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Monday, March 12 2001

Winter fun (first on a new topc)

Today's first entry on a new topic is by Lisa Johns.

As for today's subject, I think that I could write for hours. So many memories, and it just seems like never enough time to write them or type them all down. When I think about all the winter activities back home, it is hard not to remember the funny mess ups that happened on occasion.

I can remember sliding down the high school hill and for some unknown reason being able to stop before you went out onto Cardiff Road. Or the time my best friend had her boyfriend bring her purse, that she forgot, to the school, and when he got there asked her to clean off the windshield and she replied, "which one, the back?" It was early and she was not quite awake yet.

I remember building this huge snowman one year and spraying it down with water later that night. Little did I know that the neighborhood tough guys tried to knock down my snowman...boy, did they get a surprise. Funny, I ended up marrying one of those guys, who confessed to the deed after we were married.

These are memories of our childhood, and a big part of back home for me. I wish my kids would have the winter fun that we had, but we don't get near (as much) snow here [Newburg, Pa.] as they get back home. If we only could have had camcorders to tape our fun times, it would make a great movie.

—Lisa Johns

Okay, everyone, I know it's only a week until the beginning of spring, but it's still not too late to remember winters...this one or past ones. What memories can you share with the list?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

A winter's tale

After being nearly snowbound for two weeks last winter, a Pennsylvania man departed for his vacation in Miami Beach, where he was to meet his wife the next day at the conclusion of her business trip to Chicago. They were looking forward to pleasant weather and a nice time together.

Unfortunately, there was some sort of mixup at the boarding gate, and the man was told he would have to wait for a later flight. He tried to appeal to a supervisor but was told the airline was not responsible for the problem and it would do no good to complain. Upon arrival at the hotel the next day, he discovered that Miami Beach was having a heat wave, and its weather was almost as uncomfortably hot as Pennsylvania's was cold. The desk clerk gave him a message that his wife would arrive as planned. He could hardly wait to get to the pool area to cool off, and quickly sent his wife an email but, in his haste, he made an error in the address. His message therefore arrived at the home of an elderly preacher's wife whose even older husband had died only the day before.

When the grieving widow opened her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out an anguished scream, and fell to the floor dead. Her family rushed to her room where they saw this message on the screen:

Dearest wife, Departed yesterday as you know. Just now got checked in. Some confusion at the gate. Appeal was denied. Received confirmation of your arrival tomorrow.

Your loving husband.

P.S. Things are not as we thought. You're going to be surprised at how hot it is down here.

Sent by Bonnie Turner

Lenten thought

The brothers asked the monk Agathon, "Among all good works, which one requires the greatest effort?"

He answered, "Forgive me, but I think there's no labor greater than that of prayer to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him, for they know that it is only by turning him from prayer that they can hinder his journey. Whatever good work a man undertakes, if he perseveres in it, he will attain rest. But prayer is warfare to the last breath."

Sent by Christopher Haas
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