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WIT & WISDOM - December 7, 1998
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. - Corrie Ten Boom 
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
JESUS GOES TO CHURCH
Jesus came to church, dressed in rags today
No one recognized him, they told him "Go away"
They were oh, so worried, of what the town might wonder
And in anxiety and fear, they pulled their biggest blunder!
"Hide this man in the back, and pray the guests won't see"
"Jesus, Jesus", they called out, "Lord, hear our plea"
"The millionaire from town is here, and now this bum is too"
"Help us, help us, help us Lord, what ever shall we do?"
And as they led sweet Jesus, by the hand, way to the back
I saw a tear fall from his eye, for those now off the track
He came to search the hearts, you see, of those now in the pews
And in his heart he wept aloud, at how they spread "GOOD NEWS"!
No one said a word to Jesus, not one, all day long
They gathered round the millionaire, and helped him learn a song
And as they sang and raised their hands, praising King and Lord
Jesus sat there crying, at how he'd been ignored!
- Author Unknown 
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
I was trying to grow pumpkins one fall, but the groundhogs kept eating the leaves. Every time the leaves grew the rodents ate them again. So I asked a friend who was into gardening for advice, he said cover the plants in Tabasco sauce. I must have poured half a bottle of Tabasco on the plants... the next morning the plants were eaten down to the roots. My friend laughed so hard; "Oh, I didn't know you had Mexican groundhogs!" - M.Clinque
Last year, the flower boxes around my deck were infested with some kind of beetle. I tried red pepper and soap spray but neither worked to remove them. I didn't have any bug spray handy, but then I had a brilliant idea, why not flea spray - works on the dogs - soooo, I sprayed away on the flowers. The next morning all the flowers where dead but the beetles were doing fine, and I don't think they had any fleas.
I haven't lived that one down yet especially given my "light hair color." - BettyBoop 
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Bill Keane, creator of the Family Circus cartoon strip tells of a time when he was penciling one of his cartoons and his son Jeffy said, "Daddy, how do you know what to draw?" I said, "God tells me." Jeffy said, "Then why do you keep erasing parts of it?" 
Some friends returned recently from England with a clipping from the London "Times" about a runner who was in the same generation as Eric Liddell. They took particular interest in it because they knew of my association with Eric and his family in China - Eric was my father's Best Man and I grew up with his daughters. It's amazing in this big old world of ours, how often the threads of our lives get interwoven with complete strangers, as you'll see in this little reprint. Best regards, Mavis Weatherhead
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Doug Gillon which appeared in the London "Times" sometime during September 1998:
Quote - "Tom Riddell (1905-1998) may not have been the greatest athlete of his generation, because that honour he would concede unequivocally, belonged to his contemporary, the "Chariots of Fire" inspiration, the 1924 Olympic 400 metres champion, Eric Liddell.
Yet Riddell won more Scottish titles, set more national records, and in his own right was one of the most remarkable and charismatic of Britian's 20th century sporting figures. After a race in Munich, Germany in 1935, he met a stylish young Nazi who chatted fluently in English, and departed clicking his heels as he presented his card. It was Rudolf Hess.
Their meeting was to provide one of history's ironic twists of fate. A Dunkirk veteran, Riddell picked up an extra rifle while being evacuated from the beach head. Soon after, when his brother-in-law in the Home Guard bemoaned their armoury of pirchforks and sticks, Riddell gave him the rifle.
When Hess landed at Eaglesham in 1941, he was detained at the point of that very same gun. "There was no ammunition in it, because I had none to give," Riddell recalled. - Unquote. -Mavis Weatherhead 
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