Monday, November 30, 2009


New Seat Belt Law

This becomes effective January 01, 2010.

he National Highway Safety Council has done extensive testing on a newly designed seat belt. Results show that accidents can be reduced by as much as 95% when the belt is properly installed.

orrect installation is illustrated below...

Please pass on to family and friends.
This may help save a life.

This can really save lives and lower blood pressure by 40%.

(A shared joke!)

Sunday, November 29, 2009


o man safely enjoys life except the men whose conscience is clear. The wicked never have true joy nor real interior peace. They may say that they have peace and that they neither expect nor fear any harm from above. Either they are lying or they are fools.

bad conscience is afraid and disturbed. A good conscience has peace even in time of hardship. The good man's glory lies in the testimony of good conscience. There is no freedom nor profitable joy without a clear conscience. The man with a dull conscience will find distractions and interests in many things, but he has not the abiding peace of those who live for Heaven.

very person must have sufficient interior awareness so he can hear and follow his conscience. Conscience must be enlightened by faith so that persons and groups will turn aside from blind choices.

"Turn inward, brethren and in everything you do,
see God as your witness."

St. Augustine

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Mother Teresa

"When a poor person dies of hungers,
it has not happened because God did not
take care of him or her. It has happened because
neither you nor I wanted to give that person
what he or she needed."

Friday, November 27, 2009


Poverty Is A Relative Thing


Francis Duggan

t is true poverty is a relative thing
A poor bloke buys his girlfriend a ten dollar ring
But to a pauper one with ten dollars is not poor at all
What to one seems big to another seems small,
That poverty is a relative thing seems so true
You may well be poor but many poorer than you
There are millions of homeless on Poverty Street
Searching in rubbish bins to find something to eat
And there are millions who lay down
to rest hungry at night
And sleep in the open under the starlight
At least you have a roof over your head
and a bed on which to lie

And it will not be of malnutrition that you will die
And of those down on their luck the singer may sing
But poverty can be a relative thing.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


True enough, poverty has a way of distorting one's sense of priorities sometimes even eroding it. Living in subhuman conditions always boils down to simply a matter of survival. The immediacy of food and shelter first, before the comforts of cleanliness. Poverty is a serious problem. It needs to be recognized, addressed, and resolved. It is found everywhere. Every country has its percentage of low-income earners, but some countries have many more people living in unfortunate circumstances than others do. Poverty is an area of concern as it brings with it a host of problems within the country, as well as on a global scale.

he worst kind of poverty is when peo
ple cannot get food and therefore they are thin and weak and many starve to death. Unfortunately, this is still happening in many parts of the world. The gap between the world's rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, conflict, disease, and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions.

But it isn't chance or bad luck that keeps people trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty. It's man-made factors like a glaringly unjust global trade system, a debt burden so great that it suffocates any chance of recovery and insufficient and ineffective aid. It doesn't have to be this way though.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Crime by adolescents has long been a problem. For years many social scientists used what might be called a socioeconomic explanation of juvenile crime. Most juvenile crime, they argued, was committed by young city males from low-income families. They explained that crime was a means of survival and a way to both increase self-respect among peers and fight back against the cruel society. Later, the social scientists added a psychological twist to their theory. They said, crime by adolescents from fatherless homes was especially high.

oth the poverty theory and the absent-f
ather theory have supporters. But the many males from low-income families where the father is absent, who do not commit crimes indicate that the theories are incomplete. In addition, there have been increases in the juvenile crime rate in wealthy communities.

here are other ways to explain juvenile cri
me. One is alienation from the society in which they live. Alienation means being cut off from society and not accepting society's norms, or standards of behavior. Some social scientists see the main cause of crimes as coming from within the individuals who commit these crimes. Others find the main cause in society. Most include both social and psychological factors in explaining juvenile crime.

Some offer psychological explanations: "Some people have violent personalities." Others give social explanations: "We live in a violent society."

t is clear that explaining adolescent crime is difficult. Preventing it is even more difficult.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


15th - 17th century laced handkerchief

Among the classical heritage rediscovered during the Renaissance was the handkerchief. It had been used by the Roman, who ordinarily wore two handkerchiefs (sudarium): one on the left wrist and one tucked in at the waist or around the neck. In the fifteenth century, the handkerchief was for a time allowed only to the nobility; special laws were made to enforce this.

