Words To Live By

On this page we will post interesting and informative "Words To Live By," that are created either by others or by our classmates.  If you have some good "Words To Live By," send them to us and we'll post them here -- last entry first.

November 28, 2017:

Do you have any true friends from our days at St. Louis Park High School?  Check to see, using the guide below.

A Friend

A friend is a source of celebration when you feel there is nothing to celebrate.

A friend is one who makes your grief less painful, your adversity more bearable.

A friend is one who makes your disappointment less hurtful, your problem more solvable.

A friend is one who joyfully sings with you when you are on the mountain top, and silently walks beside you through the valley.

A true friend is an earthly treasure whom God lends you to help prepare your eyes, heart, mind, and soul for the glories He has prepared.

A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful.

A friend is one who warms you by his presence, trusts you with his secrets, and remembers you in his prayers.

A friend is one who strengthens you with his prayers, blesses you with his love, and encourages you with his hope.

Do you have any true friends from High School?  We hope so!  If not, there is still time to culture some...at our 60th Class Reunion!


November 1, 2016

Six Short Stories




      Six short meaningful stories.


 Once all villagers decided to pray for rain,

on the day of prayer all the people gathered,

but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That's FAITH


When you throw a baby in the air,

she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

That's TRUST


Every night we go to bed,

without any assurance of being alive the next morning

but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That's HOPE


We plan big things for tomorrow

in spite of zero knowledge of the future.



We see the world suffering,

but still we get married and have children.


That's LOVE


On an old man's shirt was written a sentence

'I am not 80 years old....

I am sweet 16 with 64 years’ experience.



Have a happy day and live your life like these six stories!




May 16, 2016

God's plan for aging


Most seniors never get enough exercise.

In His wisdom God decreed that:

Seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend over, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember that it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older:

#9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

#8 Life is sexually transmitted.

#7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which

     one can die.

#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky-panky; and,  

     they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes,

     make him a sandwich.

#5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a

     person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for

     weeks, months, and maybe years.

#4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the

     hospital, dying of nothing.

#3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no

     attention to criticism.

#2 In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.

     Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make

     it normal.

#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today

     may be a burning issue tomorrow.

Enjoy the rest of your life by adjusting to these nine facts!



March 1, 2015

Complete vs. Finished

Here's an English lesson for the day! 

 "Complete" or "Finished"?

No dictionary has ever been able to define the difference between "complete" and "finished." However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was asked to make that very distinction.

The question by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: "Some say there is no difference between 'complete' and 'finished.' Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand."

Mr. Balgobin's response: "When you marry the right woman, you are 'complete.' If you marry the wrong woman, you are 'finished.' And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are 'completely finished.'"

His answer received a five minute standing ovation.."


April 1, 2014

Words To Live By

By Gina Barreca

To enjoy life productively, here is a list of 20 rules to live by:

  1. Bring your sense of humor with you at all times.  Bring your friends with a sense of humor.  If their friends have a sense of humor, invite them, too.  Remember this when going to hospitals, weight loss centers and funerals, as well as when going to work, coming home, waking up and going to sleep.

  2. If it’s worth crying over, it’s probably worth laughing at.  Cultivate a sense of perspective that permits you to see the wider and longer view of the situation; this will help you realize that although your situation is upsetting, it might also one day become a terrific story.

  3. Other people don’t care what you’re wearing.

  4. Don’t be a sissy.  This is especially important if you are a woman.  Girls can be sissies, but behaving like a simpering, whining, fretful coward as an adult is unacceptable no matter what your gender happens to be.  If you are anxious, scared and feeling powerless, you don’t need to change your behavior; you need to change your life.

  5. Don’t lie.  Cheat the devil and tell the truth.

  6. There is one exception to the rule above.  Never say a baby looks like a sausage wearing a hat.  The parents will not forgive you.  This is a situation in which telling the truth is not wholly necessary.  If it’s not possible to tell the whole truth for fear of causing undue pain, just say the baby looks “happy.”

  7. Never use the passive voice.  Do not say, “It will get done.”  Say, “I’ll do it,” and then offer a solid, unwavering deadline.  Always make your deadline.

  8. The pinnacle is always slippery; no peak is safe.  Only plateaus offer a place to rest.  Are you ready to stay on a plateau or are you climbing?  Decide and pack your bags accordingly.

  9. As we age, love changes. As a youth, you fall for an unattainable ideal.  When you’re more mature, you fall in love with a person.“  Sure, he has only one eye in the middle of his forehead,” you’ll rationalize, “but he never forgets my birthday.”

  10. Power is the ability to persuade stupid people to do intelligent things and intelligent people to do stupid things.  This is why power is dangerous.

  11. Sherlock Holmes said, “Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson.”  Listen to Mr. Holmes.

  12. Everybody wants a shortcut to love, prosperity and weight loss, although not necessarily in that order.  Apart from being born into an adoring family, getting good genes and inheriting the mineral rights, however, there are no shortcuts.  The rest of us have to work at it.

  13. Help the dramatically self-pitying to understand that they are not, by definition, sympathetic or interesting.  Encourage them to address topics other than themselves.

  14. Be kind, not nice.  Kindness is both intentional and meaningful.  Acts of kindness require generosity – emotional and otherwise.  Perfunctory and superficial niceness is, too often, mere window-dressing.

  15. Only poor workers blame their tools.  It’s not the fault of the computer, the school, the train, the government or poor cellphone reception.  Take responsibility.

  16. You know how sometimes you don’t think you’re asleep – you’re half listening to a conversation or the television – only to discover you were unconscious?  One part of your head would swear it’s awake, but when you actually snap out of it, you realize you were wholly elsewhere?  Sometimes that happens in life.  Sometimes the only way you know you’re truly in love, in the entirely wrong profession, being a moron at parties or a great poet is when you snap out of it.

  17. You can always stop what you’re doing.

  18. You should either be doing something useful or you should be playing.  You should not be thinking about playing while at work or thinking about work when you’re out having fun.  Compartmentalizing your life is not inevitably a bad thing.  It’s easy to waste pleasure by feeling guilty and waste potentially effective time by feeling resentful.

  19. Be aware that a safety net, if pulled too tightly, easily turns into a noose.  Don’t trade independence for security without being aware of the consequences.

  20. Someday you will die.  Until then, you should do everything possible to enjoy life.