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Students Won't Swallow ------------------

TAIWAN - While some teachers believe in timeouts or verbal
reprimanding, one educator in Taiwan felt it necessary to en-
force a much harsher punishment. After one student failed to
follow orders and crush an empty milk container before throw-
ing it away, the teacher cut it into 35 pieces and ordered
each student to eat one piece of the aluminum foil container.
The students, aged 11 and 12, were stunned and most just put
the foil in their mouths without swallowing it. An official
in the city's Education Department said the teacher was de-
moted but not dismissed because she showed remorse over her
conduct. Many speculate that her new position may involve recycling.

Joy To The World, My Ticket's Gone ------------

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Nobody likes getting pulled over by the
police for speeding. Most people will do just about any-
thing to get themselves out of a hefty fine and a mark on
their driving record. This holiday season, authorities in
Tennessee are giving speeding motorists the chance to sing
their way out of trouble. The town judge continues to follow
a three-year tradition on the last court date before Christ-
mas by letting speed violators off the hook if they pipe-out
various Christmas carols. Those who sang and donated five
canned goods to the Harvest Food Share had their tickets
dismissed with no points put on their driving record. No
report was released on otherways to get out of traffic tickets.

A pirate captain was out to retrieve his buried treasure.
After months of hard sailing his ship caught site of land,
the land to which his treasure map had been leading. He and
his first mate disembarked on the island to search out the
buried treasure, which was supposed to lie hidden deep with-
in a swamp at the center of the island.

Sure enough, at the center of the island was a swamp, and
the Captain and his first mate bravely entered the swamp.
Soon the swamp began to get deeper, and the pirate's feet,
then ankles, and finally entire leg below the knees was
covered in swamp. It was at that time that the Captain
banged his shin against something hard. He reached down,
searched around, and pulled up a treasure chest.

Prying the lock open, the chest revealed gold and jewels
beyond imagination. The Captain turned to his first mate
and said, "Arrrr, matey, that just goes to show ye, that
booty is only shin deep!"

If your skillet or pots have burnt food in them, add a few drops
of dish soap and enough water to cover the burnt level. Place
the skillet or pt on the stove and bring to a boil. Simmer a minute
or two. It will clean up much easier now...

When a cake recipe tells you to grease and flour a pan, use a little
of the cake mix instead. You won't get that white coating of flour
on the cake when you take it out of the pan.....

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking
on it.
--Arab proverb

May those whose holy task it is to guide impulsive youth,
fail not to cherish in their souls a reverence for truth;
for teachings which the lips impart must have the source
within the human heart…
--Charlotte Forten Grimke

Bonus Quote

In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth
is a revolutionary act.
--George Orwell


Overeating during the holidays is a favorite guilty pleasure,
but one you need not indulge in to have a festive time, nutri-
tionists advise. Registered dietitian Suzanne Henson of the
University of Alabama, Birmingham, EatRight Weight Management
System says some simple menu adjustments can cut calories from
your holiday feast without making it into a fast. She advises
substituting reduced-fat items when possible and/or reducing
quantities. "Simply using two egg whites in place of one whole
egg when appropriate or cutting the amount of butter in a re-
cipe from six tablespoons to four can make a major difference,"
Hansen said. Gravies, dressings and dishes such as sweet potato
casserole are good places to cut fat and calories, she added.


Summertime may have come and gone, but sunbathers continue
to tan indoors -- and they need to take precautions as they
would outside, researchers say. Whether bronzing the skin at
a tanning salon, health club or even a video store with tan-
ning beds, it is important to follow some basic safety rules
to prevent sunburn, scientists said. When done responsibly,
indoor tanning has many benefits and, according to recent re-
search, may actually help prevent some forms of cancer. Just
as with exercise, care must be taken to increase the tan grad-
ually and not overdo it. It is important to choose a profes-
sional facility, to understand the industry's guidelines and
to avoid overexposure or any degree of sunburn. To maintain a
tan, people with a good base tan from outdoor sunning can take
one to two weekly sessions at 48-hour minimum intervals. The
type of skin will determine the schedule, experts advise. Skin
types range from a Skin Type I (albino) to Skin Type VI (Afri-
can-American). Most people using indoor tanning systems are a
skin type II, III or IV. A person's skin type and the amount
of base tan should always be displayed on the tanning bed. The
salon attendant should: discuss skin types and exposure time
charts; recommend a tanning schedule that will produce a mod-
erate tan in successive stages; discuss medications that may
have a potentially photosensitizing effect when combined with
UV exposure; provide approved eyewear with instructions on use;
explain the cleaning procedures of the tanning beds between
sessions. Beds should be cleaned after each session.


Two studies have begun of customized laser vision correc-
tion, which sculpts the cornea. Dr. Scott MacRae, professor
of ophthalmology and visual science at the University of
Rochester Medical Center, will enroll up to 120 patients
interested in laser vision correction. The procedure has
allowed hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide to toss
out their glasses or contact lenses. MacRae will look at a
unique form of the surgery known as "customized ablation,"
a new technique that allows doctors to precisely tailor the
surgery to compensate for imperfections deep within the eye.
Eventually, MacRae plans to include 750 patients. Doctors
will compare conventional laser vision correction to the
customized version. Such studies are crucial to making the
procedure safer, and making sure that people benefit as much
as possible from the procedure, MacRae said. "With the latest
technology used in our research studies, many patients today
see better than doctors thought was possible just 10 years
ago," MacRae said. "As more and more doctors begin doing
these procedures for patients, it's crucial that we discover
what works best for patients, and who is appropriate for the
procedure and who is not." Persons interested in participating
can call 585-273-2020.


Memory training can help some people with early-stage Alzhei-
mer's disease to sharpen their recall and reduce disability,
researchers say. The study is published in the journal Neuro-
psychology. "There is a good deal that can be done to improve
well-being of Alzheimer's patients," said lead researcher Linda
Clare of University College London. Clare's team studied the
training in 12 patients with mild Alzheimer's who still had a
capacity for learning. The researchers trained the participants
to remember the names of people whom they had difficulty naming
from a set of 12 photos. They used such memory aids as mnemonic
devices, which use the image to jog memory through meaningful
association; "vanishing cues," a method in which participants
fill in more and more letters in the name until they can come
up with the correct one; nd "expanding rehearsal," in which
people test themselves on what they've learned, in spaced in-
tervals over time. All training methods minimized the chance
of errors. The memory training produced a significant improv-
ement in group performance on free recall of trained items.
Participants kept their memory gains six months after training,
and improved memory was noted even a year later. The results
suggest doctors could design programs to help people hang on
to their memory gains through ongoing new learning, scientists
said. "These methods could be applied very effectively by non-
professionals such as friends, volunteers and family members," Clare said.

This happens in our house 
just all too often


A support network for women with cancer has produced a bro-
chure to help mothers with cancer cope with the stresses of
the holiday season. "When Mom Has Cancer: Help & Hope for
the Holidays" is available online at gillettecancerconnect.
org. Nearly 250,000 women were diagnosed with breast and gyn-
ecologic cancers in the United States this year, and their
first Christmas with the disease may be especially difficult,
both emotionally and physically, researchers said. The program
from the Gillette Women's ancer Connection offers tips on how
to minimize the stress experienced by moms and their families
during this time of year. "Traditionally, holidays are the
time of year when many mothers eel the need to turn into
'SuperMom'," said Dr. Ursula Matulonis, gynecologic cancer
specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and
Women's Hospital. "If they are undergoing cancer treatments
or struggling emotionally, many tasks such as shopping, bak-
ing and decorating may be overwhelming or impossible. We want
women to give themselves permission to decide which activities
are right for them this year and feel empowered to control the
way they and their families celebrate the holidays." Here are
some holiday tips for women with cancer: be true to yourself,
and express your feelings penly; set realistic expectations to
avoid becoming overwhelmed;  be flexible and fluid, and don't
strive for perfection or try to make this the most elaborate
holiday you've ever had; lighten up, and ease up;  don't fear
"the meal," and consider a potluck or dinner at a restaurant;
go cyber, and do your shopping online; get out for a fun out-
ing or weekend getaway; break with tradition or create new
traditions that aren't quite as demanding of your time and
energy;  be a little selfish, and spend some time with your-
self; ask for help, and accept it graciously when it is offered.


