Sunday, February 04, 2007

Maya Angelou.

Post 132 - - - - - Sunday, 4 th February, 2007.

Howdy Everyone ~~ I hope the world is treating you well and that you are enjoying
the weekend. Mine is almost over, at 9.30 pm Sunday. It has been hot again and the
power went off again, but I survived. My son, John had been away at Corryong, Vic.
on a motor-cycle ride with the club he goes with and they went up to the mountains
and saw lots of burnt areas. I was so glad when he rang to say he was home, as it was
too hot to be out and about. He came to see my later in the afternoon and I met him at the door with "the power if off" so he nearly went home again!!

I am watching cricket again - Aust v. New Zealand. We were beaten the other night by England, who have won very, very little this tour. We look like having a win tonight.

The piece I am posting was sent to me , once again by Linda.

In April, Maya Andelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70 th birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes ... she said there were many, occurring every day. . . . like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first.

The audience laughed so hard, they cried. She is such a simple woman, with so much wisdom in her words !

Maya Andelou said this :

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things .... a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights."

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart .... I usually make
the right decision."

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone ...People love
a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."

"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said....
people will forget what you did .....
but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Joke time now - - - - -

Three guys were fishing in a lake one day, when an angel appeared in the boat.

When the three astonished men had settled down enough to speak, the first guy asked the angel humbly, "I've suffered from back pain ever since I took shrapnel in the Vietnam War . . . . Could you help me?"

"Of course," said the angel and when he touched the man's back, the man felt relief for the first time in years.

The second guy who wore very thick glasses and had a hard time reading and driving.
He asked if the angel could do anything about his poor eyesight. The angel smiled,
removed the man's glasses and tossed them into the lake. When they hit the water,
the man's eyes cleared and he could see everything distinctly.

When the angel turned to the third guy, the guy put his hands out defensively ----
"Don't touch me !!" he cried, "I'm on a disability pension."

The poor Beartown Pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with a $225.00
receipt for a new dress she had just purchased. "What made you do this?" he asked.

"I don't know," se wailed. " I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the Devil was whispering to me, "Wow, you look
great in that dress. You should buy it !!"

"Well," the Pastor persisted, "You know how to deal with him! Just tell him, "Get
behind me, Satan !' "

"I did," replied the wife, "But then he said "It looks great from the back too !!" "

A blonde was visiting Washington, DC for the first time. She wanted to see the Capitol building. Unfortunately, she couldn't find it, so she asked a police officer for
directions. "Excuse me, officer, how do I get to the Capitol building?"

The officer replied, "Wait here at this bus stop for the number 54 bus. It will take you
right there." She thanked the officer and he drives off.

Three hours later the police officer returned to the same area and sure enough, the
blonde is still waiting at the same bus stop.

The officer got out of his car and said, "Excuse me, but to get to the Captol building, I said to wait here for the number 54 bus and that was three hors ago! Why are you
still waiting?"

The blonde replied, " Don't worry, officer, it won't be long now . . . .te 45th bus just
went by !!"
Hanging on a rope. (A rope for ten)

There were 11 people hanging on to a single rope that suspended them from a helicopter trying to bring them to safety. Ten were men; one was a woman.

They all decided that one person would have to let go because if they didn't, the rope
would break and they would all die.

No one could decide who it should be. Finally the woman gave a really touching
speech, saying how she would give up her life to save the others, because women were used to giving things up for their husbands and children and giving in to men.

Then all the men clapped !!!

A leader does not impose a decision, he moulds one. - - -Nelson Mandela.

It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. - - - Sister Kenny.

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
- - - - Danny Kaye.

God gives every bird it's worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
- - - - Swedish Proverb.

If your ship doen't come in, swim out to it. - - - Jonathon Winters.

Sow an act, and you reap a habit,
Sow a habit, and you reap a character.
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. - - - - Charles Reade.

Bye now my friends, stay well and stay happy. Cheers, Merle.

Post 132 - - - - Sunday, 4 th February, 2007.


Raggedy said...

