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This is a great book to read anytime of year. It's an excellent present to give to all the kids in our lives that we love. Try it, you will love it. More about it follows with this link: http://www.squidoo.com/love-you-forever-made-me-a-better-father-teacher-and-person

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2. November 27th, 2013...New Publication By Chicken Soup...


I am on page 288 in this new publication. It truly is a good book, full on inspiring stories...101 of them!

I am proud to be a small part of it.

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3. Relax, and enjoy "Silly" Sottile (So-till-ee)

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4. Check This Event Out!

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6. October 05th, 2013


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8. Shake, Rattle, and Role

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9. Famous Writing Quote 1

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10. Famous Writing Quotes 2

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11. A Personal Thank You Letter to J. D. Salinger



Try it, you may like it. If you leave a comment, I'll be your BF...LOL...

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12. Coming Soon!


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13. Salinger's Private Life Is No Longer MISSING!


Read to find out more about J. D. Salinger. 

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One of the most powerful techniques in the internet marketer’s tool bag is the giveaway or ‘freemium’. The potential customer is traded a useful tool or article for their email address. This begins a series of email contacts which are designed to cause the prospect to buy. This same technique can be used
successfully with books. In your book, you direct the reader to a web page with the offer of a gift. This can be anything that is related to the topic of the book. It could a set of templates. It could be a series of forms. It could be a list of sources of products necessary to the solution in the book. Anything that the reader will find valuable will work as a free gift. At the web page, you ask or their first name and email address as a condition of receiving the free
product. Now you have a name and address for announcements of future products,
information to further establish your expertise and calls to purchase related
products. This is the same process that has been used successfully on the
internet adapted to book sales. There are a number of sources of information on
creating email campaigns including a series by Sean Mize which you can find at
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One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of
business students and to drive home a point, used an illustration those students
will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high powered
over-achievers, he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." 

Then he pulled out a one gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set
on the table in front of him. He then produced about a dozen fist sized rocks
and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled
to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is the jar full?"
Everyone in the class said, "Yes." 

Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled
out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in, and shook the jar, causing
pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks.
Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was
on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered. 
"Good!" he replied. 

He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He
started dumping the sand in the jar, and it went into all the spaces left
between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is the jar
full?" "No!" the class shouted. 

Once again he said, "Good!" 

Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until
the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is
the point of this illustration?" 

One eager student raised his hand and said, "The point is, no
matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit
some more things in!" "No," the speaker replied, "That's not the point. 

The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the
big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all. 
What are the 'big rocks' in your life? Your children....Your
loved ones...Your education... Your dreams...A worthy cause.....Teaching or
mentoring others.... Doing things that you love...Time for yourself.... Your
health....Your significant other." 

"Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first, or you'll never get
them in at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you'll
fill your life with little things to worry about that don't really matter, and
you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important
stuff (the big rocks). 

So, tonight or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this
short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life?
Then, put those in your jar first

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17. 41- 60 (100 Ways to Be Happy Today!) By Chris Caine

41. You can say something nice to someone today.

We often forget to say all the good things aloud that we have in
mind. Today is a good opportunity to say something nice to people we know or, even better, to people that we don’t know. Sometimes other people will remember the nice things that have been said about them for as long as they live. Never underestimate the power of nice words.

42. You can flatter yourself.

You don’t have to wait for someone else to flatter you or say
nice things to you. Say nice things about yourself – to yourself. Hearing it, even though it is you who is talking, will make you feel

43. You can help other people.

Today is a good opportunity to go out and give a helping hand to
someone who needs it. When you help somebody, you will actually get more joy to yourself than the one you are giving.

44. You can enjoy your own time.

If you haven’t spent enough time alone, today is a good day to
take some time just to enjoy your own company, to stop, to look around, and to think about where you are and where you want to go. Knowing yourself better is very valuable.

