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Dear Abby: My wife and I have seen the world. We're getting on in years and find it increasingly difficult to walk long distances, so we decided to stop flying to other countries.

I was concerned about what to do with our accumulated frequent-flier miles when a friend mentioned the Make-A-Wish Foun-da-tion. We donated our miles to it, and the foundation granted a young boy with cancer his wish to visit Disneyland.Abby, many people allow their miles to expire and go to waste. My wife and I have donated more than 60,000 miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We feel great knowing we have helped to grant the wishes of special children.

- Sid Fisher, Palm Springs, Calif.

Dear Sid: Bless you for your far-reaching generosity. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The airline frequent-flier program benefiting the foundation currently encompasses five major airlines and helps to provide tickets for children whose wishes involve travel.

Readers, if you would like to donate your frequent-flier miles to this worthy cause, call the airline that issued the miles, or visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation Web site at (www.wish.org).

Dear Abby: You recently printed a poem about there being so much bad in the best of us and good in the worst of us that people shouldn't gossip. You listed the author as "unknown."

I was born in 1919, and hanging in my mother's house since I was a child was a Victorian sketch showing a prone woman and a devil. Written on the sketch was the following:

"There is so much Devil in the best of us

"And so much Angel in the worst of us

"That it doesn't become any of us

"To say much about the rest of us."

In the corner of the picture is "Copyright 1904 by W.S. Childs." I thought you would be interested.

- M.N. Reed, Theodore, Ala.

Dear M.N.: Thank you for providing the name of the author. Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote another version:

"There are just two kinds of people on earth today,

"Just two kinds of people, no more, I say;

"Not the good and the bad, for 'tis well understood

"That the good are half bad and the bad are half good.

"No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean

"Are the people who lift and the people who lean."

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