The research involves reading old issues of our local newspaper, searching for articles pertaining to the township where I live or the people who once lived here or in some instances, perhaps are still residents. I didn't find any articles on the topic I was actually trying to research today, although I did find a few articles that were interesting. Here's a copy of an article that had no relevance at all to my research but I just found it "interesting" to say the least - maybe even a bit humorous too although in a kind of perverted way, perhaps. Truth of the matter is, I love the writing styles employed in the local newspaper back then. Sure wouldn't see a piece like this in the newspaper today now would ya?
May 21, 1919
Appearances Were Deceitful
Mary A. Ross, by her attorneys, Pentz & Pentz, has filed an application in the Clearfield county courts asking for a divorce from her husband, Francis Ross. The statement recites the fact that they were married November 3, 1915 and dissolved partnership March 1, 1919. The complainant says that when she promised to wed her intended represented himself to be sound of limb and mind, and without blotches, chilblains, ringworms, etc., etc., but like some “hoss trades” he could not live up to specificationson account of enfeebled physical condition, hence the suit for divorce.
Now, back to my reading my favorites posts - there were several instances where I tried to comment but for whatever reason - blogger, dial-up, maybe just my computer being quirky, who knows - but I couldn't leave a comment. One was at Empress Bee's place where I wanted to wish her and Sarge a very Happy 40th Anniversary. Don't believe me - go check out her blog for yourself and see, it's their 40th wedding anniversary and that, in my opinion, deserves a big round of applause, a lot of greetings and good wishes and a medal of honor too for being able to keep their marriage going and still fresh after that length of time. I, for one, am in awe!Another blogger who had a very, very good post today was Mary Ann -the Smalltown RN from British Columbia. Her post today about the healthcare system in Canada was really a very good one. She addressed their system, pros and cons and even delved into the ethical dilemmas ALL medical care and insurance programs bring to the forefront today, more than ever. Want a good unbiased read - go have a looksee at what she has to say about their system. Might surprise a lot of folks to read her piece. Maybe some of our politicians should take the time to read it since it does appear that healthcare in this country is shaking out to be one of the big issues of the coming election.
And, speaking of the election process, if you've been living under a rock, you maybe don't know or don't care - whichever - that today is a big day in our political process with the Iowa caucus. Granted, this system in Iowa is one that I still don't understand completely how it works but I do know it's the beginning round of several primary type things that will ultimately boil down to which people we will have as full opponents come November in our general election here and for the presidency. If you, like me, don't understand the Iowa caucus system and would like a shot at understanding it better, then I really recommend you go read Sunshine13's blog -and her post today about the caucus. It might clear a little of the questions about that setup out for you and also, give a lot of insight into the mindset of at least one intelligent young woman in that state who puts the voting process up as a very important part of her life. Some very good words, very intelligent words and a whole lot of people need to read her post and understand how seriously - how much patriotism - the people of that fine midwestern state place on our form of government. Might make some think twice about calling farmers -or people from the farm states - a bunch of country bumpkins cause folks, they sure as heck are not that!
And tonight, here at home, Mandy and Bill were going to go meet Mandy's closest and oldest girlfriend and her husband to be able to spend a little bit of quality time with them since they are in the region today and tomorrow for Mandy's friend's grandmother's funeral tomorrow and before leaving, Mandy got Maya all bathed, pj's on, ready for bed. Things appeared to be fairly calm at first when Mandy and Bill quietly slipped out the door and then, suddenly it dawned on Maya that they weren't here which then led to one of the longest meltdowns she's had in quite some time - screaming and kicking and hitting and wanting other clothes on because she was insisting she wanted to go where "Mommy and Daddy are." I, in the meantime, was lying to her - telling here they had just gone out for a few minutes so Daddy could get his haircut - a plausible line to tell her, in hopes she would at least quiet down a bit, maybe lay down on the sofa, fall asleep.
Eventually, she did just that but she no longer had the pj's on - they were (still are as I write this) in a little pile in the middle of the living room floor. She had insisted on getting out the jeans and tee shirt (and unnywears too) that she had on earlier today, stripping off the pullups and pj's and putting the other clothes on. That still wasn't enough to satisfy her and the tantrum continued on and on. Eventually, I did convince her that she could at least lay down on the couch and keep it warm till Mommy gets home. By that time, she had expended enough energy (way more than I put out in a day's time anyway) and was tired enough that within five minutes of laying on the sofa, she was out like a light and the house has been very peaceful and quiet since then. The bad thing about this whole deal is that although I did finally find a way to get her to quiet down a bit, I don't remember exactly how or what I told her that finally got the desired results. That's the drawback of dealing with the active mind of a 4-year-old with autism when you are 63 years old and hitting a bit on the senility side of things from time to time! Now I have no idea what to say to repeat that reaction or response in her! Rats! Gonna have to go through the whole process all over again sometime in the future then I suppose!
Now, before I head to bed tonight here's another little direction I'd like to ask you to take. Head on over to my blogger friend Theresa's Place and leave her a greeting there on the occasion of her 45th birthday - which was today! She's a good lady, great blogger friend and as friendly and vivacious as they come, so give her some blogger birthday love today will ya?
And, this is me -how I felt tonight between trying to get rid of the head cold (it's moving out but taking its sweet time to do it), deal with Maya and her meltdown while trying to comprehend the results of the Iowa caucus tonight. Apparently -as of 10 p.m. eastern anyway - MSNBC says that Obama and Huckabee are the winners there. Quite a shake-up, don't 'cha think?