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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 9, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

This is the precious moment, but strangely, sadly, few people know it. - Timothy Ray Miller

Source: DailyThought http://www.sperience.net/lists/signlist.html#thought


You came home cranky because a deadline got moved up. She came home grumpy because the day care forgot to give your five-year-old her throat medicine. Each of you was wanting a little sympathy from the other, but neither got any. So there you sit at the dinner table - cranky and grumpy - with little Emily. Emily folds her hands to pray (as she has been taught), and the two of you bow you heads (but not your hearts) and listen. From where this prayer comes, God only knows.

"God, it's Emily. How are you? I'm fine, thank you. Mom and Dad are mad. I don't know why. We've got birds and toys and mash potatoes and each other. Maybe you can get them to stop being mad? Please do, or it's just gonna be you and me having any fun tonight. Amen."

The prayer is answered before it's finished; you both look up in the middle and laugh at the end and shake your heads and say you're sorry. And you both thank God for the little voice who reminded you about what matters.

Source: "He Still Moves Stones," by Max Lucado, Copyright (c) 1993, ISBN: 0849908647, http://isbn.nu/0849908647/price

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Interesting Facts about the state of Ohio, USA

Ohio has an area of 116,103 sq miles. It ranks 34th in state size. Columbus is the state capital and Ohio's largest city. 50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus.

Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.

James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.

The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the same location. "Ripley's Believe It or Not" proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.

Ohio senator John Glenn is the holder of two space firsts. On February 20, 1962 he was the first man to orbit the earth. And in October of 1998, at age 77, he returned to the space program and traveled back into space, making him the oldest man to venture there.

The Wright Brothers, acknowledged as inventors of the first airplane, were from Dayton.

Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.

East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. The boy chosen for the 1948 newsreel to demonstrate its operation was Louis Spronze.

Fostoria is the only city to be situated in three counties (Seneca, Hancock & Wood).

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com


At age four we know all the questions and at age 14 we know all the answers.

Source: Bits & Pieces, May 23, 1996, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


There are many instances in history of people coming up with prototypes of inventions that later became famous in more workable models. Many of these pioneers were quite obscure, as was Mahlon Loomis.

Around the time of the American Civil War, Loomis, who was investigating the then still arcane properties of electricity, managed to build a machine that permitted a wireless conversation to be carried on between two Virginia mountains, 18 miles apart.

Loomis' invention went nowhere because there simply weren't enough mountains at the time that could afford to buy it.

For more information about Mahlon Loomis visit: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trr084.html

From: Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts by Isaac Asimov, Published by Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated, Sep 1991, ISBN: 0517065037 http://isbn.nu/0517065037/price

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