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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 23, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

If you keep your nose to the grindstone rough,

And keep it down there long enough,

In time you will forget there are such things,

As brooks that babble and birds that sing;

And of these will all your world compose:

Yourself, the grindstone, and your poor old nose.

Author Unknown

Submitted by Jay V. Schindler


Many years ago, a first-year representative to the New York State Assembly received a telegram at his Albany office commanding, Come home now! Just the day before, his wife had given birth to a baby girl. After a five-hour train trip to his home in New York City, the man was greeted by his brother with this sad lament: "There's a curse on this house."

The new father dashed to their bedroom, where he found his wife, Alice, dying. Holding her, he could be heard pleading, "Let her live, let her live." At one point during that long night, someone slipped into the bedroom and whispered into the man's ear: "If you want to see your mother, Martha, before she dies, you should come downstairs now." The man walked down a flight of stairs to his mother's room, where he sat with her until she died at 3:00 A.M.

Returning upstairs, the man then held his wife until she also died the following afternoon. Before the man went to bed that night, he opened his daily diary and slashed a huge "X" across that day's page and scribbled, "The light has gone out in my life." The date was February 14, 1884, Valentine's Day. Two days later, the man followed identical rosewood caskets down the aisle of the same church in which he had married Alice four years earlier. The sanctuary was packed with some of New York City's most distinguished citizens.

During the funeral service, even the minister wept as he tried to offer words of hope to the grieving son and husband. After the service, the man had to be led like a child to and from the graves in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends described him as being dazed, stunned. Others said, "He does not know what he does or says." Many concluded that the twin blows of death would leave him with permanent emotional damage.

Yet the man who experienced such a devastating Valentines Day did recover from those losses. Over time, his wounded heart healed. He would marry again, serve as assistant secretary of the navy and governor of New York, and become President of the United States. Teddy Roosevelt is an excellent example of the truth that all of us can rise above suffering, that wounded hearts can be mended, and that life can be good in spite of harsh blows.

Victor Parachin, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) March 2005, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

"Sniglets" were invented by Rich Hall and featured prominently on a comedy show called "Not Necessarily the News" which was broadcast on HBO. What are sniglets? Sniglets are words that you won't find in the dictionary, but aptly describe reality.

Part 2 of 3 [ June 3, 13, 23]

Polarind - The disposable peeling on an instant photograph.

Prestofrigeration - When searching for a snack, this is the act of returning to the refrigerator time and again in hopes something new will have materialized.

Puntificate - Trying to predict in which direction a football will bounce.

Scribbobics - Warm up exercises to get the ink in a pen flowing.

Sirlines - The charcoal lines on a grilled steak.

Slackjam - The act of being stuck in your trousers while trying to remove them without taking off your shoes.

Snackmosphere - The empty yet explosive layer of air at the top of a bag of potato chips or other snackage.

Spudrubble - The unclaimed fries that have fallen to the bottom of the fast food sack.

Telecrastination - The act of letting the phone ring twice, even if you're only six inches away from it.

Toodle-Oops - The uncomfortable feeling of having said your goodbyes, yet your path together continues for awhile longer.

Yardribbons - Those unmowed strips of grass you see only after you've put the lawn mower away.

Zipcuffed - Trapped in your trousers due to a faulty zipper.

Source: A Joke a Day http://www.topica.com/lists/ajokeaday7


Thoughts about Golf

When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband will visit. Author Unknown

I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes they'd come up sliced. Author Unknown

I've spent most of my life golfing. The rest I've just wasted. Author Unknown

Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Computer Tip

Need to shut down two or three open programs quickly, but leave the rest running? Hold down the CTRL key as you click their buttons on the taskbar. Then, right-click (still holding down the CTRL key) one of those depressed buttons and select Close from the resulting menu.

Note that you can also minimize, maximize, restore, cascade, or tile these windows using this technique. Cool huh?

Source: Computer Tips, http://www.worldstart.com/

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