"I would say it depends on how you define portable. If you mean portable as in something ou actually carry around with you, then I like your suggestion of the 1911 and probably the cell phone just based on how it altered our world. The ball point pen…"
"My mother is a christian and for many years I could not puzzle-out what she found so engrossing by "fellowship". It took me many years to find her meaning...i.e.;to be part of something greater than myself."
"A minor point, but where did you get the idea that monks copied books under a tree? Monasteries had scriptorums where the monks sat in rows of desks copying hard. Often one monk would read from a book while a dozen or more monks made…"
"At the gym I used to go to there were a few women who consistently used the freeweights, a few used the machines, and most used the treadmills, stair-masters, ellipticals and attended the various classes. I think this goes along with the women…"