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25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

Inspired by a Pin I've recently seen about "rules for dads with daughters," I went searching for a similar list for moms with sons.  This search was mostly fruitless, so I was inspired to write my own Rules for Moms with Sons.  Granted, my list will not be conclusive and may not be entirely uncontroversial.  So agree, or disagree, or take with a grain of salt - but I hope to inspire other moms who are loving, and struggling, and tired, and proud, and eager to support the boys in their lives.  You are the most important woman in his life, his first teacher, and the one he will look to for permission for the rest of his life.  From "Can I go play with them?" to "Should I ask her to marry me?"  Its a big job, but as the mumma, we're up for it.

1. Teach him the words for how he feels.
Your son will scream out of frustration and hide out of embarrassment.  He'll cry from fear and bite out of excitement.  Let his body move by the emotion, but also explain to him what the emotion is and the appropriate response to that emotion for future reference.  Point out other people who are feeling the same thing and compare how they are showing that emotion.  Talk him through your emotions so that someday when he is grown, he will know the difference between angry and embarrassed; between disappointment and grief.


2. Be a cheerleader for his life
There is no doubt that you are the loudest person in the stands at his t-ball games.  There is no doubt that he will tell you to "stop, mom" when you sing along to his garage band's lyrics.  There is no doubt that he will get red-faced when you show his prom date his pictures from boy scouts.  There is no doubt that he is not telling his prom date about your blog where you've been bragging about his life from his first time on the potty to the citizenship award he won in ninth grade.  He will tell you to stop.  He will say he's embarrassed.  But he will know that there is at least one person that is always rooting for him.

3. Teach him how to do laundry
..and load the dishwasher, and iron a shirt.  He may not always choose to do it.  He may not ever have to do it.  But someday his wife will thank you.

4. Read to him and read with him.
Emilie Buchwald said, "Children become readers on the laps of their parents."  Offer your son the opportunity to learn new things, believe in pretend places, and imagine bigger possibilities through books.  Let him see you reading...reading the paper, reading novels, reading magazine articles.  Help him understand that writing words down is a way to be present forever.  Writers are the transcribers of history and memories.  They keep a record of how we lived at that time; what we thought was interesting; how we spoke to each other; what was important.  And Readers help preserve and pass along those memories.

5. Encourage him to dance.
Dance, rhythm, and music are cultural universals.  No matter where you go, no matter who you meet - they have some form of the three.  It doesn't have to be good.  Just encourage your son that when he feels it, it's perfectly fine to go ahead and bust a move.

6. Make sure he has examples of good men who are powerful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity.
The examples of men with big muscles and a uniform (like Batman and LaMarr Woodley) will surround your son from birth.  But make sure he also knows about men who kick a$s because of their brains (Albert Einstein), and their pen (Mark Twain), and their words (panda costumer.), and their determination (Team Hoyt), and their ideas (The Wright Brothers), and their integrity (Officer Frank Shankwitz), and fearlessness (Neil Armstrong), and their ability to keep their mouths closed when everyone else is screaming (Jackie Robinson).

7. Make sure he has examples of women who are beautiful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity
The examples of traditionally beautiful women (like Daphne Blake, Princess Jasmine, and Britney Spears) will surround your son from birth.  But make sure he knows about women who are beautiful from the inside out because of their brains (Madame Marie Curie), and their pen (Harper Lee), and their words (Eleanor Roosevelt), and their determination (Anne Sullivan), and their ideas (life size teddy bear), and their integrity (Miep Gies), and fearlessness (Ameila Earhart), and their ability to open their mouths and take a stand when everyone else is silent (Aung San Suu Kyi).

8. Be an example of a beautiful woman with brains, determination, and integrity.
You already are all of those things.  If you ever fear that you are somehow incapable of doing anything - remember this:  If you have done any of the following:  a) grew life b) impossibly and inconceivably got it out of your body c) taken care of a newborn d) made a pain go away with a kiss e) taught someone to read f) taught a toddler to eat with a utensil g) cleaned up diarrhea without gagging h) loved a child enough to be willing to give your life for them (regardless if they are your own) or i) found a way to be strong when that child is suffering...you are a superhero.  do not doubt yourself for one second.  Seriously.

