Volume 19
A Fun Site created by
Professor William Hillman culled from a daily motivational series
compiled for his BU Education Classes 2000-2009
The daily tech news items have been omitted since many of the stories are now "old news."

An eclectic collection of oddities, humorous anecdotes, weird photos, funny headlines, cartoons, puzzles, inspirational items, jokes, and more. . .  gathered here as a reference repository for speakers, lecturers, teachers, students, writers, or Web travellers just looking for diversion and a bit of levity. 

Dedicated August 10, 2002
Assiniboine River Corridor, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Part of the TechNotes Photo Gallery Series


The Religion Department at Brandon University has created a Labyrinth of Peace, the only one of its kind in Canada, with the purpose of promoting religious tolerance and peace.

"In building the Labyrinth of Peace, we hope to raise awareness about the many religions, cultures, and  communities that co-exist within our region, and the symbols they use to represent themselves," said Dr. Alison Marshall, coordinator of the Labyrinth of Peace project, and professor of religion at Brandon University. "The labyrinth will be constructed in the shape of a mandala (circular-like pattern) with the religions of Brandon being depicted around the perimeter of the structure. The students chose this particular pattern because it displays the many routes to the center, paralleling the way in which each religion offers its own pathway to the divine."

Labyrinths have been built all over the world as complex pathways leading to a center point and exit. Some say that the use of labyrinths as religious pathways has its origins in 12th Century Europe, when Christians walked around the pathways of labyrinths during sacred pilgrimages. Although there are many labyrinths designed to express one religion, few, if any, exist in Canada and the world that combine many different religions and cultures with a view to promoting religious tolerance and peace. The idea to build the Labyrinth of Peace in Brandon was inspired by a trip to New Harmony, Indiana, when Dr. Marshall and her husband walked around the maze built as a memorial to the Harmonists who lived in New Harmony between 1814-1824 and sought to create a utopian society.  For more information about labyrinths around the world visit the Labyrinth Society website : www.Labyrinthsociety.org

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Islam: Crescent and StarBuddhism: Dharma WheelSikhism: SwordEarth religions: Three goddess symbolJudaism: Star of DavidNative Religions: Sweet grass in smudge bowlHinduism: OmBaha i: Nine Pointed StarChristianity: CrossDaoism: Peace hexagram (Tai: ®õ) of the Yijing.

Islam—Crescent and Star: The faith of Islam is symbolized by the Crescent and Star.  The Crescent  is the early phase of the moon and represents progress. The star signifies illumination with the light of knowledge.  Islam by definition means submission and has the extended meaning of peace.

Buddhism—Dharma Wheel:  Buddhism's Dharma Wheel and its eight points symbolize the various types of living (Eightfold Path) that lead to a peaceful existence in the world.  The Buddha, reputed to have lived in India during the 6th century BCE, is an example of individual peace and the end to suffering through enlightenment.

Sikhism—Khanda: The Sikh symbol, the Khanda, is composed of the double-edged sword in the centre, surrounded by the circle (chakra), with the kirpan on both sides.  It represents union with God, and the importance of divine knowledge, action, and devotion while living peacefully.

Earth Religions—Three Goddess symbol: The Three Goddess symbol uses the waxing, full and waning moons to illustrate the three stages of a woman's life.  Wiccans believe all living things possess a soul, and therefore all have the right to live.

Judaism—Chai  symbol within the Star of David:  The Jewish belief in peace and harmony is reflected in the integration of Chai (life and good luck) with the Star of David, a traditional symbol of the Jewish peoples. “Judaism may be characterized as a religion of deed, a ‘Way’ of action by which people attempt to respond to God's teachings and principles.”  (Bruce Sarbit).

Native Religions—Sweet Grass in a Smudge Bowl: Smudging is a ritual of purification performed before any ceremony or sacred rite.  According to Native religious beliefs, human beings should strive to live each day in balance and harmony with themselves and other parts of creation.

Hinduism—Aum:  The symbol Aum is the closest verbal expression of Brahman, the universal essence of the soul.  This symbol is often chanted during puja (worship), and is visually represented on many objects.

Baha’i—Nine Pointed Star: The symbol of the Nine Pointed Star reflects the Baha’i faith’s high regard for world harmony, peace, and equality.  Baha’is strive to “make humanity into one global family and the earth into one homeland”

Christianity—Cross: The Cross is a representation of Jesus whom Christians accept as Christ (the Messiah) and the Son of God.  They believe that Jesus died on the cross to deliver all people from their sins, and emphasize love, peace, service, and forgiveness.  They recognize the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Daoism—Tai symbol of Peace:  Daoism, a religion of China, is represented by the symbol of the hexagram Tai from the Classic of Changes (I-Ching/Yijing).  It means peace and indicates harmony between earth (the three broken lines) and heaven (the three unbroken lines).