University of California, Davis, researchers are launching
the first major study of genetic and environmental factors
in autism. The epidemiological study of up to 2,000 California
children ages 2 to 5 also will look at how heredity and envir-
onment affect mental retardation and developmental delay in
children. Recruitment will continue over the next three years
to incorporate newly diagnosed children. The study is one of
three projects within the UC Davis Center for Children's Envi-
ronmental Health and Disease Prevention, created last fall with
grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the M.I.N.D. Institute
at UC Davis. The center is the first to look at severe impairments
of social behavior related to genetic and environmental factors.
"Most importantly, our researchers will be tackling how genes
and environmental factors interact," said Isaac Pessah, the
center director and professor of molecular biosciences at UC
Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. "It's clear that genes
play a role in autism and developmental delay, but evidence
suggests that the environment is also an important factor,"
said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, professor of epidemiology and
preventive medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine and Med-
ical Center. "By studying a large number of children with
different types of development, we expect to gain a better
understanding of the multiple ways autism and other develop-
mental delays may occur."

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With "Chicago" coming on the heels of her own "Moulin Rouge,"
Nicole Kidman figures the movie musical is back for good.
Kidman, who earned an Academy Award nomination for last year's
musical "Moulin Rouge," recently caught a screening of the
zestful film adaptation of the stage hit "Chicago" and came
away convinced that the long-neglected genre has a good future.

"I think it's made its comeback, and now it's here to stay,"
Kidman told The Associated Press in an interview to promote
her new film, "The Hours." "It's been proven that there is
definitely an audience for musicals, and it's a genre we miss."

Once a staple in Hollywood, musicals have generally been out
of favor over the last 30 years.

"Chicago" stars Renee Zellweger, who co-stars with Kidman in
next year's "Cold Mountain." Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-
Jones co-star in "Chicago," set largely in a jail where two
women compete for headlines after the seamy murders of their lovers.


Paul Reubens is going to fight court charges of possession
of so-called "kiddie porn." He is, of course, best-known for
his portrayal of the ever-childlike Pee-Wee Herman. According
to court records in Los Angeles and published reports, the
50-year-old comedian sent a "not guilty" plea to the charges
to a local court on Wednesday. The plea was voiced by his
lawyer. Meanwhile, Reubens is out on $20,000 bail. If con-
victed he could face a year in a county jail and be fined
$2,500. Police arrested Reubens after getting a search warrant
and checking the contents of his home. At the time of his
arrest, his lawyer noted that his client had no knowledge of
how the items got into his house ... if they were there.
Additionally, Reubens says that he is the victim of a smear
campaign aimed at ruining his career.

Yes Susan Dear,
I'm thinking of you now.

FUNNY HOW?                          

Billy Crystal isn't surprised to see how funny Robert De Niro
can be. Crystal, who co-stars with De Niro in the comedy
"Analyze That" the sequel to 1999's "Analyze This" said he knew
the Oscar-winning actor could play neurotic mob boss Paul

"Even in some of the darker movies, there was always a laugh
in some of the characters," Crystal told reporters recently.
"There was a lot of humor in `Raging Bull.'"

De Niro, 59, won a supporting-actor Oscar in 1975 for playing
young gangster Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" and
a best-actor Oscar in 1981 for his portrayal of boxer Jake La
Motta in "Raging Bull."

The 54-year-old Crystal reprises his role as twitchy psycho-
therapist Ben Sobel in "Analyze That."

"It's hard with the second one after the first one is so
successful and such a good, I believe, and well-liked movie,
to make the story good and the characters good in that why
would people come again, why would they care again about us.
So it took a long time until we all felt satisfied with it," Crystal said.

Need some Recipes or some "Bonehead of the day" or even some "Didya Know" Stuff ?
Then Click on this file link & it will take ya where ya can find all the back articles that I have kept for ya.

