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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 7, 2004
"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." - Nido Qubein
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Economist Robert Heilbroner describes the luxuries a typical American family would have to surrender if they lived among the one billion hungry people in the Third World:
We begin by invading the house of our imaginary American family to strip it of its furniture. Everything goes: beds, chairs, tables, television sets, lamps. We will leave the family with a few old blankets, a kitchen table, a wooden chair. Along with the bureaus go the clothes. Each member of the family may keep in his “wardrobe” his oldest suit or dress, a shirt or blouse. We will permit a pair of shoes for the head of the family, but none for the wife or children.
We move to the kitchen. The appliances have already been taken out, so we turn to the cupboards the box of matches may stay, a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt. A few moldy potatoes, already in the garbage can, must be rescued, for they will provide much of tonight’s meal. We will leave a handful of onions and a dish of dried beans. All the rest we take away: the meat, the fresh vegetables, the canned goods, the crackers, the candy.
Now we have stripped the house: the bathroom has been dismantled, the running water shut off, the electric wires taken out. Next we take away the house. The family can move to the tool shed. Communications must go next. No more newspapers, magazines, books, not that they are missed, since we must take away our family’s literacy as well. Instead, in our shantytown we will allow one radio.
Now government services must go next. No more postmen, no more firemen. There is a school, but it is three miles away and consists of two classrooms. There are, of course, no hospitals or doctors nearby. The nearest clinic is ten miles away and is tended by a midwife. It can be reached by bicycle, provided the family has a bicycle, which is unlikely.
Finally, money. We will allow our family a cash hoard of five dollars. This will prevent our breadwinner from experiencing the tragedy of an Iranian peasant who went blind because he could not raise the $3.94 which he mistakenly thought he needed to receive admission to a hospital where he could have been cured.
Taken from “Revolution in World Missions” by K.P. Yohannan, (gfa books, a division of Gospel for Asia) pgs. 39-40.
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Submitted by Kiri Hyatt
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Aquarium: interactive television for cats.
Cataclysm: any great upheaval in a cat's life.
Catatonic: a feline medicinal drink.
Caterpillar: a soft scratching post for a cat.
Cat Scan: to look for a new cat.
Dog: a cat's device for running practice.
Door: something a cat always wants to be on the other side of.
Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, http://www.katscratch.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Consider yon emmenthal cheese ..
Why half of it's hole as you sees.
Now is it like that
To cut down on the fat
Or to circulate air if you please?
Source: Judy's Jokes for Sunday, mailto:JJs4Sundayfirstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t Mix Your Meds
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Experts at the American Pharmacists Association say the site is safe and has good info, but warn not to discontinue any drugs until you talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) March 2004, http://www.readersdigest.com/