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When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Kahlil Gibran

Twice in the last ten years I have experienced the loss of a valued and meaningful friendship. In both cases my friends just totally broke off any communications. I have often had to move on after a loss of one kind or another when friends moved away, suffered grave illnesses or just pursued other interests. While I always missed them when they left I would understand that life’s that way and did not let it slow me down much.

I have had a much harder time with the unexpected total loss that comes from absolute silence without knowing why the split. My great concern is that I might have done something to create the break and I have no idea what that might be. While I know I can deal with the loss of a valued friendship I find it much harder to deal with the fact I might have hurt someone with whom I have nothing but regard and respect. So my dear friends if I ever do anything that upsets you please let me know what it is for it is never my intent to hurt. Help me to understand so I can learn and change my behavior or clear up what I would hope would only be a misunderstanding, only just don’t walk away for that punishment is too harsh. I lost the first of my two good friendships a few years back and still have not totally overcome the pain and regret that came from what I might have done, I just wish I knew what that was. I know the above is out of character but I wanted to let you know about my loss in hopes that you never leave a friend without saying goodbye.

So now on with a two day weekend that includes some really good stuff, in effect it will be the therapeutic antidote to my current concerns. I hope you too will rest, have fun and recharge. In my case it is vital that I do so as I will be going on special assignment next Thursday for a couple of weeks and I must be at my best. I will be closing down the Daily after Wednesday in order to give my electronic staff some time off. When I get back I’ll give you a complete report on my activity.

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Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,

May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

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When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother and found a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. I was not so pleased. I turned to Mom and said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?"

Mom smiled sweetly and then replied, "I remember."

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"I always wondered why babies spend so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food..."

Robert Orben

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Sally purchased an answering machine with a prerecorded message that used a male voice. She chose not to record a new message. The next Saturday she was "screening" her calls. The phone rang and the machine answered... After the message, there was a pause and the caller hung up. The phone rang a second time -- the same result.

Then the phone rang a third time, and the person said: "This is your mother, I think. If I am, please call me."

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THINK --it gives you something to do while the computer is down.

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ABOUT GROWING OLDER............

1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

2. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

3. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

4. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

5. You know you are getting old when every thing either dries up or leaks.

6. I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

7. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

8. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

9. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

10. Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

11. If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at.

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What do a divorce in Alabama, a tornado in Kansas and a hurricane in Florida have in common?

No matter what, somebody's fixin' to lose a trailer.

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After our old friend Phil had been a "temporary bachelor" for a few weeks, we stopped by his home to visit him. My wife asked if he was eating properly. "Well, I do eat a lot of dog food," Tom told her.

"Dog food!" my wife exclaimed, horrified. "I can't believe you would be eating anything like that!"

"Neither do I!" I responded. "You're not that easy to please when it comes to food!"

"Well, come to the kitchen and I'll show you," Tom replied. Opening the refrigerator door, he waved his hand at a row of doggie bags from some of the finest restaurants in town.

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Never try to guess your wife's size.

Just buy her anything marked 'petite' and hold onto the receipt.

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We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance. At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, "Does anyone know what the bishop does?"

There was silence. Finally, one little boy answered gravely, "He's the one who moves diagonally."

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The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

Oscar Wilde

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I walked into my sister's kitchen and found my nephew, Mitch, having a snack. "Where's your mother?" I asked.

"She said she was going to have a shower. Just a minute and I'll see." Mitch went to the kitchen tap and turned the hot water on full blast. A sharp yell came from above. Mitch calmly turned off the tap and said, "Yep, she's in the shower."

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People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed.

Never throw out anyone.

Audrey Hepburn

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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