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  • lczarnik 11:51 on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    World Travel 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 31 March 2016 at 11:07
    Subject: Fw: World Travel

    For those of you that can’t travel this year, the following is a rare treat.

    We would never see all of these things in our lifetime if not for the Internet and photography.

    Ceiling over St. Mary’s Altar, Krakow , Poland


    Corsica, France


    Queen Victoria Clock in Chester, England




    Secluded beach Amalfi Coast, Italy


    River Seine, Paris


    Milan, zodiac sundial, 1768 created by the Accademia di Brera – Summer solstice the rays strike the bronze on the floor and for Winter solstice it stretches to the meridian.


    Assos, Kefalonia Island, Greece


    Millau Viaduct, France


    Switchback Mountain, Tianman Hwy, China


    Lighthouse in Sunderland, England


    Gate opening to Lake Como, Northern Italy


    Astronomical clock, Prague, Czech Republic


    St. Petersburg, Russia, up close


    Pulpit Rock, Norway


    Sheeps Highway, Ireland


    Dorset, England


    Turquoise River, BC, Canada


    Vinhedos do Douro, Portugal


    Artic Cathedral, Norway


    Peles Castle, Romania


    Underwater Roller Coaster in Japan (No, thank you!)


    Victoria Falls, Africa




    The Kremlin, Russia


    Micheldever Wood, Hampshire, England


    Rocky village, Liguria, Italy


    Basque, Spain


    Balls Pyramid off the Eastern coast of Australia


    Massive Vietnam cave discovered in 2009



    ”Live with no regrets, treat people the way you want to be treated, work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.” Mind Yourself. I Wish You Enough.

  • lczarnik 08:23 on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Painted garage doors 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 29 March 2016 at 03:38
    Subject: Fw: Painted garage doors

  • lczarnik 12:23 on March 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    F word situations 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 27 March 2016 at 03:33
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: F word situations
    There are times when the "F" word is not only desirable, but quite frankly it can be the ONLY word in the English language which accurately describes some situations.

    Check out the following examples:

    The word of course isFEAR !

    What in the world were YOU thinking ?

    Sometimes I worry about some of you people!

  • lczarnik 12:20 on March 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    And Then It Is Winter 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 27 March 2016 at 03:46
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: And Then It Is Winter

    This has been around before but certainly is worth rereading! W




    You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

    It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

    I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change….Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

    Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

    And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

    But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s NOT over. A new adventure will begin!

    Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

    So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!

    Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

    "Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

    "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

    ~Your kids are becoming you…….
    ~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
    ~You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
    ~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything.~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
    ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called "pre-sleep".
    ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
    ~You tend to use more 4 letter words … "what?"…"when?"… "what?" . ???
    ~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
    ~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
    ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
    ~Everybody whispers.
    ~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.
    ~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

    Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
    It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

  • lczarnik 17:26 on March 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Forwarded message
    From: Dave H
    Date: 26 March 2016 at 11:11
    Subject: Fwd: ANTIQUE TOOL

    Antique Tool Still In Use – Highly Educational

    Thought you would enjoy this educational moment.

    Can you name this strange old tool?
    Do you know what it is?

    Tobacco Smoke Enema Kit (1750s – 1810s).

    The tobacco enema was used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, but primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims.

    A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke into the rectum. The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration.
    Doubts about the credibility of tobacco enemas led to the popular phrase “blowing smoke up your ass.”

    As you are most likely aware, this odd tool is still heavily used by ALLlevels of government (both parties)

  • lczarnik 09:22 on March 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus death 

    Forwarded message
    From: Kent W
    Date: 26 March 2016 at 00:50

    We need to read emails such as this from time to time to renew our
    faith that there "is" a higher power !!

    Jesus’ Death – 60 seconds to understand 60 seconds with God…

    For the next 60 seconds,set aside whatever you’re doing and take this
    Let’s see if Satan can stop this.

    At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.

    At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst
    criminals were condemned to be crucified. Jesus was to be nailed to
    the cross by His hands and feet.

    Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.

    The nails were driven into His wrist.
    Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed.
    There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.
    The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the
    wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back
    muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.

    Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support
    Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus
    could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was
    forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just
    to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering,
    the courage.

    Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.

    Yes, over 3 hours!
    Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died,
    Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.

    From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the
    spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually
    made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the
    feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches,
    then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the
    nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so
    severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific
    that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown
    of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived
    this torture.

