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“Just Chillin’ A little History...& More April Upbeat Arabesques and Sweet Aromas! by Ellie Schmidt ~ eschmidt@upbeattimes.com Santa


Rosa, CA. ~ Watch- ing the wel- come rain on the back- yard garden, I was sur- prised at the charming


sight of six large peace doves fi rmly seated on diff erent, still- bare, horizontal branches of an old gum tree, looking like plump notes on a music staff . T ey seemed to be snoozing comfortably in spite of the cool, steady rain. Such an epiphany is rare. T e example profound. “We can take this,” they seemed to whisper.


the plants. As for names, our English


language swiſt ly soaks up for- eign words that have to do with food and drink. We are happily aware


of


pizza, wok, radicchio, paella,


Bon vivant, schnitzel


and lots more. T e German language was a challenge that Mark


Twain


cept of “a law for the delegation of monitoring beef labeling.” – Fun-


ny. Ha! Students in my classes years ago all grumbled about how hard it was to spell in English! I relish the


en- “T e water is wel-


come and we are all part of na- ture.” My old head is fi lled with happy memories of hundreds of folk and fairy tales in which all animals could speak. T e rain stopped briefl y and I


slipped outside. T e doves did not move. T eir visit was long. Full fragrances, dizzyingly sweet aromas of Spring hit me. My


scientifi c friends would


say I got a good dose of nega- tive ions, I suppose. T at’s sup- posed to be healthy. Happily, roses, agapanthus, boxwoods, jade--and more--are green and fl ourishing. --Can’t name all


joyed conquering. He would have loved the fuss made in 2013 when “Rindfl eischetik- ettierungsueberwachun- gsaufgabenuebertragun-


sgesetz”—one word!—was scratched off a list by German offi cials as obsolete for the con-


lengthy lists of diff er- ent lan- guage toast- ing at cel-


ebra- tions. But, a chance to bring joy to the faces of foreign vis-


itors has its risks here in Wine Country, especially consider- ing the temptations to swallow


happily instead of “swill-spit” at frequent tastings. Only dan- gerous if we goof up pronuncia- tion, since infl ections can make a huge diff erence in meanings. You can tell immediately by the expressions on the guests’ faces. Inclined to say more than only “Cheers!” I seem to entertain my Chinese friends who giggle when I try: “Gan bay!” Czechs welcome “Naz-drah vi.” French natives enjoy “Sante or A la votre”--but those from Montre- al oſt en prefer what sounds like “Chin-chin!” But Italian friends claim “Cin-cin” is their phrase. Germans relish “Prost or Zum wohl” and our Hungarians usu- ally say: “Egeszsegedre,” mean- ing “to your health,” which sounds like “Egg-esh-ay-ged- reh.” –Makes me think “Drink Milk!” is far easier.


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UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • April 2016 • 5 JOKES & Humor # 2


Faced with hard times, the company offered a bonus of one thousand dollars to any employee who could come up with a way of saving


money. The bonus went to a young woman in accounting who suggested limiting fu- ture bonuses to ten dollars.


“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most


daring thing is to create stable


communities in which the terrible


disease of loneliness can be cured.” Kurt Vonnegut


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