Mini Mentor

A couple weeks ago, our next-door neighbor, a man in his late seventies came over around 9 AM on a Saturday morning asking for my husband. Seems he was having some problems with his computer while going through his email. He noted that he could "receive" but not "send", and had lost access to some of his email files. He mentioned that he had no idea what button he might have inadvertently pressed, but it went "poof" and he couldn't do all of his transactions. He thought my husband would be able to help him being that he works on computers at work quite a bit.

Listening to his description of the problem, I wasn't so sure my husband would be able to help him. I was thinking about trying my hand to see if I could troubleshoot the problem, but he has a PC and I am more familiar with the Mac platform. We'd need a translator. Then it dawned on me that my eldest son would be just the man for the job.

I hailed him to the rescue, once he was able to hit pause on his PS 2 game. It was so touching to watch them walk down the porch steps hand in hand. My son was had grown to be nearly the same height as my neighbor had shrunk to.

I couldn't help but recall another time this same neighbor had come to our door early on a Sunday morning, just after we had moved in to this house. Seems someone had turned all of his sprinkler heads to face the street instead of his meticulously manicured dichondra lawn. I was walking up the street on my way home from church. My husband immediately told me that he so wished that it was he who had gone to church so that he could have missed that visit.

It seems that our neighbor had discovered that somebody had messed with his sprinklers, and he was not the least bit happy about it. In a valiant attempt to protect our son, my husband asked if perhaps the other neighbor boy might be responsible for the deed. The neighbor vehemetly answered, "No!" My husband told him that he would discuss the matter with our four children to find out who was responsible. Of course he already knew that it was our eldest boy.

We made him write a letter of apology to be presented along with a hand selected plant from Green Arrow. Our neighbor was very touched by the tenderness of the letter, and responded with a letter to our son, which he still has tucked away in his top drawer. After that incident, they stayed out of his yard except to retrieve footballs and frisbees.

That was six years ago. It is amazing to me how much my son has grown in a mere six years. He's gone from a sprinkler tweaking prankster to a computer savvy technical genius. He quickly diagnosed the problem, fixed it, explained what had happened, and did a bit of desktop organizing, all in about fifteen minutes. Seemed our neighbor had simply collapsed his tool bar, and was not sure how to reinstate it. He was thrilled with the assistance from my son, and slipped him a $5.00 fin and told him not to tell us in case we might not let him spend it.

Of course I asked my son if he received any compensation, and he showed me his payment. I asked him if he'd rather mow lawns or tweak computers to earn money. Silly me. I just wanted to hear him say it.

It's always nice to see the young learn from their elders, but I think it's really special when elders learn from youngsters.

Happy Easter, Passover, and any other holidays I might have missed!!!

Jewel's Jokes

Three blondes (natural) died and found themselves standing before
St. Peter. He told them that before they could enter the Kingdom,
they had to tell him what Easter was.
The first blonde said, "Easter is a holiday where they have a big
feast and we give thanks and eat turkey."
St. Peter said, "Noooooo," and he banished her to hell.
The second blonde said, "Easter is when we celebrate Jesus' birth
and exchange gifts."
St. Peter said, "Noooooo," and he banished her to hell.
The third blonde said, she knew what Easter is, and St. Peter
said, "So, tell me."
She said, "Easter is a Christian holiday that coincides with the
Jewish festival of Passover. Jesus was having Passover feast with His
disciples when he was betrayed by Judas, and the Romans arrested him. The
Romans hung Him on the cross and eventually He died. Then they buried
Him in a tomb behind a very large boulder ...
St. Peter said, "Verrrrrry good."
Then the blonde continued, "Now every year the Jews roll away the
boulder and Jesus comes out. If He sees his shadow, we have six more weeks
of basketball."

St. Peter fainted.


A city boy, Kenny, moved to the country and bought a donkey from an old

farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry son, I have some bad
news. The donkey died last night .."

Kenny replied: "Well then, just give me my money back."

The farmer said: "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

Kenny said: "OK then, just unload the donkey."

The farmer asked: "What ya gonna do with him?"

Kenny: "I'm going to raffle him off."

Farmer: "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"

Kenny: "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later the farmer met up with Kenny and asked, "What happened

with that dead donkey?"

Kenny: "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece
made a profit of $898."

Farmer: "Didn't anyone complain?"

Kenny: "Just the guy who won. So I gave him back his two dollars."

Kenny grew up and eventually became the chairman of Enron.

April 5, 2004
Happy Easter!
One step at a time!

The errors of sages are regarded as willful sins; the sins of the ignorant are accounted as unwitting errors.

- Judah b. Ilai, Talmud: Baba Metzia


The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.

-  Albert Schweitzer (submitted by judithkay41)


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

-  Helen Keller


If we were to walk in the woods and a spring appeared just when we became thirsty, we would call it a miracle. And if on a second walk, if we became thirsty at just that point again, and again the spring appeared, we would remark on the coincidence. But if that spring were there always, we would take it for granted and cease to notice it. Yet is that not more miraculous still?

- Baal Shem Tov


Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.

-  Swedish Proverb


Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.

-  Marcus Valerius Martial


Nothing lowers the level on conversation more than raising the voice.

-  Stanley Horowitz


When we allow God’s power to pervade all our actions, and submit to his decrees, we shed all anxiety about the effects of our actions on others; we cease even to consider the effects of our actions. When we cease to consider the effects of our actions, we are adopting the attributes of God himself.

-Qushayri, “Risalah


Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow! Grow!"

- The Talmud


One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it.

-  Francesco Guicciardini


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