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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 22, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Discouragement is disenchanted self-love. - Oswald Chambers


There is a scene in the movie Apollo 13 where Jim Lovell is asked if he was ever afraid. He said that he had been afraid many times but one sticks out in his memory.

He was returning from a combat mission and could not find the aircraft carrier. It was dark and because they were under combat conditions, the carrier did not have its lights on. His radio navigation equipment was of no use because they were under total radio silence to avoid enemy detection.

In a last attempt to determine his location, he turned on his map light to see if he could calculate his position. An electrical short caused all of the lights to go out.

It was then that he saw it. In the darkness. There was a luminescent glow. It was the glow of sea plankton that is generated by the wake of a ship as it passes through. All he had to do was follow this glowing 'highway' to the ship.

He said, "You don't know what will transpire to lead you home. If the map light had not shorted out, I would never have seen the glowing wake."

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 22:1-5).

From: A Slice of Bread ~ "Leading You Home" by Glen Mettler

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org

Shared by: Glen Mettler

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

By: Barbara A. Tyler
Copyright (c) by "Today's Woman" November 2000

Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving.

I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes: Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage I had planned to make. Instead, I've gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was their idea.

The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china, or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork. Since this IS Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.

Our centerpiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised. Instead we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper. The artist assures me it is a turkey. We will be dining fashionably late.

The children will entertain you while you wait. I'm sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding giving, pilgrims and the turkey hotline. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 a.m. upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds.

As accompaniment to the children's recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don't own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them. They are lying.

We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method. We've also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like.

In the spirit of harmony, we will ask the children to sit at a separate table. In a separate room. Next door.

Now, I know you have all seen pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our dinner. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony. I stress "private" meaning: Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that "passing the rolls" is not a football play. Nor is it a request to bean your sister in the head with warm tasty bread.

Oh, and one reminder for the adults: For the duration of the meal, and especially while in the presence of young diners, we will refer to the giblet gravy by its lesser-known name: Cheese Sauce. If a young diner questions you regarding the origins or type of Cheese Sauce, plead ignorance.

Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice among 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You will still have a choice; take it or leave it.

Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving. She probably won't come next year either.

I am thankful.

Submitted by Donna Eick


If the dogs are barking at your heels, you know you're leading the pack. - Author Unknown

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


If you use computers a lot, you probably find yourself out in the real world wishing you had an Undo command. Well, the "universal" undo shortcut is:

(Press and hold the CTRL key and then press the Z key)

However, I don't know that yelling it will keep you out of any auto accidents. So far, it seems like it only works with computers.

CTRL-Z is normally used in word processing documents, but it also works just about anywhere in windows. Let's say you accidently drag an icon to your desktop and really wish you had it to do over. Well, hit CTRL-Z and the icon vacates your desktop and jumps back to wherever it was before.

Works with Windows Explorer too. Let's say you accidently delete a file. Instead of going to the recycle bin to recover it, hit CTRL-Z. Note that this only works if you are sending the file to the recycle bin. If you hold down the SHIFT key while you delete (bypasses the recycle bin) the file is lost. All the CTRL-Z ing in the world won't help.

Source: Computer Tips, www.coolnewsletters.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

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