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We take greater pains to persuade others that
we are happy, than in endeavoring to be so ourselves.
- Oliver Goldsmith


Dear Consumers:

It has come to our attention that a few copies of the
WINDOWS 98 SOUTHERN EDITION may have
accidentally been shipped outside of the South. If you
have one of these, you may need some help understanding
its commands. The Southern Edition may be recognized
by the unique opening screen.

It reads: "WINDERS 98" with a background picture of
General Robert E. Lee superimposed on a Confederate
flag. It is shipped with a Dukes of Hazard screen-saver.

Please also note:

"The "Recycle Bin" is labeled "Outhouse"

"My Computer" is called "This Dern Contraption"

"Dial up Networking" is called "Good Ol' Boys"

"Control Panel" is known as "The Dashboard"

"Hard Drive" is referred to as "4-Wheel Drive"

"Floppies" are "them little ol' plastic disc thangs"

Instead of an "error message" a "garbage bag and roll
of duct tape" pops up.

CHANGES IN TERMINOLOGY IN SOUTHERN EDITION:

OK . . .. . .. . . . . . ats aw-right

Cancel. .. . . . . . . stopdat

Reset . .. .. . . . . . try er agin

Yes. .. . . . . . . . . yep

No .. . . . . . . . . .. nawh

Find . . . . . . .. . . hunt fer it

Go to . . . . . .. .. . over yonder

Back . . . .. .. . . . . back yonder

Help . . .. .. . . . . . hep me out here

Stop .. . . . . . . . . kwitit

Start .. . . . . . . . crank er up

Settings . . . . . . . . settins

Programs . . . . . .. stuff at duz stuff

Documents. . . . . stuff ah done did


Also note that SOUTHERN EDITION does not recognize
capital letters or punctuation marks. Some programs
that are exclusive to "Winders 98":

Tiperiter. . . . . . . . a word processing program

colerin book. . . . . . . a graphics program

cyferin mersheen . . . . . calculator

outhouse paper . . . . . . notepad

iner-net . . . . . . . Microsoft Explorer 4.0

pichers . . . . . . . A graphics viewer


We regret any inconvenience it may have caused If
you received a copy of the SOUTHERN EDITION.
you may return it to Microsoft for a replacement version.

I hope this helps all y'all!

Sincerely,
Billy Bob Gates


People who laugh actually live longer than those
who don't laugh. Few persons realize that health
actually varies according to the amount of laughter.
- James J. Walsh


[||||]     A M E R I CA ' S    M O S T    W A N T E D     [||||]     

The Toyota Camry was the choice of your average US auto thief during
2001 except in Texas where pickups cornered eleven of the top 25 snatch
choices.     (AP)

Especially those with gun racks and bumper stickers that say "Fry Andrea
Yates."


Low-Fat Goulash

1/4 pound extra lean ground beef
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 cup fat free beef broth
8 ounces spicy tomato juice
1 can Italian style stewed tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups elbow macaroni, dry

In large skillet over high heat, cook meat until browned, about 8
minutes. Drain meat in colander and rinse with hot water; set aside.
Wash skillet. In same skillet, saute onion, green pepper and garlic
in broth on high heat for 2 minutes. Add meat, tomato juice, stewed
tomato, and seasonings to onion mixture.  On low heat, simmer sauce
for 30 minutes, stir occasionally. Meanwhile, cook macaroni according
to package directions. When macaroni is done, drain and add meat
sauce. Stir to mix. Serve hot.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Low Fat Black Forest Cake
 
2 cups cake flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 egg white
1 cup prune puree ( see Below )
3/4 cup nonfat milk
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups frozen pitted unsweetened dark sweet cherries, thawed, drained,
chopped
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
Additional cherries (fresh or frozen), and mint sprig, for garnish
******************************************************************
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 3- to 4-quart Bundt or other tube
pan with vegetable cooking spray. Into large bowl sift flour, cocoa,
baking powder and salt; mix in brown sugar. In another bowl whisk
eggs with prune puree, milk and vanilla. Pour boiling water into
measuring cup; stir in espresso powder and baking soda. Stir egg
and water mixtures into flour mixture; mix just until blended. Pour
half the batter into pan; sprinkle cherries and walnuts evenly over
batter. Pour in remaining batter. Bake in center of oven about 45
minutes until pick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in pan
on rack 15 minutes; invert onto rack, remove pan and cool completely.
Dust with powdered sugar; place on serving plate. Fill cake center
with additional cherries and garnish with mint.