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Quotations 5 Edition
One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
          --African Proverb

Some people handle the truth carelessly; Others never touch it at all.

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.
          --Columbian Proverb

I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for the youth.
          --Ben Lindsey 

Sweet is war to those who have never experienced it.
          --Latin Proverb

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me; Shall be my brother.
          --Shakespeare, "Henry V" 

I will charge thee nothing but the promise that thee will help the next man thee finds in trouble.
          --Mennonite Proverb

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
          --Sally Koch 

It takes all sorts to make a world.
          --English Proverb

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything - or nothing.
          --Lady Astor

The weaker the argument, the stronger the words.
          --American Proverb

Tact is the rare ability to keep silent while two friends are arguing, and you know both of them are wrong.
          --Hugh Allen 

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
          --French Proverb

Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing.
          --Evelyn Nown 

Too clever is dumb.
          --German Proverb

A closed mouth gathers no feet. 

There's no thief like a bad book.
          --Italian Proverb

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
          --Francis Bacon 

Tell the truth and run.
          --Yugoslavian Proverb

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously.
          --Thomas Sowell 

Every day good luck to thee, And no day of sorrow be!
          --Gaelic Proverb

A sunrise is God's way of telling the world to lighten up.
          --Roadside Church Sign 

The child that's left to himself will put his mother to shame.
          --Gaelic Proverb

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.
          --Ogden Nash 

The best way to get praise is to die.
          --Italian Proverb

I'm not afraid to die.  I just don't want to be there when it happens.
          --Woody Allen 

Suspicion always haunts the guilty party.
          --French Proverb

Frank and explicit - this is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the mind of others.
          --Benjamin Disraeli 

It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
          --Irish Proverb

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.
          --E. M. Forster 

Do not insult the mother alligator until after you have crossed the river.
          --Haitian Proverb

The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson.

Only love gives us the taste of eternity.
          --Jewish Proverb

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
          --Francois Mauriac 

If you don't have a plan for yourself, you'll be a part of someone else's.
          --American Proverb

In the long run men hit only what they aim at.
         --Henry David Thoreau 

A good friend will fit you like ring to finger.
          --Venezuelan Proverb

In my friend, I find a second self.
          --Isabel Norton 

The one who sits on the ground need not fear a fall.
          --Czech Proverb

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.  Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
          --Albert Camus 

Reputation is what you are in the light; character is what you are in the dark.
          --American Proverb

Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us.
          --Horace Mann 

 Treat the world well.  It was not given to you by your parents.  It was willed to you by your children.
          --Kenyan Proverb

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
          --Robert Lynd 

The words of God are not like the oak leaf which dies and falls to the earth, but like the pine tree which stays green forever.
          --Native American Proverb

Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on   its knees.
          --Victor Hugo 

A love that can last forever takes but a second to come about.
          --Cuban Proverb

I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
          --Roy Croft 

Self-help is the best help.
          --Polish Proverb

Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.
          --Joann Thomas 

Everyone is the age of their heart.
          --Guatemalan Proverb

 To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
          --Bernard Baruch 

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
          --Maori Proverb

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
          --David Viscott, MD 

Bury can't and you'll find will.
          --American Proverb

The great end of life is not knowledge, but action.
          --Thomas Fuller 

Tell me with whom you travel, and I'll tell you who you are.
          --German Proverb

A man is known by the company he avoids. 

If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile.
          --Samuel Eliot Morison

The American dream is not over.  America is an adventure.
          --Theodore White 

If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
          --Arab Proverb

It is better to live rich than to die rich.
           --Samuel Johnson 

Advice is least heeded when most needed.
          --American Proverb

Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
           --Mark Twain 

If you put out another's candle, you also will be in the dark.
          --German Proverb

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
           --Benjamin Disraeli 

One false step brings everlasting grief. Short please, long lament.
          --Chinese Proverb

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of

Do good and don't worry to whom.
          --Mexican Proverb

 Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
          --Ignatius Loyola

When you open a door, don't forget to close it.  Treat your mouth accordingly.
          --Jewish Proverb

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
          --Ambrose Bierce 

Children speak in the field what they hear in the house.
          --Scottish Proverb

The events of childhood do not pass but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.
          --Eleanor Farjeon

True friendship is one soul shared by two bodies.
          --Mexican Proverb

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I.

Never get in a battle of wits without ammunition.
          --American Proverb

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
          --Robert Frost 

A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.
          --Russian Proverb

I want to see you shoot the way you shout.
          --Theodore Roosevelt 

Parents are the first teachers of the children.
          --Burmese Proverb

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
          --C. Everett Koop, MD 

You never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
          --Irish Proverb

'Mean to' don't pick no cotton.

