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by Robert Service's - Later Collected Verse

"A ticket for the lottery I've purchased every week," said she

"For years a score

Though desperately poor am I, oh how I've scrimped and scraped to buy

One chance more."

"Each week I think I'll gain the prize, and end my sorrows and my sighs,

For I'll be rich;

Then never more I'll eat bread dry, with icy hands to cry and cry

And stitch and stitch,"

"Tis true she won the premier prize; it was a formidable size,

Ten million francs.

I know, because the man who sold it to her splenically told

He got no thanks.

The lucky one was never found, for she was snugly underground,

And minus breath;

And with that ticket tucked away, In some old stocking, so they say,

She starved to death.

All those worthless lottery tickets

And so Seligor says, to all you crazy people who continue to do the lottery week after week, day after day in some cases. You too could be this poor old sod, buried beneath the ground having spent her last pound on that winning Lottery Ticket.

Work it out folks, One ticket a week for fifty two weeks, just one line costs you £52. for two lines £104, 3 lines £156. etc etc, Then there's the scratch cards and the daily cards, plus at least a dozen more from here there and everywhere. Wow the kids could have gone to Disney Land, Dad could afford a decent car, Mum could get that dream bedroom suite she always desired. And all these without the use of the dreaded Credit Card. Hell fire kids, if you give up the fags like Seligor you could afford to go to South Korea every year... My dream came true.

*Read more about this wonderful writer and poet two pages down in Life-Knowledge



         Older Brother I never could see the use of babies.  We have one at our house that belongs to mother, and she thinks everything of it.  All it can do is to cry, and pull hair and kick.  It hasn't half the sense of my dog, and can't even chase a cat.  Mother and Sue wouldn't have a dog in the house, but they are always going on about the baby, and saying : "Isn't it perfectly sweet ?"

          The worse thing about a baby is, that you're expected to take care of him, and then get scolded afterwards. Folks say : "Here, Jimmy, just hold baby a minute, there's a good boy" and then, as soon as you have got it, they say : "Don't do that ! Just look at him ! That boy will kill the child ! Hold it up straight, you good-for-nothing little wretch !"

          It's pretty hard to do your best, and then be scolded for it ; but that is the way boys are treated.  Perhaps after I'm dead, folks will wish that they had done differently.

          Last Saturday mother and Sue went out to make calls, and told me to stay at home and take care of the baby. There was a football match, but what did they care for that !  They didn't want to go to it, and so it made no difference whether I went to it or not.  They said they would be gone only a little while, and if the baby waked up, I was to play with it, and keep it from crying, and be sure not to let it swallow any pins."  Of course I had to do it.

          The baby was sound asleep, when they went out ; so I left it just a few minutes, while I went to see if there was any pie in the pantry.

          If I was a woman, I wouldn't be so dreadfully suspicious as to keep everything locked up. When I got back upstairs again, the baby was awake, and was howling like he was full of pins. So I gave him the first thing that came handy, to keep him quiet.  It happened to be a bottle of French polish, with a sponge on the end of a wire, that Sue uses to black her boots, because girls are too lazy to use a regular brush.Baby was sleeping

          The baby stopped crying as soon as I gave him the bottle, and I sat down to read a paper.  The next time I looked at him, he'd got out the sponge, and about half his face was jet black.  This was a nice fix, for I knew nothing could get the black off his face, and when mother came she would say the baby was spoiled, and I had done it.  Now I think an all-black baby is ever so much more stylish than an all-white baby, and when I saw that he was part black, I made up my mind that if I blacked it all over it would be worth more than it had ever been, and perhaps mother would be ever so pleased. So I hurried up and gave it a good coat of black.

          You should have seen how that baby shined ! The polish dried as soon as it was put on, and I just time to get baby dressed again, when mother and Sue came in.  I wouldn't lower myself to repeat their unkind language .  When you've been called a murdering little villain, and an unnatural son, it will rankle in your heart for ages.  After what they had said to me I didn't seem to mind father, but went upstairs with him almost as if I was going to bed, or something that didn't hurt much.

