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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 23, 2007
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A pastor looked over the assembled members for his Thursday afternoon confirmation class. Only one teenager was there for the class that should have been filled with fifteen youths. Only one young girl was there to benefit from the pastor's knowledge and preparation. Only she had prepared her assignment from the week before. The lone member of the class was a thirteen-year-old girl. Her mother had left her job as a waitress in order to pick her daughter up at school and have her at the class on time.
Her mother had told the pastor at the beginning of the series of confirmation classes, "I did not have the benefit of a church when I was growing up. I am determined that things will go better for my daughter than they went for me."
Her mother was definitely determined. Determination was her middle name. She would move any mountain in order to ensure that her daughter participated in all church activities.
At first the pastor considered canceling the class. After all, only one student was present. But the determination and dedication of the mother and her daughter moved him. He went ahead with the class. After all, the mother's dedication ought to be rewarded with at least this much response from the church.
Ten years later, when the pastor returned to that church, a beautiful young woman came up and introduced herself to him. She was a new teacher, specializing in children with learning disabilities. She was also an officer in the church, a leader of the young adults' group. Then the pastor remembered: She was the lone little girl in the confirmation class that Thursday afternoon ten years ago. She was the fruit of her mother's determination that her daughter would receive a blessing from the church.
King Duncan, Collected Sermons
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Sarah and Dick were having dinner with a couple they'd not seen for several years. Each couple tried to recapture knowledge of the other by recounting their histories.
"And soon after we were married," Sarah began, "we were blessed with a marvelous, chubby creature with cute bow legs and no teeth."
"You had a baby, I presume," said the other husband.
"Nope," Dick broke in, "Sarah's mother came to live with us."
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
In the middle of one of Henry Ward Beecher's most potent political speeches, a member of the crowd gave a perfect imitation of a cock crowing. While the audience roared with laughter, the speaker gave no sign of annoyance, but removed his watch and studied it while the noise died down.
"That's odd," Beecher said at last. "My watch says it's ten o'clock, but there can't be any mistake. It must be morning, for the instincts of the lower animals are absolutely infallible."
Submitted by Lorraine
Hundreds of passengers on a train in India were asked by the driver to get out and push.
The train, in the state of Bihar in eastern India, came to a halt when a passenger pulled the emergency cord, reports Metro.
But it stopped in a 'neutral zone' - a small section of the track in which there's no electrical current in the overhead wires.
The passengers were forced to get off the train and it took them half-an-hour to push it the remaining 12 feet into the powered stretch of the line.
A spokesman for Indian Railways commented: "In so many years of service in the railways, I have never come across such a bizarre incident."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com