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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 13, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

My grandmother used to tell me that every boss is temporary, that every rainy day is temporary, that every hardship is temporary. She used to tell me, "Son, every goodbye ain't gone. Just hold on - there's joy coming in the morning." - James Melvin Washington

Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2003 Swan Lake Communications, http://www.swanlake.twoffice.com


Back in grade school I took part in the long-standing tradition of handing out valentines to classmates. Mom would buy a box of around 30 cards for me to personalize and give out to every girl in my class. Some students only offered valentines to classmates they "liked" or were fond of; I made sure every girl in my class received one. "Be Mine," one card read; "My Heart Belongs to You," read another. Unfortunately the cards didn't help much, as the girls wanted nothing to do with me.

According to legend, Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular military campaigns. Claudius the Cruel, as he was known at the time, was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome.

This was when a Christian priest named Valentine came to defend love in the empire. Valentine began secretly marrying couples despite the emperor's orders. When Emperor Claudius was informed of these ceremonies, Valentine was sent to prison, where he remained until his death on February 14 in the year 270. It wasn't until a few hundred years later that Valentine's Day began to develop as we know it. At the time, Christianity was beginning to take control of Europe.

This Valentine's Day I hope you will shower the people you love with cards, candies and gifts, but I also hope you will take the time to remember the Valentine of valentines--Jesus Christ bringing the Father's message: Be Mine.

Source: Mike Collins' E-Column, Mike is a syndicated columnist, broadcaster and author of Christian related material. To subscribe visit: http://www.mikecollins.biz/

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Valentine's Food For Thought

Cabbage always has a heart;
Green beans string along.
You're such a cute tomato,
Will you peas to me belong?

You've been the apple of my eye,
You know how much I care
So lettuce get together,
We'd make a perfect pear.

Now, something's sure to turnip
To prove you can't be beet;
So, if you carrot all for me
Let's let our tulips meet.

Don't squash my hopes and dreams now,
Bee my honey, dear;
Or tears will fill potato's eyes,
While sweet corn lends an ear.

I'll cauliflower shop and say,
Your dreams are parsley mine.
I'll work and share my celery,
So be my Valentine.

By Jeanne Losey

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


Some people are extremely impressed when you tell them you're a Navy SEAL. Case in point: My grandson's pre-K class on Career Day. I regaled them with stories of my exploits in the military. After I finished, hands shot up into the air all over the classroom. The kids were eager to ask questions.

"So," asked one little girl, "can you balance a ball on the end of your nose?"

Submitted by Dave and Barbara

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

I Know You Are out There, I Can Hear You Snoring.

IBM has invented a device that keeps motorists awake by asking them trivia questions, telling jokes and shooting a stream of cold water into the driver's face.

Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) September 15, 2003, http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry

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