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GOOD NEWS: Have A Little More Faith!

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument. George Sand

Faith: You can do very little with it, but you can do nothing without it. Samuel Butler

Have faith, and a score of hearts will show Their faith in your word and deed. Madeline Bridges

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. George Seaton

Faith is: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. Ambrose Bierce

"Faith" is a fine invention When Gentleman can see---
But Microscopes are prudent In an Emergency. Emily Dickinson

Faith is not a thing which one "loses," we merely cease to shape our lives by it. Georges Bernanos

Faith, indeed, is all the reform that is needed; it is itself a reform. Henry David Thoreau

In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note, But 'tis my heart that loves what they dispise. William Shakepeare

A faith is something you die for; a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world. Tony Benn


Handy Kitchen Hints


1. Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it.

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in a double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.

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James McNeill Whistler

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Samuel Johnson

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Anne Frank

"Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great."

Harry S. Truman

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Doug Horton

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"All of us are crazy in one way or another."

Yiddish proverb

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education."

Wilson Mizner

"We cannot know our god if the only time we communicate is when we are asking, pleading, begging for something for us."


"I know that sometimes I'm not as friendly as I should be. But I'm scared -- that people won't like me. So I hide in my shell. And talk to no one. But still... I wish they would notice that I am here. I need them. Please, somebody talk to me. I need a friend."


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