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Article #37: An Attitude For Living In A Mean Ol' World And ... Why You Need A #@**#@ Attitude

Sometimes I just want to write and pour my heart out -- expound on things in a way that could only come from me. Other times, I will run across items that express everything that's in my heart (and on my mind and of my spirit) so much better than I ever could. That's happened not once, but twice since my last writing.

The first item was sent to me by four different people. I guess that says something about how good it is or how much folks thought I would like it. It's about ATTITUDE. An ATTITUDE FOR LIVING in this oft difficult world. (The words to a blues song come to mind: "This is a mean ol' world, try living in it by yourself" -- and if that's not hard enough, this completes the sentence -- "and the one your love loves someone else.") But this is a metaphorical instruction manual for using creativity in the face of adversity. So simply, so clear. (I have no idea who the writer is. If anyone knows, please send me the name so I can give due credit.)

The second item kinda deals with something 180° in the opposite direction. It's heavy, but not that heavy. Nothing that will spoil your holidays. It's something that we all already know: THE HYPOCRISY OF OUR COUNTRY'S LEADERS. Sure, we all know about politicians and big business. But this item explains it so very clearly and, as with the first item, so simply. I received this from Gus Rabson, Ann (the pianist with Saffire) Rabson's dad. Gus always helps me to connect the dots. He is definitely in the trenches to change the inequities that abound. He is a major source of enlightenment for me.

Without further ado, read and enjoy and please forward these powerful messages. Both are in keeping with the abiding peace of the season.


There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

Well, she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today?' So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. 'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?' So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. 'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.' So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. 'YEA!' she exclaimed, 'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything. Be here now. Here now be. Now be here.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . . . It's about learning to dance in the rain!!!

Item #2

A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free market.

A toy company can out source to a Chinese subcontractor and claim it's a free market.

A shoe company can produce its shoes in southeast Asia and claim it's a free market.

A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim it's a free market.

We can buy HP Printers made in Mexico. We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh. We can purchase almost anything we want from 20 different countries.

BUT, heaven help the senior citizens who dare to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian or Mexican pharmacy. That's called un -American! So much for a free market.