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My husband, David, and I were discussing names of our unborn child. I
suggested Harley if it was a boy, David said, "No way." "Why are you
so against Harley?" I asked. "Because," he replied, "our son would be
introduced as Harley, David's son."

(Buffy Gregg)

Today's thought is: 020325
"Life by the mile is a trial; by the inch it's a cynch."

In the past, we got into trouble when we thought we had to have
our lives mapped out forever.  That just did not work.

We need only deal with the problems and joys of today.  If we try
to see too far ahead, we lose touch with the reality of the here and
now.  The Lord lets us know what we need to know when we need
to know it.

What seems impossible when looked at in total-writing a book,
putting the children through college, abstaining for the rest of our
lives-becomes manageable when worked at step by step, day by

So many of the things we worry about never happen.  How much
better it is to concentrate our energies on the real demands and
challenges of today, insignificant as they may seem.  When we
turn our lives over to our Higher Power, we trust Him to manage
the master plan and to direct us in the small details of living each

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Today's meditation comes from the book
Food for Thought by Elisabeth L. copyright 1980
available through our online bookstore at:

Yup, that's the sign I got 
for my dog, Buster

The Beatles - Loss Of Data (To the tune of "Yesterday")

All those backups seemed a waste of pay.
Now my database has gone away.
Oh I believe in yesterday.
There's not half the files there used to be,
And there's a milestone hanging over me
The system crashed so suddenly.
I pushed something wrong,
What it was, I could not say.
Now all my data's gone and I long
for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.
The need for back-ups seemed so far away.
I knew my data was all here to stay,
Now I believe in yesterday.

A porter loaded down with suitcases followed the couple to the airline
check-in counter.
As they approached the line, the husband glanced at the pile of
luggage and said to the wife, "Why didn't you bring the piano, too?"
"Are you trying to be funny?" she replied.
"No," he sighed forlornly. "I left the tickets on it."

Note from David 1: this is so me
on this one just shake your head & laugh if ya like it.

I once heard about an American professor who went on an extended
sabbatical. He took leave from his teaching duties to do some research
at a university in Glasgow. Being someone who liked his nightly pick-
me-up, he went to the local pub, the Ram and Tam, when he arrived. He
was disappointed to find that the publican, Angus McTavish, did not
stock his favorite beverage, Jim Beam bourbon.
Night after night, McTavish attempted to get the professor to sample
and learn about single malt scotch whiskies, some of which were
locally distilled and considered to be among the finest in the world.
McTavish tried to get the American to drink some of these excellent
whiskies, but to no avail. The professor still demanded his bourbon.
So McTavish finally gave up, located a source of the particular brand
of bourbon that the professor craved and started serving it to him.
Now when the professor walks into the pub for his nightly libation, he
shouts, "Beam me up, Scottie!"

Small hotel room

They had lived together in the backwoods for over fifty years.  To
celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, he took her to a large city and
they checked into a plush hotel.
She said to the bellman, "We refuse to settle for such a small room.
No windows, no bed, and no air conditioning."
"But, madam!", replied the bellman.
"Don't 'But madam' me," she continued.  "You can't treat us like we're
a couple of fools just because we don't travel much, and we've never
been to the big city, and never spent the night at a hotel.  I'm going
to complain to the manager."
"Madam," the bellman said, "this isn't your room; this is the

Discoveries & Inventions !

The man discovered WEAPONS and invented HUNTING,
The woman discovered HUNTING and invented FURS.

The man discovered COLOURS and invented PAINT,
The woman discovered PAINT and invented MAKEUP.

The man discovered the WORD and invented CONVERSATION,
The woman discovered CONVERSATION and invented GOSSIP.

The man discovered GAMBLING and invented CARDS,
The woman discovered CARDS and invented WITCHERY.

The man discovered AGRICULTURE and invented FOOD,
The woman discovered FOOD and invented DIET.

The man discovered FRIENDSHIP and invented LOVE,
The woman discovered LOVE and invented  MARRIAGE.

The man discovered WOMEN and invented SEX,
The woman discovered SEX and invented HEADACHES.

The man discovered TRADING and invented MONEY,
The woman discovered MONEY and that's when it all got messed up.

Dispersing a crowd

A rookie police officer was out for his first ride
in a cruiser with an experienced partner. A call
came in telling them to disperse some people who
were loitering.
The officers drove to the street and observed a
small crowd standing on a corner.
The rookie rolled down his window and said, "Let's
get off the corner people."
A few glances, but no one moved, so he barked again,
"Let's get off that corner... NOW!"
Intimidated, the group of people began to leave,
casting puzzled stares in his direction.
Proud of his first official act, the young policeman
turned to his partner and asked, "Well, how did I do?"
Pretty good," chuckled the vet, "especially since
this is a bus stop."

Looks like a good one to me.

