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The Gingham Dress

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn’t even deserve to be in Cambridge . “We’d like to see the president,” the man said softly. “He will be busy all day,” the secretary snapped. “We will wait,” the lady replied. For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted. “Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they’ll leave,” she said to him! He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn’t have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him!, “We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.” The president wasn’t touched. He was shocked. “Madam,” he said, gruffly, “we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery..” “Oh, no,” the lady explained quickly. “We don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.” The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, “A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard.” For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, “Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don’t we just start our own? ” Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about. You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them. A TRUE STORY By Malcolm Forbes I hope to keep this in mind whenever I start to judge.
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FYI: Here’s a portion of my personal list of beliefs that you may want to pass on

I believe I’m a work-in-progress, and there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be. I believe every day brings opportunities to learn and to do something meaningful. I believe the true test of my character is whether I do the right thing even when it might cost more than I want to pay. I believe no matter how I behave, some people will be mean-spirited, dishonest, irresponsible, and unkind, but if I fight fire with fire, all I’ll end up with will be the ashes of my own integrity. I believe life is full of joys and sorrows, and my happiness will depend on how well I handle each. I believe pain is inevitable but suffering is optional, and if I can control my attitudes, I can control my life. I believe kindness really matters, and sarcastic comments and badly-timed criticisms can cause lasting hurt. I believe there’s joy in gratitude and freedom in forgiveness, but both require conscientious effort. I believe what’s fun and pleasurable isn’t always good for me, and what’s good for me isn’t always fun and pleasurable. I believe no one’s happy all the time, but in the end, I can be as happy as I’m willing to be. I believe the surest road to happiness is good relationships. This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts
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Saying Grace in a Restaurant – Priceless!

Sometimes we forget the really important things in life. Last week, I took my grand-children to a restaurant. My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Nana gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!” Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, “That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!” Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?” As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my grand-son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.” “Really?” my grand-son asked. “Cross my heart,” the man replied. Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.” Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal. My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.” The End I love this story! Sometimes, we all need some ice cream. I hope God sends you some ice cream today!
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25 Crazy Things You will Only Find in Japan

1. Who says I can’t take Butter on the Go? 2. Is looking after your baby taking time from your cleaning? Not any more! “I’m mom’s little helper” 3. Rain is getting in the way of your activities? Not me! 4. Finally, I can get some sleep without worrying about my head leaning on my neightbor’s shoulder! 5. I only have 30 minutes for lunch…I gotta cool down my noodle soup faster to get back to work! 6. Having trouble asking your child to eat breakfast? Not if Winnie the Pooh can help it! 7. I spent half of paycheck on these shoes…I have a solution to show off my shoes and still keeping it dry from the rain. 8. Who says I need a full husband to sleep well! I can even make him wear any color of the shirt I want! 9. It’s that cold season again! I have a solution to never run out of tissue!
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Interesting Math

If the 26 letters of the English alphabets of: A, B, C, D, E…..X, Y, Z is converted to percentage respectively as listed below: A=1% B =2% C=3% D=4% E=5% F=6% G=7% H=8% I=9% J=10% K=11% L=12% M=13% N=14% O=15% P=16% Q=17% R=18% S=19% T=20% U=21% V=22% W=23% X=24% Y=25% Z=26% Then we would have the following interesting conclusions: 1. H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98% 2. K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96% 3. L+O+V+E = 12+5+22+5 = 54% 4. L+U+C+K = 12+21+3+11 = 47% Then, all these above items which we value so much are not perfect, although they are important. Then what will let our lives become perfect? 5. Is it money? NO M+O+N+E+Y = 13+15+14+5+25 = 72% 6.Is it Leadership? NO L+E+A+D+E+R+S+H+I+P = 12+5+1+4+5+18+19+9+16 = 89% 7. Is it Sex? NO S+E+X = 19+24+5 = 48% Then, what can make our lives 100% perfect? 8. It’s Attitude = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
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Food as Medicine

This information is intended to provide an interesting article for the readers. Although some people have reported these information to work for them, please consult your Physician for the accuracy of these information before putting into practice. We will not be liable for its accuracy. 1. Headache? Eat Fish / Ginger Eat plenty of fish…fish oil helps prevent headaches. Ginger also does the same, which reduces inflammation & pain. 2. To Prevent Stroke, Drink Tea! Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls w regular doses of tea (actually, tea suppresses my appetite & keeps the pounds from invading…Green Tea is great for our immune system!) 3. Insomnia (can’t sleep?) Honey! Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative. 4. Hay Fever? Eat Yogurt / Honey Eat lots of yogurt or honey before pollen season. 5. Asthma? Eat Onions! Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes (when I was young, my mother would make onion packs to place on our chest, helped the respiratory ailments & actually made us breathe better! 6. Upset Stomach? Bananas / Ginger Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness & nausea. 7. Arthritis? Eat Fish too! Salmon, tuna, mackerel & sardines actually prevent arthritis (fish has omega oils, good for our immune system.) 8. Bone Problems? Eat Pineapple Bone fractures & osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple. 9. Bladder Infection? Drink Cranberry Juice! High-acid Cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria. 10. Premenstrual Syndrome? Eat Cornflakes! Women can ward off the effects of PMS with Cornflakes, which help reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue. 11. Memory Problems? Eat Oysters! Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much needed Zinc. 12. Colds? Eat Garlic! Clear up that stuffy head with garlic (remember, garlic lowers Cholesterol too) 13. Coughing? Use Red Peppers! A substance similar to that found in the cough syrup is found in hot red pepper. Use red (Cayenne) pepper with caution…it can irritate your tummy. 14. Breast Cancer? Eat Wheat, Bran & Cabbage. Wheat, Bran & Cabbage help to maintain estrogen at healthy levels. 15. Lung Cancer? Eat Dark Green & Orange Veggies! A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green & orange vegetables. 16. Diarrhea? Eat Apples / Bananas Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. 17. Ulcers? Eat Cabbage also. Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric & duodenal ulcers. 18. Clogged arteries? Eat Avocado! Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol. 19. High Blood Pressure? Eat Celery & Olive Oil Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure too. 20. Blood Sugar Imbalance? Eat Broccoli & Peanuts! The Chromium in broccoli & peanuts help regulate insulin & blood sugar. 21. Kiwi: Tiny but mighty! This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. It’s vitamin C content is twice that of an orange. 22. Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants and falconoid which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attach & stroke. 23. Strawberry: Protective fruit…Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging, free radicals (actually, any berry is good for you. They’re high in antioxidants). Blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field…they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies. 24. Oranges: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolute kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer. 25. Watermelon: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water. It is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which help boost our immune system. They are also a key source of Lycopene-the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C and Potassium (watermelon also has natural substances of SPF that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those daring UV rays! 26.Guava & Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. they are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in Carotene. This is good for your eyes, gas & indigestion. 27. Tomatoes: are very good as preventative measure for men. Keep those prostate problems from invading their bodies. Wishing you health, happiness & success!
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A New Way of Defining Words

I have received this email from one of my clients and good friend. It was very interesting, so I would like to share it with you… School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays. Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich. Nurse: A person who wakes u up to give you sleeping pills. Marriage: It’s an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters. Divorce: Future tense of Marriage. Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine waterpower. Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through “the minds of either” Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present. Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece. Dictionary: A place where success comes before work. Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on. Father: A banker provided by nature. Criminal:A guy no different from the rest….except that he got caught. Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early. Politician: One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after. Doctor: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills. Classic: Books, which people praise, but do not read. Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight. Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life. Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth. Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do. Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together. Experience: The name men give to their mistakes. Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions. Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead