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The joy of ‘crackpots’: This was sent in by a reader. An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.” The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.” Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Blue and Debo need homes: Cheryl Wicks sent this along. The dogs can be viewed at these Web sites, or the shelter: http://www.newdawndogrescue.org or http://www.newdawnrescue.petfinder.org online. Here’s what their humans said: “We had to turn Blue over to the animal shelter because our other dogs keep wanting to fight poor Blue. To keep her safe from any harm, we turned her over to the shelter. Blue’s around 4 years old, spayed, medium/large in size, walks on a leash, sits when asked, housetrained, enjoys rides in the car, she’s friendly, shy at the shelter, playful, sweet, smart and alert, Blue did very well around our children.”

This is what Debo’s owner had to say. “We had to turn Debo over to the animal shelter because we have too many dogs to care for, six dogs in all. Debo’s 3 years old, neutered, up on shots, is medium in size, walks on a leash, sits when asked, housetrained, enjoys rides in the car, he’s friendly, loving, playful, has had some obedence training, sweet, smart and alert, Debo did very well around our children and the other five dogs. Call Cheryl at 272-8833.



Shape Note Sing: Shape Note is an American-Hymn-singing tradition with a cappella four-part harmony (like in “Cold Mountain.”) Sunday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 273-3844. No charge and books are provided.

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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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