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>Pictures From The Past – Depression Era

>So soon we forget what it was like here in America during the Great Depression. People suffered, a lot. They could barely buy food, let alone find a good house to live in. I was born in 1936. I know the small house where my parents were renting in Salt lake City. I was just a tyke in the thirties, but I do remember. At the time I was born Dad was just a kid himself, probably twenty or so. He married at seventeen or eighteen. I had one older brother and that was our family until a sister, Nancy, came along. there were two years separating the three of us.

But why dwell on the negatives. Many were far worse off than us. We lived in a house and I’m sure had plenty to eat. My mother was frugal and knew how to make clothing do by mending and sewing. She was a great cook and could feed our little family on just a little. Thank God we lived in Salt Lake City under the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not Nebraska and the dust bowl.(Grapes of Wrath).

We are so blessed today. But I know there are hard times to come. Our only salvation is to listen to our Mormon Church leaders and have a year’s supply of food, money, and commodities on hand. Create a garden in your back yard. My brother-in-law Paul, who sent me the following photos of the depression, is a son of a magnificent farmer-businessman, Orin Christensen. Paul learned how to garden from his family and by working side by side with his father down on the farm-ranch (they raised cattle).

I have placed a lot of his recipes and other information on such pages as http://RecipeBabe.blogspot.com. He lives in Washington County (St. George area) of Utah. He has a glorious garden in his back yard and is quite an expert on gardening. As for me, the most I have are two little patches of gardens on on the right side and behind the house and some pots filled with vegies – tomatoes, peppers, dill, mint, basil, and other herbs and things partially hidden by shrubs in the front. Don’t mention the last one to our HOA or they might ban them, though I have to say we have the greenest yard and the nicest appearing landscape of any here but I’m just a little prejudiced. ..

Yesterday, March 28, 2011, I planted three pots of herbs from seed – kale, mustard, and collards. On the other side of the house I planted some more Swiss chard to augment what I already have there. One of the nice things about chard is that it winters over, at least in Windermere, FL where occasionally we get freezing temperatures in January. The health benefits of Kale, Swiss chard, mustard, and collards is legendary. If you don’t eat those, you should. Check out an article about kale that I posted on :
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 God bless everyone and good luck with your money management and preparation for the coming massive inflation that has been predicted. Have your year’s supply….
Don White
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Because I have been given much…

Subject: 1935-1939 Pictures of the United States
AFTER YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES READ THE NOTE AT THE 
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America …during the years of 1935 – 1939

  


  


 





























AND WE THINK WE’VE GOT IT BAD!

This was a mere 70 years ago …. Forward this.

Makes complaining about no cell service, high gasoline prices, not
enough cable channels, et al, seem a bit ludicrous.

I am reminded to be grateful for what I do have … 

Start each day with a smile and a prayer … then pass it on!

 
 
 



 
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We didn’t have much. My dad was working at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and made laborers wages.

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Laying in provisions for rainy day, not Doomsday

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Like most moms, Debra Burt shops the sales, stocking up on frozen foods, canned goods and meat at the supermarket.

Unlike most moms, she also has half a ton of wheat in her basement.

Following her instincts and the teachings of her church, Burt has stockpiled nearly a year’s supply of Golden 86 hard white wheat — 1,000 pounds in all — to grind into flour, giving her a measure of security in an insecure world.

A shopping list for the serious survivalist

“It’s kind of been a way of life since I was little,” says Burt, a mother of four and one of 5.3 million U.S. members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as Mormons.

As terrorism alerts get hotter and the nation girds for war with Iraq, most Americans are getting their first taste of survivalism, courtesy of the federal government. The White House Web site notes that bad guys may already be out to get us, and government-sponsored billboards and TV ads will soon urge us all to “Be Ready.” Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge says Americans should keep a three-day supply of food, water and medical supplies on hand.

Some may simply buy a case of Power Bars, a few extra jugs of drinking water and a bigger jar of Advil. But serious survivalists like Burt and many other Mormons are already keeping a year’s worth of supplies on hand.

Ready? These guys wrote the book.

“It’s not necessarily about big, national emergencies,” says Orson Scott Card, a popular science-fiction novelist and a Mormon. “You’re supposed to have enough so that, if everything went wrong in your life, your family could get by for a while.”

