"I saw behind me those who had gone,
and before me those who are to come.
I looked back and saw my father and his father
and all our fathers, and in front to see my son
and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond.
And their eyes were my eyes.
As I felt so they had felt, and were to feel, as then,
so now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid,
for I was in a long line that had no beginning and no end.
And the hand of his father grasped my father's hand and
his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand
and all, up and down the line that stretched from Time That Was
to Time That Is and Is Not Yet, raised their hands to show the link.
And we found that we were one, born of Woman, Son of Man,
made in the Image, fashioned in the womb by the Will of God,
the Eternal Father."
Richard Llewellyn, author of How Green Was My Valley
Everything I really need to know I learned from Noah's Ark:
1. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah build the ark.
2. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might
ask you to do
something Really big.
3. Don't listen to critics. Do what has to be done.
4. Build on the high ground.
5. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
6. Two heads are better than one.
7. Speed isn't always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.
8. If you can't fight or flee--float.
9. Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.
10. Don't forget that we're all in the same boat.
11. When the doo-doo gets really deep, don't sit there
12. Stay below deck during the storm.
13. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs ? the Titanic was built by professionals.
14. If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.
15. Remember that the woodpeckers INSIDE are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.
16. No matter how bleak it looks,
there's always a rainbow on the other side.
17. DON'T MISS THE BOAT !!!!
"...the past flows deeper as the future gets shallow."
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
The Elusive Ancestor
I went searching for an ancestor. I cannot find him still.
He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will.
He married where a courthouse burned. He mended all his fences.
He avoided any may who came to take the US Census.
He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame.
And evey 20 years or so the rascal changed his name.
His parents came from Europe. They should be on some list
of passengers to the USA, but somehow they got missed!
And no one else in this whole world is searching for this man.
So, I play geneasolitare to find him if I can.
I'm told he's buried in a plot, with tombstone he was blessed,
but the weather took engraving, and some vandals took the rest.
He died before the county clerks decided to keep records.
No family bible has emerged, in spite of all my efforts.
To top it off this ancestor who caused me many groans
Just to give me one more pain, bethrothed a girl named JONES
By Merrell Kenworthy
I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.
Once, on this earth, once, on this familiar spot of
other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own
thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, one
generation vanishing after another, gone as utterly as we ourselves
shall shortly be gone like ghosts at cockcrow.-- G.M.Trevelyan
A WORK IN PROGRESS!
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