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an occasional newsletter of the Nanty Glo Home Page                  February 2 2001         

On the other hand...

I asked the members of this Forum to share experiences of hard times living in one of the most economically depressed regions of the country, and how those experiences affected you. I then tried to do the same. I suggested that some of our dearest memories of Christmases, for one example, or in family life during childhood more generally, may have been during some of our toughest times. Ironically, in my adult life when I was struggling as a campus missionary living very frugally, my childen have later told me they didn't have the impression, as I did and I'm sure their mother did, that we were relatively poor. Perhaps, as one of the inspirational pieces I received a week or so ago said along a similar line, the kids just thought their parents were cheap!

And another thought following up on yesterday's proposition that we today, no matter how poor, live better than the kings of a century ago. Though this is true, I wonder how many of us really live better than our parents or, the extension of that point, how many of our children have grown up in better circumstances than we did. I'm betting a large portion of those who've stayed in Blacklick Valley, settling for perhaps comparative penury, do so because despite smaller family imcomes, families there have advantages that kids in more urbanized settings lack.

And I wonder how many of us who've drifted away from the valley never intended to do so...it just happened, or was forced on us by circumstances bigger than ourselves?

Has this jogged a thought or two? If so, share!

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

New Presidential Limo

Sent by Mike Harrison


1. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying "thank you," though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.

2. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some on-stage singing, some are in the audience as critics, and some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.

3. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

4. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.

5. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

6. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape.

7. If you tell a lie, don't believe it deceives only the other person.

8. The most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: "I 'm sorry."

9. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

10. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. Crow is easier eaten while still warm.

11. The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was.. "Go! You might meet somebody!"

12. If she says that you are too good for him--believe her.

13. I've learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?

14. At hard times, I ask myself, "How do I feel? What do I want?" I use it whenever I'm at loss for words or thoughts.

15. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

16. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

17. If you move far from your family when you're young, consider choosing a career with an airline. Your need to see your family will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.

18. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

19. Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan and hold your hand.

20. Work is good, but it's not that important.

21. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

22. And finally... Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect; it just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections in life.

Sent by Zan
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