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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 9, 2005
Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone. - Gertrude Stein
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The late Roger Brunet learned about the powers of faith and miracles at an early stage of his married life. He and his wife, Alice, had three children and a baby on the way, and, as any young couple, they needed money.
At that time, Roger worked as a human resources officer at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. A few weeks before the baby was born, Roger had the grand total of two dollars to his name and this would have to last until his next paycheck which was four days away.
That Sunday morning Roger went to church as he always would. When the offering plate was passed something made him put in the last of his money. For some unexplained reason, Roger felt he had to give it all. "I got carried away by an overwhelming feeling that this was the right thing to do," Roger said, "and ended up giving my two dollars thinking that my wife and I would surely find a way to last until Thursday. I would make myself lunches from our meager food resources and offer the inconveniences of this to the Lord."
He had given away all his money that Sunday. What in the world had he done? He got on his knees and prayed silently but with great confidence. "Lord, I've given my last bucks," he prayed. "I need You to take care of things until Thursday because we have a baby on the way, and I have to pay the bills." He went home with nothing in his pocket--but with a sense of having done the right thing.
"You won't believe this," Roger Brunet later wrote, "but the same afternoon someone knocked on the door." It was M. Danis, a neighbor from the next block. He wanted to know if the old car which Roger had parked at the end of the driveway was for sale. Roger had no idea that the carcass of this old rusty car could be worth anything and he didn't want to take advantage of anyone. But M. Danis was not interested in the carcass of the car. All he wanted was the engine.
Mr Danis asked Roger how much he wanted for the old car. Roger replied that he had no idea what it was worth. Mr Danis offered him 75 dollars, the deal was concluded and Mr Danis took the car away.
Immediately after, Roger reviewed the recent course of events with his wife, Alice. He remembered his prayer in church that morning, he told Alice about how he had felt compelled to deposit all the money that they had in the offering basket and how he had put himself and his family in the hands of the divine Providence.
From that day on, Roger never thought twice about the amount of his offering. He put his trust in the Lord to provide for him and his family. Of course, after having lived through a very tough time during the Great Depression and being the human being that he was with his inherent limitations, it took him many years to acquire enough faith in the Lord to stop worrying about not being able to provide for his family. But, with the help of the Holy Spirit and lots of prayer, Roger eventually became able to achieve this state of total abandonment which comes usually as a by-product of spiritual growth.
This story, I witnessed as his oldest child... and it has left its mark in my heart.
By Jean-Pierre Brunet, mailto:Bioptic@aol.com
Copyright © 2005 by Jean-Pierre Brunet. Used with permission.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Always keep several get well cards on the mantel. If unexpected guests arrive, they'll think you've been sick and unable to clean.
NASA reports that galaxies are speeding away from earth at 90,000 miles a second. What do you suppose they know that we don't?
I asked my mailman why my letters were all wet... he said "postage dew".
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
The only thing that wakes you up faster than coffee is spilled coffee.
I went to see Pavarotti once and I'll tell you this much, he doesn't like it when you join in.
My husband has suggested a candlelight dinner at home for our anniversary. Is he being romantic or just cheap?
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.
There are two types of roads in our country. One is under construction and the other is under repair.
You know times are tough when the school system is recruiting school bus drivers in the lobby of traffic court.
When you get older, lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.
What will today's younger generation tell their children they had to do "without"?
As a child, I was the kind my mother wouldn't let me play with.
People never grow up; they just learn how to act in public.
Hermits have no peer pressure.
Never trust a story that has been told more than twice.
A clean tie attracts the soup of the day.
If something is confidential, it will be left in the copier machine.
Source: Monday Fodder
Submitted by Tommy Wilkinson
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Grandchildren are God's reward for you not killing your own children."
Source: Cybersalt Digest, http://www.cybersalt.org/
Making A Musical Slide Show
Question. For Christmas, I would like to give my friends and family a DVD of my pictures, and include music. Is there a program to help me create such a project, basically a slide show with music? Is it also possible to synchronize the music to the pictures? Are there copyright issues? I have Windows XP, Office 2003 and a DVD read/write drive.
Answer. I love photo slide shows and video projects. You can add a lot of emotional impact to all those memories with a presentation set to music. And it doesn't have to cost you much to get it done.
If you want to synchronize your slides to the beat of your music, try Movie Maker. It happens to be included with Windows XP. It can handle a slide show complete with transition effects. But more importantly, it allows you to precisely edit the timing of your slides and your music.
To open Movie Maker, click Start>> All Programs>> Accessories>> Entertainment>> Windows Movie Maker. Then you'll need to load raw materials like photos and music files into Movie Maker. To load a file into Movie Maker, click File>> Import into Collections.
At the bottom of the Movie Maker window is a timeline. You can drag the photos and music clips to the timeline to set the order you'd like. Then you can adjust the duration of each slide and edit the music. You'll have to match the duration of the slides to the beat of the music manually. You may have to play back the music repeatedly to note where each beat strikes the timeline, but it can be done.
For less involved slide shows, you can use Photo Story. It's free at the Microsoft site. Photo Story is easier to use than Movie Maker and still produces excellent slide shows. You can add transitions, captions, music tracks and voice-overs. You can even use different music for each slide. However, Photo Story does not give you exact editing or timing control.
Photo Story: http://tinyurl.com/4f869
Copyright 2005, The Kim Komando Show. All rights reserved.
Source: Kim Komando's Daily Tip