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Friday, March 1 2002

Time warps

Yesterday I spent too much of my writing time working on my new webpage, Xnmp, and it seems to have put my muse to flight (a poetical way of saying my inspiration is all dried up, for those not inclined to use the online dictionary). I thought I had enough Berkeley-inspired campus vignettes to get through the week, but now, nothing. So rather than try to force it, I'll instead share an exchange from Thurday's email.

I told my correspondent a family "legend" that has stayed with me for over 50 years. When my brother Bob was in the Air Force, he came home on furlough from San Antonio, Texas, riding an Indian motorcycle (this around 1950). He took brother Gary, then probably 12, for a ride on the motorcycle, and when they got back, Gary reported to the family that when they came to the Sawmill Hill dip just west of Revloc, Bob threw up his arms and yelled, "Ya-hoo, San Antone!" For years afterward someone in the car would repeat that line whenever we went down Sawmill, and I still think of it every time I do.

That's a bit amusing, but what I really want to share is part of the answer I got back, a "time warp" that gave me goosebumps while reading it:

About you thinking of your brother every time you drive (Sawmill Hill)...you thought it was weird...not really. The same kind of feeling happens to me every time I drive through Nanty Glo. One specific incident replays in my mind. Coming out of the Miner's Hall after the record hop...it had snowed while the dance was going on and when it was over we spilled out to the street and the snow was about eight inches deep and just glistening in the streetlights. We went to K&B walking through the fresh snow...when I go through Nanty Glo, I get this "feeling." ...I can smell the Miner's Hall, our winter coats, K&B...it's spooky. It's like a little piece of life has been put on "hold" or stuck in a time warp.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Don't argue with a woman

A couple went on vacation to a fishing resort up north. The husband liked to fish at the crack of dawn. The wife liked to read. One morning the husband returned after several hours of fishing and decided to take a short nap. Although she wasn't familiar with the lake, the wife decided to take the boat. She rowed out a short distance, anchored, and returned to reading her book.

Along came the sheriff in his boat. He pulled up alongside her and said, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"

"Reading my book," she replied...as she thought to herself, "duh -- isn't it obvious?"

"You're in a restricted fishing area," he informed her. "But officer, I'm not fishing. Can't you see that?"

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with rape," snapped the irate woman.

"But, I haven't even touched you," groused the sheriff.

"Yes, that's true, she replied, "but you do have all the equipment."

MORAL: Never argue with a woman who knows how to read. It's likely she can also think.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Devotion

Enoch (Genesis 5:21-24) walked with God; he enjoyed a relationship with God; and he pleased God. We could accurately say he was devoted to God. This is the meaning of godliness. The New Testament word for godliness, in its original meaning, conveys the idea of a personal attitude toward God that results in actions that are pleasing to God. This personal attitude toward God is what we call devotion to God. But it is always devotion in action. It is not just a warm, emotional feeling about God, the kind of feeling we may get while singing some grand old hymn of praise or some modern-day chorus of worship. Neither is devotion to God merely a time of private Bible reading and prayer, a practice we sometimes call "devotions." Although this practice is vitally important to a godly person, we must not think of it as defining devotion for us. Devotion is not an activity; it is an attitude toward God.

—Jerry Bridges
Men's Devotional Bible - New International Version

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