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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 8, 2004
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Kahlil Gibran, poet
Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Michael and I hardly noticed when the waitress came and placed the plates on our table. We were seated in a small deli tucked away from the bustle of Third Street in New York City. Even the smell of our recently arrived blintzes was no challenge to our excited chatter. In fact, the blintzes remained slumped in their sour cream for quite some time. We were enjoying ourselves too much to eat.
As our sweet conversation continued, my eyes glanced across the restaurant, stopping at the small corner booth where an elderly couple sat. The woman's floral-print dress seemed as faded as the cushion on which she had rested her worn handbag. The top of the mans head was as shiny as the soft-boiled egg he slowly nibbled. She also ate her oatmeal at a slow, almost tedious pace.
But what drew my thoughts to them was their undisturbed silence. It seemed to me that a melancholy emptiness permeated their little corner. As the exchange between Michael and me fluctuated from laughs to whispers, confessions to assessments, this couples poignant stillness called to me. How sad, I thought, not to have anything left to say. Wasn't there any page that they had not yet turned in each others stories? What if that happened to us?
Michael and I paid our small tab and got up to leave the restaurant. As we walked by the corner where the old couple sat, I accidentally dropped my wallet. Bending over to pick it up, I noticed that under the table, each of their free hands was gently cradled in the others. They had been holding hands all this time!
I stood up feeling humbled by the simple yet profound act of connection I had just been privileged to witness. Theirs was a comfortable, relaxed ease, a gentle love that did not always need words to express itself.
Source: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples, By Dobson, James C.; Dobson, Shirley Published by Multnomah Pub (September 1, 2000), ISBN: 1576736741, http://isbn.nu/1576736741
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Short for 'electronic mail,' a form of Internet communication that provides computer users with a convenient and highly efficient method of wasting the hundreds of working hours saved annually by the introduction of data-processing systems.
The tendency of everything in the universe to end up being owned by Bill Gates.
Tendency for parts of the same file to be scattered over non continuous sectors of a disk, which can cause long waits for files to be read.
An acronym, rhyme, or other memory aid,. Ironically, there is no known recollection-enhancing device that has helped anyone remember how to spell 'mnemonic.'
Source: Sunday Funnies, http://www.net153.com/best.htm
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Scientists are complaining that the new Dinosaur movie shows dinosaurs with lemurs, who didn't evolve for another million years. They're afraid the movie will give kids a mistaken impression. What about the fact that the dinosaurs are singing and dancing?" -- Jay Leno
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Source: How Stuff Works, http://www.howstuffworks.com