One More Chance


Paul Simon wrote "I am a rock" --- a song about a man who chooses to detach himself from the rest of the world to avoid feeling pain --- fearing even to love. Social creatures we are and always will be. Life will have its ups and downs --- its joyful hellos and its melancholy good 'byes.

Today was a sad day for our family. My son's month-long visit from the East coast ended this morning. Tears flowed in the airport. Sadness like death enveloped our home for we knew it would be months till we would hug one another again. But as I gazed across the events in the lives of some of my friends, my pain did not compare to their grief for they had recently lost a loved one. Their separation is more permanent. If you are among those who lost someone special I send my sympathies which holds more meaning today. Perhaps this is why we need to experience sadness --- so we can better understand what others are going through and be more willing to carry their burdens. We need one another.

We can choose to be a fortress of stone but, as Paul Simon insinuates, the irony is we will lose out on life. For it's the pain and sadness which come with joy and happiness that let us know we're alive. I love my son, I love my family. I love life.

"He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully"
--- 2 Corinthians 9:6

Wisdom from Tom of Pasadena
Words of Wisdom

Don't cry
because it's over; smile because it happened.

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One More Chance
sent by Mike of New York

Bubba got a football scholarship at Dimwit College. He was a good running back but a poor student.

At graduation day, Bubba didn't have enough credits. But he was a great football star and the students held a rally and demanded the dean give him a diploma anyway. They were so insistent that the dean agreed if Bubba could answer one question correctly she would give him a diploma.

The one question test was held in the auditorium and the students packed the place. It was standing room only.

The dean had the diploma in her hand and said, "Bubba, if you can answer this question correctly I'll give you your diploma." Bubba said he was ready and the dean asked him the question.

"Bubba," she said, "How much is three times seven?"

Bubba looked up at the ceiling and then down at his shoes, just pondering the question. The students began chanting, "Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!"

Then Bubba held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. Bubba said, "I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one."

A hush fell over the auditorium and the college students began another chant:

"Give him another chance! Give him another chance!"

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Wing Suiter Meets His Maker
Contributed by Mike of New York

Wing Suiter Meets His Maker

You know what wing suiters are, right? They're those flying daredevils dressed like overgrown flying squirrels who glide down mountains at amazing speed. Well here's a quick clip on one of them at the recent Brazil soccer games.

Fritz (the Weatherman) Coleman Talks About Aging
Contributed by Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA

Puppy faints

For all of you Fritz fans who have watched and marveled at the humor of this Los Angeles Weatherman for decades … here he is! I've known him for years but didn't know he does standup comedy. My admiration for him has gone up several notches.

Bird Fishing
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Bird Fishing

Another testament to how smart animals really are.

Dog Befriends Deer
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Dog and Deer

So a deer walked into a yard one day. That started a strange friendship. Skip this if you aren't an animal lover.
There are other interesting videos in this page as well.

70s Celebrities Sing God Bless America
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Bea Quindlen : God Bless America 70s clip

This 70s patriotic video starts with John Wayne then it jumps from one Hollywood celebrity to another. Many of them I never thought could hold a tune. Notice too that they didn't use people from different ethnicities but used makeup to fake them up. Life was different then.

Mass Producing Japanese Food
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Sushi Machine

Like sushi? Me like too. Me consume much quantity too. It's about time they figured out a way to automate the process. Hopefully it will drive the price down.

Contributed by Charlie of New York

Timber in close quarters

You've got to have a lot of skill and a lot of confidence to venture something like this. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean.

Unique Restaurant in Canada
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Restaurant for deaf

Bravo to this entrepreneur who conceived of a way to bridge the communication gap between two different worlds in a fun way. I hope this idea spreads.
TGIF people! Have a wonderful weekend!


Hi Bro,

I felt your pain from one father to another saying goodbye for now to [your son] as he headed to the other side of the country. I am glad your family had that special month together.

Take care and thank you as always for the Friday email.


Great Intro Raoul, I feel the same way and each parting prepares us for the ultimate departure and attaining our Eternal Reward . Ah the Mystery of Life ! Enjoy Life to the Fullest and Thanks for your sublime suggestions.


I'm with you there Raoul saying good bye to [your son]. Ah, the pain of parting....and most often with me, it was across the insurmountable sea, and times 7 kids! But we lived through it, and with God's compassion, we came through even more loving and understanding, and let this understanding reach out to others. How consoling 2 Corinthians 9:6. I wish I knew it then. But hearing it from you now, I know it is true. And I thank the Lord it is true for you and your family. Praise Him who holds us in his hands, and doesn't let go.


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