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Daily Prompt: West End Girls

Daily Prompt: West End Girls

Every city and town contains people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where you grew up — was it swimming pools and movie stars, industrial and working class, somewhere in between or something completely different?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SOCIETY.

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Yes… we have different classes for sure in our city…k14622037

The rich…”East End” or certain counties…

The poor… “West End”… more toward downtown…

The other poor or what use to be middle class… “South End”…

The conglomerate I call “city dwellers”… A mixture of downtown businesses and “city folk”…

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I feel “lucky” to be called a “Southender”…

A mixture for sure… and getting more mixed every day!…

We were the Middle Class

Hard working people with the trade jobs, a nice home, clean-cut yards, pride in what we had achieved… as we worked and paid our taxes…

Having neighbors across the fence   neighb_c

Public schools that were a major part of the community…

More in the county… houses sometimes spread out for a few acres

Friendships built that lasted for years k8145280 … First jobs… retired from…

Our area has now changedgetting poorer every day…

Looked down on by some…

A mixture of people from existing families that loved the area so much … they would never leave…

People of different nationalities k5828235brought into our area by churches, foundations…

Different languages heard more than AmericanTSF000109

Stores stocking such different kinds of foods… some I never have heard of… to oblige the different cultures…

People dressing in native dress… and others with attitudes Attitudeand bad language that pour over into what use to be a peaceful area… Manners being forgot “ME” becoming the main topic…

Robberies… stealing… homes destroyed with uncaring attitudes… drugs being sold openlypbu0238 lying in every day conversations… trash everywhereu12203003 police cars prominentk14768283

Yes, I see how our area has changed since I was young…

Progress… I ask… “in what way?”… I see more destruction than benefits… I feel lost in my world… I no longer am thought of…

Benefits given for just existing… food given for no work… businesses opened …when my Dad had to save… show documentation… honor… to get these things…k11775156

As I began writing this simple prompt… it grew…

I see my frustration  k15738866

I wonder how I will be judged… will I lose friends?… from my truthfulness…

Will I be called names… “un-Christian-like”… a “racist”… and other terms people like to throw out…

I am only telling you my observations… maybe you would like to come live in my little part of the world… Any takers???

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Forever Stamps…

I received some postage stamps in a lovely card for a birthday gift k9616972… a few weeks ago…

They have been laying on my desk… where I could grab one if I decided to mail a card or note to someone…

I like mailing little notes sometimes… called “snail mail” by somek8865378 … because it’s not instantaneous!…

and receiving them is the best!…

So, when I received these Forever Stamps… I knew they would be put to use!…

I counted 77 different designs for “Forever Stamps”… when I checked the USPS site…

These are what I received!788774-01-main-695x900

Each stamp represents an important theme in America‘s
development as a nation:

Freedom, Liberty, Equality, and Justice

The current U.S. flag consists of 13 stripes and 50 stars… k11310479

The flag illustration by the late Arnold Holeywell is based on a photograph taken by art director Howard Paine. Paine also served as the typographer for the stamp.

Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate… currently at the price of 49 cents!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The words caught my eye today on these Patriotic Stamps…

k6565485 Freedom: Power to do what you want to do… Ability to move or act freely!

 sfo0260 Liberty: State of being able to act and speak freely… Power to do or choose what you want to!

vmo0005Equality: State of being equal… The quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc.!

x17729684 Justice: Process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals… Fair treatment!

These words are what our country k13557907is supposed to be based on…

May we always have these words to guide it!

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Mother Nature Crashes Wedding Party!

It’s been a busy weekend… Not… that I actually thought of it being Labor Day

I remember asking my Mom what Labor Day was???

She said, “Labor Day is a day for your Dad… who works so hard every day for us…Wallpa_Cwhere we can have food… a nice place to live… a car to drive… clothes… and money for fun outings sometimes”…

to have a day to just rest… and not have to work…k9073603

I was so young… that I thought it was “my Dad’s” own Special Holiday for a while…

Later… understanding that Mom was making it clear for my young mind to understand the answer to my question…

I don’t have to work any more… being retired after working for 40 years…

So I quite understand the reason behind this Holiday…

President Cleveland signed into law  the creation of a National Labor Day… brought about by Alderman Matthew Maguire… credited with the idea of a National Labor Day…

My Holiday this year was not celebrated with a big family picnic031c9801dcnot, even a cook-out…

although the stores were packed with people with this intent on their minds…

My cousin from Tennessee came up … and we were busy every day!…

My husband was sweet enough to let my sister, Vera and myself “Play”…

First day…

Vera got here in time for us to go out for a nice lunchk8638972 at one of my favorite restaurants lately… longhorn-logo Yes, it’s just a steakhouse… but, the preparation of the food is so tasty… the service is so nice… and the atmosphere is quiet enough to be able to talk and hear each other …

