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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 17, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie

Source: Bits & Pieces, July 21, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com


One Saturday night, when I was about seven years old, I'd gone to bed at my usual time, eight or eight-thirty. By nine-thirty, I was into a deep, sound sleep. "Pat, wake up," Dad whispered as he shook my shoulder. "Are you awake? We want you to come out to the kitchen."

"Huh? Why, Daddy?" "Your mom and I decided to have root beer floats, and we don't want you to miss out. Come on honey. There's a big ‘brown cow' out there for you."

I padded to the kitchen in my big, pink, fluffy slippers and plopped down next to Mom at the old wooden table. I watched Dad scoop the vanilla ice cream into the blue, brown and yellow mugs that had been in my mother's family when she was a girl. The foam from the root beer tickled my nose as I chatted with my folks about school and our family plans for the coming holiday season.

I never felt more loved than I did that night in the kitchen as I groggily slurped root beer and ice cream with my parents. Why? Because Mom and Dad wanted my company enough to wake me up so I could be there. That one simple act did more for my self-esteem than any thing I can remember before or since.

By Patricia Lorenz

Patricia Lorenz has been writing for national magazines since 1981 and is the author of the book, "Stuff That Matters for Single Parents." http://www.isbn.nu/0892839554/price She is also author of a 365-day devotional called "A Hug a Day for Single Parents." http://www.isbn.nu/0892839937/price

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Collected in the book "Which Way to the Vomitorium?"
Edited by Lesley O'Mara

Latin: Cupisne luctari?
English: Fancy a wrestle?

Latin: Ad latrinas publicas pro societate ibo.
English: I'm going down to the public toilets for some company.

Latin: Nuper ab biga transcursus sum.
English: I've just been run over by a chariot.

Latin: luva me! In fossam acquae cecidi.
English: Help! I've fallen in the moat!

Latin: Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
English: I think some people in togas are plotting against me.

Latin: Instrumentum tuum tremendum est.
English: Your instrument is rather fearsome.

Latin: Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum.
English: Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me.

From: "Which Way to the Vomitorium?," edited by Lesley O'Mara, Published by Saint Martin's Press, LLC, October 1999, ISBN: 031224276X, http://isbn.nu/031224276X/price

Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) June 7, 2001, http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry

One more:

Latin: Semper ube sub ube
English: Always wear underwear

Submitted by Bob Dillon


A Spanish man, Eduardo Perez, visiting Stockholm on business stopped off to pray at a Roman Catholic church and signed the guest book of a man whose body lay there in a coffin. He was later notified that the deceased, real-estate developer Jens Svenson, had died without heirs and had specified that "whoever prays for my soul gets all my belongings." According to the newspaper account in Germany's daily "Bild" Perez stands to inherit about a million dollars. - Chuck Shepherd, Universal Press Syndicate

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