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All that stuff that the grandparents forward….

Among the Orchids

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The photos are great, but the philosophy is even better!

We never get what we want,
We never want what we get,
We never have what we like,
We never like what we have.
And still we live & love.
That’s life…
P.S. (that’s also when we’re younger and don’t know how to appreciate)

The best kind of friend,
Is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with,
Never say a word,
And then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

It’s true that we don’t know
What we’ve got until it’s gone,
But it’s also true that we don’t know
What we’ve been missing until it arrives..

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they’ll love you back!
Don’t expect love in return;
Just wait for it to grow in their heart,
But if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.

It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone,
An hour to like someone,
And a day to love someone,
But it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
Because it takes only a smile to
Make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile!

May you have
Enough happiness to make you sweet,
Enough trials to make you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
And enough hope to make you happy.

Always put yourself in others’ shoes.
If you feel that it hurts you,
It probably hurts the other person, too.

The happiest of people
Don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Happiness lies for
Those who cry,
Those who hurt,
Those who have searched,
And those who have tried,
For only they can appreciate the importance of people
Who have touched their lives.

When you were born, you were crying
And everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so that when you die,
You’re the one who is smiling
And everyone around you is crying.

Please send this message
To those people who mean something to you,
To those who have touched your life in one way or another,
To those who make you smile when you really need it,
To those that make you see the brighter side of things When you are really down,
To those who you want to know
That you appreciate their friendship.

And if you don’t, don’t worry,
Nothing bad will happen to you,
You will just miss out on the opportunity
to brighten someone’s life with this message…

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Jesus Laughing

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When friends went to a seminary in Florida this past
March, they saw an artist sketching a huge work (the
size of a door). He used nothing more than a pencil
on paper, worked quickly, and was finished in about
30-45 minutes. The artist prefers anonymity and
says he wants the works to speak for themselves.
Look carefully and see the drawings were signed,
‘Jesus Painter…’

Jesus smiling! It’s a concept I hadn’t seen before.
Beautiful pencil drawings…

God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close.
If you need God to open some doors for you… send this to other people. If you don’t need God to open some doors for you, just send it anyway..

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Drink water

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I don’t know if you read this before but it sure is interesting what drinking water will do.

The following will probably amaze and startle you.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study:

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that8-10 glasses of water a daycould significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body watercan trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Drinking 5 glasses of water dailydecreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

(No kidding, all of the aboveare true….)

Of course, too much water may have strange side effects……

Don’t get carried away!

Now that I have your attention, go get another glass of water! BUT BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL!!!

Laugh often, long and loud… Laugh until you gasp for breath.And if you have friends who make you laugh, spend lots of time with them.

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Title Search.

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Title search

Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be
challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of
years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two
centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family,
sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here’s a great
letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:

You have to love this lawyer…

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told
the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel
of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated
back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After
sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

(Actual reply from FHA):

"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan
application, we note the request is supported by an Abstract of Title.
While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented
the application, we must point out you have only cleared title to the
proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be
accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:

(Actual response):

"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been
received. I note you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years
covered by the present application.

I was unaware any educated person in this country,
particularly those working in the property area, would not know Louisiana
was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin
identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA
bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from
France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land
came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year
1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the
privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen
The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as
careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the
blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus’
expedition. Now the Pope, as I’m sure you may know, is the emissary of
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this
world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume God also made the part of
the world called Louisiana. God; therefore, would be the owner of origin
and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we
know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God’s original claim to be
satisfactory. Now, may we have our loan?"

The loan was immediately approved.

And you want Government running health care?

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I did not know this!
For anyone who may have interest in Mitt Romney’s background


Personal Information:

His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney

He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan

He was raised in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan

He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.

B.A. From Brigham Young University ,

J.D. And M.B.A. From Harvard University

Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background:

After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.

In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .

In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Facts about Romney:

Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.

Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.

He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.

He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.

He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.

And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income…. Just for comparison purposes, Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:

He will show us his birth certificate

He will show us his high school and college transcripts.

He will show us his social security card.

He will show us his law degree.

He will show us his draft notice.

He will show us his medical records.

He will show us his income tax records.

He will show us he has nothing to hide.

Mitt Romney’s background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States .

You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what religion he is, and that he won’t desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won’t like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney’s background can do it. But, on the minus side, He never was a “Community Organizer”, never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the US.

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San Francisco——-THIS GREAT !!!

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Check out the person that wrote the letter at bottom.