We had a nice drink to start off with… A Frozen Raspberry Margarita for me… Cold and Yummy!… and what was called a Black and Blue Margarita for her… Blackberries and BlueberriesSo pretty!k4721825

We ordered my favorite… Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and a Strawberry, Orange, Grape Pecan Salad with Grilled Chicken…k12738225 Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing…

It was good to catch up even if we do talk about 3 times a week…x30104644

We couldn’t catch up with my sister until we all went to a Great – niece’s Wedding later in the evening… My brother’s Granddaughter1150271_633047090052354_631426888_n They laughed through a few parts… which I thought was endearing… trying to get their rings on and filling a vase with sand…

It was lovely… held outside… in a Garden1352947508with the reception under a large pergola with a canopy roof2315654

Colors being purple and bright wildflowers for bouquets and decorations

It was quite beautiful… 130831_019

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String music during wedding ceremony…

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This “Family Tree’ was signed by all guests… on the variegated green leaves…

A clever… unique idea for a remembrance…

which they can hang in their new home… 

Wonderful appetizer food passed as we waited for Bride and Groom and Wedding Party who were getting photos made…k11646542

Any kind of drink you would like… k11871532

The round tables covered in the wedding colors were big enough to hold us 3 + 6 other of our close family members.

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Vera… with her wonderful smile!

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Molly and Nick… (niece with her nice boyfriend)

Beautiful Gardens… with flowers… big treeswater accents… and sitting areas

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Sitting areas and flowers…

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Sculptures adorned the area…

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More trees and flowers…

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A fountain in front of the 111 year old home that is on the property…

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The home… with its deep burgundy trim was so pretty…

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This tree looks as though it is reaching toward the water…

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The flag was appropriate… since it was on Labor Day Weekend…

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A Koi Pond…

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A log bridge…

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The Gardens were dedicated to a Jean Wakefield Cain… by her son…

UNTIL! …

A major rainstorm came through with from what we heard… 60-70 mph winds straight through the reception…

A huge branch was taken down nearby…

Lightning played across the sky… k10740071

It turned very dark

but, the worse… were the windsk11347798

Table centerpiece spilled over… glasses tumbled over… tablecloths blew up over the Wedding Cake… the music people had to get their equipment unplugged… The gifts had to be grabbed up… and out of the rain…

and the Bridal Party which happened to be sitting on the side the storm blew in from were soakedThe bride… groom and all attendants…

It was chaos!

This happened when dinner was just being served…

which I have to say was awesome!…

Laughter started… comments… regrets  stated… checking on this and that…

but, they took it all in stride as the winds downsized and a hard rain continued …

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Some were pretty soaked… but, being on the opposite side of the area saved us… except for a slight mist blowing every now and then…

We estimated about 200 people had an unusual wedding day captured on cell phones k10271420and photographers lights were flashing

k8579510 k10278054to capture some unique shots!

The bride was beautiful… in her lovely gown… and the groom was handsome…

Just thankful the wedding itself was finished before Mother Nature vmo0011 showed up and crashed the party

Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance

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Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us COUNTRY.

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My Bobby serving in Viet Nam…

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My Grandson wanting to make a 4th of July poster…

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My Dad serving in the Navy ( World war II )

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The flag of our country hangs proudly at my home…

1935-1939 – Pictures of the United States

1935-1939 – Pictures of the United States

WE ALL NEED A REMINDER.

AND WE THINK WE’VE GOT IT BAD! This was a mere 72 years ago…. Makes complaining about no cell service k10170208 , high gasoline prices cfr0201 , not enough cable channels k7403568 , seem a bit ludicrous. 

No credit cards k10089287 to buy what you want, but don’t need! 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 k9703365 for what I do have….. Start each day with a smile and a prayer… k0266791

Emailed to me…

It seems we… as the people here in the United States TSF000109 … have many things on our minds…

Looking back…

Looking at the present…

and Looking toward the future…

We can learn from all!… mkg

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“In God We Still Trust!”

After our country k0169345seeing, hearing and living through some horrific events lately… this song gives me courage to uplift my source of faith… belief… and pride..

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So thankful for my provider… and hope… that there will be better days ahead…

I know we haven’t seen the likes of so many people in other countries… but, just a taste is enough for me to want it to end NOW!…

God Bless America..

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In God I Trust!…

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You place your hand on His Bible, when you swear to tell the Truth
His name is on our greatest Monuments, and all our money too,
And when we Pledge allegiance, there’s no doubt where we stand,
There is no separation, we’re one Nation under Him.

Chorus:
In God We Still Trust
Here in America
He’s the one we turn to every time
The goin’ gets rough
He is the source of all our Strength
The One who watches over us
Here in America
In God We Still Trust

Now there are those among us, who want to push Him out,
And erase His name from everything, this country’s all about,
From the Schoolhouse to the Courthouse, they’re Silencing His Word,
Now it’s time for all Believers, to make our Voices heard.

