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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 10, 2003
You will never correct what you are unwilling to confront. - Author Unknown
Submitted by Walter Groff
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In December of 2001 my brother was diagnosed with lung cancer, which has also spread to his lymph nodes. He is only 45 years old and a nonsmoker. I began researching his cancer, and the more I learned, the more desperate I became. As I knelt and spoke to God, I begged Him for an answer and peace that only He could give. Nothing was happening; my desperation was growing out of control. I realized that giving God my problems was one thing, but being quiet and listening for a reply was another.
My reply came one morning while I was channel-surfing the television while eating breakfast. It came from a most unlikely channel, and the most unlikely person. The Trinity Broadcasting Network channel (a channel I never watch) came on, and I dropped the remote control. As I bent down to get it, Bishop T. D. Jakes gave me the answer that I so desperately needed to hear. He said, "Facts will erode your faith!"
That was it: all the facts of my brother's illness, all the facts of the prognosis, etc., were indeed eroding my faith. I knelt down right then and there and thanked God for sending my reply. After a few days I realized that God had been trying to give me this answer all along. I was too thick-headed to realize it. It took someone like T. D. Jakes to shout it at me!
By Ledin Rivera, Schertz, Texas
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) October 10, 2002, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Last Century's Wash-Day Instructions
Years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe for washing clothes. It appears below just as it was written and, despite the spelling, has a bit of philosophy.
This is exactly as written and preserved in an old scrap book (with spelling intact).
1. Bilt fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
2. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
3. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in bilin water.
4. Sort things, make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags.
5. To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.
6. Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then bile. Rub colored don't bile, just rinch and starch.
7. Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinch, and starch.
8. Hang old rags on fence.
9. Spread tea towels on grass.
10. Pore rinch water in flower bed.
11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
12. Turn tubs upside down.
13. Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
(Tape this over your washer and dryer and next time when you think things seem bleak, read it again and give thanks for your blessings!)
Source: Monday Fodder mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A young lawyer, just out of Law School, was pleading his first case in South Carolina. A train had killed twenty-four pigs, and the young attorney was trying to impress the jury with the magnitude of the injury. "Yes, Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, twenty-four pigs. Imagine, twenty-four pigs. Twice the number there are in the jury box."
Source: Absolute Humor, http://absoluterobeo.com
Don't Know Much About® U.S. Paper Currency
Can you give a buck a birthday bash? If so, light the candles! Today marks the birthday of America's paper currency. On March 10,1862, paper money as we know it was created to help pay for the Civil War when the federal government issued about $430 million in bills. But the money trail goes way back. Coins date to the 600s B.C. in Lydia (now western Turkey), and paper money began in China around A.D. 800, if not earlier. In the 1200s, Marco Polo was amazed to see the Chinese using paper money instead of coins. How much do you know? Try this quick quiz by Kenneth C. Davis, the author of Don't Know Much About History. Answers below.
1. By what nickname did people call the first U.S. paper money?
2. Who first put "In God We Trust" on our money?
3. What is the origin of the word "dollar"?
4. Which three non-presidents have been on our paper money?
5. Why were the $100, $50 and $20 bills redesigned in the 1990s?
1. People called them "greenbacks," for the obvious reason that the backs of the bills were green. Later bills included "goldbacks" and "yellowbacks."
2. Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase. The motto first appeared on coins in 1864 and on bills in 1957. In 1907, Teddy Roosevelt objected to stamping the phrase on money, calling the practice sacrilegious and unconstitutional. But various courts have upheld it over the years.
3. It derives from the German thaler, a shortened form of Jocichimstholer, named for an area in Bohemia where coins were once minted.
4. Alexander Hamilton on the $10 note, Benjamin Franklin on the $100 note and Salmon P. Chase on the $10,000 note, no longer in circulation.
5. To foil counterfeiters by incorporating features such as watermarks and security threads, and to make the denominations more easily distinguished by people with impaired vision.
Source: USA Weekend, March 7-9, 2003, http://usaweekend.com