It was brought to my attention by about 1/2 of my subscribers
that I omitted part of the Boston Cream Cheesecake recipe, Here
it is in it's entirety. Sorry about the omission
Boston Cream Cheesecake

1 pkg. (1-layer size) yellow cake mix
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 eggs
3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
2 squares BAKER'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
3 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 cup powdered sugar
Grease bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Prepare cake mix as
directed on package; pour batter evenly into springform pan.
Bake at 325 for 25 minutes if using a silver springform pan.
(Bake at 300 for 20 minutes if using a dark nonstick springform pan.)
Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar and 1 tsp. of the vanilla
with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each
addition just until blended. Blend in sour cream; pour
over cake layer.
Bake at 325°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set
if using a silver springform pan. (Bake at 300°F for 40 to 45 minutes
or until center is almost set if using a dark nonstick springform pan.)
Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool
before removing rim of pan.
Place chocolate, milk and butter in medium microwavable bowl.
Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted, stirring
after 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
Add powdered sugar and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla; mix well.
Spread over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Nothing like team work

Recipe for Staying Young submitted by Hannah

Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and
Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.
Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's
workshop," the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all
that you can afford. When they are in college that is all that you can
afford. When you are on retirement that is all that you can afford
Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh
so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive
The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.
Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets,
keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your
Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign
country, but not to guilt country.
Tell the people you love, that you love them, at every
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Coconut Ginger Basmati Rice
submitted by Jeannie

2 cups well rinsed basmati rice
enough water to cover the rice by about one inch
1 can (about 15 ounces) Coconut Milk
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
2 tbs. Butter* Optional
After the rice has been rinsed very well with cool water until
the water runs clear add the rice to a non stick saucepan
and add enough water to cover the rice.  Cook this over high
heat for about 7 minutes.  Drain the rice, rinse it one more time.
Return the rice to the pan and add the can of coconut milk.  If you
wish you may add butter to the pan.  Cook the rice now over low
heat with a cover on the pan for about 25 minutes.  I check this
every 10 minutes or so to make sure that the rice is not too dry or
burning. You may add milk or more coconut milk if you see that
it is too dry.   All I had to do was stir this a time or two.
It was very good and did not stick together at all.
It is just wonderful.

Please excuse the name of the below cake but this is the name:
Huricane from Hell Cake submitted by Susan
Preheat oven 350

In bottom of 9x13 pan, place:
1 stick melted margarine,
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
Spread evenly.(This will be on the bottom)

Middle Layer:
Mix as directed on box:
1 german chocolate cake mix
Pour this batter over bottom layer
Set aside while preparing topping

Top layer:
Melt over low heat:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 stick maragarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
Gradually add 1 lb. box confectioner sugar until mixed well
Spoon this mixture over top of batter
Bake 50-60 minutes/until top is bubbly and slightly crusty
Serve in pan

Somebody better go buy some
So they can afford better 

Bavarian Apple Cheesecake submitted by Carol

1/3  cup sugar
1/3  cup  butter or margarine
1 tablespoon  shortening
1/4  teaspoon  vanilla
1 cup flour
1/8  teaspoon      salt
4  cups cooking apples -- peeld/cored/sliced
16  ounces  cream cheese -- softened
1/2  cup  sugar
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
2   eggs
1/3  cup  sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4  cup  sliced almonds
In a medium mixer bowl, beat the first 1/3 c. sugar,
margarine or butter,shortening and 1/4 tsp. vanilla on
medium speed of an electric mixer until combined.
Blend in flour and salt until crumbly. Pat onto the bottom
of a 9"springform pan. Set aside.
Place apple slices in a single layer in a shallow baking pan.
Cover with foil.
Bake in a 400 F. oven for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, for filling, in a large mixer bowl, beat the cream
cheese, the 1/2 cup sugar and the 1/2 tsp.
vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy.
Add the eggs, all at once,beating on Low speed just until
combined. Pour into dough-lined pan. Arrange warm apple slices
atop filling. combine the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and
cinnamon. Sprinkle filling with sugar mixture and the almonds.
Bake in a 400F. oven for 40 minutes. or until golden. Cool.
Remove sides and place cake on a serving plate.
Cover and chill for 4-24 hours before serving.

Did Ya' Know: 020325
The Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois reaches 1,707ft
(including the antennas) into the sky, as tall as 16 city
blocks.  It weighs more than 222,500 tons and is covered
by more than 28 acres of black aluminum. The Sears Tower
contains enough phone wire to wrap around the earth 1.75
times and enough electrical wiring to run a power line
from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The Chicago Cubs are the oldest original franchise in
professional sports, dating back to the founding of the
National League by team president Walter A. Hubert in 1876.
Nicknamed the "lovable losers" of the North Side, the Cubs
have not won a World Series since 1908 and have not played
in the fall classic since 1945.

Before he catapulted to fame, Bob Dylan was paid $50 in 1960
for playing the harmonica on a Harry Belafonte album.

Schoolbooks say European civilization started 2,500 years ago
in Greece. The ancient Greeks established the arts, philosophy,
and science that became the foundations of Western culture. 
Their traditions of justice and individual freedom are basic
to democracy.  For most of us, the lesson stopped 2,000 years
ago, and modern Greece is a mystery.

