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WIT&WISDOM - January 1, 1999
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
Source: Something To Think About Judib@kktv.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
May God make your year a happy one - Not by shielding you from all sorrow and pain, but by strengthening you to bear it if it comes. Not by making your path easy, but by making you sturdy enough to tread any path. Not by taking hardships from you, but by taking all cowardice and fear from your heart as you meet hardships. Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, but by keeping your face bright even in the shadows. Not by making your life always pleasant, but by showing you where man and his cause need you most and by making you zealous to be there and to help. Not by keeping you from every battle, but by bringing you off every field more than conqueror through Christ "Who loves you." - by Cleland B. Mcafee
Source: Sunday Side-up
Submitted by Larry Reed
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The nurse approached him, smiling. "The labor is going great," she said. "Wouldn't you like to come in?"
"Oh, no." The man shook his head.
The nurse returned to the mother's side, and the labor progressed smoothly. As the birth neared, the nurse returned to the man, now pacing frantically in the hall. "She's doing so well," she assured him. "Wouldn't you like to at least come in and see her?"
The man seemed to hesitate slightly, then shook his head again. "No, no, I couldn't do that." He jingled car keys in his sweaty palm and resumed his pacing.
The nurse went back into the room and coached Mom's valiant efforts in pushing the baby into the world. As the baby's head began to exit the birth canal, the nurse raced to the hall, grabbed the man by his elbow, and dragged him to the bedside saying, "You have got to see this!"
At that very moment, the baby boy was born and placed on the tummy of the mother whose radiant smile shone through her tears. The man began to cry openly. Turning to the nurse, he sobbed. "You were right! This is the greatest moment in my life!"
By now, the nurse, too, was tearful. She put her arm around him, and he rested his head on her shoulder. She soothed, "No one should miss the birth of their son."
"This isn't my son," the man blubbered. "This isn't even my wife. I've never seen her fore in my life. I was just bringing the car keys to my buddy across the hall!"
By LeAnn Thieman from A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Hearts & Rekindle the Spirit, By Canfield, Jack; Hawthorne, Jennifer R.; Shimoff, Marci, Published by Health Communications, Incorporated, December 1998, ISBN: 1558746226 http://isbn.nu/1558746226/price
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"My wife and I lead out in a primary class at church. In a particular lesson on Jesus and the 12 disciples crossing a stormy lake Galilee in a fishing boat, we had the kids participate by having some hold hands and forming an outline of the boat based on some dimensions found in an archeology article and 13 others sitting 'inside' the boat. After the lesson as the kids were returning to their respective seats, two late comers arrived. One youngster spoke out in greeting his friend and trying to explain what they had just experienced:
'Peter, you have just missed the boat'!"
By Braam Oberholster, South Africa
Submitted by Braam Oberholster
Why is it called a "grandfather clock"? Christiaan Huygens, the physicist and astronomer who discovered Saturn's rings, patented the first pendulum clock in the mid-seventeenth century. For years, his creation was called by the unimaginative name "the weight and pendulum clock."
Then, in 1876, Henry Clay Work wrote a popular song about his grandfather's clock and unwittingly renamed the invention. As a result of his song, called "Grandfather's Clock," people began to call the 200-year-old invention "grandfather clock," showing once again music's strong effect on society. Main Source: Microsoft Bookshelf
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