000 more “charitable development officers” to enforce this coerced compassion. FROM JACK: I purposely chose health care legislation as an example in order to see if it would be a diversion from Goethe's words. Mentioning earthquake victims instead would probably elicited other responses.

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: How come the insurance company people can't see a cupped receiving hand and the bank people can't see a cupped receiving hand? I think the government (which is financed by us taxpayers) needs to be involved when the private agencies/institutions no longer work for the common social good. I am really dismayed that DMC evidently is going to become a for-profit hospital/medical institution. Maybe all of this is just the inevitability of a society becoming destructive from within and our country has no reason we won't succumb to the inevitability of decay and instability any more than any other great nation power has been able to. Every year at this time, I am especially engrossed with the story of Judas, his maybe even despair with the political situation, what he saw in the institutions around him, what he did. The situation then, the situation now, it all feels so timely. FROM JACK: Inner city medical centers are seldom able to get the financing that they need in order to compete with the suburban hospitals. DMC made the decision to go with a "for profit" institution in order to maintain and enhance care for their clients. It is not a perfect world. Health care will change with the legislation that has been passed.

FROM PRCWR IN B'MORE: I just had a chat with an aide to my Democrat Congressman Kratovil, the only Maryland Democrat to vote against the Health Care Bill. Needless to say, he couldn't believe that I was a Clergyman. He thought that I was a Longshoreman. FROM JACK: Did he explain his vote?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Winning Words 3/19/10
“I like visiting people’s homes on St. Joseph’s Day, when they set up altars and serve food, giving tribute to this saint. I enjoy it much more than Mardi Gras.” (Poppy Z. Brite) March 19 is St. Joseph’s Day. A statue of the saint, placed in a home for sale, is supposed to help it sell. The most famous Joseph that I know is my grandson. Let’s use today’s Blog to list famous and infamous people named, Joe. ;-) Jack

FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS JOSEPHS FROM JACK: Joe DiMaggio; Joe Namath; Joe Biden; Joseph McCarthy; Joe the Plumber; Mean Joe Green; Joe Ratzinger (the Pope); Joe Stella; Joey Spano; Joe Cool; Cotton Eye Joe; Joe Schmo; Joe Montana; GI Joe; Cuppa Joe; Shoeless Joe Jackson; Joe (Giuseppe) Verdi; Joseph Haydn; Joe Torre; Joe Paterno; Joe Blow; Joseph Campbell; Joeseph Goebbels; Joe Kennedy; Joe, Joe the Dogface Boy; Josephus;

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: Joseph is a good name....with "the Lord" as a part of it....glad to hear that you have a grandson with that name. FROM JACK: Mary and I are the only ones who continue to call him, Joseph. All the others use, Joe. How would it sound if there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joe...or Joe of Arimathea?

FROM MF IN MICHIGAN: I have a nephew named Joe Flynn, he survived a near fatal brain bleed as a newborn, spent 3 weeks at Mott Childrens Hospital, is now 4 years old and lives happily with his twin sister and older brother and sister. He continues to be famous. FROM JACK: What a great story.

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: The most infamous Joe I can think of was Joseph Stalin. He was responsible for the collectivization of Ukraine and the artificial famine that starved anywhere from 6 to 10 million people. It has come to be known as 'the hidden holocaust.' Author Robert For those interested in learning more, author Robert Conquest gives a comprehensive account of this autrocity in his book, "Harvest of Sorrow."

FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: joseph ernest lillstrom, my crazy-wonderful brother. i miss him. FROM JACK: Oh, how I remember him. What a fine person.

FROM LP IN MICHIGAN: We just listed our house on the market today. Though setting up tributes to a statue feels bit like idol worship so I think I will forgo it and hope for the best. Perhaps I will look up the deeds of St. Joseph instead. Oddly I can't think of any "Joe's" that I know. . . FROM JACK: People who set up statues are hoping for the best, too. However, I probably wouldn't set up St. Joseph, either. But who knows, it might influence a prospective Catholic buyer. MORE FROM LP: Ok... didn't know that Joseph (as in Joseph and Mary) was sainted... Having a "duh" moment now...

