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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 25, 2006
Nothing makes people go into debt like trying to keep up with people who already are.
Submitted by Andrew
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It was dark when the two community churches gathered together for the Easter sunrise service.
Chairs were lined across the open field for everyone who wanted to sit down during the sacred service. Music began playing, folks were singing hymns, and Maggie appeared on the scene, as the sun began to rise.
Maggie is our neighbor's dog. Maggie loves her family, but she also loves my husband, Roy and me and anyone else who gives her a little attention.
Roy is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in small town, Warwick, Georgia. The pastorium is located next door to the church. Maggie comes to visit whenever we arrive home. When we open the car door, she becomes excited. She tries to get in the car with us. Maggie and all the other dogs in the neighborhood think our home is the official Warwick "dog deli." We all know that dogs love anyone who will give them food.
Maggie began looking for us in the crowd of people who were waiting for the sunrise service to begin. She walked up and down the lines of chairs sniffing and greeting everyone. When she finally found me she stopped, jumped up, and put her front feet in my lap.
She lapped my face when I leaned over to hug her. I patted her on the head for a few minutes. Then Maggie left me and happily greeted all the other attendees. I watched as Maggie received ample pats on the head and several backrubs. Maggie made almost everyone smile.
At the conclusion of the song service, Roy stepped up to preach. Maggie made her way to the front row of seats. She sat down and listened intently to the sermon. As my husband preached, Maggie stared at him. She wouldn't take her eyes off of him. It seemed that Maggie knew Roy was busy doing his job, so she didn't interfere.
At the conclusion of the sunrise service, we were all invited for a quick breakfast at our sister church. Several of their members came to us during breakfast. They were laughing and talking about how Maggie had listened intently to the sermon.
"Do you practice your sermons on the dog?" one lady asked. We all laughed imagining the sight of Roy presenting his latest sermon to a one-dog audience.
"What makes you think that?" Roy asked.
"It was something about the way she was listening," the lady explained. "She seemed to be paying more attention to you than some of the people. And when you spoke of heaven and pointed toward the sky Maggie looked upward."
A One Dog Audience by Nancy Gibbs
Submitted by Angelwings
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THE ODDBALL WALL - Sweetness
In 1847, the doughnut was invented. Isn't that sweet! Speaking of sweet, today's quiz is about all things sweet.
1) The band Sweet had a Top Ten hit in 1973 with this song.
a. Little Willy b. Ballroom Blitz c. Fox on the Run
2) Which of the following sweet schools is a real college?
a. Sweet Briar College
b. Sweet Street College
c. Sweet William College of Horticulture
3) Which of the following is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony?
a. Sweet Sisters of Harmony
b. Sweet Adelines
c. Sweet World Voices
4) Cotton Candy was introduced at the St. Louis Worlds Fair in 1904 by William Morrison and John Wharton. What did they originally call their sugary confection?
a. Fairy Floss b. Candy Spider Webs c. Angel Hair
5) What American song has the line "Sweet Land of Liberty" in it?
a. America the Beautiful b. God Bless America c. America
6) The sweetgum tree is known by several names. Which of the following is NOT one of the names for the sweetgum tree?
a. star-leaved gum b. alligator-wood c. rubber tree
7) This Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble was formed in 1973.
a. Sweet Soul Singers
b. Sweet Sisters of Song
c. Sweet Honey in the Rock
8) Which of the following is a real US city?
a. Sweet Home, Oregon
b. Sweet Home, Alabama
c. Sweet Apple, Connecticut
And now for a sticky sweet question that won't give you cavities...
9) How many gallons of tree sap does it take to make one gallon of maple syrup?
a. 20 gallons b. 40 gallons c. 60 gallons
Answers below, here's the scoring:
9 correct: Perfection!
7-8 correct: Outstanding
5-6 correct: Very Good
2-4 correct: Fairly Fair
0-1 correct: Turn the TV off
1) a. Little Willy (Ballroom - 1975; Fox - 1975)
2) a. Sweet Briar College
3) b. Sweet Adelines
4) a. Fairy Floss
5) c. America
6) c. rubber tree
7) c. Sweet Honey in the Rock
8) a. Sweet Home, Oregon
9) b. 40 gallons
Source: Internet Tutor, http://www.gophercentral.com/sub/sub-tutor.html
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
During a Sunday school lesson, I asked my 4- and 5-year-olds, "Why do you come to church?" One girl looked up innocently and said, "Because my parents can't find a baby-sitter."
Melissa Lane, Batesville, Ark. "Kids of the Kingdom," Christian Reader
Source: Church Laughs, http://tinyurl.com/mqcba
Sears and Active Military Reservist Employees
By law, employers are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.
Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two
years. Their normal period of 30 days was beyond the legal requirement. Sears went from 30 days to two years or perhaps more.
Submitted by Sinja