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November 22, 2023

BG’s Positively Speaking

Life’s Lessons


The places and experiences from which life teaches always amaze me.   David Frey, CEO of Marketing Best Practices, outlined a few lessons he learned after running the Athens Marathon. Here they are;

  1. It was hard, really hard, but so worth it. Everything good in life usually requires hard work and dedication.
  2. If you don’t take time to train and put in the time before the race, you will pay dearly during the race. Practice makes perfect. People with skills didn’t start that way. They perfected those skills through practice.
  3. You must master long runs to get your body used to the pounding. Twenty percent of your actions produce 80 percent of your results- the 80/20 rule in action. The long runs are the twenty percent.
  4. Anyone can run a marathon with the proper training and the right attitude. We can all succeed if we are dedicated and committed to developing the right attitude, no matter our situation.
  5. Get a coach, I did. Coaches help us see the forest from the trees and the trees from the forest. No one gets there on their own.
  6. Have a “running buddy” who will encourage, cheer and inspire you. Surround yourself with successful people. It is said that your income will equal the average of the five people closest to you.


And I thought that marathons were just a test of physical endurance. As I said at the beginning, It’s incredible where the lessons we need to learn about life can be found. We can all learn from what happens to us and around us. We need to …

Be Aware, Be Open and Be Receptive!

Customer Calling


Customer: “I’ve been calling 700-1000 for two days and can’t get through. Can you help?”

Operator: “Where did you get that number, sir?”

Customer: “It’s on the door of your business.”

Operator: “Sir, those are the hours that we are open.”

Editors Quote Book

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fun At The Zoo!

Little Johnny wanted to go to the zoo and pestered his parents for days. Finally, his mother talked his reluctant father into taking him. “So, how was it?” his mother asked when they returned home. “Great,” Little Johnny replied. “Did you and your father have a good time?” asked his mother. “Yeah, Daddy especially liked it,” exclaimed Little Johnny excitedly, especially when one of the animals came home at 30 to 1!”

Where In The World?


Do you recognize this medieval bridge and where it is located?
(Hover or click for answer)

It is the only remaining bridge of its kind in Florence. None of the others survived the ravages of WWII. Here in North America, we wouldn’t expect to see a shopping mall at the top of the many bridges that span our rivers and lakes. But in the Europe of medieval times, it would not be unusual for a second or even third level to be built on top of a bridge. Often, they would be wider than the original bridge and house various businesses, including blacksmiths, clothiers and even butchers. Homes and living accommodations would also be found in the mix. Initially built in the 1200s to allow people to cross from one side of the Arno River to the other, it was rebuilt after a flood in 1345. A 1565 upgrade added a second story to the arch bridge. The bridge has a long and fascinating history.

Trivia Quiz

(Click Question For Answer)

1. Who wrote the book, 'Sketches of a Little Town'?
Stephen Leacock
2. In what Canadian Povince was the Christopher Reeve 'Superman' movie made?
3. How many Great Lakes are located entirely in the United States?
One:  Lake Michigan.
4. Which country invented the first fireworks?
5. What name is to the longest side of a triangle, opposite the right angle?
The Hypotenus.
6. How many eggs do hens typically lay in a day?
7. In 1665, what force was discovered and named by Sir Isaac Newton?
8. What Major League Baseball franchise has the most World Series Titles?
The New York Yankees.


Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES (March 21- April 19):   Your high standards will benefit you long-term, so don’t be tempted to lower them. Keep doing what’s right.

TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20:   A spending spree today will mean sacrifices tomorrow. Don’t look back with regret. Hold on to what you have.

GEMINI: May 21- June 20:  Going to bed angry will only prolong disputes. Be calm, patient, and understanding, and sleep peacefully.

CANCER June 21-July 22:   The love of your life is within reach. Look deep within your heart. Don’t give up; it will happen.

LEO (July 23- August 22):    Some lingering problems are holding you back from finding solutions. Reduce stress by indulging in your artistic talents.

VIRGO: August 23- September 22:    Do not dismiss traditions easily. While the new ones are interesting and chic, the old ones are wise and tolerant.

LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22:    Drama unfolds around you. Don’t get swept up in the intrigue. Stay in the background, stay neutral, and listen.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21:  Resenting someone who is not to blame or responsible shows immaturity. Be an adult, and show some compassion.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec.21:   Both luck and love show up in your life. Anticipate the unexpected. Don’t be blindsided by the impossible.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19:   Your words may come back on you. Be careful of what you say. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18:   Enjoy the entertainment offered. A small gathering of close friends can become the greatest of celebrations.

PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20:   Introduce new friends to your older ones. The new ones will be happy to be included in your circle.


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Incompetent Criminals

The Peruvian thieves made international news headlines after they pulled off one of the dumbest heists in history – 220 sneakers from various brands. The crime occurred at a sports goods store in Huancayo, central Peru. Three men cut the padlocks at the back of the store and stole three large crates filled with sneaker boxes from various brands. The thieves didn’t realize that all the shoe boxes they stole contained only sneakers for the right foot. The owner had prepared the three crates for display at a local sports goods fair. It is suspected that the thieves have hidden the crates. There is no way to sell them on the black market without the matching ‘left’ sneakers.

A Different Time

They had been up in the attic together doing some cleaning. The kids uncovered an old manual typewriter and asked, ‘Hey Mom, what’s this?’

‘Oh, that’s an old typewriter,’ she answered, thinking that would satisfy their curiosity.

‘Well what does it do?’ they asked.

‘I’ll show you,’ she said, finding a blank sheet of letter-size paper. She rolled the paper into the typewriter and began striking the keys, leaving black letters on the page.

‘WOW!’ they exclaimed, ‘That’s really cool.! But how does it work like that? Where do you plug it in?’ ‘There is no plug,’ she answered. ‘It doesn’t need a plug.’  ‘Then where do you put the batteries?’ they persisted. ‘It doesn’t need batteries either.’ she continued.

‘Wow! This is so cool!’ they exclaimed. ‘Someone should have invented this a long time ago!’

Paying for Paddy?

Paddy went to St. Mary’s Hospital for major surgery. In the recovery room, the nurse came in and said, “So Pat, how will you be payin’ for your surgery?””Sure and I don’t know,” said Pat.”Do you have any insurance?” the nurse asked.”No,” said Pat.”Do you have any money?” she asked.”Not a penny,” said Pat.”Do you have any relatives who might be able to pay for this surgery?””Only me spinster sister in New Mexico; she’s a nun.””Nuns aren’t spinsters Pat, they’re married to God,” the nurse said.”Fine,” replied Pat, “then sure and you’ll be sending the bill to me Brother-in-Law.”

The Last Word

To keep your mind clean and healthy,
Change it once in a while.

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