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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 19, 2005
All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. - Sean O'Casey
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The story is told of a fire that destroyed 2,500 homes in 1991 in California. When the devastated owners returned and sifted through the black debris, they found that all their possessions had been reduced to soot. But one man and his daughter discovered a tiny porcelain rabbit.
They marveled that so fragile an object had survived intact. Other victims of that catastrophe also found pottery and porcelain items that had defied the inferno.
That Sunday after the disaster a local minister carried to his pulpit an unbroken vase which was the only thing recovered from his home. He asked his congregation, "Do you know why this is still here and my house is gone?" He answered his own question by saying, "Because this had passed through the fire once before."
Fiery trials may be very painful, but if by God's grace we endure them, our trust in God can emerge from the blazing furnace purer and stronger than it was before.
Source: Fair Dinkum, http://www.thedinkum.com/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
There is this rather old fashioned lady, always quite delicate and elegant especially in language. She and her husband were planning a week's vacation in Florida, so she wrote to a particular campground and asked for reservation.
She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn't quite know how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "bathroom commode." But when she wrote it down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again, rewrote the entire letter and referred to the bathroom commode as the "B.C." "Does the campground have its own B.C.?" is what she actually wrote.
Well, the campground owner wasn't old fashioned at all and when he got the letter he just couldn't figure out what the old woman was talking about. That "B.C." business really stumped him. After worrying about it for a while, he showed the letter to several campers, but they couldn't imagine what the lady meant either. So the camp owner, finally coming to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the local Baptist Church, sat down and wrote the following reply:
I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure of informing you that a B.C. is located 9 miles north of the campground, and is capable of seating 250 people at the same time. It is located at a beautiful pine grove and is open only on Sundays and Wednesdays. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunch along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late. My daughter met her husband in the B.C.
The last time my wife and I went was six years ago and it was so crowded, we had to stand up the whole time we were there. Sometimes it is so crowded, there are 5 to a seat.
It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They're going to hold it in the basement of the B.C.
I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely due to the lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in the cold weather.
If you do decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit you down and introduce you to all the other folks. We will be sure to have a seat up front where you can be seen by everyone. Remember, we are a friendly community.
(The campground owner)
Submitted by Larry Brown
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A man I had been dating was taking me home to see his family. At the airport, he walked through the metal-detector security gate and the alarm went off. It continued ringing as he divested himself of keys, watch and belt buckle. The guard demanded that he empty one last pocket. With a reluctant sigh, my friend pulled out a velvet-covered, metal jewelry box and opened it. Still standing under the security gate, he solemnly asked me to be his wife.
His proposal was accepted.
Contributed to "Life In These United States" by Elizabeth Thompson
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://dailyinbox.com
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But experienced users can do incredible things with the software. Today's Cool Site shows you what an expert can do with a photograph. This step-by-step tutorial will amaze you.
You'll pick up some good tips for working with your own photos. But there is something more important to be learned. You can't believe the pictures you see in fashion magazines (or any magazines, for that matter).
These days, it is standard practice to "touch up" photos before they're published. Unfortunately, they set an unattainable standard for impressionable youths. If you have children, show them this site. It will enlighten them.
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