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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 12, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse. - Philip Yancey

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol


To a fervent contingent here at the Guideposts editorial offices, spring means softball. Our co-ed team formed a few seasons ago on something of a whim. No tryouts, no experience necessary. Just a willingness to show up at East River Park, play hard, and be entirely open to the possibility of making a fool of oneself. The point wasn't to win, but to have fun.

Its a good thing the point wasn't to win. We were woeful. Other teams beat us so badly they declined to finish the game. That's called the mercy rule, and we required a lot of mercy. Yet we took delight in the few bright moments that occurred—a towering home run into the East River, or Stephanie’s speedy triples, or just a fluky catch.

Undaunted, we turned out again the next season and won two games. One was a forfeit because our opponents couldn't find the field, but it counted nonetheless. We gained a reputation for being scrappy, and we got better. Last season, we tied for first place and went to the city playoffs—the same team that could barely win a game our first year out.

The point still isn't to win. Just coming together, playing as a team was more fun than anyone imagined, and while we were having fun, we improved. To me, that's a tiny miracle.

Edward Grinnan, Editor, Guideposts

Source: Guideposts Greeting Cards, Copyright (c), http://www.guideposts.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

"Kid's Letters To President Bush”
By Bill Adler
Part 1 of 2 [Sep 12, 22]

Here are a few of the letters from the book.

Dear Mr. President: How much money does the president make? Could you please write and tell me because if it isn't enough money then I will become a dentist. Timothy U., age 7,Jamestown, NY

Do you have any friends in Congress? My mom says your only friend is the vice-president. Richard D., age 8, Greenwich, CT

Someday I hope there will be a woman president. But not my sister. She will drive everybody crazy----the Democrats and Republicans. A citizen, Lawrence K., age 8, Atlanta, GA

What is your favorite book? My mom said it is the Bible because you have to pray a lot. Kimberly W., age 8, Meriden, CT

Dear President Bush: Can you help with the weather in Seattle? It rains too much. My mom said not even the president can do anything about the weather. I hope she is wrong. We need more sunshine in Seattle. Elizabeth P., age 8, Seattle, WA

What does Congress do all day? My dad told me that Congress doesn't do anything but make trouble. Ralph N., Palm Beach, FL

Do you go to church on Sunday? I hope so because my mother says our country needs all the help we can get from God. Melissa, age 9, La Fayette, IN

I hope I can be president someday but my mother says first I should get a real job and work. Jerome F., age 7, New York, NY

I think you won the election because you were a better speaker even if a lot of people didn't know what you were talking about. Tracey O., age 10, Green Valley, AZ

My girlfriend Betsy and I would like to get married in the White House when we get married someday. We will be married in 20 years. Peter N., age 7, Bismarck, ND

Dear President Bush: What size shoes do you wear? My grandfather died last month and he left a lot of shoes and my brother and I would like to send you and the vice-president a pair of shoes. Do you like brown shoes or black shoes? We will shine the shoes before we send them to you. Joey P., age 8, Erie, PA

Source: Top Greetings


My husband and I had gone to a restaurant with friends. When the hostess led us to a circular booth, we noticed the vinyl seat was covered with crumbs and asked if it could be cleaned off.

The young woman sat down at one end of the booth, slid around to the other side, then sprang up with a smile as she asked, "Did I get it all?"

Source: Cybersalt Digest, http://www.cybersalt.org/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

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