Part of a pioneering past that stretches back 130 years to when the Mormons migrated west to Utah, the push for preparedness is just common sense, says church spokesman Dale Bills. “It’s not Doomsday, it’s rainy day,” he says.

Burt, who lives in a rural area 28 miles north of Washington, D.C., keeps most of her supplies in a root cellar off her basement. The cool room is stocked with pasta, flour, sugar, oil, powdered milk, bottled cherries and, for now, several cases of Ragu Rich & Meaty spaghetti sauce, on sale at Sam’s Club.

A public school teacher who’s in charge of emergency preparedness at her local church, Burt has always kept portable “72-hour kits” of food, clothing and emergency supplies, but “we’re now in bins and backpacks.”

Many Mormons don’t actually strive to keep a year’s worth of supplies on hand, but for those who do, the church helps them calculate what they need. Web site Providentliving.org, suggests, for instance, that a family of four with a toddler and a teenage boy needs about 750 pounds of wheat, for starters. Ground into flour, that would equal 150 five-pound bags.

Among other suggestions: 225 pounds of beans, 175 pounds of oats, 250 pounds of sugar and 30 pounds of salt.

The church also asks that members live simply, casting off unused possessions, staying out of debt and not getting too attached to a job or dreams of promotion.

“It’s an attitude of expecting surprises,” says Card, who notes that church history is rife with episodes of locals rising up and kicking out the Mormons. “We have the notion that, at a moment’s notice, sometimes you’ll just have to pick up, leave your house and go live somewhere else.”

The church’s preparedness principles were driven home during the Great Depression: Many Mormons say family preparations during the late 1930s taught them as much about self-sufficiency as any church doctrine.

Wanda Franklin, a friend of Burt’s in Columbia, Md., keeps an entire ton of wheat on hand for the six adults in her suburban household — it keeps for decades if properly stored. “We bought a lot of wheat in the ’70s, and I still have some” from then, she says.

While Mormons have been preparing for generations, most Americans didn’t give it a thought until 1997, with Y2K fears of mass computer failures and loss of the vital services they control.

“On the plus side, I think people realized that our society exists on a complicated web of services, which can be interrupted without notice,” says Robin Hanus, a Phoenix Web page designer who maintains a Web site offering preparedness information. “On the minus side, I think many people felt ridiculed for taking preparations for an event that didn’t show.”

When most computers hummed past Y2K, many consumers returned their costly generators and dried foods. But others found that Y2K preparations actually helped months later when a real disaster hit: recession.

“It’s like a cushion,” says a Durham, N.C., preparedness entrepreneur who goes by the name Captain Dave for anonymity’s sake — he has a day job as a pharmaceutical executive. Dave received e-mails from customers who said they didn’t need the food on Jan. 1, 2000, but found it came in handy later — when a family breadwinner lost his job or was hospitalized.

In addition to MREs, military-style ready-to-eat meals that can be eaten hot or cold, Captain Dave’s Web site sells a prepackaged version of a year’s supply of food for four people. Delivered on a wooden palette, it’s 5 feet high and weighs about 1,500 pounds. A mix of dried food and items such as fruit cocktail, applesauce and canned vegetables, it sells for $3,084. He is currently advertising a “special pre-invasion” sale that knocks off shipping costs, bringing the price down to $2,449.95. But “to get these savings,” the site says, “you must buy before the first bomb drops on Iraq!”

Captain Dave, who also sells gas masks, radiation meters, water barrels and chemical suits, says about half of last week’s 500 or so customers were from the New York and Washington, D.C., areas.

Dave Watson, of the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Committee in Pierce County, Wash., says the committee has been banging the preparedness drum for 15 years, but threats of war and terrorism make its job easy. “People started realizing they’re on their own,” he says. “You don’t have to do the hard sell anymore.”

Stephen Portela, manager of food sales for Walton Feed in Montpelier, Idaho, says large bulk purchases of basic foods such as grains have been “mushrooming” in the past few weeks, following a trend that began on Sept. 11, 2001.

“That afternoon, the phones started to ring,” he says. “They haven’t stopped yet.”

Appearing last week in Cincinnati, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge urged Americans to prepare for possible chemical, biological and nuclear attacks, saying citizens should assemble disaster kits with three days’ worth of food, water and medicine. “We can be afraid, or we can be ready,” he said.

