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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 19, 2006
There are no diamonds if coal is not crushed and heated...
There is no oil, if olives are not squeezed...
No wine, if grapes are not pressed...
No perfume, if flowers are not crushed...
Have you felt any pressure in life today?
Don't worry... God is just bringing out the best in you!
Source: Monday Fodder
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Rev. Jones, a retired United Methodist pastor, tells his hurricane Katrina story: His daughter had been begging him to drive to Atlanta and stay with her in the storm's aftermath. There was only one problem: He didn't have any money. He had money in the bank, but it wasn't open. They were penniless. He couldn't get to Atlanta. He had no place to go.
When the hurricane came, he and his wife left their home and went to a shelter. After the storm had passed, they were allowed back into the city to grab a few belongings. When they entered the house, the water was still knee high, but Rev. Jones was determined to see what he could salvage.
As he went into his flooded house, he saw several framed family photos floating in the water. He really didn't see anything else to save, so he grabbed the pictures and left. Back at the shelter, he took the photos out of their frames so they could dry out.
When he removed his father's picture, money fell out of the frame. He couldn't believe his find as he counted out $366. Even more astounding was the fact that his father had died in 1942. Rev. Jones was only 12 years old at the time. He had no idea that the money was in the frame. He doesn't know how it got there or when it was put there, but it was enough to pay for him and his wife to make their way to Atlanta.
Source: Chapnotes, mailto:ChapnotesMail@aol.com?Subject=Subscribe
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Bank president, advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Company, 1903:
"The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is a novelty, a fad."
David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920's:
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
"Rock and Roll - It will be gone by June." - Variety Magazine, 1955
Submitted by Nancy A Thomas
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Put your ear to the ground, your shoulder to the wheel and your nose to the grindstone. Now try to work in that position.
Submitted by Robin Banks
An Unusual Honeymoon
What would be worse than spending your honeymoon in a tent? How about sharing the tent with other people, including your ex- boyfriend. That's what happened to Oregon-bound pioneer Narcissa Whitman.
Narcissa Whitman and her husband, Marcus, were the first family to travel to Oregon in a covered wagon. Their epic trip was an important event in American history, but the first few months of their marriage were certainly quite strange.
Marcus, a Presbyterian missionary, first met the devout Narcissa in New York in 1835. After knowing each other only a couple of days, they decided to marry. Soon they were headed west--sent by the Presbyterian church to minister to the Native Americans in Oregon Country.
But the Whitmans did not travel alone. They were accompanied by another missionary couple, Henry and Eliza Spaulding. Henry had proposed earlier to Narcissa, but she had turned him down flat.
Despite the awkward situation, the four pioneers seemed to get along fairly well, although the Spauldings and Whitmans did split up when they arrived in Oregon Country.
Today, in a remote section of Wyoming, there still stands a stone monument commemorating Narcissa and Eliza as the first white women to travel across the Rockies. The monument doesn't mention whether their husbands got along.
Submitted by Lorraine