Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 11, 2000
"An invalid was told that she could never escape from his prison of pain and weakness. ’Oh, well,’ she replied, ’there is a lot of living to be found within your
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jan 3, 2001
When they first manufactured golf balls, they made the covers smooth. Then they discovered that after a ball had been roughed up one could get more distance out of it. So they started manufacturing them with dimpled covers.
Contributed by Harold White on Jan 5, 2001
Travel has changed:
More than two hundred years ago George Washington traveled from Virginia to Washington D.C. by horseback. It could take him ten days traveling at a speed of twenty five miles per day.
Today astronauts can enter a space shuttle and travel at twenty five thousand miles per
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jan 6, 2001
Sometimes His ways are hard to understand at the time, I can offer a personal example: Teenage children can be quite a trial, even a pain! 25 years ago my son was! He was keen on old vehicles that he intended to renovate. Against my better judgement, so I thought at the time, he acquired an old
Contributed by Bill Prater on Jan 12, 2001
Bette Nesmith had a good secretarial job in a Dallas bank when she ran across a problem that interested her. Her thought was, there must be a better way to correct typewriter errors? Having had some art experience, she knew that artists who worked in oils just painted over their errors. So she
Contributed by Rich Young on Jan 18, 2001
One day Linus and Charlie Brown are walking along and chatting with one another. Linus says, "I don’t like to face problems head on. I think the best way to solve problems is to avoid them. In fact, this is a distinct philosophy of
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
A compassionate man once noticed an emperor moth struggling to emerge through a small hole in its cocoon and decided to assist it. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the cocoon. The moth emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The little moth spent the rest of
Contributed by Victor Yap on Jan 23, 2001
Frank Layden, the former coach of Utah Jazz in the seventies, had problems with a basketball player, and so he summoned the talented but troubled man to his office. Looking the player in the eye, the coach finally asked, "My son, I can¡¦t understand it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?" What was
Contributed by Victor Yap on Jan 29, 2001
When skater Michelle Kwan was 13, the junior skater went behind her coach Frank Carroll¡¦s back, submitted her application for senior competition for the next Olympics, and prepared herself for a spot on the team. Kwan then pleaded with her coach to allow her to compete with skaters older than her,
Contributed by Richard Jones on Nov 1, 2000
Many years ago, executives of the Time-Life publishing organization discovered that the company’s profit margin had shrunk to an alarmingly low level. Consequently, they began an intensive effort to try to cut costs.
Efficiency experts suggested that substantial savings could be effected in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 30, 2001
Thomas Carlyle, the noted historian, had just spent two years writing a book on the French Revolution. On the day he finished his manuscript he gave his only copy to a colleague, John Stuart Mill, to read and critique.
But, then the unthinkable occurred. Mill’s servant used Carlyle’s
Contributed by Ross Mitchell on Jan 30, 2001
An elderly Christian lady, who was crippled with arthritis, used to
hobble to the services of the church on crutches. It was a great ordeal and
required of her a considerable amount of toil and pain. A friend of hers observed
her regular and faithful attendance and asked, "How
Contributed by Mark Hensley on Oct 18, 2000
Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?" he replied. "They’re
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 31, 2001
Warren Wiersbe writes, "Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to count it all joy! If we live only
Contributed by Gene Barron on Feb 2, 2001
Something is radically wrong with homes today. The family is under fire and home life is disintegrating. Year by year the stress put on marriages grows greater. In 1870 there was one divorce for every 34 marriages. By 1900 it was one in five, and by 1950 it was one in
Contributed by Ted Sutherland on Feb 17, 2001
Charles Schultz, in a peanuts comic strip showed a conversation between Lucy and Charlie Brown. Lucy said that life is like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they are going; some place it so they can see where they have been; and some place it so they
Contributed by George Rennau on Feb 19, 2001
A condemned prisoner awaiting execution was granted the usual privilege of choosing the dishes he wanted to eat for his last meal. He ordered a large mess of mushrooms.
"Why all the mushrooms and nothing else?" inquired the guard.
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 26, 2001
Shohoiya Yokowai spent 28 years of his life in prison. It was not a prison of bars & locks & wardens, but a self-imposed prison of fear. He was a Japanese soldier on the island of Guam during WW2. And when the American forces landed, he fled into the jungle & found a cave in which he hid for 28
Our national pride is not always what it seems to be:
On the sixth day God turned to the Archangel Gabriel and said, “Today I am going to create a land called Canada. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It shall have tall majestic mountains full of mountain goats and eagles,
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Mar 13, 2001
Sir Douglas Bader was a pilot who lost both his legs in a plane crash before WW2. He was fitted with artificial legs & resumed flying. In 1939, when Germany & England went to war, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force.
Flying with two artificial legs, he shot down 22 enemy airplanes in the Battle