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WITandWISDOM(tm) – April 1, 2005
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
There is a story about a father who became disturbed about the length of time his six year old son was taking to get home from school.
The father decided he would make the trip to discover for himself how long it should take a small boy to cover the distance.
The father settled on 20 minutes but his son was still taking an hour.
Finally the father decided to make the trip with his son.
After the trip, the father said, "The 20 minutes I thought reasonable was right, but I failed to consider such important things as a side trip to track down a trail of ants...or an educational stop to watch a man fix a flat...or the time it took to swing around a half dozen telephone poles...or how much time it took for a boy just to get acquainted with two stray dogs and brown cat.
"In short," said the father, "I had forgotten what it is really like to be six years old."
Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2004 Swan Lake Communications, http://www.timothyreport.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Funny Book Titles:
The French Chef - by Sue Flay
Unemployed - by Anita Job
Off to Market - by Tobias A. Pigg
Inflammation, Please - by Arthur Itis
Handel's Messiah - by Ollie Luyah
Downpour! - by Wayne Dwops
Cloning - by Ima Dubble
Irish Flooring - by Lynn O'Leum
Holmes Does it Again - by Scott Linyard
Home Alone IV - by Eddie Buddyhome
Neither a Borrower - by Nora Lender Bee
The Scent of a Man - by Jim Nasium
Animal Illnesses - by Ann Thrax
French Overpopulation - by Francis Crowded
House Construction - by Bill Jerome Home
Lewis Carroll - by Alison Wonderland
Leo Tolstoy - by Warren Peace
The L. A. Lakers Breakfast - by Kareem O' Wheat
Why Cars Stop - by M. T. Tank
Wind in the Willows - by Russell Ingleaves
Look Younger - by Fay Slift
Mountain Climbing - by Andover Hand
It's Springtime! - by Theresa Green
No! - by Kurt Reply
Source: Monday Fodder mailto:email@example.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
When a local church broke ground for a new 500-seat sanctuary, an inventive church member made sure everyone could participate in the experience. The man attached a 145-foot handle to a stainless steel spade so that all 300 members could squeeze together to turn the first shovel full of dirt.
A few days later, when a construction worker spotted the odd shovel and asked what it was for, the minister replied, "We bury 'em deep here."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our subscriber shares these anecdotes about collecting (hoarding) things.
One of the most interesting stories about hoarders was found in a college text several years ago. There were these two brothers who lived up east, maybe New York or Philadelphia. Anyway one saved newspapers and literally had the stuff stacked so high there were tunnels through the house. The other had saved abandoned grand pianos. The one became bedfast and the other cared for him, brought in food and the like. One day, the mobile brother got caught in a newspaper avalanche and could not escape. He died there and the other brother died also from lack of care.
One of the most wealthy American collectors of all times was Colonel Green, the son of Hetty Green, "the wizard of Wall Street." He bought entire stamp collections, jewels and anything valuable. See The Day They Shook The Plum Tree, published maybe back in 1959. His mother had "collected" so much real estate and held so many mortgages on so much more that it took them something like 30 years to liquidate the stuff. She bought Chicago real estate after the fire, etc.
We have had some real estate collectors here in the South that are unmatched outside of western ranches. The uncle of a friend of mine who died recently had amassed some 38,000 acres of woodlands since starting his career after WW II. He made skids, the type used by forklifts. He was the largest private landowner in Georgia.
Chapel Gray who owned about 20 to 30% of Montgomery County, the county where our capital is located. He ran for the county board of revenue on the platform that he was opposed to higher property taxes and everyone knew he was sincere! He would buy up adjoining and then petition the county to close the roads through it and was generally successful. Rather a destructive force in the long run!
One guy in an adjoining county here had bought so much property during the depression, he was not real sure of what all he owned. He saw some particularly attractive property one day and, inquiring about it, found out it was his! He also found out that the locals did not think too much of him because of his neglectful ways. He changed his way of thinking soon after that because he needed the support of locals to report and fight forest fires.
Collecting or hoarding is frowned upon unless the collection gains status by becoming valuable. Aunt Dorie Kinder's button collection was considered a mania until her heirs discovered it was worth about a thousand dollars a drawer. --- There was an old bachelor up near Chicago He had cash stowed all over the place. Some still had the bank bands on it from the 1930s. He had, among other things, a 60 gallon drum of pre-1965 silver coins hid in the loft of the chicken house.
One English family written up in The Smithsonian a few decades ago had closed off rooms in their mansion when their non-descript collections got out of hand. It was a virtual time capsule of distinct periods of time.
Submitted by R P Cly