You have to read this one. All mothers and teachers will get a kick out of this one ...

Betsy, a grammar-school teacher from Miami, remembers this Oscar-worthy birth tableau from one of her students...
I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade class room a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and experience a little public speaking. And it gives me a break and some guaranteed entertainment.
Usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant.
"This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday. First, Mommy and Daddy made him as a symbol of their love, and then Daddy put a seed in my mother's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord."
She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had a video camera rolling. The kids are watching her in amazement.
"Then, about two Saturdays ago, my mother starts going, 'Oh, oh, oh!'"
Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans.
"She walked around the house for, like an hour, "Oh, oh, oh!'" Now the kids' doing this hysterical duck-walk, holding her back and groaning.
"My father called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my mother to lie down in bed like this." Erica lies down with her back against the wall.
"And then, pop! My mother had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!"
The kid has her legs spread and with her little hands is miming water flowing away. It was too much!
"Then the middle wife starts going push, push, and breathe, breathe.
They start counting, but they never even got past ten.
Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff they said was from the play-center, so there must be a lot of stuff inside there."
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.
I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, if it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder - just in case another Erica comes along.

Little Red Riding Hood is skipping down the road when she sees a big
bad wolf crouched down behind a log. "My, what big eyes you have, Mr.
Wolf." The wolf jumps up and runs away.
Further down the road Little Red Riding Hood sees the wolf again and this time he is crouched behind a bush. "My what big ears you have, Mr. Wolf." Again the wolf jumps up and runs away.
About two miles down the road Little Red Riding Hood sees the wolf again and this time he is crouched down behind a rock. "My what big teeth you have Mr. Wolf."
With that the wolf jumps up and screams, "Will you knock it off, I'm trying to poop!"

In the beginning...

In the beginning God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, and green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Creme. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And man said "Yea." and woman said, "And another one with sugar sprinkles."  And they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthful yogurt that woman might keep the figure that man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour combined them. And woman went from size 2 to size 6.

God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing and garlic toast on the side. And man and woman unfastened their belts following the repast God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them."

And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof. God then brought running shoes so that his children might lose those extra pounds.

And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And man and woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them.  And man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" and man replied, "Yea! And super size 'em."

And Satan said "It is good." And man went into cardiac arrest. God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

And Satan created HMO

What I Want in a Man, Original List

1. Handsome
2. Charming
3. Financially successful
4. A caring listener
5. Witty
6. In good shape
7. Dresses with style
8. Appreciates finer things
9. Full of thoughtful surprises
10. An imaginative, romantic lover

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 32)

1. Nice looking (prefer hair on his head)
2. Opens car doors, holds chairs
3. Has enough money for a nice dinner
4. Listens more than talks
5. Laughs at my jokes
6. Carries bags of groceries with ease
7. Owns at least one tie
8. Appreciates a good home-cooked meal
9. Remembers birthdays and anniversaries
10. Seeks romance at least once a week

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 42)

1. Not too ugly (bald head OK)
2. Doesn't drive off until I'm in the car
3. Works steady - splurges on dinner out occasionally
4. Nods head when I'm talking
5. Usually remembers punch lines of jokes
6. Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture
7. Wears a shirt that covers his stomach
8. Knows not to buy champagne with screw-top lids
9. Remembers to put the toilet seat down
10. Shaves most weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 52)

1. Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed
2. Doesn't belch or scratch in public
3. Doesn't borrow money too often
4. Doesn't nod off to sleep when I'm venting
5. Doesn't retell the same joke too many times
6. Is in good enough shape to get off couch on weekends
7. Usually wears matching socks and fresh underwear
8. Appreciates a good TV dinner
9. Remembers your name on occasion
10. Shaves some weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 62)

1. Doesn't scare small children
2. Remembers where bathroom is
3. Doesn't require much money for upkeep
4. Only snores lightly when asleep
5. Remembers why he's laughing
6. Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself
7. Usually wears some clothes
8. Likes soft foods
9. Remembers where he left his teeth
10. Remembers that it's the weekend

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 72)

1. Breathing
2. Doesn't miss the toilet

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