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The Captain And The Lighthouse

Author Unkown and not a true story

In the darkest part of the night, a ships captain cautiously piloted his warship through the fog-shrouded waters. With straining eyes he scanned the hazy darkness, searching for dangers lurking just out of sight.

Then His worst fears were realised when he saw a bright light straight ahead. It appeared to be a vessel on a collision course with his ship. To avert disaster he quickly radioed the oncoming vessel.

“This is Captain Jeremiah Smith,” his voice crackled over the radio. “Please alter your course 10 degrees south! Over.”

To the captain’s amazement, the foggy image did not move. Instead, he heard back on the radio, “Captain Smith. This is Private Thomas Johnson. please alter your course 10 degrees north! Over.”

Appalled at the audacity of the message, the captain shouted back over the radio, “Private Johnson, this is Captain Smith, and I order you to immediately alter your course 10 degree south! Over.”A second time the oncoming light did not budge.

“With all due respect Captain Smith,” came the privates voice again, “I order you to alter your course immediately 10 degrees north! Over.”

Angered and frustrated that this impudent sailor would endanger the lives of his men and crew, the captain growled back over the radio, “Private Johnson. I can have you court-marshalled for this! For the last time, I command you on the authority of the United States government to alter your course 10 degrees to the South!  I am a battleship!”

“The privates final transmission was chilling: “Captain Smith, sir. Once again with all due respect, I command you to alter your course 10 degrees to the North! I am a lighthouse!”


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 story    Traveller’s Tales

   Source:  Hubbards Clipboard

The following story took place on a British Airways flight from Johaannesburg to London.

A middle-aged, well-off white South African lady had found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.

“What seems to be the problem, Madam?”, asked the attendant. “Can’t you see?”, she said. “You’ve sat me next to a kaffir. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!”

“Please calm down, Madam”, the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in business class or first class.”

The woman cocked a snooty look at the ouraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later the stewardess returned with the good news, which she delivered to the lady, who could not help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin.

“Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken with the cabin services director and business class is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class”.

Before the lady had a chance to answer, the stewardess continued…”It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person”.

With which the stewardess turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said “So if you’d like to get your things, Sir, I have your seat ready for you….”

On hearing this exchange, apparently the surrounding passengers gave a standing ovation while the black gentleman walked up to the front of the aeroplane.

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 Things Aren’t Always As They Appear

Author Unknown

Mr. Smith was flying from San Francisco to LA. Unexpectedly the plane stopped in Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft, the plan would re-board in 30 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one gentleman who was blind. Mr. Smith had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the blind man had flown before because his Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him throughout the entire flight.

The pilot approached the blind man, and calling him by name, said “Keith, we’re in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?” Keith replied “No thanks, but maybe the dog would like to stretch his legs”.

Now, picture this:Story, Things Aren't Always As They Appear

All the people in the gate area came to a complete quiet standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with the Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses.

People scattered.

They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

Remember, things aren’t always as they appear.

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Story – Mount Everest

Mike —  June 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

Mount Everest
Brian Cavanaugh

Inspiration and Motivation for YOU!Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain then known to man-29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.

He even made American Express card commercials because of it! However, until we read his book, High Adventure, we don’t understand that Hillary had to grow into this success.

You see, in 1952 he attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England asked him to address its members.

Hillary walked onstage to a thunderous applause. The audience was recognizing an attempt at greatness, but Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure. He moved away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform.

He made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain. He said in a loud voice, “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow…but I’m still growing!”

It’s What’s Inside
Author Unknown

Inspiration and Motivation for YOU!Several years ago, an elderly gentleman tried to make ends meet by selling balloons on a Chicago street corner. His business had its ups and downs.

Whenever business got a little slow, the salesman would release a few of his helium balloons.

First, a pink one, then a blue one and later a red one. Children would notice the colorful array of balloons andbusiness would pick up.

One day, a little boy sat across the street watching the balloon salesman. He was intrigued by the flying balloons. Towards the end of the day, the little boy walked over and tugged on the man’s coat sleeve.

Looking the balloons salesman in the eye, he asked, “Mister, if you let go of the orange balloon, would it go up?”

Touched by the boy’s sincerity, the balloon salesman looked at the little boy and responded with compassion and understanding. “Son, it’s what’s inside that makes these balloons go up.”

Father's Day, poem

My Son, Tommo, Whom I Love

Happy Father’s Day

“Walk a little slower, Daddy,” Said a little child so small.

“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they’re hard to see.

So walk a little slower, Daddy, for you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be.

Then I will have a little child who’ll want to follow me.

And I will want to lead just right and know that I was true.

So walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you.”


Expelled From Rome

Story, Pope, Jews About a century or two ago, the Pope decided that all the Jews had to leave Rome.  Naturally there was a big uproar from the Jewish community.  So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Jewish community.  If the Jewish person won, the Jews could stay.  If the Pope won, the Jews would leave.

The Jews realized that they had no choice.  So they picked a middle aged man named Moishe to represent them.  Moishe asked for one addition to the debate.  To make it more interesting, neither side would be allowed to talk.  The Pope agreed.

The day of the great debate came.  Moishe and the Pope sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.  Moishe looked back at him and raised one finger. The Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head.  Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat.  The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine.  Moishe pulled out an apple.  The Pope stood up and said, “I give up. This man is too good. The Jews can stay.”

An hour later, the Cardinals were all around the Pope asking him what had happened.  The Pope said, “First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity.  He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to both our religions.  Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us.  He responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us.  I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins.  He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin.  He had an answer for everything.  What could I do?”

Meanwhile, the Jewish community had crowded around Moishe. “What happened?” they asked. “Well,” said Moishe, “First he said to me that the Jews had three days to get out of here.  I told him that not one of us was leaving.  Then he told me that this whole city would be cleared of Jews.  I let him know that we were staying right here.”
“Yes, yes,.. and then???” asked the crowd.
“I don’t know,” said Moishe, “It was a bit strange.  He took out his lunch.  So I took out mine.”


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