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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 2, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

A poor person isn't he who has little, but he who needs a lot. - German Proverb

Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus http://MailRoom.DailyInBox.com/pplus/


By Terri McPherson

My six-year-old granddaughter, Caitlynd, and I stopped at a Tim Horton's donut shop for a blueberry muffin. As we were going out the door, a young teenage boy was coming in.

This young man had no hair on the sides of his head and tuft of blue spiked hair on top of it. One of his nostrils was pierced, and attached to the hoop that ran through the hole, was a chain that draped across his face and attached to a ring he was wearing in his ear. He held a skateboard under one arm and a basketball under the other.

Caitlynd, who was walking ahead of me, stopped in her tracks when she saw the teen. I thought he'd scared the dickens out of her and she'd frozen on the spot.

I was wrong.

My GrandAngel backed up against the door and opened it as wide as it would go. Now I was face to face with the young man. I stepped aside and let him pass. His gracious response was a kind, "Thank you very much".

On our way to the car, I commended Caitlynd for her manners in holding open the door for the young man. She didn't seem to be troubled by his appearance but I wanted to make sure. If a grandmotherly talk about freedom of self expression and allowing people their differences was in order, I wanted to be ready.

As it turned out, the person who needed the talk was me.

The only thing Caitlynd noticed about the teen, was the fact that his arms were full. "He woulda' had a hard time to open the door."

I saw the partially shaved head, the tuft of spiked hair, the piercings and the chain. She saw a person carrying something under each arm and heading toward a door.

In the future, I hope to get down on her level and raise my sights.

Copyright (c) Terri McPherson, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, tmcphers@mnsi.net

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Oliver Wendell Holmes, senior, was a doctor. As such he was very interested in the use of ether. In order to know how his patients felt under its influence, he once had a dose administered to himself.

As he was going under, in a dreamy state, a profound thought came to him. He believed that he had suddenly grasped the key to all the mysteries of the universe. When he regained consciousness, however, he was unable to remember what the insight was.

Because of the great importance this thought would be to mankind, Holmes arranged to have himself given ether again. This time he had a stenographer present to take down the great thought. The ether was administered, and sure enough, just before passing out the insight reappeared. He mumbled the words, the stenographer took them down, and he went to sleep confident in the knowledge that he had succeeded.

Upon awakening, he turned eagerly to the stenographer and asked her to read what he had uttered. This is what she read: "The entire universe is permeated with a strong odor of turpentine."

Source: Bits & Pieces, November 12, 1992, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com


The Secret of Inner Peace

My doctor told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start.

So far today, I have finished 2 bags of chips and a chocolate cake . . . feel better already.

Submitted by Sharon Hamel

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

By Leo Laporte

Is there a way to create animated wallpaper in Windows?
- Ron, Mesa, Ariz.

Sounds like a job for Windows' Active Desktop. To activate it. right-click on your desktop, choose Active Desk-top and select View As Web Page. Now any content that could be part of a Web page can be part of your wallpaper. That includes animated GIF files and even movies.

To add an animated file to your wallpaper, open the Display control panel, click the Web tab, then press the New button. Windows may ask if you want to visit the Active Desktop gallery online. Decline politely, then' press the Browse button. Find the animated GIF file or the HTML document containing the animation you want, click Open, then OK twice. The image or file will be placed on your desktop.

Active Desktop does not come with Windows 95. Windows 95 users will need to install Internet Explorer 4, which includes Active Desktop, to run it.

ACCESS, America's Guide to the Internet, Copyright (c) April 22, 2001 http://www.accessmagazine.com

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