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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 23, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

If we learn how to forgive ourselves, to forgive others, and to live with Thanksgiving, we need not seek happiness. It will seek us.

Source: This Day's Thought, http://www.thisdaysthought.org/


Doctors Charles and William Mayo are remembered for founding the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "Dr. Charlie," as he was called, once was host to a noble English visitor in his home. Before retiring for the night, the visitor put his shoes outside the door, expecting a servant to shine them.

The next morning the shoes were waxed, polished, and gleaming brightly. Dr. Charlie had shined them himself.

. . . learn to serve.

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2001, http://www.neileskelin.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


I sat there on the small swing bench, out by the pond, holding onto a cane pole hoping to catch a fish.

I had heard that there were fish in my neighbor's pond, however I really did not expect to catch anything because this little kitten of theirs kept on trying to grab at my line. I was really getting quite frustrated with the little thing.

I stopped, put down the fishing pole, picked up the kitten, and carried her to the opposite side of the pond and I sat her down. I walked back to the swing and picked up my pole and once again began to fish.

Almost instantly, the cork went down and, as I pulled back, there was a fish about the size of my hand on the end of the line. As I tried to free the fish, so I could put it back in the water, it leapt from my hand and began to flip all over the place. Within a second or two, that kitten was all over me and was trying to get right in the middle of all the action.

I managed to free the fish and put it back into the water. And, once again, I picked up the kitten and carried it back around the pond and put it down by the edge of the wooden dock. The kitten ran out onto the floating dock and started playing with a grasshopper, which was on the end of the dock. All of a sudden the grasshopper lunged toward the kitten, making her jump backwards and she fell into the pond and began to sink.

I ran onto the dock and tried to grab her, but I couldn't reach her.

I ran toward the fence, where I saw a long metal pole with a net on the end of it. As I tried to unhook the pole from the fence, I heard a large splash behind me.

As I turned around, I saw the neighbors' large German Shepherd swimming towards the small wet kitten. He grabbed it in his jaws and swam towards the bank. The dog laid the kitten down on the grassy bank and began to shake himself off. The kitten gave out a long hissing noise, and then she attacked the dog's large nose and held on with all four feet. The dog began running around in a circle trying to shake the small furry critter off his face.

Finally, the kitten fell to the ground and the dog immediately began to lick the water off the kitten's body. But, that pesky kitten began to attack his savior's tail. The large dog turned around in a circle, several times, and rolled the kitten over with his paw and held it down. Then, the two began to chase one another around the yard and, once again, the kitten grabbed the dog by the face, with all four paws, and would not let go.

I hollered at them and the kitten let go of the Shepherd. The big dog then raised his back leg and let the kitten have it full blast.

The last I saw of the two of them was when they rounded the corner of my neighbor's house, still going at it with one another, like Gomer Pyle and Barney Fife arguing and wrestling over a comic book.

I guess what they say about friendship is also true in the animal kingdom. "One day you might be the dog and the next day you might be the hydrant." But being there when a friend is truly needed is what really counts when all is said and done.

-- Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

Submitted by :o) Kimberley


Scott & Tammey Gribble are missionaries in Mozambique. They do some teaching of English. While studying Ephesians in English, one young man couldn't hear the difference between the words "hungry" and "angry". So he came up with a whole new interpretation of Ephesians 4:16. "In your hunger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you still are hungry . . .

Submitted by Wes Gudahl

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

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