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river joke
Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large, raging violent river. Needing to get on the other side, the first man prayed, “God, please give me the strength to cross the river.”

Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about two hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed, “God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river.”

Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed, “God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river.”

Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred meters up stream and walked across the bridge.


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magic enthusiasm
If you regularly follow the news in any way, shape, or form, then you’re painfully aware that there’s always something terrible that’s just happened. Somewhere in the world, someone’s just killed or attacked someone in some atrocious way. Every day, more of the same occurs. More death. More killings. More heinous acts of aggression. Day after day, the horror stories continue. My shock barely subsides from having learned about one atrocity before I hear about a new one. My ears are tired of hearing these sad stories, and my heart is weary from aching about them.

Because there are so many stories of evil being reported all the time – so many reminders of all the bad in the world being prevailed upon us all the time, I think that it’s easy sometimes for good and decent people to start feeling useless and like a minority. We can easily feel like we’re outnumbered and surrounded by the bad guys – like we’re wasting our time being kind and caring and thoughtful. What difference does it really make? Evil continues in every corner of the globe. The bad guys continue to dominate our news stories. Our small influence of good seems inconsequential. It seems like our small acts of kindness will never really impact or cause change in the world – that we’ll never really help make a difference. I know I often feel this way. It’s easy to sometimes feel short on hope and big on defeated.


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king of jungle joke
A lion woke up one morning with the urge to assert his superiority over his fellow beasts.

He strode over to a monkey and roared, “Who is the Mightiest of Animals?”

“You are, Master,” said the monkey, cowering.

Then the lion approached a warthog. “Who is the Mightiest of Animals?” he roared.

“You are, my Lord,” said the warthog, quivering with fear.

Next the lion met an elephant. “Who is the Mightiest of Animals?” he roared.

The elephant grabbed the lion with his trunk, swung him in the air, slammed him ten times against a tree trunk, threw him into a dense patch of thorns, and strolled away.

“Okay!” shouted the lion. “There’s no need to turn nasty just because you don’t know the answer to my question!”


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She arrived at approximately 6:00 PM (EST) on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Lily Grace. All pink and perfect. All 6 pounds 15 ounces of her. All bright and beautiful.

Lily Grace.

She’s extra special. She’s a happy first in so very many ways.

Her parents are now first-time parents because of her. Her grandparents (on both sides) are now first-time grandparents because of her. Her aunts and uncles (on both sides) are now first-time aunts and uncles because of her. My parents (if they were still with us) would have been first-time Great Grandparents because of her.

Lily Grace.

Because of her, I’m a first-time Great Aunt.

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