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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 25, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"When you feel like running away, let yourself feel the fear. Think about what you fear will happen and decide what you need to do." - C.M.

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


When I begin to feel sorry for myself, I sometimes think of Wendy Stoker. In high school, she placed third in the Iowa girl's state diving championships. She practiced for two hours every day for four years to become an accomplished diver.

Then, at the University of Florida, Wendy worked even harder and earned the number two spot on the varsity diving team. At the same time, she carried a full academic load and found time for bowling and water-skiing. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Wendy Stoker is her typing. Would you believe forty-five words a minute -- with her toes? You see, Wendy was born without arms.

Wendy is motivated by a secret ingredient; one of her greatest assets -- desire. With it, one can succeed in spite of overwhelming handicaps. Without it, one is handicapped in spite of overwhelming ability. Desire is a major ingredient in a life which strives to be whole and happy.
- From the book, RICHES OF THE HEART by Steve Goodier

Source: HumorG, Humor_G-subscribe@onelist.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

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We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
When couldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot - would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular is this and plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be nicknamed kese?

Then one may be that, and three may be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose;
We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.

The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim!
So our English, I think you will all agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see.

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?

Well done! And now you wish, perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)

A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.

And then there's dose and rose and lose --
Just look them up -- and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.

And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five,

And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

Submitted by Stephen Smith


A foursome of senior golfers hit the course with waning enthusiasm for the sport.

"These hills are getting steeper as the years go by," one complained.

"These fairways seem to be getting longer too," wheezed a second.

"And somehow, the sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember 'em too," said the third.

Hearing just about enough from his buddies, the oldest, and the wisest of the foursome at 87-years-old, piped up and said, "Oh my friends, just be thankful we're still on THIS side of the grass!"

Submitted by: Carol Blum via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How many pounds does a baby blue whale gain per day (during it's first 7 months of life)?

1. 50
2. 125
3. 150
4. 200

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# 4- 200 lbs

Just remember that the next time you think you're diet isn't going so well. :o)

Source: Diversions Digest, www.coolnewsletters.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

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