mathBasic Math is the subject I teach at a small community college in western North Carolina. I call one part of the curriculum Practical Applications for Living in the Real World.

The day after I presented a lesson on simple and compound interest, one of my older students approached me in the hallway. "You really taught me a great deal about my life yesterday," he said.

"I realized I've been struggling with a lack of interest, compounded daily, for thirty years."

lemonThe woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove seemed way too qualified for the job.

"Look Miss," said the foreman, "do you have any experience in picking lemons?"

"Well... as a matter of fact, Yes!" she replied. "I've been divorced three times."

phone number buttonsMy mother began getting calls from people who misdialed the similar number of a new computer repair business.

Mom, who had had her number for years, asked the owner of the company to have the number changed.

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"There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience."

- French Proverb

fishing tackleWhen my nephew Arthur was little, the local pastor dropped by my sister's house for a visit. My brother-in-law, an avid fisherman, was preparing for a weekend at the lake when suddenly little Arthur bellowed, "My daddy's got worms!''

"Oh," replied the preacher,"You mean he's got fishing worms?"

With a straight face my nephew said: "No, he's got worms."

While he had a perplexed look on his face, only divine wisdom that comes from years of ministry kept the pastor from asking any further questions.

(Mike Burleson)


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