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*One Smart Fellow*  12/6/01


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Happy Holidays from Heart Touchers!

We wanted to let everyone know that for Christmas
we will be offering our book, Straight From the Heart
"A Celebration of Life" for only $13 (instead of the
regular price of $14.95), and best of all, we will
pay the shipping!  So if you have any interest in
purchasing an autographed copy of the book for
yourself, or as a gift for your loved ones, now is
the time to get it!  But if you want them in time for
Christmas, you need to act fast!
IMPORTANT!  This is only for those orders that come
directly to us and not the publisher and we can only
accept checks and money orders.
For those who still want to order the book by credit
card, you can still do so through the publisher at:

but you will be paying full price and shipping.

To order your autographed copy send a check or
money order for $13 (We pay the shipping!) for each
book made out to Michael T. Powers, and then send it to:

Michael T. Powers
1918 Liberty Lane
Janesville, WI 53545

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Straight From the Heart: A Celebration of Life



By Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

I was never one for putting money in that little red
kettle at Christmas time. I do something else.  Every
year I pick a name, or two, off the children's Christmas
tree inside the local mall and I try and buy something
personal.  Last Christmas, I picked three names off
the tree and purchased three pairs of shoes and three
watches.  I generally don't spend much money on the
shoes, maybe $15 a pair.  But the watches, now that's
another story.

Several days ago my wife and I went to the
supermarket to buy groceries.  Since I'm on a low
cholesterol diet I didn't want to fight with her over what
food items to buy, so I decided to go next door to the
pharmacy and pick up my "old person" medicines for
the month of March.

As I waited in line, there was a woman in front of
me with three children, ranging in ages from about
4 to 8 years old.  She had five prescriptions but did
not have enough money to pay for the cough syrup
which was evidently not covered by her Medicaid
card.  The gentleman standing behind her asked the
pharmacist how much the medicine was.  He told the
gentleman that the cough syrup was $12.95.  The
gentleman told the pharmacist that he would pay
for the purchase on his account.  The woman
looked down to the floor and thanked the gentleman
for his kindness.

The little 8 year old boy, who was sitting next to his
brother and sister who were both coughing, got up
from his chair and unbuckled his watch from his
wrist and held it out to the man.

I noticed both the watch, and the shoes, the
young boy was wearing were exactly the same
type that I had purchased at Walmart for the
underprivileged children whose names had been
hanging on the Christmas tree.

"That's a mighty fine watch," said the man, as the
young boy held it out to him.

"You can have it for the medicine," said the boy.

"Can't do that.  That's a very expensive watch," said the man.

The young boy strapped the watch back on his arm
and smiled real big, as he sat back down in the chair.

"Santa gave me this 'cause I've been a good boy," said
the young man.

The man turned around and said, "That Santa is
one smart fellow."

It is amazing to me how we can spend millions of
dollars every year trying to make a difference, and
with very little result.  Yet a $39 watch and a $15
dollar pair of shoes from Walmart can change the
life of a child forever.

Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

Write Roger and let him know what you thought of his story!

The Sad Orphan Web Site

Roger and his wife, Judy, also a writer, live in Brunswick,
Georgia. As a child Roger was raised in a very abusive
orphanage located in Jacksonville Florida. He has written a
book titled "Orphan" which tells of the horrors that he and
other children suffered daily, for more than ten years.

His book is in all major bookstores and available
through his web site/link, for purchase. He now writes and
speaks to children in the Georgia School system about child
abuse and its effects.

In the last two years Roger has developed one of the most
read child abuse web sites in the world, "The Sad Orphan"
located at:
which displays many of his short stories.

You can purchase Roger's book, "ORPHAN"
in major book stores or order from at:

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If you missed the interview we did with Roger, you can check it out at our
web site at this link:

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Thought For The Day:

"One reason the dog has so many friends: he wags
his tail instead of his tongue."

Verse for the Day:

"An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends."
Proverbs 16:28

Kid's Thought For The day:

"Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"A good marriage is the union of two forgivers."   
(Ruth Bell Graham)

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Young people need models, not critics..." John Wooden

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the
reader -- not the fact that it is raining, but the
feeling of being rained upon." -- E.L. Doctorow

Deep Thought For The Day:

On a sign outside a church: 
"This is a C H _ _ C H  ... what's missing?"



Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,

Again I want to thank you for your love and prayers.  One night, while Jenny was still in the hospital, I was sitting at the computer, and I was thinking of all of you, and I was praying.  A feeling of incredible warmth came over me, and I felt as though I could hear your prayers going up to God.  There was this wonderful sound, in my heart, and I felt as though, to God, our prayers are beautiful music.  So, it seemed as though I could hear this beautiful music coming from you, for Jenny and our family.  It's a wonderful moment that I will not soon forget.  After that, I felt peace, even though Jenny had not undergone surgery, yet.  I just knew that she was in the hands of the only One who has complete, loving control.  I needed to share that with you.

Jenny is home from the hospital.  She needs medication for the pain, and her head is incredibly sensitive, but her faith is strong, and we feel the Lord's presence and protection through all of this.  Monday, December 10th, at 4:00 PM, Jenny will be seeing Dr. Hashasaki, her surgeon, who will evaluate her condition, and explain everything about the surgeries to come.  Please pray that the infection will be under control.  There is still a need to remove the diseased part of the skull, a large area behind and around her ear.  Then the plate will be placed over the opening.  That will occur on December 14th.

I will be at the UVA Medical Center for this surgery.  My husband, Jenny's father, will be at home, manning the phones and the email.  He will keep you updated, as much as possible.  We have no idea when they expect to do the third surgery, and possibly the fourth, but I will keep you updated.  I wish that I could convey to you, just how comforting and beautiful your prayers have been, and how much your kindnesses have lifted us up, and how I am praying that God will bless you with countless blessings.

God is so good!  I can feel Him surrounding our family, and especially, Jenny, with His warrior and guardian angels.  I stand in awe, not only of His Power and Holiness, but also, I marvel at His intimate Love, that I feel every day, and that I especially see in you.  It is as though your emails reveal your souls, and they are precious.  May the blessings and grace of Christ be poured out upon you and your loved ones.

With gratitude in His Name,
Jaye Lewis

\_\  /  
/_/  \    "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no
\_\/\ \   longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I
  \_\/   live in the body I live for the Son of God, who    
loved me and gave Himself for me."
Galatians 2:20

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Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business

I thought of you first after my family sat down to watch
the video we gave them. They loved it, to say the
least!  Within thirty seconds my mom was crying
and my dad did too. They said it was the best
Christmas gift we could have given them!!  You
did such a beautiful job!  They were so surprised
and so touched--they really, really, really loved it.
Thanks for helping to make it so special to us all.
My mom mentioned how the songs were perfect
for the video too! Thanks again!"
elli-- College Station, TX

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home movies! Check out the web page for Michael's
video production business!  Visit:

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