And finally …
The Mayonnaise Jar
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle. When 24 hours in a day is not enough; remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and start to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.
‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – Family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else The small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
‘So, pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.
‘Take care of the golf balls first — The things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’
I know at least one friend that I owe a couple of cups of coffee to, and I intend to have them.
What about you?
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I posted the following on my Facebook Wall recently:
NOTICE: I’m done playing nice with this birther BS. There are no “legitimate questions,” and there never were, about his citizenship. It’s racism. Don’t like it? I. DON’T. CARE. I won’t be nice about it any longer. I WILL call you out on it. Clear enough? Good.
Also, I don’t care if you’re offended by this. I’m deeply offended by the whole racist idiocy, so I’m offended first and I am not interested in your feelings on the matter. Not even a little bit.
Finally, he was an Illinois State senator. He was a United States Senator. He IS the duly elected President of the United States of America. He has earned, and deserves, respect. If you cannot properly respect him and the office of the President, then just shut your pie hole. But post your racist, disrespectful malarky on my wall and you WILL feel the burn.
And I mean it. I’m done with this disrespectful treatment of our President. You may not like him. You may not agree with him. That’s fine. This is America, and you are free to do that. I’ll be the first to admit that I disliked and disagreed with President Bush (both of them) and President Reagan. But no one ever asked to see their birth certificates. If Barack Hussein Obama’s name were Barry Smith, and he were white, no one would ask to see his birth certificate.
Let me say this again, as clearly as I can: There never were any legitimate questions about Barack Obama’s citizenship status. There still aren’t.
And I refuse to tolerate any more of this racist idiocy. I will call it out whenever and wherever I see it. I will not listen to it. I will not allow you to justify it with whatever clever rationalization you come up with today. I simply will not tolerate it any longer. Period. I will have a zero-tolerance policy for it. I will not support any politician that makes any of these coded statements about Barack Obama’s citizenship. I will not purchase goods or services from businesses that advertise on programs like “The Apprentice” by the new Prince of the Birthers McDonald Trump. I will contact those advertisers and tell them I am boycotting them, and why.
It must end. This is the 21st Century. There is no place in this country any longer for racism — either overt or covert. It must end.
I encourage you all to “sign” this zero tolerance by either leaving a comment or posting the link to this post to your Facebook page or tweeting this post. Any or all of those things. And then follow through. Don’t stand for it. Yes, you may alienate family or friends. You may have angry arguments with people. But unless we each stand up to stop this, the festering cancer of racism will continue to live on. It only lives because it is allowed to live. Because somewhere someone does not speak up against it. No, I am not going to end racism. Neither are you. Not by myself. Not by yourself. But together we can. Yes we can.
Now that the “Long Form” birth certificate has been released, be the first to wear it!
You and I and everyone who ever grew up in North Carolina are the beneficiaries of Democratic majorities who invested in us. They believed that our education and well-being were essential to the growth, economic health, and the overall quality of this state.
Sadly, it is not clear that we’ll be able to say that about the children born during the 2011-2012 Republican majority. The GOP has simply lost all faith in the generations-old contract between the people and their leaders. They have begun to dismantle the state that our parents and our grandparents left us; the one we were entrusted to improve for our own children.
That’s why your attendance at this year’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner is vitally important. Your support allows our party to fight Republican special interests and their regressive agenda in every corner of this state.
With the first 100 days of their control of the North Carolina General Assembly, Republicans have sought to dismantle public schools, deny health care to seniors, kill job creation programs, disenfranchise the voting rights of college students and the disabled, and permit people to carry guns in our parks and restaurants.
Governor Bev Perdue and the Democrats are the only forces standing in the way of this right-wing assault on the middle class.
This year’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner, a celebration of party unity and Democratic tradition, will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh. A special reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The dinner starts at 7 p.m.
Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorship opportunities are available. RSVP to Sallie Leslie at (919) 821-2777 x205,firstname.lastname@example.org Jaime Hahn, (919) 821-2777 x206, email@example.com. Click here to purchase tickets online, or go towww.ncdp.org.
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is this year’s keynote speaker. She is the first woman in history to be elected a Governor and a United States Senator. A champion of middle class families, as Governor, Shaheen worked to make college more affordable, made public kindergarten a reality for more than 25,000 additional children, and extended affordable health coverage to tens of thousands of New Hampshire Children.
Also, on Saturday, April 30 is the State Executive Committee meeting. It will begin at 12:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, on the Exhibit Hall Level in Exhibit Hall A. The election of a Democratic National Committee member and break out session are among the agenda items.
Through grassroots activism and your support, we can turn back the tide of Republican extremism in North Carolina. From the school house to the White House, we can restore the American dream. United, we win.
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With the recent approval of the first new treatment for lupus in over 50 years, lupus is making the headlines more and more. This month, we’re highlighting some other developments that you might find interesting. The potential role that systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) might play in relation to other diseases commonly associated with lupus has been the focus of several recent studies. Whether it’s the possible relationship between SLE and depression, the genetic link with preeclampsia in women with lupus, or how environmental factors might increase the risk of developing autoimmune diseases, there is much being learned.
Diabetes and Disease Activity Predict Depression in Lupus
April 12, 2011 - ModernMedicine.com
“Laura J. Julian, Ph.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues analyzed the role of cardiovascular and SLE-specific disease-related factors as predictors of longitudinal development of depression in the prospective Lupus Outcomes Study (LOS).”
Gene Mutations Offer Clues to Common Complication of Pregnancy
Exposure to Insecticides May Up Autoimmune Disease Risk
Next week we will be sending our latest Lupus Research Update (LRU), which will provide more interesting and in-depth information about current lupus research. Be on the lookout for that in your inbox!
For the latest, up-to-date information about lupus, please visit the ALR’s Lupus In the News page on our website. You can also join the discussion about these articles and others with our entire PALs (People Affected by Lupus) community onFacebook and Twitter.
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Think the Republicans know anything about running this country? Think again. Think they know even the first thing about the economy? Think again.
Need proof? Here:
That’s right, the more of the three branches of government the Democrats control, the better the economy — and the country — does. And look what happens when the Republicans control all 3 (House, Senate and President). Atrocious. Abysmal. Pathetic. Reprehensible. But they really only need control of one or two to wreak havoc with the economy.
So letting the Republicans set the budget agenda is tantamount to asking Jefrey Dahmer to plan the dinner menu. They are, quite frankly, entirely incapable of governing. And this latest crop of Republicans are even less capable, less interested and less willing to do what’s right. For being “the right” they sure are “the wrong.”
So vote for them. But only if you hate America and don’t want jobs, an bustling economy, a functioning social safety net, etc. You know, all of those things that make for a functioning country and a livable society.
Update: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this posting, I’ve opened a Cafe Press shop from which you can purchase “Miss TSA” items. Plus it will help support me. So buy lots.