Most survivalists say three days’ worth of supplies is the bare minimum a family should have on hand. Philip L. Hoag, author of No Such Thing as Doomsday, a 1996 preparedness guide, recommends at least a week’s worth.

“How long is it going to take guys in biosuits making food deliveries to your neighborhood?” he says.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends a 21-day supply of food and a gallon of water a person a day for drinking, cooking and washing.

Preparedness experts are divided on FEMA’s recommendation to have precut sheet plastic and duct tape for windows. A few call it helpful, others not. “If you duct-tape yourself into a room, where are you getting your fresh air from?” asks Suzanne Settle of the Ohio-based NorthStar Preparedness Network.

But if the worst happens, Card says, Mormons will look out for one another — and their neighbors. He lives in Greensboro, N.C., and is stocking up on canned tuna, not raw wheat. Card expects he’ll be tapped by local church officials to offer what he can.

“We organize real fast and real well. That’s probably the single biggest strength of our people.”

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Forwarded to Don White thanks to Ed Peterson

by Pastor Rob Reid
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned
to their first ministry, to reopen a church
in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October
excited about their opportunities When they saw
their church, it was very run down and needed
much work. They set a goal to have everything
done in time to have their first service
on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,

painting, etc, and on December 18
were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving
rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.

On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the
sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about
head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,
and not knowing what else to do but postpone

the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

On the way he noticed that a local business was

having a flea market type sale for charity so he

stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,

handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth

with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross

embroidered right in the center. It was just

the right size to cover up the hole in the front

wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older
woman running from the opposite direction was
trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor
invited her to wait in the warm church for
the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor
while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put
up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor

could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and
it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center
aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. ‘Pastor,’
she asked, ‘where did you get that tablecloth?’
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check
the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor
told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The
woman explained that before the war she and
her husband were well-to-do people in Austria
When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.
Her husband was going to follow her the next week.
He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her
husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;
but she made the pastor keep it for the church.
The pastor insisted on driving her home, that
was the least he could do.. She liv ed on the other
side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas
Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the

spirit were great. At the end of the service, the

pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door

and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized
from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the

p ews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he

wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on
the front wall because it was identical to one
that his wife had made years ago when
they lived in Austria before the war and how
could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

H e told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he
forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was
supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home
again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to
take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten

Island and to the same ho use where the pastor

had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of
stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on
the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid
Who says God does not work in mysterious ways.

I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for

you today, to guide you and protect you as you go

along your way. His love is always with you, His

promises are true, and when we give Him all our

cares you know He will see us through.

So when the road you’re traveling seems
difficult at best.. Just remember I’m here
praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on
to those you want God to bless and don’t forget
to sen d it back to the one who ask ed God to bless
you first.

W hen there is nothing left but God, that is when
you find out that God is all you need. Take 60
seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply
say the following small prayer for the person
who sent you this.

Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what
ever it is that You know they may be needing this
day! May their life be full of your peace,
prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a
closer relationship with you. Amen

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Standing together with Israel
1,500 gather at solidarity rally in Scottsdale

FULL STORY Scottsdale resident Michael Kaplan brought his three young children to the rally to support Israel on Jan. 4 because he wanted to make sure that “the Jewish voice, the Israeli voice, is represented” and because “it’s important for the children to see this, and understand they can play a role.”

Sisters Mary Anne, Pinea and Devorah, of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, came to the rally at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale, because, said Sister Mary Anne, “We love Israel and the Jewish people, and we feel it is our duty of love to stand by the Jewish community in Phoenix.” She explained that the order’s mother house is in Germany – it was founded just after World War II – and added, “We have a sad history toward Jewish people, and we need to change.”

Asked what brought her to the campus Sunday, Sister Devorah, who was born in Berlin in 1925, said simply, “My heart.”

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Radiant nights
Hanukkah celebrations abound
FULL STORY Publicizing the miracle of the oil, an important tenet of Hanukkah, was in full force this year with public menorah lightings and community celebrations throughout the Valley. This year’s holiday, from the evening of Dec. 21 through Dec. 29, included menorah lighting events at several Valley malls, from Anthem to Mesa; the largest was a community lighting at Arizona Mills mall planned by multiple organizations. Even Judah the Maccabee made an appearance at a few of these.