Prune puree: Combine 1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) pitted prunes and 6
tablespoons hot water in container of food processor. Pulse on and
off until prunes are finely chopped. Makes about 1 cup


Today's thought is: 020320
I am learning more about myself.

At first I thought Step Four was only about my guilty deeds.  I
often felt like skipping my meeting when it came around-I felt
guilty enough already without being reminded.

But I have learned that Step Four is useful for more than just
recognizing errors and faults.  I can use it to recognize my assets,
too.  It is really a tool for simply learning more about myself.  And
in recovery, I need self-knowledge.  Perhaps I'll learn that I have
more to offer than I thought.

I will write out my top two assets on cards and stick them on my
bathroom mirror.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Today's meditation comes from the book
Today I will do one thing by Tim Mc. copyright 1995
available through our online bookstore at:
http://www.hazeldenbookplace.org/store/product.asp?sku=1400


Did Ya' Know:
------------------------------------
The B-2 bomber has a wing span of 172 feet (52 meters), yet
its radar "signature" (apparent size on a radar screen) is
as big as that of a bird. Not only that, but it makes very
little sound and is difficult to see, from the ground or
from the air.
 The bomber's construction uses graphite composites, which
trap radar waves inside the plane, and its outer surfaces
contain no flat parts and no right angles, which would
reflect radar.
The jet's hot exhaust is mixed with cool air before being
released, foiling heat-seeking missiles. Its engines are
also hidden deep inside the plane, where their noise is
muffled by the structure of the aircraft.
 Even the plane's shape is designed to fool the eye, making
it difficult to tell whether it's coming or going. The result
is an aircraft that is able to fly deep into enemy territory
without detection.

Seagulls are heavy in the front and light in the back. They
experience less wind resistance when they face into the wind.
When you see them at the beach on a windy day facing the same
direction, they are trying to minimize the wind's resistance by
facing into the wind.


Why is aluminum foil shiny on one side and dull on the other?
Aluminum foil is made by flattening blocks of aluminum into long
thin sheets and then passing these sheets between two highly
polished steel rollers.  These sheets enter the rollers two
sheets at a time.  The sides of the sheets coming into direct
contact with the steel rollers emerge with a high shine.  The two
inner sides come out with a pretty dull finish.  As a result, the
difference in the two sides of aluminum foil is only a result of
the manufacturing process and has nothing to fo with which side
should be placed next to your food.


Do it yourself (or not?)

Installing a storm door:
You - materials:  $200, time:  4 hours, level of difficulty: 
novice
Contractor - materials & labor:  $400, time: 2 hours

Installing a toilet:
You - materials:  $125, time:  6 hours, level of difficulty:
semi-novice
Contractor - materials & labor:  $410, time:  3 hours

*grin* It makes people wonder!
~AIKEN~


Connecticut bill would open commuter lots to big rigs

A bill reluctantly endorsed by the Connecticut Legislature's House Transportation Committee would let tractor-trailers park in commuter lots and roadside weigh stations. Raised Bill 5529 is in response to the shortage of parking spots for trucks, especially along Interstate 95, where an estimated 1,200 truckers can't find anywhere to park each night, according to a state study.

Raised Bill 5529 would let trucks use any commuter parking lot or official weigh station in the state for the purpose of parking and resting.

According to The Hartford Courant, several lawmakers on the transportation committee have slammed the proposed bill, particularly the idea that trucks may end up idling all night in commuter lots near people's homes.