9. Teach him to have manners
because its nice.  and it will make the world a little better of a place.

10. Give him something to believe in
Because someday he will be afraid, or nervous, or heartbroken, or lost, or just need you, and you won't be able to be there.  Give him something to turn to when it feels like he is alone, so that he knows that he will never be alone; never, never, never.

11. Teach him that there are times when you need to be gentle
like with babies, and flowers, and animals, and other people's feelings.

12. Let him ruin his clothes
Resolve to be cool about dirty and ruined clothes.  You'll be fighting a losing battle if you get upset every time he ruins another piece of clothing. Don't waste your energy being angry about something inevitable.  Boys tend to learn by destroying, jumping, spilling, falling, and making impossible messes.  Dirty, ruined clothes are just par for the course.

13. Learn how to throw a football
or how to use a hockey stick, or read music, or draw panda bears (or in my case alpacas), or the names of different train engines, or learn to speak Elvish, or recognize the difference between Gryffindor and Slytherin, or the lyrics to his favorite song.  Be in his life, not as an observer but as an active participant.

14. Go outside with him
turn off the television, unplug the video games, put your cellphone on the charger, even put your camera away.  Just go outside and follow him around.  Watch his face, explore his world, and let him ask questions.  It's like magic.

15. Let him lose
Losing sucks.  Everybody isn't always a winner.  Even if you want to say, "You're a winner because you tried," don't.  He doesn't feel like a winner, he feels sad and crappy and disappointed.  And that's a good thing, because sometimes life also sucks, no matter how hard (as moms) we try to make it not suck for our kids.  This practice will do him good later when he loses again (and again, and again, and again, and again.....)  Instead make sure he understands that - sometimes you win - sometimes you lose.  But that doesn't mean you ever give up.

16. Give him opportunities to help others
There is a big difference in giving someone the opportunity to help and forcing someone to help.  Giving the opportunity lights a flame in the heart and once the help is done the flame shines brighter and asks for more opportunities.  Be an example of helping others in your own actions and the way your family helps each other and helps others together.

17. Remind him that practice makes perfect.
This doesn't just apply to performance-based activities (like sports and music) but also applies to everything in life.  You become a better writer by writing.  You become a better listener by listening.  You become better speaker by speaking.  Show your son this when he is just young enough to understand (that means from birth, folks - they are making sense of the world as soon as they arrive), practice trick-or-treating at your own front door before the real thing.  Practice how you will walk through airport security before a trip.  Practice how you order your own food from the fast food cashier.  Practice, practice, practice.

18. Answer him when he asks, "Why?"
Answer him, or search for the answer together.  Show him the places to look for the answers (like his dad, or grandparents, or his aunts/uncles, or his books, or valid internet searches).  Pose the question to him so he can begin thinking about answers himself.  Someday, when he needs to ask questions he's too embarrassed to ask you - he'll know where to go to find the right answers.

19. Always carry band-aids and wipes on you.
especially the wipes.

20. Let his dad teach him how to do things
...without interrupting about how to do it the 'right way.'  If you let his dad show and teach and discover with your son while he is growing up, some day down the road (after a short period of your son believing his dad knows nothing), he will come to the realization that his dad knows everything.  You will always be his mother, but in his grown-up man heart and mind, his dad will know the answers.  And this will be how, when your son is too busy with life to call and chat with his mom,  you will stay connected to what is happening in his life.  Because he will call his dad for answers, and his dad will secretly come and ask you.

21. Give him something to release his energy
drums, a pen, a punching bag, wide open space, water, a dog.  Give him something to go crazy with - or he will use your stuff.  and then you'll be sorry

22. Build him forts
Forts have the ability to make everyday normal stuff into magic.  Throw the couch cushions, a couple blankets, and some clothespins and you can transform your living room into the cave of wonders.  For the rest of his life, he'll be grateful to know that everyday normal stuff has the potential to be magical.

