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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 9, 2003
A smile is a light that shows the heart is at home.
Cited in Bits & Pieces magazine, http://www2.ragan.com/html/main.isx?sub=226
Source: DailyInBox: Bits & Pieces, http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A nice thing happened this week. One of our local radio stations here carries a national satellite signal from K-LOVE, a contemporary Christian music station. I enjoy what they air quite a bit so I signed on to their "music advisory panel," and I toss them a little money each month.
All I ever expected in return was to continue to hear what I consider to be a pretty good mix of music. Well, my phone rings a couple of evenings ago, and it's someone from K-LOVE. Seems they have a prayer team that meets four times a day and this person simply wanted to know if there was anything for which they could pray about on my behalf. That was it. No strings, no telemarketing, no hidden pleas for more money. How nice!
I asked them to please pray that as our family goes about the traditional hustle and bustle of the season we not forget Who is at the center of it all ... and it ain't the jolly old elf with a few flying reindeer.
Source: Flint Friday Funny, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Flint_Friday_Funny
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Accept certain inalienable truths:
Prices will rise.
Politicians will philander.
You will get old.
And then you do you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Teddy Roosevelt, the man who would become the 26th President of the United States, was afraid to go to church when he was a child because of a creature he called "The Zeal." His mother eventually realized the reason for Teddy's fear was a Scripture verse he had heard the pastor read, John 2:17, "It is written, 'The zeal of thine house has eaten me up.'"
Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2003 Swan Lake Communications, http://www.swanlake.twoffice.com
On a cruise ship, I had a conversation with a couple in their early fifties who were seeing the world in early retirement. "What business were you in?" I asked. Well, we were teachers, but that's not where we made our money. We built our next egg in real estate."
Then they told me something I had never heard before. "We've lived in several homes but have never sold any of them. We collect houses, we don't sell them."
"What's the advantage?" I wanted to know. The man told me, "Usually when you sell a house you take the equity and put it into your next home. Rather than sell our first house we refinance it and used the equity as a down payment on our new house and rented the old one." Now we have eight houses, and they give us a nice cash flow."
Who takes care of finding renters and the repairs? "Oh, I leave that totally to the rental division of a large real estate agency. Even with their percentage, I still come out ahead."
If your hobby is collecting - try houses!
By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2003, http://www.neileskelin.com