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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 7, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

The fact that you are willing to say, "I do not understand, and it is fine," is the greatest understanding you could exhibit. - Wayne Dyer

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Several years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. It was the most difficult time I have ever faced. I think it was my sense of humor that allowed me to hold onto my sanity. Like many people who have gone through chemotherapy, I lost all of my hair and I was bald as a cue ball. I always had enjoyed wearing hats, so when my hair deserted me, I ordered several special hats with the hair already attached. It was easy and I never had to worry about how my hair looked.

I have always been a big golf fan. In fact, I have been to twenty-three straight U.S. Opens. At one point during my cancer treatments, my husband John and I decided to get away from the cold Minnesota winter and took a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. There was a Senior PGA Tour event called The Tradition being played, and that seemed like just the ticket to lift my spirits.

The first day of the tournament brought out a huge gallery. It was a beautiful day, and I was in heaven. I was standing just off the third tee, behind the fairway ropes, watching my three favorite golfers in the world approach the tee box: Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Tom Weiskopf.

Just as they arrived at the tee, the unimaginable happened. A huge gust of wind came up from out of nowhere and blew my hat and hair right off my head and into the middle of the fairway! The thousands of spectators lining the fairway fell into an awkward silence, all eyes on me. Even my golf idols were watching me, as my hair was in their flight path. I was mortified! Embarrassed as I was, I knew I couldn't just stand there. Someone had to do something to get things moving again.

So I took a deep breath, went under the ropes and out into the middle of the fairway. I grabbed my hat and hair, nestled them back on my head as best I could. Then I turned to the golfers and loudly announced, "Gentlemen, the wind is blowing from left to right."
They said the laughter could be heard all the way to the nineteenth hole.

By Christine Clifford from Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeff Aubery and Mark & Chrissy Donnelly, copyright 1999 Hansen and Canfield

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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


My Mother taught me LOGIC. . .
"If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the store with me."

My Mother taught me MEDICINE. . .
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD. . .
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!"

My Mother taught me ESP. . .
"Put your sweater on; don't you think that I know when you're cold?"

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE. . .
"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you. . . Don't talk back to me!"

My Mother taught me HUMOR. . .
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT. . .
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

My mother taught me about GENETICS. . .
"You are just like your father!"

My mother taught me about my ROOTS. . .
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE. . .
"When you get to be my age, you will understand."

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. . .
"Just wait until your father gets home."

and my all time favorite thing - JUSTICE
"One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU . . . then you'll see what it's like."

(Alice Bryan)


A car was involved in an accident. As expected a large crowd gathered. A newspaper reporter, anxious to get his story, could not get near the car.

Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, "Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim."

The crowd made way for him.

Lying in front of the car was a donkey.

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

On January 8, 1815, two thousand men were killed and wounded in the Battle of New Orleans, two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed between the United States and Great Britain. That battle need not have been fought. The only way to carry messages was by the slow-moving sailing vessels, and the contending generals knew nothing about the treaty of peace. - By Charles L. Paddock, Signs of the Times, March 31, 1931

(Dale Galusha http://www.pacificpress.com/signs )

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