FROM MOLINER CF: Joe Stalin. How much more infamous can you get than that? Mighty Joe Young. Now there's one nobody else is going to submit. Or Shoeless Joe. FROM JACK: Evidently you haven't read the Blog.

FROM SG IN TAMPA: I don't have a Joseph grandson, but we do have a Matthew, Mark, Michael, John, Thomas, and Patrick. Plus a Liam, Ken. Austin, and Tyler. FROM JACK: Maybe the next one.

FROM DC IN MICHIGAN: I thought a person buried the statue in front of the house one wanted to sell. Anyway, Hedy had lots of those plastic statues of St. Joseph to sell. I was thinking March 19 was also St. Urho's Day, but I looked it up in a Finnish cookbook I have, and it is March 16. If we had a potluck on that day, I always made grape jello for the troops. I also made a little St. Urho's hanging for Gene Danielson. It was on purple and had a grasshopper on it. FROM JACK: Alden Erlandson was always a great one for celebrating St. Urho's Day....the guy who chased the grasshoppers out of Finland.

FROM PRJM IN MICHIGAN: I have a wonderful grandson named Joseph, too. Since it means, in a convoluted way, "Do it again, God" I wasn't surprised when, three years later, another grandson came to be his brother, named Ryan. I laughed when I found out my daughter-in-law was unexpectedly expecting because, like Jacob's Rachel, she named her first son Joseph.

FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: Of course the infamous Joseph Stalin: I was surprised to read in the Harry Truman Biography (David McCullough) that Stalin was only five foot-three. Truman called him "a little shrimp of a man"! I guess because he wielded such power, one thought of him as a big man. FROM JACK: That surprises me, too. Most pictures of him show him sitting down.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Winning Words 3/18/10
“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up again.” (Vince Lombardi) When I moved to Wisconsin in the 50s, my football allegiance shifted to the Green Bay Packers, especially when “Vince” became their coach. He was a great motivator on and off of the playing field. We all have times when we’re knocked down. Successful people “get up, dust themselves off and start all over again.” ;-) Jack

FROM MOLINER CF: I always ran my business on "Lombardi Time) and was never late for an appointment and never missed a deadline. FROM JACK: Never is a strong word. I've missed a few appointments (because I forgot), and I came upon a deadline at the last moment, because I wasn't adequately prepared; so, in case you didn't know it....I'm not perfect.

FROM JK IN MICHIGAN: Thank You for today's quote. I love this one. There is a scene in the latest rocky movie "Rocky Balboa" when he teaches this to his son at a pivot point in the story. I think this is the character aspect of 'Rocky' that endeared him to people through all these years. Having reflected on that for a moment -
"Rocky Balboa" is good visual analogy of the trait of perseverance. Remember in the earlier films how Rocky always seemed to be losing the fight - but never gave up even though he was offered the easier way out? He had something special in his spirit that neither circumstances nor opponents (e.g. giants) could crush.

FROM DP IN WISCONSIN: Dave Robinson & Boyd Dowler were at a trade show I worked at in WI. Dells this week. Boy, were they good! FROM JACK: My favorite football game of all time was when the Packers beat Dallas in the Ice Bowl. Robinson and Dowler were two of the best. Did they buy any sausage?


FROM GS IN MICHIGAN: Very fitting to these crazy times. How hard is it for people in their 50s who were raised with the expectation that as long as you did your job well, you would always have one. We all have to help each other "get up again" when life knocks us onto our "nether regions". FROM JACK: You know what you're talking about, but as the saying goes, You can't keep a good "person" down.

FROM SG IN TAMPA: That is a good one. We just had a TV report with a 86 year old navy veteran who just returned to work at the Chamber of Commerce in Auburndale, and he says that through all of life has learned how to roll with all the punches to not end up flat on his back. By the way, he says that the medal he is the most proud of is his Good Conduct Medal. FROM JACK: Good Conduct Medal? I love it.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Today I answer your quote with a quote I found.... "The happiness people in the world are not those who have no problems, but the people who have learned to live with those things that are less than perfect." James Dobson FROM JACK: I usually have a prejudice against JD, but since this one comes from you and it seems to fit, I'll make an exception. It's a good one.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Winning Words 3/17/10
“Soft words butter no parsnips, and they won’t harden the heart of the cabbage, either.” (Irish Proverb sent by Irish friend, AM) The basic meaning, as I see it, is that words alone aren’t always enough to remedy troubled relationships. BTW, I wonder how many of you have ever tasted parsnips. When I was growing up we used to refer to the minister’s house as the parsnip. Ha Ha ;-) Jack

FROM PRJM IN MICHIGAN: Top o' the mornin' to you -- and the rest of the day, too!

FROM HS IN MICHIGAN: Parsnips are great! They're often found at the Passover seder meal!

FROM MF IN MICHIGAN: Top of the mornin Jack. I have tasted parsnips, only recently for the first time , our good friend MK put them in a stew. Now I eat them all the time. Delicious when roasted with other root vegetables. FROM JACK: Let's see....Is Flynn, Irish?

FROM DC IN MICHIGAN: I had parsnips last night in the corned beef and cabbage I made for supper. FROM JACK: Sounds good.

FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: i use the phrase, "show your love", to evoke the behavior of sorry or remorse. btw...i love parsnips!

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: ah yes...parsnips. when done right, one of the tastiest vegetables of all! FROM JACK: I'm surprised at the number of people who know of them...and eat them.

FROM KR IN MICHIGAN: I love parsnips! They are the secret ingredient to my soups... makes the broth very sweet! FROM JACK:'re a gourmet cook?

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: Parsnips are one of my favorites, sliced and sauteed in butter with garlic and mushrooms. FROM JACK: So, another parsnip fan!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Even cabbage can be softened with water. I don't remember if I have ever had parsnips. Probably as we had a huge garden with all kinds of veggies, 5 different fruit trees, and even got fresh eggs from a home down the Harper Woods growing up. Are you wearing your orange today? We always wore orange on St. Patty's Day.... FROM JACK: I used to wear orange to "bug" and Irish friend of mine.

FROM JN IN MICHIGAN: My dad liked fried parsnips. Fried in butter, of course. He was German, English, and Scottish, but he liked the concept of St. Patrick's Day and celebrated mightily. FROM JACK: We all have our favorite tastes.

FROM PO IN MICHIGAN: Nope, have never tasted a parsnip. How about kohlrabi? --- Hamburg (MI, near Pinckney) has a kohlrabi festival every summer. FROM JACK: Kohlrabi? Never heard of it.

FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: My mother loved parsnips, and fixed them at least once a month, WITH Butter... They weren't my favorites, but were "doable". This saying is a conundrum to me! I guess we can surmise at will!

FROM LP IN MICHIGAN: The cafeteria in my building makes some very yummy parsnips. In case there are unsure diners, the cook handed out little spoon taste samples like you would see at the local ice-cream parlor.

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Why did you call the minister's house a parsnip? FROM JACK: It was a take-oof on the word, parsonage, the house where the parson lived.

FROM HR IN MICHIGAN: Parsnips are what we use in our Chicken Soup stock, as part of a vegetable array in our roast chicken along with turnips, potatoes,onions and rutabaga and most recently I had a parsnip strudel as part of a dinner entree. FROM JACK: Sounds "interesting."

FROM CS IN WISCONSIN: We eat them often at our house – in soups, mixed with carrots or by themselves! We love them! FROM JACK: I'm surprised by how many people eat and like parsnips.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Winning Words 3/16/10
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” (George Halas) When I was growing up, the Chicago Bears were “my” team, and I admired Papa Bear. Win or lose, he could never be accused of not giving his best as a coach. His quote is more than about playing football; it’s about playing the game of life. ;-) Jack

I see you're getting Winning Words online earlier. When you start at 5:30 a.m., I'll know you're fully recovered! FROM JACK: You've got it right. Maybe I'll be back on schedule in April.

