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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 24, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers." - William Penn

Source: Awesome Quotes, http://www.coolnewsletters.com


I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."

"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought.

He didn't.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke.

"That's a very pretty car," he said.

He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard keep more than his face warm.

I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.

"Don't we all?" he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.

Don't we all? I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, "go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."

Don't we all?

- Author Unknown

Source: Monday Fodder dgaufaaa@i ohk.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Part 2 of 2 [Sep 17, 24]

Staunch Jewish feminist, wears tzitzis, seeking male who will accept my independence, although you probably will not. Oh, just forget it. POB 435

Jewish businessman, 49, manufactures Sabbath candles, Chanukah candles, havdalah candles, Yahrzeit candles. Seeks non-smoker. POB 787

Israeli professor, 41, with 18 years of teaching in my behind. Looking for American-born woman who speaks English very good. POB 555

Couch potato latke, in search of the right applesauce. Let's try it for eight days. Who knows? POB 43

80-year-old bubbie, no assets, seeks handsome, virile Jewish male under 35. object: matrimony. I can dream, can't I? POB 545

I am a sensitive Jewish prince whom you can open your heart to. Share your innermost thoughts and deepest secrets. Confide in me. I'll understand your insecurities. No fatties, please. POB 86

Jewish male, 34, very successful, smart, independent, self-made. Looking for girl whose father will hire me. POB 53

Submitted by :o) Kimberley Broyles


Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world is Chinese. And there are 5 people in my family, so it must be, that one of us is Chinese.

It's either my mom or my dad, my older brother Colin, me or my youngest brother Chong-Li. I think it's Colin.

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

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

By Steve at worldstart.com

I had someone ask me if it was possible to make an e-mail shortcut the other day. So, I gave it a try, and sure enough, it worked. I placed several of these shortcuts on my desktop, one for each of my frequent contacts. Now, I just click the shortcut to send an e-mail.

Now, before we go much further, I use MS Outlook Express for my e-mail client. If you're using a web-based e-mail account, this probably isn't going to work. It "should" work with any other e-mail program, assuming that the program is set as your default e-mail client.

OK, now here's how to make a desktop shortcut for an e-mail recipient:

1. Right-click an empty area of your desktop and select New, Shortcut from the resulting menu.

2. In the "Command Line" field, type in:


Where email@address is the e-mail address you want to mail to (for example, if you wanted to have my address handy, you would put mailto:steve@worldstart.com ). Also, make sure to include the colon after the "mailto" part.

Click Next.

3. Finally, give the shortcut an appropriate name, like "Mail Steve" or something.

That does it, your shortcut is all set. Click it and your default e-mail client should launch with the recipient's address in the "To" field.

One final note - you can make a generic new e-mail shortcut (where you type in the address) by just putting mailto: (no quotes) in the command line field.

Source: Computer Tips, http://www.worldstart.com/comptips.htm

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