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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 11, 2002
Real joy comes not from riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.
Source: Mr. Mom's Mailing List, http://mrmom.amaonline.com/
Subjects: Happiness, Wealth, Praise
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others - a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors, created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and held in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation http://www.pointsoflight.org On the most recent Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 27, 2001, nearly 2 million Americans reached out to help others. Here is one of their stories:
GIVING PARENTS STRENGTH
In 2000, cancer patient Nicholas Marriam of Edgewater, Maryland and his parents endured 172 exhausting days at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. One small moment from that ordeal made a big impression on Nick. "He remembered," says his morn, Angel, "that when a friend of mine brought me a gift basket containing soap and shampoo, I cried."
Then happier times came. Nick went to a camp for children with cancer. And he returned with a mission.
"He came home and said, 'Mom, we have to do Make A Difference Day.'
"I said, 'What's that?'
'And he said, 'You know, it's that day when you do nice things for other people.'
"So we did."
Nick's "nice thing" was easy to pick: gift bags for exhausted parents and ill children at his old hospital. Nick - with the help of his mother, his third-grade class, employees at Coca-Cola, TGIFriday's and the Washington Capitals hockey team, to name a few - gathered $7,500 in supplies, enough for 166 gift bags - with toiletries, gift certificates, disposable cameras, movie passes, hockey tickets and pizza coupons.
It made a great mess. "On the way to the hospital," Nick says, "the whole entire back of the van and the middle of the van were stacked full of stuff It was like there was a tornado of Make A Difference Day bags!"
Soon, Nick whirled through the hospital in a doctor's costume, excitedly delivering the bags to eager boys and girls and their weary, worried parents.
"The emotions all started flooding back to my husband and me," Angel says. "We watched the parents' faces as the kids' eyes lit up at the sight of visitors bearing gifts. The looks of hope that this will be their child someday, full of strength, with a head of hair. We all cried - we all smiled."
Nick can't wait to do something big for Make A Difference Day this fall. It's fun to give help, he says. "It's like Christmas."
Source: USA Weekend, April 19-21, 2002, http://usaweekend.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Captain Frank and some of the boys were exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one about how his grandfather led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brilliant maneuvers he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription "To Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership. World War I. From the Men of Battalion 8." Captain Frank looked at Art and said, "You really don't expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?" What's wrong with the story?
World War I wasn't called "World War I" until World War II.
Source: A Riddle A Day http://www.RemyMail.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance. - King George V
Source: Quotation-Gazette http://www.quotationdepot.com/gazette/
Subjects: One Liners
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found naturally in your body. It helps make hormones and other chemicals. You need some cholesterol, but too much can clog your arteries and cause heart disease.
Even if your cholesterol is "average" (around 215 mg%) you have a 50% chance of developing heart disease. A much healthier level is below 150. Each time you lower your level 1% you lower your chances of dying of heart disease by 2 to 3%.
Source: The Quiet Hour Echoes, Copyright (c) May 2002, http://www.thequiethour.org/
Subjects: Cholesterol, Health, Diet