“The heart that gives is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” (Douglas Wood)

Hours after the end of the world, a border dispute emerged between Heaven and Hell. God invited the devil for conversations to find a way to resolve this dispute quickly. Satan, the devil, proposed a football game between Heaven and Hell.

God, always fair, told the devil, “The heat must be affecting your brain. The game would be so one-sided. Don’t you know all the ‘good’ players go to Heaven?”

The devil, smiling, responded, “Yeah, but we’ve got all the refs ...”

I found another old issue of the Northwest Signal with a date of Nov. 5, 1974. Besides various news and sports stories, I found some interesting advertisements. Kentucky Fried Chicken (way before KFC) noted a Tuesday special of a chicken dinner box for $1.29 and it included three pieces of hot, tender, “finger lickin’ good” chicken, plus cole slaw, whipped potatoes, gravy and rolls.

You could “dine out” at the Southside Restaurant on Wednesday and dig deep in your pockets for $2.50 to get a 10-oz T-bone, with salad bar and choice of potatoes. If you waited until Friday, you could buy all the fish you care to eat for $1.45, which included salad bar and choice of potato, once again.

If you wanted a movie to go along with that meal, “China Town” was ending that night, but “The Great Gatsby” with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow was about to start, with a double feature showing of “Bang the Drum Slowly.”

Those were the days, weren’t they?

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.” (Sam Lefkowitz)

Mike’s grandmother enjoyed gambling. She would play cards with anyone and loved scratch-off lottery tickets. One day Mike received a call that his grandmother had passed away and he went for a walk. During the walk, he came across a lottery stand. He looked to the heavens and asked Grandma to send him a number. Two and six popped into his head. He pleaded, “I need a third number!” but he got nothing. Not knowing what to do, he played 126. The winning number came out to be 026.

“If the only prayer you said in your life was ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart)

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