Several synagogues offered ways to celebrate as a community with their own programs, and religious and day schools prepared their students for the holiday with latkes, olive press demonstrations and rounds of “The Dreidel Song.”

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Geotagging has a few known issues. We’ll be addressing them shortly, but here are some suggested workarounds for the near-term:

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You can access Import and Export from the Blog Tools section on the Settings | Basic tab.
We have also added new importing options to the blog creation process:
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A couple caveats

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iLike: Add a soundtrack to your blog

December 5, 2008permalink
Sometimes we stumble across gadgets that are just too cool to keep to ourselves. And such is the case with the slick iLike gadget, which should be a real treat for all of you Blogger audiophiles out there.

iLike brings music to your blog by letting you embed and share playlists that you make yourself. Using their simple interface, you can organize and arrange your tunes, then seamlessly integrate them into your blog’s sidebar.


To get started, head on over to the playlist editor and build up your list of tunes from the iLike database. When you are finished, simply click the orange ‘Done!’ button at the bottom of the page, and you will be taken to a preview of what your playlist will look like on Blogger.

If everything looks good, click the orange ‘Add to Blogger’ button to go to Blogger’s Import Page Element Page (if not already signed in you will be prompted to do so.) Then choose the blog which you want to have the playlist, and click ‘Add Widget.’

The iLike gadget will now show up in your blog’s page elements editor for you to arrange as you wish. Pretty cool, eh?

Keep in mind though that playlist editor feature of iLike is still technically in beta, so the usual caveats apply. However, if you are feeling extra entrepreneurial you could help out the iLike dev team by answering their quick survey.

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Reactions: easily engage your readers

November 6, 2008permalink
One of our goals at Blogger is to make it easy for authors to get feedback on their content; we believe that authors are driven in part by the reactions and criticisms offered by their readers, and that these interactions enhance the quality of blog content. In support of this effort, we’re launching Reactions, simple annotations chosen by authors and given by readers.
With Reactions, readers can easily respond with one click, increasing feedback on posts.
Photo by Kevin Steele

To enable Reactions, log in to your dashboard, go to Layout > Page Elements and click the Edit link in the Blog Posts element to open the blog post configuration tool. Then, check the box next to Reactions, edit your reactions as a comma-separated list, and click Save.

Reactions works with Layouts templates, though if your template is heavily customized, you may have to reset your widget templates for Reactions to appear. If you have a Classic template you will need to switch to Layouts to use Reactions.

Of course, Reactions isn’t the only way to gather great feedback from readers; we also recently launched the Embedded Comment Form. With both Reactions and better commenting, we aim to make it easier for you to get the response and adoration you deserve.

Try Reactions now! We hope your reaction is <3.

Updated, 2:30 PM: Corrected to say that Reactions is a Layouts-only feature.

— taj
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New feature: Geotagging

December 10, 2008permalink
We’ve just added geotagging to the new post editor on Blogger in draft. With geotagging, you can add a location to your each of your blog posts. Just as time stamps help readers find posts from a certain date or time, geotags give your readers a way to browse posts near a specific location.

Adding a geotag to your post is easy. Log into draft.blogger.com, open the post editor, and click the add location link below the main text field.

Use the location editor to search, drag, click and zoom on a map to choose and save a location. We’ll try to label the location you choose using our reverse geocoder, which looks up a name for a point on the map. You can also edit the location name by clicking the blue location name text below the search field.

When you publish your post, the geotag is displayed below your blog post as a link, which will open up Google Maps.

We also include each post’s location in your blog’s RSS and Atom feeds using GeoRSS, a standard for geotagging. This means that feed readers, map applications and search engines can associate your posts with their locations.

We’re still working on other ways to show geotag information on your blog. Brian, the Google engineer who created this feature in his 20% time, has written a gadget that will display your posts on a map. To add it to your blog, click “Add Your Own” on the “Add a Gadget” page and paste in this URL: http://blogmap-gadget.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/blogmap.xml

Geotagging has a few known issues. We’ll be addressing them shortly, but here are some suggested workarounds for the near-term:

What types of posts are you adding a location to? What other functionality would you like to see in this feature? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!
— Brian
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