          The baby is beautiful and shiny, though the doctors say it will wear off in a few years.  Nobody shows any gratitude for all the trouble I took, and I can tell you it isn't easy to black a baby without getting it into his eyes and hair.  I sometimes think it is hardly worth while to live in this cold and unfeeling world.                   


What a fantastic piece of writing, so funny I couldn't stop laughing, poor baby. Poor innocent young man. Innocent


As usual my wonderful husband scoured the local car boot sale recently and found for me some amazing books. One of them in particular was written by Robert W. Service its title Rhymes of a Red Cross Man and goodness me I have read some poetry of World War I but this book has some of the most heart rendering verses I have read for many a year. There is no Fantasy in this piece of poetry I am about to type, just fact.... I hope you feel the heart ache of this father whose son was so cruelly taken in 1916.

It brings me a lot closer to August 2011 and the recent riots in the UK. Maybe conscription should be brought back but I wonder how many of the youth of today would go to fight for their country as this young lad of 17¼ did almost a hundred years ago.

                  Young Fellow My Lad

"Where are you going, young fellow my lad, on this glittering morn of May?"

"I'm going to join the colours, dad; there looking for men they say."

"But you're only a boy, young fellow my lad; you aren't obliged to go."

"I'm seventeen and a quarter, dad, and ever so strong, you know."

   *                    *                       *                       *                       *                        *

"So you're off to France, young fellow my lad, and your looking so fit and bright."

"I'm terribly sorry to leave you dad, but I feel that I'm doing right."

"God bless you and keep you, young fellow my lad, you're all of my life you know."

"Don't worry. I'll soon be back, dear dad, and I'm awfully proud to go."

    *                        *                       *                      *                    *                        *

"Why don't you write, young fellow my lad? I watch for the post each day;

And I miss you so, and I'm awfully sad, and it's months since you went away.

And I've kept a fire in the parlour lit, and I'm keeping it burning bright

Till my boy comes home; and there I sit into the quiet night."

    *                      *                         *                           *                      *                     *

"What is the matter, young fellow my lad? No letter again today.

Why did the postman look so sad, and sigh as he turned away?

I hear them tell that we've gained new ground, but a terrible price we've paid.

God grant, my boy, that you're safe and sound; but Oh ! I'm afraid, afraid."

   *                      *                          *                            *                        *                         *

"They've told me the truth, young fellow my lad : You'll never come back again ;

(Oh God ! the dreams and the dreams I've had, and the hopes I've nursed in vain! )

For you passed in the night young fellow my lad, and you proved in the cruel test

Of the screaming shell and the battle-hell that my boy was one of the best."

   *                      *                           *                            *                            *                     *

"So you'll live, you'll live, young fellow my lad, in the gleam of the evening star,

In the wood note wild and the laugh of a child, in all sweet things that are.

And you'll never die, my wonderful boy, while life is noble and true,

For all our beauty  and peace and joy we will owe to our lads like you.",,

Robert W. Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, the first of ten children. His father, also Robert Service, was a banker from Kilwinning, Scotland who had been transferred to England.  At five years old Robert W. Service went to live in Kilwinning with his three maiden aunts and his paternal grandfather, who was the town's postmaster. There he is said to have composed his first verse, a grace, on his sixth birthday:

Robert W. ServiceGod bless the cakes and bless the jam;
Bless the cheese and the cold boiled ham:
Bless the scones Aunt Jeannie makes,
And save us all from bellyaches. Amen

At nine Service rejoined his parents who had moved to Glasgow. He attended Glasgow's Hillhead High School.         

 "Service worked in a bank after he left school"    he joined the Commercial Bank of Scotland which today is the Royal Bank of Scotland"). He was writing at this time and reportedly already "selling his verses". 

He moved to Canada at the age of 21 and travelled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia with his Buffalo Bill outfit and dreams of becoming a cowboy. He drifted around western North America, "wandering from California to British Columbia," taking and quitting a series of jobs: "Starving in Mexico, residing in a California bordello, farming on Vancouver Island and pursuing unrequited love in Vancouver."



