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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 13, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

From the day you were born till you ride in a hearse, there's nothing so bad but it might have been worse. - American Proverb

Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/pplus/


There were two farmers. One loved his Bible, reverenced the Sabbath, loved his Creator, and believed that he was a prayer-hearing and answering Father.

The other was an infidel, regarding all days alike; he plowed, sowed, reaped, and labored on the seventh the same as on the other six days.

When the harvesting was over, and the grain had all been gathered into barns, the infidel's crop was found to be by far the largest, a hailstorm having visited his friend's farm, destroying the greater part of his grain.

"How now, neighbor Brown?" said the infidel, wishing to turn the joke upon his friend; "you kept the Sabbath, and what have you gained? An empty barn. I have worked on each day of the week alike, and see the result!" and he waved his hand toward his large and well-filled barn.

His neighbor quietly replied, "Friend Gray, God does not settle all His accounts in October."

- Advocate and Guardian

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 18, 1883, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

The Hokey Pokey -- Shakespearean Style!

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke.
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from heaven's yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.

A more modern version:

Put your left foot in,
Your left foot out,
Your left foot in,
And shake it all about.
You do the hokey pokey
And turn yourself around.

Now put your right foot in,
Your right foot out,
Right foot in
Then you shake it all about.
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.

You put your head in,
You put your head out,
Put your head in,
And bang it all about.
Do the Hokey Pokey
And turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about. . . .

Source: Cascade_Express(tm) E-Zine,


A mother sardine was exercising her brood one day, when a submarine went by, leaving them in some disorder. "Don't worry," she reassured her family, "it's just a can full of people."

Source: Top Greetings

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

An article in the official newsletter of the Idaho National Guard's 116th Brigade Combat Team recommends that soldiers refer to five approved "themes" when talking to the media.

The guardsmen, who will deploy to Iraq for one-year tours, should express:

(1) support for the war;
(2) confidence in the superiority of American troops;
(3) pride in being on active duty;
(4) eagerness to work with coalition forces and
(5) appreciation for family and employers.

What? No mention of supporting the constitutional right of free speech?

From: Tacoma New Tribune

Source: Peninsula Daily News, July 18, 2004, http://peninsuladailynews.com

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