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: Da Bears have always been my favorite team. I think George Halas can be accused of not giving it his best...he was cheap to the core and it cost him dearly. There is a great book out entitled PAPA BEAR. You might enjoy reading it. Remember Luckman, Kavanaugh, Bulldog Turner, George McAfee, etc. from the 40s. What a great team. I think my favorite was Dr. Bill Osmanski. I thought it was so neat that he was a Dr. Later they had Dr. Bill McCall. Now we have Jay Cutler. Any hope for '10? FROM JACK: Then was then, and now is now. Money rules the game these days. Halas was simply going according to the rules of his day. My favorite game was when the Bears played Washington for the championship and beat them, 73 to 0. I remember listening to it in 1940 on the radio. Sid was QB.

FROM HAWKEYE GS: That's a good one. When I didn't give my best I regreted it. FROM JACK: I guess we all know what that means, especially those who are part of a team.

FROM SG IN TAMPA: That is definitely what life is all about, and everyone has her or her priorities in life. By the way, have you seen Soldiers Field since they built the new one around the old one? FROM JACK: In the Heyday of Halas the Bears played in Wrigley Field. That's when football was football. I've only seen the new Soldier Field on TV. It fits the new game. Speaking of games, I listened on radio to the Tigers as they took care of the Devil Rays on Sunday.

FROM MOLINER CF: Some of the people give it their very best all of the time and all of the people give it their very best some of the time. but not all of the people give it their very best all of the time - Abe Tillberg FROM JACK: "You do your best, boys; we'll do the rest, boys; fight on for old Moline!"

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: I have never regretted giving my best...even when it's just rooting for our Lions. FROM JACK: But do you know, and can you sing, the Lions' fight song?

FROM DC IN MICHIGAN: I need to tell you that my uncle Art, who was the first pastor at St. John's (Gloria Dei) was once recruited by George Halas, I think it was, who wanted Art to play for the Bears after Art graduated from Augustana, Rock Island. I heard the story, kind of, but then Scott Johnson's grandfather, who belonged to St. John's when Art was the pastor heard this story too. Anyway, this would have been in 1924, and I don't know if George Halas was the Bears' coach then or not. But anyway, some Bears' coach wanted Art
to play football for the Bears. FROM JACK: I'm going to check it out. MORE FROM JACK: GEORGE HALAS - Offered a position with the A. E. Staley Company, a Decatur, Illinois starch manufacturer, as a company representative, player on the company-sponsored baseball team, and player-coach of the company-sponsored football team, Halas selected his alma mater's colors — orange and navy blue — for the team's uniforms. In 1920, Halas represented the Staleys at the meeting which formed the American Professional Football Association (which became the NFL in 1922) in Canton, Ohio. After suffering financial losses despite a 10-1-2 record, company founder and namesake Augustus E. Staley turned control of the team to Halas in 1921. Halas moved the team to Chicago and took on teammate Dutch Sternaman as a partner. The newly minted "Chicago Staleys" won the NFL championship that year. They took the name Bears in 1922 as a tribute
to baseball's Chicago Cubs, which permitted the Bears to play their games at Wrigley Field.

FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: In his very short career as a Bear football player under George Halas, (pre-season, and broken knee during first game of the 1950 season...), Bill had great respect for Halas, and assured me he was definitely a "no nonsense" coach. The players seemed tough and mean in those days! Bill's name never appeared on the player roster of that year, as you had to complete an entire season to be listed on the team. It was always a satisfaction to him that he "made" the playing team, tho he decided not to return the following year, for many reasons, probably the most important being he was now married to me, and had responsibilities. Ha. FROM JACK: I remember being proud that an Augie football player that I knew made it into the pros.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Winning Words 3/15/10
“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” (RFK) I’m trying to recall when it was ever a tranquil world. Certainly Bobby’s years could not be called tranquil. What we need to look for in “our time” are the challenges and the opportunities. They are there. ;-) Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: "They were the best of times they were the worst of times." We have never lived in a perfect world or one even close...since Adam and Eve. But, it's what you do in the best and worst of times that really matters.

