Surprising Facts about What Colonists Drank

Surprising Facts about What Colonists Drank

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Stay Hydrated

The weather outside is very, very hot and we need to drink more to make sure that we stay
hydrated.

They Drank Water?

Have you ever given any thought to what colonists drank. Well, the water in the cities was not safe to drink because people poured their sewer
into the river and the lakes.

If you were in the countryside, it was a little better as long as you put your outhouse in the right
place. And as long as your neighbor put their outhouse in the right place.

They Drank Milk?

Milk was not safe to drink either. They had no refrigeration. And if you drank it, you could very well get a disease.
Abraham Lincoln’s mother died of a disease that she got from drinking milk.

Colonists drank alcohol, rum, whiskey, beer, and particularly hard cider. They gave it to
their children because they had nothing else that was really safe.

What about Tea?

Late in the colonial period, they began to drink coffee and tea. They didn’t know why it was safe. They didn’t know why it
was healthy because they had no idea what germs were and that boiling killed the germs.

But they were thrilled to have something different to drink that wasn’t alcohol. Now, imagine their
frustration when they started getting taxes on tea. When you put it in that context, I can
understand.

Living in Difficult Times

They lived in very difficult times. You know, we also live in very difficult times.
Have you ever noticed that you feel like you’re eating or drinking something that’s very safe,
only to discover an article somewhere or something on the internet that says, that’s going to kill
you?

Ancient Wisdom

How can we live in a crazy upside down world? Everything is skewed. Everything is messed up.
I have some ancient wisdom for you. This is from the book of John.

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall become in
him a well of water springing up to each one of life.”

“And again, Jesus said, if any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in
me, as the scripture said, from his inmost being shall flow rivers of living water.”

Living Water

Wow, living water. That means wisdom for today, grace for today, and for tomorrow, eternity. Eternal life.
Yeah, I prefer living water while living in a crazy upside down world.

Cool Communication Strategies: Engaging with Fans

Cool Communication Strategies: Engaging with Fans

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Summer has arrived, and we’ll be using our fans to stay cool outside.

Engaging with Fans:

Did you know that wealthy women communicated with their fans?
Close your fan and touch your right cheek to say yes. No is touching the left cheek. Of course
that might create confusion. The man watching has to know left from right.
Hold your fan over your face if you want to get to know someone.
And if you want to be rid of someone, place your fan on the left ear.

Cool Communication:

This summer, as you use your fans, I want you to keep your cool.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for
edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Eph.
4:29 NAS)

Engage with fans and enjoy ‘cool’ communication by showing grace.

Echoing Footsteps: A Soldier Lost

Echoing Footsteps: A Soldier Lost

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On Memorial Day, we remember those who lost their lives defending our country. And today I want to remember Army Nurse Captain Jennifer Moreno.

Her Life:

She was remembered for her beautiful smile.  She was in Afghanistan and was deployed with a special ops team. They encountered a suicide bomber.  One of the men was hurt. When he fell to the ground crying, she rushed to his aid, imperiling her own life.

She stepped on a landmine and was killed.  Jennifer is an excellent example of selfless service to others.

Let me read to you.  “With humility of mind, let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. Do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others.” Philippians 2

Remember:

Today we remember Captain Jennifer Moreno.

 

Sarah Joseph Hale’s Fight to Make Thanksgiving a National Holiday

Sarah Joseph Hale’s Fight to Make Thanksgiving a National Holiday

In today’s Thanksgiving episode, we delve into the history behind this beloved holiday. Join Cynthia as she explores the origins of Thanksgiving, the remarkable story of Sarah Joseph Hale, and how she played a pivotal role in making it a national holiday.

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Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. For many years, various parts of the country celebrated Thanksgiving while others didn’t.

George Washington Issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789 as did John Adams and James Madison. Thomas Jefferson, however, believed such that a violation of church and state.

Sarah Josepha Hale believed Thanksgiving should be a national holiday

Sarah was born in New Hampshire in 1788 and married David Hale in 1813. However, her husband died in 1822, and she had work to support her family. She chose to write, and her most famous work is Mary Had a Little Lamb. Her writing caught the attention of a lady’s magazine and they invited her to serve as editor.

Louis A Godey hired Sarah as editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1837.

The magazine became the most influential and widely read magazine at the time. Sarah didn’t agree with feminists of the day but she steered the magazine away from politics and social issues. Instead, she encouraged women’s education while hiring original writers.

Her family had celebrated Thanksgiving every year as she grew up, and she saw the value in being thankful. Sarah often wrote articles encouraging a national day of Thanksgiving.

At the time, slavery split the nation. Sarah believed a national day of Thanksgiving could unite the shattered nation. She frequently wrote Lincoln and requested him to establish a regular holiday.

When the Union won the battle of Fort Donelson and Shiloh in 1862, Lincoln wrote a Thanksgiving proclamation. After the battle of Gettysburg, her wrote another one. Sarah appealed to him again for a national holiday, and he asked his staff to draft the appropriate documents. He set the Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November.

Cynthia is offering a gift to her listeners this year. Click here.

 

 

July 4: New and Fun Ideas for Your Family

July 4: New and Fun Ideas for Your Family

We live in a fantastic country, and we need to share our incredible heritage with our family. Not only can we glean lessons from history, but we can also learn about the men who gave their lives for our freedom.

This week award-winning author Author Rebecca Price Janney was my guest. She has written the Easton series about her patriot ancestor. The latest book, which just came out, is Easton at Sunset. Rebecca offered wonderful suggestions, like look up your ancestry. You may discover you have a patriot who fought in the war too. That would make July 4th extra special.


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