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Inspiring Pictures from History

Reflections on the Past...

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fter you look at the pictures, please read the note at the bottom...we all need a reminder.

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WE THINK WE'VE GOT IT BAD! This was a mere 80 years ago....

Makes complaining about no cell service, high gasoline prices, not enough cable channels, seem a bit ludicrous. No credit cards to buy what you want, but don't need! These images show what really tough times are like. If you don't know what the Great Depression was, here's the motto: "Use it up -- wear it out",make it do or do without!!!!! This reminds me to be grateful for what I do have..... Start each day with a smile and a prayer ... Then share that feeling with others! 
 

"Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.   
And Today?

Today is a gift.  That's why we call it the present."

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Twenty Interesting Facts that May Surprise You

Some might consider this just trivia knowledge, but these (unverified by us) facts are none-the-less interesting and surprising. If you enjoy learning something new, you won’t be disappointed.

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20 Interesting Facts that May Surprise You
 

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20 Interesting Facts that May Surprise You
 

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20 Interesting Facts that May Surprise You
 

20 Interesting Facts that May Surprise You
 

20 Interesting Facts that May Surprise You
 

20 Interesting Facts that May Surprise You
 

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Remembering Those Lost and Their Loved Ones - 9/11



George W. Bush
A Prayer for the Departed
 
We come before God to pray for the missing and the dead, and for those who love them... On this national day of prayer and remembrance, we ask Almighty God to watch over our nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.
 
As we have been assured, neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, can separate us from God's love. May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.
--From his address to the nation after the World Trade Center attacks, September 14, 2001

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Happy Birthday to Davy Crockett - via Legacy of Texas

David "Davy" Crockett
August 17, 1786 - March 6, 1836

  

An extremely rare and handsome portrait of the iconic American frontiersman and indelible hero of Texas who perished at the Alamo and caused generations of young and old boys to be afflicted with Crockett-mania.

Purchase a reproduction print of this rare portrait today. 

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Texas Red - TexasReader.com

Texas Red 

 

 

Early travelers who visited our part of the world wrote without exception that this was a land blessed with natural resources.


One of those resources which early Texans sought to exploit was a color. Red.


Before the discovery of aniline dyes in the 1850s and 60s, the world was a pretty drab place for average people. The means for coloring your world were rare and expensive. Especially red.


So what was the source of this Texas red?


Go find some prickly pear cactus. You're looking for pads covered with a white fluff.

 

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Dig into the fluff and you will find a small insect. His name is Cochineal. Pull him out. Now squeeze him between your fingers. You will find them covered in a vivid red.

 

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How a C-grade college term paper led to a constitutional amendment - National Constitutional Center

National Constitution Center 




The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment to the Constitution, and its existence today can be traced to a college student who proposed the idea in a term paper and was given a C by his professor for the idea.

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the amendment’s ratification in 1992, and it seems likely we won’t see a 28th amendment for some time.

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10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument - Nat'l Constitution Ctr

National Constitution Center 




The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 230th birthday this Saturday. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.
 

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The Monument before the Civil War

The Washington Monument has endured after its rather lengthy planning process, and it recently survived a major challenge: a three-year hiatus after an earthquake hit the Washing, D.C. area.

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China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui - Bowers Museum/Examiner

Note: We love this museum and hope that many of you will get to see this exhibition or at the least enjoy the images online...or better yet the Series of Exhbits from Around The World. Thanks to the Examinder for this article on the Exhibit.



The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana continues its series of exhibits highlighting important treasures from around the world with China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui....  Read More

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The man (and his mom) who gave women the vote - National Constitution Center

 



 


On the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, we look back at a young politician whose unexpected vote in the Tennessee state legislature gave all women the right to vote.

The story of Harry T. Burn, the seemingly rogue 24-year-old legislator, has become a bit embellished over the years. And in fact, women had won the right to vote in some states before the 19th amendment was passed by Congress and ratified by three-quarters of the states then in the Union.


But in August 1920, the struggle between the suffrage movement (which wanted the vote for women) and powerful anti-suffrage forces had come down to a series of votes in Tennessee.

The suffrage movement had found a way to get Congress to approve the proposed 19th amendment,...  Read More

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10 Trivial Incidents That Drastically Changed America - Listverse.com

ALEXANDER GARTNER



10American Militiamen Are Terrified Of Fireworks And Washington Burns Down




It seems a little silly today, considering that the reckless detonation of colorful explosives has become an American tradition, but it’s true. What we now use to celebrate our independence once scared away all the soldiers defending Washington, and the nation’s capital was burned to the ground.

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