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Good Morning Nanty Glo!
Thursday, May 3 2001

A place to meet

Some reflections after and about our first 100 days. No, not in the White House...in this enterprise we call the Jonal. Just coincidentally, our task (this go-around) began the same week the current Federal Administration took office.

What works here and what doesn't? I think casting the daily entry as a "Postcard" is very helpful, from the writer's perspective. It's much more manageable when the scope is defined as short and perferably sweet. Though I always aspire to write with some literary style or flare, I don't feel compelled to produce great literature or even great thoughts. My greatest aspiration, though often it surely remains unachieved, is to write something worth reading, perhaps over morning coffee or on a moment's break at your office routine. Preferably, too, it may take you momentarily to Nanty Glo or Blacklick Valley or, if you're among the lucky ones who live there now, may transport you to another period in the valley's life when things may have seemed more promising and exciting.

It would be enough to inspire thoughts like, "oh, yes, that's a thought worth chasing for a while." Or, "I remember...." Not to live in the past, but to learn from it, to be able to make it pay off for us, even if the lesson learned really took place years ago and hasn't gelled until now. Good conversations are like that. Oh, yes...that reminds me...another thing.

Is it worth learning new things? The counsel of friends—well informed and informative conversation—is one of life's sweetest learning environments. Ideally, that's what this can be.

What do you think?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

EXPRESSIONS FOR WOMEN
ON HIGH-STRESS DAYS

1. You - Off my planet
2. Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
3. Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
4. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
5. And your crybaby whiny opinion would be...?
6. I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
7. Allow me to introduce my selves.
8. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
9. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
10. I'm just working here until a good fast-food job opens up.
11. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
12. Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you were not asleep.
13. I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one.
14. How many times do I have to flush before you go away?
15. I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?
16. You say I'm a b**** like it's a bad thing.
17. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #2?
18. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
19. Chaos, panic, and disorder—my work here is done.
20. Earth is full. Go home.
21. Is it time for your medication or mine?
22. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
23. I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.
24. I'm not A b****. I'm the b**** & to you it's Ms B****.

Sent by Zan

Peer review

A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.

—John Henry Cardinal Newman

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