Hi Merle!
I am glad John made it back safely.
Yikes on the power outages!
It feels so strange to say stay cool.
We are ffffrrreeezing here and it is kkkkkkcold. -25°F(-32°C)Wind Chill: -43°F (-42°C) Funny how the F and C turn close to the same number this cold. No woories mate we are in the house and warm. The fuel oil is burning away.
Enjoy your cricket game.
This was a beautiful post!
Take care, stay well and happy.
Hugs and love dear friend,
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle .
Oh it was another hot day, we didnt loose power so was able to have air con going all day.
I think we can all learn a little from Maya.laughed at her breasts having a race. great jokes and quotes. Keep cool (((HUGS))) Jan

junierose said...

Hi Merle,

Enjoyed reading your post, as always. Enjoyed Maya! :)

Keep cool, dear Merle.


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you, Merle: Maya Angelou is one of my favorite authors.

Susie said...

Hi Merle,
Hope you're not too hot there, and glad your son made it back safely!
Loved the 11 people on the rope as well as the Maya Angelou wisdom!

Lee said...

That's the second time in the last couple of days that Maya Andelou has been mentioned to me, so I reckon I'd better buy one of her books!

Thanks for the smiles, again, Merle...I hope you have a good week. Yeah! Yeah! The Aussies won again.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Great post Merle, Maya Angelou is a font of wisdom but very funny with it.

Danny kids we used to love his stories and comedy. A very clever man.

Keep cool.

Love and hugs xoxo

Leann said...

Hi merle.hope it cools down for you its very cold.was 18 below.and that is too cold.I almost frose my butt off when I went out today.the wind was just cutting through my coat.have a good day and gret week.God bless.

Margaret said...

Dear Merle, hello I am back as you can see. Thank you very much for caring usual. I am sure I could not manage without blogging as everyone is so kind and supportive. Loved your post, It was really profound, and the jokes were really funny also.
Love Margaret

Tonya said...

Hi Merle, Great post! Maya sounds like a wise woman and I am sure we can all learn something from her :)

Jim said...

Very nice, Merle. Maybe that blonde waiting for number 54 bus has dislexia and her 45 should have been 54?
Hot weather isn't any time to be having power outages. Are they rotating brown-outs like they do in the midwest and east and west in the U.S. or really have a broken system?
I think California here always uses too much A/C.

PEA said...

Hello dear Merle:-)

You get power outages because of the heat, we're getting them because of the cold! lol Another frigid day here...but at least the days are getting longer so we have that to thank for:-)

Glad your son made it back safely, as you say with that kind of heat you really shouldn't be doing anything streneous!

Loved the jokes and quotes...that Pastor one about the dress just had me laughing out loud! I'll have to use that excuse next time! LOL

Take care my friend! Hugs xox

Joy Des Jardins said...

Love the piece on Maya Angelou Merle.

I hope your power is back on by now. I can't imagine anyplace being too hot right now since it's about 4 degrees here today.

Thinking of you and trying to absorb some of your heat through my thoughts. Think it will work?

Meow said...

Hi Merle,
What a bummer about your power going off in the heat ... it sure was a hot one, Sunday, wasn't it !!!
That Maya is one wise woman ... I love what she had to say.
Hope you are having a great week, and enjoying the much cooler weather today (Tuesday).
Take care, Meow

Donna said...

Merle, How did you cope with out power? If I lost my power at the moment I don't know what I'd do. It's terribly hot. Love your jokes, had me laughing.

Kepp up the good work


Pamela said...

Merle, guess you couldn't hop on that bike of John's so he could whisk you away from the heat! lol Hope all is well now and you are staying cool and comfy!

I loved the one where all the men clapped! lol Some good thoughts shared by Maya Andelou. Take care, and enjoy your day! :)

ChrisB said...

Hi I'm a new reader and really enjoy your posts, Maya is full of wisdom. had a good laugh at the jokes, Won't mention the cricket (I'm english!!)
see you again

UKBob said...

Goodness me how did you manage to get beaten by England?!! I don't follow cricket myself but I've heard about how rubbish the team is at the moment.