Archive

Archive for March, 2009

inspirational humorous

March 8th, 2009 admin 11 comments

“Watch out for Falling Cows”

Photographed by Alison

Sheehey of Weldon, California

During the 1980′s, my Karate teacher and all of us, his senior students were involved in teaching the disabled.  How is that possible, you might say, given that they may not have working legs, or eyes, or ears, or in the case of cerebral palsy: they have faulty electrical impulses in their brains making it difficult to walk, talk, or to reach for a simple object.

Well, we concentrated on teaching them by focusing on what they could actually do: the disabled in wheelchairs learned how to punch and to use their chairs as weapons, turning sharply to the left or right or forward by manipulating the wheels. Those who couldn’t see could still punch, kick, and walk, those who couldn’t hear could do everything else, and those with cerebral palsy learned to punch and kick even if they could not stand. They learned kneeling or lying on the ground.

Everyone’s movements became smoother, better, stronger, faster, regardless of their disability. And most importantly, they developed a strong self-confidence that they didn’t have before.

And so it was with one of my teacher’s most disabled students, Ed, who happened to be the head person at the Californians With Disabilities Foundation. Ed was a quadriplegic who’d had a bout of polio as an infant.  He and my teacher spent many hours together working on trying  (successfully, I might add) to get legislation passed to help people with disabilities to gain access to buildings, to prevent discrimination in hiring, etc.  My teacher had taught him to use his electric wheelchair as a weapon by pushing a lever on his wheelchair with the help of his shoulder, with the movements transferring down to his right hand.

One day at the airport, on their way to yet another meeting with a big-honcho concerning disabilities, they were hurriedly walking side-by-side and talking. Then, just as my teacher was about to take a step, just as he was about to put down his foot, Ed swung his chair sharply and took his foot out from under him. My teacher fell into a heap, to his sudden shock, and uttered a few choice words on the way back up. Red faced, he looked at Ed, who was grinning from ear to ear: Ed’s timing had been perfect.  He’d learned perfect timing and focus from his teacher and he’d shown his teacher all of it with a “hands-on” demonstration!  My teacher immediately stopped being angry and began to laugh until his stomach hurt. Ed was laughing, too………


Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College (Chicken Soup for the Soul)


Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College (Chicken Soup for the Soul)


$9.91


Readers will love having this invaluable collection to guide, inspire, support and encourage them throughout their college experience….

Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love: 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about Dating, Romance, Love, and Marriage


Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love: 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about Dating, Romance, Love, and Marriage


$4.97


CSS True Love will warm the heart and uplift the spirit of any reader who is looking for, or has found, his or her soulmate. Stories of dating, romance, love, and marriage, with all their ups and downs, will encourage, inspire, and amuse readers.Everyone loves a good love story.  And we all love stories about how the love started and blossomed.  This fun new book about dating, romance, love, and…

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Dogs: Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about our Companions and Best Friends


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Dogs: Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about our Companions and Best Friends


$6.33


This book from Chicken Soup for the Soul contains the 101 best dog stories from the company’s extensive library.We are all crazy about our dogs and can’t read enough about them.  Readers will revel in this collection of heartwarming, amusing, inspirational, and occasionally tearful stories about our best friends and faithful companions – our dogs. These true stories will make you appreciate your…



















Cat Lover Coffee Mug - Forced To Put Down My Cat - Funny 11 oz Black Ceramic Tea Cup - Humorous and Cute Cat Lover Gifts with Cat Lover Sayings


Cat Lover Coffee Mug – Forced To Put Down My Cat – Funny 11 oz Black Ceramic Tea Cup – Humorous and Cute Cat Lover Gifts with Cat Lover Sayings


$15.99


WITH THIS MUG, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CAT LOVING FRIEND LIGHT UP WITH DELIGHT! If you’re looking for a gift that your Cat Loving friend, or yourself for that matter, will actually use and enjoy for years to come, then your search is over. You’ve found the perfect present, and it’s this fantastic funny Cat Mug, which holds 11oz of your favorite hot or cold beverage! Your favorite Cat Lover will be th…

Cat Lover Coffee Mug - Not Socially Awkward - Funny 11 oz Black Ceramic Tea Cup - Humorous and Cute Cat Lovers Gifts with Cat Lover Sayings


Cat Lover Coffee Mug – Not Socially Awkward – Funny 11 oz Black Ceramic Tea Cup – Humorous and Cute Cat Lovers Gifts with Cat Lover Sayings


$15.99


WITH THIS MUG, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CAT LOVING FRIEND LIGHT UP WITH DELIGHT! If you’re looking for a gift that your Cat Loving friend, or yourself for that matter, will actually use and enjoy for years to come, then your search is over. You’ve found the perfect present, and it’s this fantastic funny Cat Mug, which holds 11oz of your favorite hot or cold beverage! Your favorite Cat Lover will be th…