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Motor Carriers Strive to Protect Loads, Rigs

Two months after FedEx Corp. unknowingly carried a radiation-emitting package from Sweden to New Orleans, motor carriers are working harder than ever to ensure they know exactly what they are carrying and for whom.

      Most carriers have been re-evaluating and tightening security procedures -- as well as increasing security training for employees -- since the events of Sept. 11.

      But the passage of time has done little, if anything, to allay fears that the trucking industry could be involved in future terrorist attacks. As such, motor carriers remain in a state of heightened awareness.

      Some have taken to locking down what previously were considered low-security loads, like food and fertilizer, to prevent outside tampering. Others now use law enforcement canines trained to smell explosives. Still others are utilizing high-tech X-ray devices that can scan an entire truck or rail car to determine its contents.

      For the full story, see the March 18 print edition of Transport Topics. Subscribe today .

      To see more of the American Trucking Association, or to subscribe, go to http://www.transporttopics.com.

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P.M. Update: Missing Truck Driver Returns Home

March 20, 2002

A missing Mac Tools salesman from Visalia returned home Monday night, nearly two weeks after he was reported missing by his wife.

      Christopher Lee Massey, 44, disappeared March 5 because he was grief-stricken over the death of his brother three months ago, his wife Cathy said.

      Cathy Massey said her husband called her Monday night from Fresno.

      "He could hardly speak but we were able to convince him to tell us where he was so I could come to him," she said. Details of where he was over the past two weeks are still "fuzzy," Cathy Massey said.

      "He recalls a bus, a train and walking a lot," she said. "As far as location, it's still yet to be determined. We're going to seek counseling with the pastor shortly."

      Massey, a Mac Tools distributor for the past four years, sold high-end tools out of his truck to businesses and auto repair shops in Kings County. He was last seen March 5 in Lemoore, on his sales route. His wife reported him missing that night when he didn't return home from work.

      Police in Bakersfield found his truck near that city's downtown two days later, with the keys locked inside. Massey wasn't found, and some of his personal belongings, including his cellular phone and a bank bag, were missing.

      His family and friends initiated a fruitless search along Massey's truck route in Lemoore and between Lemoore and Bakersfield.

      "He just needed some time," Cathy Massey said. "It has nothing to do with me or life with us. It has everything to do with grief. It affects people in profound ways."

      See tomorrow's fresnoBee.com or The Fresno Bee for the full report.

      Find more South Valley news.

      Go to www.fresnobee.com for more news, sports, business, features and special projects from The Fresno Bee.

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Gunshots Fired at Truckers On Freeway 99 Near Fowler

March 20, 2002

Several truckers had bullets whiz within feet and even inches of their heads while driving Freeway 99 through Fowler on Tuesday night.

      Three big rigs and one large tow truck were struck with rounds from what appears to be a medium caliber pistol, said California Highway Patrol Officer Scot Esmay.

      "I had just gotten up to full speed and I hear a big pop," said tow-truck driver Ronnie Diaz, 37, who was leaving Fowler and headed toward home in Firebaugh. "We dug the bullet out of the other side of the sleeper."

      The shootings likely occurred between Adams Avenue and Merced Street, said Fresno County sheriff's Lt. Colleen Mestas.

      The trucks were headed north on Freeway 99 about 8 p.m. when the shots came from the east side of the freeway, Esmay said.

      "They were all head shots," said Diaz, whose truck was hit about eye level toward the sleeper cabin -- mere feet behind his head. "That's just insane."

      Two other trucks were struck in the same area and one was hit in the front windshield, shattering the passenger side of the window.

      A CHP helicopter searched the area north of Fowler along Freeway 99 as law enforcement officers congregated in a McDonald's parking lot on Merced Street to conduct a land search.

      Sheriff's deputies were canvassing the area for witnesses and planned to do a more thorough search for evidence today, Mestas said, adding that there have been recent reports of shots being fired at houses in the area.