23. Take him to new places
Because it will make his brain and his heart open up wider, and the ideas and questions and memories will rush in.

24. Kiss him
Any mother of sons will tell you that little boys are so loving and sweet.  They can be harsh and wild and destructive during most of the day.  But there are these moments when they are so kind and sensitive and tender.  So much so that it can cause you to look around at the inward, reserved grown men in your life and think, 'what happens in between that made you lose that?'  Let's try to stop the cycle by kissing them when they're loving and kissing them even more when they're wild.  Kissing them when they're 2 months and kissing them when they're 16 years old.  You're the mom - you can go ahead and kiss him no matter how big he gets - and make sure he knows it.   p.s. (this one is just as important for dad's too).

25. Be home base
You are home to him.  When he learns to walk, he will wobble a few feet away from you and then come back, then wobble away a little farther and then come back.  When he tries something new, he will look for your proud smile.  When he learns to read, he will repeat the same book to you twenty times in a row, because you're the only one who will listen that many times.  When he plays his sport, he will search for your face in the stands.  When he is sick, he will call you.  When he really messes up, he will call you.  When he is grown and strong and tough and big and he feels like crying, he will come to you; because a man can cry in front of his mother without feeling self-conscious.  Even when he grows up and has a new woman in his life and gets a new home, you are still his mother; home base, the ever constant, like the sun.  Know that in your heart and everything else will fall into place.

Article source:http://studerteam.blogspot.com/2011/11/25-rules-for-mothers-of-sons.html

But For Aisles In The Sky

Glowing just under your sallow skin
Such potent light shines bright from within
So luminous; you're a spark of fire, more like a blaze
Radiance too comes through your pale gaze
You're a star, a comet, intense as the sun
And no one knows where you could've come from
From between the feathers of a lone nightingale?
Assembled yourself from lovers' heartfelt wails?
You crashed down upon us like living-lightning
Blew us all away; the ordeal was enlightening
The ocean birthed you, moonlight nurtured and fed you
And when you were young, our society bled you
Clearly something divine, beyond understanding
Yet humanity was cruel and terribly demanding
A myriad of galaxies, time and space
Furious in many ways and yet not unlike delicate lace
You were infinite light-years all compressed, all encased
All confined in a weak human body
Yet no else noticed and you were too haughty
They gradually wore you down to mere scraps and bones
And now you are dying, alone, away from your home
Something unworldly and regal once
Here you lay today, curled up in the dust
And they, for lack of reverence and trust
Have been your undoing, the cause of your fall
You, who moved mountains, can now barely crawl
But I pity you so and still I venerate, adore, you
Before you die, there's something meaningful I want to do
I'll destroy your body-of-a-coffin and see
If this can't somehow set you free
Of your earthly troubles, I'll wreck the cause
Of everything that you've now lost
This human form where you're held still, unwillingly
Is the woe, is the root, of your pain and its killing me
You are something celestial, beyond mortal, trapped under skin
Its like you've been chained here, except from within
But I can assist you, imprisoned in flesh

I'll tear you open, to open a door, before you reach death.