A Roman emperor wearing sudarium on his neck

Monday, November 23, 2009


ove is the word we use to magnify the miraculous feeling within us. The word itself is the manifestation of God Himself. What in man corresponds most to God's being is his capacity to love. And we resemble God most by the manner we love.

Love, unfortunately, has become one of the most misunderstood and confused words in any language. Some want it to mean nothing more than the attraction between the sexes. Others want it to mean no more than desire and its satisfaction. And when others speak of it, it seems that love and sex are synonymous. It's all so sad because love understood as any of these is hardly love. It is confused: the wrapper is taken for the content.

Love is really like life, and life is a miracle. It is so vast in its meaning, so varied in its expressions and so rich in its manifestations that one has to be fully alive in order to understand it fully.

The measure of love, then, is not what our hearts dictate or what our desires lead us to. Love is very much greater than the urges we feel within. It is above all, the goodness that is within us that we must share with the goodness of other persons in communion that is stronger than death.

In this sense, love includes the goodness of a man seeking the goodness of a parent toward his or her child, the goodness of a friend seeking the goodness of another. Yes, love never dies because goodness never dies.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


o one can argue that we do not live merely to satisfy our bodily needs. We spend a lot of time and energy doing many things, such as working puzzles, reading, going to church, window shopping, visiting friends, internet browsing, blogging, and a host of other activities that serve no immediate biological purpose. Unlike biological drives, which are similar for all members of the s
pecies, psychological and social motives are much more variable and dependent on cultural learning. For example, many cultures encourage individual competition. Being a winner enhances self-esteem. In other cultures, competition is frowned upon. Needs for self-esteem are met, not by excelling individually, but by being a contributing member of the group.

hat we will look at here are those motivations that pattern our lives. Some may be characteristics of our culture alone. Some may span cultures. Sometimes we are self-motivated by forces in our environment. Often the reasons why we do something may be interpreted in a number of ways. Only you know what makes you tick.

"Motivation is everything, you can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people."

Lee Iacocca

Saturday, November 21, 2009


"Everyone expects to go further than
his father went; everyone expects to be
better than he was bor
n, and every generation
has one big impulse in its heart to exceed
all the other generations of the past in
all the things that make life
worth living."

William Allen White

Friday, November 20, 2009


poonerism is a transposition
of usually initial sounds of two or more words.


"tons of soil - sons of toil"

"know your blows - blow your nose"
"flutter by - butterfly"
"it's roaring with pain - it's pouring with rain"
"go help me sod - so help me God"

The Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) was celebrated for his habit, accidental or cultivated, of transposing the first letters of words in phrases. It is reported that in conversation he referred to the well known two-wheeled vehicle as "a well boiled icicle" and to a friend's new cottage as a "nosey little cook." And they say that he would startle listeners at his sermons by referring to "tearful chidings" or assuring them that something was as easy as for a "a camel to go through the knee of an old idol."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

THE CAKE bowww!!!

Wal-Mart Cake

It took me a second, but make sure you read the story under the picture. Keep in mind this actually really did happen. This cake is for someone who was moving from an insurance claims office.

best wishes.jpg

Okay so this is how I imagine this conversation went!

Walmart Employee: "Hello 'dis be Walmarts, how can I help you?"

Customer: "I would like to order a cake for a going away party this week!"

Walmart Employee: "What you want on da cake?"

Customer: "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that, "We will miss you!"

Some people can't be fixed!

Many, many thanks,Tita Adele!
I enjoyed every bite of it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


id you know that the only part
of the human body that has no blood supply
is the cornea? It takes its oxygen
directly from the air.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


earn to appreciate the beauty around you!

Poets tell us that the world is full of beautiful, wonderful things. We don't have to be a poet to realize that this is true. All we need is to rub sleep out of our eyes and look around with a keener, more observant gaze. Watch the clouds as they float lazily across the summer sky, study the outlines of trees, smell the freshness of the morning breeze, listen to the happy, lively chirping of the birds, hear the buzzing of the busy bees hopping from one fragrant bloom to another, feel the gentle, warmth of the early morning sun. Commune with nature!

