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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 8, 2004
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our ark." - Michelangelo Buonarroti
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
White Board News, January 03, 1997- Oslo, Norway
Even though they needed everything from toasters to teapots, the only thing a Norwegian couple asked for as a wedding gift was a church. They got their wish, and so did a poor congregation in the town of Berezino in Belarus.
David Holme and Ingunn Lyngset learned of the small congregation's dream during a visit to the former Soviet republic, when they met the impoverished parishioners, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported. "You can never be the same after meeting people who have so little, yet so much," Lyngset told NTB.
So invitations to their church wedding in the western Norwegian town of Bergen during the summer included an appeal for cash for the Belarus church instead of gifts. Even though some guests were dubious, all 85 came through with $155 each for the church.
Then others joined in, pushing the total so far to $17,200, enough to buy a building and remodel it. The couple is headed to Belarus with more gifts, a load of building materials this month donated to help finish the job.
"Reactions among our family and friends in Norway to such a crazy idea were mixed," Holme said. "Some couldn't understand that we, who were setting up a home and needed so many things, could give away our wedding presents." But his bride said they had no choice. "We had to follow our hearts," Lyngset said.
Source: White Board News, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients who are being discharged. However, while my friend was working as a student nurse, She found one elderly gentleman, already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need her help to leave the hospital.
After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let her wheel him to the elevator. On the way down, she asked if his wife was meeting him. "I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Victor Borge told a friend that he could tell time by his piano. His friend was incredulous, so Borge volunteered to demonstrate. He pounded out a crashing march. Immediately there came a banging on the wall and a shrill voice screamed, "Stop that noise. Don't you know it's 1:30 in the morning?"
Source: Bits & Pieces, August 18, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc http://www2.ragan.com/html/main.isx?sub=226
Take a guided tour of the Concorde.
Source: The Pocket Newsletter, http://www.thepocket.com