Blast from the Past – San Francisco 1940

Arrived in Oakland a few hours ago and finally we’re on our way to San Francisco . We paid 25 cents at the Toll Plaza to enter this wonderful bridge that was opened four years ago. It took me awhile to get used to the traffic.

1. The Oakland Bay Bridge

The bridge has two decks. The top deck is for automobiles and the bottom deck for trucks and electric trains. You can see the tracks at left. The trains are run by the Key System and Southern Pacific. They can take you all over the East Bay to wonderful places like Neptune Beach in Alameda .

2. The Yerba Buena Tunnel

We have just passed through the Yerba Buena Tunnel and can finally see San Francisco in the distance. Notice that the traffic has thinned out. Many of the cars got off the bridge at the island to go to the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island . The fair opened last year and will close for good later in 1940. I’m going to try and go there.
Right now we’re heading for the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill for cocktails. It’s a great place to see San Francisco ..

3. Top Of The Mark

Isn’t this a great view of San Francisco ? We’re at the lounge called the Top of the Mark. The Mark Hopkins Hotel is one of the city’s great hotels.
The Russ Building , by the bridge tower, is the biggest office building on the Pacific Coast . It’s 31 stories high.
Near the Ferry Building is the Produce District made up of small beautiful, old brick buildings. You can go there early in the morning and watch the grocers come in to pick out all kinds of vegetables.

4. Chinatown

After leaving the Mark we walked down California to Grant Avenue . Here is San Francisco ‘s world famous Chinatown . There are wonderful shops and the best Chinese food anywhere… and so reasonable. You can get a large bowl of pork noodles for 35 cents.
Do you see the Shriner’s Flags at the top of the picture? They are having a convention in San Francisco . There is a Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children on Nineteenth Avenue . It provides treatment for many children every year without charge.
Every New Years Day the famous Shrine East West football game is held in Kezar Stadium.

5. Flower Stands on Powell

After leaving Chinatown we walked down to Powell Street . Around Geary Street there are wonderful flower stands.
San Francisco is sure a different place.

6. The Cable Cars

We’re at Powell and Market where the cable cars get turned around to go to Fisherman’s Wharf. There is a great cafeteria just a few feet from the turntable. It’s called Clinton ‘s and I hear the food is great but we plan to have dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf and that’s where we are heading.

7. Fisherman’s Wharf

We walked along the docks to look at hundreds of fishing boats. The one coming in here is a crab-fisher. They are all painted wonderful colors and the fishermen are all Italian. They are very friendly, and we watched them sitting on the docks mending their nets and singing.

8. Dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf has to be one of my favorite places in San Francisco . The men who do the fishing bring them back to the restaurants and outdoor stalls. People can pick out a crab and it’s cooked right there for you to take home.
One night we went to a great restaurant a man told me about. It’s called San Remo ‘s, near Fisherman’s Wharf. You can get a wonderful Italian dinner for $1.00 from soup to dessert. Another dollar gets a bottle of house wine. You go into the bar to pick it up.
Our waiter was very friendly. I think he had been sampling the house wine.

9. Playland at the Beach

San Franciscans love the beach. The water is too cold to swim in but Playland at the Beach has everything else; a wonderful roller coaster, the Fun House, Shoot the Chutes, and great food. A favorite is Topsy’s Roost for delicious fried chicken and dancing. If you’re eating on the balcony you go down to the dance floor on a slide!
My favorite was the Pie Shop… the best chicken and beef turnovers imaginable fantastic crust and wonderful gravy. San Franciscans take them home for dinner.

10. The Golden Gate Bridge

We left Playland and drove through the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge . The Presidio is still an important Army Base and has been on active duty since Spain built a fort there in 1776.

The Golden Gate is my favorite bridge. We parked the car near the Toll Plaza and walked across the bridge for 25 cents. You can’t walk on the Bay Bridge .

Our trip to San Francisco is over too soon. I hate to say goodbye to this beautiful city. The people who live here are sure lucky.

Hope you enjoyed my letter and the photographs.
Say hello to everybody.
Henry Ford
July 12, 1940

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Old Man and Woman

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An old man and woman were married for many years.
Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, “When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life !”

Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared.
To everyone’s relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98. His wife had a closed casket at the funeral. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party as if there was no tomorrow.

Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked “Aren’t you afraid that he may indeed dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life ?”

The wife put down her drink and said, “Let him dig. I had him buried upside down. And I know he won’t ask for directions!”

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