The Secret to a Happy Life

Written by Marsha Jordan

There seems to be an epidemic these days of depression. Everyone I talk to, it is experiencing some degree of depression. As I wonder aboutrepparttar cause of this twenty-first century phenomenon, I think of my great grandmother who raised my dad inrepparttar 124042 back woods ofrepparttar 124043 Upper Peninsula of Michigan duringrepparttar 124044 Great Depression.

She had a hard life raising twelve children and two grandchildren, seeing two die as toddlers as well as two as adults with cancer. She supported her sick husband who was twenty-two years older than she was. She struggled throughrepparttar 124045 great depression, yet (according to those who knew her best) she was never depressed a day in her life! Why? Maybe because she was too busy just surviving to stop and think about feeling sad.

She came to this country from Holland as a child. She married atrepparttar 124046 age of 13. Her parents went back to Holland without telling their children. She fed her family by raising animals and a large garden, in addition to taking in boarders and caring forrepparttar 124047 elderly and sick. She sold her homebaked goods and ranrepparttar 124048 local post office. She entertained traveling preachers and live-in teachers. She cooked on a woodstove in a house that was so coldrepparttar 124049 water inrepparttar 124050 tea kettle would freeze duringrepparttar 124051 night if she didn't get up and stokerepparttar 124052 fire. She could seerepparttar 124053 snow outside throughrepparttar 124054 cracks inrepparttar 124055 walls. She had no phone, no electricity, no running water, no shower, bathtub or indoor toilet! There was no television to watch as she relaxed inrepparttar 124056 evenings. In fact, she didn't relax inrepparttar 124057 evenings. That's when she sewedrepparttar 124058 family's clothes. To listen torepparttar 124059 radio, her family had to walk half a mile torepparttar 124060 nearest neighbor's house. She was up before anyone else inrepparttar 124061 morning and she wasrepparttar 124062 last to go to bed at night.

Her children wererepparttar 124063 only ones in school who had real meat to eat and didn't have to take lard sandwiches in their lunches. Her kids had shoes to wear whenrepparttar 124064 neighbors didn't, but they put cardboard inside those shoes to coverrepparttar 124065 holes inrepparttar 124066 soles. Though they lived in a tar paper shack, they were better off than most ofrepparttar 124067 folks they knew. When beggars came to grandma's door, she would always give them a meal and a dime, though a dime was a lot of money in those days. She and her children rarely took baths. To do so, they had to pumprepparttar 124068 water fromrepparttar 124069 well, heat it onrepparttar 124070 stove, and fillrepparttar 124071 metal tub inrepparttar 124072 kitchen byrepparttar 124073 fire. They never went to a doctor when they got sick. They couldn't afford such a luxury. And in those days, there was not a whole lot that doctors could do for them anyway. (Modern medicine has come a long way inrepparttar 124074 last 70 years). This may sound like a story from Laura Ingalls Wilder books aboutrepparttar 124075 1800's, but I'm talking aboutrepparttar 124076 1930's!

Persevere And Fly!

Written by Mary Holzrichter

"The Wright Brothers created repparttar single greatest cultural force sincerepparttar 124041 invention of writing. The airplane becamerepparttar 124042 first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together."

~~~ Bill Gates, Microsoft

I hadrepparttar 124043 opportunity to recently visitrepparttar 124044 Outer Banks of North Carolina. One of our stops was at The Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills.

The Wrights, Wilbur and Orville, wererepparttar 124045 first to design and build a flying aircraft that could be *controlled* while inrepparttar 124046 air. No one up to this point had usedrepparttar 124047 three control factors; roll, pitch, and yaw. These three dimensions make it possible to fly from place to place. The aerospace business depends on this simple but brilliant idea. So do spacecraft and submarines.

This changedrepparttar 124048 way we view our world. Seen from above, distances shrink andrepparttar 124049 horizon stretches. The world seems grander, more vast and three-dimensional. Open to endless possibilities.

We talk aboutrepparttar 124050 perseverance needed to make our niche onrepparttar 124051 internet today. Just think of Wilbur and Orville. Their accomplishment certainly didn't happen overnight!

Wilbur and Orville were 12 and 8 years of age, respectively, when their father brought home a simple toy rubber band-powered helicopter made in France. They were so intrigued byrepparttar 124052 concept and playing with it, it broke! Immediately, they began building copies.

They were hooked on aviation!

In 1900, as young men, having built their first glider, they decided to try it out at Kitty Hawk on Kill Devil Hills. It provided consistent stiff winds, andrepparttar 124053 somewhat cushioning effects of sand and water. That first flight was unsuccessful, but it didn't deter them.

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