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December 6, 2017


A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.


Seems like I have been thinking and talking a lot about old friends lately. As you know of don’t think there is anything more valuable in life than our friends. It is just not easy to through life alone. I wonder sometimes if we place as much importance on friendship as we should.

Here is an article I picked up some time ago that provides some insight into these most valuable relationships.

True friendship

Author unknown

Have you ever wondered what the real essence of the saying “A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed” is? People talk about the true value of friendship actually without knowing what it stands for. True friendship is the one, in which the individuals do not have to maintain formalities with each other. Sharing true friendship is the situation, when the person you are talking about is counted as one among your family members, when the relation you share with him/her reaches a stage that even if you don’t correspond for sometime, your friendship remains unscathed. Best friends need not meet up often to make sure that the friendship remains constant.

The trust between best friends is such that if one friend falls in trouble, the other will not think twice to help. If the bond between two friends is strong, true friends can endure even long distances. For them, geographical separation is just a part of life. It would not affect their friendship. They make it a point to stay in touch, even in the verge of being exhausted due to the drudgery of everyday life. True friendship never fades away. In fact, it grows better with time. True friendship thrives on trust, inspiration and comfort. Best friends come to know, when the other person is in trouble, merely by listening to their “Hello” over the phone. They can even understand each other’s silence.

True friends don’t desert each other when one is facing trouble. They would face it together and support each other, even if it is against the interests of the other person. Best friends don’t analyze each other; they don’t have to do so. They accept each other with their positive and negative qualities. Nothing is hidden between true friends. They know each other’s strengths as well as weaknesses. One would not overpower the other. They would respect each other’s individuality. In fact, they would understand the similarities and respect the differences. Best friends don’t stand any outsider commenting or criticizing their friendship and they can put up a very firm resistance, if anyone does so.

True friends are not opportunists. They don’t help because they have something to gain out of it. True friendship is marked by selflessness. Best friends support even each other, even if the whole world opposes them. It is not easy getting true friends for the lifetime. If you have even one true friend, consider yourself blessed. Remember, all best friends are friends, but not all friends can be best friends. In this world of cynics and back stabbers, there are still some people who are worth being friends with. They have to be recognized and respected for being best friends, for the lifetime.


Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

C.S. Lewis


There was once a great actor who could no longer remember his lines.  One day he finds a theatre where they are prepared to give him a chance to shine again. The director says, “This is the most important part, and it has only one line.  You walk on to the stage at the opening, carrying a rose.  You hold the rose to your nose with just one finger and thumb, sniff the rose deeply and then say the line, ‘Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.'”

The actor is thrilled.  All day long, before the play, he’s practicing his line over and over again. Finally, the time came.  The curtain went up, the actor walked onto the stage, and with great passion delivered the line, “Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.”

The theatre erupted, the audience was screaming with laughter, and the director was steaming – “You bloody fool!,” he cried, “You have ruined me!”

The actor was bewildered, “What happened?  Did I forget my line?”

“No!” screamed the director.  “You forgot the rose!”


If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.  -Catherine Aird


A man goes to see the Rabbi. “Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.”

The Rabbi asked, “What’s wrong?”

The man replied, “My wife is poisoning me.”

The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, “How can that be?”

The man then pleads, “I’m telling you, I’m certain she’s poisoning me, what should I do?”

The Rabbi then offers, “Tell you what.  Let me talk to her, I’ll see what I can find out and I’ll let you know.”

A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, “Well, I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?”

The man anxiously says, “Yes.”

“Take the poison !”


A boy, frustrated with all the rules he had to follow, asked his father, “Dad, how soon will I be old enough to do as I please?”

The father answered immediately, “I don’t know. No male has lived that long yet.”


The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.


She said “here are some of the rules,”


Don’t lie.

If guys’ night out is going to be fun, invite the girls.

The correct answer to “Do I look fat?” is never, ever “Yes.”

Ditto for “Is she prettier than me?”

Victoria’s Secret is good. Frederick’s of Hollywood is bad.

Ordering for me is good. Telling me what I want is bad.

Being attentive is good. Stalking is bad.


Q: How many mothers-in-law does it take to change a light bulb?
A: One. She just holds it up there and waits for the world to revolve around her.


A man is visiting a mental home and sees a group of inmates sitting in a circle. As he gets close one of them shouts, “128” and all the others start to laugh!
He asks the nurse with him what’s going on and he explains that they have all been together so long that they know the jokes off by heart, so to save retelling them all the time they numbered them and just say the number!
The man thinks this is a good idea and although he doesn’t know the jokes asks if he could try it!
The nurse says, “Why not, go ahead!”
So the man shouts, “10”
Nothing, absolute stoney silence! So the man says, “What’s wrong, wasn’t that joke funny?”
And the nurse says, “It wasn’t that, it’s just the way you told it!”


A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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