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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 7, 2005
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. - Native American Proverb
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
When I was at the Eddyville State Penitentiary several weeks ago, I learned about Paul Stevens. Paul Stevens's daughter was stabbed to death by a neighbor in Evansville, Indiana, years ago. Paul Stevens spent nearly a decade tortured by the memory of his daughter's killer.
A year later, the memories proved so hard to bear that Stevens moved his family from Evansville to a new home near Dawson Springs, Kentucky. His daughter's killer was released after seven years behind bars. Stevens's hatred twisted his psyche. "At that time I wanted to see that man dead," Stevens said.
In 1978, nine years after the murder, Stevens tried something radical. At a religious retreat, he finally grasped that his hate couldn't restore his daughter. He vowed to overcome the tragedy and devote his time to working with violent criminals. Since that time, Stevens has spent two days each week working as a counselor and lay minister at a maximum security prison. He has come to call some of the 29 prisoners on death row his friends.
I met one of those prisoners who said he could never have been led to Christ except by this man who had such compassionate understanding. Stevens said treating violent criminals as human beings has helped him lose his hatred and made him a happier person.
If he could forgive that, you can forgive however you've been hurt.
By Robert Russell, "Releasing Resentment," Preaching Today, Tape No. 136.
Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Miss Swanson is in the hospital this morning after having being bit yesterday by a spider in a bathing suit.
Mrs. Bertha Bradley entertained the Ladies' Social Club. She asked the ladies to come dressed like tramps and that was easy for most of them.
The ball struck Berra on the right temple and knocked him cold. He was taken to Ford Hospital. X-rays pictures of Berra's head showed nothing.
Plan to eat dinner on November 3rd with the Baptist ladies. The same wonderful dinner as they served on election day.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. and is to be played with the aid of moonshine and electric lights.
Source: Monday Fodder mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Tired of super-hectic Christmas mornings, I was pleased to find a recipe called "Christmas Morning Wifesaver Breakfast." I prepared the breakfast the night before so that it could be put in the oven while we opened our gifts with our four small children. It was delicious.
The next year I followed the "tradition" and prepared the same breakfast. After everyone was seated and I put the casserole on the table, my five-year-old exclaimed disgustedly, "This again!"
Submitted by Lorraine
A four-year-old Romanian boy survived on his own for nearly a week in the mountains.
Ionut Capraru earned the nickname Little Tarzan by eating wild strawberries, drinking rainwater and sleeping in a den.
He got lost after he accompanied a shepherd and his flock almost ten miles from his home in Bratesti village, Bacau county.
Hundreds of police agents and villagers searched the mountains for six days to find him.
The boy's family were preparing for his funeral when a ranger found him and brought him back to his village.
The boy's godfather Ion Ghinea said: "We didn't believe the boy could be alive after so much time spent in the woods."
Doctors said it was a miracle the boy survived with only a small foot infection and a few scratches.
Doctor Constantin Niminet from the hospital in Onesti told Jurnalul newspaper: "He wasn't even dehydrated or starved. He's only got a small infection to one of his feet but nothing serious.."
Police have started an investigation to find out how the boy got lost.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com