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WIT and WISDOM - February 12, 1999

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Whatever we fail to resolve we are destined to repeat." - By DI

Source: Weekend Encounter http://www.gospelcom.net/actsi/weekly/


On a cold day in 1942, inside a Nazi concentration camp, a lone young boy looks beyond the barbed wire and sees a young girl pass by. She too, is moved by his presence. In an effort to give expression to her feelings, she throws a red apple over the fence - a sign of life, hope, and love. The young boy bends over, picks up the apple. A ray of light has pierced his darkness.

The following day, thinking he is crazy for even entertaining the notion of seeing this young girl again, he looks out beyond the fence, hoping. On the other side of the barbed wire, the young girl yearns to see again this tragic figure who moved her so. She comes prepared with apple in hand. Despite another day of wintry blizzards and chilling air, two hearts are warmed once again as the apple passes over the barbed wire. The scene is repeated for several days. The two young spirits on opposite sides of the fence look forward to seeing each other, if only for a moment and if only to exchange a few words. The interaction is always accompanied by an exchange of inexplicably heartening feelings.

At the last of these momentary meetings, the young boy greets his sweet friend with a frown and says, "Tomorrow, don't bring me an apple, I will not be here. They are sending me to another camp." The young boy walks away, too heartbroken to look back.

From that day forward, the calming image of the sweet girl would appear to him in moments of anguish. Her eyes, her words, her thoughtfulness, her red apple, all were a recurring vision that would break his nighttime sweats. His family died in the war. The life he had known had all but vanished, but this one memory remained alive and gave him hope.

In 1957 in the United States, two adults, both immigrants, are set up on a blind date. "And where were you during the war?" Inquires the woman. " I was in a concentration camp in Germany," the man replies. " I remember I used to throw apples over the fence to a boy who was in a concentration camp," she recalls. With a feeling of shock, the man speaks. "And did that boy say to you one day, 'Don't bring an apple anymore because I am being sent to another camp'?" "Why, yes," she responds, "but how could you possibly know that?" "He looks into her eyes and says, " I was that young boy."

There is a brief silence, and then he continues, " I was separated from you then, and I don't ever want to be without you again. Will you marry me?" They embrace one another as she says, "Yes."

On Valentine's Day 1996, on national telecast of the Oprah Winfrey show, this same man affirmed his enduring love to his wife of forty years. " You fed me in the concentration camp, " he said, " you fed me throughout all these years; now, I remain hungry if only for your love."

-Author Unknown

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

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A man who had been hired to create a stain glass window for a church forgot to write down the scripture verse to be used and dimensions of the window. So he sent a telegram the church and asked. He then walked around town for an hour and then went back to the telegraph office and asked if he got a telegram. The woman told him yes. As she looked at the telegram she fainted. Her friend ran over to her and as she read the telegram, she began to faint also. The man by now was concerned some disaster had occurred, so he went around the counter and took the telegram out of the woman's hand. It read, "Unto us a son is born, 18 ft long, 6 ft wide.

Submitted by Kiri Christina Hyatt

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

On August 21, 1998, a self-guiding robot named Laima became the first unmanned aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Laima was the only one of four such aircraft to complete the journey from Newfoundland to Scotland. The crossing required 26 hours, and used up only two gallons of fuel.

Laima was launched from the top of a moving car, then tracked for about 40 kilometers before it flew out of range. It continued on its way, guided by a navigation system that used the Global Positioning System (GPS), a satellite based navigation tool.

Robot aircraft like Laima could become useful for a variety of purposes, including weather forecasting, military intelligence, and communications.

More about Laima's journey:

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