Sunday September 9th 2012

Thought for the Day

The Clock of Life

The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one’s health is more,
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.

The present only is our own,
So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.

by Robert H. Smith,
copyright 1932, 1982

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What a beautiful poem right? But I could find no biographical information on Robert H. Smith. If you know anything would you please share? Thanks

Today is the 252nd day of the year (Gregorian calendar) 113 days remain.

Birthdays Today

  • 1778 – Clemens Brentano, German poet (d. 1842)
  • 1828 – Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (d. 1910)
  • 1890 – Colonel Sanders, American fast-food entrepreneur (d. 1980)
  • 1905 – Hussain Sha, Indian philosopher (d. 1981)
  • 1911 – Paul Goodman, American poet and writer (d. 1972)
  • 1941 – Otis Redding, American singer and songwriter (d. 1967)
  • 1960 – Hugh Grant, English actor
  • 1966 – Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian
  • 1967 – Akshay Kumar, Indian actor
  • 1974 – Ana Carolina, Brazilian singer, composer and musician
  • 1983 – Kim Jung-hwa, South Korean actress and model
  • 1992 – Frencheska Farr, Filipina singer

History Today

  • 1543 – Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots”
  • 1791 – Washington, D.C., the capitol of the United States, is named after President George Washington.
  • 1850 – California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state.
  • 1926 – The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America.
  • 1971 – Prisoners riot at Attica Prison in New York and seize control taking 39 prison guards and staff hostage.
  • 1981 – John McEnroe defeated Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Lendl. It was McEnroe’s fourth U.S. Open, men’s singles, tennis championship.
  • 1993 – The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state.
  • 2008 – Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as Pakistan’s president

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Sunday September 9th 2012 — 5 Comments

  1. Robert Harry Smith (October 30, 1932 – March 16, 2006) was a Lutheran clergyman, theologian, prolific author and lecturer on the Bible’s New Testament, and dean of a Lutheran seminary in exile in the early 1980s. Smith was one of 40 faculty members from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod’s Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri who walked out in 1974 in a theological dispute that ended with the ousting of Concordia’s president, Rev. John Tietjen, who disagreed with a literal reading of the Bible.

  2. Robert Hilton Smith (July 21, 1928 – December 29, 2009 Winchester, Virginia, U.S.) was a successful builder-developer, and philanthropist.
    Smith gave generously to the University of Maryland, College Park, his alma mater. The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, was named in his honor in 1998 to recognize his gift of $15 million, the largest gift the school had ever received. He continuously supported its programs, subsequently making additional generous gifts as the school has expanded and risen in prestige. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, completed in 2001, is named for his wife.

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