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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 9, 2003
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. - William Arthur Ward
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
There was a husband named Jim who was tragically killed in an accident while driving home from work. It was his wife Carol's fiftieth birthday. Rescue teams found two plane tickets to Hawaii in his pocket; he had planned to surprise Carol with them.
Months later, Carol was asked how she was coping. She answered that on their wedding day, she and Jim had promised to say "I love you" before noon each day of their marriage. Over the years it had become a fun - and often difficult - challenge. She recalled running down the driveway saying "I love you," even though she was angry at Jim. On other occasions she drove to his office to drop a note in his car before the noon deadline. The effort it took to keep that promise led to many positive memories of their years together.
The morning Jim died, he left a birthday card in the kitchen, then slipped out to the car. Carol heard the engine starting and raced outside. She banged on the car window until he rolled it down, then yelled over the roar of the engine, "Here on my fiftieth birthday, Mr. James E. Garret, I, Carol Garret, want to go on record as saying I love you!"
"That's how I've survived," Carol said later. "Knowing that the last words I said to Jim were I love you!"
Source: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples, By Dobson, James C.; Dobson, Shirley
Published by Multnomah Pub (September 1, 2000), ISBN: 1576736741, http://isbn.nu/1576736741
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Oslo, Norway (Aftenposten):
Teenager Svein Tore Hauge must have one of Norway's strangest summer jobs. The 14-year-old will be earning money following cattle around with a pan, collecting cow flop for research. Newspaper VG is collecting odd summer jobs, but this one will be tough to top.
The job appears simple, but there are hidden difficulties. The teen doesn't just have to fill the containers with dung. The samples, to be used by Saerheim Plant Research, need to be in pristine condition - so Svein Tore has to get them before they hit the ground.
This part of the job adds an element of risk, as getting the goods when Bossy is busy is not so easy. Hauge has had to pay attention to detail and learn fast.
There are plenty of challenges. If Hauge is too early the annoyed cow can bolt, if late then he loses much of the sample to the ground.
The samples will chart milk production to grass intake, and also map the effect of white clover as fertilizer. Each cow gets a pill and its own pan.
The teenager is satisfied with working on a farm, and has other chores as well.
"Working outdoors is right for me, because I like fresh air. Not everyone could do this. It's not for city folks," Hauge told Jaerbladet.
Hauge's unusual summer job pays NOK 72 ($10) per hour.
Source: White Board News, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I once read a piece about Forest Lawn Cemetery out in Los Angeles where they also have a crematorium. They can play music for services. According to that piece, and one family requested "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." - John L. Hoh, Jr.
Submitted by John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.geocities.com/hohjohn/
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