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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 11, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice. – Charles Varlet Marquis de La Grange, 1639 – 1692

Source: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time, Edited by John M. Shanahan, Copyright © 1999, http://isbn.nu/0060194111


Heavenly Father,

Help us remember that the one who cut us off in traffic is a single mother who worked nine hours today and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

Submitted by Orvie Jensen

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

You know you have a BIG dog when...

The sound of running water makes you jump up and yell, "OUTSIDE!"

You tell your dog to sit, and he backs up until he finds a chair.

It takes 3 people to get your dog on the scale at the vets.

You walk your dog and everyone knows him by name, but you have no idea who these people are.

You own a dog capable of pulling someone from a port-a-potty.

You carry a tape measure with you when shopping for a new vehicle.

You are hiking with a friend who later suggests that you ought to have an environmental impact statement done on your dog.

You have given up on water dishes and you just use the bathtub.

You have to move over when brushing your teeth because your dog wants a drink.

You show a picture of your dogs and kids together, and the first person you point out is your dog.

You've learned to force a smile when asked "do you have a saddle for that thing?"

Your veterinarian has been able to put in a swimming pool, build a large home, buy jet skis and a vacation home in Florida.

You're holding him straddled between your legs when the doorbell rings and you find yourself quickly transported straight to the front door.

Source: Top Greetings


For years my husband denied he was an aggressive driver. That changed one day when we were out for a drive with our three-year old son, Matthew.

Seeing a teaching opportunity, I asked Matthew about traffic lights.

"What does a red light mean?" I asked.


"Good. How about green?"


"And yellow?" I continued.

In his best deep-voice impression of Daddy, Matthew bellowed.... "Hang on!"

Submitted by Michele

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

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There are other tools to help you choose the right hospital. There are questions you should ask your physician and insurance company. Plus, there’s a list of things to look for when you visit the hospital.

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