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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 16, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. – William Bennett

Source: The Stewpot


In his Tuesday Mornings newsletter, Tom Barnard shares this: In her book, Especially for a Woman (Thomas Nelson), Ann Kiemel Anderson remembered a story told her by her sister, Jan. Here is a cutting from the story:

Jan taught 3rd grade once, a long time ago. One bright-eyed boy would stand at her desk, watch her, talk to her, and all the while wrapping his finger around a piece of her hair into a little curl. He thought Jan was the shining star in the night. Over and over, however, he did poorly in his work assignments and daily quizzes.

One day Jan stopped, looked at him, and said, "Rodney, you are very smart. You could be doing so well in school. In fact, you are one of my finest students . . . " Before she could continue to tell him that he should be doing much better in school, he looked up at her with sober, large eyes. "I did not know that!"

From that moment on, Rodney began to change. His papers were neater, cleaner and his spelling improved. He was one of her top students -- all because she affirmed him. She told him something no one ever had before, and it changed his life.

Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

What your coffee drink tells about you . . .

Cappuccino... You are basically the average relationship person (like the flat white)except you have the occasional spark, the occasional "froth", maybe even the occasional romance ....

Cafe Latte...You are the soft, sensitive type (and maybe just a bit on the trendy side).

Espresso/short black...You are passionate, intense and strong in a relationship. However, you don't last very long in one.

Macchiato... (for those who don't know, it's an espresso with a dash of milk) You are like the short black, except in your strength and intensity, you have a soft, sensitive spot. However, you don't last very long either.

Long Black... In my mind, the best: same as the short black strong, passionate, intense, but you'll also go all the way and last the mile in a relationship.

Vienna.. You're sweet but without much substance.

Irish coffee... You are wild and like to lose control in a relationship. You like to have a little fun, but might not be everyone's "cup of joe".

Mocha/mocha...You can't make up your mind. You're indecisive about relationships - whether you're going to commit or just be friends (see chocolate section below).

Hot chocolate (with hot water)...You just like to be friends with everyone. You're not really looking for a relationship.

Hot chocolate (with hot milk)... You just like to be friends with everyone. AND everyone loves you as a friend, 'cause you're extra sweet and sensitive.

Iced Coffee...You can't commit to a relationship. You won't get serious.

Iced Chocolate...You just want to be friends with everyone but you can't commit as a friend.

Milkshakes and smoothies... You're still into teenage, puppy-love.

Submitted by B. B.


My brother and his wife started their family in their early 40s. One day my sister-in-law and I were commiserating about the effects of time marching on. "I just got my first pair of glasses," she said, and paused as her two preschool boys thundered past her. "Now if only my hearing would go."

Submitted by Diana

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Master Violinist Joshua Bell emerged from the Metro and positioned himself against a wall beside a trash basket. By most measures, he was nondescript—a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money and began to play.

For the next 45 minutes, in the D.C. Metro on January 12, 2007, Bell played Mozart and Schubert as over 1,000 people streamed by, most hardly taking notice. If they would have, they might have recognized the young man for the world-renowned violinist he is. They also may have noted the violin he played—a rare Stradivari worth over $3 million. It was all part of a project arranged by The Washington Post—"an experiment in context, perception, and priorities—as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste. In a banal setting, at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?"

Just three days earlier, Joshua Bell sold out Boston Symphony Hall, with ordinary seats going for $100. In the subway, Bell garnered about $32 from the 27 people who stopped long enough to give a donation.

Source: Preaching Today, http://tinyurl.com/328jd

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