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A Higher Standard

As I was watching the funeral services and remembrances of Sen. Edward Kennedy, there were critics voicing their opinions about his life and the mistakes he had made, like the 1969 accident at Chappaquiddick resulting in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

During the endless hours of television and radio programs devoted to the death of Michael Jackson, detractors did the very same thing, constantly reminding us of the many legal battles he had to fight over his alleged affection for boys.

Every day we get reports of sport figures being caught up in the use of steroids and other enhancement drugs to improve their performance on the field.

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At the same time we are denouncing these people, we put them on pedestals of admiration. For whatever reason a person may have, these “stars” become heroes.

That’s a load of poppycock as far as I am concerned.

My heroes are the men and women who put their life on the line daily in the military or law enforcement. They are the fire fighters and EMT workers who risk their lives and devote themselves to saving others. They are the teachers, who have to work many hours outside of the classroom during what should be their personal time to prepare class materials, and grade assignments and tests. They are the doctors and nurses that stay up many hours, wracking their brains for the answer to some medical quandary. And they are the average man and woman who works hard, long, hot hours to bring home enough money to support their family—keep a roof over their head, meals on the table, medical care, and hopefully a few extra dollars to take the family out for a pizza and a movie once in awhile.

These are heroes. They don’t ask for glory or honor. They simply want to do their job the best they can, and never give a thought to the praise they deserve and never get.

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Paul Newman, a very talented actor, and a noble philanthropist said he never understood celebrity. To paraphrase him: “I act and I am paid very well for it. But that’s all I do. I don’t understand the adoration. I’m no better than the average guy or girl. I do my job, collect my money and go home. That’s how it should be.”

We place people on high pedestals, and when they tumble we are horrified and quick to complain. Rarely did they place themselves there. We did it, and we hold them to a unrealistic higher standard.

There is not a person reading this that hasn’t led a life that would seem less than ideal under the x-rays of investigation. Everyone has his or her skeletons. At times it seems like I need more closet space built just to house them in.

Maybe it’s time we stop holding anyone to a higher standard. They are just plain folks like you and me that have been given the opportunity to do something extraordinary, and placed, many times unwillingly, in the limelight.

If you’re a parent, you are a hero to your child. If you are the friend of someone desperately in need of a friend, you are their hero. If you reach down to help someone up, then you are a hero. And if you stoop down to give aid, or comfort for someone in need, someone with a disability or perhaps a child, then you are a hero.

Let’s tear down all the pedestals. Let’s see those we place there as the same as us. After all, that’s all they are.

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Monday Lite

The Ten Commandments

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Some people have trouble with all those ‘shall’s’ and ‘shall not’s’ in the Ten Commandments. Folks just aren’t used to talking in those terms. So, in middle Tennessee they translated the “King James” version into the “Jackson County” edition, and posted them on the wall at the Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro.

(1) Just one God
(2) Put nuttin’ ‘fore God
(3) Watch yer mouth
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’
(5) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(6) No killin’
(7) No foolin’ round with another feller’s gal…or gal’s feller
(8) Don’t take what ain’t yers
(9) No tellin’ tales or gossipin’
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s  stuff

Now that’s just plain an’ simple, ain’t it?
Submitted by Mike Burdett, Ogden, Utah (a very devout Mormon).


Some Survey Results

Which is worse:

Blind date for the Prom – 95942
No date for the Prom – 275827

A face full of pimples – 355127
A mouth full of braces – 24288

A fire engine’s siren – 41510
Fingernails on a blackboard – 327567

Leaving the toilet seat up – 252032
Not filling the ice cube tray – 114910


Nora plays the piano. Now that wouldn’t be so unusual except that Nora is a cat. She is called Nora The Piano Cat™, so she even has a trademark.

But like all cats Nora, a five-year-old rescue cat, never does what you want her to do when you want her to do it. But when the spirit moves her, Nora rubs her cheek or moves her paws along the keyboard and mews while playing piano.

But not being just a cat that likes to play the piano, Nora has even had a classical concerto composed to accompany her. Called the CATcerto, Lithuanian conductor, composer and artist Mindaugas Piečaitis, held the world premiere on June 5, 2009 in the Klaipėda Concert Hall in Klaipėda (Lithuania) using the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Piečaitis directed the CATcerto where the orchestra accompanies Nora, obviously the soloist, on video, played on a screen up behind the musicians.


The phobia or fear of…is

staying single  – anuptaphobia
marriage – gamophobia
sexual intercourse – coitophobia
death – necrophobia
going to school – didaskaleinophobia
growing old – gerascophobia

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