45. You can fix something.

There’s always a small thing to fix somewhere and you can fix it
today. If you don’t know instantly how to do it, you can always ask Google and learn it. Learning something by doing is a perfect way to gain more confidence and pure joy.

46. You can create value to others.

Creating value to the society around us is the biggest purpose
we can have in our lives. It means everything because it helps others, makes us feel needed and happy, and usually it is the best way of making a living. Create value to other people today.

47. You can get rid of a bad habit.

If you smoke, today is a perfect opportunity to quit. If you are
addicted to sugar, just stop eating it today. One perfect reason to be happy today is that you can get rid of a habit right now.

48. You are able to laugh.

One of the best things in life is to have so much fun that you
can’t stop laughing. When was the last time you laughed? Do something today that makes you laugh.

49. You can make other people laugh.

Spread the happiness around you and tell a funny story or a joke
that will make other people laugh. It’s a small thing that will make your day better, just like it will make it better for those with you.

50. You can laugh to yourself.

We often take ourselves and our lives too seriously. After all,
why don’t we just try to see the world as a one big joke and then try to laugh at it as hard as we can? What about ourselves? It is not worth taking ourselves too seriously, because after all, we might miss the joke of a lifetime.

51. You can be yourself.

Every day is a great opportunity to start being who you really
are. Just stop caring about what other people think and express your true self to the world today.

52. You can follow your own path.

It is amazing how empowering it is to do something that other
people don’t expect you to do and then watch the admiring reactions, when other people realize that you are doing exactly the things you want to do without caring about what other people think.

53. You can love.

To love is one of the greatest feelings that we can have, and
best of all, we can love different things in our lives: our partner, relatives, friends, people in general, animals, nature, travelling – in other words we can love anything and everything.

You can take a risk.

Taking risks in life is very rewarding, makes us feel alive and
often helps us to achieve something we want to achieve. It is possible to take a small risk today and do some thing even though you are not sure about the outcome.

55. You can remember.

We have all the great memories of past with us and they will
make us happy every day as long as we don’t forget them. Think about the best memories you have and you can feel the joy

56. You can dream.

Dreaming keeps us alive and makes our lives worth living. Never
stop dreaming and don’t let your imagination limit you.

57. You are gifted.

We are all good at something. Remembering those things that we
are good at (they can be anything) and using our gifts today will make us happy today.

58. You are able to change your beliefs.

Most of the things in life that we think are impossible for us
are usually really not, but the only thing preventing us from doing them is our very own belief system. A great reason to be happy today is to know that we can change our beliefs and change our lives starting today.

59. You have a passion in life.

We all have our passions in life, although we haven’t always
found them yet. Today is a great opportunity to spend some time thinking about our core needs and true passions and start living

60. You have time.

As long as we live, we have all the time to do all the things we
want to do. If you don’t have enough time for the things you love doing the most, then you must change your work or other duties so that you will have enough time for the really important things. Remember that it is you who has the final decision to how you want to spend your time  today.

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18. 21-40 (100 Ways to Be Happy Today) Chris Caine

21. To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.

You can grasp this idea today and start appreciating every small
thing that is already great in your life. We often forget those good things because we only focus on the things we don’t yet have, but this can be avoided by focusing on the things we already have.

22. There is something good in every day.

Even if every day may not be good, there is always something
good in every day, so let’s focus on the good things that will come along us every day.

23. You can eat something healthy today to make you feel good.

Food is medicine, so why not choose something tasteful and
healthy when going to the food store? We can enjoy the great taste of good food and after eating it we can enjoy the good feeling that healthy food gives us.

Life is beautiful.

If you just relax, take it easy and stop hurrying, it is possible to open your eyes and start seeing all the beautiful things around us
in everyday life. Listen to the birds singing, smell the scents of spring, see the beauty of the nature in all its flowers and trees, enjoy all the colors you see, appreciate the good architecture around us, and listen to good music. The list is endless and the only thing that matters is that you open your eyes and ears to the beauty.

We are in this life together.