      The reporter can be reached at mbaker@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6465.

      Go to www.fresnobee.com for more news, sports, business, features and special projects from The Fresno Bee.

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[||||]     B L E N D E R    B E N D E R     [||||]     

Thanks to global warming, an ice shelf the size of Rhode Island has
decided to ankle Antarctica and go solo.    (ABC News)

Who deserves a luxury cruise more than penguins who are already in black
tie for the captain's dinner?


LUCKY LADY

                           Author Unknown

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was
a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company
come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to
not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help
himself to whatever struck his fancy.

Inevitably someone would forget and something would
come up missing. Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy
box in the basement and there the treasure would be,
amid all of Lucky's favorite toys. Lucky always stashed
his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his
toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer.
Something told her she was going to die of this disease...
she was just sure it was fatal. She scheduled the double
mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before
she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky.

A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although
the three year old dog liked Jim he was Mary's dog through
and through. If I die Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought.
He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him.The thought
made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors
had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks.
Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully but the dog just
drooped, whining and miserable.

But finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she
arrived home Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it
up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on
the couch and left her to nap.

Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she
called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she
dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was
wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot.

Panic soon gave way to laughter though when Mary realized the
problem....she was covered, literally blanketed, in every treasure
Lucky owned! While she had slept the sorrowing dog had made
trip after trip to the basement and back bringing his beloved mistress
his favorite things in life.

He had covered her with his love. Mary forgot about dying. Instead
she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further
together every night.

It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free.

Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box
but Mary remains his greatest treasure.


THE "CATTY" CORNER.....

"Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to
easily go in one ear and out the other. --Stephen Baker--

CAT "LAWS".....Passed from generation to generation.....

Cats must act as if being tortured when being flea-powdered.

Cats must act like they are dying of hunger in front of Daddy.

Cats must activate "the paw" when there is food within snagging
distance.

Cats must ask to be (fed/petted/let out) when the humans are
making whoopee.

Cats must attack another cat when their head is sticking out
of the litter box.

Cats must attack mom's ear just because she put them on a diet.

Cats must attack their human's shoelaces when she is tying them.

Cats must balance their 20 pound body on their human's full bladder.

Cats must barf up hairballs on their mom's computer keyboard.

Cats must bite their human's feet when she is using the computer.

Cats must bite their sister's butt until she hisses.


A KITCHEN TIP OR TWO.....

To plump raisins or other dried fruit, soak them in liquid
until they almost return to their natural state.

To blanch almonds, drop shelled nuts into boiling water,
remove pan from heat and let stand for 2 minutes. Drain
and peel off the skins.

To make your own bread crumbs, bake bread slices at
200 F degrees until dry (about 10 minutes), then process
in a food processor with a metal blade.

One pound of all purpose flour is the same as 4 cups of
sifted flour.


FISHING TERMS.....

Catch and Release - A motion that happens most often
right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a
boat that has caught over it's limit.

Hook -
(1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish.
(2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend
his life savings on a new rod and reel.
(3) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after
he spends their life savings
(see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

Line - Something you give your co-workers when they
ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

Lure - An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will
drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge
his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

Reel - A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly
when dropped overboard.

Rod - An attractively painted length of fiberglass that
keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

School - A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your
$29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

Tackle - What your last catch did to you as you reeled him
in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back
overboard.

Tackle Box - A box shaped alarmingly like your first aid kit.
Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so when you
reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon
find that you need more than one.


WHAT PART OF "NO" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND??......

Ways to say NO and get your point across....Just say,
" I would like to, but......"

I have to floss my cat.
I'm staying home to work on my cottage cheese sculpture.
It's my parakeet's bowling night.
I have to go to the post office to see if I'm still wanted.
I'm teaching my ferret to yodel.
I'm attending the opening of my garage door.
I'm being deported.
I'm giving nuisance lessons at a convenience store.
I have to answer all of my "occupant" letters.
I'm having all my plants neutered.
I have to bleach my hare.
I'm writing a love letter to Richard Simmons.
I have to study for a blood test.
My uncle escaped again.
I have to thaw some karate chops for dinner.
I have to go to court for kitty littering.