The Present and Future of Speech and you started with confidence
Albert Einstein

There are two ways to live: you can live and think that the magic was not there, or you can live with the thought that everything is a miracle.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Someone who chooses to start and choose a role that will play it are people who have determined how it all must end.
Erma Bombeck

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope none of my talent is missed. And I would say to him, 'I have used everything you gave to me. "
Robert Half

Talent without hard work is a tragedy.

Everyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the doing. But to survive even though you've failed, it is the power of the truth!
Walter Lippman

We are not born to be a winner or loser. But we who make ourselves a winner or loser.
Denis Waitely

I'm sad because it had no shoes, until I saw someone on the street does not have legs.
Ralph Nader

Miracles come in every day, change your perception about the miracle, and you will realize and find around you.
Michael de Montaigne

I've never seen a monster larger miracle of myself.
Ir. Mark TBN

Life really will fail when you do not realize how close you are to success, which is when you decide to give up. Dream Tonight
Edgar Cayce

Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.
Dream like you'll live forever, Live as you'll be dead today.

           For a Child to a Parent - and -  For a Parent to a ChildWeary Little Mother

Exploring Books with Babies

Reading to a squirmy infant or an active toddler can be challenging — but it's so important. Here, dos and don'ts for reading to the under-2 set.
by Susan Straub
Babies don't so much read books as explore them. It's not about the words, the story, or the sound of your voice. It's not about the pictures. It's not about the physical book itself. It's actually about all of the above, combined. Babies use all their senses to take in a book. Your job is to keep your mind open to the possibilities — for example, that eatinga book can be just as satisfying as reading it — and have fun. It can take a lot of patience to get through even a short picture book with a baby, but you'll be rewarded with a child who's received an excellent start to literacy — and life. Here are some do's and don'ts for you and your budding reader:
baby reading in basin
Expand your child's  library.  Very little babies have no real idea what you're reading, so why not read aloud to her from whatever you're reading, like a novel or a magazine? That way you both get to hear terrific stories together.

Expose her to art.   Show your baby pictures from the family photo album or a coffee table art book — just be careful she doesn't grab precious pages! Babies enjoy looking at images and respond well to simple, high-contrast pictures.

Get tactile.Touch-and-feel books, like the classic Pat the Bunny, are great sensory as well as literary tools. Guide your baby's hand over various textures while you read.

Follow your baby's lead.   Some babies like to open and close books, hand them back to you, or stack them like blocks. That counts as reading,  too. The more you use books for fun, the more likely she'll see that they are an enjoyable part of her daily life.

Keep books handy.   Stow board books in your stroller, diaper bag, car, near the highchair, at the changing table, or even in the bathtub (there are some wonderful waterproof bath books). You'll always have a book ready to distract and entertain.

Read enthusiastically.     Use silly voices, make animal sounds, and read with drama.

Hand your baby a book.    When your baby's reached the grabbing stage, he's likely to take the book out of your hands. Let him; just have a couple books on hand so you can switch back and forth and read them all at once.

Child with toysBe prepared to repeat,and repeat, and repeat.    Babies often get stuck on a particular favorite, and will zoom right to that book on the shelf even if you offer others. Repetition and familiarity are soothing to babies and toddlers. Let her have her way — she'll pick a new favorite soon enough.

Point to pictures.    For your pre-literate baby, illustrations are just as important (sometimes more so) than words. Don't feel you have to read every page every time, but do point at the pictures Look at the green car! Where's the moon? as you flip pages.

Join the public library.    It's a great way to expand your reading repertoire. You can join story-time groups and classes and meet other families.


Take it personally when baby rejects reading.Your infant may have seemed relaxed and ready to settle in to read with you, but after one page he starts squalling. Just put the book aside; he'll have a better moment again soon.

Stop your baby from mouthing books.  This is one of the ways your baby explores books; it's part of how she learns about everything in her world.

Be surprised when your toddler crawls away.    Two things to remember about a toddler: he is more interested in moving than sitting still, and he can still hear you. Keep reading — he'll come back (and if not, you can try again later).Up little baby

Get mad at ripped pages.    Has she ripped off a dinosaur's head? Don't get upset with her. Babies are stronger than most books! Plenty of baby-friendly board books are made just for the purpose of being gnawed and chewed. Just refrain from giving children under 2 pop-up books and from reading goodbooks that you'd like to save for when she's older. Toddlers may be interested in helping you fix torn books. Keep some tape handy for repairs.

