Friday, November 07, 2008

More Heart Thoughts

In our work as Retail Sales Associates for the Postal Service, when we ask customers which stamps they want, we often hear, "Do you have any with my picture on them?"

To which we reply, "Oh, you don't want one of those. You have to be dead for 10 years before you can be put on a stamp." (Former U.S. Presidents excluded.)

Except that's not so true any more with the growing popularity of "photo stamps." You can upload a favorite picture now and slap it on a stamp, as long as it's decent and not a copyrighted image. (Look for a bonus tip below.)

In fact, the company sponsors monthly photo stamp contests. You can see some of the winners here.



When at home, amuse yourself. When visiting, try to amuse others.

Never complain that things aren't what they used to be ... neither are you.

When you need advice, everyone is ready to help you; but when you need help, everyone is ready to advise you.

Truth has only to pass through a few wrong-headed people to become fiction.

What you don't know doesn't hurt you ... it's what you suspect that causes all the trouble.

You make more enemies by your words than friends by your deeds.

Success is a ladder which cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.

Bringing up a child "by the book" is okay as long as you remember that you need a different book for each child.

You may have the right to be angry, but no one has the right to be cruel.

Start each day as though it were on purpose.

If the problem is something you'll laugh about later, why not laugh about it now?

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

[with thanks to list member Cliff R. and Menards]


My daughter has her Swim Team Finals this weekend, and my band plays tomorrow afternoon for probably the last time this year. As always, I pray your weekend is as full of family, friends, and fun as mine usually are. Oh, and some rest, too. Take a nap on Sunday!

As to the "bonus tip" for the Photo Stamps, you can get free shipping on those stamps by using code "fall2008" when you checkout.

Hey, I'll see you on Monday.



WEB SITE of the WEEK: The Human Genome Project was an attempt by science to completely map our human DNA. Each and every link and how it related to the other links in the chain. Well, the "Music Genome Project" began in 2000 with much the same goal. Using over 400 descriptors for musical styles and a complex mathematical algorithm, a company known as "Savage Beast Technologies" attempted to map all the different styles of music and how they relate to one another. The result - submitted by list member Susan B. - is ... an online streaming audio site. You type in the name of your favorite artist, band or song, and the site will play you music by that artist plus a bunch of other music from different artists that have the same characteristics. If you like what you hear, you can then save that "station" and set up multiple stations to play whatever style of music for which you happen to be in the mood. Registration is free.


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WORDS for YOUR WEEKEND: "Nowhere in the Bible does it say that somebody retired." (Billy Graham)

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