In Greece, this Monday is Independence Day, marking the day in
1821 when the Greeks began a war to throw off centuries of
Turkish rule.  Victory was won in 1829.

From YOU The Reader's Dept.:
 Iv'e read that long ago pirate lore dictates that a true pirate
wore the gold or silver piercing to pay for their funeral if he/she
should die.  The people who took the burden of a burial were
allowed to keep the piercings for their good deed.  --Righteous Rick

*grin* It makes people wonder!

Disguised in the army

A man was bragging to his friends about how his sister
disguised herself as a man and was able to join the army.

"But, wait a minute," said one listener, "She'll have to
dress with the boys and shower with them too. Won't she?"

"Sure," replied the man.

"Well, won't they find out?!"

The man shrugged, "Yes...but who'll tell??"

Obvious answers...?

In a small town in the US, there is a rather sizable factory
that hires only married men. Concerned about this, a local
woman called on the manager and asked him, "Why is it you
limit your employees to married men? Is it because you think
women are weak, dumb, cantankerous...or what?!"

"Not at all, Ma'am," the manager replied. "It is because our
employees are used to *obeying* orders, are accustomed to
being *shoved* around, know how to keep their mouths *shut*
and don't pout when I *yell* at them!!"

A vacationer e-mailed a seaside hotel to ask its location.
"It's only a *stone's* throw away from the beach,"
he was told.

"But how will I recognize it??" asked the man.

Back came the reply: "It's the one with all the broken
windows!" ;-)

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.
For example,
1.  How nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
2. When I'm feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor's dog that barks all the time run to the end of his chain and gag himself.
3. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
4. A penny saved is a government oversight.
5. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.
6. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
7. He who hesitates is probably right.
8. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
9. The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
10. How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.
11. If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
12. Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.
13. If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is free yet?
14. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
15. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
16. Don't cry because it's over: smile because it happened.
17. We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors.....but they all have to learn to live in the same box.
18. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
19. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
20. Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
21. Once over the hill, you pick up speed.
22.  If not for STRESS, I'd have no energy at all.
23.  Everyone has a photographic memory.  Some just don't have film.
24. I know God won't give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.
25. You don't stop laughing because you grow old.  You grow old because you stop laughing.
26. Dogs have owners. Cats have a staff.
27. We cannot change the direction of the wind... but we can adjust our sails.
28. If the shoe fits......buy it in every color.
29. Have an awesome day, and know that someone has thought about
you today!

When her husband was on his death bed, and he told her that he
had three envelopes in his desk drawer that would "take care"
of all of the arrangements.  Well, he died shortly thereafter,
so the wife opened the drawer and there were 3 envelopes just
like he said.
One the first envelope it said "for the casket". There was
$5,000.00 in the envelope, so she bought him a very nice
The second envelope said "for the expenses" and had $4,000.00
in it so she paid all the bills from the funeral.
The third envelope said "for the stone" and had $3,000.00 in it.
She then held her hand out to her friends and said, "Isn't it

I know I've done this one before but I like it

Gump Chips

The day finally arrived: Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the
Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself, however the gates are closed and
Forrest approaches the Gatekeeper.

St. Peter says, "Well, Forrest, it's certainly good to see you.
We have heard a lot about you. I must inform you that the place is filling
up fast, and we've been administering an entrance examination for everyone.
The tests are short, but you have to pass them before you can get into

"Forrest responds, "It shor is good to be here St. Peter, sir, but
nobody ever tolt me about any entrance exam. Shor hope the test ain't too
hard; life was a big enough test as it was." St. Peter goes on, yes, I
know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions.

Here is the first one:

What days of the week begin with the letter T? Second: How many seconds are
there in a year? Third: What is God's first name?" Forrest leaves to think
the questions over. He returns the next day and sees St. Peter who waves
him up and says, "Now that you have had a chance to think the questions
over, tell me your answers.

"Forrest says,"well, the first one-how many days in the week begin with the
letter "T?"

Shucks, that one's easy, that'd be Today and Tomorrow."

The Saint's eyes open wide and he exclaims, "Forrest, that's not what I was
thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I didn't specify, so I'll
give you credit for that answer."

How about the next one?" asks St. Peter. "How many seconds in a year?"

"Now that one's harder," says Forrest, "but I thunk and thunk about that
and I guess the only answer can be twelve.

"Astounded, St.Peter says, "Twelve?  Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven's name
could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?"

Forest says "Shucks, there's gotta be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd,
March 2nd. . .

"Hold it,"interrupts St.Peter. "I see where you're going with this, and I
see your point, though that wasn't quite what I had in mind, but I'll have
to give you credit for that one, too.
Let's go on with the next and final question. Can you tell me God's first

"Sure" Forrest replied, "its Andy."

"Andy!" exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St. Peter. "OK, I can
understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but
just how in the world did you come up with the name of Andy as the first
name of God?"

"Shucks, that was the easiest one of all," Forrest replied. "I learnt it

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates and said: "Run Forrest, run."

& that's all they do is play
You figure out which I mean.

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