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This page is dedicated to a "little bit of this & a little bit of that", hence, the name "Shavings & Smatterings". In this small corner of the world you will not find any grumblings or growlings, only celebrations of the human spirit, whimisical tales and folklore from our not-too- distant past and light-hearted "words-of-wisdom" that are intended to ring the bells hidden in our hearts. Forget the daily grind of gloomy news from our newpapers and televisions. This is an upbeat and light-hearted page to cheer your spirits. Even the page background is aptly entitled "Regeneration". Read on, if you'd like. You're a welcome guest.

If you go where few have gone, you will find what few have found. Gautama Buddha

46-year old Cale Kenney writes articles for "Howlings", the magazine she publishes for the "wild women of the west". The magazine's name was inspired by Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," whose howl Cale mimics when she's speeding down the slopes. Cale loves skiing-so much so, that she moved to Colorado in 1977, without her doctor, her mother and a job. What makes this very special is that Cale only has one leg. She lost her leg, hip and pelvis in a motorcycle accident in 1971, at the ripe age of 19. Cale calls skiing "the great equalizer", which is one reason she loves it so much. During her long days on the mountain, her spirit was called back to her new body "to be trusted again". "I was Dorothy, winding my way through Oz," she writes, "Only I didn't fall asleep, I came alive." Skiing gave her enough confidence to ask for a job at the local newspaper. She covered competitive skiing for the disabled. She became a fixture on the mountain and in town, hobbling about on crutches with her notebook and her smile and her mop of curls, poking fun at the ski world and life in general. She has become one of the "wild women" she writes about. Cale is presently a skier and a poet who knows where she is going and the effect she has along the way.

Happiness is. . .

Taking in all the wonders of life-its joys, its sorrows, its sunshine, its smiles-
Learning from the experiences each one brings you, and then, from a caring heart, giving them all away again.

This saying on a bookmark was given to me by a friend and co-worker when I left a job I liked under less-than-pleasant circumstances. The saying was hard to believe at the time, but I now have a much more satisfying and rewarding job as a Recreation Therapist on an Alzheimer's Unit. I still have the bookmark too.

The happiest people are those who discover that what they should be doing and what they are doing are the same things. . .

Do not fight with another's bow and arrow.
Do not ride another's horse.
Do not discuss another's faults.
Do not interfere with another's work.

-Zen Saying

Since I am Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, I especially enjoyed these quotes I found on a TR site that I visit regularly:

A hug is a perfect gift--one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.-Ivern Ball
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.-James Joyce
It is better to be alone than in bad company.-George Washington
I'd rather be failing at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate.-George Burns
If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.-A saying from Zimbabwe
You are your attitude.-Bruno Hans Geba
Success is never final, failure is never fatal; It is courage that counts.-Winston Churchill
You may be on the right track, but you'll still get ran over if you just sit there.-Roy Rogers
Intelligence is like a river. The deeper it flows, the less noise it makes.-author unknown
You can learn more about a man in an hour of play than in a lifetime of conversation.-Plato

Moon Watcher by Cherub's Champions

Here are some "Moon Thoughts" for you, just in case you happen to be one of those special people who enjoys sitting outside on a starry night, looking at the stars and the "man in the moon", for no other reason than to enjoy the beauty of the world around us. If you're not one of those people, it's not very difficult to become one-all it takes is one time and you should be hooked!

People in ancient times believed the moon brought good luck. They also believed the moon was made of silver, hence anything made of silver brought good luck also.
Some people thought the moon meant trouble. A full moon on Sunday was supposed to bring bad luck.
Ancient Greeks believed a baby born on the day of a full moon would be a lucky person.
Other people believed that anyone who fell asleep in the light of the moon would have nightmares and go sleepwalking.