In God We Still Trust,
Here in America
He’s the one we turn to every time
The goin’ gets rough
He is the source of all our Strength
The One who watches over us
Here in America
In God We Still Trust

Here in America
Here in America
Here in America,

In God We Still Trust
Here in America,

In God We Still Trust
Here in America

Presidential Speech We May Never Hear Again…

I listened to the words of this man… Ronald Reagan

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AMENhttp://youtu.be/OvN1jTkzXbY

It touched me so I have had to share with friends and family

and that’s what you are to me…

Just listen and know what joy it is to have such feelings in your heart

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Amen

100 Years Can Sure Make a Difference!

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Make sure you read all the statistics under the photo.

This has only been 102 years ago… Amazing!!!

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The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

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The average life expectancy for men k10855050was 47 years.

Fuel for this car k9393985 was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub k9447707.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone k6706804.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph k1117126 .

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower k6996410!

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,

a dentist k4325718$2,500 per year, a veterinarian k2945980between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,

and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births k3627143took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,

many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’

Sugar k7150833cost four cents a pound.

Eggs k5112750were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee k10074087was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks k5107883for shampoo.

There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth pastek3713856 .

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2, Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart diseasek5370502

5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars k8522891 .

The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet

There was no Mother’s Day k1818609or Father’s Dayk9616986 .

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLDk0257007 …all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

“Peace Out!”

Memory…Keepsake…

There are four of us friends going to meet for lunch … We haven’t done this in a long time… years to be exact… but, as soon as we get together it will be as if we talked every day … That’s what true friendship is…never-ending…faithful…loving  … I’ve known one of the “girls” since First Grade and the others since High School  … We are all quite different in appearance as well as our takes on life…We have each gone our separate ways…made a life with husbands, children and grandchildren…We’ve had good times and bad…We’ve all lived life as it came to us …Not probably our dreams …but, a good life…We are having a class reunion in the Fall…will be 45 years since we were the “Panthers”…our High School mascot … There were more popular kids…but, our little group has sustained… I read some of the names of fellow classmates…and realize how few I actually knew!… High School is pretty clicky…and to be included now with people wanting to get in touch is really quite amazing… I believe it’s the time we grew up in… We are called the Baby BoomersA pretty tight-niche group of people with ideals, compassion and heart!…The Viet Nam War   was being played out and many of us were effected by that … “Hippy Days”  with our long hair, bell bottoms, flowers  and hate to admit it but, drugs were coming in on the scene… We were supposed to be free-spirited peaceful and full of love … Hate to tell everyone… Life is life whenever and wherever it happens!… Happiness is what you make it… Work ethics are what you make them… Friendships are kept if you make them… So that is where I am today… Not longing for by-gone days…but, happy to remember the good times and friends made… Peace Out!  

“Lucky, Champagne or Star Birthday”…Have You Had Yours?

Memory…

Did you know that the earliest known celebration of a birthday  (as recorded in the  Scottish National Archives) was that of Saint Andrew… after he introduced Christianity to the people of Scotland … The people celebrated his birthday at the St Andrew citadel Cathedral every year after that…A birthday is a day or anniversary where a person celebrates his or her date of birth.  People bring a gift, have a party or rite of passage …  Many cultures have one or more coming of age birthdays… A person’s Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their “Lucky Birthday” , “Champagne Birthday”  or “Star Birthday” , occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g., when someone born on the 25th of the month turns 25) … The birthdays of historically significant people, like national heroes or founders, are often commemorated by an official holiday… That will never be me… Usually a specially made cake , usually decorated with lettering and the person’s age, is presented… The cake is traditionally studded with the same number of lit candles as the age of the individual… at least three boxes for me… The birthday boy/girl makes a silent wish and attempts to blow out the candles  in one breath; I think I’ve still got enough wind for that… if successful, it means the wish will be granted… In many cultures, the wish must be kept secret or it won’t “come true”... That would probably be hard for me to do… The last stanza of Patty and Mildred Hill‘s famous song, “Good Morning to You” (unofficially titled “Happy Birthday to You”)   is usually sung by the guests… with many adding, “And many more!”… Records show that there are more births in the months of  and  … September 16 is the most common birth date in the United States and December 25 the least common… I find that most people like their birth month… It’s special to them… I’ve always liked mine…  15 … I’ve already had my “Lucky Birthday”  48 years ago… actually this month… Those really good in math would find that it makes me 63 this year… I share it with my cousin and my son and the famous Martin Luther King … It’s nice having my birthday celebrated on a Holiday… I always knew I would be off from work for my “Special Day!”