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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 17, 2003
We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to LOVE... and then we return home. -- Aborigine philosophy
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The artist and cartoonist Thomas Nast used to perform an interesting feat. He would take a canvas six feet long by two feet wide and place it horizontally on an easel before his audience. Working quickly, he'd sketch in a landscape: green meadows with cattle, fields of grain, a farmhouse, bright sky, fleecy clouds-a typical pastoral scene. And he'd step aside to the audience's applause.
Then Nast would begin to dab in a few dark colors, as if touching up the painting. But soon his strokes appeared reckless. He'd blot out the bright sky, the fields, and the meadow. When dark slashes of paint had obliterated the whole composition, making it look like something angry and abstract, Nast would step back and declare, "It's finished."
Typically, the audience wouldn't know how to respond. Should they applaud, or should they weep? But Nast would ask the stagehands to turn the canvas to a vertical position. And suddenly there would appear a painting of a spectacular waterfall plunging over a cliff of dark rock bordered by shrubs and trees-a stunning composition.
The picture of the end times can look quite scary. It can look quite chaotic. All those woes poured out, those trumpets of doom blasting, those plagues devastating the earth. The end of the world can seem to be a series of dark-colored slashes on the canvas of prophecy.
But Jesus turns the picture right side up. He turns the whole planet right side up! Jesus standing tall as the Alpha and the Omega, as the Bright and Morning Star, as the leader of the armies of heaven coming to the rescue.
By Mark Finley
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) March 1995, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Country Pearls . . .
Part 2 of 2 [Jul 7, 17]
Don't sell your mule to buy a plow.
Two can live as cheap as one if one don't eat.
Don't corner something meaner than you.
You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, assuming you want to catch flies.
Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.
It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
Don't go huntin' with a fellow named Chug-A-Lug.
You can't unsay a cruel thing.
Every path has some puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about never happens.
Lazy and Quarrelsome are ugly sisters.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
As my five year old son and I were headed to McDonald's one day, we passed a car accident. Usually when we see something terrible like that, we say a prayer for those who might be hurt, so I pointed and said to my son, "We should pray."
From the back seat I heard his earnest request: "Please, God, don't let those cars block the entrance to McDonald's."
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
Why was Susan B. Anthony such a bicycle fan?
It's been said that the bicycle was what made the Gay Ninties gay. Ladies, heretofore consigned to riding the heavy adult size tricycles that were only practical for taking a turn around the park, now could ride a much more versatile machine and still keep their legs covered with long skirts. The bicycle craze killed the bustle and the corset, instituted "common-sense dressing" for women and increased their mobility considerably. In 1896 Susan B. Anthony said that "the bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world."
Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com