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: Yes, the challenges are there, but isn't it EXHAUSTING? I feel as if I no longer live in America with all this nonsense being crammed down our throats. Can't wait till it's over and we, as a country, get back on track. FROM JACK: What is "on track" for one is the opposite for another. Something else is waiting around the corner to get our thoughts and concerns going in another direction . And, so it goes.

FROM MOLINER CF: Just what I needed today. Thanks!

FROM SH IN ILLINOIS: I think it was tranquil in the Garden of Eden before the Fall - - and that would be it. FROM JACK: Tranqil...That's an interesting word. Perhaps and example of ONOMATOPOEIA.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Winning Words 3/12/10
“When you are in a hole, stop digging more holes.” (Sent by JM) So ends a week of sharing quotes that have been sent to me; and there are more that I will use from time to time, because they are so good. I like this one about digging holes, because it describes what we tend to do. ;-) Jack

FROM NW IN MICHIGAN: Jack today's quote was originally from Molly Ivins a populist, Texas newspaper writer - See -http://womenshistory. /a/molly_ivins.htm for more of her quotes. It's actually a variation on her First Law of Holes quote.

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: How about if you are able to dig a hole that gets you out on the other side of the world? Ha Ha FROM JACK: ....if that's where you want to go, dig for it.

FROM PRPH IN MINNESOTA: a good toast at a wedding reception: when you are wrong, admit it. and when you are right, forget it! these words may not always apply but many times in life they DO apply.

FROM MOLINER CF: Continuation of JM's Winning Words, "When you are in a hole, stop digging it deeper."

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Winning Words 3/11/10
“To wish to be the person you aren’t is to waste the person you are.” (John Wesley) This one reminds me of a poem I once heard… ”If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star. It isn’t by size that you win or you fail—Be the best of whatever you are.” Today might be a good time for us to re-examine our personal goals. ;-) Jack

FROM MV IN MICHIGAN: Good words from the founder of Methodism! FROM JACK: The Wesley brothers are two of my favorites.

FROM BC IN MICHIGAN: I've always liked that one! FROM JACK: It's the teacher in you.

FROM GF IN MICHIGAN: This one can be powerful! FROM JACK: "Can be" is right. It depends on the person.

FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: One of my own personal thoughts for the day is: "Be yourself, who else is better qualified".

FROM MOLINER CF: It is better to try and fail than it is to fail to try. (Abe Fanning)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Winning Words 3/10/10
“Before giving criticism to someone, it is wise to walk a mile in their shoes. When they
get angry you will be a mile away, and they will have bare feet.” (Sent by PRMR) I
guess I wouldn’t label these as Winning Words, but at least they made me smile. We need
to smile once in a while, don’t we? ;-) Jack

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: One of Jack's "Smiling Sayings"

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: I tried this once and have had athletes foot every since.

FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: These are great Winning Words!!!!! Did PRMR think of them herself/himself? The more I turn them over in my mind, the more I just chuckle right out loud.

FROM MOLINER CF: I'd be angry, too, if someone stole my shoes!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Winning Words 3/9/10
“It’s a poor mother crow that does not believe her babe is the blackest.” (Sent by M.O.) My wife enjoys watching birds. One of her favorites is the crow. We saw a TV special recently on how smart that bird is. Today’s WWs is not about crows, or about blackness. It’s about “human” nature. What does it say to you? ;-) Jack

FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: i am celebrating the 26th anniversary of my son's birth. my thom is the blackest babe in the bunch! i am a blessed and happy mama crow!

