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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 15, 2002
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

The pessimist may be right in the long run, but the optimist has a better time during the trip.

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


Syndicated columnist Deborah Mathis recently wrote about a day in her life in our nation's capital. She told about passing through busy Union Station.

The first thing stamped on her memory was the noisy hubbub of sounds. The public address announcer calling out arrivals and departures. Scores of pagers, walkie-talkies, and cell phones crying out for someone's attention. You could hear horns honking, machines clinking out change, and babies crying.

There were voices from every direction. A nervous security guard yelled at a man about to enter a forbidden area. Three women stood up from their bench in order to press the points of their squabble with more emphasis. The man in line in front of her was pacing in tiny, agitated steps. Then she heard someone singing.

"What a friend we have in Jesus, / All our sins and griefs to bear; / What a privilege to carry / Everything to God in prayer." And a perceptible change came to the cacophonous crowd. "O what peace we often forfeit, / O what needless pain we bear, / All because we do not carry / Everything to God in prayer."

The quarreling women closed down their spat and quietly took their seats. Tense shoulders seemed to relax. As the lone voice sang the remaining verses of Joseph Scriven's lyrics from 150 years ago, Ms. Mathis realized she was singing along now. So were the three women who had been bickering. And several more.

"Nice, huh?" offered the man who had been pacing his tiny, tight circle in front of her. "I don't even believe in Jesus, but that's nice."

If your life has gotten too cluttered, remember that Jesus has invited you to his peace. In our world's stresses and fears, he says, "My peace I give to you. ... Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid" (John 14:27).

From: The FAX of Life is a free weekly service from Rubel Shelly and the Family of God at Woodmont Hills, http://www.faithmatters.com

Source: Christian Voices, http://www.christianvoices.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

This is from a 1960s advertising pencil for State Farm Insurance.

Sing while you drive...

At 45 miles per hour, sing -- "Highways Are Happy Ways."

At 55 miles, sing-- "I'm But a Stranger Here, Heaven is My Home."

At 65 miles, sing-- "Nearer, My God, to Thee."

At 75 miles, sing-- "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, I'll Be There."

At 85 miles, sing-- "Lord, I'm Coming Home."

Getting back to business, DRIVE SAFELY! We like our customers and wish to keep them.

Submitted by Arthur Jackson


A woman in Laguna Woods, California saw a sign that read "Ear Piercing While You Wait," which she pointed out eliminates "the pesky inconvenience of leaving your ears at the shop for a few days."

From: The Steve Harvey column in the Los Angeles Times

Source: Bonehead of the Day Award, http://bonehead.oddballs.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Part 2 of 2 [Oct 14, 15]

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times.

Colonel Waring, New York City Street Cleaning Commissioner, was responsible for organizing the first rubbish-sorting plant for recycling in the United States in 1898.

During the 1900s, piggeries were developed in small- to medium-sized towns where swine were fed fresh or cooked garbage in order to cut down on waste in landfills. One environmental expert estimated that 75 pigs could consume 1 ton of refuse per day.

Cows, rice fields, and garbage dumps are the largest producers of methane gas.

Americans produce an average of four pounds of garbage per person each day.

Source: Waste Management, Sequim, WA, USA

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