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Beauty Secrets And Tips

Do you need a quick glow to your skin and all over healthier look? Bend over at the waist, as far as you can possibly go, and hold to the count of thirty.
     For cellulite, scrub the skin with a bristle brush or loofah. Brush in slow sweeps, always toward the heart. There are gloves and mitts available to do this, but they're not necessary. Try to do this at least five minutes every day.
     Also for cellulite - Copy the expensive herbal wraps offered by top spas. Mix a cup of corn oil with 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 2 teaspoons dried thyme. Massage into hip, thigh, and buttock areas. Cover with plastic wrap to lock in body heat. For extra results lay a heating pad over each area for five minutes.
     Right from the can, Crisco is a big secret among beautiful women. Use it to remove makeup and as a highly effective moisturizer. Hospitals even use it to treat psoriasis and eczema.
     Raw potato slices contain potassium to take away dark circles under the eye.
     To lighten age spots and sun-damaged skin, mix the juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 2 ounces of plain yogurt. Gently massage into each spot. Use at least once a week.
     The best leave-in conditioner for your hair is nothing other than laundry room fabric softener. It's very strong, so be sure to dilute it. Suggestions: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup fabric softener.
     Parsley is rich in chlorophyll. It is a major ingredient in leading breath fresheners, such as Clorets and Certs. Don't spend lots of money for internal breath fresheners, eat parsley!
     Create your own tinted lip gloss. Simply mix any of your favorite lipsticks with a dab of Vaseline.
     A little bit of red or orange in the center of the lips makes them look fuller.
     To make the whites of your eyes look brighter, use a light blue pencil under the eyes. Blue eye shadow lightly applied under the eyes works just as well.
     When coloring hair - Color hair that has not been washed for 1 day. The natural hair oils will assist in making the hair color application more successful. The color will cling better to hair that is not dry.
   
To alleviate puffy, swollen eyes place bags of frozen peas under the eyes.

More remedies for undereye bags- cucumber slices, or wet tea bags.

     Degrease oily hair with witch hazel when you don't have time to shampoo. Apply to roots with a cotton ball.
     To help relieve dandruff, add 30 plain aspirin to a full bottle of your regular shampoo. Apply and rinse as usual.
     To make you own facial mask, mix a handful of 100% all-natural kitty litter with a 1/2 cup water and apply a facemask.
     Manicure - Mix one cup of warm water and the juice of one-half lemon. Soak your fingertips for five minutes. Rinse and pat dry, pushing back cuticles. Rub lemon peel against your nails, back and forth vigorously. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth.
     Your nail polish will always be smooth and easy to apply it you store it in the refrigerator. Frosted nail polish will not separate. However, if it has hardened or is gummy, place the bottle in a pan of boiling water. The polish will be like new.
     Oily skin holds perfume scents longer than dry skin. So, before applying perfume, rub a very thin layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly on your skin and you will smell delicious for hours.
     To remove the redness from pimples, rub a tiny spot of visine on the pimple.
     Acne Home Remedy-Beat an egg white until frothy with a fork, and use as a face mask. Leave on face for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. For one or a few breakouts, use twice a day. For more severe acne, use twice a day for a week. You will be amazed at the results.
     Cellulite tip-home remedy- Rub used coffee grounds where the problem exists (cellulite cream is mostly caffeine based).
    Peroxide and baking soda used as a toothpaste will whiten teeth.
     To raise the ph level of shampoo, add aspirin to it.

     Need an emery board and can't find one? You can use the strike plate on a book of matches.

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Art of Acting Cute To Get Guys Attention

Some girls believe that if she wears bikini or sexy clothes then and only then they get attention of guys. But that is not 100% right (and not 100% wrong) many guys want cute girl instead of hot babes. Girls do not want to wear sexy clothes they just want to learn how to look attractive or cute in front of guys and she gets attention of them. Here are tips for acting cute.

You have to give him a chance to display his muscles. Giving him the opportunity to demonstrate how strong he is gives him a sense of pride.

Normal boys like hearing girls giggle, especially if they give snuggle a guy in a friendly or comforting way. Doing this is not a form of flirtation if they are talking about funny things. She can also pinch his cheek and say that he is cute.With a little bit of panic, the cute girl can grab her hair up from your neck and ask the guy to see if she's got something on her neck. Funny as it may seem, but this will give him the chance to discover how soft your skin is and how good your hair smells. And if you are luckier, he might even touch your neck with his curious finger tips.

Without looking obvious, play with your lollipop. She can use her favorite candy to do the trick. How? By pushing it in and out of her mouth, and then she should lick it slowly. With your peripheral view, suddenly catch him staring at you, then giggle and blush. This is proven to come out naturally in this situation. Perfect timing is the key. He will surely find it cute to see a girl fondle a stick of sweet. Soon, his heightened curiosity will draw him closer to her sooner than she expects it.

