4th Brian Miller
7th Lisandra West
8th Randi Heinrichsen
10th Julie Corral
11th Trevor Wilson
12th Merrilee Claverie
14th Lynn Miller
24th Tyler Brooks-Schulke
25th Marcos Gomez
Randi is in charge of a movie night. More info will be sent out when it gets closer to the date. We will probably go to Eastridge and grab a bite beforehand. Details to follow!
We are going to American Canyon/Napa/Wine Country on June 9-11. Send $25 non-refundable deposit to Vicki or bring it to the April meeting. So far the following people have said they are going: Randi, Merilee, Joan, Shirley, Sally, Robin, Kathy R(maybe), Janis(maybe) and Vicki(maybe). Any others? We are staying at the Fairfield Marriott Inn and Suites. Cost will be $89 per room(plus tax) per night split by the occupants. Deluxe continental breakfast is also included! (Waffles, bagels, pastries, fruit, etc). Trip activities to be discussed at the April meeting, so come with ideas. RSVP to Randi.
Twelve couples took to the table, but only two made it to to end - the team of Dennice Soderberg & Lou . (I guess all that mountain climbing in the Rockies gets a woman in shape to win!) Bud added a few of his own twists to the game of 99. We also celebrated Dave reaching another milestone - returning to the 60's!
Saturday Coffee Clatches
Meet your Las Madres friends for some coffee and conversation at Java Junction on Saturday mornings at 9am. Every third Saturday is a field trip. Due to the Easter holiday, April's Away Coffee is moved to the 4th Saturday, April 22, at Panera's Bakery (www.panera.com) in Gilroy. (Take the 152 East exit from 101, then make a right at the light into the shopping center.) After our morning repast, we can visit the Home Store or any of the other stores in area or even visit the outlets!
Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee
You will never look at
a cup of coffee the same way again...
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.
She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and
struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She
filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she
placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them
sit and boil, without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in
a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in
a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were
soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she
observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter
smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, Mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water. Each
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water,
it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting
through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt
and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit,
but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that
brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean,
when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness
to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow
keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people
don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make
the most of
everything that comes along their way. 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.