Friday, August 22, 2008


~Curious people are seldom bored. Conversely, boring people are seldom curious.
~Learning which does not advance each day will decrease daily.
~That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with delight and profit.
~Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
~Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
~Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kindness Pays...

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied
"Mother has taught us never to accept payment for a kindness." He said... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As the boy (Howard Kelly) left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught ; her attention on the side as She read these words.....

"Paid in full with one glass of milk." (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You,
GOD, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Family is a little world created by love

Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.
- Mother Teresa

A family is a little world created by love.
A family is a place of warmth when the world is cold;
A place of safety when the world is hostile;
A place of light when the world is dark.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Find Joy in The Present - Don't Wait For Tomorrow

Some people never find joy in the present,
They cling to their woe and their sorrow,
Missing the blessings right under their noses.
While dreaming of good things tomorrow.

Some folks don't notice the sun when it's shining
Or hear when the songbirds are singing,
They're so busy looking across the horizon.
To see what the future is bringing

Some never think life is good at the moment.
To them it is futile and hollow.
So with a shrug and a sigh of self-pity.
They sit down and wait for tomorrow

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Wise Woman & A Precious Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."

Dear Somayya,

Thank you for this beautiful story. My impression is that the woman is very content and peaceful with herself and her life to the point that she has become totally unselfish and is not desirous of other things. This enables her to give precious items freely to others without hesitation. She has inside her seed of happiness, loving kindness and compassion that she has allowed to flourish and grow. We all have these qualities inside us and need only to be aware of them and water them so then can grow. The woman will not be able to give these qualities to the man. He need only look inside himself for they are already there.


Thank you, Lillian for your nicer comment for the nice story.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oh! our Pragathi is turning one!

A year's gone by,
How time has flown,
We can't believe
How our Pragathi's grown!

She's such a joy
And so much fun,
Oh Our baby's
Turning One!

Advanced Happy Birthday Greetings to Our Pragathi Konda!
With Love, Nanamma & Tataiah


Dear Children,

People like blogs, they like blogs because they are written by people and not corporations. People want to know what people think.

Blog writers have to tell other readers exactly what they think using the least amount of words possible.

With Love, Nana

Friday, August 15, 2008

International Adult Learner's Week

Hi Somaiah:

I will try to outline the nature of my call in a few sentences. September 8 – 12 is International Adult Learner week. At Metro, we would like to profile a couple of adult learners who we believe exemplify life-long-learning. I instantly thought of you and the path that your career has taken. I have always been impressed with your commitment to volunteering your time and talents. I was wondering if I could put your name forward? I do not know exactly what may or may not come of this, however, I wanted to check with you first before giving your name and phone number to our marketing person. She may call you and ask you some questions. One of the questions I am sure she will ask is “how has Metro helped you to pursue life-long-learning”? This is why I called your house yesterday. You can either respond via email or you can give me a call.

Thank You,
Gerald Stobbe

Dear Mr Gerald Stobbe,

Good Morning. Thank you very much for your e-mail.
And I also thank you for the good impression you have for me. I will always try to keep it up.

Yes! I will never forget in my life, the way I had stepped into Metro and became the part of its learning activities and part of its lovely people, the great teachers, the other staff members, the principal and also other greater community of learners from different countries and cultures. I will never forget the beautiful experiences I had.

I had no objection sir, in giving my profile to any for asking further questions about that beautiful life, which inspired me to continue my efforts in the path of learning life-long.

I thank once again you, and your dedicated the staff members especially, my loving teachers, Mrs. Lynda, Mrs. Estella, Mrs. Kamala and finally Joan B Farhall. Not only me, but also my other family members remember these people as I shared my day today class-room experiences at home.

Finally I like to convey my sincere thanks everybody on the occasion of International Adult Learner week, 2008.

Sincerely, Somayya Kasani

Happy India's Independence Day

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Have a Nice Day

Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected. Wealth is not in making money, but in making the man while he is making money. The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - We must step up the stairs. Go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

Dear Children,

Good Morning. How are you?. Today also I am planning to go to the Library. I will also make a trip to City Hall and give one copy of our Edmonton Vani -2008 to Mr. Iveson and put another copy at the Mayor's desk.

With Love, AmmaNaana

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Use your instincts,
to fight for whats right,
you know deep within,
whats wrong and whats right.

Natural instincts keep us alive,
when fear comes forth,
instinct helps to survive.

When love comes your way,
and you just don't know what to do,
follow your heart,
your instincts will know.

When you go for that job,
you've wanted so much,
keep positive,
be confident,
be impulsive rise above.

Instincts play a big part in life,
so when you get that gut feeling,
and you know something just feels so right,
Follow your instincts,
go out and fight for your right.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Good Morning

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Here are a few quotes from the book I read " Man's Searching for Truth."

Dear Children,

•What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

•The meaning of our existence is not invented by ourselves, but rather detected.
What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.

•We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.

•Everyone is on a journey through life. Part of this journey is our growing understanding of us and our world, and the development of our relationships with other people who are also undertaking their individual journeys.

As we progress on this journey we seek to make sense of our lives and our place in the world - the search for meaning.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Congratulations AmmaNaana!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Pragathi took her first steps in her walking :-)

Dear Amma, Naana,

Happy to receive your mails this morning. Yes, the quotes are very good.

Yesterday, Pragathi took her first steps in her walking. This is in Borders Books Shop. We visited the place in the evening to find out the timings for Pragathi’s story time and to spend time in the children’s section there. She took 4 steps and stood for some time.

Loving Son,

Thought For The Day

Dear Children,

* Kids learn when they're having fun. They hardly know they are learning when they are enjoying themselves.

* We can teach them when we have the tools and a plan.

* We can encourage our kids to create their own goals, and NOT impose our ideas on them.

* Happy children with high self-esteem and confidence look to the future with intention and clarity.

Have a Nice Day!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Note of " Thank You" From Thankful Class ESL Level 6‏

Dear our teacher, Mrs. Joan,

Good Morning. Today is August 07, 2008. Tomorrow is the last working day for us, the ESL students. ESL Level 6 is almost the final step for us in learning the language. So some of us take career oriented courses. I also hope to join in a different school taking a Professional Program. In a way it is a turning point to us.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. I thank you now on behalf of me and my pretty class, ESL Level 6 for everything you’ve done for us.

Your kind attention touched our minds and our hearts. You gave us motivation to pursue. We’ll remember our whole lives through.

“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.”

Joan! You are our good teacher. So, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Somayya Kasani & the ESL Level6 class

Monday, August 04, 2008

Heritage Festival In Edmonton

Dear all,

Good Evening. I attended the Heritage Festival accompanying Mundi. We could cover most of the cultural events performed by different cultural groups.

Heritage Festival 2008 featured 62 pavilions representing over 75 cultures from all over the world. This Festival marks the 33rd annual edition of this premier three-day showcase of Canada's vibrant multicultural heritage.

It was a blend of culinary delicacies, creative performances, crafts shops, display of artwork, and clothing, or communion of people who are eager to tell a little about their cultural roots and their present-day communities in Canada.

With Love, Nana

Friday, August 01, 2008

Thought For The Day

Dear Children,
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how: Nietzche.

Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love, he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but ought to be actualized.

Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.
With Love, Amma-Naana.