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01/05/19 Kids

Saturday, January 05, 2019

"If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong healthy functioning families, it makes our job more important." Barbara Colorose
ME: Thank you to all of the teachers who have made the difference in a child's life. I know it's not easy.

"Fact: No one has ever 'jumped in the shower'."

One dark night in Dublin, a fire started inside the local chemical plant. In the blink of an eye, it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When the firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fireman in charge and said, “All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give 50,000 pounds to the fire department that brings them out intact.”

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now 100,000 pounds to the fire station who could bring out the company’s secret files. But still, the firefighters could not get through.

From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby rural township volunteer fire brigade, composed mainly of old men over 65. To everyone’s amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant. Without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno.

Outside, the other firemen watched as the old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire and fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the old timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to 200,000 pounds and walked over to personally thank each of the brave firefighters.

The local TV station caught the thank you on film and asked the chief, “What are you going to do with all that money?”

“Well,” said Paddy, the 70-year-old fire chief, “the first thing we’re gonna do is fix the brakes on that bloody fire truck.”

It's Screenwriters' Day! An undervalued asset in Hollywood, these hidden writers are the ones that make the stars look good, the director a genius, and keep us engaged. When watching the next movie, sit through the credits and acknowledge the screenwriters that made all the difference. It's Fruitcake Toss Day! Some have it on the 3rd, but most have it today so to make a game of how far can you toss that fruitcake. Do not throw it at a person; it can pack a wallop! Some traditions have people passing a fruitcake around till someone is stuck with it by midnight New Year's and they have to keep the fruitcake till next Christmas. It's Bird Day (a day to raise awareness and to reduce the suffering of wild and captive birds; many die in captivity even before being sold because they're not properly taken care of; if you adopt a bird, be sure to learn its special needs and care), Keto Day (a day for the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet and to proclaim its health benefits), and Whipped Cream Day (oh yes!; air is beaten into milk with a hi-fat content and as the fat wraps around the air bubbles and more air is whipped in, the cream begins to stiffen and take shape; a dollop for your hot cocoa?) Palais Garnier, the Paris opera house, opened this day in 1875. In 1896, a counterweight to the chandelier fell and killed a concierge; this led to a scene in the "Phantom", which was published in 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. We know this opera house and story as the "Phantom of the Opera", the longest running musical.
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