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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 20, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile. - Goldie Hawn

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/


Ollie was surprised to find his dad destroying an old bicycle that had hung for years in the back of the garage. Piece by piece, he was disassembling and burying it in a three-foot hole. "What’s goin’ on, Dad?" asked the boy.

Sitting on the edge of the patio, the man said, "Son, my granddaddy had a terrible temper and he cussed all his life. My daddy had a temper and did the same. I have a terrible temper and I’ve cussed all my life. Yesterday I saw how you lost your temper and said those words. I made up my mind I’d break the cycle, and I’ve asked God to make me a new man for your sake. I decided to do something to help me remember how important this is. So I’m literally breaking this bicycle and burying it."

Ollie didn’t really understand his father’s words that day, but in coming days he saw the difference, and in coming years he understood.

Christ can help you break and bury cycles of dysfunction, addiction, anger, and sin in your life. You have to make up your mind to do it, then trust His all-sufficient grace. You may not destroy a bike, but find a meaningful way to memorialize the end of a long line of sin.

Source: Turning Point Daily Devotional (02-08-07)

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Can I Get An ‘N’, Vanna?
©Lisa Barker

My three-year-old son likes to add the ‘n’ sound to many of the words he uses. The other day he asked me for a pair of ‘soncks’.

“The word is ‘socks’,” I told him. No matter. He already had his shoes on and was out the door to play at the ‘parnk’.

Where does he get this nasal-honking sound? Is he part goose? His older brother speaks nasally, also, especially when he’s upset. He doesn’t add the ‘n’ sound to his words but he could give Steve Urkel a run for his money. It sounds like he’s pinching his nose the more upset he gets.

But, you get used to it, I suppose, and after awhile you don’t really hear the made up dialect your children speak. And then you start sounding just like them.

My husband went to ‘wornk’ the other day and ‘aynt’ the lunch I made for him and said it was ‘realny’ good. It sure makes me ‘feeln’ like I’m doing a good job when he compliments me like ‘thant’.

I mean it.

To add more silliness to the situation, this same child looks (and acts) like a leprechaun. Don’t try to correct him. His ears turn red and he hops up and down shaking his fist. So I asked him, “Where’s your ‘pont’ of gold?” Sometimes humor is lost on little ones.

Sometimes not. I woke up one morning recently to discover him by the side of my bed painting the brand new carpet black. “What are you doing?!”


“I see that.” I reached for the brushes and I swear he jumped up, clicked his heels, and vanished in an instant.

Now, I’m not in the habit of waking up while in a full run down the hall. It really jostles the brain around. And USUALLY, the little twerp slips under the covers with me and we snooze together for a bit before starting the day.

So it took awhile to take it all in. He’d served himself breakfast and had already climbed back in his chair to finish his feast before I could catch up to him.

I suppose after the morning he’d had painting, he was very hungry. He had an apple with a ‘fornk’ in it that he held up proudly like a trophy. There were candy wrappers—evidence that he’d cleaned out Dad’s secret stash.

Upon further inspection I saw that he’d dressed himself, too. Shirt and pants on backward, ‘soncks’ twisted around. “Momma, can I have my big ‘trunck’ today?”

I should ‘starnt’ drinking ‘conffee’ in the morning—no make that the night before—so I can get up, stay up and keep up with this one.

By Lisa Barker a syndicated humor columnist and mom of five. Her latest book is 'Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane ... Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!' http://www.JellyMom.com

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After he left the office, a member of his foursome forgot which course they were playing that day, and called for information.

The loyal girl would only reply that her boss was away from his desk.

"Just tell me, "the golfer persisted," Is he twenty miles away from his desk, or thirty miles."

Source: Pulpit Supply, http://lively.ca/mailman/listinfo/pulpitsupply_lively.ca

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

SEOUL (UPI 02-20-07) -- A South Korean woman sang 979 songs and set an unofficial world record before collapsing of exhaustion.

Kim Seok-ok sang for 59 hours, 48 minutes, beating by 36 minutes the world record set last year by a German man, Yonhap said.

A Guinness Book of World Records observer was on hand, but had not yet declared Kim's record official. As Guinness rules allow, she rested 10 minutes each hour.

Before the event, Kim told local reporters she entered to encourage her husband, who has a brain tumor, Yonhap reported.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International, http://www.upi.com/

Source: ArcaMax - Trivia, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44

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