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Tuesday, Oct. 9

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

MONDAY’S WORD was extemporaneous. It means composed, performed or uttered on the spur of the moment, impromptu, carefully prepared but delivered without notes or text, happening suddenly. (Merriam-Webster). Example: The new improv group, Theater (in the) Works, provides extemporaneous jokes and scenarios that leave the whole crowd laughing.

TUESDAY'S WORD is pluripotent. “The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Dr. John B. Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka for their discovery that mature, differentiated cells can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent stem cell state.” (

A seminar will be held to discuss Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplements and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at the Martinsville Senior Center. Representatives from United Healthcare will conduct the seminar. Registration is not required but would be appreciated; call the center at 403-5260.

Plans are in progress for the 40th reunion of the Bassett High School Class of 1973. Call Dana Wade at 732-4835 to participate.

Plans also are being made for a 50th class reunion for the Bassett High School Class of 1963. If you wish to help, contact Glenda Hall at 632-7479, Carolyn Robertson at 650-8881 or Carol Gray at 629-9778.

Here is a joke found online:

A man is driving down a country road when he spots a farmer standing in the middle of a huge field of grass. He pulls the car over to the side and notices that the farmer is just standing there, doing nothing, looking at nothing.

The man gets out of the car, walks out to the farmer and asks him, “Excuse me, mister, but what are you doing?”

The farmer replies, “I’m trying to win a Nobel Prize.”

“How?” asks the man, puzzled.

“Well, I heard they give the Nobel Prize to people who are out standing in their field.”

A 92-year-old Bulletin reader sent in the following “Ten Commandments on How to Get Along With People.” The author is unknown.

1. Keep skid chains on your tongue. Always say less than you think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you say it often counts more than the words you use.

2. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you.

3. Never let pass an opportunity to say a kind and encouraging thing to or about anybody. Praise good work done, regardless of who did it. Give criticism helpfully, never spitefully.

4. Be interested in others: their pursuits, welfare, home and family. Make merry with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn. Regard everyone, no matter how humble, as important.

5. Be cheerful. Hide your pains, worries and disappointments under a smile. Laugh at good stories and learn how to tell them.

6. Preserve an open mind on debatable topics. Discuss, but do not argue. It is a mark of superior minds to disagree and yet be friendly.

7. Let your virtues, if you have any, speak for themselves and refuse to talk of others’ vices. Discourage gossip. Make it a rule to say nothing of another unless it is something good.

8. Be careful of others’ feelings. Wit and humor at the other’s expense are rarely worth the effort and may hurt when least expected.

9. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about yourself. Simply live in a way that no one will believe them. Disordered nerves and a bad digestion are common causes of backbiting.

10. Don’t be too anxious about your dues. Do your work, be patient and keep your disposition sweet. Forget yourself, and you will be rewarded.


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