LENTILS

Popular in parts of Europe and a staple throughout much
of the Middle East and India, this tiny, lens-shaped seed
has long been used as a meat substitute. There are three
main varieties of lentils. The French or European lentil, sold
with the seed coat on, has a grayish-brown exterior and a
creamy yellow interior. The reddish orange Egyptian or red
lentil is smaller, rounder and sans seed coat. None of these
varieties are used fresh but are dried as soon as they're ripe.
Lentils should be stored airtight at room temperature and will
keep up to a year. They can be used as a side dish (pureed,
whole and combined with vegetables), in salads, soups and
stews. Lentils have a fair amount of calcium and vitamins A
and B, and are a good source of iron and phosphorus.


LENTILS ALA TOMATOES

3 slices bacon
1 small onion, sliced thin
1 cup dried lentils
1 cup uncooked quick cooking barley
2 tsp beef flavor instant bouillon
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp allspice
3 1/2 cups water
1 ( 14 1/2 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

In a 12 inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from
skillet, drain on paper towel. Set aside.

Add onion and lentils to drippings in skillet. Cook over medium
heat until onion is tender and lentils are lightly browned, 3 to 5
minutes. Add barley, bouillon, cumin, allspice and water. Bring
to boil.

Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer 15 minutes
or until lentils are soft. Add tomatoes. Cook uncovered another
15 to 20 minutes until lentils and barley are tender and liquid is
absorbed. Just before serving stir in parsley and crumble bacon
over top. Serves 4.


Pfeffernusse - Cookie

1 cup butter
1 tsp plus a pinch nutmeg
1 tsp cardamom
1 cup molasses
1 tsp cloves
1 cup sugar
Lemon rind
4 cups flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix all ingredients and roll into small balls. Bake at 350* F about
eight minutes. Coat with sugar glaze when cool.

Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp light corn syrup
2 tbsp water


Stir sugar, corn syrup, and water together. It will dry as
a clear, shiny surface when applied to cookie. Be sure
to stir it each time before you use it or it will be mottled.


Easy Pepper Steak

1 lb. top round steak
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sliced green onions
1 cup green pepper (cut into 1 inch pieces)
2 stalks celery (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 TBLSPN cornstarch
1 cup water
2 tomatoes (diced)
Hot cooked rice
***************************************************************
Cut beef across grain into thin strips (1/8 inch thick).
In a flat pan, combine soy sauce, garlic and ground
ginger; place meat in mixture and marinade for 1/2 hour.
Heat oil in frying pan and brown meat. Add marinade and
cover and simmer for 30 minutes, adding water if necessary.
After meat is tender, add vegetables and cook until crisp
tender. Mix cornstarch with water and add to pan; stir and
cook until thickened. Serve over hot cooked rice.


