Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

The results of this past election proved once again that the Democrats had a golden opportunity to capitalize on the failings of the Trump Presidency but, fell short of a nation wide mandate. A mandate to seize the gauntlet of the progressive movement that Senator Sanders through down a little over four years ago. The opportunities were there from the very beginning even before this pandemic struck. In their failing to educate the public of the consequences of continued Congressional gridlock, conservatism, and what National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation would do led to the results that are playing out today.. More Congressional gridlock, more conservatism and more suffering of millions of Americans are the direct consequences of the Democrats failure to communicate and educate the public. Educate the public that a progressive agenda is necessary to pull the United States out of this Pandemic, and restore this nations health and vitality.

It was the DNC’s intent in this election to only focus on the Trump Administration. They failed to grasp the urgency of the times. They also failed to communicate with the public about the dire conditions millions have been and still are facing even before the Pandemic. The billions of dollars funneled into campaign coffers should have been used to educate the voting public that creating a unified coalition would bring sweeping reforms that are so desperately needed. The reality of what transpired in a year and a half of political campaigning those billions of dollars only created more animosity and division polarizing one extreme over another.

One can remember back in 1992 Ross Perot used his own funds to go on national TV to educate the public on the dire ramifications of not addressing our national debt. That same approach should have been used during this election cycle. By using the medium of television to communicate and educate the public is the most effective way in communicating and educating the public. Had the Biden campaign and the DNC used their resources in this way the results we ae seeing today would have not created the potential for more gridlock in our government. The opportunity was there to educate the public of safety protocols during the siege of this pandemic and how National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation provides the necessary progressive reforms that will propel the United States out of the abyss of debt and restore our economy. Restoring our economy so that every American will have the means and the availability of financial and economic security.

The failure of the Democratic party since 2016 has been recruiting a Presidential Candidate who many felt was questionable and more conservative signals that the results of today has not met with the desired results the Democratic party wanted. Then again? By not fully communicating and not educating the public on the merits of a unified progressive platform has left the United States transfixed in our greatest divides since the Civil War. This writers support of Senator Bernie Sanders is well documented. Since 2015 he has laid the groundwork for progressive reforms. He also has the foundations on which these reforms can deliver the goods as they say. But, what did the DNC do, they purposely went out of their way to engineer a candidate who was more in tune with the status-quo of the DNC. They failed to communicate to the public in educating all of us on the ways our lives would be better served with a progressive agenda that was the benchmark of Senators Sanders Presidential campaign and his Our Revolution movement. And this is way there is still really no progress in creating a less toxic environment in Washington and around the country.

Natural Nutrition

One of the most important decisions you have to make to keep your dog healthy, concerns nutrition. Food is the engine that drives your dog through a better and longer life. There are several schools of thought on what types of nutrition you should feed your dog. You can reduce these two camps into two: manufactured and heavily processed food and natural nutrition.Those who believe in feeding their dog “natural” food believe it results in an increase in wellness and longevity. The supporters perceive commercial food as being less capable of providing the right nutrition for canines. Commercial processed foods, they argue, are too heavily processed and contain unnecessary chemicals and other additives. Some, they feel, are actually harmful for your dog and/or interfere with your canine’s ability to reach his or her full potential. The question remains: “What is natural nutrition and why is it supposed to be so good for my canine companion?”What Is Natural NutritionNatural nutrition refers to the contents of certain types of dog nourishment. It is natural because it does not contain any synthetic additions. A truly natural product has not contact with either pesticides or chemical preservatives. It comes from natural food sources. Top preference for the sources would be organic meat, fish, grains and vegetables. Another term that may arise is holistic. There is, however, a difference between these two types of nutritional suppliers.Organic food is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program or its equivalent in Canada or Europe. All the ingredients do not contain or come into contact with hormones, chemicals or pesticides at any stage of their development. The process of the grains, meat and vegetables into the diet does not involve the addition of any of these same products or other chemicals, particularly preservatives, into the food at any time during the manufacturing process.Holistic nutrition is slightly different than organic is. While the demand for high quality ingredients that are chemical, pesticide, hormone and preservative free is the same, there are distinctions. Holistic nutrition is part of a more complex system of health and well-being. Its specific intent is to provide a positive effect on the animal’s health.Basic Natural NutritionWhether you prefer the labels holistic or organic, read the labels to understand what the food contains and whether it is healthy and suitable for your canine. Does it contain sufficient nutrients? Are these the right type in the right amount for your canine?What natural/organic/holistic nutritional food consists of is written clearly for you to read. Look at the label. The very first ingredients on the list will indicate how natural and nutritious the food will be for your dog.The first ingredient on the label indicates the largest percentage of the food consists of this. It should be any of the following· Whole chicken
· Whole turkey
· Whole lamb
· Whole venison
· Whole meatsNatural nutrition does not consist of meat by-products. Meat products is a catchall term for anything from horse hoofs to ground giblets. Whole meats contain the highest nutritional value.The next ingredient to consider is the whole grains. Unlike commercial products, natural nutrition relies on whole grains. They avoid wheat, flour and white rice. Instead, these contain brown rice and oats. These food are better fiber sources and easier for on the digestive tract.It is necessary to add preservatives. Organic and holistic dog food rely on natural alternatives. These include tocopherols or vitamin E. Natural nutrition also will include natural antioxidants. This includes rosemary. These are to help your canine in the fight against diseases. The food also contains phytonutrients commonly found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly blueberries, parsley, carrots and apples. These help promote health and healing in your dog.ConclusionNatural nutrition does not mean a raw food diet. It means providing your dog with a healthy diet. If you combine whole, natural grains and meat with phytonutrients and antioxidants, you create a powerful tool. Together these ingredients can help your dog create and live a long and healthy life.