Nail in the Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that He was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.

It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. ” A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.

They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.”

National Friendship Week

Parkinson’s Unity Walk Saturday, April 29

Come and join thousands in Manhattan’s beautiful Central Park on Saturday, April 29, 2006 (rain or shine) for an event-filled day at the 12th Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

Where 100% of all donations goes directly to research.

The Parkinson’s Unity Walk is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson’s research in the community. Since 1994, families, friends, caregivers, and major Parkinson’s foundations have gathered once a year to unify the common goal of finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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The V Monologues Wrap Up

I have to tell you that the Vagina Monologues was a huge success! We played to a full house on Thursday and an overflowing house on Friday – they were sitting in the aisles and on the floor near the stage. I never expected that many people to show up. We really did a good job ‘hitting the beat’ with out lines and monologues. I can’t believe it came together so well in just 4 rehearsals.

I will do it again if I make the cut. It truly was an amazing emotional experience!

I want to thank all those who came to see the show and I hope everyone will plan to see this if they haven’t already.

Hugs to you all!

Kathleen Bence

2006 El Tour de Tucson

I would love to participate in the 2006 El Tour de Tucson. It will be held Sat, Nov 18, 2006 and you can choose a 35, 66, 80 or 109 mile ride. Money goes to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. If I am traveling that far I would opt for the 109 mile route but everybody could do their own route. Think about going to Tucson and having an early Thanksgiving.

I went to the site to learn more about the Tour and the Arizona APDA I&R center. I have heard it is wonderful riding out there.

Interested in renting a house in Tucson for the Tour? I thought you’d like this from