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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 19, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a person has of encouragement, sympathy and understanding. - John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/


(1948) We need to avoid rash presumption in deciding that calamity and misfortune are always the due judgments of God. When blindness overtook John Milton, King Charles II chided him by saying that this visitation had come because he had opposed the king’s father, the former ruler.

Calmly, the great man of letters replied: “Nay, if I have lost my sight through God’s judgment, what can you say of your father, who lost his head?”

Cause and effect, the inter-working and outworking of good and evil, are too complex for finite beings to assign unerring reasons for everything that happens today.

By H. W. Lowe

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) May 11, 1948, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Quotes of the Day

Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. - Ambrose Bierce

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home. - Robert Orben

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. - An English Professor, Ohio University

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away. - Ronald Reagan

You live and learn. At any rate, you live. - Douglas Adams

Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html


Returning from a trip to visit my grandmother in Canada, I was stopped by a state trooper in New York for exceeding the speed limit.

Grateful to have received a warning instead of a ticket, I gave him a small bag of my grandmother's delicious chocolate-chip cookies and proceeded on my way.

Later, I was stopped by another trooper.

"What have I done?" I asked.

"Nothing," the trooper said, smiling. "I heard you were passing out great chocolate-chip cookies."

Source: Laugh & Lift, http://www.laughandlift.com/list.html

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

US coastguards had to use a helicopter to rescue a man who climbed a 60ft pine tree to retrieve his pet parrot.

William Hart, 35, from Montgomery County, near Houston, Texas, followed his £1,000 white cockatoo Geronimo after it escaped its cage.

After he got stuck, about 30 Sheriff's deputies and firefighters converged on the tree but the ground was too wet to get a ladder near the tree.

Houston Police Department's water rescue team then tried to reach Mr Hart with a rope, but it was not long enough.

As daylight began to fade, the decision was made to call in the coastguard from Galveston, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"In my 18 years as a firefighter, I've never seen anything like this," Porter Fire Chief Jody Binnion said.

Apart from a few scratches and a bite on his finger where the frightened bird nipped him, Mr Hart was unscathed and relieved to be back on solid ground.

Cradling the shaking bird in his arms, he said he was surprised by all the fuss, but had no regrets: "He's my baby. I'd do it again."

His 14-year-old daughter had forgotten to put the latch back on Geronimo's cage after feeding him and the bird had flown out the bedroom window.

Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com

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