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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 22, 2002
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. - John Gunther
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
My sister sent several photos with her last letter, showing the bookcase she had built, the macrame hanger she had made, and the back porch she had constructed. I was impressed by her skills and felt myself inadequate.
When my husband came home, I showed him the photos and lamented, "What do I make?"
"You make me happy."
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Armadillos sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
Possums will eat anything
Armadillos love to dig holes under tomato plants.
Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
A tractor is NOT an all-terrain vehicle. They do get stuck.
"Onced" and "twiced" are words.
People actually grow and eat okra.
When the world ends, only cockroaches and mesquite trees will survive.
The sound of coyotes howling at night only sounds good for the first couple of weeks.
When a buzzard sits on the fence and stares at you, it's time to go to the doctor.
"Fixinto" is one word.
Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.
'Jeet?" is actually a phrase meaning, "Did you eat?"
You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is.
You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
Submitted by Rindi Patterson from Oklahoma
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Becky prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party she was giving. In her haste, however, she forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day. She was worried about spoilage, but it was too late to cook up another batch. She called the local Poison Control Center and voiced her concern. They advised Becky to boil the sauce again.
That night, the phone rang during dinner, and a guest volunteered to answer it. Becky's face dropped as the guest called out, "It's the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out."
Source: Christian Voices, www.christianvoices.org
Best Bets for Preventing Colon Cancer
After lung cancer, colon cancer is the biggest cancer killer of Americans and Canadians. Here are steps that may lower your risk:
1. Avoid a high-fat diet, especially one rich in red and processed meats.
2. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These are rich in fiber and help prevent chronic constipation, which has been linked to colon cancer. Other substances in them may also be protective.
3. Exercise regularly and avoid excess calories. Obesity increases your risk.
4. Get adequate calcium from food and/or supplements. A recent Harvard study found that this may help.
5. Vitamin D may also be protective. Your body makes this vitamin when exposed to sunlight (all you need is brief exposures on your face and arms). Fortified milk and multivitamins also contain it.
6. Get enough folic acid (a B vitamin)-at least 400 micrograms a day, from a multivitamin and/or fortified foods.
7. Avoid charbroiled or fired foods. Cancer-causing compounds are produced when meats--especially fatty meats--are cooked at very high temperatures.
8. Don't smoke. Smoking may promote precancerous polyps.
9. Consider low-dose aspirin. There's some evidence it may help. But discuss it with your doctor first.
10. Get screened--it can save your life.
From: UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, June 2002. Page 8
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2002, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm