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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 8, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Unsolicited advice is thinly veiled criticism." - Author Unknown

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000 www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org


Do you need a ministry - a place to be used? Have you thought of being an encourager? With today's wonderful software like American Greeting's CreataCard it is very easy to make wonderful personalized greeting cards to encourage people. You use 110 lb. printing stock (available from Staple's or most any stationery store) which makes your card look professional. You use 6x9 envelopes which you can get inexpensively at Walmart. You can make beautiful cards for less than 10 cents each, including the envelope.

This could be a wonderful ministry for you right within your own home. Do you sometimes feel like you are under-used in your church - can't find a niche of service where you fit in? Well, this is one way to make yourself useful without waiting on others. Your personalized card may be just the thing someone needs to lift their sagging spirit. Even though you may be handicapped like me, if you can use a computer, you can easily make cards. Don't sit around feeling sorry for yourself - get busy encouraging others.

Follow Paul's advice in Eph. 5:16 (nlt) when he says, "Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days." That's valid advice for each one of us.

By Dave George in E-Cheer Devotional, Copyright (c) 2000, www.e-cheer.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

(Things I learned riding a motorcycle.)
By Penny Powers and Chuck Hays

Midnight bugs taste best.
~Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need.
~NEVER argue with a woman holding a torque wrench.
~Never try to race an old geezer, he may have one more gear than you.
~Home is where your bike sits still long enough to leave a few drops of oil on the ground.
~Routine maintenance should never be neglected.
~The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rearview mirror.
~Never be afraid to slow down.
~Only riders understand why dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows.
~Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory.
~Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.
~Sometimes it takes a whole tankful of fuel before you can think straight.
~Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you'll ride alone.
~Never mistake horsepower for staying power.
~A cold hamburger can be reheated quite nicely by strapping it to an exhaust pipe and riding forty miles.
~If you don't ride in the rain - you don't ride.
~A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.
~ Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived.
~Young riders pick a destination and go... Old riders pick a direction and go.
~Work to ride & ride to work.
~Keep your bike in good repair: Motorcycle boots are NOT comfortable for walking.
~If the bike isn't braking properly, you don't start by rebuilding the engine.
~Remember to pay as much attention to your partner as you do your carburetor.
~Well-trained reflexes are quicker than luck.
~Learn to do counter-intuitive things that may someday save your butt.
~When you're riding lead -- don't spit.
~If you really want to know what's going on, watch what's happening at least five cars ahead.
~ A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broken down.
~Don't lead the pack if you don't know where you're going.
~Don't argue with an 18-wheeler.
~A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel.
~If you can't get it going with bungee cords and electrician's tape - it's serious.
~If you ride like there's no tomorrow - there won't be.
~Bikes parked out front mean good chicken-fried steak inside.
~There are drunk riders. There are old riders. There are NO old, drunk riders.
~The best modifications cannot be seen from the outside.
~It can only be a sport if it has an engine. Everything else is only a game.

By Penny Powers and Chuck Hays in "Sit Down, Shut Up and Hang On: A Biker's Guide to Life," ISBN: 0-87905-781-5, Copyright (c) by Gibbs Smith, Publisher, www.gibbs-smith.com

Submitted by John Willems - My wife and I both ride (for 26 years now) BMW bikes. via http://www.witandwisdom.org


While practicing autorotations during a military night training exercise a Huey Cobra screwed up the landing and landed on the tail rotor.

The landing was so hard that it broke off the tail boom. However, the chopper fortunately remained upright on its skids, sliding down the runway doing 360s.

As the Cobra slid past the tower, trailing a brilliant shower of sparks, this was the radio exchange that took place... Tower: "Sir, do you need any assistance?"

Cobra: "I don't know, Tower, we ain't done crashin' yet."

Source: Clean Laugh, cleanlaugh- subscribe@egroups.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

By Dennis McCann
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Copyright (c) March 22, 2000 via http://www.witandwisdom.org

. . . Jonathan Walker was "The Man With the Branded Hand," an abolitionist sea captain branded SS for slave stealer, perhaps the only white man so cruelly punished for attempting to do good during America's darkest period.

. . . In the 1840s he attempted to sail to the Bahamas with seven escaped slaves seeking freedom. After days of pursuit, the freedom flight foundered and all were captured. Walker was imprisoned and tried in Pensacola, where a jury determined he should forever wear the mark of a slave stealer. At least one blacksmith refused to make the SS brand, arguing brands were for animals. But ill won out. According to a Walker biography by Alvin F. Oickle, some of those in the courtroom heard the sizzle of burning flesh when the punishment was administered. . . .

. . . [After a long life of fighting against slavery] Walker died in Muskegon County, Wisconsin in 1879 at age 78. Some 6,000 people were said to have attended the unveiling of a marker there honoring Walker for his long fight to end slavery.

. . . The branded hand will be remembered again when Walker's descendants meet in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin June 16 to 18, where events will include a panel discussion by writers who have looked at Walker's story. One will be his great-great-great-nephew, John Hoh, of Milwaukee, who is working on a screenplay about the events of 1844. . . . (John Hoh is a subscriber and contributor to WITandWISDOM(tm).)

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