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A Kiss Calms Mom
You’ve probably heard of the book “All I Really Need to Know I
Learned in Kindergarten”. Last week Benjamin, my three year old son,
confirmed this premise.
I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the fresh
invigorating feeling of getting out of the bath tub that just sends my
kids running around like playful puppies. They start running around,
howling and dancing and bouncing on the bed. Then it goes from joy and
happiness to whining and fussing when we insist that they get dressed.
I was ready for Benjamin to pick up where Rebecca left off and was ready to
have to deal with his melt down. But much to my surprise, Benjamin, without
saying a word, walked up to Lori, puckered his lips and motioned for a kiss.
Then he rubbed noses with Lori and then said “ Mommy, will you please help me
get dressed?” in the most nice and polite way a little boy can manage.
|I wish I could have video taped it. Lori’s
face went from anger and annoyance to just a big smile. It caught both of
us by surprise. She gave him a big hug and got him dressed. Rebecca
watched all this but I wasn’t certain whether or not she got the
message. It was nice to see that the next night, Rebecca apparently
learned the lesson well. She got out of the tub, kissed Lori and asked her
“Mommy, will you please help me get dressed?”
Some day I’ll write a book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned
from My Kids”.
My heart feels lighter every time I read this story. I hope yours will, too!
Let Your Heart Fly!
||Recently, my two-year-old son and I were
strolling down a sidewalk together. Both in our own little worlds, we hadn’t
spoken until I felt a tugging at my hand. Looking up at me, he exclaimed,
“Run, Mommy, run!” Gazing back down at him, I almost had to laugh.
At six and one-half months pregnant, I can barely manage a quick walk,
let alone a full-fledged run. Activities I used to take for granted, such
as getting up from a chair without a grunt of effort, are things of the
past. Even my family is shocked at the enormity of my belly. A friend
likes to tease me about twins.
My son tugs my hand more urgently and repeats, “Run, Mommy!” I
start to shake my head no, but then I hesitate. How many times have I told
him “no” lately?
“No, Nicholas. We can’t play that rough – it could hurt the baby.
No, I can’t give you a horsy ride. You see, my back aches constantly
now. No, Nicholas, I don’t want to color – I just want to rest.”
These months of pregnancy have been bittersweet. I deeply love this coming
child and delight in every little nudge and kick. But it has occurred to me that
this is the last time in Nicky’s childhood that it will be just the two of us.
Soon enough he will have to learn to share… Mommy’s lap, Mommy’s hugs,
Then I look, really look, at him. I study his outstretched hand, so pudgy and
dimpled. I suddenly realize that one day it will be larger than my own. I look
into his clear brown eyes, so free from our adult world of worries. They are lit
up, in love with life and so excited. “Please don’t ever grow up,” I want
to tell him. “Please always stay my little boy.” He is so beautiful at this
moment it actually makes my heart physically hurt.
I kneel down to his level (difficult, I admit, but I manage). Then I take a
moment to think at his level. We adults spend so much time worrying – about
money, our careers, our responsibilities. None of this means anything to him. He
is two, and he wants to run. With me, his Mommy. This means something to him.
And now it means something to me.
I grab his little hand tightly in my own. “Yes, Nicholas,” I say. “I’ll
run with you.” He waits for me to stand, and then we’re off! His sturdy legs
pound the pavement fiercely as I do my best to keep up.
|It flashes through my mind that to other
people we might look pretty ridiculous: a running toddler pulling his
pregnant mother (who is by now huffing and puffing) along behind him.
Nicholas looks at me with a huge grin. “Run, Mommy, run!” and laughs.
Faster and faster we go. I am laughing out loud now, too. I forget about
my aching back and my huge stomach. I forget about everything except how
much I love my son. Though I lag behind, not once does he let go of my
We finally do pass someone, a silver-haired lady. Instead of a strange
look, she gives us a genuine smile. Maybe our joy is contagious, or maybe
she remembers her own son at that age. Or maybe, just maybe, she sees what’s
really happening. While Nick’s and my feet are busy running, our hearts
are busy flying.
