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Whether you think the story is inspiring or not, or true or not, it's
good to know *what* it is. As Information Professionals, we should
seek out the real story. If it turned out to be another internet
story, that would be be good to know to. Actually, I found the real
tale much nicer than the one that keeps circulating.

How about a fine piece of Waterford crystal glass, full.

Dan Robinson
HW Wilson Company

On 5 May 2003 at 18:38, Clete Schirra wrote:

> Dan and others,
> I have a slightly different view on this and similar postings.  Is it
> important that the story is true or fictional or that it has been on
> the 'net and has mutated into several forms?   This is my 30th year in
> education and one thing never ceases to amaze me.  That one thing is
> how as educators we touch peoples lives on a daily basis.  It could be
> a lesson taught, a kind word or even the  that the purpose of imposed
> discipline was realized. It may take many years for us to find out
> that we did have a positive impact and many times, what was routine or
> insignificant to us, was grasped by our students to be remembered and
> embraced. I guess it depends on if we view the glass is half full,
> half empty or as a piece of  fine Waterford crystal. Clete
> Dan Robinson wrote:
> > Oddly enough, this one started out as an inspiring item in a
> > journal, and has sunk to chain letter status. The full story is at
> >  . However, it's been
> > around since 1991, and has been on the Internet since 1998.
> >
> > Since some filters block Snopes, here are the relevant sources for
> > the item:
> >
> > "All the Good Things" first appeared in Proteus, A Journal of Ideas
> > in 1991; and from there went to Reader's Digest, on whose pages it
> > appeared the same year (1991). The piece was reprinted in the
> > original Chicken Soup for the Soul book (1993), and offered yet
> > again in Stories for the Heart (1996).
> >
> > The version in Snopes is a bit different from the version that Harry
> > posted.  I was going to heartily agree with Lisa, but figured I'd
> > better check my facts first.
> >
> > Dan Robinson
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: lnocita [mailto:lnocita@BARSTOWSCHOOL.ORG]
> > > Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 3:46 PM
>> > >
> > >
> > > I know the thought is lovely, (making me a grinch) but am I
> > > the only one
> > > who gets annoyed with these kinds of chain letters?  This one I
> > > have seen in several incarnations.  Lisa
> > >
> > > Lisa Nocita, LMS
> > >
> >

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