Think about the fact that we are only a very small part of the universe and we don’t even know if there is life elsewhere. We are so small part of this world but we are in this together. Why not start appreciating all other human beings and start feeling that we are part of a great

Shared joy is a double joy, shared sorrow is half sorrow.

Today is a great opportunity to share our joys and our sorrows.
If the day was going to be good, it is in our hands to make it double as good, or if it was going to be bad, we can choose to make it only half as bad.

27. You can start writing down the good things that happen.

In a study, people became gradually happier and happier over a
six-month period, simply by writing down three good things that happened at the end of each day, and the reasons why they happened. Small shift of focus towards gratefulness will bring great results and you can start it today.

You can achieve something today.

We are happy when we get something done. The best way to be
happy is to find out the real goals in our own lives and then start doing things to achieve them. It is possible to make it a habit of doing every single day something that gets us even a small step closer to our big goals.

29. The weather is good.

The weather outside is always good. If it is sunny, everyone
usually enjoys it, but you can learn to find the positive side of other types of weather as well. If it is raining, the air will be fresh afterwards and all the trees and plants will grow better. If it is cold, you don’t have to sweat and you can wear all the nice winter clothes you have. If it is snowing, you can enjoy how everything around you looks beautiful and white. So you can decide today that the weather is good no matter what.

30. You can listen to music.

Good music will mirror our feelings or change our moods and give
us a lot of joy. Today is a good day because we are able to relax and let the music make us feel good.

31. You can enjoy the sunrise.

One of the most beautiful things in the world is the sun rising
in the horizon. It costs nothing to watch this scenery, it is available for all of us and the show is arranged every morning.

32. You can enjoy the sunset.

If you missed the sunrise, you can always watch the sunset.
You’ll never know which colors and patterns you will see, but every time it will be different and always amazing.

33. You can book a ticket to far away.

Today is a good opportunity to plan your next great trip abroad.
See how much you have spare money, decide where you want to go next and just book the tickets. It’s really simple in the online era and it will make you feel good instantly.

34. You can start learning a new language.

Learning a new language opens and challenges your mind and opens up possibilities. You can start learning a new language right now just by learning a few new words.

You can try something new.

Sadness can be caused by boredom. Why not go out there and try
something completely new to amuse you? Do things differently, take a different route to work, eat in a different restaurant, try a type of movie you wouldn’t normally watch or talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to.

36. You can find the love of your life.

Every day is a new opportunity to meet new people, and sometimes one of them will change our life. Even today you will have many possibilities to get to know new people – be open-minded and out going, you never know what will happen.

37. You can do a random act of kindness.

Try to do something for other people without expecting to get
anything back. Doesn’t it make you feel great?

38. You can make peace with an old enemy.

Sometimes we have people in our past that we didn’t get along
with. Why keep hatred alive when there is a possibility to reverse the situation and make peace with somebody, or even turn it into a

39. You can get a thing you have wanted for a long time.

Maybe you haven’t had enough time or money to get something that you have wanted for a long time. Just go out and get it today – it will show you that you are still alive and you can still meet your

40. You can arrange a surprise party.

What would be a better way to surprise your friends and make
them happy than arranging a surprise party? It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but just arrange something fun and you will enjoy it as much as your friends will. Ask your friends to bring their other friends with them as well, and you will meet lots of new people, too


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21. 100 REASONS TO BE HAPPY TODAY (20 Today, 20 More Tomorrow!)

Source: Authentic Numerology...Author: Chris Caine

After seeing a lot of different lists online, I began to wonder if I could make a list of 100 reasons that could be applicable for anyone to be happy today.

At first it seemed to be a really hard task, if not impossible, but after really hard thinking I actually was able to come
up with 100 things that can help us to remember to be happy every day.

If you like this list, you can bookmark it and come back to it whenever you find it difficult the happiness in your life and want to find it from the small things again.

