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He IS 16 Today


My beautiful Grandson Jayden is 16 today
He is thoughtful, gracious, funny, and more I could say

That precious little boy has become a rising star
He can’t wait to get his license and drive the car

Now that is an experience all of its own
Teaching him to drive, my nerves are blown

For some reason we stay too close to the road side
Letter boxes whizz past my window, it’s a kinda jerky ride

Anyhow he is not too bad
When he goes and gets lessons I will be glad

He has become a great surfer, attacks any waves
He has become fearless, a pleasure to watch as I do many days

My heart fills with pride as I watch him grow
Into the person he has become, his future bright I know

Lord where did that time, those years go, they sped away
It’s hard to believe he is 16 years old today

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Did You Know – 04/03/2013


1. Can’t sing in key? It may be that no amount of music lessons can help: Your ability to sing in tune is genetic? According to english researchers, about one in 20 of us can not even recognize off-key notes.


2. 95% is the percentage of people who use a computer just before bedtime . Did you know that the light from the computer screen slows the release of sleep-promoting melatonin, so try to dim, the lights a full hour before bed instead.

3. 6.3 kilos the average cruise passenger [puts on during a two-week holiday, according to a study by BONVOYAGE


4. Did you know there are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than people

5. Did you know that during the prohibition the US government poisoned alcohol Killing as many as 10,000 people.

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Fiscal Cliff in two short lessons


This was sent to me today. I thought it was excellent because I was getting rather confused. This makes it easy for my uncomplicated brain. I think I am worried.

Fiscal Cliff put into much better perspective

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The 45 lessons of life.

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end.

This was written by Regina Brett, 50 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older (45), I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written” – Regina Brett. She has since added 3 more.

Regina has written a book called “GOD NEVER BLINKS“.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. Others love you because of who you are, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”


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Lessons From The Richest Man In Town

This is an article that came via email today, which I thought made interesting reading. Once again am sharing with you.

Author:  Randall Jones
Some of the richest people around did not depend on the stock market (or an inheritance) to achieve their wealth. And often what they did went against the common wisdom.
W. Randall Jones, founder of Worth magazine, tracked down the richest men and women (average net worth: $3.5 billion) in 100 American cities and towns to find out how they achieved their financial success, and to explore what the rest of us can do in these difficult times to benefit from their examples. Among the surprising lessons…


The conventional wisdom says that extensive career and business planning are crucial, but the richest man in town is more likely to believe that planning inhibits success. Most of these rich men and women don’t plot a course that is more detailed than “get up each morning and do better than the day before.”

What’s wrong with goals and plans? Too often, those who set them feel obliged to stick with them even when changing circumstances render the plans obsolete. Being ready to adapt to changing circumstances is a better policy.

Example: Jim Oelschlager, the richest man in Akron and founder of the investment company Oak Associates, Ltd., says that the only business plan he ever had was “answer the phone if it rang.”

One day, a manager at his employer at the time, Firestone, asked him to manage its pension plan. This experience allowed him to create a series of successful mutual funds later on.

Despite the challenge of having multiple sclerosis, Oelschlager was able to take advantage of the best opportunities that came his way even when they were not what he expected. Over the years, Oak Associates has profitably expanded — and Oelschlager also started CyGem, an information technology company, and Oak Air airline charters. Oelschlager believes that if he had moved his company in the direction he wanted to go rather than the direction that client feedback led him, “we would have failed miserably.”


The best types of businesses for wealth creation tend to be those not generally considered very lucrative or glamorous.

Examples: James Haslam, the richest man in Knoxville, Tennessee, and owner of Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, made his money in truck stops… Bruce Halle, the richest man in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founder of Discount Tire, made his by selling car tires… David Green, the richest man in Oklahoma City and founder of Hobby Lobby Creative Centers, became a billionaire through an arts-and-crafts supply business.

The trouble with sectors that are associated with glamour and extreme wealth is that there already are many very intelligent people trying to make their fortunes there. Big money can be made in Hollywood… in computer technology…in real estate — but those fields are so crowded with established players that the person who makes that money probably won’t be you. It is better to find a sector where others see less potential… but where you have your greatest skills.

Example: Hartley Peavey, the richest man in Meridian, Mississippi, and the founder of Peavey Electronics, loved playing music but realized that there were so many talented would-be musicians in the world that the odds were stacked against his finding success as one. Peavey was very good at building things, so he made his fortune by building instruments and amplifiers rather than playing guitar, which he also still enjoys.


With a recession raging, how to spend off hours is the furthest thing from most of our minds these days. We are too worried about our careers to take much time away from business… and too worried about our depleted savings to treat acquaintances to fancy dinners.

The richest man in town knows that playing golf, tennis or poker… attending fund-raisers and parties…and going out to dinner are not just things to do for fun. Off-hour socializing is when networks are formed with other local businesspeople and trust is built with colleagues and potential clients.

Example: Dan Duncan, the chairman of the energy company Enterprise Products Partners and the richest man in Houston, says that socializing with other businesspeople is vital because “I want them to call me first when they want to do a deal.”


Even when the economy is weak, potential customers still have needs. And they appreciate value, especially if they are spending far less than before. If a business can serve those needs and offer value in good times and bad, wealth should eventually follow.

The richest man in town typically did not set out to become fabulously wealthy. More often, he saw a problem that he could fix or a market that was poorly served and decided that he had a better solution.

Example: There were other antivirus software programs on the market when John McAfee, the richest man in Rodeo, New Mexico, and founder of McAfee Software, unveiled his program in the 1980s. But while the other antivirus software designers tried to sell their products and worried about illegal copying, McAfee gave away his software for free so that it would benefit as many computer users as possible. McAfee’s program soon dominated the market, and he made his fortune by selling upgrades.

SOURCE Bottom Line/Wealth interviewed New York City-based W. Randall Jones, founder of Worth magazine. He spent two years traveling the US visiting 100 places in all 50 states to interview the wealthiest man or woman in each for his book The Richest Man in Town (Business Plus).


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