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!
Tom Courtney and his soon to be wife
Lori (referred by David McCarthy)
RoNNy and Stacey Nussbaum (referred
by Yuron and Lemore Zurr)
David and Amy Rose (friends of
Robert and Gloria Fasnacht (friends)
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.
Is Your Child Ready To Get A
||A six-year-old should be mature enough to
understand the responsibility of pet ownership and will benefit greatly
from the bond created by such a relationship. It’s best to start small
– begin with a low-maintenance pet, such as a goldfish or hamster. You
can work your way up to a cat or dog as soon as your child proves to be
reliable and kind with the pet.
If you choose to jump right into cat or dog companions, keep in mind
that a six-year-old may not be able to handle all of the necessary tasks.
Feeding, sanitation and dog walks really need to be taken care of by an
adult. The child can be responsible for grooming and daily play.
I suggest that parents tell their children the new pet is theirs on a trial
basis only, just in case it must be returned due to health problems or allergic
reactions among family members. It’s a good idea to bring a kitten or puppy to
a veterinarian before bringing him home – it’s very hard to return a pet
once you’ve given him a name and he’s slept all night in your six-year-old’s
It’s the vet’s job to detect any congenital deformities, such as a heart
murmur, patellar luxation (trick knee), patent foramen (soft spot on cranium) or
retained testicles, to name just a few. I suggest bringing your child to this
initial exam so that he or she can see the importance of the pet’s health and
ask the vet questions about caring for the pet.Most breeders or pet shops will
give you 48 hours to return the pet if he’s found unfit, although some state
laws (lemon laws) allow a full 14 days.
|You have to be careful to choose the right
pet since you wouldn’t want what is probably your child’s first
exposure to an animal to be a negative experience. If adopting a pet from
a shelter, most workers can direct you to one they know to be
child-friendly. If purchasing a dog or cat, choose a breed known to be
good with children – golden retrievers, pugs or shih tzus are your best
bet with dogs. If you’d prefer a cat, you’ll probably have the most
luck with a Persian, Himalayan or Scottish Fold.
Remember to supervise your child with the pet to be sure that all is
going well. Don’t assume that your child and the pet will treat each
other respectfully. A dog or a cat will protect himself against a child
who has decided to use him as target practice or a soccer goal post. Of
course, it’s also up to you, the parent, to display to your child the
appropriate way of treating animals.
It may not surprise you to learn that studies have linked abusing
animals at a young age to criminal behavior as an adult. In some
elementary schools, local policemen or firemen provide seminars on
kindness to animals with the long-range goal of creating law-abiding
– By Dr. Peter Kross, DVM
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2002 Darwin Awards
||Yes, the one we've all been waiting for
... the Darwin Award 2002. The candidates have finally been
released! For those not familiar with the Darwin Award, It's an annual
honor given to the person who provided The Universal human gene pool the
biggest service by getting KILLED in the most extraordinarily stupid way.
As always, competition this year has been keen again. Some candidates
appear to have trained their whole lives for this event!
DARWIN AWARD CANDIDATES
1. In September in Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two
feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer
grate to retrieve his car keys.
2. In October, a 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally
zoned when he ran," accidentally jogged off a 100-foot-high cliff on his
3. Buxton, NC: A man died on a beach when an 8-foot-deep hole he had dug into
the sand caved in as he sat inside it. Beach goers said Daniel Jones, 21, dug
the hole for fun, or protection from the wind, and had been sitting in a beach
chair at the bottom Thursday afternoon when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5
feet of sand. People on the beach, on the outer banks, used their hands and
shovels, trying to claw their way to Jones, a resident of Woodbridge, VA, but
could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour
to free him while about 200 people looked on. Jones was pronounced dead at a
4. In February, Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, CA, as he fell
face-first through the ceiling of bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was
caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth (to keep his hands
free) rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
stabbed to death in January by fellow cadet Jeffrey Hoffman, 23,
who was trying to prove that a knife could not penetrate the flak vest Berrena
5. According to police in Dahlonega, GA, ROTC cadet Nick Berrena, 20, was
TACOMA, WA - Kerry Bingham, had been drinking with several friends when one of
them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from the Tacoma Narrows
Bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least
10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 am. Upon arrival at the
midpoint of the bridge they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope.
Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of
lineman's cable lay nearby. One end of the cable was secured around Bingham's
leg and the other end was tied to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the
cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his
fall into the icy river water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. "All
I can say," said Bingham, "is that God was watching out for me on that
night. There's just no other explanation for it." Bingham's foot was never
AND THE WINNER PADERBORN, GERMANY
||Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed
his constipated elephant Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more than
a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm
finally let it fly, and suffocated the keeper under 200 pounds of poop!
Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the
wailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded on
"The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr.
Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock and lay unconscious
as the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on top of him," said
flabbergasted Paderborn police detective Erik Dern. "With no one there to
help him, he lay under all that dung for at least an hour before a watchman came
along, and during that time he suffocated. It seems to be just one of those
freak accidents that happen."
Punk Rock Fans Can Teach Our
The Weekly Standard's "contributing humorist," Larry Miller, tells
the following heartening story, related to him by a friend who went to a
Southern California punk-rock festival:
"Blink 182" came on, played their first song, and the lead singer
stepped forward and shouted this (verbatim from Jack, he wrote it down) into
the mike: "F--- GEORGE BUSH! DON'T LISTEN TO HIM. WE HAVE NO BUSINESS
BEING IN IRAQ, NO MATTER WHAT HE SAYS." And here comes the good news.
There was a long pause, complete silence. And then they started. The boos.
One here, one there. Then everyone. Everyone. Louder and louder. Jack
told me how the puzzled singer blinked in surprise, looked at the rest of his
band, and then stepped forward again to try to save the moment. "NO, NO,
YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. I SAID F--- GEORGE BUSH. F--- HIM." The boos grew
even louder, and then people began shouting back up to the stage, "NO,
MAN, F--- YOU!" "YEAH, F--- YOU, A-----E!" More and more,
ceaselessly rising, until the shaken band caucused quickly and just blasted
into their next song.
Not bad, eh? I know, I know, it's not exactly parliament shouting down
Clement Atlee, but, all in all, not bad.
||And here we have some politicians going over
to Iraq and doing the same thing to our president. I hope I wasn’t the
only one shouting at the TV at these clowns. I hope they get booted out at
the polls on election night.
Neat Internet Sites
||Atomica.com: They have a neat free
download at their site. It’s an online glossary, dictionary, thesaurus,
and encyclopedia combined on steroids! It’s pretty neat. If you come
across a word you’re not sure of, just click on it and it will pull up
the definition in the dictionary, give you similar words from the
Thesaurus and let you do a quick Internet search. It usually gives a
button that actually says the word and sometimes gives you translations in
a dozen languages. It’s always on so you use it in any program you are
Www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html : Do you really want to know
detailed information about a particular neighborhood? The U.S. census collects a
ton of data and I finally found out how to access it. The first problem to
overcome is to figure out what census tract or block you’re interested in. Go
to the above web site and type in the address you’re interested in. It will
give you detailed maps of census blocks, census tracts, voting districts etc. I
was amazed at the small size of a census block. My census block contains only
about 50 homes. Once you know the census block, then you can get all the
detailed census information that has been collected during the last census. I
don’t know what one would do with all this data but it’s just amazing what’s
Mapquest.com: Yes, a lot of people use this site. It’s nothing new. But
did you ever check out the satellite photos they have. You type in your address
and the normal map comes up. But up at the top there’s a tab that says “aerial
photo” and it will pull up the GlobeXplorer satellite photo for that address.
You can make out drive ways and homes and trees pretty well. I had gone to the
Terra Server site but it was always difficult to navigate it to the area of
interest. Without map lines, it’s hard to know where you are. Just like when
you’re flying. The state lines aren’t very clear from up there. Searching
for a specific address on Mapquest makes it a lot easier.
