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10 Reasons to Smile

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”  Phyllis Diller

Phyllis knew what so many of us forget – smiling makes the world a brighter place. She was an American stand-up comedienne, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh. I remember her crazy hair!

Phyllis Diller

You couldn’t help but smile when you looked at her…and when she started talking or laughing – your smile grew bigger until you were laughing right along with  her. Smiling does make everything okay – it is virtually impossible to stay angry if you put a smile on your face.  Here are some of my favorite reasons to smile.


1. Smile at a stranger…it makes them feel connected with the world and may end up being the beginning of a friendship.

2. Smiling uses less muscles than frowning (and this leads to fewer wrinkles).

3. Smiling is contagious. If you smile in a meeting or a store or on a bus…you can watch as smiles start appearing on the faces around you – even when they don’t know what they are smiling about. And sometimes it can lead to contagious laughter like in this video.

4. Smiling brightens up your face – go look at yourself in the mirror – try smiling, frowning and neither. There is a huge increase in your attractiveness factor when you are smiling.

5. We learn as babes that no one can resist a smile – this carries through as an adult. If you are at a party and one person you are interested in meeting is smiling and another one you are interested in meeting is neutral or frowning – who are you going to go meet.

6. Smiling can make people wonder what you know that they don’t.

7. Smiling can make people wonder what you are up to and be a great conversation starter.

8. Smiling can often lead to laughter which is a great way to exercise your insides and fill your body up with happy endorphins!

9. Smiling reaches across all kinds of distances – anger, unhappiness, frustration – you never know but your smile could help someone else out of a deep, dark pit.

10. Smiling makes you feel good.

One of my all time favorite songs – it is sure to make you smile!

How God Created Virginia

I got this from my mom in my email today and I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you! Hope you enjoy!
How God created VIRGINIA –
God was missing for six days. On the seventh day, Michael, the archangel, found him – resting. He inquired, “Where have you been?” God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds. “Look, Michael.. Look what I’ve made.”
Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, “What is it?” “It’s a planet” replied God, and I’ve put life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a place to test Balance.” “Balance?” inquired Michael, “I’m confused.” God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth. “For example, he said, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I’ve placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things.”
God continued pointing to different countries. “This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”
The Archangel , impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land area and asked, “What’s that one?” “That’s VIRGINIA , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, ocean, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from VIRGINIA are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things.”
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, “But what about balance, God?
You said there would be balance….”
God smiled, “Right next to VIRGINIA is Washington , DC . Wait till you see the idiots I put there.”

More Political Humor – Courtesy of my Email Box

Political Science for Dummies

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.
You push for higher taxes so the government can provide cows for everyone.
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.
You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.
You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government
pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pour the milk down
the drain.
You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one.
You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows.
You are surprised when one cow drops dead.
You spin an announcement to the analysts
stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses.
Your stock goes up.
You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine.
Life is good.
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the
size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.
You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond,
drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.
Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.
You have two cows but you don’t know where they are.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.
You have two cows.
You drink some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You drink some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Russian Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.
You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two.
You don’t milk them because you cannot touch
any creature’s private parts.
You get a $40 million grant from the US
government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money
to buy weapons.
You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.
You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed tempting to milk them.
You have one cow.
The cow has Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).
Sometimes the cow thinks he’s French, other times he’s Flemish.
The Flemish cow won’t share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow’s milk..
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy..
You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one.
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state
tell you which one you think is the best looking cow.
You have millions of cows.
They make real California cheese.
Only five speak English.
Most are illegal.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.

Dave Barry on Politicians

Because I have been reading Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue,” I have been thinking and talking about politics. Btw, I finished the book today and I recommend it. Sarah is definitely one of the ‘common’ people and her story is an interesting. Even more interesting to me was the way the Republican campaign was run.
Now back to Dave Barry. Here is a quote I ran across and thought I would share it for a chuckle!
“The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to trust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy.
The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.”

Busy At the Markhams

No lazy summer days here…though we are fitting in tons of summer fun:) Since coming back from the beach, we have been doing school work (trying to get ahead to make up for when we go to Australia in the fall).
Jack spent five days at Go Tell Camp with other youth from church. He came back happy, tired, and full of stories about the inspirational messages he heard while he was there.
While Jack was at camp, Katrina’s friend, Kaley, spent most of that time with us (and many days thereafter). The girls have been taking full advantage of summer and enjoying being able to visit and play as much as they want to. One day while Jack was at camp, we met some 4-H friends and went swimming at Miller Park Pool.

For the 4th of July, we planned to go on a cool hike that is held every year here in Bedford County. It is a sunset hike up to the top of Sharp Top Mountain. . Normally there are two ways to get to the top of Sharp Top. Ride a bus that lets you off near the top or hike up from the bottom. I have never ridden the bus, we have always hiked. On the 4th of July, they let people walk up the road to the top. Once at the top, you can see fireworks displays from a multitude of surrounding communities. However, the weather deterioriated and we weren’t looking forward to driving an hour only to be told the hike was cancelled or worse, get on the top of the mountain in a Thunderstorm…so we stayed home and lit up our own fireworks. We did fireworks for an hour and had a blast. One of the benefits of living on a country road!

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Take a Role in Randy Singer’s Next Book

Justice Game by Randy Singer will be published in July of this year. He is doing something unusual. He is letting his readers take a vote and decide on which way a verdict should go regarding a case in his book. Take a few minutes, watch the video and cast your own vote! Then, be sure to get his book in July and see whether or not you were in the majority and how it affects the outcome of this book!

Which Christmas Character Are You?

I saw this fun quiz over at Lessons Learned onthe Farm. Why don’t you give it a try and figure out what character you are!
Which Christmas Character Are You?
My Results:

Mrs. Claus
That’s right — your unwavering support, hospitality, and comforting touch have landed you the important role of Mrs. Claus. You know how to take good cheer and deliver it wherever you go, spreading warmth even on the coldest winter days.