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Most of these are e-mails that in my opinion make sense.  Some get passed around more than others.  Although they make sense, I'm not going to say that I believe, or condone them 100%.  Everyone views things differently.  

I'm not 48 years old, but im sure some are.  I'm also sure regardless, you can relate to some of this, if you are in your forties.

Not so Long ago

One evening a son was talking to his father about current events. He
asked what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age,                                                                                         
and just things in general.

The dad replied, "Well, let me think a minute...I was born before
television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact
lenses, Frisbees and the pill.

There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man
had not invented pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, (clothes were
hung out to dry in the fresh air) electric blankets, air conditioners,
and he hadn't walked on the moon.

Your Mom and I got married first -- and then lived together. Every
family had a father and a mother, and every boy over 14 had a rifle that
his dad taught him how to use and respect. And they went hunting and
fishing together.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir' -- and after I
turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, 'Sir.'

Sundays were set aside for going to church as a family, helping those in
need, and visiting with family or neighbors. (I miss that most)

We were before, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and
group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good
judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference
between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our
actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living here was a bigger

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins
Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening
breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
weekends -- not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters,
yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack
Benny, and the President's speeches on our radio. And I don't ever
remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.
The term "making out" referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &
10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all
a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel
on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too
bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day, 'grass' was mowed, 'coke' was a cold drink, 'pot' was
something your mother cooked in, and 'rock music' was your grandmother's
lullaby. 'Aids' were helpers in the Principal's office, 'chip' meant a
piece of wood, Hardware' was found in a hardware store, and 'software'
wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
husband to have a baby.

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a
generation gap......and I am only 48 years old.

~Author Unknown~

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the
Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but
this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness
and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to
those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.  We
confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery,
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare,
We have killed our unborn and called it choice,
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable,
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building
We have abused power and called it politics,
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition,
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
of expression,
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin
set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent: To
direct us to the center of Your will and to openly ask these things in
name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!"

The response to this prayer was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during
the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where
Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those
calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies
of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on
his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this
program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer
sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called
"one nation under God."