Monday, August 29, 2016

Sometimes You Are The Blind Horse and Sometimes The Guide . . .

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting...
One of the horses is blind.
His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in.
This alone is pretty amazing.
But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field.
Attached to the horse's halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges.
He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.
Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.
- Anonymous

Rarely Seen Moments of US History

There are some shocking and some nostalgic pictures of our illustrious past. 

La Plaza, as seen from the Pico House. Pueblo Los Angeles, c. 1869 






Slave auction place, c. 1870






Burnt District Coffee House in Chicago after the Fire, 1871. Chicago entrepreneurs quickly reacted to establish or reestablish businesses in the fire district.






























Telephone wires in New York, 1887
























Hanging of a stagecoach robber in Texas, c. 1890-1900







Wood-plank prison in Wyoming, 1893

























Chinatown Squad of the San Francisco Police Department posing with sledge hammers and axes in front of August Pistolesi’s grocery store at 752 Washington Street, 1895. They were specialized in opium dens and gambling rooms and their method was simple.




Opium den in San Francisco, 1900




Alice Huyler Ramsey (November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983), the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast, 1909. Only 152 miles out of the total 3600-mile trip were made on paved road.






North American native Chilocco Indian Agricultural School basketball team in 1909. Originally, the swastika is a sign of good fortune.





A horse-drawn fire engine of Engine No. 39 leaving Fire Headquarters at 157 East 67th Street for the last time after being replaced with a motorized fire engine, New York City, February 19, 1912.




Lawn mowers of the White House grounds, 1918



Motorcycle chariots, 1920s



Log motor home by Wade, 1922



Log motor home by Wade, interior




Neighbors of Japanese origin were already unwanted in some neighborhoods in 1923



Three friends take a joyride on their ‘new’ vehicle, Ohio, c. 1924



North American native switchboard operator, 1925



Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan, 1930



Drive-In restaurant on West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles,1932



Coney Island, NY, 1940





A life guard and a doctor attempt to save a swimmers life on Coney Island Beach, 1940. The woman in the center chose the worst moment for a smile.





Victure Mature (my favorite "B" actor ever), Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth (both 30 at the time) meet at a movie premier in London. October 1956



Elvis Presley joins the Army, 1958





Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eating a hot dog in Des Moines, Iowa, on which he commented “It’s excellent… we make good sausages but yours are better”, 1959



Couple and friend being abused in a restaurant for the latter being black, USA, 1963



Minoru Yamasaki (right) posing with a model of the World Trade Center he designed, 1964



Portrait of hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk before face masks became standard in 1966





In 1967, challenging the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer, at the time a headstrong 20-year-old junior at Syracuse University, entered the race. Two miles in, a race official tried to physically remove her from the competition.












Arnold Schwarzenegger on his first time in New York, 1968



New York City sidewalks filled with trash during the 1968 strike of sanitation workers.





US President Richard Nixon jumps down from the trunk of a limousine which carried him and Pakistani President Yahya Khan (left, background) in a motorcade to Government House after Nixon’s arrival in Lahore on August 1, 1969






Children play a game on the Xerox Alto, one of the first personal computers with a graphic user interface, 1973.Its monitor was switchable between portrait and landscape mode.



Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, 1963





Barack Obama posing with a group of friends that called themselves the Choom Gang, Hawaii, c. 1979. Choom was slang for smoking marijuana





President Carter with engineers and solar panels newly installed on the White House, 1979. President Reagan had them removed in 1986, to be reinstalled by President Obama in 2010





Robin Williams joins the stunning women of the Denver Broncos’ Pony Express as pro football’s first male cheerleader and prances before 70,000 cheering fans in Denver’s Mile High Stadium.



Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan posing with clay soldiers at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 1984





John Travolta takes Princess Diana for a dance in the White House, 1985



A Reassuring Explanation For Seniors!!

The explanation. . . . . 

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. 

People do not decline mentally with age. It just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe.  

Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so too do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested .
Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline. 

The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information. Over time, the brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.

SO THERE!! I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names ...So please forward it to your friends; they may be my friends too .

A CHILD'S VIEW OF THUNDERSTORM

When you read this, you will never think of thunderstorms the same way again.
This will make you smile!



A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning. 


The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school. She also feared the electrical storm might harm her child. Full of concern, the mother got into her car and quickly drove along the route to her child's school.  As she did, she saw her little girl walking along. 

At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile.  More lightning followed quickly and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile 

When the mother drew up beside the child, she lowered the window and called, "What are you doing?" 


The child answered, "I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture."



May God bless you today and 
every day as you face the storms 
that come your way.




"Life is too short to wake up 
in the morning with regrets, so . . 
'Love the people who treat you right. 
Pray for those who don't "

Signs That Speak For Themselves…...