Eaglie's Aviary

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Honestly, I'm tired of depressing posts. So, let's scoot some down while I think of something fun to do!

Eaglie's Mailbox (comes by passenger pigeon, which is then promptly eaten by the entire family of eagles):

Subj: Greetings from Gettysburg!
Date: 9/11/03 11:36:48 AM Central Daylight Time
From: admiss@gettysburg.edu (Gettysburg Admissions)

Dear [Eaglie],

Greetings from Gettysburg College! We hope you have had a great start to your senior year. As your college search progresses, we'd like to invite you to learn more about some of the things that make Gettysburg a nationally recognized college of the liberal arts and sciences. Gettysburg's academic offerings include 36 majors, as well as strong pre-law and pre-medical preparation, minors, and tremendous opportunities for study abroad. Gettysburg students are renowned for not only their academic pursuits, but for their commitment to "learning by getting involved" in the more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus.

Gettysburg students live and learn on an exceptionally beautiful campus, located in the heart of a famous town that is easily accessible from Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, and Harrisburg, PA.

If you'd like to know more, please visit our website at www.gettysburg.edu and click on the Prospective Students link or call the Admissions Office directly at (800) 431-0803. We'd be happy to mail you a viewbook that showcases the experiences of over a dozen current Gettysburg students. We look forward to hearing from you!

Gail Sweezey
Director of Admissions

Wait, you expect me to go to school on a battlefield? Complete with restless spirits and unused explosives? I do not want to be in a haunted dorm.

Subj: Fwd: I want this back. you'll see why.
Date: 9/17/03 11:09:07 AM Central Daylight Time
From: --

Take Hold of Every Moment

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk
paper wrapped package:

"This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package." He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

"She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has
never put it on. Was saving it for a special occasion.
Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next
to the other clothings he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just
died. He turned to me and said:

"Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a
special occasion".

I still think those words changed my life. Now I read more and clean less. I sit on the porch without worrying about anything. I spend more time with my family, and less at work. I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to,
not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses every
day. I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if i feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I
want to. The words "Someday..." and "One Day....." are fading away from my
dictionary. If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen
or do it now. I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew
she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she
might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to
think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small
things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.

I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would meet,
letters... letters that i wanted to write "one of these days."

I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brothers and sons,
not times enough at least, how much I love them.

Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter
and joy into our lives. And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day. Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably,
there's someone you care about.

If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself
that you will send it "One of these days", remember that "One day" is far
away... or might never come...

This TANTRA came from India. No matter if you're superstitious or not, spend
some time reading it.

It holds useful messages for the soul.

Don't keep this message.

This Tantra must leave your hands within 96 hours.

Send copies and watch what goes on in the next four days.

You'll have a pleasent surprise.

This is true, even if you're not superstitious.

Now, here's the fun of it:

Send this message to at least 5 people and you're life improves.

0-4 people: your life improves slightly.
5-9 people: your life imnproves according to your expectations!
9-14 people: you'll have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks.
15 or more people: your life improves drastically and your dreams start to
take shape.

Do you think that if I send it out on the web, I'll get more luck?