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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 5, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." - Carl Jung

Source: ArcaMax Humor Cartoons, http://www.arcamax.com/ezines.html


Late one evening a professor sat at his desk working on the next day's lectures. He shuffled through the papers and mail placed there by his housekeeper. He began to throw them in the wastebasket when one magazine--not even addressed to him, but delivered to his office by mistake--caught his attention. It fell open to an article titled "The Needs of the Congo Mission."

The professor began reading it idly, but then he was consumed by these words, "The need is great here. We have no one to work the northern province of Gabon in the central Congo. And it is my prayer as I write this article that God will lay His hand on one - one on whom, already, the Master's eyes have been cast--that he or she shall be called to this place to help us." The professor closed the magazine and wrote in his diary: "My search is over." He gave himself to go to the Congo.

The professor's name was Albert Schweitzer. That little article, hidden in a periodical intended for someone else, was placed by accident in Schweitzer's mailbox. By chance his housekeeper put the magazine on the professor's desk. By chance he noticed the title, which seemed to leap out at him. Dr. Schweitzer became one of the great figures this century in a humanitarian work nearly unmatched in human history. Chance?

By Dan Betzer, Ft. Meyers, Florida, http://www.firstassembly-ftmyers.org/pastorbetzer.html
Pentecostal Evangel, Leadership, Vol. 12, No. 3.

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the- funnies

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


In a news brief in the Reno, Nev., Gazette-Journal about improvements to an overlook (a viewing spot along a highway): "The project involves construction of a new rest room with observation platforms, a viewing area and interpretive signs."

A headline in the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News: "Jail Releases Upset Judges."

Headline from the Fond du Lac, Wis., Reporter: "Stress Higher for Working Moms Than for Childless Moms."

From a brochure sent to University of Colorado alumni, advertising a Danube cruise: "All meals are included during your Blue Danube cruise. In fact, while in Europe, you will enjoy all meals except three lunches and three dinners."

Headline in the Gainesville, Fla., Sun: "Poverty Linked to Inequality of Wealth."

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) January 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com


"My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty, and that's the law." - Jerry Seinfeld

Source: Clean Laffs http://www.shagmail.com/sub/sub-jokes.html

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

In order to keep the crowds moving through the exhibits in his traveling show . . . Mr. [P.T.] Barnum posted signs that read: "This Way to the Egress." Eager to view this presumably strange and exotic exhibit, the throngs would push through the door labeled "Egress" -- and find themselves in the street.

By Laurie A. O'Neill, "Almanac Is Itself a Rare Occurrence," New York Times, December 27, 1981, http://www.nytimes.com/

Curious about what egress means? Check out http://www.thesaurus.com, where I found this quote and a lot of other cool wordy things. - :o) Kimberley

Submitted by Kimberley Broyles

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