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~~~~~~~ WITandWISDOM™ - June 22, 1999
The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have. - Ring Lardner
(E-zine: INSPIRE http://www.infoadvn.com/inspire/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone." - Sufi mystic poet Rumi, in probably one of the translations by Coleman Barks
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
DNA Nursery Rhyme
Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was slightly grey,
It didn't have a father, just some borrowed DNA.
It sort of had a mother, though the ovum was on loan,
It was not so much a lambkin, as a little lamby clone.
And soon it had a fellow clone, and soon it had some more.
They followed her to school one day, all cramming through the door.
It made the children laugh and sing, the teachers found it droll,
There were too many lamby clones, for Mary to control.
No other could control the sheep, since their programs didn't vary,
So the scientists resolved it all, by simply cloning Mary.
But now they feel quite sheepish, those scientists unwary,
One problem solved, but what to do, with Mary, Mary, Mary . . .
(E-zine: DAILY HUMOR http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/Daily-Humor/)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A woman was busy at home one day when she heard a knock at the door. Opening the door, she was greeted by a five-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy from the neighborhood.
The little girl said that she and "her husband" were coming to visit. The woman played along with their little game and invited them in. She took them to the living room, had them sit on the sofa, just as if they were grown up, and asked them if they would like some lemonade and cookies. They said they would. After they finished, the woman asked them if they would like some more.
The little girl said, "No thank you, we really must be leaving now. My husband has just wet his pants."
Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/)
Washington state's Whitman County has more than 500,000 wheat-planted acres which make it the nation's largest wheat-producing county with roughly 40 million bushels a year, enough for about 3 billion loaves of bread. - Washington Journey, March/April 1999