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Grace Note for October 26, 2015

It was early fall, and the Native Americans on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he had never been taught the old ways, when he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be. To be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was going to be cold and that they should collect wood to be prepared. After several days the Chief got an idea. He went to a phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”

“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,” the meteorologist responded. So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later, he called the National Weather Service again. “Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”

“Absolutely, it's going to be one of the coldest winters ever.”

“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked. The meteorologist replied, “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy.”

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