Bits and Pieces

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THOUGHTS FROM PRESIDENTS

One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. James Polk Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance. Calvin Coolidge Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose. Jimmy Carter One cool…

I hope they’re still making women like my momma. She always told me to do the right thing. She always told me to have pride in myself; she said a good name is better than money.

JOE LOUIS (1914–1981)
Heavyweight champion

FROM TRAGEDY COMES STRENGTH

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DONNA LAMONACO’S HUSBAND PHIL, a New Jersey state trooper, was violently killed in the line of duty. Though her children were devastated over losing their father, Donna was determined that this wouldn’t destroy their faith in humanity. So she involved them in her work on the national memorial fund for families of murdered police officers,…

COOKING LESSON

A LITTLE BOY SAT IN THE KITCHEN with his grandmother while she prepared cake batter. As they talked, the youngster talked about how “yucky” everything in his life was. School was yucky. Soccer was yucky. Even Mommy and Daddy were yucky. Grandma listened closely to his tales of woe. Then she asked if he’d like…

BITS OF ADVICE

IN HIS 76 YEARS, Mike King accomplished a great deal. As an Irish farm boy he overcame tuberculosis and immigrated to the United States. King married, established himself in real estate, and raised six children. Toward the end of his life, King penned his memoirs though he said he didn’t know how to end the…

TOLSTOY’S CALENDAR OF WISDOM

THOUGH HE’S BETTER KNOWN for writing epic novels like War and Peace, Russian author Leo Tolstoy spent many years compiling and writing motivational quotes. Late in life Tolstoy published his extensive collection, providing readers with a selection of thoughtful ideas for every day of the year. Here’s some of the best from Tolstoy’s A Calendar…

THE ART OF TEACHING
Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand.

CHINESE PROVERB

MAKE THE BEST OF EVERY SITUATION
Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.

MARION HOWARD

Anger is the only thing to put off till tomorrow.

SLOVAKIAN PROVERB

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires.

ABIGAIL VAN BUREN
Advice columnist