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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 22, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:


I once heard about a police department in New England that implemented an interesting program. A lady told of a similar experience to mine. She was driving along when she saw those same lights in her rearview mirror!

The officer leaned over to her window and said, "Here's a ticket, Ma'am, commending you for such good driving! It's great to have people who obey the law as well as you do and we want to acknowledge you for it!"

Others in the town began sharing similar stories. They shared the odd feelings of having a policeman pull them over to give them a compliment! It's unfortunate that our first reaction when we see a policeman is usually fear! They wanted to change that to an attitude of relief, of gratitude and so this New England community was pro-actively managing that direction! Congratulations to them!

Steve Herbert

Source: A Joke a Day http://www.topica.com/lists/ajokeaday7

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Quips & Quotes

Lenny Bruce:
"When you are eight years old, nothing is any of your business."

Herbert Hoover
"Blessed are the young, For they shall inherit the national debt."

Adlai Stevenson:
"In America, anyone can become president. That's one of the risks you take."

P. J. O'Rourke:
"Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs."

Steven Wright:
"I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly."

Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day


Students at school were asked to write about the harmful effects of oil on fish. One 11-year old wrote, "When my mom opened a tin of sardines last night it was full of oil and all the sardines were dead."

Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:pulpit-supply-subscribe@strategicnetwork.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Animal control officers in Corpus Christi, Texas, picked up a skunk this month (Jun-04) and placed it in the city's pound.

Unsure how to care for the 3-week-old skunk, employees placed it with a mother cat and her two newborn kittens, the cat accepted it and began to nurse it.

Since the city can't keep wild animals, Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) was called and offered the chance to save the skunk.

"But there was a hitch," Tony Amos, ARC facility director, said. "We had to take the cat as well. Generally, we don't take domestic animals, but this is an unusual case."

Amos ended up driving the cat, her two kittens and the skunk back to the shelter in Port Aransas on June 2.

Amos said the cat and the skunk have strengthened their bond since they've arrived at ARK. The cats snuggle up together with the skunk. Sadly one kitten died, but the other happily frolics with the skunk.

Because ARK is dedicated to returning animals to the wild, the skunk's glands are being left intact. Some volunteers already have noticed "some smell."

Amos said that once the skunk is weaned, it would be set free. As for the cat and her other kitten, well, they will be placed up for adoption. They smell better.

Amos said he's confident a loving home will be found for the cats, noting that one woman from Chicago has called inquiring about adopting the mother.

Adapted from:
A tale of 2 tails in Port Aransas
Web Posted: 06/20/2004, http://www.mysanantonio.com/
By Jeorge Zarazua
Express-News Staff Writer

Submitted by Kiri Christina Hyatt

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