We don't have to be a poet to know that the world is full of beauty.

"God's love is all around us,
it is not just things that we can
see or own,
It's also what's inside us,
to help to take us home...."

Monday, November 16, 2009


he cat, although not related to the camel or giraffe, shares one striking trait with them. When other animals move the front leg on one side and the hind leg on the other move together, followed by the other two diagonally opposed legs. The cat, camel, and giraffe move their front and hind legs on one side and then the front and hind legs on the other side.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon, the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.

As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cute glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!

When she returned with tea and and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

"Miss Beatrice", he said, "I wonder if you would tell me about this?"

Pointing to the bowl.

"Oh yes," she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful?"

"I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease."

Do you know that I haven't had the flu all winter?"

Saturday, November 14, 2009


"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death
that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me
and through me. And when it has gone past I
will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where
the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will re

Frank Herbert

Friday, November 13, 2009


Western culture's fear of number 13 is evident enough to acquire a name triskaidekaphobia, and the people afflicted with irrational fear of Friday the 13th are called paraskevidekatriaphobics. What a word for a number phobia.

How did Friday the 13th become such an unlucky day to many superstitious believers?

Dossey, a folklore historian traced the root of number 13 to a Norse myth about 12 gods having a festive celebration at Valhalla, their heaven, when an intruder, an univited guest joined in. The 13th gatecrasher was Loki. Once in the group, feeling unwanted, he arranged for the blind god of darkness, Holder, to shoot Balder, the Beautiful, god of joy and gladness, with mistletoe-tipped arrow. It was fatal, Balder died, and everything went black. The whole earth mourned for his death. It was a bad, unlucky day. From that moment on, the number 13 has been considered ominous and foreboding.

The fear of number 13 is still strong today.

And why Friday?

Thursday, November 12, 2009


hat makes some families strong? How can we nurture a wholesome relationship among the family members? How can we create our own unique, healthy family? We have to consider many aspects in our lives, look into different angles and decide where to start the healing process. We have to determine which areas of family are already strong and identify other areas where we w
ant to be stronger.

ven strong families have conflicts. Members may get angry, criticize or reprimand each other. But strong families are able to deal with conflicts without bickering or destroying each other or family well-being. Families g
et stronger by expression of caring and appreciation, commitment, spending time together, encouragement, communication, spirituality, community and family ties. Members of strong families find ways to encourage and support each other. Love and respect are freely given and extended, not as a way to buy family members' love.

These all together make family foundation sturdier and able to withstand time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


oes corporal punishment work?

any people believe that a good old smack never hurt anyone and actually gets the message across, but there are others who think that hitting a child will either escalate into child abuse, or it doesn't do that, then turn the child itself into a criminal.
The truth is somewhere in between. Research has shown that corporal punishment is ultimately self-defeating, but the absence of it alone doesn't guarantee a crime-free society.

Many parents will admit to having smacked their children when they felt there was no alternative. Some people will say that it works, others that they just felt so bad themselves that they would never do it again.

Punishment is the presentation of an unpleasant stimulus after a response. It makes the response less likely to occur in the future. To stop a behavior, punishment should be given right away and given every time. It should serve be severe enough to be worth avoiding, but not so severe to prolonged that it causes other undesirable behavior.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


surely do not wish that anyone should suffer pain of any kind. Much less would I want to inflict it with malice on anybody. But when it comes, both as sign of our humanity and as a signal warning us of our illusions, pain has to be welcomed.

Down to brass tacks, pain is a very demanding but generous customer. When it comes, it does not leave us alone. It claims for our attention and taxes our very person. But if all the time it was there, we were patient, attentive and generous, it purifies us and makes us better persons. Any person who knows how to suffer pain emerges from the suffering purified, even-tempered and a thousand times more compassionate.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Consider it a tie.

This incident happened not too long ago
in the western region!

