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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 22, 2002

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it." - Brian Tracy

Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://MailRoom.DailyInbox.Com/

Subjects: Attitude, Expectation


"Why go out tonight? There won't be a soul there." As the minister watched the rain lash against the window, the voice that spoke inside him sounded reasonable enough. It was one of the stormiest nights of the winter.

But somehow he felt he must conduct that evening service. So he put on his raincoat, took his lantern, and stepped out into the blackness. The water almost blinded him as he plunged into the teeth of the gale.

On and up he plodded until he came to his church, which stood on a high hill along the Scottish coast. When he had opened the door, he set the lantern on a window sill, and then sat down to wait for his congregation - a congregation that never came.

At last, seeing he would be quite alone, he sang a hymn and knelt and prayed. Then, his duty performed, he locked the church and went down the hill.

Had it all been a waste of time?

The parson wondered.

But the next morning he heard a different story.

The night before, when the storm was at its worst, a fishing vessel had been trying to make the harbor. The skipper was floundering around in the blackness until he saw the small light in the old church.

Without that lantern the ship would have surely been carried onto the rocks. But thanks to those steady beams, the pilot had brought his boat safely to port.

It was a lesson to the minister. After that, he knew that any light he might throw into this world's darkness would never be entirely lost.

By Vincent Edwards

Source: These Times, Copyright (c) August 1955, Pacific Press, http://www.pacificpress.com/signs

Submitted by Dale Galusha

Subjects: Lighthouse, Dedication

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

By San Francisco trumpeter Al Molina
Part 2 of 2 [February 12, 22]

Subdominate -- "I can't play unless I've asked my wife."

Snycopation --condition brought on by an overdose of jazz

Quaver -- the feeling brought on when you haven't practiced

Key Signatures -- silly things put in music to frighten you (ignore and they will go away along with your audience)

Colla Voce -- this shirt is so tight I can't sing

Professional -- anyone who can't hold down a steady job

Flats -- English apartments

A tempo de cafe -- Ah, coffee time!

Improvisation -- what you do when the music falls down

Fugue -- clever stuff

Prelude -- warm-up before the clever stuff

Acciaccatura/appoggiatura -- insects

Virtuoso -- a person who can work wonders with easy-play music

Melody -- an ancient now-extinct art in song writing

Music -- happiness

Source: Bill's Punch Line, http://www.tcmr.com/billspunchline.html

Subjects: Music, Definitions


Plumber to wife of would-be handyman: "To ensure properly functioning drains, keep foreign objects out of your sinks and tubs, flush soap suds away with hot water - and hide your husband's wrenches."

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the- funnies

Subjects: Plumbing, Handyman

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

The first coast-to-coast airplane flight in the U.S. -- from New York City to Pasadena, California, in 1911 took 49 days. (Including the many, many stops.)

Source: Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts by Isaac Asimov, Published by Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated, Sep 1991, ISBN: 0517065037 http://isbn.nu/0517065037/price
Submitted by Ward Batty

Subjects: Airplanes, Speed

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