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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 9, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Horace Walpole

Source: Carol?s Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/


When my grandmother was 89 years old she was having problems with her heart. My family went with her to the cardiologist who told her that she had a serious heart condition which required surgery. However, the eminent physician warned that because of my grandmother's age, complications could arise. He went on to say that due to her age, during the operation my grandmother would have a 40% chance of having a heart attack, a 35% chance of having a stroke, a 30% chance of dying on the operating room table...

My grandmother, shocked, quickly interrupted the doctor and said, "Doctor, as long as you're talking about statistics, THERE'S A 100% CHANCE OF YOU NOT OPERATING ON ME!" With these words, my grandmother got up and left the doctor's office.

My grandmother might be stubborn, but she's not a fool. So the next day she went to another doctor where he too told her she needed surgery. He also stated that her age might cause a problem, BUT he was telling her in a way that was positive as opposed to the negative way of the previous day.

My grandmother then asked the doctor, "If I were your mother, what would you recommend?"

The doctor walked up to her, smiled, put her arm around her, and said, "Mom, let's have the operation!"

She had the operation and came out fine! Her positive attitude (which is vital to her and everyone) added seven more wonderful, happy years to enjoy life and her family.

My grandmother passed away a few weeks before her 97th birthday, however, because of her positive attitude she gave us (her family and friends) almost eight more years of her full life to enjoy sharing with her.

By Michael Jordan Segal (c) copyright 2001, all rights reserved, mailto:segal@allworld.net

Shot in the head as an innocent bystander to a robbery, Michael Segal defied all odds by returning to college, earning two degrees with honors, marrying his high school sweetheart, Sharon, and together they have a daughter, Shawn. Mike is a social worker at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, an author, and much in demand inspirational/motivational speaker sharing his recipe for recovery and happiness. Please visit http://www.allworld.net/segal or call Sterling International Speakers Bureau, toll free in the USA or Canada, at 1 877 226 1003 for more information.

This story was published in Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul, http://isbn.nu/1558749748

Used with permission by Richard Wimer 3/9/04

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A man is struck in the head by a rock during a heated demonstration. A woman rushes over, kneels down and places his head in her lap.

"Are you comfortable?" she asks.

"Oh, I do okay." he replied. "Some part time work here & there and I have a pretty good stock portfolio."

The Lame Humor List mailto:lamehumor@absoluterobeo.com


"If you can't open a child proof bottle, use pliers or ask your child." - Bruce Lansky

Source: Heart Touchers, http://www.hearttouchers.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Most people with an interest in the current Mars missions know about the main NASA "Rovers" page at:


But there are some amazing sub sites buried elsewhere on the NASA site. Even if you don't care a whit about Mars, the way these pages present information and blend text, audio, and video animation is something to see. Check out:


and also see the 'M2K4" (Mars 2004) link in the upper right corner of this page:

Source: LangaList, http://www.langa.com/

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