JUDSON HALE, editor of “Yankee”, writes about his grandfather, Frank Hale: Nearby to the Hale farm was a small company that made machinery for manufact-uring textiles, and it was here that “Grandpop” began his career as an office boy. From there he rose rapidly to various positions of responsibility. One day about 1882, he approached the president of the company to ask for another promotion. It was a period when the company was falling on hard times. Years later my father told me the gist of the conversation.
“The only vacancy for you now, Frank,” said the harried and discouraged president, who only wanted to retire and be free of his business burdens, “is my job.” That’s a tough job,” “Grandpop” replied. “How much does it pay?” “You can have $8ooo a year if you’ll take over my worries,” replied the president. Where is the $8ooo coming from?” asked “Grandpop”, who by this time was very knowledgeable in all aspects of the business. “That, Frank,” said the president, “is your first worry.”
—The Education of a Yankee (Harper & Row)
GUIDEPOSTS (November ‘88)
Copyright @ 1988, Guideposts Associates, Inc.
Carmel, N.Y. 10512
WHEN MY HUSBAND began his ministry at a small-town church, he discovered that his office had a full-length mirror. So, for his first wedding service, he let the bride use the office as her dressing room. To protect her privacy, he posted this sign on the door: “Caution— Do Not Enter —Bride Under Construction.”
—Contributed by Laura Swett
My FIFTH-GRADE CLASS enjoyed finding little-known Presidential trivia while doing reports on our former chief executives through the years. But they surprised me when I asked, “Which President had a stuffed animal named after him?” Their unanimous answer was not Teddy Roosevelt. It was Garfield!
—Contributed by Lorraine Farmer
The person who agrees with everything you say, either isn’t paying attention or else plans to sell you something.
Watching your diet is easier and different from following it.
Anybody who can still do at 60 what we was doing at 20 —
wasn’t .doing much at 20.
Tolerance is based on courtesy, respect, and the suspicion that the other fellow could be right.
Most the world admires a good loser ----
as long as it’s someone else.
It’s not true that nice guys finish last.
Nice guys are winners before the game even begins.
If at first you doubt — doubt again.
Growing older is not upsetting: being perceived as old is. (Kenny Rogers)
Hope is a very unruly emotion.
NO ONE has ever bet enough on a winning horse
(Richard Sasuly - The Search for a Winning Horse - Henry Holt & Co. 1989)
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