Spare some "Change?"
A couple of hunters hired an Alaskan bush pilot to drop them in a remote location, then return in seven days to pick them up. At the appointed time, the pilot arrived and loaded the hunters and their gear in the plane. “Wait a minute,” said the first hunter. “What about our moose?” “Sorry,” said the pilot. “We’re at maximum weight already.”
“But our pilot last year loaded our moose, and he had the same size plane as this one.”
“Really?” asked the pilot, not wanting to be outdone. “Well, I guess we could give it a try.”
With that he strapped a moose carcass on each pontoon. They sputtered to the end of the lake to get the longest possible takeoff. He shoved the throttle forward; they began to move, and finally, they lifted off the lake, just skimming the trees. But the pilot was right. They were seriously overloaded, and crashed just minutes into the flight.
Both hunters were knocked unconscious, but came to at about the same time. The first hunter looked around at the mess, moose meat and plane parts everywhere.
“Where are we?” he asked his partner.
“About 50 yards from where we crashed last year.”
The intention of this verse seems to be that the men of Issachar had some skill in discerning the meaning of current political events, not an astrological skill (as in Esth 1:13) but resulting from shrewd observation.
What does it say?
What does it mean?
A Good Beginning
In the 1800‘s the Shaker’s had colonies all over New England, but today, only one colony-the New Gloucester, Maine colony-is still active, and it has only eight Shakers keeping the “old way.” At one time, the Shakers were on the cutting edge of progress and technology and were consumers of new and useful products, in fact, they were inventors. Today, they are best known for their craftsmanship and the quality of the style of furniture that bears their name.
A Good Opportunity
“After my first year at Stanford Business School, I went to see Jim Levy, then-president of Activision, Inc., which, at the time, was arguably one of the fastest-growing companies in the history of the world. Activision made games for the Atari 2600 game system and was rolling in dough. I wanted to work for Levy for the summer.
My bold proposal: “Hey, you’ve got all this cash and all these smart marketers and programmers. Why not go into the computer game business? You can dominate the PC the way you dominate the Atari 2600.
Looking back 25 years, that wasn’t such a bold proposal. After all, the PC market was only an inch or two away from the market that Activision was already in. But Levy disagreed with my proposition and almost had me removed from his office by force. He told me, “We’re in the cartridge business—and those machines use floppy disks. Forget it.”
A Good Heritage
In the mid 18th century, wealthy Massachusetts colonists built an elegant house to reflect their status in the new world. Over the next two hundred years, the same house sheltered all kinds of Americans, including revolutionaries who took up arms against the British, a family of abolitionists, a mill worker and her Irish mother, and finally, a family of frugal Yankees who fought World War II on the home front.
Forty years ago, the neglected and sagging house was marked for demolition when the city of Ipswich needed a new parking lot. Residents of the area recognized the historic value of the old home, and fought to save it from the bulldozers. They feared that the destruction of the old house meant losing touch with the past. Today, the house is a permanent display at the National Museum of American History. Though visitors can not actually go inside the structure, they can look through windows and cut away walls to get a sense of what it was like to live in the house during various periods of American history.
Museum historian and one the curators of the show, Lonn Taylor says, “In my opinion, it’s the greatest artifact in the museum.” Shelly Nickles, one of the other curators adds, “It should inspire people to realize the connections between themselves and their home lives and something greater. It surprises visitors how much history can be found by traveling through time and the lives of people in one house.”