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WITandWISDOM(tm) Ė September 1, 2006
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"The great tragedy of life is not death, but what dies inside of us while we live." - Norman Cousins

Source: TIPS by Dr Philip E. Humbert, Copyright (c) 2006, all rights reserved. U.S. Library of Congress ISSN: 1529-059X, http://www.philiphumbert.com


Sam Rayburn was Speaker of the House of Representatives longer than any other man in our history. There is a story about him that reveals the kind of man he really was.

The teenage daughter of a friend of his died suddenly one night. Early the next morning the man heard a knock on his door, and, when he opened it, there was Mr, Rayburn standing outside.

The Speaker said, "I just came by to see what I could do to help."

The father replied in his deep grief, "I donít think there is anything you can do, Mr. Speaker. We are making all the arrangements."

"Well," Mr. Rayburn said, "have you had your coffee this morning?"

The man replied that they had not taken time for breakfast. So Mr. Rayburn said that he could at least make coffee for them. While he was working in the kitchen, the man came in and said, "Mr. Speaker, I thought you were supposed to be having breakfast at the White House this morning."

"Well I was," Mr. Rayburn said, "but I called the President and told him I had a friend who was in trouble, and I couldnít come."

From: Nelsonís Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, Robert J. Morgan

Source: SermonCentral Weekly Newsletter,

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

I have 2 Labrador Retrievers & I was buying a large bag of Purina at Wal-Mart and was in line to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog. On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care unit with tubes coming out of me all over the place and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry & that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a guy who was behind her. Horrified, she asked if I'd ended up in the hospital in that condition because I had been poisoned. I told her no; it was because I'd been barking in the street and a car hit me.

I thought one guy was going to have a heart attack, he was laughing so hard as he staggered out the door.

Source: Laughter for a Saturday


A fisherman accidentally left his day's catch under the seat of a bus. The next evening's newspaper carried an ad: "If the person who left a bucket of fish on the No.47 bus would care to come to the garage, you can have the bus."

Submitted by Gerry

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

I taught a "gifted and talented" class made up of particularly bright fifth-and sixth-graders. In the midst of a lesson on the power of observation, I realized that I was wearing two different styles of shoes. Trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, I moved behind my desk and concluded the lesson from there, thankful that the students didn't seem to have noticed. The next day, I discovered that my lesson had been learned all too well. Before me sat a class of bright, smiling students -- each wearing mismatched shoes.

Contributed to "All In a Day's Work" by Cheryl C. Nestor

Source: Beliefnet Presents, http://www.beliefnet.com/user/newsletter_choose.asp

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