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The Stroller

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TUESDAY'S WORD is chilblain. “The damp cold there goes bone deep, and chilblains are a threat ...” — From an article by Guy Trebay in The New York Times, Jan. 16, 2011 (Source: Merriam Webster)

MONDAY’S WORD was blabbermouth. It means a person who talks too much; a tatletale. Example: That blabbermouth told my girlfriend that he saw me with another girl.

Quote: “As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” — Comedian Buddy Hackett

A Bassett businessman shared this joke:

I went to the psychiatrist today. She told me I had a split personality and charged me $160 dollars.

I gave her $80 dollars and told her to get the rest from the other idiot!

As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton’s teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down and recorded his recollection of this lecture, which is archived. It is followed by an observation of his own.

Skelton wrote, “I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he walked over. He said: “I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain the meaning of each word:

I — Me; an individual; a committee of one;

Pledge — Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity;

Allegiance — My love and my devotion;

To the flag — Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts “Freedom is everybody’s job”;

United — That means that we have all come together;

States — Individual communities that have united into 48 great states, 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country;

And to the republic — a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern; government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people;

For which it stands — one nation, meaning, so blessed by God;

Indivisible — Incapable of being divided;

With Liberty — Which is Freedom, the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation;

And Justice — The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others;

For All — which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

Now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

“Since I was a small boy, two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: ‘under God.’ Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?”

The Reynolds Homestead will host its monthly Arts Fusion Early Stage Alzheimer’s program at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. This program is for early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s patients who are still at home and their caregivers. It offers a way to reduce stress and reestablish connections between loved ones through the arts. To participate in this free event, call the Reynolds Homestead at 694-7181 to register.

 

 
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