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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 25, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. - Ethel Percy Andrus

Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/


Many years ago two young men with long records of crime and delinquency robbed the YMCA on the lower east side of New York City. On their way out of the door they noticed a man at the telephone switchboard. Fearing that he would call the police, the young men grabbed him and beat him savagely with brass knuckles and a black jack. Thinking that he was dead, they then stuffed him behind a radiator near the swimming pool and left.

Later that evening Gertrude Ederle, the famous swimmer, was walking near the pool and stepped in some blood, slipped, screamed, and then found Donald Tippet's body. Tippet was rushed to the hospital where for days he lingered between life and death. Eventually he lived, but one eye had been so badly damaged that it could not be saved.

Meanwhile the two young men were caught and brought to trial. Their past record assured they would get a long sentence. At this point, Donald Tippet did an amazing thing. He asked that the two young men be put in his custody. He believed in them, believed they could be changed.

One of the boys refused to change and was soon caught for another crime. The other boy however was more receptive. He went on to college. Eventually he went to medical school and became a surgeon, an eye surgeon. The late Bishop Everett Palmer wrote of this surgeon, "I wonder if he ever performs one of those delicate operations without stopping to think of that night in the YMCA and of a young man, who later became Bishop Donald Tippet of the San Francisco area, whose confidence changed his life."

There is something life changing about that kind of love. Who could help but be touched by it? What we need today is not a revival that would bring more people into church. What we need is a revival that would motivate us to take Christ's redemptive love out into the world.

Collected Sermons, King Duncan, http://www.eSermons.com

Source: Illustrations, http://www.cybersaltlists.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

On Aging

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast relief."

I've tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age, but they haven't made one called "Buns of Putty."

Don't think of it as getting hot flashes. Think of it as your inner child playing with matches.

Source: Monday Fodder mailto:daveaufrance@gmail.com?Subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder


As I was dropping my son off at daycare the other day, I overheard some of the children talking about their siblings.

"My brother takes karate lessons," bragged one.

"My sister takes gymnastics," said another.

Not to be outdone, the youngest piped up, "My sister takes antibiotics!"

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

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Have you ever wondered how often people search for certain phrases on Google? I'll admit it probably isn't on most people's minds.

But you learn interesting things by watching what people search for on the Internet. There are many sites that will show you what people are trying to find. Few are as amusing as Googlefight, though.

Put in the two terms and click Make a fight. You'll see two animated stick figures duke it out. Then the winner is shown, along with the number of times each term was entered.

This is handy if you want to keep up with what's popular. But if you just want a laugh, check the popular fights or past 20 fights. They're quite amusing.

I spent a while comparing the popularity of search phrases. I was most happy to see that "good" triumphed over "evil!"

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