    He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.
    The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a
    gallon) of blood.

    Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered
    into His members; a crown of thorns on His headband, beyond that, a
    Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.

    All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying
    His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his
    face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for
    its higher part, where His hands were nailed).

    Jesus had to endure this experience, so that we can have free access to God.

    So that our sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception!


    He died for us! It is easy to pass jokes and false witness statements
    by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes we feel ashamed to
    forward to others because we are worried of what they may think about

    60 seconds with God…

    For the next 60 seconds, set aside what you’re doing and take this opportunity!
    Let’s see if Satan can stop this.

    All you have to do is:

    Simply pray for the person who sent this message to you:

    If you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus’ instructions
    He said (Matthew 10:32 & 33): "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me
    before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but
    whosoever denies Me before others, I also will deny before My Father
    in heaven."

    If you believe, send this message… But send it only if you believe
    in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

    Yes, I love God. He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me
    alive day and night.

    Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him "I can do all things through
    Him who strengthens me."
    Philippians 4:13.

    Send this to all those you love.

    "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world
    giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
    it be afraid"..

    A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it to
    you when you’ve forgotten the words!

  • lczarnik 17:58 on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Human Body–Interesting! 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 25 March 2016 at 00:27
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Human Body–Interesting!

    Human Body.

    The human body is, without a doubt, the most incredible and complex "machine" on the face of the planet, maybe the universe. In an age where mankind sends people into space and keeps coming up with more and more great inventions, the human body is still full of undiscovered mysteries.


















  • lczarnik 17:52 on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t widen the plate 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 25 March 2016 at 00:17
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Don’t widen the plate

    You might wonder why this message is being forwarded to you – It’s a good take on the moral quality of current lifestyles, presented from one man’s point of view after he reaches the ripe old age of 78….I hope you have time to read it! kj

    Good lessons even if you aren’t a baseball fan.

    Don’t Widen the Plate

    In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention.
    While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”
    Who the hell is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter, I was just happy to be there.

    In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.
    Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy?

    After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.

    Then, finally …
    “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”
    Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer.
    “That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”
    Another long pause.
    “Seventeen inches?”came a guess from another reluctant coach.
    “That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
    “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
    “You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”
    “Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
    “Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?
    “Seventeen inches!”
    “RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?”
    “Seventeen inches!”

    “SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.

    “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”


    “Coaches …”


    ” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him, do we widen home plate?

    The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”


    Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.
    “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

    Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross.
    “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate!”

    I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

    “If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …” With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside. “… dark days ahead.”

    Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including me. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.

    His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.

  • lczarnik 14:16 on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 24 March 2016 at 10:30
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: GREAT TRUTHS

    Just in case you haven’t seen this before. BA

    1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.— John Adams

    2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain

    3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

    4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. —Winston Churchill

    5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw

    6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. — G. Gordon Liddy

    7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. —James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

    8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. – Douglas Case, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

    9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

    • P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

    10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat , French economist(1801-1850)

    11. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. –Ronald Reagan (1986)

    12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

    13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! – P. J. O’Rourke

    14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. —Voltaire (1764)

    15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)

    16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. – Mark Twain (1866)

    17. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it. — Anonymous

    18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. – Ronald Reagan

    19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. – Winston Churchill

    20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. – Mark Twain

    21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. – Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

    22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class, save Congress. — Mark Twain

    23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians –Edward Langley,Artist (1928-1995)

    24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson

    25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop

    Can you think of a reason for not sharing this? Neither could I.

  • lczarnik 10:14 on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    English Class 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 20 March 2016 at 02:26
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: English Class

    Why you should have been listening to your English teacher

    On his 70th birthday, a man was given a gift certificate from his wife. The certificate was for consultation with an Indian medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumored to have a simple cure for erectile dysfunction!

    The husband went to the reservation and saw the medicine man. The old Indian gave him a potion and with a grip on his shoulder warned, ‘This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say ‘1-2-3.’ When you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life, and you can perform for as long as you want." ;

    The man thanked the old Indian and as he walked away, he turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?"

    "Your partner must say ‘1-2-3-4,’ he responded, "but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."

    He was very eager to see if it worked so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes and said, "1-2-3!"

    Immediately, he was the manliest of men. His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes, and then she asked, "What was the 1-2-3 for ?"

    And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition, because we could end up with a dangling participle .

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