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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 13, 2002
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"The good can often be the enemy of the best." - Author Unknown

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2002, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm


When William Stidger taught at Boston University, he once reflected upon the great number of unthanked people in his life. Those who had helped nurture him, inspire him or cared enough about him to leave a lasting impression.

One was a schoolteacher he'd not heard of in many years. But he remembered that she had gone out of her way to put a love of verse in him, and Will had loved poetry all his life. He wrote a letter of thanks to her.

The reply he received, written in the feeble scrawl of the aged, began, "My dear Willie." He was delighted. Now over 50, bald and a professor, he didn't think there was a person left in the world who would call him "Willie."

Here is a copy of that letter:

"My dear Willie,

I cannot tell you how much your note meant to me. I am in my eighties, living alone in a small room, cooking my own meals, lonely and, like the last leaf of autumn, lingering behind. You will be interested to know that I taught school for 50 years and yours is the first note of appreciation I ever received. It came on a blue-cold morning and it cheered me as nothing has in many years."

Not prone to cry easily, Will wept over that note.

She was one of the great unthanked people from Will's past. You know them. We all do. The teacher who made a difference. That coach we'll never forget. The music instructor or Sunday school worker who helped us to believe in ourselves. That scout leader who cared. By all means, Don't forget your Pastor and your Pastor's Wife

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

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

You Might be from Alaska when . . .

You have more than one recipe for moose.

You only have three spices: salt, pepper and ketchup.

Halloween costumes fit over parkas.

The four seasons are: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction.

Source: Clean Hewmor, http://associate.com/lists.shtml



"Nobody but cattle know why they stampede and they ain't talking."

"Always ride the horse in the direction it's going."

"Some people grin and bear it. Other people smile and change it."

"Here's all you need to know about cows: They're not smart, they're bigger than you are, and some of them have absolutely no respect for human beings."

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

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

The entire physical universe is made from just 103 recognized atomic elements. But their size is too small to be singled out by the naked eye or even the most powerful optical microscopes. For instance, just one gram of pure iron (roughly the same as a small safety pin) consists of nearly 10.7 billion trillion atoms.

On the next smaller scale, atoms themselves consist of uniform combinations of protons, neutrons, electrons, and proportional magnetic and gravitational fields. Then on the smallest scale, these atomic parts are further broken down into combinations of six to eight types of quarks, three kinds of bosons, and/or six types of leptons.

By Lawrence G. Young

Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) May 30, 2002, http://www.adventistreview.org/

Submitted by Nancy Simpson

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