The Echo Of Life
||A son and his father were walking in the
mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams, “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountains,
Curious, he yells, “Who are you?”
He receives the answer, “Who are you?”
Angered at the response, he screams, “Coward!”
He receives the answer, “Coward!”
He looks to his father. “What’s going on?”
The father smiles, “My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to
the mountain, “I admire you!” The voice answers, “I admire you!”
Again the man screams, “You are a champion!” The
voice answers, “You are a champion!”
The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains. “People
call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or
do. Our lives are simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in
the world, create more love in your heart.
“This relationship applies to everything. Life will give you back
everything you have given to it.”
The Power of Optimism
While I don’t know who wrote this story, I thought I’d share it to help
remind all of us of the power of optimism.
There were two boys who were identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist.
He always seemed happy, no matter what was happening around him. The other boy
was easily depressed and moody. He seemed hopelessly negative most of the time.
The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.
He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins’ personalities. “On
their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the
pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box full of
manure.” The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the
When they peeked in on the pessimist, they heard him audibly complaining, “I
don’t like the color of this computer…I’ll bet this calculator will break…I
don’t like this game…I know someone who’s got a bigger toy car than this…”
||Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents
peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up
in the air. He was giggling. When he saw his parents looking in on him, he
said, “You can’t fool me! Where there’s this much manure, there’s
gotta be a pony!”
Quotes of the Month:
Vegetarian is an old Indian word for bad hunter.
-Heard it on Paul Harvey
Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and
ability to perform shall cease to exist.
– Mary Kay Ash
I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are
the real ones after all.
– Laura Ingalls Wilder
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
– Muhammad Ali
|The world will never starve for want of
wonders, but for want of wander.
Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's
money --- only for wanting to keep your own money.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
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October Quiz Question
What is the smallest populated nation?
Everyone who faxes, e-mails or calls in the correct answer by the last day of
November 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
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August Quiz Answer
Question: What are the four main characters in Scoobee Doo?.
Answer: Daphne, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne
Nancy Record and Pat Consolo, John and Ellen Gartland, Dianne Ward and
Kathy Barnett had the correct answer. We had a drawing and John and Ellen
Gartland’s name was picked. They’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 Holotropic Mind
By Stanislav Grof, M.D.
Are you a scientifically minded person willing to follow
solid research wherever it goes? Are you open to exploring a radical
theory which seeks to explain a wide range of occult phenomenon, from
pre-birth memories to ESP to life-after-death? If you are, you have to
read this book.
Dr. Grof is a skilled psychiatrist and researcher with solid academic
credentials in the US and Europe. He was one of the first to experiment
with LSD in the laboratory before Timothy Leary even got started. His
decades of research with thousands of subjects, including himself, has
convinced the doctor that altered states of consciousness are the gateway
to understanding the nature of the human experience.
I know, mention LSD or ESP and many minds will snap shut. But I challenge you
to have an open mind and read this book. But don’t read it if you’re happy
with your current concepts of reality and believe that there is nothing more
than what you see with your eyes.
Western science treats the mind as a machine. Thoughts are claimed to be
nothing more than chemicals and neurons creating our experiences. Sometimes
claiming proof by probing the brain here or there to create a specific
experience. If a TV repairman gets a picture to appear by jiggling a tube or two
does that mean that the tube is responsible for the TV program that shows up on
the TV? But, if the mind doesn’t produce it’s thoughts, and only processes
the signals like a TV, where do the thoughts come from? What is the source of
our original ideas? Can a thought actually have an effect on the physical world?
Is our physical reality shaped by our thoughts or vice versa? Do you want to
explore these questions?
This book is an easy read because it is filled with compelling case
histories. Grof presents his data, places it in the context of other's theories,
for example, Jung, William James and Maslow, then leaves the reader free for his
own explorations and meaning-making.