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By Marge Knoth, Author, Activity Professional
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MARGE KNOTH
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ABOUT MARGE

Marge Knoth attended Purdue
University and took her activity
director training at Indiana
University and her social
service at Ball State.  She is
the author of ten books for
activity professionals. Her
books have been used as
teaching guides in colleges,
trade schools, and in activity
director courses throughout the
U.S. and Canada. They have
won both national and state
awards from the National
Federation of Press Women
and Women’s Press Club of
Indiana.

Marge has written a monthly
column, "A Letter from Marge"
for Current Activities in Long
Term Care.  She has been
published in Family Circle,
Lady’s Circle, Women’s Circle,
Indianapolis Woman, Christian
Science Monitor, Event,
various Christian and craft
publications, and other
magazines and newspapers.
She wrote a weekly newspaper
column called “Do You
Remember?”, and wrote and
recorded a long-running series
of nostalgic radio
commercials.  Also, she is a
motivational speaker having
traveled the United States and
Canada speaking at many state
and province activity
conferences.  
The following was contributed by Linda Lucas, Site Owner, Activity Director Today

JANUARY BLUES

T'was the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse;
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I had to taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist;

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rare;

The wine and the rum balls; the bread and the cheese,
and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Author Unknown
The following was contributed by Linda Lucas, Site Owner, Activity Director Today
Activity Professionals:

Conduct more interviews than......
Jay Leno

Do enough exercise to be on ......
Sportsworld

Put on as many specials as.....
Bob Hope

Ad Lib as much as......
Joan Rivers

Play as many games as......
Sesame Street

Know as much trivia as the
contestants on......Jeopardy

Live through as many family
traumas as......Dallas

Deal with as much illness as......
General Hospital

Have as much compassion as......
Little House on the Prairie

Analyze current events like......
The Today Show

And - We are ready to go into reruns..... At  any time

Above and Beyond all This, We must...

Sing like ......Kate Smith

Play the piano like ......Peter Nero

Do stand up comedy like ......
George Burns

M.C. like......Georgie Jessel

Act like......Katherine Hepburn

Edit newspapers like......
William Randolph Hearst

Read like......Orson Wells

and...

Do bulletin boards like......
Norman Rockwell

Adapted from a speech by
Madge Schweinsberg,
Sept. 1981