Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easliy angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

– The Bible : 1 Corinthians 13:4 –


Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.

— Louise Hay

Table Topics Quotes

The following quotes were used as Table Topics in the TRL chapter meeting on the 13th March 2004:

“Knowledge is power.” 
– Sir Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626), Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597

“Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.”

– Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book



“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. “
– Robert J. Sawyer (1960 – ), “Calculating God”, 2000


“Adversity does teach who your real friends are.”
– Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campain, 1999


“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”
– George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou (1928 – )


“When you cease to dream you cease to live.”
– Malcolm S. Forbes


Linen, Union and Toastmasters


What do these 3 words have in common?


Linen, the Union and Toastmasters

  1. They are nouns.
  2. They are a collection of things/persons.
  3. They are plural predicate/collective nouns.

especially if the meaning of the words are as follows:

  • Linen – a collection of clothing in a basket, normally thrown together ready for washing.
  • The Union – an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members’ interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions to management. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
  • Toastmasters – a club of members of Toastmasters International. Their purpose for joining is to upgrade their leadership and public speaking skills.

Notice that the word Toastmasters is the odd one out. Why?

We can refer to one person in a Toastmasters Club as a Toastmaster.  When the plural form is utilised i.e. when we refer to more than one Toastmaster, Toastmasters (with the ‘s‘) is utilised.

However, the singular term for Linen is a shirt or a blouse. So the same with Union. The person belonging to the association is a member (of the Union).