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ABE LINCOLN, THE MEASURE OF A MAN
by Mariane Holbrook
With decomposing bodies wilting in the summer heat,
The foul stench was far too much to bear.
The dead were placed in piles on that bloody battlefield
Then buried in mass graves; no time to spare.
They numbered in the thousands, all the wounded and the dead;
At Gettysburg, a place that turned the tide.
To honor those who died at war, some nearby land was bought
To build a cemetery of great pride.
The ceremony speaker was a renowned orator.
Ed Everett was the best the crowd had heard.
Yet after it was over and the guests had all gone home,
Nobody could recall a single word.
The president was asked to give a short speech in response.
He stood erect and didn’t miss a word.
His speech was just two minutes, not two hours that Everett took.
Abe felt his speech was bad and most concurred.
The critics had a field day and they ripped his speech to shreds.
“The speech was flat as dishwater,” they said.
“How could a man so powerful shame everyone this way?
This speech deserves to be destroyed instead.”
“It’s awkward and it’s juvenile,” declared the media.
“The metaphors ridiculous at best.
The speech itself is way too short, insulting our brave men.”
The writing world was vastly unimpressed.
Yet history books are kinder and the Gettysburg Address
Is memorized by children everywhere.
“It’s right up there with Shakespeare and the Bible” people said.
“We’ve never read a speech that can compare.”
Historians have asked where Lincoln got his writing style.
His childhood home had few good books to read.
But Pilgrim’s Progress, Aesop’s fables and the Bible, too
Were all it took to make this man succeed.
His writing was laborious; he rewrote several times.
“A master of the metaphor” some said.
His speeches seemed like prose poems and were brilliantly conceived;
The finest writings many’d ever read.
He wrote a mystery story of a court case that he tried
While he still practiced law in Illinois.
His well-known sense of humor was reflected in his prose.
He wrote quotations that we still enjoy.
The weight of war, his troubled wife, his enemies all served
To fill this writer’s life with great torment.
His moral fiber stood the test and now this humble man
Has proved to be our greatest president.
Allison wrote:Posted from my Facebook page, but in case you aren't on Facebook...
Today marks one year since my hip replacement surgery... Something I never thought I'd have to do before I turned 30, but I'm so glad I had it when I did. I'm doing GREAT, with only minor twinges of pain on occasion. I'm walking better than I have in years, and I've even signed up for an untimed 5K in April, the Color Run. I've been wanting to do a 5K for years now, but never quite had the motivation to actually get out and get moving so I could do it, until now.
I am so thankful for all God has brought me through in my life, and that He has been faithful this past year. I attribute my recovery with NO setbacks to Him, and I'm so grateful.
I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
STUDENT WHO OBTAINED 0% ON AN EXAM
I would have given him 100% for his wit!!!
Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?
* his last battle
Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
* at the bottom of the page
Q3. River Ravi flows in which state?
Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?
Q5. What is the main reason for failure?
Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?
* Lunch & dinner
Q7. What looks like half an apple?
* The other half
Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
* It will become wet
Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ?
* No problem, he sleeps at night.
Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
* You will never find an elephant that has only one hand..
Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ?
* Very large hands
Professors Define a Kiss
Prof. of Computer Science: A kiss is a few bits of love compiled into a byte.
Prof. of Algebra: A kiss is two divided by nothing.
Prof. of Geometry: A kiss is the shortest distance between two straight lines.
Prof. of Physics: A kiss is the contraction of the mouth due to the expansion of the heart.
Prof. of Chemistry: A kiss is the reaction of the interaction between two hearts.
Prof. of Zoology: A kiss is the interchange of unisexual salivary bacteria.
Prof. of Physiology: A kiss is the juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in the state of contraction.
Prof. of Dentistry: A kiss is infectious and antiseptic.
Prof. of Accountancy: A kiss is a credit because it is profitable when returned.
Prof. of Economics: A kiss is that thing for which the demand is higher than the supply.
Prof. of Philosophy: A kiss is the persecution for the child, ecstasy for the youth, and homage for the old.
Prof. of English: A kiss is a noun that is used as a conjunction; it is more common than proper; it is spoken in the plural and it is applicable to all.
Prof. of Engineering: Uh, What? I'm not familiar with that term.
ready2go wrote:Is there a big red quarantine sign around here? You know...a sign like this: Quarantined!!! I need one of those to keep other folks safe.
It seems that somehow I allowed a nasty bug of some kind to slip through my defenses, and launch an offensive attack on my head...and more. That bug has been attempting to sneak inside over the past several weeks, but without success...until now.
Today is big-time sneezing, nose running, nose blowing, coughing, body aches, head ache...all goin’ on at the same time. That’s a bummer!!! With my already weakened immune system, I must watch such things carefully.
Yep, I’m gonna stay close to the house for the next few days. I’m well stocked up on most things, so I’m good in that department.
Maybe the bug will get bored and leave.
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