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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 9, 2006
"What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better." - Doris Lessing
Source: TIPS by Dr Philip E. Humbert, Copyright (c) 2006, all rights reserved. U.S. Library of Congress ISSN: 1529-059X, http://www.philiphumbert.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Susannah Wesley was married at age 19 to Samuel Wesley, a minister, and had nineteen children. Samuel was often gone for church meetings and revivals, so she assumed the primary load in raising the children. Two of her sons are well-known to us today: John and Charles Wesley. John launched the Methodist movement and Charles was a celebrated composer and hymn-writer; you would recognize some of his music like Christ the Lord is Risen Today and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
Susannah Wesley spent time each day praying for her 19 children. She also took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters. She also expected each child to be able to read the Book of Genesis by the time he or she was six years child.
Here are her famous 16 rules of raising children:
1. Eating between meals not allowed.
2. As children they are to be in bed by 8 p.m.
3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.
4. Subdue self-will in a child, and those working together with God to save the child's soul.
5. To teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.
6. Require all to be still during Family Worship.
7. Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that when asked for politely.
8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.
11. Comment and reward good behavior.
12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.
13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.
14. Strictly observe all promises.
15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well.
16. Teach children to fear the rod.
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/subscribe.html
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Our Air Force Unit was put on standby during Operation Desert Storm. While we were passing time, the conversation turned to field chow halls and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). I said that the powdered eggs weren't so bad once you got used to them. In response, my buddies came up with a verse in the tradition of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham:
"I will not eat them in Iraq,
I will not eat them in attack.
I will not eat them in the rain,
I will not eat them with Hussein;
I will not eat them here or there,
I will not eat them anywhere.
I do not like powdered eggs and ham,
I do not like them, Uncle Sam."
Submitted by B. B.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A Londoner wound up a business trip to the Orient with a visit to Taipei. At a luncheon he was asked to say a few words. Since he spoke not a word of Chinese, his address was to be translated by an interpreter sentence by sentence. "Well," he began, "I just want you to know that I'm tickled to death to be here."
A look of agony appeared on the interpreter's face. "This poor man," he said in halting Chinese, "scratches himself until he dies, only to be with you."
Submitted by Gerry
A Norwegian man called out the police after he came home to find a badger fast asleep under his bed
The man, from Tonsberg, arrived home late to find the animal in his bedroom, reports Aftenposten.
Police officers tried to remove the animal - but beat a retreat when it put up a fierce resistance.
The rudely awakened badger overturned the bed while running around the room and ended up trapped underneath with its rear end exposed.
The drama finally ended after two and a half hours when a vet managed to take advantage of the badger's position to inject it with tranquilizers.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com