Feel free to share this article with all your friends that are important to you if you would like to help them to be happier today as well. Here is the list, and remember to give yourself some time to read it:

1. Every new day is another chance to change your life.

If you have dreamed of some things that you would like to have in your life, today is a great opportunity to do even some small things that will take you to the path that will take you to your dreams.

2. This day is an opportunity to be better than yesterday.

If  you pursuit every day to be better than yesterday, your self esteem and happiness will increase. Don’t try to be perfect, just focus on being a little bit better person in every way, every day, and you will achieve great things and happiness in the long run.

3. You can be who you want to be right now.

It doesn’t matter what your situation looks like, you can start being who you want to be today, no matter how your life is at the moment. You don’t have to sell your house to be adventurous or have more money to share it more. Just ask
yourself: “How can I be that person I want to be in this

4. The glass is both half-empty and half-full.

Your attitude and thoughts define your reality, so you can choose how you see your life starting today. Finding compassion even for the worst in human behavior,
and working to inspire the best will make you happy,

5. Happiness comes from your own actions.

You can do anything you want today to make your life better if you just decide to do so. You can spread joy around you, even if you don’t have everything you want.
Giving joy to other people will make your day happier,

6. You have great friends.

You have good friends in your life that you can share your  inner  feelings with. If you don’t have that many close friends, today is a great opportunity to make new friends.

7.You can learn a new thing today.

Learning new skills is very rewarding and helps us to proceed in life. It is possible to learn something new every day, so start thinking what you would like to learn today and just find ways to learn it. Now when we have the Internet, it is so
easy to learn anything by just asking Google.

8. The summer is coming soon.

If the summer isn’t coming in the next months where you live right now, it will always come in one year anyway. Remember the feeling of warm sun on your skin, the smell of coconut sunscreen, not having to wear a coat even at night,
sunglasses, freckles, cold beer, the beach, tan lines, the smell of freshly cut grass and the faces of happy people? Thinking about summer and the good times you will have then makes you feel good.

9. You are alive.

This is the first day of the rest of your life. Nobody lives forever and we really don’t know when it is our time to go, so why not try to enjoy our lives today like it would be the last day of our life? Enjoy your day to the fullest and make other people notice it too.

10.You are already complete.

Realizing that you don’t really have to be anything else than what you already are, there will be a joyous energy behind what you do. The realization of the fact that you are a perfect human being on a deeper level already right now, without all the things you’d like to have in the future, will make you happier and less needy.

11. You are unique.

It doesn’t matter whether you are introverted or outgoing, book smart or street smart, technical or creative and so on – You are the only person in the world who is just like you and the only opportunity to share with the world what you
can and what you are.

12. You have an influence on the world.

It doesn’t matter whether you influence millions of people or just mean the world to one person in this world – your impact is still powerful, whether you realize it or not.

13. You can change the world.

No one can change the world instantly, but every one of us can change someone’s world today. Do you have a friend or a relative that you haven’t contacted for a long time? You can make someone happy today just by making a single phone call. If you make changing peoples lives a habit, you can eventually change the whole world.

14. You can feel emotions.

Emotions make our lives worth living and every day is a great opportunity to have great feelings. Even the sad feelings and emotions are good because they make us feel alive and after those emotions the good days will feel much better.

15. You can change your perceptions.

It is possible to view the bad things that happen to you as things that will make you stronger and the obstacles that come on your way as opportunities to learn. It doesn’t matter what happens to us – all that matters is our perception of
what is happening.

16. You have accomplished great things.

Even if you don’t remember them all the time, there are many great things that you have already accomplished in your life. Try to remember them everyday and be proud of them.

17. You can be creative.

Today is an opportunity to do something that gives joy to you and to other people. Write something, draw or paint, take nice photographs or go to sing karaoke. Do what you enjoy doing and express your feelings – it will make your day much
happier and if you let other people see you expressing your feelings, you will give a lot to them, too.

