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The Seven Wonders of….!             

We’re aware of the world’s seven wonders, ancient and modern. It’s safe to say that most of us can name some: the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, etc. What about “The Seven Wonders of LIFE!” These “Wonders” are gifts we live with every day. It’s not until we’re deprived of them that we become aware of how much they contribute to life and the joy of living. Here they are ….

The Seven Wonders of LIFE:

To Love: The greatest of all. It’s the most important thing we can give, yet it raises us to the highest of “highs.”

To Laugh: Laughter is the best medicine; it helps heal our wounds and gives us strength to face our challenges.

To Hear: The sound of a child’s laughter, waves crashing on the shore, the voice of a great singer, the sounds of life.

To Taste: Cold ice cream on a hot day, a sip of fine wine, a great steak, a good meal, our favourite food.

To Feel: Joy, compassion, understanding, love and all the other emotions we feel inside. Then there are the physical feelings, the caress of a loved one, hugs, textures (like velvet), and that first kiss, which is both physical and emotional.

To See: A child’s face at Christmas, a beautiful sunset, vistas that take our breath away, the eyes of a lover, grand buildings and places.

To Touch: The grasp of a child’s hand, holding hands with your loved one,  hugging someone who needs comfort and strength.

These “wonders”  contribute to making our life whole, giving us our greatest joys and making living worthwhile.

And one more “Wonder.”

To Smell: The smell of a baby’s hair, the aromas of fresh coffee or baked bread, the earth after a rainstorm, a spring breeze.

Your Life is ‘FILLED’ with ‘WONDERS.’

The Things We Say

The phrase: “Pull the wool over your eyes.”
Meaning: to deceive or hoodwink someone.
Its origin: Dates back to  19th-century America.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, men and women were fond of wearing woollen wigs, which adorned the heads of the elite. Now, imagine a clever trickster pulling down the woollen wig over someone’s eyes, momentarily blinding them. This act symbolized deception and is probably where the saying was first used.

The first appearance in print was in the Gettysburg newspaper, The People’s Press, in November 1835.

While the wig theory seems plausible, it should be noted that wigs had largely fallen out of fashion in the USA by the early 19th century. So, the exact derivation remains a mystery.

Editors Quote Book

“An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.”

Floyd R. Miller

Trivia Quiz

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1. In what year did England's lease on Hong Kong expire?
2. What island has Hamilton as its capital?
3. Where is The Parthenon located?
4. What baseball team did Jackie Robinson play?
The Montreal Royals.
5. Who said 'Win one for the Gipper'?
Knute Rockne.
6. What problem does a 'Myopic' person have?
7. What is Earth's only natural satellite?
The Moon.
8. Sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard founded what cult religion?


Your Horoscope

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ARIES (March 21- April 19): an unusual idea starts to gain traction. You may have to revise some of your plans. Beware of freeloaders.

TAURUS (April 20- May 20): When reviewing your finances or investing extra cash, remember that a conservative attitude will yield liberal returns.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Your life is stable. Don’t rock the boat. You want to avoid being in turbulent waters.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):  Get back to nature. Walk, run, or jog on worn footpaths. Take time to enjoy the freshness of spring.

LEO (July 23- August 22): Show more enthusiasm at work. The best way to move ahead is by doing your present job well.

VIRGO (August 23- September 22): Review the consequences of a career change. Weigh the offer you get thoroughly. Check all the details, then check again.

LIBRA (September 23- October 22): A difficult decision will be made for you. Things may be tight for a while, but all will be well.

SCORPIO (October 23- November 21): A warm and caring individual will offer you a shoulder to lean on. Feel free to share your problems.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22- December 21): Your decisions may not be as well received as you hoped. Don’t be discouraged. Stick to your guns.

CAPRICORN (December 22- January 19): Pay attention to home life. You have been so busy that you neglected to see family problems brewing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Things sometimes go differently than planned. Refrain from dwelling on what might have been. MOVE ON.

PISCES (February 19- March 20): A good friend wants more. But what do you want? Fools rush in … Take the next step carefully.


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Miserly father to son: “Son, how much did it cost when you took your girlfriend to dinner yesterday?” Son: “Dad, it was only $25.00.” Dad: “Oh, that’s not too bad. “Son: “It would’ve been more, but that was all the money she had on her.”

The Devil Herself

A fellow’s wife was very worried about her husband’s heavy drinking, and one night, she decided to give him a fright. She draped herself in a white sheet and went down to the local cemetery, knowing that her husband was in the habit of taking a shortcut through it on his way home from the pub. It wasn’t long before he came staggering along, and she jumped from behind a headstone. “Ooooooo!” she wailed, “I am the devil!” Her husband sticks out his hand. “Put it there, pal,” he says, “I’m married to your sister.”

San Moreno: A Formula For Survival

As the world’s third smallest (38 square kilometres) and one of the oldest republics, San Moreno is located mainly on a mountaintop surrounded by Italy. It has survived for hundreds of years as an independent nation. Of all the wars, revolutions and invasions that have raged throughout the ages, San Moreno has avoided becoming involved in the turmoil around them. Instead, they have been determined to mind their own business and focus on running their tiny country. The area is worth a two- or- three-day side trip if you visit Italy.


Three men are driving in the desert when, all of a sudden, their car breaks down. As none of them have any mechanical knowledge, they decide to walk. Each of them decides to take one thing with them. The first man takes some food in case he gets hungry, the second man takes some water in case he gets thirsty, and the third takes a car door. When questioned about his choice, he replies: “Well, if I get hot, I can roll down the window!”

The Last Word

If you really want to forget something,
make a note to remind yourself that you have to remember it.

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