Ribbon Candy by Request

3 cups  sugar
1 cup  light corn syrup
1/4  cup  water
6  drops  peppermint oil or cinnamon oil -- up to 8
1/4  teaspoon  red paste food coloring
1/4  teaspoon   green paste food coloring
2  pairs white cotton work gloves
*****************************************************
Butter 3 shallow baking pans; set aside. Butter sides
of 3-qt saucepan. In saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup,
& water. Cook over med.-high heat to boiling, stirring
constantly with wooden spoon to dissolve sugar, about
5 min. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully
clip candy thermometer to side of pan. Cook over med.
heat, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers
280, soft-crack stage, about 20 min. Remove from heat;
stir in peppermint or cinnamon oil. Pour about 2/3s of the
mixture into a buttered pan. Pour half of the remaining candy
into a warm small saucepan. Add red coloring to this portion
and pour into another buttered pan. Add green coloring to the
remaining portion in the 3-qt saucepan. Pour in remaining
buttered pan. Let candy cool slightly, 3-5 min. for larger,
uncolored portion, 1-2 min for smaller, red & green portions.
As edges cool, lift & fold edges to center with metal spatula.
{If candy is too warm, it will stick to spatula.}
When red & green candy can be rolled into balls
with spatula, they are ready for shaping. With gloved hands,
pull and twist red candy until light in color, 2-3 min.
Shape into 6: rope.
Place in 1 of the buttered pans & keep warm in 200 oven. Repeat
with green portion. At the same time, have the 2nd person pull
uncolored portion until white. Shape into 6" rope. Place white rope
in center of 1 of the buttered baking sheets; place 1 colored rope
on each side of white rope. Press all 3 ropes together to form a
single flat log. Working quickly, have 1 person stretch 1 end of
striped candy, log lengthwise, working to other end until ribbon
narrows to about 1" wide. Have 2nd person immediately follow
1st person & turn ribbon onto 1 edge & fold accordion-style to
make ribbon shape; break off in 6" lengths. If candy hardens
too much, return to oven 3-5 min to soften.


Employer's Lingo
._._._._._._._._._._._._._._._._._.


"COMPETITIVE SALARY"
We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

"JOIN OUR FAST-PACED TEAM"
We have no time to train you.

"CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE"
We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up; well,
a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.

"MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED"
You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.

"SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED"
Some time each night and some time each weekend.

"DUTIES WILL VARY"
Anyone in the office can boss you around.

"MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL"
We have no quality control.

"CAREER-MINDED"
Female Applicants must be childless (and remain that way).

"APPLY IN PERSON"
If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has
been filled.

"NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE"
We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal
formality.

"SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE"
You'll need it to replace three people who just left.

"PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST"
You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.

"REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS"
You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the
pay or respect.

"GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS"
Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they
want and do it.


Did Ya' Know: 020321
------------------------------------
The difference between a mural and a fresco is that a mural
is painted on the wall when the plaster is dry whereas a
fresco is painted on the wall when the plaster is still wet.

When people recall a past hurt, their blood pressure spikes.
Forgive and forget?  Most of us find the forgetting easier,
but maybe we should work on the forgiving part.  "Holding on
to hurts and nursing grudges wears you down physically and
emotionally," says Stanford University psychologist Fred
Luskin, author of FORGIVE FOR GOOD.  "Forgiving someone can
be a powerful antidote."

Since 1982, Canada has followed the Constitution Act, of 1982.
This Act allows Canada to amend their own constitution without
having to get approval from Britain.  Prior to 1982, Canada
followed a different constitutional act.  This Act was in
existence from 1867-1982, the "British North American Act".


From YOU The Reader's Dept.:
On the aluminum foil, since heat is reflected in the same way
that light is reflected, you will find that foil is more
efficient if you face the shiny side toward your food. So if
you are putting the foil on a grill under the food, it should
be shiny side up, if you are putting the foil over something
in the oven, it should be shiny side down. Whether the foil
people intended this or not, it is both scientific, and good
common sense, not some wives tale! -- MB

*grin* It makes people wonder!
~AIKEN~


Today's thought is: 020321
Spring is a time of new and beautiful growth.  There can be growth
for us, too.  We have spent too long in the fall and winter of our
lives, the mind-altering chemicals filtering the sunshine and fading
the flowers.  Finally, our lives appeared empty and dead.

But like earth at the end of winter, there is still life within us.  And
when we make the conditions suitable, using abstinence, patience,
and love, our lives will again bring forth new growth.

Am I returning or preparing for new growth?

High Power, may I feel your love shine down on me to help me
grow.

I will prepare for new growth today by .

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Today's meditation comes from the book
Day by Day by Anonymous copyright 1975
available through our online bookstore at:
http://www.hazeldenbookplace.org/store/product.asp?sku=1902


& now your at the end of the letter, I hope that you enjoyed

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