Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Van Gogh Family Tree

Today’s post is Van Gogh’s Family Tree in a way you may never have seen it. There were a lot more members than you’d think!

His dizzy aunt
——————————————Verti Gogh

The brother who ate prunes
————————–Gotta Gogh

The brother who worked at a convenience store
———————————————–Stop n Gogh

The grandfather from Yugoslavia
—————————————–U Gogh

The cousin from Illinois
———————————————— Chi-ca Gogh

His magician uncle
—————————–Where-diddy Gogh

His Mexican cousin
———————————- A mee Gogh

The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother
————————————————— Gring Gogh

The nephew who drove a stage coach
————–Wells-far Gogh

The constipated uncle
——————————— Cant Gogh

The ballroom dancing aunt
——————————————— Tang Gogh

The bird lover uncle
———————————-Fla-min Gogh

His nephew psychoanalyst
——————————– E Gogh

The fruit loving cousin
———————————-Man Gogh

An aunt who taught positive thinking —————- Way-to Gogh

The little bouncy nephew
———————————————————– Poe Gogh

A sister who loved disco
——————————– Go Gogh

And his niece who travels the country in a van (you guessed it!)
——————————–Winnie Bay Gogh

And there ya Gogh

We oughta be able to locate more of his relatives. For example, I just met a distant relative working on the docks ——-Car Gogh

And a painter ——-Fres Gogh

A slippery member of the family—–Cris Gogh

His married sisters——Erin Gogh-Bra, Heidi Gogh-Seek and, Happy Gogh-Lucky

A Valuable Life Lesson And Moral

The Gourmet Guardian sent me today’s post, because he knows that I am always looking for something new, fresh and insightful with a twist of irony and when there’s a meaningful lesson or moral it makes it even better! I know you’ll enjoy this one as much as I did…

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The donkey cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. If you’ve ever heard a donkey ‘cry’ you know how loud and upsetting it is.

Donkey Stuck In A Well

Donkey Stuck In A Well

Finally, the farmer decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried even more loudly in panic and fear.

Then, to everyone’s amazement the donkey quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his
back, the donkey was doing something amazing.

He would shake off the dirt and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the donkey, he would shake it off and take another step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!


Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
  2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.
  3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less


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Only One Time Ever…

We all hear the saying one-time-only, especially in marketing… but there is a moment that will never, ever happen ever again… Sure there was the 08/08/08 for the start of the Beijing Olympics, how about when the clock strikes 12:34:56 on the 07/08/09… That’ll never happen again – ever. Just thought you’d want to know – it’s coming up soon…