Horoscope Moon by Moyra

The word "moon" comes from ancient Europeans. They thought moonlight could make you fall madly in love. Today we call someone in love moonstruck.
When the ancient Chinese looked at the dark and light areas of the moon, they pictured a rabbit and a toad. They thought the animals were making magic medicine.
Some Europeans said the moon was made of green cheese. They didn't mean the color green. "Green" also means fresh. Freshly made cheese has dark spots that look like dark areas on the moon.

Moon by Full Moon Graphics

Weather Lore

Whatever your beliefs about predicting the weather, here are some common and popular folklore sayings that have been passed down to us from our forefathers. Some of them are as predictable as the most sophisticated weather gadgets our modern weather forecasters use!

If there is a brilliant display of Northern Lights, this is a sign that war is coming. This was true in the fall of 1941.
When smoke lies close to the ground instead of rising, it is a sign of rain coming.
Heat lightening in the north means rain within 48 hours.
A red ring around the moon means a bad storm.
If the husks on the corn get thick, it's going to be a hard winter.
A ring around the moon in winter means snow.
When big snowflakes start to fall it means the snow will stop very soon.
When there's lightning, put a glass or water in the window to keep the house from getting struck(I think we did that when I was young!).
If a thunderstorm occured right after a funeral, the dead person was presumed to have gone to heaven(maybe an off-shoot from the Bible: after Jesus died there was a terrible storm).
When it's dark and stormy and you see white clouds, a wind is going to come.
Weather is controlled by "dog days" which happen in July when it is very hot and things spoil easily. If dog days come in wet, it will rain for 40 days; if dry, there will be a drought.

Horoscope Sun by Moyra

Here are some more fanciful weather beliefs and sayings!

If the sun shines when it is raining, the Devil is beating his wife.
Thunder is the sound of the elves bowling.
The whirlwinds which scoop up the dust across the fields are transportation for faeries and elves.
Sun rays after a storm mean God is drawing water back up for the angels.
Snow is the angels having a pillow fight.
Rain is angel tears.
Thunder is God dragging trunks around in his attic.
A red sunset means angels are making cookies.

Sun by Moyra
Anatomy of Man's Body, as Said to be Governed by the Twelve Constellations

Arms, Gemini
Heart, Leo
Reins, Libra
Thighs, Sagittarius
Legs, Aquarius
Neck, Taurus
Breast, Cancer
Bowels, Virgo
Secrets, Scorpio
Knees, Capricorn
The Feet, Pisces

Full Moon Graphics Star Girl

Wild and Wacky Superstitions

Rings through earlobes supposedly protect the wearer from any evil.
If you cut your hair while the moon is waning, your hair will fall out or get thinner.
A hairy chest is an indication of luck and strength.
A tea stem floating in a teapot means a stranger will visit you.
A whistling, shiny teapot either means good luck or it's going to rain.
If you gather the first violets of spring, your fondest, deepest wish will most certainly come true.
If a groom doesn't cross the chapel threshold first, his bride will boss him around their whole married life.
If you're carrying a handkerchief, tie a knot in it. Tieing a knot will help your memory.
If the IRS is checking/auditing your tax statements: first rub your hands on a bald man's head, second touch your receipts with your hands. This will make everything turn out all right.
If a dandelion blossom blows in your face, you'll soon receive an important business letter.
If you hang mistletoe above or on your bedroom door, you'll have sweet dreams and a beautiful, restful sleep.

From the Agricultural Almanac for the year 1901:

Why Mistletoe is Used

". . .The Northmen look upon the oak as a holy tree; and as on this holy tree they found the mistletoe growing green in winter, they held it sacred to Baldur, the Sun God. . .The myth of Baldur. . .tells how the Sun God, after having been put to death through the treachery of dark hearted Hoedur, had risen to life again. So the mistletoe-of living green, when all the trees of the forest seemed dead-was chosen as his emblem, and every year the Goths and Scandinavians decorated their homes with its boughs.

If a friend greeted another beneath a bough of mistletoe, it was in the spirit of love and friendship. . .

