An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Number 4      November 26   1999
Our list is getting bigger and bigger all time . May be we cannot say with the
Beatles "It´s getting better all  the time" but certainly it´s getting bigger.
We get mails almost every day of people who want to join the list some of them with a simple SUBSCRIBE, others with kind and warm words that are always
welcome and... needed
A dear friend from Mexico City, Francisco Lozano, a materials developer and language consultant with Heinle and Heinle wrote to us in connection with
" Thanks, Omar and Marina. Your message was a bright ray of sunshine on a very difficult day!
Francisco Lozano "
Many other colleagues wrote to us. We thank them all. Elida Messina (whom you might well remember from her Simon and Schuster´s days) wrote a touching personal mail thanking us for SHARE 2. The contents of her mail is too personal and moving to publish here but we only wanted to say how much we value her message and her friendship. 
We were planning to send you a beautiful surprise on Sunday and that was going to be SHARE 4 ( now that will have to wait ) because  yesterday we got this mail from a dear colleague from Rosario, Maria del Carmen Rosso, whom I met in a two-day course organized by that bunch of great friends we have at APrIR :
" Dear Omar, 
I think that being Thanksgiving Day in the USA it could be a nice day to say THANK YOU!  for your seminars which had given me powerful tools for analyses and for you lovely mails. I wonder if you can remember who I am. In your last seminar in Rosario, I was sittting on the second row, and I kept interrupting and giving opinions ( I became a pain in the neck, sorry!) I want to share with you and Marina and the rest of the mail list, if you want, a`poem I received yesterday from a cousin living in the USA on Thanksgiving.
María del Carmen "
We just LOVED it and thought that you would love it too.Thanks Maria del
Carmen for your words and for SHARING the poem with us all 
Remember To be Thankful For...

...the mess to clean after a party
because it means  you have been  surrounded  by friends.

...the taxes you pay
because it means that you are employed.

...the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it  means you have enough  to eat.

 ...the shadow who watches you work
because it means  you are out in the  sunshine.

 ...a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need  cleaning
and gutters  that need fixing
because it means you have a home.
...all the complaining you hear about our government
because it means we  have freedom of speech.

 ...the spot you find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means you  are capable of walking.

 ...your huge heating bill
because it means you are warm.

 ...the lady behind you in church who sings off key
because it means  that you  can hear.

 ...the piles of laundry and ironing
because it means  you have clothes to  wear.

 ...weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means  you  have been productive.

...the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means  that you are alive.

 ...getting too much
email may bog you down
but at  least you know you have friends who are thinking of you.


All best wishes
Omar and Marina
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