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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 24, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat. - Christy Mathewson (1878 - 1925), Hall of Fame baseball player

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies


The pencil maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. "There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world," he said. "Always remember these five things, and you'll be a great pencil.

"One: You are capable of many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.

"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.

"Three: You have the ability to correct the mistakes you make.

"Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.

"And Five: On every surface where you are used, regardless of its condition, you must leave your mark."

The pencil understood and promised to remember.

Author Unknown

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) February 2004, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A friend and I were at my house, practicing for a concert that featured a piano and flute duet of Summer, from composer Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. To keep
my dog from interrupting us (she likes to "sing" along), I cracked open the sliding door to the backyard so she could come and go as she pleased.

As Carol and I practiced, the birds in the backyard seemed to get louder and louder. The song has several sections where flute notes are answered by silence, but instead we heard answering calls of "tweet, tweet". At one point, the calls were so loud we thought a bird was trapped in a house vent.

We decided we should run through the song one more time. Bird calls answered the flute every time, right up to the final notes. When we finished, there was a moment of silence,
and then we heard the flutter of wings. Carol and I turned just in time to see a large male cardinal fly off the bookshelf and out the sliding door.

By Sheila Guevin
Montgomery, Alabama

Source: Birds & Blooms, June / July 2004, http://www.birdsandblooms.com


My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I've only been jogging once and feel ten years older already.

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Health Folklore or Fact?
Part 4 of 5 [May 3, 10, 17, 24, June 1]

Folklore: Eggplant helps hearts.

Fact: In studies, eggplant cuts cholesterol and discourages artery clogs. Now USDA scientists find eggplant flesh is packed with a potent antioxidant, chlorogenic acid, which
fights bacteria, viruses, cancer and cholesterol. Eat the skin; it has antioxidants, too.

By Jean Carper a nutrition authority. Sign-up for a free newsletter at http://JeanCarper.com

Source: USA Weekend, March 19-21, 2004, http://usaweekend.com

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