Apology Advice

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.  – Unknown

An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.  – Margaret Lee Runbeck

An apology is the superglue of life.  It can repair just about anything.   – Lynn Johnston

More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.  – Greg LeMond

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The Adventures of Pinocchio

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I decided to read the original book by Carlo Collodi.  I realized the story is much longer than I anticipated.  The book is 160 pages.

I also discovered, there is a lot to be learned from this story.

  • Beware of false friends that want to take advantage of you
  • Listen to those who love you and provide wise advice
  • There are dangers to being disobedient that are not obvious in the beginning
  • Family is important
  • Don’t abandoned those who love and care for you

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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This book is one of my favorites.  It’s about a magical book that allows the reader to actually enter the story.  As a book lover, I find the idea intriguing.

The main character reads the magical book and enters the neverending story.  His adventures teach him several valuable life lessons.

  • Actions have consequences, regardless of the reason for those actions
  • Listen to the advice of those you trust
  • Discern who is truly your friend and who is trying to use you
  • A prideful heart is dangerous
  • Learning to love is the greatest gift

This is an excellent book and one that I have enjoyed numerous times over the years.

My Letter of Apology to a Plant

 

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Dear Household Plant,

Please don’t give up and die.  Please keep fighting for survival.  We (the Thaler family) enjoy your wonderful smell and appreciate your fly repelling capabilities.  We apologize for not taking proper care of you.  For whatever we did wrong, we are truly sorry and we promise to make amends.

Did we give you to much water or not enough water?  Did we allow you to spend to much time in the sun, or not enough time in the sun?  Did we fail to give you the appropriate plant food?  Was there something else you desperately needed from us and we failed to provide it?

Since you are unable to speak, we have called an expert to answer theses questions.  We promise to do better in the future and provide for your needs.  We desire for you to be a thriving member of the house, so please don’t die.

Love,

The Thaler Family

College Tips and Advice

Today is Gwen’s first day of class at Calhoun Community College.  I have some tips and advice that I would love to share with her.  However, I can’t just tell her my advice.  I am a blogger, so it has to go in a post.

  • If you need help with a class, don’t be ashamed to ask.
  • Stay positive, if you keep working at it you will complete your degree.
  • Attendance is important, so try to be there as much as possible.
  • Get involved in campus life.  Find a club or organization to join, attend some of the sporting events, plays, debates, and special lectures that are available at the college.
  • Learn the material.  Study it until you understand it.
  • Don’t be in a hurry and do your best.
  • Don’t procrastinate, have a plan to complete assignments ahead of schedule.
  • Pay attention during class and take notes.  If the teacher says something is important, write it down and underline it.
  • Keep your notes, assignments, and study materials organized.
  • Make some new friends and have fun during your college years.

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