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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 1, 2002
"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses." - Dale Carnegie
Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://MailRoom.DailyInbox.Com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Once there was a great Russian leader who passed good laws for his people and enforced them. One of those laws forbade stealing. This man's leadership and these laws made his tribe the greatest in all of Russia. Now one day they discovered that someone was stealing. This angered the leader greatly, and he brought all the people together. He said, "Let the thief come forward and receive 10 lashes for his crime." No one came and he upped the ante to 20 lashes. Then 30, then 40 lashes. He stopped there for he knew that it would take a strong man to survive 40 lashes with the whip.
The crowd dispersed and the leader sent his agents to find the thief. Within a week they returned and dragged into his presence a weeping woman. This great leader gasped, for the thief was his own mother. The guards began wagering among themselves as to what their great and wise leader would do. Would he keep his word, obey his law, and whip his mother? Or would he let his mother go free, thus disgracing himself and the laws he sought to enforce? If the crime went unpunished, surely everyone would steal.
The leader gathered the tribe together. They brought his mother forward and bared her frail back. "Ah, ha," thought the people, "he's going to whip her." Then, just before the whip master brought the whip to bear, the leader strode over to his mother, tearing his shirt off as he went and draped himself over her frail body, taking the 40 lashes himself.
That's what Jesus did for us.
Source: Things God Can Do With Ashes, by Tim Crosby, Copyright (c) 2002, http://thequiethour.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
They Said It in Court
These are from a book called Disorder in the Court, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters - who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.
Question: What is your date of birth?
Answer: July fifteenth.
Question: What year?
Answer: Every year.
Question: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
Answer: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Question: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
Question: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
Answer: I forget.
Question: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?
Question: How old is your son, the one living with you?
Answer: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
Question: How long has he lived with you?
Answer: Forty-five years.
Submitted by Udi Latarre
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Visiting our son during his freshman year, we were shocked by the mess in his room: clothes, books, and rubbish lay everywhere. Later, over dinner, we tried to touch on the informal versus formal dress codes that life after college might require. Our son, however, shared his own firmly held dress code guidelines:
1. Informal: socks not required
2. Semiformal: two socks required
3. Formal: both socks must match
Source: Smile a Day Newsletterę, http://www.net153.com/best.htm
People make pilgrimages for all sorts of reasons, but for octogenarian Mike McCoy, the reason was cheese. A few summers ago, McCoy came across a loaf of Tillamook cheddar that he had somehow lost track of after storing it away in his refrigerator in 1974. A longtime fan of naturally aged Tillamook cheese (a brand sold mainly in the western United States), McCoy grabbed the block of cheddar and traveled from his Idaho home to the small coastal town of Tillamook, Oregon - perhaps the one place where people will look at a 26-year-old hunk of cheese and reach for a cracker.
Credit the Tillamook County Creamery Association on Highway 101 for the fact that cheese is so revered here that the high school football team is named the Cheesemakers and cows in the region outnumber people two to one. The factory annually churns out more than 60 million pounds of cheese. Given Tillamook's passion for all things lactose, cheese factory employees beheld McCoy's antique block of cheddar with an awe usually reserved for unearthed Pompeian artifacts - and started lining up for a nibble. Despite the cheese's extremely sharp aftertaste, those who sampled the cheddar were amazed at how well it had held up.
Tillamook Cheese Factory: http://tillamookcheese.com
By David Sharp
Source: Washington Journey, AAA Washington, ISSN# 0895-7578, September/October 2002, http://www.aaawa.com/