Think you have to finish every book you start.   For your baby or toddler, the process is more important than the outcome. You may not have reached the end of the book, but you did share some nice reading time together.

Give away baby books prematurely.     Even when he grows into the next stage, he may like to revisit her old, gummed, and torn favorites.

Read at the same pace all the time.     Speed up or slow down, depending on your baby's interest.

Underestimate your baby.      You may not be able to see it right away, but your baby is profiting sensually, intellectually, and socially thanks to your reading.
Susan Straub is the director of The Read To Me Program, Inc.
From Parent & Child magazine

                     Thankyou so much for this advice Susan, it was very helpful. Dodie

    For a Child to a Parent - and -  For a Parent to a Child

Weary Little MotherIt's a big change for an once only child to become a big brother or sister. It can be a threatening and scary experience. If, as parents, you help your child understand the joys of being an older sibling, you can help ease some of your child's stress. Here are a few tips for preparing for the new arrival:

    * Don't hide your pregnancy from your toddler. He may overhear mysterious conversations or see that mom is not feeling well and worry. In addition, letting your toddler know gives him more time to adjust to the idea. If you have a high risk pregnancy, you need to decide a safer time to tell your child.

    * Don't blame the baby! If you are unable to pick up your child because of a sore back, tell your child it is because of your back - not because you're pregnant.

    * Make inevitable changes in your toddler's life early, so it doesn't seem like it's all because of the baby. If your toddler will be giving his crib to the baby, allow your child to sleep in his big boy bed several months in advance.

    * Include your child in the pregnancy. Bring him to a couple of prenatal visits, if he's interested. Let him hear the child's heartbeat and view sonogram/ultrasound pictures.

    * Talk about the baby and what it means to be an older sibling. Tell your toddler how his younger brother or sister will learn from him and look up to him. If he's interested, he will also be able to help with the new baby by bringing clean diapers to the diaper changer, showing the baby toys, telling baby all about the world and more.

However you plan for the new arrival, be sure to consider your toddler in your planning. Discuss your toddler's concerns with him, but don't bring up concerns he doesn't mention. There is no need to create worry when there is none. Most of all, enjoy this wonderful time together - it will never be quite the same again.

For more tips for the parents of babies and toddlers, sign up for free athttP://www.babyandtoddlerville.com 

      For a Child to a Parent - and -  For a Parent to a Child

Weary Little Mother            Gardening with Children

Children are natural gardeners.They're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt.

Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time and observe the cycle of life firsthand.

Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.

What to plant - top 10 crops for children

Children can be involved with gardening from an early age, and it is gratifying to watch their interest and self-esteem grow as their gardening efforts yielded good results. Although there are many crops suitable for the young gardener, here are the top 10 which are relatively easy to grow, have short growing seasons and are fun to harvest.

A must for a child's garden. Plant just one or two, since they take a lot of room. Sunflowers will sprout in 1 week, become a small seedling in 2 weeks, and should be 2' tall in a month. In 8 weeks, the buds will flower revealing hundreds of seed kernels. Be sure to gorw 'confectionery' sunflowers, the type grown for food. They will dry naturally in the late summer sun; the seeds, rich in protein and iron, can be roasted for snacks. Save a few for next summers' planting.

A quick and reliable crop to give the child fast results, and also a good way to interest kids in salads. Lettuce likes part shade; keep soil moist especially during the first two weeks. The seeds will germinate in 7-10 days; growing season is 40-50 days. You can grow 'head'  or 'leaf'  varieties; the leaf varieties will mature sooner, about 30-35 days.

Quick results for the young gardener. Radishes germinate in 3-10 days, and have a very short growing season of 20-30 days. They can be planted closely, 4-6apart. Plant in cool weather for a mild radish, or hot weather for a hotter radish.

snow peas
A quick-growing early crop, and fun for kids to eat right off the vine. They take about 10 days to germinate and mature in about 60 days. Peas prefer cooler, partially shaded locations in the garden; they should be sown closely, about 1 apart at most. Snow peas are popular because the pod is edible and since they are a dwarf plant they can be grown without a trellis.

cherry tomatoes/yellow or orange tomatoes
Gotta have 'em! These may be the most fun crop for a child, aside from strawberries. Plant in full sun and use seedlings rather than planting from seed. Put in a 2' stake alongside each seedling; they need to be tied loosely to stakes as they get taller. Add lots of compost. Water at ground level, trying to keep leaves dry. Growing season is 50-75 days. All small tomatoes can also be grown in containers.

These flowers are easy to grow and yield results quickly, which encourages the young gardener. Nasturtiums bloom about 50 days after the seeds are planted, with orange, yellow and red flowers. They prefer sunny, dry locations and do well in poor soil. Choose the shorter varieties for garden beds. Nasturtiums are also pest resistant, which ensures a successful planting. The flowers are also edible, and can be used to add colour to a fresh garden salad.

bush beans
Fast, easy, high yield and fun to harvest. Bush beans germinate in 4-8 days, and mature in 40-65 days. Plant closely spaced, about 4' apart. Grow in direct sun; water the soil but try to keep the leaves dry. Bush beans don't need poles or trellises to grow.

Seeds can be sown directly into soil; carrots prefer cooler temperatures. They can be slow to germinate, so be patient. Carrots will mature in about 60 days.The soil should be free of rocks and easy for the carot to grow 'down'. Keep well-watered and thin to every 3 because crowding will produce foliage but no root. Small varieties are recommended for children, as they're easier to grow and more fun to eat.

A 'never-fail' crop. You can plant red or white varieties; red will mature faster. Children seem to favor the red variety. Cut seed potatoes into chunks with at least 2 'eyes' per. Plant in furrows, about 12-15 apart, with eyes pointing upward. Mound soil up around plant as it grows; harvest when plant collapses.

A 'must' for a child's garden, if you have the room. Plant seeds in a small hill; poke three holes in the hill and put one seed in each hole. Seeds will sprout in about 1 week; after a few days, vine leaves begin to form and creep along the ground. Once there are 3 pumpkins on the vine, pick off any new blossoms. Pumpkins take 80 - 120 days to harvest: it's ready when it feels hard on the outside and sounds hollow when tapped. Let an adult supervise the cutting, using shears. Seeds can be dried to eat, or save for future planting. The meat can be used for pies, and the pumpkin for carving.


Weary Little Mother

  Other crops children have tried, but had mixed results:

corn- a heavy feeder, corn needs lots of compost or fertilizer. If the plants aren't 'knee high by the 4th of July', the ears will be small. In our garden, either the crows got the seedlings, or the plants just never got big enough to yield a good harvest.

green onions- easy to grow, but not all that exciting.

zucchini- easy, fast, and impressive size but it takes a good recipe to excite the young ones.

strawberries- great, but can be a struggle with the predators. You can chose the 'ever-bearing' varieties which bear all summer. Netting the plants from the birds and raccoons, however, was a constant chore which the young children often forgot. Birds caught in the netting was never fun.

watermelon- similar to pumpkins to grow. They have to be well grown to be large and tasty; in our experience, the fruit was smaller than expected and not very sweet. It is better to give the space to pumpkins.

Tips for gardening with children

Give them their own garden beds.    Whether you use raised beds, containers or ground plots, be sure to give each child his or her own separate plot. Keep it small, very small for young kids. Put their plots right in the middle of the action, with the best soil and light. Set them up for success.

Reuse the sandbox.    If your children have grown past their sandbox years, consider converting the old sandbox to a garden bed. This gives the child continued 'ownership' of a familiar space and encourages a sense of responsibility to the gardening project.

Give them serious tools. Cheap plastic child's gardening tools are worse than no tools at all; they break easily and frustrate the user. It can be hard to locate good tools for kids, especially work gloves that fit a small hand. Let them use your tools if need be; in this way you're acknowledging the importance of the work they're doing.