Cat Lover Coffee Mug - Crazy Cat Lady - Funny 11 oz Black Tea Cup - Humorous and Cute Cat Lovers Gifts with Cat Lover Sayings


Cat Lover Coffee Mug – Crazy Cat Lady – Funny 11 oz Black Tea Cup – Humorous and Cute Cat Lovers Gifts with Cat Lover Sayings


$15.99


WITH THIS MUG, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CAT LOVING FRIEND LIGHT UP WITH DELIGHT! If you’re looking for a gift that your Cat Loving friend, or yourself for that matter, will actually use and enjoy for years to come, then your search is over. You’ve found the perfect present, and it’s this fantastic funny Cat Mug, which holds 11oz of your favorite hot or cold beverage! Your favorite Cat Lover will be th…



















Drink Coffe Like a Gilmore Inspired by Gilmore Girls - Printed on Both Sides


Drink Coffe Like a Gilmore Inspired by Gilmore Girls – Printed on Both Sides


$4.00



Dress Like Lorelai, Think Like Rory, Drink like Emily, Cook Like Sookie, Rock Like Lane, and Talk Like Paris - Inspired by Gilmore Girls - Printed on Both Sides


Dress Like Lorelai, Think Like Rory, Drink like Emily, Cook Like Sookie, Rock Like Lane, and Talk Like Paris – Inspired by Gilmore Girls – Printed on Both Sides


$5.00


Are you looking for a funny and unique gift for someone special? Or maybe something new for yourself to pep up your morning? Look no further! This ceramic 11oz mug is a perfect gift for yourself or someone special….

Ditooms Coffee Mug Gilmore Girls I Drink Coffee Like a Gilmore White Ceramic Coffee Mug 11 OZ


Ditooms Coffee Mug Gilmore Girls I Drink Coffee Like a Gilmore White Ceramic Coffee Mug 11 OZ


$12.99


Gilmore Girls Coffee Mugs Make Perfect Gifts! Make Someone Smile Today! This Mug is made of high quality ceramic. non-pollution ingredient, durable, chip and stain-resistant. It is printed on both sides of the ceramic cup. The print is fired at a high temperature, gloss finish vivid colors with high quality inks It is a good gift for your friend or coworker. Recommend this to anyone who has a se…



















Century Star Women's Casual Loose Hollowed Out Cold Shoulder Half Sleeve Tops


Century Star Women’s Casual Loose Hollowed Out Cold Shoulder Half Sleeve Tops



There always lack a piece of clothing in your closet. This top features cut out shoulders, quarter sleeves with elastic cuffs and comfortable loose fit. When wear this shirt you will attract other’s view both on the street and in the club. You can wear this shirt with your favorite jeans, skirt, pants and so on in daily life, party, club.Size: Small/Bust: 33.86inch Waist: 24.41inch Length: 22.83in…


Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat: 101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets


Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat: 101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets


$7.50


Sometimes you can choose your family… by choosing to love a cat! But just because they’re animals it doesn’t mean they won’t be as complex and individual as anyone else around. Our cats can be so good, and then they can be not-so-good, but boy do they give us great stories! This collection of 101 funny, heartwarming, and sometimes mindboggling stories is all about all the very good, very bad,…

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog: 101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets


Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog: 101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets


$7.31


Sometimes you can choose your family… by choosing to love a dog! But just because they’re dogs, it doesn’t mean they won’t be as complex and individual as anyone else around. Our dogs can be so good, and then they can be not-so-good, but boy do they give us great stories! This collection of 101 funny, heartwarming, and sometimes mindboggling stories is all about all the very good, very bad, …







ZENDORI ART Live Laugh Love Wall Plaque Decor - Inspirational French Country Decorative Signs for Family (Wood Art, 12x18)


ZENDORI ART Live Laugh Love Wall Plaque Decor – Inspirational French Country Decorative Signs for Family (Wood Art, 12×18)


$39.99


ZEN WOOD ART is a unique art form expressing the artist’s spiritual awareness. It would be a great addition to your home, giving your family members some teachings and spiritual inspiration. Most zen wood arts appear simple, direct, inspirational and meaningful. “Live, Laugh, Love” is a wood print art with the following features: ★ Wood print art – made of real wood ★ Design is printed dir…

Love Every Moment, Laugh Every Day, Love Beyond Words Decorative Wall Plaque - 6.0 x 4.25 - Made in USA


Love Every Moment, Laugh Every Day, Love Beyond Words Decorative Wall Plaque – 6.0 x 4.25 – Made in USA


$7.95


Our mounted canvas print is one of the most popular items in the P. Graham Dunn collection. The mounted print is durable, inexpensive, and has the appearance of stretched canvas. We begin by taking the print and using either a large format printer, screen printing machine, or a laser to etch the words onto the print. The print is then mounted by hand to a painted carved piece of MDF wood. Glued do…