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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 15, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Empower your dreams with deadlines." - H. Jackson Brown

Source: Ancestry Daily News, Copyright (c) 2000, www.ancestry.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


SOMETHINGS TO SAY TO CHILDREN Part 1 of 2 [Aug 15 & 25]
(If it comes from your heart.)

1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.

2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!

3. It's all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. When they feel. Big people cry too. I do.

4. You've made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It's all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.

5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn't easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.

6. I'm sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.

7. You can change your mind. It's good to decide, but it is also fine to change.

8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!

9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!

10. I have a surprise for you. It's not your birthday. It's for no reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.

- Excerpted from an article called "Advocacy: Being the Voices Children Need to Hear" written by China Deaton www.eyeontomorrow.com/embracingthechild/Ctwentysome.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org

Submitted by: Debbie Yauch

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

February 15, 1921. New York City. The operating room of the Kane Summit Hospital. A doctor is performing an appendectomy.

In many ways the events leading to the surgery are uneventful. The patient has complained of severe abdominal pain. The diagnosis is clear: an inflamed appendix. Dr. Evan O'Neill Kane is performing the surgery. In his distinguished thirty-seven-year medical career, he has performed nearly four thousand appendectomies, so this surgery will be uneventful in all ways except two.

The first novelty of this operation? The use of local anesthesia in major surgery. Dr. Kane is a crusader against the hazards of general anesthesia. He contends that a local application is far safer. Many of his colleagues agree with him in principle, but in order for them to agree in practice, they will have to see the theory applied.

Dr. Kane searches for a volunteer, a patient who is willing to undergo surgery while under local anesthesia. A volunteer is not easily found. Many are squeamish at the thought of being awake during their own surgery. Others are fearful that the anesthesia might wear off too soon.

Eventually, however, Dr. Kane finds a candidate. On Tuesday morning, February 15, the historic operation occurs.

The patient is prepped and wheeled into the operating room. A local anesthetic is applied. As he has done thousands of times, Dr. Kane dissects the superficial tissues and locates the appendix. He skillfully excises it and concludes the surgery. During the procedure, the patient complains of only minor discomfort.

The volunteer is taken into post-op, then placed in a hospital ward. He recovers quickly and is dismissed two days later.

Dr. Kane had proven his theory. Thanks to the willingness of a brave volunteer, Kane demonstrated that local anesthesia was a viable, and even preferable, alternative.

But I said there were two facts that made the surgery unique. I've told you the first: the use of local anesthesia. The second is the patient. The courageous candidate for surgery by Dr. Kane was Dr. Kane.

To prove his point, Dr. Kane operated on himself!"

From: "More of Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story," Copyright (c) 1980 by Bantam Books, pg 79, 80

Source: "In the Eye of the Storm," by Max Lucado, Copyright (c) 1991 via http://www.witandwisdom.org


Message in a Basingstoke, Hampshire, shop window:

"Young man, nineteen, tired of office routine, seeks post that will satisfy his adventurous spirit. Will go anywhere . . . in Basingstoke."

Source: Peter's Pearls, www.peterspearls.com.au via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Where's the best place on Earth to find meteorites?

Meteors fall into Earth's atmosphere over every spot on the planet. However, there is one place that's far better than anywhere else to find the meteorites that make it all the way to the ground. That place is a windswept field of ice near the edge of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

There, near the Allan Hills (which are actually the tips of huge mountains buried in the ice) one can find hundreds of meteorites lying around on the surface of the ice. There are tons of them. How did they get there?

Meteorites fall into the snow all across Antarctica, then sink down until they hit a layer of solid ice. That ice flows slowly across the continent, to certain places where ice-buried mountains push it up. The upthrust ice evaporates in the dry Antarctic wind, leaving the meteorites exposed.

More about Antarctic Meteorites and the people who hunt for them:
http://www -curator.jsc.nasa.gov/curator/antmet/antmet.htm

NASA has a robot that searches for Antarctic meteorites:

Source: The Learning Kingdom, Copyright (c) 2000, www.tlk-lists.com/join via http://www.witandwisdom.org

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