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September 1, 2021

BG’s Positively Speaking

Oh! Oh! Oh! What A Little Change Can Do

Older readers may recognize this item’s title as a paraphrase of a song title from the 1940s about what a little ‘moonlight’ can do. Well, we are not talking about moonlight but small change. No, not nickels, dimes and quarters but small changes in ourselves, in how we think, act, speak, see and do things.

If we are not where we want to be in our lives, we must be willing to change. If we are not producing the results we are looking for, we must be prepared to change. We can examine every area of our life and, to improve it, we must change!

If we didn’t get that promotion, we wanted. Our relationship with our spouse is not what it should be. We need to earn more money, the boss at work doesn’t like us, our children don’t communicate with us, we would like a new car, whatever the problem is, it can be solved if we will only change.

Most people don’t change because it’s uncomfortable, or they have to admit (to themselves) they were doing things wrong. So they do more of what they are already doing in the hope that it will solve the problems. It invariably fails. During one of his seminars, author John Maxwell described it this way, “People don’t change anything until they feel the heat. By then, it’s usually too late.” We must be ready to accept new ideas, learn them each day and apply them in our lives. We must stay with it and not get impatient. Then, we must get ready for great results. It’s the little things that make the difference. Our little victories (the changes we make in ourselves) will always give great rewards. It is often said that,

A 10% Change Will Produce 300% Results


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The Old Codgers

“Old John went to see the ear doctor.”
“Did he improve his hearing?”
“He must have. He just heard from his brother in England.”


“Your doctor only lets you have two drinks a day, but your wife says you have six. How come?”
“Well, I went to see two other doctors, and they allowed me two each.”


Old Ed’s golf game is deteriorating due to failing eyesight – after his first drive, he asks his old friend, “where did the ball go?” I can’t remember.” was the reply.


Editors Quote Book

“What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of living high.”

Doug Larson

The Kid From Brooklyn

“I need the number for Sherry Schwartz in Phoenix, Arizona,” a Brooklyn boy said to the operator. “There are multiple listings for Sherry Schwartz in Phoenix, Arizona,” the operator said. “Do you have a street name?” The young man hesitated, “Well…most people here just call me Izzy.”


Trivia Quiz

(Click Question For Answer)

1. What item could be described as 'an interlocking slide fastener'?
  A Zipper.
2. What kind of tree did George Washington reportedly cut down?
A cherry tree.
3. Which is the shorter distance: earth to the moon or the circumference of the earth?
Earth’s circumference.
4. A camel's hump is composed mainly of what?
5. Which country is known as 'The Land Of The Midnight Sun.'
6. Who won the 2011 Oscar for Best Actress?
Meryl Streep.
7. How many zeros are there in a billion?
8. In what Ian Flemming story was James Bond first introduced?
Casino Royale.

Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Give some thought to home improvements. It’s never too early to begin planning for the future.

TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Someone may have a grudge to settle. Be prepared for battle and keep your defences up. Don’t give in.

GEMINI May 21-June 20: Worrying about things beyond your control is pointless. It’s those things you can change that need your attention.

CANCER June 21-July 22: A good friend is worth more than all the lovers combined. Show appreciation for the benefits of friendship.

LEO July 23-Aug 22: Business appointments start the week on a resourceful note; keep up the productivity as the week goes by.

VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Socialize with friends and network at the same time. You never know what may come out of it.

LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22:  Summer days are conducive to extra sleep. Take advantage of any opportunity to get some badly needed rest.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Postpone signing any document until you have had a chance to talk with those in the know. Read the fine print.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Don’t get in the middle of a disagreement. Let participants duke it out without your intervention.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Take care that you do not take out your frustrations on innocent bystanders. Control your emotions.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Begin a new project immediately. It may be more complex and much longer than you think to complete.

PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Revise your budget to include additional savings. Put aside as much as possible; You’ll be glad you did.

Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii

On Aug. 24, in the year of 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano, erupted for the first time,   destroying the Southern Italian cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. It was around noon when Vesuvius exploded without warning, covering Pompeii in an almost 13 feet deep layer of ash. The fate of the other two cities was to be covered with mud and volcanic debris. Because the volcanic ash preserved the city’s remains so well, archaeologists have determined what life was like in Roman times. Today Vesuvius is still active, and the port city of Naples (Napoli) lies at its foot. The third most populous city in Italy, Naples, is the base for touring the region and visiting the ruins of Pompeii. The volcano has had numerous eruptions but none as severe as the one in 79 AD. Should another explosion of that magnitude occur, a large proportion of the population of Naples and its infrastructure would be in danger of a similar fate to Pompeii.  The picture above shows the city of Naples and its proximity to Mount Vesuvius.

Golf Stories

Golf Partner:

Alex comes home after his regular Saturday golf game. His wife, Amanda, asks why he doesn’t include John Gumby in the games anymore. Alex asks, “Would you want to play with a guy who regularly cheats, swears outrageously. Lies about his score and has nothing good to say about anyone else on the course?” “Of course I wouldn’t,” states Amanda.” Well,” mutters Alex, “neither does John Gumby.”

The Language Of Golf: 
Phil Beale,  a member at Gudge Heath Golf Club, has a 60-foot breaking putt and makes a bet stating that he has a dollar that says, “I can make this putt.” everyone takes him up on the bet. Phil duly missed the putt by 5 feet and said, “You all owe me a dollar.” Of course, his golf mates all think he is crazy until Phil produces a dollar upon which he wrote, “I can make this putt.”

The Wisdom Of Age

My parents recently retired. Mom always wanted to play the piano, so Dad bought her a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it. “Oh, we returned the piano.” said my Dad, “I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet instead.” “How come?” I asked. “Because,” he answered, “with a clarinet, she can’t sing.”

Most Incompetent Criminal

Armed robber Andrew Hennells, was caught after he boasted on Facebook about his plans to raid a UK supermarket, in a post which included a selfie, a picture of a knife, and the words: “Doing Tesco Over.” Police caught him 15 minutes later with the knife and £410 in cash stolen from a Tesco in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. He was jailed for four years last April.

The Last Word

Have A Happy Day Today!
Enjoy it because you were able to get up this morning.

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