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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 27, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Inside every older person there's a younger person wondering what happened?

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


While doing research for a doctoral thesis, a young man spent a year with a group of Navajo Indians on a reservation in the Southwest. He lived with one family, sleeping in their hut, eating their food, working with them, and generally living their life.

The grandmother of the family spoke no English, yet a very close friendship formed between the grandmother and the doctoral student. They seemed to share the common language of love and they intuitively understood each other. Over the months he learned a few phrases of Navajo, and she picked up words and phrases in English.

When it was time for the young man to return to the university and write his thesis, the tribe held a going-away celebration for him. It was marked by sadness since he had developed a close relationship with all those in the village. As he prepared to get into his pickup truck and drive away, the old grandmother came to tell him goodbye. With tears streaming from her eyes, she placed her hands on either side of his face, looked directly into his eyes, and said, "I like me best when I'm with you."

Source: God's Little Devotional Book, by Honor Books Publishing Staff, Published by Honor Books (c) June 1995, ISBN: 1562920960, http://isbn.nu/1562920960/price

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

When You Don't Know What to Say
Part 5 of 7 [Aug 17, 27, Sep 7, 17, 27, Oct 8, 18]

Here are some interesting interpretations of nature from test papers and essays submitted to science and health teachers by junior high, high school, and college students around the world.

"The pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects."

"The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana."

"A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors."

"A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is."

"Equator: A managerie lion running around the Earth through Africa."

Submitted by Laurence


George Carlin speaks of the time he was in Hawaii: "I met Don Ho and his wife Heidi. Plus his three brothers, Gung, Land and Hy."

Source: Brain Droppings, By George Carlin, Published by Hyperion (P), ISBN: 0786883219, http://isbn.nu/0786883219

Submitted by Den Brousseau Sr.

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Was Beethoven a prodigy?

Far from it - As a child, Beethoven made such a poor impression on his music teachers that he was pronounced hopeless as a composer. Even Haydn, who taught him harmony, did not recognize Beethoven's potential genius.

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com

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