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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 7, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. - Walter Elliott

Source: Chapnotes, http://www.chaplainsnotes.org/


An interesting incident-and significant too, I believe-came out of Holland in the days when it was occupied by Germany. A Christian family had constructed a secret place of safety underneath their dining room. One day, when word came that officers were approaching, the son who was at home, and who was of military age, was let down through the trap door. Then the rug was replaced, and the dining table over it, with a large tablecloth hanging down at the sides. The dishes were arranged.

When the officers arrived, they began to question the little girl in the family about her brothers. She was about eight or nine, and the officers thought it would be easier to get the truth from a child.

The girl had been taught not to lie. She began telling them in detail about the brothers who were not a home. The officers, irritated, asked if she had another brother. "Yes," she said.

"Where is he?"

She replied, "He's under the table."

The officers pulled back the tablecloth and saw nothing. They thought they had been tricked. Furious at their own embarrassment, they left the house immediately.

The little girl had been truthful. And her brother had been spared.

By Marjorie Lewis Lloyd

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) July 1976, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

Submitted by Dale Galusha

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Why It's Great to Be a Dog

1. No one expects you to take a bath every day.

2. If it itches, you can scratch it.

3. There's no such thing as bad food.

4. A rawhide bone can entertain you for hours.

5. If you grow hair in weird places, no one notices.

6. You can lie around all day without worrying about being fired.

7. You don't get in trouble for putting your head in a stranger's lap.

8. You're always excited to see the same people.

9. Having big feet is considered an asset.

10. Puppy love can last.

By Dawn Dressler in Bremerton, Washington Sun

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) September 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/


Larry La Prise , the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in - and then the trouble started.

Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:pulpit-supply-subscribe@strategicnetwork.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What important point did inventor Peter Durand forget?

How to get food out of the cans he invented. Durand came up with the concept of putting food in metal containers for the British Navy in 1813. Made of solid iron, these cans often weighed more than the food they held. And, though he figured out how to seal food into cans, he gave little thought to how to get it out again. Instructions on early cans read: "Cut round the top near the outer edge with a chisel and hammer." Only when thinner steel cans came into use in the 1860s could the can opener be invented.

For more on the history of metal packaging:

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

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