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WIT & WISDOM - November 6, 1998
Service is the rent each of us pays for living, the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals. - Marian Wright Edelman, CARING QUOTES 
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
By Nadine Stair (age 85)
I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd
have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly
and sanely hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I've had my moments and if I had it to do over
again, I'd have more of them. In fact,
I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments.
One after another, instead of living so many
years ahead of each day.
I've been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot
earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
If I had it to do again, I would travel lighter next time.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.
from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul, Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Patty Hansen 
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A wealthy man named Richard Ellis had been counting his money. When he finished, he accidentally left a $100.00 bill on his desk. But when he returned for it a short while later, it was gone. Only two other persons could have seen the bill. One was the maid; the other was the butler.
The maid told him that she had hidden it for safekeeping under a green book that was on the desk. But when they looked the bill was not there.
The butler said he had found the bill where the maid had left it. He had placed it inside the book, where he thought there was less chance that somebody would find it. He had written down the page numbers so that he would not forget them. "The bill is between pages 35 and 36," he said. But when they looked, there was no money in the book.
After Mr. Ellis had talked to the maid and the butler, he called the police. He was sure he knew who had taken the money. Who was it, and how did he know? (Answer is shown after today's trivia.) 
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The following conversation was overheard at a party attended by high society people:
"My ancestry goes all the way back to Alexander the Great," said one lady. She then turned to a second lady and asked, "And how far does your family go back?"
"I don't know," was the reply. "All of our records were lost in the Flood." 
By age 16 the average person receives 173,000 negative messages about themselves (29.6 per day). On the other hand the same person will receive 16,000 positive messages about themselves (2.7 per day). - Life Studies Institute 
Answer to This & That mystery: The butler did it. Mr. Ellis knew the butler was lying because pages 35 and 36 in a book are always printed on opposite sides of the same piece of paper.
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