Spider's Night on the Boom

Written by Gary E. Anderson

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"Play him!" I yelled, "Move you leg up and down to take uprepparttar slack!"

"Are you crazy? Help me outta here!" Spider shouted.

After a few minutes, Digger and I found that by tilting Spider's huge torso at various angles, we could play Old Granddad fairly well. It was quite a fight, but pretty noisy, what with Spider fillingrepparttar 118166 air with sputtering and cussing. And it got worse when I accidentally stepped on Spider's fingers and he let go ofrepparttar 118167 boom—taking off downstream.

I had to think fast. I took my pole and cast in Spider's direction. As luck would have it, I snaggedrepparttar 118168 big guy's pant leg onrepparttar 118169 first cast. Spider let out a yelp when I yanked back to setrepparttar 118170 hook, butrepparttar 118171 hook stuck.

Spider did a set of ungainly splits inrepparttar 118172 water, with me pulling on one leg and a 40-pound catfish pulling onrepparttar 118173 other. I was impressed withrepparttar 118174 big guy's agility, but it didn't seem likerepparttar 118175 right time to bring it up atrepparttar 118176 moment.

After about 30 minutes, we heard a giant pop, and Spider's legs suddenly sprang back into something resembling a normal position. But Digger and I both gasped, because Old Granddad had gotten away! Although we were totally disappointed, Spider didn't even seem to notice.

We finally managed to reel Spider back ontorepparttar 118177 boom—no mean feat, considering I was only using 10-pound test. His pant leg was shredded, and it seems that he'd lost a boot when Old Granddad made his escape. But our friend was safe, butrepparttar 118178 funny was, Spider never even bothered to thank me for saving his life.

Oh, well, some guys are like that, I guess—ungrateful.

© 2004. Gary E. Anderson. All rights reserved.

Gary Anderson is a freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, and manuscript analyst, living on a small Iowa farm. He’s published more than 500 articles and four books. He’s also ghosted a dozen books, edited more than 30 full-length manuscripts, produced seven newsletters, and has done more than 800 manuscript reviews for various publishers around the nation. If you need writing or editing help, visit Gary’s website at www.abciowa.com.


Written by By Rev. James L. Snyder

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When you put these two words together, it means thatrepparttar American public will not stand for morality or ethics in their home.

We sure have come a long way, baby. My only question is, how do we get back? Was it really necessary to come this far?

One thing missing in this whole situation isrepparttar 118165 lack of humor inrepparttar 118166 family.

I have come to believe in what I call, "laughter therapy." This isrepparttar 118167 ability to get yourself back into good humor, and believe me, many people are in a bad humor.

As a pastor, I guess I see this side of people more than other professionals. The violence inrepparttar 118168 home today is a reflection of this bad humor. Parents are in danger of being murdered by their own children in their own homes.

Just ask any schoolteacher and he or she will tell you thatrepparttar 118169 schoolyard, once filled withrepparttar 118170 excited voices of innocent children at play, is nowrepparttar 118171 modern war zone in our country.

People today are filled with rage, andrepparttar 118172 blame rests withrepparttar 118173 home. It is inrepparttar 118174 home people learnrepparttar 118175 skills enabling them to cope withrepparttar 118176 outside world.

The reason so many people are not able to cope with society in general is that they have never learned to cope withinrepparttar 118177 confines ofrepparttar 118178 modern family unit.

I think that is why God designedrepparttar 118179 family unit as He did.

Try as we might, we can never improve on God's creation. An important thing we need to develop withinrepparttar 118180 home environment isrepparttar 118181 ability to laugh.

People do not know how to laugh or what to laugh at. Many are laughing atrepparttar 118182 wrong things.

Laughter is important. God created us with an enormous capacity to laugh. What a shame so many people have yet to discover this great and wonderful gift from God.

It isrepparttar 118183 responsibility ofrepparttar 118184 home, I believe, to cultivate a healthy sense of humor. The family that laughs together can face any situation.

Asrepparttar 118185 old saying goes, "Laugh andrepparttar 118186 whole world laughs with you; cry and people wonder why you didn't getrepparttar 118187 joke."

The Bible clearly instructs us, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose underrepparttar 118188 heaven ... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 KJV.)

The problem with many is that we do not know when to do what.

Againrepparttar 118189 Bible says, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit driethrepparttar 118190 bones." (Proverbs 17:22 KJV.)

A sick world needs some powerful medicine. It is my conviction that this hilarity begins inrepparttar 118191 home.

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