The actual origin of the use of Christmas trees. . .dates from before the Christian era, when the Romans made use of pine trees in their festivities at certain times of the year. The pine trees were laden with little earthenware images sacred to the gods. . .It was among the Goths, some of the Germans and the Scandinavians that trees were first adorned at Christmas time for the express purpose of delighting children.

These people celebrated the advent of the winter solstice very elaborately, and the chief item of their programme was the erection in every house of a tree decorated with burning tapers. . ."

Mythical Beast by Moyra

If one of your goals in life is to live to the ripe old age of 100, here are Sir John Sawyer's 19 rules for living to the century mark:

1. Eight hours' sleep.
2. Sleep on your right side.
3. Keep your bedroom window open all night.
4. Have a mat to your bedroom door.
5. Do not have your bedstead against the wall.
6. No cold water in the morning, but a bath at the temperature of the body.
7. Exercise before breakfast.
8. Eat little meat and see that it is well cooked.
9. For adults: drink no milk.
10. Eat plenty of fat to destroy the feed cells which destroy seed germs.
11. Avoid intoxicants, which destroy those cells.
12. Daily exercise in the open air.
13. Allow no pets in your living room.
14. Live in the country if you can.
15. Watch the three D's-Drinking water, damp, drains.
16. Have change of occupation.
17. Take frequent and short holidays.
18. Limit your ambition.
19. Keep your temper.

Coll of the Goddess

Waer lebt fun fische un jage
Muss f'rrissne gleder drage.

The translation for this Pennsylvania Dutch short poem is as follows:

Who lives on hunting and fishing must wear torn clothes.


Our talk ain't so for fanciness,
But plain, it makes just right.
It ain't so good dressed up in print,
But from the heart it comes out bright.

It gets around to all the things
We know and have to say,
It sticks to us like boowalice,
It's as rich as good red clay.

When people listen once they think
We don't know English none,
But at the County Fair you see
The prize our Melly won.

You can't redd up the world and make
All people talk the same.
The Pennsylvania Deitsch is ourn,
And yourn is what you name.

Du konnst net mocha, sie geh net gleih,
Olla bleiwa so, gel net?
Die gaul geh zu die scheira hin,
Und ich zu Deitsch, you bet.


In 1854 jugglers were prohibited from entering the borough of York.

In the "Gay Nineties" a person could be thrown in jail for throwing a banana peel on the sidewalk.

Back in the horse and buggy days of the 1870's, "speedsters" could be arrested for riding their horses through town faster than a slow trot.

In 1891, it was forbidden to play cards on the public highways.

According to a York statute passed in 1802, fiddlers could not play music for dancing, especially during the York Fair.(caused the morals of the youth to become debauched)

Anyone selling books in 1859 could be fined $500.

In 1883, it was a crime for a woman to dress like a man, and vice versa. Violators could be fined one dollar.

Quaint Laws in York, Pennsylvania's Past

When I lived in Baltimore, I attended a deaf church. The minister was a "hearing" minister, but both of his parents were deaf. The choir was deaf and signed all the anthems. I took many of the sign language classes offered through the church and learned to sign The Lord's Prayer, which was a highlight of the program. All the novices who successfully learned this were heartily congratulated by the church members(both hearing and deaf) after the service. It was a great feeling!

In June 1998, Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD became the first college to offer a master of science degree in American Sign Language. Western Maryland already has the largest graduate school program in deaf education. Now, it has expanded its reach with the American Sign Language Specialist Program to qualify people to teach sign language. This program is the first of its kind, in that it teaches those who use ASL as their first language and also those for whom it is a second language. Courses originally began in 1968 to train teachers to teach the deaf. The college focused on "total communication", which included sign language from birth. Gallaudet University in Washington is the only liberal arts university in the world specifically for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It offers a proficiency program for interpreters of ASL, but does not offer a degree program.

Having also attended Western Maryland College, I am really proud of this direction they're taking. Anything that opens up better communication among all us human beings is certainly ok in my book! 'Way to go WMC!

