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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 28, 2007
Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. - Joseph Addison
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It's a girl," boasted Heather. She was almost as proud as if it were a real child. But instead, she stood there with this brick in her hand. "Her name is Beatrice."
For a few moments I thought the girls were carrying the bricks just for exercise. Not so. Heather assured me. The bricks were to remind them of respect. The story then unfolded.
"You see," she explained, "we were being rude to each other. The staff gave us a small pebble to remind us to be courteous. It didn't help. Soon we even fired off sarcastic remarks to the adults standing around. That earned all of us a brick apiece."
She confided even further, "We carried them everywhere for a full day—plus we could not talk. Now I'm sort of attached—especially since we had to name them and write an essay about our 'brick of respect"'.
Heather's friend declared, "I promised Daisy, my brick, I'd try my best to be respectful so I wouldn't have to carry her around anymore!"
Another girl chided, "It's better to tough it out and carry her, than try to carry an even bigger brick called disrespectfulness. That brick weighs over 200 tons!"
We smiled. The message had gotten through.
Learning respect is one of the added bonuses young people experience at PATCH. It's wonderful to see a child light up when they learn something new to help them be a better person!
By Tom Sanford, Executive Director of Project PATCH
Project PATCH Is A Safe, Christian-based Therapeutic Residential Treatment Facility For
At-risk Youth Ages 12 to 17 Whose Lives Are In Chaos. http://projectpatch.org/
Submitted by Darlene
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Wisdom From Military Experiences
Part 3 of 3 [September 12, 20, 28]
"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
"Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club."
"Never trade luck for skill."
"Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight."
"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"
"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime." (sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970)
"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal."
As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks "What happened?" The pilot's reply: "I don't know. I just got here myself!" (attributed to Ray Crandell, Lockheed test pilot)
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
During their 50th anniversary wedding celebration at a banquet in their honor, my Dad was asked to give a brief account of the benefits achieved from being married for so long.
My father stood up, thought for a long moment, then said, "Well, I've learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, meekness, forbearance, self-restraint, forgiveness, and...." he paused.
"And?" someone cried out from the back of the room.
"...and a great many other qualities you wouldn't have needed if you'd stayed single!" my father exclaimed.
The room erupted in laughter.
Source: Mark Mail, http://mrhumor.net/
New York (UPI) -- A known New York drug smuggler faces possession charges for allegedly stowing 35 pounds of marijuana in a locker near the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The storage locker where Roger Golden stashed his stash was in a self-storage facility with two entrances -- one conveniently in the lobby of the DEA building, the New York Post reported Monday.
Drug agents walking to the office passed the self-storage business caught a whiff, said John Gilbride, head of the office. They brought in a drug-sniffing dog, which plunked down in front of Golden's locker.
"Here's a guy that has been known to drug law enforcement for 30 years and he picks, of all places, to store his marijuana in a storage facility connected to the New York office of the DEA," said John Gilbride, head of the office.
Copyright 2007 by United Press International
Source: ArcaMax - Trivia, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44