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Good Morning,   !
Friday,  July 20, 2007
Wear something red today to show your support of the troops!

"We have had so much rain in New York City today, half of
the puddles in Times Square were actually water."
--- David Letterman

"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything;
"I will try" has performed wonders.
--- George P. Burnham

"I will do it", gets the job done.
--- DearWebby


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the world-famous
detective, Sherlock Holmes, was not above telling tales
about himself in which he was the laughing-stock.

In one situation, he was waiting at a taxi stand outside the
railway station in Paris.  When a taxi pulled up, he placed
his suitcase in the car and took a seat next to it.

"Where can I take you, Mr. Doyle?'' asked the taxi driver.

Doyle was flabbergasted.  He asked the driver whether he
knew him by sight.  "No, sir, I have never seen you before."
The puzzled Doyle asked him how he knew he was Conan Doyle.

The driver said, "This morning's paper had a story about you
being on vacation in Marseilles.  This is the taxi stand where
people who return from Marseilles always come.  Your skin
color tells me you have been on vacation.  The ink spot on your
right index finger suggests to me that you're a writer.  Your
clothing is very English, and not French.  And so, I deduced
that you are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."

Doyle remarked, "This is truly amazing.  You are a real life
counterpart to my fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes."

"There is one other thing that gave you away," the driver said,
after pocketing his tip.

"What is that?" questioned Doyle.

The driver said, "Your name is on the front of your suitcase."


A couple was taking a stroll through a park, when they came
upon a wishing well.  The woman leaned over, made a wish and
threw a quarter down the well.

Her husband decided that he also wanted to make a wish.
Unfortunately, he leaned over too far and fell down the well.

The woman stood there in shock for a moment and said,
"Wow!  It really works!"


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Thanks to Kati for bringing back this classic:
He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and
then was afraid to come down. The Pastor coaxed, offered
warm milk, etc.

The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy
enough to climb, so the Pastor decided that if he tied a rope
to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then r
each up and get the kitten.

That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in
the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further,
the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten.
But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke.

The tree went "boing!" and the kitten instantly sailed through
the air - out of sight.

The Pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood
asking people if they'd seen a little kitten.

No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten So he prayed,
"Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on
about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one
of his church members. He happened to look into her s
hopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman
was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her,
"Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"

She replied, "You won't believe this," and then told him how
her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept
refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, s
o the Mom finally told her little girl, "Well, if God gives you a cat,
I'll let you keep it."

She told the Pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard,
get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor,
you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten
suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws
outspread, and landed right in front of her."


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