How Do You Get Up

How Do You Get Up When Life Lets You Down?


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Bringing a giraffe into the world is a tall order. A baby giraffe falls 10 feet from its mother’s womb and usually lands on its back. Within seconds it rolls over and tucks its legs under its body. From this position it considers the world for the first time and shakes off the last vestiges of the birthing fluid from its eyes and ears. Then the mother giraffe rudely introduces its offspring to the reality of life.
In his book, A View from the Zoo, Gary Richmond describes how a newborn giraffe learns its first lesson.

The mother giraffe lowers her head long enough to take a quick look. Then she positions herself directly over her calf. She waits for about a minute, and then she does the most unreasonable thing. She swings her long, pendulous leg outward and kicks her baby, so that it is sent sprawling head over heels.

When it doesn’t get up, the violent process is repeated over and over again. The struggle to rise is momentous. As the baby calf grows tired, the mother kicks it again to stimulate its efforts. Finally, the calf stands for the first time on its wobbly legs.

Then the mother giraffe does the most remarkable thing. She kicks it off its feet again. Why? She wants it to remember how it got up. In the wild, baby giraffes must be able to get up as quickly as possible to stay with the herd, where there is safety. Lions, hyenas, leopards, and wild hunting dogs all enjoy young giraffes, and they’d get it too, if the mother didn’t teach her calf to get up quickly and get with it.

The late Irving Stone understood this. He spent a lifetime studying greatness, writing novelized biographies of such men as Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Darwin.

Stone was once asked if he had found a thread that runs through the lives of all these exceptional people. He said, “I write about people who sometime in their life have a vision or dream of something that should be accomplished and they go to work.

“They are beaten over the head, knocked down, vilified, and for years they get nowhere. But every time they’re knocked down they stand up. You cannot destroy these people. And at the end of their lives they’ve accomplished some modest part of what they set out to do.”

by: Craig B. Larson
Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching from Leadership Journal


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Featured Recipe        Best Darn Ham Sandwich You Will Ever Have



I have to admit for just a ham and cheese sandwich this one is VERY tasty. It lives up to the hype and it’s name!

They are addictive little devils too!

thCAOO3WJUThey are small sandwiches. But you can stuff them with lots of ham and cheese – as much as makes your little ‘ole heart go aflutter as if George Clooney was in your kitchen.

I first saw this recipe on Facebook a few weeks ago.

The earliest actual date I could find for this recipe was on on March 1, 2009. However, the short blurb did not name the chef or cook. He or she simply identified themselves as Chef#1135530.

If you click on the > in the blue circle under the picture you will also find the picture most often used with subsequent recipes on the internets for this sandwich.

I also found this recipe, usually with that very same picture I saw on Facebook, on each of these sites:   Perfecting the Pairing, Tasty Kitchen, Kim’s What’s Up.

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Over at Keep Recipes I found a recipe that says the original recipe comes from Heather Pettit. I cannot find an exact date for that specific post or who Heather is.

The dates for all of these recipes were within the time span of Spring-Fall 2013.

So whose recipe is this? I don’t know. I am going with Chef#1135530, who may or may not be Heather Pettit.

In any event the recipe is easy and OH SO VERY delicious.

This is what you will need for 24 sandwiches:

2 -12 packages of Sweet Hawaiian rolls (The small dinner roll looking ones.)*

1½ pounds Virginia ham (NOT honey ham) sliced thin.

12 slices Swiss cheese

¾ cup butter

1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1½ teaspoons dried onion

Poppy seeds

NOTE: A few of the recipes I saw also added garlic powder. I did not.


Here is what you do:

You will need two 9 x 13 baking sheets.

Turn your oven on to 375 F.

Place the bottoms of 12 rolls on each sheet.

NOTE: The rolls I bought were not sliced. So I had to slice mine in half.


Slice the ham into fourths and place some ham on the rolls.



Cut the cheese slices into 4 parts and place 2 small pieces, or more if desired, on each sandwich.



Put the dinner roll tops on.


In a sauce pan, mix butter, Worcestershire sauce, dried onion, garlic powder and poppy seeds.


Wait until all butter is melted and then brush the melted mixture over the ham sandwiches.


NOTE: Brushing the butter on the rolls did not get much of the onion and poppy seeds on the bun. So I also spooned some on too.



Place the sandwiches in the pre-heated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Hot out of the oven.


Since I had some sauce left-over I brushed some more over the tops of the sandwiches.

Serve. They are great hot and even at room temperature Enjoy! And you will !!!!!


Bon appétit!!!

I halved the recipe for me since I live alone, but the cost analysis is for 24 sandwiches. While the initial money layout seems expensive, the per sandwich cost is very low and reasonable


2 pck -12   Sweet Hawaiian rolls                 $5.78

1½ pounds Virginia ham                            $14.24

12 slices Swiss cheese                               $3.00

¾ cup butter                                             $0.99

1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard                       $0.13

1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce           $0.12

1½ teaspoons dried onion                           $0.12

Poppy seeds to taste                                   $0.30

Total Cost = $19.68
Cost per sandwich = $0.82

Quote of the Day

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb


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