Thursday, November 5, 2009
Life is fragile. One moment you're arguing about who ate the last yogurt in the fridge. The next moment you get a phone call that your daughter has been in an accident.
"Are you okay? I screamed, panicked and frozen with fear.
"I'm okay Mom. I promise it wasn't my fault," she said bravely, holding back tears.
I reassured her that if it could be fixed with money, it wasn't a real true problem.
Then, something extraordinary happened.
"Mom. The gentleman I ran into was very kind to me. He was from New York, like MorMor (her grandmother)."
This Tony Soprano look-alike (albeit 90 year old version) comforted my daughter. "Fah git about it. I have kids. They've all been in accidents. I'm not hurt and my car is fine. I'll stay wit you until ya Dad gits here."
Unobtrusive acts of kindness. Expecting nothing in return. It's a one time effort, where the beneficial action is enough in itself; unconsciously increasing the goodness in the world.
It's risky business to help strangers. It's glorious risky business.
"I've always depended upon the kindness of strangers."
by Jane Austen
Miss Lucy van Pelt, young, witty, and handsome, found it unavoidable that she play a game of foot-ball with Mr. Charles Brown, the dreadfully wishy-washy companion of her otherwise commendable brother Mr. Linus van Pelt. Wishing to be rid of this bothersome neighbor, she lifted the foot-ball just as Mr. Brown ventured to kick it, leaving him out of sorts as she tittered with laughter and went to hear Mr. Schroeder play at the pianoforte.
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by Ernest Hemingway
“It’s a mighty sorry business, Sarge being blown up like that,” Beetle said. The other soldiers in the café nodded silently. He ordered another bottle of vermouth and drank the vermouth. It was a good vermouth.
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The Family Circus
by William Faulkner
“Incest and miscegenation!” Pa yelled as he entered the room where Billy and Dolly sat. Billy fled through the doorway, too panicked for ratiocination, and wound a peregrinating dotted line around the yard and by P.J., the deaf and dumb youngest brother.
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by Virginia Woolf
A rain fell over the city, streaking the office window. Cathy looked up from the computer screen with its instructions on how to knit a brown sock. “My God, to be a stereotypical woman makes me feel as though I have no nose!”
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by Charles Dickens
There was much to be done in the halls of Business in expectation of a visit from Mister Catchclaw, the enterprising Vice President of the Corporation. The clerk Dilbert was requested to turn out spread-sheet upon spread-sheet until, his eyes scarcely able to focus on his computing screen, he requested to his supervisor, Mister Lapwroth, that he be allowed to return home to care for his round companion Dogbert. “Home!” exclaimed Lapwroth, “Home is for those who work smarter, not harder!”
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by Jorge Luis Borges
I awoke one day and regarded the morning news on my television, which I keep on a shelf in my library. The images were those of men, but men who had been replaced by floating feathers, cowboy hats, and giant cigarettes. Truly now, I knew that I had entered into the labyrinthine Fiefdom of Metonymy.
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Dennis the Menace
by Marcel Proust
Upon accidentally dropping a glass onto my kitchen floor, a most regrettable and yet unavoidable occurrence over the course of one’s lifetime of glassware use, I chanced to hear a sound that was just the same as the clatter of glass when, as a boy, I threw a leather ball through the window of our neighbor Monsieur Wilson, who responded with a thundering yell of the Christian name of I, your narrator.
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Hagar the Horrible
by Leo Tolstoy
Two Vikings sat upon an island and recalled how they came to be there. They arrived there through History, which is but the manifestation of the great divine force which drives us, a force which may be called “God” by the cavemen of B.C.
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by James Joyce
Stately plump Garfield hated Mondays and lasagna I said lasagna I will Lasagna.
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BEIJING -- Despite the one-child policy, millions of Chinese citizens don't know how to have sex without getting pregnant.
The first time Hu Jing tried to have sex with her college boyfriend, there was a technical difficulty. "We knew we had to use a condom," she said. "But we didn't know how."
Faced with this conundrum, Hu and her boyfriend went looking for answers—he from his more experienced friends, she from the university library, where she combed throughDream of the Red Chamber, a literary classic from the Qing Dynasty.
The following week, they reconvened for a second try. This time, they managed to roll on the condom but then … well, where was the penis supposed to go? It took another week of research before they succeeded in doing the deed.
Full article: http://www.slate.com/id/2234600/
Green Tea Shows Promise As Chemoprevention Agent For Oral Cancer
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) — Green tea extract has shown promise as cancer prevention agent for oral cancer in patients with a pre-malignant condition known as oral leukoplakia, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
A new study presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that golfers with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who received nasal positive airway pressure (NPAP) for their disorder improved their daytime sleepiness scores and lowered their golf handicap by as much as three strokes.
The state’s largest newspaper calls the numbers of jobs “saved or created” not just inaccurate, but “wildly inflated.”
In one case, five jobs were mistakenly listed as 50 – and then counted twice. In another, pay raises to workers were listed as saving more than 100 jobs. And in another, jobs were listed as saved even though the money had not been received and no work on the project had begun.
To help close yet another gaping budget deficit, now estimated to be $7 billion this year and reach as high as $20 billion next, Sacramento lawmakers have authorized a 10% increase in the amount of taxes withheld from worker paychecks starting November 1 and through 2010. The extra withholding tax will reduce Californians' take-home pay by about $1.7 billion for the year. But the lawmakers say this isn't a tax increase. OK, how about calling it a compulsory interest-free loan from taxpayers to the state?
Speaker Pelosi’s Government-Run Health Plan Will Require a Monthly Abortion Premium
Hoyer sees close U.S. House healthcare vote
Health Care Reform Assumes Millions Would Pay Fine Rather Than Get Coverage
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in its study last week that the House health care bill would bring in $167 billion over 10 years in penalties from those who don't get coverage.
There are areas in the brain devoted to our arms, legs, and various parts of our bodies. The way these areas are distributed throughout the brain are known as "body maps" and there are some significant differences in these maps between left- and right-handed people. For example, in left-handed people, there is an equal amount of brain area devoted to the left and right arms in both hemispheres. However, for right-handed people, there is more cortical area associated with right arm than the left.
SENATE PANEL APPROVES CLIMATE CHANGE BILL OVER REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION
DRAINING THE SWAMP” — With a $6 billion slush fund.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: NY-23: Winning Democrat Bill Owens was A-rated by NRA (as was Hoffman).
CNN comes in a shocking 4th on election night...
PRIMETIME (8-11 PM/ET)
FOXNEWS: 4,043,000 viewers (1,130,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 974,000 viewers(308,000 in A25-54)
HEADLINE NEWS: 842,000 viewers(341,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 826,000 viewers (227,000 in A25-54)...