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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 30, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Whatever you can do or dream you can do, do it now. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. Begin it now. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


A well-to-do deacon in an Eastern State was one morning accosted by his pastor, who said: "Poor Widow Green's wood is out. Can you not take her a cord?"

"Well," answered the deacon, "I have the wood and I have the team; but who is to pay me for it?"

The pastor replied, "I will pay you for it, on condition that you read the first three verses of the forty-first Psalm before you go to bed tonight."

The deacon consented, delivered the wood, and at night opened the Word of God and read the passage:--

"Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth; and Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing; Thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness."

A few days afterwards the pastor met him again.

"How much do I owe you, deacon, for that cord of wood?"

"O!" said the now-enlightened man, "do not speak of payment; I did not know those promises were in the Bible. I would not take money for supplying the widow's wants." - Author Unknown

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 18, 1899, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

The late Erma Bombeck made these New Year's resolutions:

1. I'm going to clean this dump just as soon as the kids grow up.

2. I will go to no doctor whose office plants have died.

3. I'm going to follow my husband's suggestion to put a little excitement into my life by living within our budget.

4. I'm going to apply for a hardship scholarship to Weight Watchers.

5. I will never loan my car to anyone I have given birth to.

6. And just like last year... I am going to remember that my children need love the most when they deserve it the least.

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2003, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm


The diplomat was cornered at an official function by a more-or-less attractive woman who challenged him to guess her age.

Without missing a beat, he answered gallantly, "Madam, your question presents a rare challenge for me; I cannot decide whether to say how young you must be because of your fresh beauty, or how old you must be because of your obvious wisdom."

Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Washington, DC – January 28, 2004 –The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today unveiled the National Cyber Alert System, an operational system delivering to Americans timely and actionable information to better secure their computer systems.

As part of this program, Homeland Security is making available a series of information products targeted for home users and technical experts in businesses and government agencies. These e-mail products will provide timely information on computer security vulnerabilities, potential impact, and action required to mitigate threats, as well as PC security "best practices" and "how to" guidance.

The new National Cyber Alert System security suite of products includes:

Cyber Security Tips: Targeted at non-technical home and corporate computer users, the bi-weekly Tips provide information on best computer security practices and "how-to" information. Sign up at http://www.us-cert.gov/cas
or send an e-mail to: majordomo@us-cert.gov with the message: subscribe security-tips

Cyber Security Alerts - Non-technical: Cyber Security Alerts provide real-time information about security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits currently occurring. Alerts encourage all users to take rapid action. Sign up at http://www.us-cert.gov/cas
or send an e-mail to: majordomo@us-cert.gov with the message: subscribe alerts

For more information visit www.us-cert.gov

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