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Updated: 09/10/13    
     
THE BOTTLE OF WINE

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.

With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

'What's in the bag?' asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, 'It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.'

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two.  Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:

'Good trade.....'  
   
     

 

"Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.  The presidency is less an office than a performance."

   President Harry Truman
   (1884 - 1972)

 

     
       
Think you have command over your body?  Try this....while sitting down, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it.    
 
 
 

 

       
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.        
               
         

 

    

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Petoskey Stones - Rays of the Rising Sun

 

This interesting stone is a variety of Calcite.  It was formed by the fossilization of ancient coral, Hexagonaria.  The coral lived in shallow waters.  Today's fossil often includes ancient silt and mud.  Petoskey Stones are found on many beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, as well as in rock quantities from Traverse City to Alpena.  The honeycomb patterned stone has a hardness from 4 to 5.

About 350 million years ago a shallow sea spread over what is now known as Lower Michigan.  The climate was tropical and extensive coral reefs flourished in the sea - brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, corals and stromatoporoids.

As time went by marine animals died, others were born and lived out their lives on the calcium carbonate remains of their ancestors.  Continually, silt & black mud fell to the bottom of the sea, filling crevices and then solidifying until they became rock.  Finally, the Michigan Basin was full.  In the central section the sedimentary rock attained the greatest thickness and so warped downward.  This caused the strata along the outer edge of the basin to rise until finally fossils buried deep within the earth were exposed.  Outcrops of strata of the Devonian Era can be found in the northern section of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore and the area north to the Mackinac Straits and south to Alpena.

The Ice Age began a couple of million years ago and glaciers moved southward over the Michigan Basin, pushing many of the Devonian fossils southward.  So it is possible to find many of these marine fossils as far south as the Ohio River.

The Petoskey is one of the most plentiful of these marine fossils.  It was the colony coral Hexagonaria Percarinata, now extinct.  The attractive appearance is due to the internal structure of the coral.  The walls of each individual coral forms a rough hexagonal pattern with radiating lines within each coral.

Petoskeys are plentiful in the upper part of lower Michigan but few are considered really good.  A stone that is solid with a clear, distinct pattern is prized by lapidarists.

The Petoskey is Michigan's State Stone.  The word Petoskey is the English approximate of the Indian word "Bidasiga".  It means Rays of the Living Sun.

 

Petoskey Stones range in value here from $15 to $75.
Send an email if you are interested and I'll send more information.