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Breaking Down Barriers

 And Justice Has Been Served

When Harry Day's father died just before Harry was to enter Stanford University, Harry
was forced to run the family ranch instead. Life was hard. The little adobe house on the New Mexico border had no electricity or running water and was many miles from the
nearest city.
But life went on and Harry eventually married Ada Mae. When their first child was born,
they traveled the 200 miles to El Paso for the delivery, then brought their baby, Sandra,
home to start her life with the limited resources the ranch offered.
There wasn't even a school within driving distance. So Ada Mae did what she had to and
began home schooling little Sandra at four, reading to her hour after hour every day. But
Harry and Ada Mae knew that they wanted their daughter to have a college education—
the one Harry had missed—so later they sent Sandra to the best boarding school they
could afford.
Not only did Sandra go on to college, but in 1952 she graduated from Stanford University
Law School near the top of her class and set out confidently to make her mark at a top
level law firm. But Sandra still had some hurdles to overcome. The only offers she
received were for legal secretary positions.
So she started her career instead in San Mateo, California, as an assistant county attorney.
Later she and her husband moved to Arizona, where she built a prominent law practice.
It was 29 years after Stanford that she received a phone call from Attorney General
William French Smith. President Reagan had nominated her—Sandra Day O'Connor—to
be the first female justice of the United States Supreme Court.

from The Best of Bits & Pieces
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I've always loved this story.

"For Sparky, school was all but impossible. He failed every subject in the eighth grade.
He flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. Sparky also flunked Latin,
algebra and English. He didn’t do much better in sports. Although he did manage to
make the school’s golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the season.
There was a consolation match; he lost that, too.

Throughout his youth Sparky was awkward socially. He was not actually disliked by
the other students; no one cared that much. He was astonished if a classmate ever said
hello to him outside of school hours. There’s no way to tell how he might have done at
dating. Sparky never once asked a girl to go out in high school. He was too afraid of
being turned down.

Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates...everyone knew it. So he rolled with it.
Sparky had made up his mind early in life that if things were meant to work out, they
would. Otherwise he would content himself with what appeared to be his inevitable

However, one thing was important to Sparky - drawing. He was proud of his artwork.
Of course, no one else appreciated it. In his senior year of high school, he submitted
some cartoons to the editors of the yearbook. The cartoons were turned down. Despite
this particular rejection, Sparky was so convinced of his ability that he decided to
become a professional artist.

After completing high school, he wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios. He was told to
send some samples of his artwork, and the subject for a cartoon was suggested.
Sparky drew the proposed cartoon. He spent a great deal of time on it and on all the
other drawings he submitted. Finally, the reply came from Disney Studios. He had
been rejected once again. Another loss for the loser.

So Sparky decided to write his own autobiography in cartoons. He described his
childhood self - a little boy loser and chronic underachiever. The cartoon character
would soon become famous worldwide. For Sparky, the boy who had such a lack of
success in school and whose work was rejected again and again, was Charles Schultz.
He created the "Peanuts" comic strip and the little cartoon character whose kite would
never fly and who never succeeded in kicking a football, Charlie Brown."

From Bits & Pieces
from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
Copyright 1997 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
and Kimberly Kirberger

I don't know how accurate this story is but I do like it.
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If You Could Read My Mind... the hidden songs of a 90s kid


I have been trying to find this song for ages and ages. I had a memory of the video and the beat but not the words or the title which made it really hard to describe to people. But then I remembered someone who attaches memory to this song too and with the wonders of facebook, in 24 hours I had an answer.

It use to play a lot on the radio in the 1990s. I loved it.

Please tell me you know this song! :D

Also another great 1990's song, which I just recently discovered 

Reminds me of Accidentally In Love by the Counting Crows


There's this song! C'mon 1990s kids out in the Internet world, you must know this one. :D

Other great 90s songs in my head now, Two Princes by the Spin Doctors, most good copies of the song on youtube can't be embedded, hence the link.
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 Things I wonder/think about. 
  1. Will the decade we live in now be associated with the hipster style of dressing in the same way that we associate the 1920s with flapper and the 1960s with the hippie?
  2. I think Landon Carter (Shane West) gets married again after being widowed at 18 (?) in  A Walk to Remember.
  3. What did Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) want to do when he got out of the elevator in You've Got Mail? 
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Cracked me Up

 Dear Parents. Jasmine was in a relationship with a dirty homeless boy named Aladdin. Snow White lived alone with 7 men. Pinnochio was a liar. Robin Hood was a thief. Tarzan walked around without clothes on. A stranger kissed sleeping beauty and she married him. Cinderella lied and snuck out at night to attend a party. You can’t blame us. We were taught to rebel since a young age.
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Tyler and Caroline.

michael trevino,candice accola,caroline forbes,tyler lockwood,the vampire diaries

michael trevino,tyler lockwood,the vampire diaries


I'd be lying if I told you that first photo doesn't make me smile.

It does.

time I see it.

I can't wait for more Tyler and Caroline on The Vampire Diaires.

Caroline helping Tyler through his first transformation! The ending of that was : x !!!!

Stefan, Elena, Damon, Katherine and whatever was going on there, was interesting but this possible new couple is totally stealing the scene.

A newly turned vampire girl and an even newer werewolf boy.

Plus there's Matt, poor human Matt. Caroline's ex-boyfriend and Tyler's best friend. Can you say love triangle?!

January 27th!! Can't wait!!!

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