Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo
February 6th , 2017
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In this Issue o Aunt Jean
o Say Something Good
o Points To Ponder
o A Little Humor
o To Subscribe
Art and Jean Fettig
Aunt Jean My wife, Jean, just celebrated her 82nd birthday and the cards and candy and flowers and phone calls and the messages on Facebook - they were inspiring.
Some of those messages written on the cards were so sweet they might make a grown man cry.
I’ve noticed that some folks without even a hint of kin have takin’ to calling her “Aunt Jean.” Like, “Aunt Jean sez.” No doubt, her sayings will soon start showing up on those Quote sights.
I can just see them now. “Aunt Jean sez take out the garbage.” Or maybe, “Aunt Jean says it is time for me to go to the dump.” I hear that one a lot lately, especially when I don’t go there right away.
In truth Jean can be the sweetest, most caring, patient, attentive, consoling, hardworking, dedicated, generous, kind, soft-spoken, genial, loving woman on this earth.
On the other hand--- Oh, I was just kiddin’. There ain’t no other hand. Let’s just leave it the way it is and I’ll say this.
Say Something Good Toastmasters International. 48 years ago I joined a Toastmasters Club in Battle Creek, Michigan. Fortunately we had a number of older members who did not want to give a 7 minute speech and I would volunteer to do a new one every week. Within six months I had enough material to do a thirty minute after dinner speech. I started getting bookings all over Michigan and thus began my career as a professional speaker. It changed my life. Within a year I got a much better job with the railroad where I worked. I then had the opportunity to use some of my creative talents and I reported directly to the railroad's president. By 1977 I was hired as a professional speaker to do a Keynote Speech at the Toastmaster's International Convention in Toronto, Ontario. The audience was the top 1,000 Toastmasters from all over the world. Today the organization serves over 345,000 members in 142 countries, through its over 15,900 member clubs. There is probably one meeting near you.
Points To Ponder Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want. Kristin Armstrong
A Little Humor It is called "middle age" because that is where it shows.
Quote People need to be reminded far more often than they need to be instructed. Dr. Samuel Johnson
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This volume presents the latest research results on solar prominences, including new developments on e.g. chirality, fine structure, magnetism, diagnostic tools and relevant solar plasma physics.
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