FROM SG IN TAMPA: To a mother and to a father,too, each child is special.

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: When I was a kid (living in Union Lake), a crow flew into our backyard and came right up to my dad. By the bird's behavior--which included talking like a parrot!--we were sure it was someone's pet. We fed it and it stayed around. A notice posted in local grocery stores led the bird's people to come and retrieve it. Since then, I've been fascinated by crows, too. FROM JACK: There is sooooo much for us to learn about this marvelous world of ours.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON: I understand totally because my kids really are the brightest and best. FROM JACK: You are entitled to be proud.

FROM NE IN MICHIGAN: My kids are the best! ;) FROM JACK: From what I've been able to observe, they are outstanding.

FROM PRCH ON CAPE COD: Kierkegaard once said something similar about love between two people or husband and wife... essentially that we see a beauty that others don't (ie. my babe is the blackest crow) Interestingly, K. (again, a parallel to your quote) says that beauty we see is not entirely objective, but
the beauty we see or love we feel is subjective, and is in part based on the commitment we make.
Commitment builds love (not just emotion). That is, love is a decision as much as it is a falling into. FROM JACK: Thanks for giving it a theological twist. Most things are ultimately theological.

FROM MOLINER CF: Old proverb: Man who shoots at black birds ofttimes eats crow. FROM JACK: I wonder where the expression, "eating crow," comes from?

FROM CJL IN OHIO: Depends on who you talk too. Some believe they are "more black" (ie Human) than others.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Winning Words 3/8/10
CELEBRATION…Today is the first time since knee surgery that I’ve been able to walk downstairs to the computer (unaided). “Worry is the darkroom where negatives are developed.” (Seen on a church sign) During my time offline, several people sent quotes to me. This week I’m going to use some of them as Winning Words. I can’t think of any positives that come from spending time worrying. Can you? ;-) Jack

FROM KZB IN COLORADO: I think God is trying to tell me NOT TO WORRY. I taught Sunday School yesterday, and guess what the lesson was? Do not worry about tomorrow... Sermon on the Mount lesson. It was incredible what 1st & 2nd graders had to say about what they worry about, and what they do to help themselves when they worry. It was a really meaningful morning - I think they were teaching me. Isn't it funny how it turns around? :-)
What 1st & 2nd graders worry about:
- Lightening & thunder storms
- My cat is getting old and I worry it will get sick
- Aliens
- Monsters
- My sister hurting me
- My dog dying
- What's in the dark in my room
- Nightmares
What they do to make themselves feel better:
- Talk to an adult/Mom/Dad
- Hug my stuffie
- Cuddle in the blankets
- Talk to a friend
- Pray
- Think about Christmas
- Sing a song
- Read a fun book
- Smell/look at flowers
- Play outside
- Take deep breaths
What we can learn from children!!!! :-)
FROM JACK: What a great response. Sunday School is for teachers, as well as children.

FROM LE IN MICHIGAN: I learned many many years ago that if worry changed a situation, it was okay to worry but if it didn't change anything then it is a waste of time and energy. Hard learned but important. FROM JACK: I learned that lesson, too. But, it seems that I need a refresher course from time to time.

FROM MK IN MICHIGAN: Too bad it does not invoke weight loss. Not like you need that!

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: I am a world class worrier. I finally am coming to the realization that it is a complete waste of time. I read somewhere that it takes 30 days to break a habit. I am working on saying a little prayer each time I catch myself worrying-- God, I'm exhausted. May I turn this problem/concern over to you? Thanks. Amen. I just started it, but it's working. FROM JACK: One day is a start. Keep at it!

FROM SG IN TAMPA: It doesn't help to worry, just count your blessings. FROM JACK: I like the old song: Count your blessings, instead of sheep.

FROM ME IN CALIFORNIA: Generally agree. It does often show and express concern for others, which is a positive. FROM JACK: I knew I could count on someone for a fresh insight. A major problem with worry is that we usually focus in on self. I overlooked the fact that the caring person also worries about others.

