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11/11/18 7 Steps

Sunday, November 11, 2018

"7 Steps to Happiness: Think less, feel more. Frown less, smile more. Talk less, listen more. Judge less, accept more. Watch less, do more. Complain less, appreciate more. Fear less, love more."

"Uh oh, lawyers and beneficiaries are gathering overhead. Looks like someone's fixin' to die."

A newly ordained priest, nervous about hearing confessions, finally asks an older priest to observe how he does and give some tips.

After listening in on the second confession, the older priest suggested that the younger man fold his arms, maybe rub his chin with one hand while saying phrases like “I see” or “I understand” or “Yes, my child. Go on”.

The young priest puts the suggestions into practice and later tells the older priest how much it has helped getting more information from his flock.

“You’ve done well,” said the older man.

“Isn’t that much better than slapping your knee and yelling ‘No way! What happened next?'”

It Veterans' Day! First called Armistice Day for the end of WWI in 1918, it was changed in 1954 to Veterans to honor veterans of all wars. Honor the veterans in your life and thank them for their service. In a related note, it's Death/Duty Day which honors the 2738 lives lost on November 11, 1918 after the Armistice was signed but before it took effect at 11:00 am. It's Origami Day (actually origami is celebrated from Oct.24 to Nov 11 in different countries for different impetus, but today is celebrated in Japan for the cranes that symbolize peace), Tongue Twister Day (a day to have fun with those phrases that are difficult to articulate quickly; any seashells or peck of pickled peppers out there?), Singles Day (celebrated in China, celebrates the contributions and freedoms of its single citizens), Sundae Day (the true origins are unknown but that doesn't detract from how tasty they are), Start of Fifth Season in Germany (Germany starts its Carnival season on Nov.11 and it lasts till Ask Wednesday, though the celebrations don't really crank up till Jan.5), Metal Day (observed by Metal culture lovers in honor of the mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap"), Pupusa Day (celebrates the El Salvadoran food of tortilla-life flatbread that is filled with delicious fillings), and Pocky Day (a sweet biscuit in a coating, usually of chocolate, a favorite in Japan). In 1921, the remains of an unidentified soldier of WWI were interred into the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery and dedicated by President Harding. In 1852, Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women" received $5 for her first published work, "Rival Painters", in the Boston 'Saturday Evening Gazette'.
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