Monthly Archives: October 2015

Brezhnev should have listened to his wife

George Bush Senior, representing the United States at the funeral of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. … Continue reading

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Setting ourselves up for depression

Professor Martin Seligman, one of America’s top psychologists and an authority on depression, says that rich countries are facing an epidemic of depression. He says it’s clearly not ecological because the Amish people who live just outside his hometown drink … Continue reading

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Does the wind shake the trees or the shaking trees cause the wind?

GK Chesterton once said that there are two types of people in the world: those who believe that the wind causes trees to shake, and those that believe that it’s the trees shaking that causes the wind. He went on … Continue reading

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He can make something out of you

Some years ago, Mohammed Ali, arguably the world’s greatest boxer, was asked by a kid from a city ghetto whether he should quit school and start a boxing career, since he had such bad grades. Ali smiled at the young … Continue reading

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Keep faith plugged in

Do you remember Gracie Allen, the scatterbrained wife in a comedy team with her husband George Burns? On one occasion, Gracie called in a repairman to fix her electric clock. The repairman fiddled with it and then said, ‘There’s nothing … Continue reading

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Definitions of love

How do you define love? Well this how a group of children did it. Karl, age five, says: “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving lotion and they go out and smell each … Continue reading

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Never discount people you think can’t do anything for you.

An elderly couple once went to see the President of Harvard College, who begrudgingly gave them a few minutes of his time. They told him they wanted to erect a memorial to their son. He told them that Harvard didn’t … Continue reading

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Missing the things we want most, even when we already have them

Russell H Conwell, in his famous lecture entitled Acres of Diamonds, tells the story of a Pennsylvania farmer who became obsessed with oil exploration, then sold his farm and went off to Canada to prospect for it. However, the man … Continue reading

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Never make a negative decision when you’re feeling low

Robert Schuller, author of many best selling books on ‘possibility thinking’, tells of a winter day when he and his dad cut down a dead tree on the family farm. But in the spring they found new shoots sprouting from … Continue reading

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‘A spirit manifest in the laws of the Universe

When Albert Einstein put forward his theory of relativity, the thing that bothered him was that his equations indicated that the universe was expanding, and therefore must have had a beginning. It was not until Edwin Hubble showed that the … Continue reading

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