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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 21, 1998


Your reputation can be damaged by the opinions of others. Only you yourself can damage your character. - Quips & Quotes, E. C. McKenzie


By Ruth Lee

It was the last day of the Mid-America Christian Writers Conference. Someone suggested we should gather that night in the prayer rooms of our dormitories for a time of sharing.

After the banquet was over, the ladies gathered in the second-floor chapel of my dormitory. In nightgowns and pajamas, we all seemed much alike. Someone suggested introductions, but I interrupted.

"Please," I said, "let's not just say our names. Share something about yourself." By the time three people had responded, I knew I should have kept my mouth shut! One lady was a director of nursing, and other taught English on the college level, and the lady next to her had just received her doctorate! There I sat, halfway around the room, and what was I? Nobody. Oh yes, a wife, mother and grandmother, but nothing important.

After the introduction of two authors with published books, and other women with other claims to fame, it was my turn.

"My name is Ruth," I said, "and I feel so inferior I think I'll just go back to my room."

Everyone laughed, so I plowed ahead. "I guess you could call me a producer. In 30 years I've produced a well-adjusted respiratory therapist, a machinist and another happy homemaker. And I'm involved in the co-production of seven grandchildren."

I told them how full my life is. Full of checking on cows, helping fix fences, praying for rain and then praying it will stop raining. I told them of busy hours spent baby-sitting and contending with my household.

And then I told them how hungry I was. Hungry for the type of spiritual and emotion food I had received at this conference.

From the far corner of the room a quiet young girl spoke up. "Would you please turn so I can look at you?"

I did as she asked, and she continued to speak. "I want to remember your face when I write," she said. "I want to write for women just like you."

Suddenly I had no need for title or degree. I served a purpose. With her words, she had helped me realize what I should have known all along. God doesn't make nobodies. Everybody is somebody important to God.

TOUCH1, New Ways for Christians to Connect


My Etch-A-Sketch has all of these funny little lines all over the screen.
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I turn my Etch-A-Sketch off?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What's the shortcut for Undo?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I create a New Document window?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I set the background and foreground to the same color?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What is the proper procedure for rebooting my Etch-A-Sketch?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I delete a document on my Etch-A-Sketch?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I save my Etch-A-Sketch document?
A: Don't shake it.

(Shared by Steve Wible via MONDAY FODDER by Dave in Hong Kong dgaufaaa@iohk.com)


have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three. - Elayne Boosler

(Shared by Granny's Funnies http://members.aol.com/grannyx7/DGF.html)


The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge (Massachusetts) via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly know as the Harvard Bridge. When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge leading into Cambridge named for the institution. MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard.

(Shared by Scott P. Herzig via Keith's Mostly Clean Humor & Weird List KSullivan@worldnet.att.net)

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