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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 15, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. - Earl Gray Stevens

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


Living in both temperate and tropical zones, the pelican is a large water bird with an enormous, elastic pouch on the underside of its bill and front of its upper neck. Usually about five feet long, it is the world's largest web-footed bird, with a wingspread of eight to ten feet. Almost voiceless, this swift swimmer lives in large colonies that cooperate with one another in gathering fish for food.

Many years ago one of these strong, graceful fliers swooped down on an African woman carrying a fish. Frightened, she struck it with a paddle, breaking one leg and crippling its wing. Nearby was Dr. Albert Schweitzer's jungle hospital. Hearing of the accident, the kind doctor took the pelican under his care. In a short time the bird was healed and set free. But this bird, who had always lived in water as part of a large colony of pelicans, refused to leave the doctor. Never was there a better night watchman. His bill frightened any prowler as he faithfully watched and protected his beloved doctor. Love for the one who aided him changed the pelican's entire nature. So love for your Lord can change you from one accustomed to do evil to one who loves to do good.

One of the wildest of animals is the African wild boar. Yet even this fierce, ugly creature can respond to the strange experience of being loved. Dr. Schweitzer adopted a savage hog whom he called Josephine. Treating the animal with much love, Schweitzer gradually saw the fierce, wild nature softening. Before long that wild pig followed the doctor on his visits through the little African village. When the mission bell sounded, the boar ran to the chapel with the doctor.

Source: Stop, Look and Listen by Eileen E. and Jay H. Lantry, Copyright(c)1976 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, LCCN 75-32229

Submitted by Mary Thayne

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Alice was to bake a cake for the church ladies' group bake sale, but she forgot to do it until the last minute. She baked an angel food cake and when she took it from the oven, the center had dropped flat.

She said, "Oh dear, there's no time to bake another cake." So, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake.

Alice found it in the bathroom, a roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and covered it with icing. The finished product looked beautiful, so she rushed it to the church.

Alice then gave her daughter some money and instructions to be at the sale the minute it opened and to buy that cake and bring it home. When the daughter arrived at the sale, the attractive cake had already been sold.

Alice was beside herself. A couple of days later Alice was invited to a friend's home where two tables of bridge were to be played that afternoon. After the game a fancy lunch was served, and to top it off, the cake in question was presented for dessert.

Alice saw the cake, she started to get off her chair to rush into the kitchen to tell her hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, one of the other ladies said, "What a beautiful cake!"

Alice sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess say, "Thank you, . I baked it myself."

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


This flu bug is taking its time
To depart. Its most worrying crime
Is, apart from the sneezing
And coughing and wheezing
This un-inspirational rhyme.

Source: Judy's Jokes for Sunday, mailto:JJs4Sunday-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

REDMOND, Wash. (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday its first hardware products to use fingerprint recognition will go on sale next month, the Seattle Times reported.

The company said three products will use fingerprint readers to log a user onto a computer and store passwords used at Web sites.

Microsoft said it found users have an average of 15 user-name ad password combinations as they navigate the Web. Such high numbers of names and passwords often result in users taping them onto their PCs.

The new readers still require the typing in of user names and passwords once for each Web site.

After that, those fields will automatically fill in when a user returns to those sites and places a finger on the reader. The devices can have multiple users and can store as many passwords as can fit on a computer's hard drive.

Two of the products, a standalone fingerprint reader and a keyboard with a reader, are expected to go on sale in mid-October. A wireless mouse with a fingerprint reader has been delayed until early next year.

Source: ArcaMax Science and Technology, http://www.arcamax.com/cgi-bin/reg

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