Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sunday Morning...........

The following was written by J.Allie McNider:

It is Monday! He entered the city with the crowds waving palms and raising their voices! They would raise those same voices later in the week. Crucify Him! I was in both crowds!

It is Tuesday! Can you imagine the anxiety Jesus must of felt as the days passed. Knowing exactly what the next two days would bring! Yet he pressed on only thinking of me! Have I lived a life derserving of that kind of love? No! But He knew that and did it anyway!

It is Wednesday! The tide is changing. I have laid my palm branches down. I am beginning to lower my voice and slip away. I am rationalizing about how I don't want to be a religious fanatic and Jesus continues to march to the Cross! Where will I be forty eight short hours from now?

It is Thursday! I have decided to blend in with the crowd as the trials begin. I hear those making the charges and I am afraid to speak. So worried about my own life and reputation! What if this is alll there is? At least I won't be one of the crazies they laugh at! I feel so ashamed. I want to speak! I want to say He is innocent! I want to say I will go with Him to the cross! He knows how I feel and He continues His march to the cross!

It is Friday! The trials have gone throughout the night. I tossed and turned all night. I tried to sleep, but my conscious would not let! I felt so ashamed as I could hear the lashes and the crowds. I was the guilty one yet I was in the comfort of my bed and He was paying the price! As the sun rose I could see it's light on the hill where the Bright and Morning Star, The Rose of Sharon, The Light of the World would go into total darkness to allow me to live in light

It's Saturday! I can't believe the week has ended like this! It is so quiet! The crosses are empty. The ground is covered in blood! I hear people saying, finally it is over! He was not who He said He was! Just another man! I don't know what to believe anymore. I don't want to doubt, but what if He is really dead and it is all over. I find myself only worrying about my own welfare! What if they come for me? I feel I will quote the words of Peter! I never knew Him! I guess tomorrow will be just another day.

It's Sunday. I woke with no hope for the future. I wept most of the night realizing everything I had put my faith in what may had been nothing but a whisper of faded hope! But just as I thought it was all over I saw in a distance two women jumping in the air and yelling to the top of the voices. I could not understand what they were saying at first. I could only distinguish the word alive. As theygot go closer they told me they had been to His grave and he was not there! All that remained were His grave wrappings! At that moment of hopelessness everything changed! He is who He said He was! He is the Messiah! He is the King of Kings! He is alive and I need to go and tell everyone I meet! Join me in telling everyone! It's Easter.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


A husband and wife went in for counseling after 35 years of marriage. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a passionate and painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 35 years they had been married. She went on and on and on about neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of un-met needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.

Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and, after asking the wife to stand, embraced and kissed her on the lips passionately.

The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, “This is what your wife needs at least once every day of the week. Can you do this?”

The husband thought for a moment and replied, “Well, I can drop her off here Monday thru Thursday, but on Fridays, I go fishin.”


Wednesday, March 6, 2013


1895 8th grade final exam

Take this test and pass it on to your more literate friends..

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society
and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS - 1895 

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,''play,' and 'run.'
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000.. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft.. Long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks
and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each..
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.

Gives the saying 'he only had an 8th grade education' a whole new meaning, doesn't it?! 

No wonder they dropped out after 8th grade. They already knew more than they needed to know!

No, I don't have the answers! And I don't think I ever did!