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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 19, 2006
What you learn in life doesn’t matter as much as what you learn from life.
Submitted by Elaine
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
He looked in the mirror, repelled by the sight, a constant reminder of his last fire-fight. 'Though he'd rescued a man, a dog, and a boy, his fame as a "hero" brought him little joy. For his wife had now left him for a more handsome man. She said, "Care of an invalid was not in my plan."
As he stood there bemoaning his unhappy state, he was filled with self-pity, with anger and hate. His dreams for the future now turned upside down, he limped to the park, on his face a deep frown. As relief for his mind, he sat down to read. To the movement around him he paid little heed.
Then out from a group of some children at play a ragged young girl approached, her head turned away. Standing close to his side, her eyes to the ground, she stretched out her arm and said, “Look what I found!” She held in her hand what looked like a weed, all wilted and brown, its flower gone to seed.
The man growled in answer, "Just leave me alone. Get on with your playing, or run along home." But the child was undaunted. "I picked these for you. They're awfully pretty, and I think you are, too." The man was annoyed, for her eyes seemed to shift. He pushed her aside, refusing her gift. He thought that she mocked him, as others had done--the object of ridicule, the target for "fun".
And then something happened. God opened his mind. A new look he took: the wee girl was blind! He reached out and touched her. He patted her head; then accepted her flowers, although they looked dead. His anger and hatred had started their melt. God's love, through this child, he knew he had felt.
The man turned to thank her, but she wasn't there. She seemed to have vanished into the noon air. Although day after day to the park the man came, he never did see his small angel again. But the child had awakened in him a desire to start a new life, to forget that last fire.
He went to the hospital, where once he had been. He stood there and stared at familiar scenes. He watched the burn patients in their therapy. In some he saw anger, in some, agony. Remembering so vividly the pain he'd endured, he knew that the "inside" was the hardest to cure. From that moment on, he knew what he'd do. He'd help these folks heal. And his soul would heal, too.
“His Small Angel” by Helen Dowd
Source: The Inspired Buffalo, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Ways To Intimidate Your Daughter's Date When He Comes To Pick Her Up
Sprinkle some dust on your daughter before she leaves. Explain, "It makes fingerprinting easier."
Challenge him at arm wrestling.
Introduce him to your good friend, Chuck Norris.
Walk on stilts.
Come to the door bare-chested. Do a lot of flexing.
Introduce him to the family by calling each family member to the living room using a whistle, then making them stand at attention and salute.
Answer the door in a straight jacket.
As they leave, talk into a walkie-talkie, "Subject is wearing khakis and a blue polo shirt, driving a green ford."
Submitted by B. B.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A forestry-service employee was recording the rainfall in his area. One drizzly day, his thoughts were apparently elsewhere as he typed "thirty three inches" instead of
"thirty-three hundredths of an inch" into the computer.
It was obvious that the machine had been programmed by someone with a sense
of humor, for this message quickly appeared on the screen "Build the ark. Gather the
animals two by two..."
Source: Laughter for a Saturday
COMPUTER TIPS - Add Notes to Files
Windows has a little known feature that allows you to add notes to various files. For example, you might have a picture of your family reunion that includes relatives you seldom see. In 10 years will you remember all their names, or what year the reunion occurred? By adding a note to your picture you could fill in those details.
How about that text you copied from a web site into a text file? You could add the URL where you found it and the author's name, etc.
Here's all you have to do to add notes to files:
1) Open Windows Explorer and locate the file you want to annotate.
2) Right-click the file and choose Properties.
3) In Windows XP, select the Summary tab. In older versions, select the Custom tab.
4) Type in your comments in the Comments box. You can also add a Title, Subject, Author, and Keywords to aid in system searches.
5) Click Apply.
Note 1: if the text boxes are blanked out, uncheck the "read only" file attribute on General tab and click Apply. Close the Properties dialog and reopen it and the text boxes should be ready for your input.
Note 2: there's also a category text box, but that's always blanked out on my system. I haven't tried very hard to clear it so I could enter text, but there's probably a way if you want to try to find it.
Disclaimer: Advice in this column is presented as informational and is true to the best of my knowledge. Any decisions to follow this advice is your responsibility. Your computer, your choice.
Source: Internet Tutor, http://www.gophercentral.com/sub/sub-tutor.html