Engage them through the entire process,from seed to table.   Children learn better when they understand the context of their activity. They will learn that gardening can be fun, but far more than idle play; they are contributing to the family well-being. Besides planting and nurturing their garden beds, be sure they alone do the harvesting and preparation of their crop for the table, no matter how modest the offering.

Start from seeds.   While it's a convenient shortcut to buy starters, children will learn more by seeing the growing process as it begins with seeds. The care given to sprouting seeds and nurturing the young seedling are a valuable part of the gardening experience.

Cheat a little.   Depending on the age of the child, you may need to help out a little 'behind the scene'. Not every garden task is pleasant, and the child may not be ready at all times for all chores. You may need to go out in the evening to pick a few slugs off the lettuce, or be the one to run out and move the sprinkler. They don't have to know about every little help you offer - the child's 'ownership' of the plot is the main thing.

When all else fails, make a scarecrow. The best time to engage children in gardening is when they're in the mood for this activity. If their attention wanes, or the garden tasks become boring, let them build a scarecrow. This activity is still a contribution to the gardening effort and adds another layer of interest to the garden scene.

Show off their work.  When giving 'garden tours' to friends, be sure to point out the children's beds. Take a photo of their harvest and send it to the grandparents. The attention given to their work is the best motivator for children to stay involved with a project.

For additional resources for young gardeners, click oneartheasy.com

"Life Knowledge."

When I called this page Life Knowledge I must say I wondered what on Earth I would put on it. It turns out that there are many different things, from funnies to serious, poetic to classic, all of them damn good.
But strange though it may seem, many of them come from my friends, sent in a dreaded long mail type thingy. This one however came from friends of mine who work on different news magazines that I subscribe to. It wont be to  every-bodies taste as its five minutes which are mainly the thought of a little child, who as you all know I dedicate my three other websites to.
I don't really care if this upsets people, I just hope you will watch it and maybe shed a tear. Yours Sincerely Dodie

Gaza's Reality

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Can anyone please explain to the World, that bullets and bombs do not make for a peaceful existence?

Ask the Orthodox Rabbi: Jewish Beliefs and Laws


What does Torah teach about the conscience? Should I let my conscience be my guide?


Humans are like God in the sense that we have free will. Free will does not mean picking chocolate over vanilla. That's simply a preference, just as a cow chooses to eat hay instead of grass.

Rather, "free will" refers to the type of decision which is uniquely human: a moral choice, to do right or wrong. This stems from the divine soul that is unique to all human beings.

There are times when you know objectively that something is good for you, but your physical desires get in the way and distort your outlook. The animal soul within us wants to choose the easy path, which may not be the morally correct choice. Sometimes we can actually hear ourselves fighting it out.


What does Judaism say about war, violence and peace?


Sometimes war is necessary. Judaism teaches the supreme value of life, yet we're not pacifists. Wiping out evil is also part of justice. As Rashi explains (Deut. 20:12), dangerous disputes must be resolved. Because if you choose to leave evil alone – it will eventually attack you.

The reality is that war makes one callous and cruel. Therefore, since God Himself has commanded the Jews to rid the Land of evil, God likewise promises the soldiers that they will retain their compassionate nature. In the words of our parsha: “God will have compassion on you, and reverse any display of anger that might have existed" (Deut. 13:18).

With blessings from Jerusalem,

Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Something a Cat might have you say!

Pussy cat, Pussy cat.
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."

pussy cat

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." --Jeff Valdez

The Cheshire cat

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."                                 --Unknown


"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."
--Ellen Perry Berkeley

A rather drunk Pussy Cat (not really)

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia."
--Joseph Wood Krutch


"People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life."
--Faith Resnick

Kitty walks

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." --Anonymous

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." --Mary Bly"

Kitten with clock

Doctor Samuel Johnson the creator of the First English Dictionary was a massive cat lover. He was born on 7 September 1709 (A Virgo, ) in his parents' home in Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire.

The house survives as the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.

The Gough Square home where he wrote his dictionary is also a museum. A wonderful fact about the dictionary was the lack of the letter X, as he claimed that it begins no word in the English language.



