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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 29, 2006
It's better to tell your money where to go, than to ask where it went. - American Proverb
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In Conspiracy of Kindness, Steve Sjogren (pronounced Show-gren) tells the true story of Joe Delaney and his eight-year-old son, Jared, who were playing catch in their backyard.
Jared asked, "Dad, is there a God?"
Joe replied that he went to church only a few times when he was a kid; he really had no idea.
Jared ran into the house. "I'll be right back!" he yelled.
Moments later he returned with a helium balloon from the circus, a pen, and an index card. "I'm going to send God an airmail message," Jared explained. "Dear God," wrote Jared, "if
you are real, and you are there, send people who know you to Dad and me."
God, I hope you're watching, Joe thought, as they watched the balloon and message sail away.
Two days later, Joe and Jared pulled into a car wash sponsored by Sjogren's church. When Joe asked, "How much?" Sjogren answered, "It's free. No strings attached. We just want to show God's love in a practical way."
"Are you guys Christians, the kind of Christians who believe in God?" Joe asked.
Sjogren said, "Yes, we're that kind of Christians." From that encounter, Steve led Joe to faith in Christ. Many people may be only one act of kindness from meeting a true Christian.
From: Fresh Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching (Baker), from the editors of Leadership., http://isbn.nu/0801091012
Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Two Irishmen have set up a company selling dirt to Americans.
Alan Jenkins, 65, from Lisburn and agricultural scientist Pat Burke, 27, from Tipperary, say the demand for the "official Irish dirt" has been "phenomenal."
The pair have just sold their first $1m shipment of muck to the US.
Mr Burke has used his scientific background to patent a way of processing the soil to pass US import regulations, meaning it is disease-free and contains no Irish insects.
An elderly New York businessman has already placed a $100,000 order so he can be fully buried in Irish soil.
The 0.75lb bags of soil sell for $15 each, reports the BBC.
Source: Ananova (10-30-06) http://www.ananova.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Tidbits of Wit
Bumper Sticker: 'Don't lend money to friends. It causes amnesia.'
The food in the hospital was so bad I asked to be put back on the intravenous feeding.
Church Bulletin Blooper: Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again" giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
Source: Smile a Day Newsletter (c), http://www.net153.com/best.htm
LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- Seventeen former Southern California high school classmates who made a pact 30 years ago to reunite every Thanksgiving are, so far, as good as their word.
They were "football jocks," the Los Angeles Times reported, who formed the "Last Man Society" when they were coming to the end of their time together at Corona del Mar High School. They pledged to get together every Thanksgiving as long as they lived -- wherever they lived -- to play some football.
They got a parent to get them a bottle of champagne, and pasted the pledge where the label had been -- and the last survivor would pop the cork and toast the 16 who had gone before.
With few exceptions -- such as military deployment or personal crisis -- most of the 17 have managed to show up each year. This Thanksgiving, they're holding their 30th get-together, the Times said.
So far, they're all still standing, and many still live in Southern California but don't see each other much. But as Greg Wilfahrt, who now lives in San Diego, says: "I would never miss it, unless I'm on the wrong side of the dirt."
Source: ArcaMax - Trivia, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44