FROM JT IN MICHIGAN: I wonder how many hours a week I could free up if I gave up worrying? FROM JACK: We could all benefit from that.

FROM JAN IN MICHIGAN: In my very-soon-to-be 75 years of experience, positives can come from worrying only if you immediately analyze why you're worrying and how you can better handle the situation, and then immediately handle it better. My most recent experience occurred during the past few days when I couldn't find necessary documents for my 2009 tax return. They had been in my possession, but I obviously mis-filed them and, thus, caused myself worry. I even invented a new word. It was a time of "stressure." My carelessness caused me to feel stress and pressure. FROM JACK: Now, you've given me something to worry about. I haven't started my taxes, yet.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Winning Words 3/5/10
A therapist talked about interesting words during our sessions. She was Puerto Rican. We discussed the word, saunter, as we sauntered down the hallway with my walker. Onomatopoeia was another word that came up as we sauntered. “I don’t exaggerate. I just remember big.” (Chi Chi Rodriguez) Chi Chi and I have something in common, and it’s not how we play golf. ;-) Jack

FROM SG IN TAMPA: Chi Chi has built a golf course and club where he gives lessons to children in Clearwater- their parents' income is not a factor, as it is written in the papers. I passed the course for the first time a couple of weeks ago on McMullen-Booth Road. How wonderful that is to introduce the sport to youngsters regardless of economic means.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Winning Words 3/3/10
One of my therapy nurses came from Africa. It was interesting to hear her talk about her homeland of Ghana.
“If you are one the road to nowhere, find another trail.” (Ghanian Proverb) There’s a sign on an Interstate near my home which simply asks the question in bold print: “ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT ROAD?” It always seems to capture my attention. “Are you on the right road?” ;-) Jack

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Winning Words 3/2/10
My occupational therapist was a Muslim. For therapy, he had me stand and “preach” to the therapists and their patients about Winning Words and things positive, “Never take someone for granted, because you might wake up some day and realize that you’ve lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.” (Islamic Quote) Look for a diamond today. ;-) Jack

FROM GUSTIE MN: That is a very true quote! FROM JACK: I'm reading between the lines.

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: I just used this advice on a phone call with a new business partner! FROM JACK: Diamonds are there, if we stop and look for them

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: You really are the Norman Vincent Peale of Oakland County!!! FROM JACK: Someone asked what I preached about. Here's my answer:
The words I used were based on these quotes:
No act of kindness is ever wasted (Aesop). You therapists, helping us here at the rehab center are showing kindness, and we will not forget it. We, who are receiving kind treatmnet, are being inspired to go and show it tothers. Aesop was a story teller fables, who would attach a moral to his story etc.Since you cannot do doo to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents or time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. (Augustine of Hippo) I said comething about Augustine. I also referred to the fact that it is by accident that we are each brought together in this place. There are many such "accidents" that change our lives etc.Tell me and I forget. Show me and I rmember. In volve me and I understand. (Chinese Proverb) That's what therapy is all about....not just telling...not just showing...but involving. That's the way it is with all of life.etc. After about six minutes, I sat down. It was a short sermon....and no offering, either.

FROM L IN ILLINOIS: Your rehab not only fixed your knee, it inspired new international WWs. Cool.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Winning Words 3/1/10
The rehab nurses and therapists that I worked with came from various backgrounds. My physical therapist was from Austria. This week’s WWs are proverbs from their homes.
“Imitate the way of the sundial. Count only the pleasant days.” (Austrian Proverb) I’m thankful that the pleasant days outnumber the others. God is good! ;-) Jack

FROM PRJM IN MICHIGAN: You picked a nice, sunny day to send out this one -- very appropriate! This has been a very pleasant day for me and I hope so for you, as well. FROM JACK: The people I meet usually are like rays of sunshine to me.

FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: Out of does a sundial count the days? FROM JACK: I'll have to reflect on that.