Were there no fools, there would be no wise men.
          --German Proverb

Let us be thankful for the fools.  But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
          --Mark Twain 

Truth is not determined by the volume of the voice.
          --Chinese Proverb

Soft words are hard arguments.
          --Thomas Fuller

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
          --Native American Proverb

 Man is complex - he makes deserts bloom and lakes die.
          --Dr. Laurence J. Peter

The eyes are the mirror of the soul.
          --Yiddish Proverb

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
          --Henry David Thoreau

Man proposes, God disposes.
          --Chinese Proverb

How to make God laugh. Tell him your future plans.
          --Woody Allen

Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore.
          --Hindu Proverb

It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
          --Charles Dudley Warner

The difference between adults and children is that adults don't ask questions.
          --American Proverb

Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.

It usually rains where it's already wet.
          --German Proverb

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
          --Dolly Parton

The very thing one likes, one does well.
          --Japanese Proverb

 The winds and waves are always on the side of  the ablest navigators.
          --Edward Gibbon

It is easy to be brave from a distance.
          --Native American Proverb

Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't  have to do it.
          --Weller's Law

Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear.
          --Japanese Proverb

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't.
          --Earl Wilson

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
          --Chinese Proverb

Children are like wet cement.  Whatever falls on them makes an impression.
          --Haim Ginott

Mirth is the sugar of life.
          --German Proverb

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.
          --Will Rogers

A bad wound may heal, but a bad name will kill.
          --Scottish Proverb

To have lost your reputation is to be dead among the living.
          --S. H. Simmons

Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat are going to fall into the river.
          --Native American Proverb

He who hesitates is interrupted.
          --Franklin P. Jones

Life is a candle before the wind.
          --Japanese Proverb

You only live once.  But if you work it right, once is enough.
          --Fred Allen

In time of war the devil makes more room in hell.
          --German Proverb

There was never a good war or a bad peace.
          --Benjamin Franklin

 Accident is the mother of invention.
          --American Proverb

I'm lazy.  But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.
          --Lech Walesa

A silent mouth is sweet to hear.
          --Irish Proverb

He has the gift of quiet.
          --John Le Carre

A child's tear rends the heavens.
          --Yiddish Proverb

What's done to children, they will do to society.
          --Dr. Karl Menninger

Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth.
          --Yoruba Proverb

Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we have earned.
          --Gerald Brenan

It would be a very big book that contained all the maybes uttered in a day.
          --French Proverb

These things are good in little measure and evil in large: yeast, salt and hesitation.
          --The Talmud

Since God could not be everywhere, he created mothers.
          --Jewish Proverb

You never get over being a child, long as you have a mother to go to.
         --Sarah Orne Jewett

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
          --Native American Proverb

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
          --Matsuo Basho

Time is like a river - it flows by and doesn't return.
          --Chinese Proverb

 Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and  this too will be swept away.
        --Marcus Aurelius

We judge others by their acts, but ourselves by our intentions.
         --American Proverb

This is where you will win the battle -- in the playhouse of your mind.
          --Maxwell Maltz

Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.
          --German Proverb

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
          --Calvin Coolidge

The whole world is a dream, and death the interpreter.
          --Yiddish Proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
          --Dylan Thomas

Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to a fool.
          --Irish Proverb

The best advice yet given is that you don't have to take it.
          --Libbie Fudim

The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.
          --Russian Proverb

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.
          --D. L. Moody

Like a fence, character cannot be strengthened by whitewash.
          --American Proverb

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
          --Phillips Brooks

In the courtroom of the conscience, a case is always in progress.
          --Dutch Proverb

Shame arises from the fear of man; conscience from the fear of God.
          --Samuel Johnson

He who lies in the mud will rise dirty.
          --Gaelic Proverb

You can't slide uphill.
          --Roadside Church Sign

The past remembered is a good guide for the future.
          --Chinese Proverb

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.
          --Arthur Wing Pinero

The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.
          --German Proverb

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
          --Ralph Waldo Emerson

For the birds that cannot soar, God has provided low branches.
          --Turkish Proverb

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
          --Laurence Sterne

It is not easy to straighten in the oak the crook that  grew in the sapling.
          --American Proverb

The events of childhood do not pass but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.
          --Eleanor Farjeon

A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.
          --Irish Proverb

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
        --Robert Benchley

Break the leg of a bad habit.
          --Puerto Rican Proverb

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
          --John Dryden

Charles Schultz Philosophy 
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.
You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care .
Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
(Charles Schultz)

Here is a math trick that might get you thinking...

1. Grab a calculator.
2. Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the area code)
3. Multiply by 80
4. Add 1
5. Multiply by 250
6. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number
7. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again.
8. Subtract 250
9. Divide number by 2

Do you recognize the answer?

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