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Invisible Hugs Happen
I was saying good bye to my 5 year old daughter , Rebecca, one
evening before going to a business appointment. Rebecca was
disappointed that I had to go. I explained to her that I had to go
so I could earn money so we could buy all of the things we need. She
thought about it and with a twinkle in her eyes hugged me said “
Daddy, go make a hundred million eighty bucks.” I knew how much
she loved me and felt a surge of love when she squeezed her little
arms around my neck. At that moment I felt I could really make a
hundred million eighty bucks. I felt connected to her at that moment
in a way that is hard to put into words.
One night my wife and I had a disagreement on whether or not to
keep the outside Christmas lights on while we were asleep. I said
she was worrying about nothing. Like most marital arguments, this
one was pretty stupid. But I stood my ground and she stood hers.
To prove that she was wrong, I thought I
would find some kind of proof on the Internet showing her that there were
no accidents caused by exterior Christmas lights. Much to my surprise, I
found a lot of data showing Christmas lights causing all sorts of fires
during the holidays. At first I thought I would have to make sure Lori
didn’t find out about this information. But right is right. I admitted
to Lori that I had done the research and that she was right. I was ready
for her to rub it in and tell me how smart she was but instead, she smiled
with a twinkle in her eye and said “Honey, I love you.” and gave me a
I think every guy understands that look and they spend all
sorts of money and do all sorts of crazy things in order to get their wife to
give them that look. Because that look eliminates all doubt they might have had
about their relationship. At that moment you feel a special connection that
makes you feel full of power and a sense of peace knowing that someone loves you
and cares about you. You can read all the poems and love stories but that is
nothing compared to experiencing and knowing the feeling directly.
Sometimes for no reason I get the same sort of feelings while
taking a walk or watching the sun rise. Sometimes things happen at just the
right time or I run into just the right person. I might have a question and then
I just happen to find just the right book at the library or I hear Clark Howard
talking about it on the radio. At these times that same loving feeling runs
through me and I feel connected in some way. To what? I don’t know. Why do I
love my wife and kids? I just do, the feeling is real and that is enough. I just
enjoy those special moments and consider them invisible hugs from the universe.
They make me feel like I can actually make a hundred million eighty bucks.
The Secret To Living Longer
Love may very well be the most important factor in keeping us healthy and
young. Thousands of hours of research show that love and intimacy (or lack of
them) are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what makes
us suffer and what leads to healing:
· Being alone increases our chances (by
between two and five times) of get- ting ill and dying young, no matter how
healthily we live.
Among patients who survive heart disease, the ones
who did best after five years weren’t married, but had someone to confide
in. The next healthiest were patients who were married and had a confidant.
Following were those who were married but didn’t have a confidant. The group
members who were unmarried and had no close friend to talk to did worst; half
died within five years.
You’d think that the more people you talk to the
more likely you’d catch a cold from one of them. But research has found the
exact opposite. The wider variety of people you talk to often – including
partners, children, neighbors, coworkers, fellow volunteers, etc. – the
lower your chances of getting the symptoms of a cold, even if you’ve been
infected. Experts speculate that if you’re meeting lots of people you’ll
be happier and therefore have a stronger immune system.
When women marry, they cut their chances of dying
young by half. Men reduce their chances of dying young by five times when they’re
married. Researchers found that married people are most likely to take better
care of themselves, for example, by eating breakfast, wearing seatbelts,
exercising regularly, etc. Their healthier habits may also explain why they
spend fewer days in bed ill, half as much time in the hospital, and are less
likely to become disabled as they get older.
Happily married men live eight to 10 years longer
than single or divorced men. Happily married women live three to four years
longer than single or divorced women.
· Women who are in happy relationships
are less prone to strokes and heart attacks after menopause, when they’re most
at risk for heart-related problems. Single women and women involved in
dissatisfying relationships are significantly worse off than women in happy
relationships in terms of heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure
and cholesterol levels.
Lonely people, particularly single men, who don’t have deep friendships, have
higher stress and blood pressure, don’t get as much sleep and are more hostile
Displays of affection, like hugging or
kissing, between people in committed, meaningful relationships can help
heal the sick and soothe away worries. The act of touching increases the
production of oxytocin, a chemical that affects the emotional centers of
the brain and can trigger warmer feelings of affection. Touching also
boosts the immune system, stabilizes blood pressure levels, relieves
stress, and produces endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever.
– Adapted from The Mirror and Ebony
Welcome New Clients
Here are some of the new clients who
became members of our “Real Estate
Family” the past few months. I’d like to
welcome you and wish you all the best!
