Archive for October, 2009

This is a very touching song about family and leaving home by Carrie Underwood (the 2005 American Idol).  I like her songs and the way she sings better than those of Taylor Swift.

Carrie Underwood

Don't forget to remember me ...

18 years had come and gone
For momma they flew by
But for me they drug on and on
We were loading up that Chevy
Both tryin’ not to cry
Momma kept on talking
Putting off good-bye
Then she took my hand and said
“Baby don’t forget:

Before you hit the highway
You better stop for gas
And there’s a 50 in the ashtray
In case you run short on cash
Here’s a map and here’s a Bible
If you ever lose your way

Just one more thing before you leave
Don’t forget to remember me”

This downtown apartment sure makes me miss home
and those bills there on the counter
Keep telling me I’m on my own
And just like every Sunday I called momma up last night
And even when it’s not, I tell her everything’s all right
Before we hung up I said
“Hey momma, don’t forget:

to tell my baby sister I’ll see her in the fall
And tell me-maw that I miss her
Yeah, I should give her a call
And make sure you tell Daddy that I’m still his little girl
Yeah I still feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be
Don’t forget to remember me”

Tonight I find myself kneeling by the bed to pray
I haven’t done this in a while
So I don’t know what to say but
Lord, I feel so small sometimes in this big ol’ place
Yeah, I know theres more important things, but
Don’t forget to remember me

Don’t forget to remember me

Don't stand at my grave and weep!

Don't stand at my grave and weep!

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain,
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die.

P.S. This is a beautiful poem and I don’t know who the person in the picture is.  And more importantly, I am NOT a Christian.

  1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much that they would die for you.
  2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
  3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is that they want to be just like you.
  4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they do not like you.
  5. Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep.
  6. You mean the world to someone.
  7. If not for you, someone may not be living.
  8. You are special and unique.
  9. Someone that you do not even know exists and loves you.
  10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
  11. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.
  12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably will not get it.  But if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.
  13. Always remember the compliments you received.  Forget about the rude remarks.
  14. Always tell someone how you feel about how you feel about him or her; you will feel much better when they know.
  15. If you have great friends, take time to let them know that they are great.


He wanted to be remembered this way.

He wanted to be remembered this way.

Three friends died in a traffic accident and they go to an orientation in Heaven.  They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”

The 1st guy: I’d like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man.

The 2nd guy: I want to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.

The 3rd guy: I want them to say … “Look, he’s moving!”

This is something that I found in The Light of English (journal).

A man came home from work late – tired and irritated – to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy,” the child said, “may I ask you a question?”

“Yeah, sure,” replied the man.  “What is it?”

“Daddy, how much do you earn an hour?”

“That’s none of your business,” the man said angrily.  “Why do you ask such a thing?”

“I just want to know.  Please tell me how much you make an hour.”

“If you must know … I make 500*rs an hour.”

“Daddy, may I borrow 200rs please?

The man said furiously, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march to your room and go to bed.  Think about why you are being so selfish – I work hard every day for such childish behaviour.”

The boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.  The man sat down and started to get even angrier with the boy’s questions.  “How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?”

This is not the way things should be ...

This is not the way things should be ...

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that 200rs and he really did not ask for money very often.  The man walked up to the little boy’s room and opened the door.  And he asked, “Are you asleep, son?”

“No, Daddy,” the boy replied.  “I’m awake.”

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier.”

“It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you.  Here’s the 200rs you asked for.”

“Oh, thank you, Daddy!” said the boy with joy.  Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some crumpled bills.

The man saw that the boy already had some money and started to get angry again.  The boy slowly counted the money and looked up at his father to hear him say, “Why do you want more money when you already have some?”

A perfect family!

A perfect family!

“Because I didn’t have enough,” replied the little boy.  “Daddy, I have 500rs now.  Can I buy an hour of your time?  Please come home early tomorrow.  I’d like to have dinner with you.”

