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WITandWISDOM(tm) – October 4, 2004
"Challenges are what make this life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." – Author Unknown
Source: Top Greetings
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In 1975 a child named Raymond Dunn, Jr., was born in New York State. The Associated Press reports that at his birth, a skull fracture and oxygen deprivation caused severe retardation. As Raymond grew, the family discovered further impairments. His twisted body suffered up to twenty seizures per day. He was blind, mute, immobile. He had severe allergies that limited him to only one food: a meat-based formula made by Gerber Foods.
In 1985, Gerber stopped making the formula that Raymond lived on. Carol Dunn scoured the country to buy what stores had in stock, accumulating cases and cases, but in 1990 her supply ran out. In desperation, she appealed to Gerber for help. Without this particular food, Raymond would starve to death. The employees of the company listened.
In an unprecedented action, volunteers donated hundreds of hours to bring out old equipment, set up production lines, obtain special approval from the USDA, and produce the formula--all for one special boy. In January 1995, Raymond Dunn, Jr., known as the
Gerber Boy, died from his physical problems. But during his brief lifetime he called forth a wonderful thing called compassion.
Larry A. Payne, Amarillo, Texas. Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 3
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Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
America is made up of all kinds of people, but one group likes to stand out from the rest. They speak their own language and refuse to fit in. I tried to advise them: "Listen people, if you want to live in America, you've got to learn to speak like everyone else." But I couldn't get through to these people. They just looked at me curiously and said in their strange language, "Yo dude, chill out!" And I lost my cool and shouted, "Why don't you speak English for a change, you teen-agers!"
But later on, I felt guilty and thought to myself, If they don't want to learn my language, perhaps I should learn theirs. So I went to the bookstore and bought myself a Teen-glish dictionary. And I decided to serve my fellow parents as a translator. They sent me questions and I sent them answers and the world is a happier place. Here are some excerpts:
Dear Mr. Translator: My 16-year-old son keeps saying "peace out" to everyone. I'm concerned that he might be smoking something. Should I install a hidden camera in his room? -- Concerned Mom.
Dear Concerned Mom: You need to chill out. When your son says "peace out" to his homeys, he's bidding them goodbye. Either that or he's giving them a report on the situation in Iraq. Please leave him in peace.
Dear Mr. Translator: My son had a terrible accident in my car. When I visited him in the hospital, all he managed to say was, "My bad." Do you think he has suffered brain damage? -- Worried Mom.
Dear Worried Mom: You need to chill out. Your son sounds normal -- as normal as a teen can sound. He was just admitting his mistake in teen lingo. Next time he says, "My bad," all you need to say is, "My mad!"
Dear Mr. Translator: My 15-year-old daughter keeps calling people fat. I'm concerned about her body image. And I'm also concerned that she thinks of me as fat. -- Dieting Mom.
Dear Dieting Mom: You need to chill out. Your daughter is probably calling people "phat," not fat. It's another way of saying "excellent" or "great." As for her thinking of you as phat, all I have to say is this: Phat chance.
Source: Top Greetings, http://www.top-greetings.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
There was a young lady named Marian,
Who purchased a gun,
Put her hair in a bun,
And became a Montana librarian.
Source: Judy's Jokes for Sunday, mailto:JJs4Sundayfirstname.lastname@example.org
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Source: Ask the Computer Lady, ISSN: 1525-6332
Written by Elizabeth Boston,