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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 15, 2004
Do one small thing immediately often this is all you need to do to get started. - Brian Tracy
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/
~~~~~~~ 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 man's 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 couple's poignant stillness called to me. How sad, I thought, not to have anything left to say. Wasn't there any page that they hadn't 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!
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:
For months Bill had been Lynn's devoted admirer. Now, at long last, he had collected up sufficient courage to ask her the most momentous of all questions.
"There are quite a lot of advantages to being a bachelor," Bill began, "but there comes a time when one longs for the companionship of another being, a being who will regard one as perfect, as an idol; whom one can treat as one's absolute own; who will be kind and faithful when times are hard; who will share one's joys and sorrows."
To his delight, Bill saw a sympathetic gleam in Lynn's eyes. Then she nodded in agreement. Finally, Lynn responded,
"I think it's a great idea! Can I help you choose which puppy to buy?"
Source: Clean Laugh, http://www.cybersaltlists.org/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The first Sunday after my husband and I bought a new car, we parked in the last row of the church lot, not wanting to be ostentatious. While talking with friends my husband, Byron, accidentally hit the panic button on his electronic key. Immediately our car's horn blared and its lights flashed. Watching Byron fumble with the button, his friend teased, "Wouldn't it have been in better taste to put a few lines in the church bulletin?"
Contributed by Dona Mowry
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c), http://www.readersdigest.com/
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megapixel digital stills and 30-second video clips – both of which can be downloaded to your computer or viewed instantaneously on the pop-up color LCD screen. Smartest feature: Video is constantly being recorded behind the scenes. When you see something you like, just press the capture button and the binoculars automatically save the last 30 seconds. Price: $600
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Source: Popular Science, Copyright © December 2003, http://popsci.com