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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 6, 2005
Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. - Clive Barnes
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One time in an evangelistic crusade the evangelist stopped the invitation and asked for every Christian to witness to the person next to them. A small boy turned to the gentleman standing near him and said, "Mister, do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?"
Very condescendingly the man looked down at the little boy and replied, "Why son, I'm an ordained deacon."
With all the innocence in the world, the little boy replied, "Mister, it don't matter what you've done. God will save you anyway!"
By Bailey Smith, Real Evangelism, p. 117., http://isbn.nu/0849937787
Pulpit Pieces Weekly, http://www.net153.com/best.htm
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
It was the third day my husband, Joe, had been in the intensive care unit following his fifth surgery for the removal of most of his remaining small intestine. The surgery took many more hours than expected. Joe was older and weaker, and he wasn’t responding.
As I sat beside his bed, two nurses tried repeatedly to get him to cough, open his eyes, move a finger - anything to let them know he could hear them. He didn’t respond. I sat praying to God to please help Joe respond - any sign that he might survive.
Finally, one of the nurses turned to me and suggested that perhaps if she knew something personal about our family, she could try to stimulate his response with that knowledge. She said, “Maybe you, as his daughter, could help us with such information.” I smiled and said, “I’ll be happy to give you personal information, and thank you for the compliment, but I’m his wife of forty-three years, not his daughter, and we’re about the same age.” The nurse looked at me and said, “The entire staff thought you were his daughter and had even commented how wonderful they thought it was that his daughter was with him all the time.”
As they were expressing how I looked so young, a little cough came from my husband, and we all turned to stare at him. He didn’t open his eyes, but loud and clear he said, “She dyes her hair!”
No Response, by Donna Parisi (c) 2003 from Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman. In order to protect the rights of the copyright holder, no portion of this publication may be reproduced without prior written consent. All rights reserved. http://isbn.nu/0757301592
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Used with permission by Richard Wimer, http://www.hcibooks.com/permissions.asp
Source: DailyInbox: Chicken Soup for the Soul, http://ydib.net/n_soup/subscribe.shtml
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My wife claims I'm a baseball fanatic.
She says all I ever read about is baseball. All I ever talk about is baseball. All I ever think about is baseball.
I told her she's way off base.
Source: Mark Mail, http://mrhumor.net/
In 1910 DeWitt Wallace developed a new idea for a magazine. It would consist of a collection of condensed articles. He put together a proposed sample and sent it to publishers throughout the country. Nobody seemed interested. DeWitt was terribly discouraged.
About the same time he met Lila Bell Acheson, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Before long the two fell in love. Lila believed in DeWitt's dream. She wouldn't let him give up and encouraged him to keep trying his wonderful idea for a magazine. Boosted by her faith in him, DeWitt started mailing circular letters to potential subscribers.
In October, 1921 Lila married DeWitt. On returning from their honeymoon, they found a bundle of letters from interested subscribers. Together they worked on Volume 1, Number 1, which appeared in February, 1922. DeWitt Wallace included Lila Bell Acheson as his co-founder, co- editor, and co-owner. Over the years their little magazine grew. Now printed in at least eighteen languages, "Reader's Digest" is the best selling magazine in the entire world.
Steve Stephens. Cited on Insight of the Day, http://www.insightoftheday.com/
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm