Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself!Terry Pratchett

I am not sure that I agree, but my partner is sure glad that that is what Pratchett thinks. Besides which, makes my life easier as come Christmas I always have my partner’s stocking present chosen. Pratchett’s latest book of course!

Poverty in the US!

I saw this link and simply was shocked. Considering that America is known as the land of opportunity, a land of democracy and a land of freedom… you would not expect that there is need for a soup kitchen, let alone that 25% of people attending soup kitchens are children.

The advert shocked me. All I keep thinking is WHY? America is not a third world country. In fact it thinks of itself as the centre of the universe, and if they cannot cope, how can they expect other poor countries to manage?

Family Focus USA

Hoaxes & Chain Mail

I abhor Hoax & Chain Email. They come to you and say please forward this email so you help so and so, or worse if you do not forward this email you will get bad luck and go on to give examples of people who died as a result of not forwarding the email.

The question is if the person died, how do they know it is because he / she did not forward the email. The email must be a pretty powerful thing if it can cause you to drop dead. And I must have more lives than a cat, because I never forward them on.

You would think people who were intelligent enough to operate machinery would be intelligent enough to know better and not forward any of this junk!

Besides the problems of actually flooding my email, causing my email to slow down and my receiving multiple copies of the same email because we have friends / colleagues / acquaintances in common, they just keep coming.

And years later they still keep returning. Argh!

Do everyone a favour and stop forwarding them. Nothing will happen to you promise. And if you still feel guilty, give a donation to a real cause. Here…. I am even going to list a few places where you can actually donate to real causes and official charities.

Family Focus USA



“The most wasted of all? days is one without laughter”. E E. Cummings

That is so true. Laughter is after all the best medicine. Yet if you smile at a stranger, they are most likely to scowl at you as though you are throwing daggers at them. Yet a simple smile can lift that heavy feeling and make the world feel a better place. Smiling is tantamount to the sun shining upon you.

Go on, I know it has been a while since you smiled, but stretch your mouth so it spreads across your face. That’s it… you are doing it!! 🙂 Doesn’t that feel good?

Playing on Emotions

I do not understand why people send hoax chain mails but they do. They play on your emotions and hog the internet. They flood your? email account and cause bottle jams when you are downloading.

For example a popular one is a poem supposedly written for his daughter, and in return for forwarding the email, they would receive a donation from AOL.

The poem goes something like this…


Just for this morning, I am going to?
? smile when I see your face and laugh?
when I feel like crying.?

Just for this morning, I will let you?
choose what you want to wear,?
and smile and say how perfect it is.?

Just for this morning, I am going to step?
over the laundry and pick you up and take you to?
the park to play.?

Just for this morning, I will leave the?
dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put?
that puzzle of yours together.?

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug?
? the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with?
you in the backyard and blow bubbles.?

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell?
once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and?
whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one?
if he comes by.?

Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry?
about what you are going to be when you grow up, or?
second guess every decision I have made where you are? concerned.?

Just for this afternoon, I will let you?
help me bake cookies, and I won’t stand over you?
trying to fix them.?

Just for this afternoon, I will take us?
to McDonald’s and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can?
have both toys.?

Just for this evening, I will hold you in?
my arms and tell you a story about how you were?
born and how much I love you.?

Just for this evening, I will let you?
splash in the tub and not get angry.?

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late?

? while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.?

Just for this evening, I will snuggle?
beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.?

Just for this evening when I run my? fingers through
your hair as you pray, I will simply be? grateful that
God has given me the greatest gift ever given.?

I will think about the mothers and?
fathers who are searching for their missing children, the?
mothers and fathers who are visiting their children’s?
graves instead of their bedrooms. The mothers?
and fathers who are in hospital rooms?
watching their children suffer senselessly and screaming?
inside that little body

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold? you a little tighter, a little longer.
It is then,? ?
that I will thank God for you, and ask him for? nothing,?
except one more day…………



  1. AOL have lots of negative publicity to deal with (because it is a hoax which they did not agree to and therefore they will not be paying out).
  2. AOL would not actually give money for someone to send email, why would they? It makes no business sense at all!
  3. It would cost AOL their business if they even gave 1 penny / cent for every email that forwarded this email. Because it is amazing how you will receive the same email from the same person several times!
  4. It slows the internet, which would appear to detoriate their service, why would AOL want to appear giving a worse service than they actually are?
  5. Why would AOL not actually just give a donation, rather than this whole hullaballoo?

The truth is if people want or rather need donations, they could use something like the Sponsometer or a charity. There should also be a method of contact in case you want to verify the story. And as responsible people, you should check that what you are recommending (because that is what you are doing by clogging up my email with this junk) is in fact real. I would like to believe that you would not send con men to my door, so why do you send them to my virtual door (my email address)?

And in case you think that I am the one being a miserable sod… here are some other people who agree with me!!