After the wedding festivities Jenny prepares herself for bed and the expected knock' on the door. Sure enough the knock comes, the door opens and there is Roger, her 85 year old groom, ready for action. They unite as one.
All goes well, Roger takes leave of his bride, and she prepares to go to sleep.

After a few minutes, Jenny hears another knock on her bedroom door, and it's Roger, Again he is ready for more 'action'.
Somewhat surprised, Jenny consents for more coupling.
When the newly weds are done, Roger kisses his bride, bids her a fond good night and leaves.

She is set to go to sleep again, but, aha you guessed it - Roger is back again, rapping on the door, and is as fresh as a 25-year-old, ready for more 'action'.
 And, once more they enjoy each other.

But as Roger gets set to leave again, his young bride says to him, 'I am thoroughly impressed that at your age you can perform so well and so often.
I have known many guys less than a third of your age who were only good once. You are truly a great lover, Roger.'

  I love you
Roger, somewhat embarrassed, turns to Jenny and says: 'You mean I was here already?'
The moral of the story:
Don't be afraid of getting old, Alzheimer's has its advantages.
PS.. Have I sent this to you already??




A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:
'This, - he said - 'isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

'She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago.
She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion,
Well, I guess this is it. 

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died. 
He turned to me and said:
'Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion'.
I still think those words changed my life. Now I read more and clean less.
I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to,
not survived through. I no longer keep anything. 

I use crystal glasses every day....

I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.
I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to. 
The words 'Someday...' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.
If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now... 
I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. 
I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favourite food.
It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..
Each day... each hour... each minute...  is special. 

Live for today... for tomorrow is promised to no-one.


 Knowledge about Captain Bligh's famous voyage

Bligh being put in longboat and set adrift

After the mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty, Captain Bligh and 18 other loyal men were cast adrift in a 23 foot open boat with enough food and water for five days.

They eventually made the longest voyage in maritime history in an open boat (3,618 miles) in 48 days, landing in Timor in June 1789.  This historic voyage was wholly due to Captain Bligh's seamanship.  With only starvation rations, a sextant and compass, but no charts, the barest amount of water and no protection from the elements he didn't lose a man at sea. The only death out of the 19 original castaways was John Norton who was killed by natives on a small Pacific island where the sailors had landed to get water and any supplies they could. Norton was the last man into the boat and therefore was supposed to bring the anchor off the beach. Because of the imminent attack Bligh ordered him to leave the all important anchor, but the loyal Norton brought the anchor to the boat as he was being clubbed and stabbed to death by the angry natives.A Pearl in an Oyster Shell
An account of this remarkable voyage can be found in Men Against the Sea

This little gift is from Berg's but I like the image so have borrowed it.

Mutiny on the Bounty Quotes

Lt. Fletcher Christian:
He doesn't punish men for discipline. He likes to see men crawl.

Captain William Bligh:
Can you understand this, Mr. Byam? Discipline is the thing. A seaman's a seaman. A captain's a captain. And a midshipman, Sir Joseph or no Sir Joseph, is the lowest form of animal life in the British Navy.

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Lt. Fletcher Christian:
When you're back in England with the fleet again, you'll hear the hue and cry against m
e. From now on they'll spell mutiny with my name.

Captain William Bligh:
During the recent heavy weather, I've had the opportunity to watch all of you at work on deck and aloft. You don't know wood from canvas! And it seems you don't want to learn! Well, I'll have to give you a lesson.
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Captain Bligh, you've told your story of mutiny on the Bounty, how men plotted against you, seized your ship, cast you adrift in an open boat, a great venture in science brought to nothing, two British ships lost. But there's another story, Captain Bligh, of ten coconuts and two cheeses. A story of a man who robbed his seamen, cursed them, flogged them, not to punish but to break their spirit. A story of greed and tyranny, and of anger against it, of what it cost.

Captain William Bligh:
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What's your name? Seaman Thomas Ellison: Thomas Ellison, sir. Pressed into service. I've got a wife, a baby! Captain William Bligh: I asked your name, not the history of your misfortunes.

What a lovely picture.


 The Knowledge of Life with help from the BBC, National Geographic
 and a few I liked very much.

 A Pearl in an Oyster Shell