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People have different ways in getting what they want. The first step to having a relationship is to make the guy notice her, and he will only like her if she knows her way how to act cute in front of guys. This is not deception. It is just her help of helping him end his search for the cute girl he's been waiting for.

Men forget about his date when he's in front of his favorite computer game or while doing his favorite sport. So, if you can't beat him and join him. She can even ask him to show her how to play. Playing stupid to make him feel he's smarter is another way to prolong your quality time together. This is definitely cute for guys because they will see an interesting playmate and girlfriend in her.

Grab whatever chance you may have to show him how concern and sweet you can be. With a towel, or even just with your plane hand, you can wipe away his sweat or the dirt on his cheek. This is a cute way to let him feel your warm and soft palm which is very alluring.

Any girl who has the talent to sing is cute for guys especially when they sing while doing anything. It can be while she's preparing him drinks or snacks or even while waiting for him as he prepares for their date. Showing a happy personality is a way to a man's heart.

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WHAT IS YOUR ACNE TELLING YOU

I always knew that the once-monthly spots that overtook my chin were the result of not-so-stable hormones. However, when my dermatologist took one look at the sudden outcrop of angry zits on my nose and asked me to get my blood pressure checked, it introduced me to a whole new (actually old) science of face mapping, which is pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problem skin.
Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems. So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat the underlying health problem in time.

Pretty awesome, right? Try it out: Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.

1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.
3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.
4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!
6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.
7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.
Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!
Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.
14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!
So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just becuase you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!

Why Do People Lose Touch With Each Other

I moved away from where I grew up to go to university and I've moved cities every 2-3 years since; first job, second job, grad school, third job etc.  For the sake of this answer I'll call these 2-3 period "chapters".

During each chapter, I was surrounded by many friends who I met up with virtually every week and who were directly involved with the overall "story" of the chapter.  After moving on to a new chapter, I was only able to retain meaningful contact with a small number of friends from the previous chapter, 1-4 people on average.

As I am currently moving between chapters, loosing touch has been on my mind.  Largely, I don't want to loose touch.  However, I am finding it really hard and after much thought, here is why.

Keeping in touch involves sharing the story of your current chapter to those from previous chapters.  You never needed to share a summarized "story" with these people before because you lived the story with them and saw them every week. 

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During the difficult moments that inevitably occur at the beginning of a new chapter, it's not appealing to share the "full story" with everybody.  It's actually a matter of ego; no-one really wants to look bad.  However, sharing the highlights feels shallow and superficial*.

The people you want to share the difficult moments with are the people you can trust to listen, help you and importantly, not judge you.  These are the people who play a part in the bigger story of life, or which there aren't many.

As an interesting corollary, these "highlights" are exactly your CV and social network profile, designed perfectly for people you either don't know or want to keep in touch with (without actually keeping in touch).

