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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 30, 1999
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One hot summer day a little more than 100 years ago, a young medical student was going from house to house in a farming community in Maryland, selling books to earn money to pay for his education. Late one afternoon he called at a farmhouse where the only one at home was a teenage girl. After he made his presentation, the girl said, "I'm so sorry, but my mother is a widow and we can't afford to buy books."
The young man then asked, "Would you be so kind as to give me a drink of water?" "Sure. But we have plenty of milk in the spring house. Wouldn't you rather have a glass of cold milk instead?" "I would be most grateful," the young man replied.
Years passed. The medical student became a skilled physician. One day while making his rounds he thought he recognized a patient as the person who, as a girl, had been kind to him. She, however, was too sick to recognize him. Things began to happen. The young woman was moved to a private room and given the finest care medical science could offer.
One day a nurse said to her, "Tomorrow you're going home." "I'm glad," said the patient, "but the bill worries me." "Let me go get it, and we'll see how much it is." The nurse returned with the treasurer of the hospital, who presented the bill to the patient. She glanced at the bottom line. She was shocked at the high amount! But then she noticed these words written across the statement: "Paid in full by a glass of milk. Howard A. Kelly, M.D."
By Donald & Vesta Mansell in "Sure as the Dawn," copyright (c) 1993
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
SIGNS THAT DON'T QUITE GIVE THE INTENDED MESSAGE?
Part 3 of 3 [Nov 11,19,30]
On the menu of a New Orleans restaurant . . . "Blackened bluefish"
On an established New Mexico dry cleaning store . . . "Thirty-eight years on the same spot."
On a New York convalescent home . . . "For the sick and tired of the Episcopal Church"
Outside a country shop in West Virginia . . . "We buy junk and sell antiques."
In a Tacoma, Washington men's clothing store . . . "15 men's wool suits - $100 - They won't last an hour!"
A sign seen on a restroom dryer at O'Hare Field in Chicago . . . "Do not activate with wet hands."
In a New York restaurant . . . "Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager."
On a poster on a telephone pole in Oregon . . ."Are you an adult that cannot read? If so, we can help."
On the grounds of a private school in Connecticut . . . "No trespassing without permission."
In a Texas funeral parlor … "Ask about our layaway plan."
In front of a New Hampshire car wash … "If you can't read this, it's time to wash your car."
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Thoughts from a college student in her freshman year . . .
I thought you might appreciate my new outlook on life. Although I have hated laundry throughout my entire life, I now realize that it is the only thing I possess some amount of skill in. It is the only thing I can do well and feel proud of. It is so wonderful to throw in that dryer sheet and send my wet clothes spinning dry . . . And there is a wonderful feeling of satisfaction to having done three loads of laundry without incidence or failure. Therefore, I am going to become a Chinese Laundryman. Naturally, there are a few problems with this, namely that I am not Chinese and I am not a man, but I'm pretty sure that these things can be overlooked. However, if they cannot be overlooked, my second choice is lobstering.
Where do pink dolphins live? . . . In the Amazon River and its tributaries there are dolphins that are bright pink. There are also pink dolphins in Hong Kong Harbor, and off the coasts of southeast Asia.
The Amazon pink dolphins are completely freshwater animals, never venturing into the sea. They are adapted to the Amazon forest environment. When the floods come, they can swim right into the flooded forest, nimbly navigating between the drowned tree trunks.
The pink dolphins in Hong Kong Harbor are a small group of about 250 animals that form a subspecies of the Chinese white dolphin.
More about pink dolphins, river dolphins, and white dolphins:
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