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February 17, 2004

Today we'll examine miscellaneous contributions from faithful readers. If you're ready, let's start right here.

I don't know exactly when Arbor Day is observed, but I understand it is the kind of event when we are invited to hug a tree and let it know that we appreciate it. With that in mind, here's a little ode to our leafy friends from an unnamed writer. It's entitled The Tree Speaks, and it is provided by the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center in Broken Bow.

I am the heat of your hearth on cold winter nights; the cooling shade from the summer sun.
I am the paper that feeds the press, that makes the books for knowledge and history.
I can be a match stem or a ship's mast.
I am the humblest cabin, and furnish the greatest mansion. I have served you from cradle to grave. I can do no other. I am a gift from God, I am a friend of man.
I am the tree!

Now this from an unknown author. The title is "Twenty-One 'More Thans' to Have a Winning Day." Here's the list:
You have to learn more than you talk.
You have to give more than you get.
You have to smile more than you frown.
You have to think "we" more than you think "me."
You have to agree more than you disagree.
You have to compliment more than you criticize.
You have to laugh more than you cry.
You have to clean up more than you mess up.
You have to be positive more than you're negative.
You have to be fascinated more than you're frustrated.
You have to "walk the walk" more than you "talk the talk."
You have to be accepting more than rejecting.
You have to see the cup "half-full" more than you see it "half-empty."
You have to help more than you hinder.
You have to believe in yourself more than you doubt yourself.
You have to work more than you whine.
You have to do more than you don't.
You have to act more than you react.
You have to save more than you squander.
You have to care more than you ever have.
You have to love more than you ever have.

Thanks to all the contributors who help with furnishing ideas for this column. I 'preciate it!