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Attention Grabbers

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We live in an increasingly distracting world. Public speakers find that "attention grabbers" are useful and at times even necessary in getting their audiences to focus. Newspapers have to do this with headlines. Today I'm posting some headlines that grab the attention for one reason or another. I suspect that some of them were more arresting than the person writing them had hoped for, like the one on the right.

Here's one from this summer that makes you wonder if they understand what a tie is.

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Even an elementary school student could catch the typo in this one, if he or she has learned the ditty "Capital M, I S S, I S S...."

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Por Favor or Poor Favor?

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Hi! It's that time of the year again, and I need a small favor. I ask this only since we're friends, and not just on Facebook. We're going away on vacation and need someone to drop by to water our plants while we're gone. The plants are mostly geraniums and begonias. They're so pretty right now, and we don't want them to die while we're gone.

If it's not too much trouble, in this hot weather the ones in pots will probably need to be watered every day.

We'll be gone for only a week. Below is a picture for your reference of this year's plantings.
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Doctor, Doctor!

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Surgery was postponed. The first doctor who read the MRI thought Nora needed surgery. This morning the spine doctor wanted to try treating it with a steroid epidural and very strong pain meds first to give the ruptured disc the opportunity to heal on its own. She had the treatment this morning and is now resting. She may need to go back Monday for another treatment if this one was not enough. She was somewhat disappointed because she wanted the pain to be gone right away, but we are taking this step as from the Lord and praying that it might be enough without the surgery. Thanks so much for all your prayers and well wishes!

Today's post is a series of "doctor, doctor...." jokes.

Doctor, doctor, there's a lettuce leaf growing out my ear.
Hmmmm, I'm afraid that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Doctor, doctor, I have a strawberry growing out of my head.
Don't worry. I'll give you some cream to put on it.

Doctor, doctor, I can't stop singing the "Green, Green Grass of Home."
Sounds like you have Tom Jones syndrome.
Is it common?
It's not unusual.
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Prayer Request

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Our daughter Nora has had intense pain in her back and leg this past week especially. She had an MRI this morning and is scheduled for back surgery tomorrow morning. Please pray for her as she awaits and faces surgery and for the surgeon as he seeks to remedy the problem. I will update you as soon as I can. For those who don't know her personally, here's a picture of Nora and her boyfriend Topher.

I'll pass on any words of encouragement left for her in the comments.


How to Cool Off

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Is it hot where you are living? Here the temps have been hovering around the 100° mark for several days, and it looks like the same for today. People are trying all sorts of things to cool off and to stay cool. We are blessed to live in a part of the country where just about everything is air conditioned, unlike some parts of the North where they don't have air conditioning because "they don't need it." (They need to remember the weather they're having right now the next time they say "we don't need it.")

One thing we need to do as we deal with the heat is to stay hydrated. Water is the best thing to drink, but when that becomes boring, here are some other beverages you could try ... if you can find them, that is.

This drink must be a Gatorade-type beverage.

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