The father was crushed.  He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

We never realize how important our time is for our loved.  They are the real treasure we have.  Try to cherish them.  Money can never take their place.

NOTE: *r = rand (South African currency)

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

I believe everything happens for a reason.  People change so that you can learn to let go.  Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they are right.  You believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.  And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Beneath the make-up and behind the smile, I’m just a girl who wishes for the world.

I’m pretty but I’m not beautiful.

I do sin but I’m not the devil.

I’m good but I’m not an angel.

A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe and leaves before she is left.

Imperfection is beauty.  Madness is genius.  And it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous … than to be absolutely boring.

A wise girl knows her limits.  A smart girl knows she has none.

I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.

When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want.  If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.

Well-behaved women barely make history.

The truth is I’ve never fooled anyone; I’ve let people fool themselves.  They didn’t bother to find out who or what I was.  Instead, they would invent a character for me.  I wouldn’t argue with them.  They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.

Hollywood is a place where they pay a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

It’s better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all.

Dogs never bite me … just humans!

It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.

A girl worth kissing is not easily kissed.

If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.

Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I’m talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.

Young & Beautiful

Young & Beautiful

People respect you because they feel you’ve survived hard times and endured, and although you’ve become famous, you haven’t become phony.

An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine – a money machine.

I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.

I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.

The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.

I’m for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It’s really tragic.

Monroe at Niagara Falls

Monroe at Niagara Falls

I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.

Acting isn’t something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you’re going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

A career is wonderful thing, but you can’t snuggle up to it on a cold night.

  1. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not – his is a fool; shun him.
  2. He who knows not and knows that he knows not –he is simple; teach him.
  3. He who knows and knows not that he knows – he is asleep; wake him.
  4. He who knows and knows that he knows – he is wise; follow him.

    ... knows not that he knows not ...

    ... knows not that he knows not ...

One day, a teacher, a garbage collector and a lawyer wound up together at the Pearly Gates.  They were informed by St Peter that they would each have to answer a question in order to get into Heaven.

St Peter addressed the teacher and asked, “What was the name of the ship that crushed into an iceberg?  They just made a movie about it.”

The teacher answered quickly, “That would be Titanic.”

St Peter let him through the gate.  He, then, turned to the garbage man.  Having decided to make the question harder, “How many people died on the ship?”

Fortunately, for him, the trash man had just seen the movie and answered, “About 1,500.”

“That’s right!  You may enter.”

St Peter turned to the lawyer and said, “What were their names?”

This article, an excerpt from Microsoft Encarta © (encyclopaedia), will probably provide you some – if not all – information on liberal arts education.

“Liberal Arts” is a term often used to refer to unspecialized and non-scientific courses of study pursued by undergraduate students at a college or university. The term “liberal arts” can also refer more broadly to all undergraduate studies in the arts and sciences, which include such subjects as literature, history, and political science. Liberal arts studies generally are distinguished from prevocational or pre-professional studies, which more directly prepare a student for specific kinds of employment. Examples of prevocational and pre-professional studies include programs in the health sciences, engineering, architecture, and computer programming. Prevocational or pre-professional courses of study constitute an increasing majority of higher education programs worldwide. In the United States, less than a third of all college students graduate with bachelor’s degrees in liberal arts subjects. Nonetheless, liberal arts education still has passionate advocates. Defenders of the liberal arts claim that a broad-based, non-specialized education prepares young people for the variety of experiences and occupations they can expect to pursue over the course of a lifetime.

Liberal arts education traces its roots to ancient Greece. In the Academy, an informal school established about 387 BC by the Greek philosopher Plato, education was based on principles of philosophy. Plato’s educational ideal advocated the pursuit of knowledge and understanding through scientific discovery, critical originality, and the overthrow of accepted assumptions. In contrast to Plato’s philosophical model of education, a school founded about the same time by Isocrates, a Greek orator, advocated a predominantly literary ideal. Isocrates’s goal was to form intellectual elite of skilled orators who would be capable of providing political leadership. He based his educational method on teaching the students moral virtue, powers of judgment, and the ability to make prudent decisions in public life. The curriculum at Isocrates’s school was grounded in the study of the Iliad and the Odyssey, famous epics by the Greek poet Homer.

