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Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while a student nurse, I found an elderly gentleman, already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital.

After a discussion about rules being followed, he reluctantly let me wheel him into the elevator.

On the way down, I asked him if his wife was meeting him. “I don’t know,” he said with a smile on his face. “She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.”


The minister was  preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to  ask the congregation to come up with more money  than they were expecting for repairs to the church  building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had  been brought in at the last minute. The substitute  wanted to know what to play.

“Here’s a copy of  the service,” he said impatiently. “But, you’ll  have to think of something to play after I make  the announcement about the finances.”

During  the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the  roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and  we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.”

At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star  Spangled  Banner.”

And that is how the substitute became the regular  organist!


While driving in  Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage.

The owner of the  carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign...

“Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in the exhaust.”  

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