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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 16, 2000
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
(E-zine: INSPIRATION A DAY! Mailto:inspiration_a_day- firstname.lastname@example.org)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
WHAT CHILDREN WANT
Quote Magazine (September 1, 1985) published ten behaviors children ages 8 to 14 identified as qualities wanted in parents. These young people, from 24 countries, agreed on 10 traits they believed were important for all parents to possess. Here they are:
1. They want harmony. They do not want their parents to have unresolved and destructive conflict in front of them.
2. They want love. They wish to be treated with the same affection as other children in the family.
3. They want honesty. They do not want to be lied to.
4. They want acceptance. They desire mutual tolerance from both parents.
5. They want their parents to like their friends. They want their friends to be welcomed in the home.
6. They want closeness. They desire comradeship with their parents.
7. They want their parents to pay attention to them and answer their questions.
8. They want consideration from their parents. They do not want to be embarrassed or punished in front of friends.
9. They want positive support. They wish for their parents to concentrate on their good points rather than their weaknesses.
10. They want consistency. They desire parents to be constant in their affections and moods.
(E-zine: YOUR LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM Mailto:email@example.com)
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
COMMENTS FROM KIDS ABOUT LOVE:
Part 1 of 2 [March 16 & 27]
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
"You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." - Alan, age 10
"No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with." - Kirsten, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
"Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then." - Camille, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
"Married people usually look happy to talk to other people." - Eddie, age 6
"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same
kids." - Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
"Both don't want no more kids." - Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." - Lynnette, age 8
(Harold & Anne Penner)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The beautiful bouquet of roses a grateful patient sent us drew a lot of attention at our nursing station, and passers-by continually asked who they were from. One harried nurse, apparently tired of explaining, told an inquirer, "They're from my boyfriend."
The look of pity she received caused her to read the previously unnoticed card: "Thanks for everything, but I hope I won't be seeing you again."
(E-zine: GIGGLES & GRINS Mailto:mailto:gigglesngrins- firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why do we read from left to right? . . . Part 2 of 2 [March 6 & 16]
It is believed that the ancient's started writing (and therefore reading) from right to left because of the implements used in writing - either hammer and chisel (easier to go from right to left if one is right-handed, as most people and cultures dominantly are) or reeds on clay, which tended to make the right-to-left arrangement much easier. I have even read one hypothesis that Moses may have been left-handed and thus the Hebrew alphabet is right-to-left!
Also, before Charlemagne and the introduction of Carolingian script (named after Charlemagne, also known as Carol Magnus), words were written without spaces. Many languages have "final letters," basically a final version of the regular alphabet letter, to aid the reader in determining where one word ended and another began. One reason for this is for expediency and efficiency in copying - if you have consistent rows and columns, you count your rows and columns up at the end of each page. If the original and copy agree on the number of rows and columns, then you pretty much assume you didn't miss something, leave something out, or add anything in copying the manuscript.
The Hebrew Masoretes were especially meticulous. At the end of every "book," they would record how many words, how many letters, what the middle word and middle letter of the book was.