In European schools during the Middle Ages, educators combined these rival educational ideals in a liberal arts curriculum consisting of grammar, rhetoric, logic, music, astronomy, arithmetic, and geometry. These subjects comprised the so-called seven liberal arts curriculum. A version of this curriculum was later incorporated in the curriculum of the medieval universities and survived into the Renaissance, a period of profound interest in the arts that lasted from the 14th to the 16th and 17th centuries. The seven liberal arts also served as the curriculum of colleges in colonial America during the 17th and 18th centuries. The dominant emphasis in the institutions of higher education in early modern Europe and North America was literary in nature rather than philosophical or scientific. During the 18th and 19th centuries, technological advances such as the development of the steam locomotive and the invention of the cotton gin, led to the Industrial Revolution. Education in Europe and North America gradually came to reflect the transition from an agrarian society to a modern industrial society by shifting away from a predominantly literary emphasis toward a model based more on the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

A building at Bard College, a liberal arts school in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

A building at Bard College, a liberal arts school in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Today, North American colleges and universities offer undergraduate courses of study that reflect a complex mixture of educational objectives. In many respects, modern liberal arts programs retain Plato’s emphasis on the pursuit of critical originality and the advancement of knowledge. This educational ideal draws much of its inspiration from scientific advances pioneered at universities emphasizing advanced research. At the same time, North American colleges and universities demonstrate Isocrates’s concerns for the development of moral and intellectual excellence through literary and rhetorical studies. This educational philosophy is championed especially by contemporary proponents of an undergraduate curriculum centred on the study of classical texts of Western civilization. Advocates of the scientific model of education and advocates of the literary and rhetorical model both agree that a liberal arts education should span a broad range of academic fields. Educators at many colleges and universities have increasingly expanded this range to include the study of non-Western texts and cultures.

This song is indeed a beautiful one of lyrics with of majestic philosophy and fantabulous music.

Make a change!

Make a change!

I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On
My Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See Their Needs

A Summer’s Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul
They Follow Each Other On The Wind Ya’ Know
‘Cause They Got Nowhere To Go
That’s Why I Want You To Know

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change)
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na, Na Nah

I’ve Been A Victim Of
A Selfish Kind Of Love
It’s Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No Home,
Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They’re Not Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody’s Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream (Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of The Wind, Ya’ See
Cause They Got No Place To Be
That’s Why I’m Starting With Me (Starting With Me!)

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror (Ooh!)
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways (Ooh!)
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change)

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror (Ooh!)
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways (Change His Ways-Ooh!)
And No Message Could’ve Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself AndThen Make That . . .
(Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make That . . .)

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror,
(Man In The Mirror – Oh Yeah!)
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
(Better Change!)
No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

(If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make The Change
You Gotta Get It Right, While You Got The Time
‘Cause When You Close Your Heart
You Can’t Close Your . . . Your Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . . Mind!)

That Man, That Man, That Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
(Better Change!)
You Know . . .That Man
No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself AndThen Make A Change)

Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na, Na Nah
(Oh Yeah!)
Gonna Feel Real Good Now!
Yeah Yeah! Yeah Yeah!
Yeah Yeah!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Ooooh . . .)
Oh No, No No . . .
I’m Gonna Make A Change
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself, You Know
You’ve Got To Stop It Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I’ve Got To Make That Change, Today!
Hoo! (Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . . Hoo!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
You Know-I’ve Got To Get That Man, That Man . . .
(Man In The Mirror)
You’ve Got To
You’ve Got To Move!

Come On! Come On!
You Got To . . . Stand Up!

Stand Up! Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift Yourself, Now!
(Man In The Mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Aaow!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.

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