Funny Facebook Status Updates : Wit and Wisdom

  1. When you have a flask, every hour is happy hour.
  2. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
  3. Never drink water – if it can rust iron, imagine what it can do to your stomach.
  4. It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is. It’s always room-temperature.
  5. Always forgive your enemies – Nothing annoys them so much.
  6. When you’re right, no one remembers. When you’re wrong, no one forgets.
  7. Always borrow money from a pessimist.A  He won’t expect it back.
  8. If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
  9. Where there’s a will, there are five hundred relatives.
  10. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.
  11. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.
  12. If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking, and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?
  13. Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
  14. Everyone is gifted. Some open the package sooner.
  15. Suburbs are areas where they cut down trees and then name the streets after them.
  16. Never forget a friend, especially those that owe you–Chinese Proverb
  17. You can’t have everything, where would you put it?
  18. Strangers have the best candy.
  19. Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you’ll be a mile from them, and you’ll have their shoes. -Jack Handy
  20. If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
  21. When the blind leadeth the blind, get out of the way.
  22. Keep smiling – it makes everyone wonder what you’re up to.
  23. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel…just hope it’s NOT a train!
  24. If it doesn’t fit, force it; if it breaks, it needed replacement anyway.
  25. If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.
  26. Education is what you get from reading the small print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.
  27. Money may not buy happiness, but it sure makes misery much easier to live with.
  28. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop.
  29. There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can’t.
  30. Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.
  31. Money can’t buy happiness but it can certainly rent it for a couple of hours.
  32. Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow they may make it illegal.
  33. When in charge, ponder. When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate.
  34. There’s nothing more restful than taking orders from fools.
  35. He who laughs last didn’t get the joke.
  36. Why be difficult when with a bit of effort you can be impossible?
  37. I’d rather have Lockheed deliver the mail than ride around in a plane built by the post office.
  38. Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing.
  39. Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.
  40. We are the people our parents warned us about.
  41. Love your enemies. It’ll make ‘em crazy.
  42. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  43. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  44. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  45. He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame.
  46. Never get into fights with ugly people, they have nothing to lose.
  47. Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.
  48. Never hit a man with glasses. Hit him with a baseball bat.
  49. When in doubt, mumble.
  50. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
  51. A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
  52. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
  53. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
  54. If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll have trouble putting on your pants.
  55. What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer? An offer you can’t understand.

HUMMINGBIRD

When I was young I saw you sitting alone.
I imagined the magic of unlocking your stories.
A road noone else could pave.
Sunlight opened my eyes like a yellow rhapsody.
Igniting the journey uniting you and me.You are the rock I rely on.
The sound that I fly on.
You made my life so beautiful you see.
I reach for you and you set my voice free.Like a wave of fresh water cascading over me
You make me believe in open spaces, love's lost faces.
You led me through the darkness to the brightest of sun rays.
We traveled together in so many endless ways.You are the rock I rely on.
The sound that I fly on.
You made my life so beautiful you see.
I reach for you and you set my voice free.And when I reach my twilight I'll carry you home.
And even when our final sunburst vanishes in the haze.
You'll echo through the ages far beyond my days.You are the rock I rely on.
The sound that I fly on.
You make my life so beautiful you see.
I reach for you and you set my voice free.
You set me free.
JF Oberle

In memoriam Patrick Joseph OberleEvery once in a while I am able to dabble in music, it s just so hard as I lost my father a great jazz saxophonist to cancer when I was soo young. Recently I discovered your music. I admire your artistry which inspired me to write this lyric today about the bond between an artist and his/her instrument. Thank you Michelle for shining the bright light of music into my life once again about liquid nitrogen dewar.


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Pedophilia: A Love Sonnet

And there you were, so beautiful; un-tainted and untouched
The moment that I saw you, I wanted you at once
I’d seen so many others before, though none lovely as such
My fingers trembled, ached with a sudden rush
You were pale as a beam of light
With eyes a green that shown so bright
I couldn’t shake you from my thoughts
You were in the one in dreams I’d sought
You were raw sugar, perfection incarnate
True beauty, with lips made of velvet scarlet
And I loved you at once with all of my being
Yet I hadn’t just fallen for what I was seeing
I was also won over by your gentle soul
That with one ‘hello’ my affection stole
Then a miracle happened across my way
At first I didn’t know what to say
When you said how you loved me in return
You knew little of love but I helped you learn
And for a while we were happy together
But as we all know nothing lasts forever…
Too soon the world knew of our secret romance
They all resolved to ruin our plans
Though our love was strong I now faced the law
And at my trial they flayed, picked at, my flaws
In the end the courts prevailed
From the stand I heard your wail
Sent to prison, I haven’t seen you since then
And sometimes I still miss you, though I won’t pretend
To really be truly in love with you today
For the years have been fading my love away
You were a beautiful teenage girl
Who entered like a hurricane into my world
And though some may say I’m wrong in the head
I simply no longer care what is said
Perhaps its not right to so love a child
But I still don’t regret the ones I’ve defiled

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For I know what I am…I’m a pedophile.