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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 10, 2004
When you endeavor to do what's right against all odds, even if you don't at first succeed, there's nobility and even majesty in such setbacks. - Herb Cohen, Negotiation expert
Source: DailyInBox: Bits & Pieces, http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The ironworkers of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge do more than just maintain one of America's best-known structures. Many of them are also volunteer suicide-prevention counselors for those who think a leap from the bridge will end all their pain. Few of the ironworkers have had training in human psychology and counseling.
What makes their help so valuable is that they are willing to go where the need is. They will climb to the most precarious parts of the bridge to be with the person contemplating suicide.
In his seventeen years of working on the Golden Gate Bridge, ironworker Ken Hopper has stopped 30 people from making the jump. But the two suicides that did occur during his watch still haunt him. Few of the people whose lives are saved ever thank the ironworkers.
Source: Scott Ostler in San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfchron.com/
Condensed in "Everyday Heroes" Reader's Digest, October 2001 p. 25-26.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Does Your Cat Own You?
Part 2 of 3 [May 3, 10, 17]
Will you stand at the open door indefinitely in the freezing rain while your cat sniffs the door, deciding whether to go out or come in?
Would you rather spend a night at home with your cat than go out on a bad date?
Do you give your cat presents and a stocking at Christmas? Do you spend more for your cat than you do for your spouse?
Do the Christmas cards you send out feature your cat sitting on Santa's lap? Does your cat sign the card?
Do you put off making the bed until the cat gets up?
Does your cat eat out of cut crystal stemware because you both watched the same commercial on television?
Do you microwave your cat's food? Prepare it from scratch?
Do you climb out of bed over the headboard or footboard, so you won't disturb the sleeping cat?
When you are preparing to leave for the day, do you seek out each cat and inform them of your anticipated return time?
Do you sleep with no pillow under your head, because the cat wants to sleep on it?
Do you stand at the computer because the cat is sleeping on the chair?
Do you make sure there's plenty of kitty litter in the house, even though you may run out of toilet paper?
Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, http://www.katscratch.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A little girl had been warned not to say anything about the new minister’s big nose. He was coming for dinner. When the bell rang, she opened the door. “Oh, how do you do, Mr. Nose!”
From: Serve Him With Mirth by Leslie B Flynn
This is a free e-book download.
Health Folklore or Fact?
Part 2 of 5 [May 3, 10, 17, 24, June 1]
Folklore: Fish is brain food.
Fact: Omega-3 fats in sardines, herring, salmon and tuna make brains smarter, happier and less diseased. In new research, young adults who ate fatty fish were 20% less hostile than non-eaters. Older people who ate fatty fish at least monthly had 60% less Alzheimer's disease than non-fish eaters.
By Jean Carper a nutrition authority. Sign-up for a free newsletter at http://JeanCarper.com
Source: USA Weekend, March 19-21, 2004, http://usaweekend.com