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WITandWISDOM(tm) – March 1, 2006
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I like the story of the little girl and her mother who lived together in a small-town hotel. Each afternoon for about two hours the patient child faithfully practiced the piano in the hotel lobby, much to the annoyance of the other guests who often gathered there.
One day an overnight guest at the hotel heard several people complaining about the irritating monotony of her simple exercises. Without a word the visitor made his way over to the piano and cautiously sat down on the bench beside the little music student. Then slowly he, too, began to play on the same piano with her, weaving around and through those humdrum exercises some great, sublime, and unusual harmonies. Soon surprised guests began to listen to the inspiring music and make their way into the lobby to better enjoy it. The little girl’s feeble efforts had been made glorious by the great musician.
The Master of human life can work around these feeble efforts of ours day by day if we permit Him, weaving His high and holy purposes in and around them so that the final effect of our lives is glorious indeed.
By Kenneth J. Holland
Source: These Times, Copyright (c), Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Theme songs For Bible Characters:
Noah...Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Adam and Eve.....Strangers In Paradise
Lazarus........The Second Time Around
Esther........I Feel Pretty
Job........I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues
Jezebel........The Lady Is A Tramp
Salome........I Could Have Danced All Night
Daniel........The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Esau.........Born To Be Wild
Jeremiah........Take This Job And Shove It
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego........Great Balls Of Fire
The Three Kings........When You Wish Upon A Star
Jonah..........Got A Whale Of A Tale!
Elijah........Up, Up And Away
Submitted by Steve Stuebe
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Kathy Smith, West Coast TV-news anchorwoman, claims that off-camera and without makeup she wouldn't be recognized. To avoid attracting attention in her Seattle neighborhood, she asked her children not to tell people what she did for a living. One day, while her five-year old son was getting a haircut, she overheard him reply to a question from the barber about her work. "I can't tell you what my mom does. All I know is she gets all dressed up and goes out at night."
Submitted by Betsy
EL CAJON, Calif. (UPI) -- Kurdish refugee Alan Rauf just wanted to sound more American when he changed his name from Alladdin Abdul Nagshbandi; too bad the new name was on an FBI list.
Rauf works as a contract interpreter for the U.S. Army in Iraq and was on his way to becoming a U.S. citizen when the FBI interrupted the process.
His old name won approval just fine, but apparently there's more than one Alan Rauf and the FBI wants to make sure the 37-year-old interpreter isn't a security threat.
Rauf's attorney said the name is pretty common and the FBI likely has records on several people.
Rauf is suing the Department of Homeland Security, hoping to speed up the verification process.
"Once there is a hit, it can sometimes take years to resolve the problem. Because of Alan's importance to U.S. forces in Iraq, we felt a lawsuit was warranted," attorney Cheri Attix told Copley News Service.
Source: ArcaMax – Off the Wall, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44