How to Succeed in College and Life

Don't let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
Since hate poisons the soul do not cherish enmities or grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
Don't hold postmortems. Don't spend your life brooding over sorrows and mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.
Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.
Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.
Don't take yourself too seriously. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Women's rights legacy Emily Mudd passed away at the ripe old age of 99. She established Pennsylvania's first birth control clinic and gained international recognition as one of the founders of the marriage-counseling profession. In 1933, Emily and her husband founded the Marriage Council of Philadelphia. This was the first counseling office in the country to establish a continuing program to make counseling more effective. Emily trained many of the nation's leading marriage counselors and is credited with setting standards for the profession. In 1983, she described the purpose of her life's work: "I think we may have lost sight of long-distance values and goals, and I think relationships are probably the most important thing in life. I think relationships- relationships of all types-are really what make life important."

William J. Meter

Advertisements from Little Folks, Vol. III, No. 1, November 1899.


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Keeps the Skin Soft and Smooth. Made in Palestine, Syria. An Absolutely Pure Olive Oil Soap for Nursery, Toilet and Bath. Sold by druggists and grocers. Imported by A. Klipstein & Co., 122 Pearl St., New York.


DON'T FORGET that there are more Hearty, Healthy men and women in this country that were raised on Imperial Granum: The Great Prepared Food than on any other prepared food and as "the Child of today is the Man of tomorrow" so The strength of the nation depends on the health and strength of its men and women. THE IMPERIAL GRANUM CO.

This poem is from the same issue of Little Folks magazine.


What does she hold in her dimpled hands-
This quaint little maiden fair,
With her Greenaway dress, and her broad-rimmed hat,
And her shower of golden hair?

"A bunch of sweet violets!" Bessie declares;
"Some candy!" says sugar-tooth Paul;
"Oh, I know!" shouts Kate, with a mischievous wink,
"She hasn't got nuffin at all!"

Now I'll whisper a secret, if you'll never tell:
She is not holding posies nor plums;
But, hidden away in her fat little fists,
Are two dear, little, dainty, pink thumbs!

Ellen Knight Bradford

Birthday Bouquet

We gather, as we travel,
Our personal bouquet-
Each birthday is a blossom
That grows along life's way.

Mary Loberg


. . . . . . . . . .Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
. . . . . . . . . .Enough trials to keep you strong.
. . . . . . . . . .Enough sorrow to keep you human,
. . . . . . . . . .Enough hope to keep you happy.
. . . . . . . . . .Enough failure to keep you humble,
. . . . . . . . . .Enough success to keep you eager.
. . . . . . . . . .Enough friends to give you comfort,
. . . . . . . . . .Enough enthusiasm to look forward.
. . . . . . . . . .Enough faith to banish depression,
. . . . . . . . . .Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

"When people get married the man ought to know all the politics in the family and the woman ought to have all the religion".

Life's fortune and misfortune are caused entirely by the mind. Shakyamuni said: "A burning desire for gain is a pit of fire, and an indulgence in greed is a sea of suffering. Once our mind is purified, a flame is turned into a pool; and once our mind awakens us from a dream of worldliness, our ship of life is anchored along the shore of the Great Beyond." Hence, a slight change of the mind can suddenly make a different situation. Should we not be careful?

When a man is at peace, he ought to be as alert as if he were in trouble; so he can forestall an unforeseen contingency. And when he is in trouble, he ought to be as calm as if he were at peace; thus he can bring to an end his crisis.

Warm weather fosters growth; cold weather destroys it. Thus a man with an unsympathetic temperament has scant joy; but a man with a warm and friendly heart has overflowing blessings, and his beneficience will extend to posterity.

Human feelings are frail; the ways of the world are rugged. When a man cannot go forward, he should know how to take a step backward; but when he can go on, he ought to have the grace of yielding a little.

*From: A Chinese Garden of Serenity-Reflections of a Zen Buddhist

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Last Updated January 17, 2001

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