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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 10, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! - Earl Nightingale

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On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee put on his finest dress uniform, mounted Traveler, and rode away from his tired and tattered troops to Appomattox, where he would surrender his beaten army to General Ulysses S. Grant. As Lee rode to meet his conqueror, he fully expected that his men would be herded like cattle into railroad cars and taken to a Union prison and that he, as their general, would be tried and executed as a disgraced traitor.

In the tidy living room of the home where the vanquished and the victor met, Lee asked Grant what his terms of surrender were to be. Grant told Lee that his men were free to take their horses with them and go back to their little farms and that Lee too was free to go home and create a new life. Lee offered Grant his sword; Grant refused it. Lee heaved a sigh; he came expecting to be humiliated, and left with dignity and honor. As he watched General Lee mount Traveler and ride back to his troops, Grant took off his hat and saluted his defeated enemy. It was a gracious grace.

And it deeply affected the defeated general: as long as he lived, Lee allowed no critical word of Grant to be spoken in his presence.
- Lewis A. Smedes

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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
She's making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.
- Judith Viorst

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A customer in a bakery was observed carefully examining all the rich-looking pastries displayed on trays in the glass cases.

When a clerk approached him and asked, "What would you like?" he answered, "I'd like that chocolate-covered, cream-filled doughnut, that jelly-filled doughnut and that cheese Danish."

Then with a sigh he added, "But I'll take an oat-bran muffin."

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Is there one spot in our brains where we keep memories? . . .

As far as I can recall, "yes." Fortunately we don't have to remember where that spot is in order to access it. If we did, I would have it a lot worse than just constantly misplacing my keys.

It was Dr. Wilder Penfield who discovered in the 1930's that memories are found in one place when he literally touched off a patient's vivid recollections while operating on her. Dr. Penfield's patient was conscious because the brain has no nerve endings and often only requires a local anesthetic for brain surgery. He was electrically probing different parts of her brain to make sure he didn't cut something vital when suddenly she started recalling her past.

The scientific name for the spot he touched sounds like the place where big mammals go to college: the "hippocampus." It's just below your temples, in case you need to jolt your own memory.

From: Reader's Digest, Did You Know?

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