A shepherd was hospitalized after being attacked by a donkey, but the donkey's owner then abandoned the angry beast near a desert at that. The donkey viciously attacked the shepherd, who suffered bruises on his head and other parts of his body. Motives for the attacked are unknown. The shepherd said, they have been together for two years and have never seen him so angry like that. The shepherd is recuperating, but the donkey is wandering around fending for itself somewhere at the fringes of a very large desert.

onkeys are friendly, sensitive, tame, docile, and sociable. They are affectionate and so inoffensive. Miniature donkeys are almost ideal pets, too. They are good companion animals. Their gentle nature makes them excellent pets for children and adults. They make perfect work mates and the
y tend to be able to do more work for their size than any other beast of burden except mules.

have a strong hint that the shepherd wronged the donkey. A donkey maltreated by people is a sad and often dangerous creature. They will not work if you cause them injury.

ittle donkey... little donkey... on a dusty road...

Got to keep on, plodding onward...

Sunday, November 8, 2009


hakespeare H
ad A Long Word

Costard says in Act V of Love's Labour
Lost: "I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou are not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus," which is from a medieval nonsense word for "honorableness."

Saturday, November 7, 2009


"If you look into your own heart,
and you find not
hing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?"


Friday, November 6, 2009


Saying I don't know is an act of humility. It makes us more in touch with reality and truth. We are more believable and approachable. When we say, I don't know, we acknowledge and accept vulnerabilities. This is what you call humility in action.

f we are self-centered and arrogant, we cannot work directly to develop a humble heart. Instead, we work indirectly toward humility against the objective measure of a pure heart. A humble unassuming person immediately puts us at ease. We can feel more relax and be ourselves in their presence, a comfort zone, no fear because the heart of the humble knows love. It is not a sign of weakness or being passive. Rather, it gives us the courage and strength of accepting and understanding the purpose of being in this world, as a part of humanity, and a part of life.

Practicing humility is not changing our personality, but it helps put an end to the practice of setting ourselves above others. If we really wish to be able to love, then we must empty our heart in humility.

"It was pride that changed angels to devils,
it is humility that makes men as angels."

Thursday, November 5, 2009


One day you will discover that you are no longer a child who constantly holds on to your mother's skirt. For years you have traveled through life and now you are approaching adolescence. You ask many questions to enable you to fully know yourself. In fact, knowing yourself will help you discover what lies ahead of you. The key to that discovery lies in your willingness to enter fully into experiences that can be positive forces to enhance the shaping of your vision--of yourself.

To know and appreciate the kind of person that you are will be both an invitation and a challenge. It is an invitation for you to look deeply into yourself, to learn how gifted you are. It is a challenge to make a personal decision to enhance these gifts and do something about your shortcomings.

It is when you accept these invitation and challenge that you allow to expand your consciousness of your true being. Only then can you say, "I love and appreciate the person that I am."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Much has been said about th
e value of Incan gold, but one of the great legacies of the Incas was food plants. The potato, the pumpkin, and the pineapple came from South America and spread through the world. Coca, the source of cocaine, and cinchona, the source of quinine, are also gifts of Peruvian civilization to mankind.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


s my love for God real or only a notion? Am I a Christian by convenience or culture, and not by choice? Am I practicing the Christian virtues only when it suits me and my schedule? Do I prove my Christianity in works of love for those who need me? Do I seek out Christ's poor or do I avoid them? Do I try to see Him in the sick, the lonely, the destitute, the old, the unwanted, or am I blind to them?

Monday, November 2, 2009


seeing-eye dog, or any dog trained to guide the blind, cannot tell a red light from a green one. When it leads its master across the street, it watches the traffic flow to tell when it is safe to cross

Met a blind couple during my last visit to Baguio. They are eking out a living working as masseurs in a massage clinic. The man said, he turned blind when he was 10 years old. Out of curiosity, I asked them how they manage their movements around. I told them about the seeing-eye dogs, and how they help people with impaired visions. They said, they never heard of such a thing. The chance discussion did not end there. They're very eager to learn more about these service dogs.

Nowadays, blind individuals are enjoying more independent lives with the aid of seeing-eye dogs. These dogs can lead their blind owners around their homes, neighborhoods, and even down a busy sidewalk in a big city. Seeing-eye dogs are able to alert their owners of dangers, curbs, stairs, looming obstacles and more. They are able to help to retrieve items their blind owners may need.

Sunday, November 1, 2009



the symbol
of grief and sorrow
misery and pain

the wise lady of death
bad omen
signifies a rejuvenation
the horizon!