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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 3, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Change is inevitable, growth is intentional." - Glenda Cloud

Source: Ancestry Daily News, Copyright (c) 2000, www.ancestry.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


Miss Agnes, a retired schoolteacher and lifetime member of the church, would shake the pastor's hand and eloquently praise the sermon. One Sunday, he jovially questioned her about his sermon's content. Miss Agnes failed the quiz, but refused to let him have the last word."
Miss Agnes said, "I guess I'm like a wicker basket. If you put me down in a well and bring me up, I don't hold much water, but I feel a whole lot cleaner."
- Robert E. Kephart of Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)
From: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) April 1994, http:www.readersdigest.com

Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2000 Swan Lake Communications, www.swanlake.twoffice.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

Submitted by: Sharon Hamel

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

I vividly recall a post-graduate course at the University of Miami called "Human Behavior." The professor opened every session with the same line: "Well, what are we going to talk about today?" We couldn't believe it! No textbook. No course outline. No written objectives and no tests were scheduled. We just talked about anything and everything.

After two weeks of what we considered a waste of time, we got together after class and decided to pull a surprise. One student said, "Let's all read the same book over the weekend and on Monday when he asks, 'What are we going to talk about today?' lets really get into some heavy discussion." We decided to all read B.F. Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity."

Sure enough, he opened with his standard line on Monday and a student responded, "I've been reading Skinner, and his philosophy intrigues me." Then we all jumped in and ran the show for an hour and a half. It was one of the most lively exchanges I've ever seen in a classroom.

When we finally told the professor what we had done, the biggest surprise was ours. He said, "It works every time. That's why this course is called Human Behavior."

For the rest of the semester we talked about what makes people tick - and that learning initiated by students is far more effective than instruction determined by a teacher.

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2000, www.neileskelin.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


The pastor's wife is often his best friend. However, she can also sometimes be his severest critic. Realizing that her beloved pastor husband did not have a good feeling about the sermon he had just delivered a few moments earlier, she asked, "So Honey, how do you feel about the service today?"

"It was a good worship service," he responded in a somber tone, "but, for some strange reason the sermon just never got off the ground."

Before she could stop the words from coming out of her mouth, she replied, "well, it sure taxied long enough!"

Source: Sermon Fodder, Sermon_Fodder-subscribe@onelist.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Alfred Hitchcock always managed to make a brief appearance in his films. However, for Lifeboat (1944), he was faced with a difficult problem-the entire movie was set in a lifeboat out at sea, and there were only a few characters in the boat. His ingenious solution was to place a photograph of himself in a newspaper one of the characters reads during the course of the film. He can be seen in the "before" portion of a "before" and "after" ad for a diet product.

Source: Tidbits, Copyright (c) March 7, 2000, tidbits@tidbitsthepaper.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

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