Female Perspective


This week my Trepmaker group is host to some visiting Nigerian educators from TSUE here in Los Angeles. We're facilitating the sharing of ideas and resources between Africa and Mount Sierra College. Today we took the Vice Chancellor and her entourage to the Huntington Library. I've often visited this museum but this is the first formal tour I've taken. I picked up a few trivia that you would probably never read about. Did you know that the Huntingtons are buried here yet they never really lived in this fabulous estate but preferred to stay in the East coast and Europe? The help and ground crew have always been the main occupants.

   One of the spots we visited was the Succulent Garden (garden of cacti and other water soaking vegetation). One particularly large cactus had bright red fruits shaped like Christmas lights. "Pick me up!" said the fruits to the idiot. So I picked one up; tore off its head and smelled the soft tissue that dripped bright red blood. I didn't want to chance a tummy ache otherwise I would have tasted it. Before the juice stained my shirt, I tossed the fruit aside. Only then did my fingers suddenly feel the stabs of several miniscule cacti needles. Those pins are hard to see and harder to pluck out. Despite my best effort, I still feel the bite of needles as I type. I can feel 'em but can't see 'em. Stupid me. If they were poisonous, I'd be dead already.

   Do you know the difference between a rose, your friends and your friend's nose? You can pick a rose and you can pick your friends but you can't pick your friend's nose. I learned that in High School.

   Today I learned an addendum to that: The fruit of the cactus may be ready for the picking but you better be ready for the pricking! TGIF guys!

Wisdom from Tom of Pasadena, CA
Words of Wisdom

You can tell how
big a person is
by what it takes to discourage him/her.

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Helpful Book
A bookseller conducting a market survey asked a woman ---
"which book has helped you most in your life?"

The woman replied - "My husband's checkbook!!



When you are in love --- wonders happen!
But once you get married --- you wonder, "what happened?"

Philosophy of Marriage

At the beginning, every wife treats her husband as GOD.
Later, somehow (don't know why) alphabets get reversed..

Secret Formula for Married Couples

Love One Another!

And if it doesn't work, bring the last word to the middle!!

Blonde Riddle
sent by Jody of Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Why are blonde jokes so short?

So men can remember them.

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Don't Bungee Jump Naked
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Naked Bungee Jumping

Jeanne Robertson may be a senior but she moves and thinks like a young spritely lady. Her Northern Carolina accent alone starts you laughing.

Angels We Have Heard on High
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Angels We Have Heard on High

How's a little acapella Christrmas music to cheer you up? Here's a new arrangement to a classic tune.

Scottsdale 2015 Auto Show Preview
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Car show

Car lovers better plan for this spectacular car show next year in Arizona. This is quite the collection.

Marionette in Manhattan
Contributed by Ernie of New York

Marionette in Manhattan

It's always a wonder to watch an expert puppeteer breathe life to a character made of sticks and strings. Very realistic movement --- really looks alive.

Science vs. Music
Contributed by Tom L of Pasadena, CA

Saltwater Electric Car

Did you know that different sounds ... different pitches create unique vibrations? Watch the many intricate patterns that sound produces in this creative experiment.

Different Approach to Cancer
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Different Way of Looking at Cancer

Philantrophists invest in expensive art, expensive "toys," expensive entertainment, etc. But some really smart ones see the world in different ways and invest in research to prove their theories. Thank God for them.

Men's Fashion Sense
Contributed by Rey of Simi Valley, CA

New York Fashion

Let's finish off today's fun with another segment of Jeanne Robertson who makes fun of the fashion style in New York.



Raoul, that encounter with the cactus, tsk, tsk, tsk. You know how to laugh at yourself at least.
BTW, one way of getting rid of cacti spines is to heat wax (candle will do) and while lukewarm---not hot to burn you, mind you!--- pour over the affected area. When the wax hardens, it will fall off and bring with it the spines embedded in your skin. But this is best when done right after. But 2 days after, dunno.
Anyway, you can also try vicks vaporub (the Filipino mom's favorite healer) and hope the spines stick ...or just leave it alone. I think, the spines will eventually melt into your system. Ah, Raoul!


Huntington Library is truly a Treasure in our midst (Pasadena CA]! Sorry about your experience with the prickly pear from cactus plant. They are delicious and sold at Super King on Lincoln with stickers removed.
Advent is a great time to contemplate the coming of Our Savior.


Hi Raoul,

Correction: I am from Annandale, Virginia (small potato compared to the Big Apple). And by the way watch out for those thorns when you pick a rose!


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