Steven Levin (referred by Tony Patel)
Megan O’Neill(referred by Karen Rush)
Oren and Eret Ezra(past client)
We love giving recognition to our new
friends and our wonderful existing
clients who are kind enough to refer
their friends and relatives to us.
If You’ve Been Rejected,
You’re In Good Company
At age 12, Lauryn Hill was practically booed
off stage while performing for a TV amateur night. Little did they know
she’d grow into a multi-Grammy-winning singer.
· Katie Couric’s boss at CNN saw her first appearance on the 6am
news and called the studio saying he never wanted to see her on air
again. Now she’s everyone’s favorite anchor of the Today
· A single mom and unemployed teacher, J.K. Rowling had her original
Harry Potter manuscript rejected by numerous publishers. Do you
think those editors are kicking themselves now?
· Abraham Lincoln lost elections for state legislature, Congress and
the vice presidential candidacy before becoming our 16th president,
abolishing slavery, and getting his face on the $5 bill and Mount
· Rosie O’Donnell’s own TV show Stand By Your Man was
canceled after only seven weeks on the air in 1992. Since then she has
gained fame as America’s funniest lady and went on to host her own
· When Jim Carrey made his debut at a Toronto comedy club, he was
booed off the stage for his bad material and even worse outfit.
· Michael Jordan was cut from his high school’s varsity basketball
team as a sophomore, but went on to lead the Chicago Bulls to victory
and become basketball’s most celebrated player.
– Adapted from Miss Click.com
Quotes of the Month
“Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.”
– Henry Ford
“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am
far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”
– Robert Brault
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is
– Chinese Proverb
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are
loved-loved for ourselves; nay, rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth
with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will
always long to return." --Leonardo da Vinci
"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches
is never sure." --Segal's Law
Knowledge without action, results in nothing.
Action without knowledge, produces mistakes
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for
beauty is God’s handwriting– a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every
fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it
as a cup of blessing.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ted Stevens 3 Heart Beats
Away from Being President?
Who the heck is Ted Stevens? He’s the new Senate president pro tempore. The
president pro tempore presides over the Senate when the vice president is
absent. By tradition the position is held by the senior member of the majority
According to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, signed by President
Harry Truman, the Senate president pro tempore is next in line to succeed to the
presidency after the vice president and the Speaker of the House. The cabinet
members are ordered in the line of succession according to the date their
offices were established. See the list below.
Before the last election, when the Democrats held the Senate majority, it was
Robert Byrd. Before Jim Jeffords jumped ship, 99 year old Strom Thurmond was
third in line to the presidency! I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard
of half of these people and they could be president? In these times of
terrorism, who knows what could happen.
1. The Vice President
2. Speaker of the House
3. President pro tempore of the Senate Ted Stevens
4. Secretary of State
5. Secretary of the Treasury
6. Secretary of Defense
7. Attorney General
8. Secretary of the Interior
9. Secretary of Agriculture
10. Secretary of Commerce
11. Secretary of Labor
12. Secretary of Health and Human Services
13. Secretary of HUD
14. Secretary of Transportation
15. Secretary of Energy
16. Secretary of Education
17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Adapted from Infoplease.com
mother-stickers, this is a ****-up!
A thief burst into a Florida bank one day wearing a ski mask and
carrying a gun. Aiming his gun at the guard, the thief yelled, “FREEZE,
MOTHER-STICKERS, THIS IS A ****-up!” For a moment, everyone was silent.
Then the snickers started. The guard completely lost it and doubled
over laughing. It probably saved his life, because he’d been about to
draw his gun. He couldn’t have drawn and fired before the thief got him.
The thief ran away and is still at large. In memory of the event, the
banker later put a plaque on the wall engraved with the words, “Freeze,
mother-stickers, this is a ****-up!”
Love And Marriage
Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her husband, “I bet you
don’t know what day this is.”
“Of course I do,” he indignantly answered, going out the door to
At 10am, the doorbell rang and when the woman opened the door, she was
handed a box containing a dozen long-stemmed red roses. At 1pm, a
foil-wrapped, two-pound box of her favorite chocolates arrived. Later, a
boutique delivered a designer dress.
The woman couldn’t wait for her husband to come home. “First the
flowers, then the chocolates and then the dress!” she exclaimed.
“I’ve never had a more wonderful Groundhog Day in my life!”
A Kid’s View
I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don’t
have any clean laundry. Come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of
– Age 15
If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace
for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started.
- Age 15
When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
Never trust a dog to watch your food. -Age 10
Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac.
If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.
Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.
Never try to baptize a cat.
Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick. -Age 9
Neat Internet Sites
www.time.gov: Tired of the clock in
your computer being incorrect? This site has the official atomic clock
time from the clock in Boulder, Colorado. You can download a little
program that will automatically synchronize your computer clock with the
official atomic clock.. Do you want to never have to set the clocks in
your home again? The atomic clock center in Boulder, Colorado broadcasts a
radio signal with the correct time. There are actually clocks with built
in radio receivers that will set themselves all by themselves. They’ll
even change the time automatically when we go into daylight savings time.
Do a Google.com search to find companies that sell them.
WATER OR COKE?
I saw this on the Internet. I’m not certain if it’s all
true but it was a real eye opener!
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world
2. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
3. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
4. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could
significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
5. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble
with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke
in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over
the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
3. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will
dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from
bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
4. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the
Hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
5. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their
trucks for about 20 years!
The Truth about Taxes
Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day,
ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid
their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men-the poorest-would pay nothing;
The fifth would pay $1
The sixth would pay $3
The seventh $7
The eighth $12
The ninth $18.
The tenth man-the richest-would pay $59.
That's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant
every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement-until one day, the owner
threw them a curve.
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to
reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."
So now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their
bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would
still eat for free. But what about the other six-the paying customers?
How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted
that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up
being “paid” to eat their meal.
So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's
bill by roughly the same proportion, and he proceeded to work out the amounts
each should pay.
And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid
$5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of
$52 instead of his earlier $59.
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to
eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He
pointed to the tenth. "But he got $7!" "Yeah, that's right,"
exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he
got seven times more than me!"
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man.
"Why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We
didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night he didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate
without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something
important. They were $52 short!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax
system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a
Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up
at the table anymore. Unfortunately, many cannot grasp this straight-forward
A Great Car Salesman!
We recently bought a new Toyota Sienna minivan and I wanted to let
everyone know about the wonderful service that Hoa Pham (Charlie) at Sandy
Springs Toyota gave us. He was the first salesman of 5 that we talked to.
He gave us his best drive out price and no one else could come close. He
didn’t mess around going back and forth. No hassles at all. I referred
my brother in-law to him last month and he had the same great experience.
Looking for a Toyota? Give Hoa a call. 404-256-3392
See An Interesting Home?
No need to wonder about the price. No need to call a
high-pressure sales agent who will just make you feel obligated. My
computers can send you the information quickly and easily, for any house,
listed or sold, anywhere in town.
Just ask me! It’s all part of my free, no-obligation
Leave the address on my voicemail, 404-845-0265 anytime, 24 hours a
day, and I’ll fax or mail you all the information on that listing within
What kind of acid is in Coca Cola?
Everyone who faxes, e-mails or calls in the correct answer by
March 15, 2003 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate
to Home Depot. Everyone who responds correctly but doesn’t win the drawing
will get a $5 gift card to Blockbuster Video.
December Quiz Answer
What are the names of all eight of Santa’s
reindeer mentioned in the poem “T’was the Night Before Christmas”?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder
Nancy Record, John and Ellen Gartland,Barb Waring, and Cathy Barnett
had the correct answer. We had a drawing and Barb Waring’s name was
picked. She’ll receive a $50 gift certificate to Home Depot. All others
will get a $5 gift certificate to Blockbuster’s.
Tim’s Book of the Month
The One Minute Father
Spencer Johnson always does a good job of breaking an idea down
to some key components that can then be built upon to create a positive
outcome. I was skeptical of "The One Minute Father" as most
people seem to be about all of the One Minute Ideas. Don't let the title
fool you. By using the common sense approach to disciplining your
children, you will eliminate the negative time to small points in time
while giving you the opportunity to spend a great deal of time in a
positive and rewarding relationship with your child(ren). This is a must
read for any parent. The things that we often know but won't believe are
possible are possible.
Healing Back Pain, The Mind-Body Connection
John Stossel did a report on ABC last year on Dr. Sarno and gave a
personal testimonial to his remarkable treatment. This book promises
permanent elimination of back pain without drugs, surgery, or exercise.
According to John E. Sarno, M.D., Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is the
major cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, and limbs--and
it is caused not by structural abnormalities but by the mind's effort to
repress emotions. He's not saying that your pain is all in your head;
rather, he's saying that the battle going on in your mind results in a
real physical disorder that may affect muscles, nerves, tendons, or
ligaments. An injury may have triggered the disorder, but is not the cause
of the amount or intensity of the resulting pain. According to Sarno, the
mind tricks you into not facing repressed emotion by making you focus on
pain in the body. When this realization sinks in ("and it must sink
in, for mere intellectual appreciation of the process is not
enough"), the trick doesn't work any more, and there's no need for