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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 6, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon. - Susan Ertz

Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/


A North Dakota blizzard was howling outside Dr. Thompson's office one night. About nine o'clock the phone rang.

"Can you come out to my place?" Tony Sebastian was on the other end. "My boy is running a high fever and is unconscious. It's impossible for us to get in to you. Do you think you could make it out to us?"

"I'll do my best." The doctor glanced out the window. "But this storm scares me. Never had it so bad where I came from."

Stopping at a tavern on his way out of town, he got three men to go with him. "I may need you," he said, "to shovel me out of the snow."

About halfway the men gave up exhausted. The drifts kept getting deeper and deeper. So the doctor left his car with the men and got a farmer to saddle him a horse for the rest of the journey to Tony's.

The doctor did his best for the boy, but he saw toward morning that unless he could get him to a hospital under intensive care, survival would be hopeless. He thought of Ed, the county commissioner. Maybe he could get a crew out and clear the road.

"Don't think I can," said Ed, sleepily answering the phone. "But I'll try."

Imagine the doctor's surprise, when he got his patient out to the main road about sunrise, to find the doctor's car ready and waiting, and to learn that the road all the way into town had been cleared.

Later at the hospital, the crisis past, Dr. Thompson thought of Ed again and rang to thank him and the road crew for what they had done.

"Don't thank us," said Ed. "We had nothing to do with it."

"Who did then?" asked the doctor.

"Well," he said, "you've got to know the people around here to understand what happened. When they heard you ring me on the party line, they knew something must be wrong and they listened in. Every able-bodied man and boy along that road went to work shoveling and plowing snow. That's how it got done.

"You see, we live out here in God's wide-open country, where the coyotes howl and the wind blows free. And when anybody's in trouble, we all pitch in and help. We call it 'putting love on the line.' "

How desperately society needs old-fashioned love like that today, and the healing influence of neighbors who care.

By T. R. Torkelson

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) September 1973, Pacific Press, http://www.pacificpress.com/signs

Submitted by Dale Galusha

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

An Owed to the Spelling Checker

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

Cents I began to youse it,
I'm reel, reel pleased eye I got won.
My righting's sew much bettor now,
Ware wood eye bee without won?!

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed to bee a joule
The checker poured o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checkers
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if were lacks or have a laps,
We wood be maid to wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite,
Of none eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud.
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft ware for pea seas,
And why I brake in two averse
By righting wants too pleas.

By Jerry Zar of the Society for the Prevention of English Language and Literature
Paragraph three by Bob Baldwin


You can say any foolish things to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says: 'You're right! - I never would've thought of that! - Sean Connery

Source: EMAZING http://www.emazing.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Part 2 of 2 [Nov 5, 6]

The places that pose the greatest danger during earthquakes are outside buildings, at the exits and exterior walls. In 1933, many of the 120 deaths in the Long Beach (California) Earthquake occurred when people ran from shaking buildings.

The greatest danger from an earthquake is the effects of the ground shaking. The actual "quaking" of the earth seldom causes death or injury. Most casualties result from the effects of the ground shaking, such as collapsing walls, falling glass, or falling objects during a quake.

The second greatest danger from an earthquake is the effects of ground displacement. This includes landslides and mud slides, avalanches, and destructive oceanic waves, such as a tsunami. Also, if a building was built across the fault, it could be seriously damaged or ripped apart.

The third greatest danger from an earthquake is the flooding that may occur. This may be in the form of flash floods, the result of the breaking of a dam or river levee. Also, tsunamis inundate coastal areas, doing catastrophic damage to the coastline.

The fourth greatest danger from an earthquake is fire, usually started by broken gas and/or power lines. If the water mains are also broken, then putting out these fires becomes more difficult. In countries where wood or coal is used as a heating source, tipped over stoves can start a fire.

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

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