18. You can change your state of mind by engaging in a physical activity.

Every day is a new possibility to decrease our stress hormones and increase endorphins and thus improve our state of mind. It doesn’t cost anything and only takes like
one hour.

19. You can take responsibility and be empowered.

Often when we are angry, we focus on what other people have done wrong, but the problem with that is that it gives away our power. If we, on the other hand, focus only on ourselves and what we could have done better, we will feel less bitter and more empowered.

20. There is only now.

We can’t change the past and we don’t know if we even exist in the future, so why not embrace the moment? It is possible to be completely alive right now and take
our lives as they are given to us without thinking the past or the future.

Giving something to other people makes us happy. You are able to do something nice today for someone by sending a small gift. If you can’t come up with anything special and tangible, why not just send an e-mail with a nice link or a funny picture to someone? It will make you feel good, too.


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In sixth grade, during the 50s, I had Mr. Henry Humdrum. (Name changed to protect the guilty.) Since he was my first male teacher, I eagerly looked forward to school. By being the same gender we would automatically be kindred spirits. Wrong! Sitting in his class that first day, I felt depressed. Mr. Humdrum was bald, portly, and strict. Why hadn’t I seen these traits before? And how was I to know that because of him I would become a skillful teacher?
Mr. Humdrum’s wardrobe was dull, and he never told amusing stories. There were no visual aids, slides, hands-on-science, or learning centers.
Yes, I was struggling and he didn’t seem to notice. Gadzooks, it was an unexciting year! There was nothing super about sixth grade. I daydreamed about the Man of Steel rescuing me from Mr.
One day Mr. Humdrum gave me the honor of washing out a large vase. This special privilege meant a break from routine tasks. After I rinsed out the partially wet vase, it slipped out of my hands and exploded in the hallway, shattering into a thousand pieces. As I trudged back to the room, I expected to see everyone hiding under his or her desk.
Mr. Humdrum met me at the door, but he didn’t blast me. There were no angry words. He had a plan up his sleeve.

 To pay for the shattered vase, Mr. Humdrum imposed fines
on us if we didn’t live up to his sixth grade code. Each day we had to have a handkerchief, wear shined shoes and be prepared with our supplies. The fines were less than a nickel, yet your tab could accumulate. I lived in mortal fear that my allowance might be

 I felt that anybody could replace Mr. Humdrum. Even as a
college student, my dislike for his teaching performance remained. While I was in college, my younger brother, Tony, told me that Mr. Humdrum wanted to see me. At this suggestion I was curious. Did I still owe money for the vase? Did he want to know why I wanted to teach? 

I thought that I could be a better teacher than he was. For the wrong reasons, he was my inspiration. I aimed at being a
dynamic teacher. While traveling home by train from college for Christmas vacation a few days before the public schools let out, I accidentally met him on the same train. He was on the way to school, and I was almost home. The extra years hadn’t been kind. He was rounder and shorter. Riding trains night, I wasn’t in the mood for idle conversation or talk of vases. He got right to the heart of matters.
He said, “Joe, I hope that you find teaching as fulfilling as I have over the years. Teaching is like throwing a rock into a pond, you never know where your ripples of influence stop.”
Suddenly, his voice sounded apologetic. “With your class I had to be rather strict. You can always loosen up later.” He said smiling, “I remember you well.”

I said to myself: Here comes the part about the vase. He continued, “I remember the day the vase broke. I almost lost my temper, but some concepts are better caught than taught.
Accidents happen. Nobody is perfect.”
I thought to myself: I don’t need this. How about telling me something new?" 
He added. “I always knew that you would make something of yourself. You sat in the front row and tried to absorb information like a sponge. I had thirty-seven students. I wish that I could have helped you more.”
I was surprised at how much Mr. Humdrum remembered. He was right about me sitting up front; I did that in my college too. I thrived on my education courses and spoke up. Armed with the best theories and strategies, and the latest information, I hoped to be a better teacher than Mr. Memory Lane.
As a student teacher, I was rated above average, but none my experiences prepared me for my own classroom. Although it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong that first year, I don’t think that I earned the respect of my class. I thought that students would treat you the same way you treated them. You respect them, they respect you.

In my class, lavatory vacation was popular to play. Some students would disappear into the bathroom forever. I didn’t realize how important it was to be a lavatory hawk. I tried to be a friend first, and teacher second.

 My second year was much better. I found myself being
stricter, less gullible, and monitoring the bathroom traffic better. Instead of having my nose buried in teaching manuals, I discouraged paper airplanes before they became epidemic. Why was I a more effective teacher?

My transformation into a more competent teacher started
when I recalled the many things Mr. Humdrum did right
as a teacher. Paper airplanes were non-existent. He always had his act together, never yelled much. His students were kind to one another. Spitballs weren’t sent into orbit. We took field trips into New York City and saw magnificent images of dinosaur bones and knights in shiny armor.

Yes, Mr. Humdrum was humanistic and caring. As a teacher,
I started to realize how good he was. His excellent lessons had registered with me in subtle ways, when I recalled them.. When one of my students cracked our fish tank, and pebbles, water, and tropical fish came cascading out, there were no angry words. I never cry over spilt fish. Reassuring Jason, I said, “Accidents happen. Nobody is perfect.”

In my second year of teaching, I caught some humility and
a new point of view. With challenging situations, I started asking myself, “How would Mr. Humdrum handle this?” Mr. Humdrum proved how powerful a teacher’s influence can be. Mr. Super Teacher rescued my teaching career and, finally, was
my favorite teacher ever.

"Thank you, Mr. Green." 

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Poetry is the start of a new day
full of sunshine and play. 

Poetry is a green garden hose

watering kids and their clothes.

Poetry is a breakfast of "Fruit Loops"
and time to play some hoops.

Poetry is  your dog "Pooch"
who always wants to smooch.

Poetry is your warm swimming pool
on a day there's no school.

Poetry is a double dipped ice cream cone
from a ice cream parlor well known.

oetry is an "A" on a test
because you studied your best.

Poetry is seeing your favorite flick
that you finally got to pick.

Poetry is hiking the mountain trail
and living to tell the tale.

Poetry is watching your sister or brother
getting yelled at by your angry mother.

Poetry is helping your sister or brother
stay far away from trouble.

Poetry is the boy or girl next door
that you secretly adore.

Poetry is blood surging through your body
whenever you engage in your favorite hobby.

Poetry is a heart beating super fast
because life at the moment is a blast.

© by Joe Sottile

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25. SECRET # 20

20. Never say never! What does this mean? It’s a funny way of saying that we can’t be sure of that many things in life. As we grow older and more mature, things change. You can say, “I’ll never be good at math.” 

But I bet you can, if you get some extra help from your teacher or parent. You can say,
“I’ll never make
Yet, if you look in the Appendix A, you will find
“How to Make and Keep a Friend.” 
Use some of those tips and you probably will make friends. Give it a try, if you think you need more friends. You can say, “I’ll never make the
But, if you really practice, especially
over the summer, maybe you will make the team. 

Your body is growing stronger and bigger each day. You never know how tall or strong
you’re going to be until you stop growing taller, and the mind never stops growing. Michael Jordan wasn’t good enough to make his school team, but he turned out to be an outstanding professional player. He
never gave up his dream
Then there are those silly things that we say we will NEVER DO that we see older people doing. I remember promising myself that I would never dye my hair to remove the gray color or comb my thinning hair from one side of my head to the other side. I promise myself I would never laugh at my own jokes louder than anyone else. I vividly remember an uncle laughing with a friend, and I asked, “What was so funny? And he said, “I don’t know.”

How could he laugh at something that he didn’t understand? I’ve done that too. And how come some adults repeat themselves so much? Or repeat themselves so much?
Oops! I just did it again! I’ve done all of these silly things. But it will be our little secret. Just remember: never say never because anything is

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