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Friday, November 26, 2010

Story Title: Ruth & Her Visitor

You may have read this story. I received this via the email... again.
I've read this a few times already and have always liked it.
Hope you like it too...

Story Title: Ruth & Her Visitor

Ruth went to her mail box and there was only one letter.
She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again.
There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address.

She read the letter:

Dear Ruth,

I`m going to be in your 
neighborhood Saturday afternoon 
and I'd like to stop by for a visit.

Love Always,


Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. 

'Why would the Lord want to visit me?
I'm nobody special. I don't have anything to offer..'
With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets.
'Oh my goodness, I really don't have anything to offer. 
I'll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner.'
She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. 
Five dollars and forty cents.
Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least..'
She threw on her coat and hurried out the door.
A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, 
and a carton of milk...
leaving Ruth with grand total twelve cents to last her until Monday...
Nonetheless, she felt good as she headed home, 
her meager offerings tucked under her arm.

'Hey lady, can you help us,lady?'

Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, 
she hadn't even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway.
A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags.

'Look lady, I ain't got a job, you know, 
and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, 
and, well, now it's getting cold and we're getting kinda
hungry and, well, if you could help us. 
Lady, we'd really appreciate it.'

Ruth looked at them both.
They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly, she was certain 
that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to..

'Sir, I'd like to help you, but I'm a poor woman myself. 
All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, 
and I'm having an important guest for dinner tonight 
and I was planning on serving that to Him.'

'Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway.'

The man put his arm around the woman's
shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley..

As she watched them leave, 
Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart.

'Sir, wait!'

The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them..

'Look, why don't you take this food. 
I'll figure out something else to serve my guest.'

She handed the man her grocery bag.

'Thank you lady. Thank you very much!'

'Yes, thank you!' It was the man's wife, 
and Ruth could see now that she was shivering

'You know, I've got another coat at home.
Here, why don't you take this one.'
Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman's shoulders.

Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street....
without her coat and with nothing to serve her guest.

'Thank you lady!
Thank you very much!'

Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, 
and worried too.

The Lord was coming to visit and she didn't have anything to offer Him.
She fumbled through her purse for the door key. 
But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox.

'That's odd. The mailman doesn't usually come twice in one day.'

Dear Ruth,

It was so good to see you again.
Thank you for the lovely meal.
And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat.

Love Always,

The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.


Wall Table Tennis ~ My Childhood

I remember playing table-tennis with the wall at home using the dining table?
This video brought back some memories for me, although this one's more sophisticated.

Wall Table Tennis
Ping pong demo
Video Embedded from YouTube:
Original Source:
Here’s a video of Taiwoon trying out his super cool ping  pong table…

My Childhood, Video, Table Tennis,

News ~ Corruption Does NOT Pay

Keeping One's Job Pays More.

Crime Does Not Pay
Do The Right Thing... Always

News ~ Music Lessons Pay Off In Higher Education & Higher Earnings

It's a 2007 survey but I think it still holds true... for most that is.
Music Lessons Pay Off In Higher Education & Higher Earnings.

Music Survey:

"Those hours practicing piano scales 
or singing with a choral group weren't for nothing 
because people with a background in music 
tend to have a higher education and earn more, 
according to a new survey."

Music lessons pay off in higher earnings: poll
TORONTO | Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:33pm EST

TORONTO (Reuters Life!) - Those hours practicing piano scales or singing with a choral
group weren't for nothing because people with a background in music tend to have a
higher education and earn more, according to a new survey.

The poll by Harris Interactive, an independent research company, showed that 88 percent
of people with a post-graduate education were involved in music while in school, and 83
percent of people earning $150,000 or more had a music education.

"Part of it is the discipline itself in learning music, it's a rigorous discipline, and in an
ensemble situation, there's a great deal of working with others. Those types of skills stand
you well in careers later in life," said John Mahlmann, of the National Association for
Music Education in Reston, Virginia, which assisted in the survey.

In addition to the practical skills gained from studying music, people questioned in the
online poll said it also gave them a sense of personal fulfillment.

Students who found music to be extremely or very influential to their fulfillment were
those who had vocal lessons and who played in a garage band. Nearly 80 percent of the
2,565 people who took part in the survey last month who were still involved in music felt
the same way.

"That's the beauty of music, that they can bring both hard work and enjoyment together,
which doesn't always happen elsewhere," Mahlmann added in and interview.