To Quip


Cheerful people resist disease better than glum ones. In other words, the surly bird catches the germ.


In Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg tell this story:

A newly promoted colonel had moved into a makeshift office during the Gulf War. He was just getting unpacked when out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a private with a toolbox coming his way.

Wanting to seem important, he grabbed the phone: "Yes, General Schwarzkopf. Of course, I think that's an excellent plan." He continued: "You've got my support on it. Thanks for checking with me. Let's touch base again soon, Norm. Goodbye."

"And what can I do for you?" he asked the private.

"Uhhh, I'm just here to hook up your phone."


It's time to recycle those leftover holiday fruitcakes. That's right. You can have your cake and use it, too.* Just consider the possibilities:

Pot-hole filler

Shot put

Speed bump

Boat anchor

Flower press

Bed warmer (heat to 350 ...

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From Issue:Fall 1996: Developing Leaders
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