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~~~~~~~ WIT and WISDOM - March 4, 1999
"It is not what we read, but what we remember, that makes us learned. It is not what we intend, but what we do, that makes us useful. It is not a few faint wishes, but a life long struggle, that makes us valiant." - Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Two men were in a car when they had to stop at a red signal light. The man at the wheel did not say anything. The other man by his side, fretting and fuming, said, "The time we waste at these red lights - why, a man could write a book!" The driver still said nothing. Finally the man beside him said, "Didn't you hear what I said?"
"I was talking."
"Whom were you talking to?"
"I was talking to God," he said. "I've been making it a practice every time I get to a red light to pray for one of my friends. It is wonderful how many folks I have on my prayer list and how many I have time to pray for in this way." - By Arthur L. Bietz, Signs of the Times, May 23, 1950
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Zig Ziglar, well-known motivational speaker tells the story about a thief who was robbed. The incident took place back in 1887 in a small neighborhood grocery store when a middle-aged gentleman, Emanuel Nenger, gave the assistant a $20 note to pay for the turnip greens he was purchasing. When the assistant placed the note in the cash drawer she noticed that some of the ink from the $20 came off on her hands which were wet from wrapping the turnip greens.
She'd known Mr. Nenger for years and was shocked. She ponders, "Is this man giving me a counterfeit $20 note?" She dismissed the thought immediately and gave him his change. But $20 was a lot of money in those days so she notified the police who, after procuring a search warrant, went to Emanuel Nenger's home where they found in his attic the tools he was using to reproduce the counterfeit $20 notes. They found an artist's easel, paint brushes, and paints which Nenger was using to meticulously paint the counterfeit money. He was a master artist.
The police also found three portraits that Nenger had painted–paintings that sold at public auction for a little over $16,000! The irony was that it took him almost as much time to paint a $20 note as it did to paint those portraits which sold for more than $5,000 each.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
FMC member Pastor Stan Holdeman of Garden Baptist Church in Indiana went to an informal church gathering, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. A little girl from a newly religious family; who had seen him only in his Sunday morning suits loudly proclaimed: "Hey, preacher, you sure look different with clothes on!" - Author Unknown
Officials at the Hanford nuclear weapons plant in Richland, Wash., were perplexed as to how low levels of radiation contamination was turning up in strange places, such as offices and trash. They discovered the source is flies, gnats and ants walking on low-level plutonium waste, then later walking on surfaces outside the containment areas. A trash facility returned 210 tons of office trash to Hanford because it was contaminated, though not severely: someone would have to stand next to the contaminated spots for an hour before being exposed to as much radiation received during a dental X-ray, according to a site spokesman. However, the most-contaminated areas have been closed to workers. (AP) Officials will soon announce a radical new radiation containment system: screen doors.
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