STUNTED GROWTH: Novelty or tragedy

stunted growthHave you ever seen a bonsai tree? The best ones have all the features and appearances of a fully-grown tree but only have a small fraction of the size.

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HIT THE NAIL – NOT THE NAILS!

Hit the nailA carpenter hammers hundreds of nails most days, so gets lots and lots of practice. He soon learns that the most important thing is to keep one’s eye on the nail—not on the thumb or fingers holding the nail. It is a fact that we will always be prone to hit what we watch.

Driving instructors give the same advice, telling us we should not watch the car coming towards us, but keep our focus on the road.
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MENDELSSOHN, the great composer and organist, was refused permission to play the great Silbermann organ.

MendelssohnGOTTFRIED SILBERMANN was commissioned by Freiburg Cathedral, in 1711 to construct a new organ of three manuals and pedals with 44 registers. This was completed in 1714 and is regarded as the greatest of all organs. It is still there and in use today.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN [1809-1847] was recognised early as a musical prodigy. He was a composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period and is considered one of the Masters.
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EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!

Intelligent flyYes, this is unusual for me, since I always post truth and fact, but please allow me to fantasise in order to present a serious truth.
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ALL GONE! Nothing lasts forever

Pharos lighthouseThe Pharos lighthouse of Alexandria, built in the third century BC, was regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Standing 450ft or 137m it was one of the tallest man-made structures on earth for many centuries. Pharos served as a prototype for all later lighthouses in the world.
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FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Last WordsThose of us who have spent time beside a dying loved one know how precious are their last words. We remember them and cherish them for many years. I well remember the huge smile on the face of my mother as (I believe) she saw the face of her Redeemer as she passed from life on this earth. She hadn’t really known us for years, was blind, and was unable to talk, but her smile said it all. I also remember with sadness and pity the torment of my evil stepfather as He died. His eyes were full of sheer terror.

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A HOPEFUL RETURN

HospitalWhen I posted that I would be away from wordpress for a while, I was simply allowing myself a break and time to catch up with backlog of other matters, expecting to be back mid January. I had no idea of what lay ahead and certainly did not envision 3 months of hospitalisation, with most of that time unable to move.

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FAREWELL and greetings for a happy CHRISTmas

Christmas 2013I feel it is necessary for me to bid farewell – but not goodbye.  I have tried to participate a little over the past six weeks, but have been unable to contribute much, and the mountain of notification emails keeps growing at an alarming rate. Much as I want to do so, I am unable to respond.

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TRUE OR DISTORTED? What do they see? Does it matter?

True reflectionWhen the water of a lake or gently flowing river is unruffled and clear, it reflects most beautifully the floating clouds and overhanging objects. It presents an appealing picture and offers feelings of peace and tranquillity to viewers.

When the water is agitated it becomes somewhat opaque or distorted. It loses its power of reflection and the attraction is lost.
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TANGLED THREADS? Call the expert!

Tangled threadsThe factory had complicated machinery for making textiles, so the workers were given a very clear instruction: “If your threads get tangled, stop and send for the foreman”   One of the workers, a woman who was dedicated to her job, and always worked hard, got her threads tangled one day and tried to disentangle them herself, rather than bothering the foreman.  She succeeded only in making them more tangled.
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