Flu is Not New

Pictures by Herb Schwede

These pictures were taken at the old Pioneer Cemetery in Ward County North Dakota near Rice Lake. Many from our family we’re living there in sod houses at that time. The Cemetery was started because of scarlet fever or a virus similar to the Spanish influenza. The Antillans were Eston Olson’s wife’s parents. There are many other graves at the pioneer Cemetery with no markers. Most of the family was driven farther North by a severe drought. There small oxen powered wagon train continued North and most of the survivors settled in Alberta Canada near Rocky Mountain House.  A few stayed on the windy prairies of Saskatchewan.

Why Corona Virus, why now? It doesn’t take much action from my wild imagination to come up with a possible healing scenario. A healing virus is being sent by some higher power. A plan to send out a wake up call to this world. That power finally decided since nobody could get along with each other, love one another or care about one another, he would put us all on an equal playing field.
The plan is to bring us together as one people. No matter how it shakes out, it’s going to bring some disastrous results for many with the loss of life. Most Generals fight at least one big nasty battle in their plan to win a war.
This battles gain would be a world that is stronger, much stronger and united. The last terrible, deadly virus was the Spanish influenza about 100 years ago. It is possible people need to be turned around and sent in the proper direction about every 100 years.
It was a little over a 100 years ago when my ancestors came to this country from Finland and Norway. They had nothing but faith, and hope. With much hard work, hardship, suffering, perseverance, pride and love for their neighbors they built this country up from nothing. It became an industrialized, computerized, huge miracle. In the process many have lost their way. We now have abundant hours while confined to our homes to sit back and reflect on our life walk to this point, while contemplating the condition of our hearts and souls. All changes worldwide must come from one person at a time.
We should all prey for the caregivers, they are the soldiers fighting on the front lines of this war. May God give them the strength and endurance to continue and stay healthy in the process. I send condolences to those who have lost loved ones.
There are a lot of laboratories racing to find a cure or a vaccine for Corona virus I hope they consider the possibilities of a natural substance called Tea Tree Oil. It is a great thing for fighting infectious wounds, skin conditions and many other things. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil
God’s peace to this World, from an old Finlander.







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The hardest fight of your life might very well be for life itself. Many babies are born

Fight with a disease, their fight starts the day they are born. Babies and youngsters seem to have a stronger will to fight for that life that is so precious. The nursing staff and parents marvel at the strength and endurance of those little bodies and what they can go through. They have a super, strong determination, a will to fight for that life that is waiting for them to be lived to the fullest.

People who consider themselves healthy can have the fight to maintain their lives on a daily basis. If you want to have a healthy body and life you have to eat balanced meals, you must exercise, you need your sleep, these are actually everyday things that people must do to maintain their life. Sometimes it becomes a fight to acquire all of the things needed even to maintain a healthy body. The fight to exercise regularly is often lost without a struggle.

In our modern society, millions of people are hurt in accidents. After many accidents, the victims must learn what it is to fight for life, hang on to that gift of life that we all love. We all want to maintain our lives as long as we can. Disease will knock a person down almost to the point of death. If the will is where you fight on, press on and get that life back to where you want to have it. Fighting for life requires hard work, “no pain, no gain.” Physical therapy becomes an everyday routine after the body has been damaged.

As our bodies age and we get into what they call the Golden Years, the fight goes into extra rounds usually. We are much more open to organ and body part failures. We may need knee replacements, hip replacements, shoulder replacements or cornea replacements. In many cases heart valves, bypass surgeries, anything to keep that blood moving at a regular flow through that precious organ we call the heart. That is sometimes the hardest fight, the biggest battle of all time, coming back to life after heart surgery. It requires suffering much pain, undergoing rigorous physical exercise to regain strength, and a strong will to get that life back.

Many of us get older and we become prone to Alzheimer’s. It wants to rob the mind of enjoying the body that is probably still very healthy. It creates barriers, a wall of confusion between the victim and the world. It is the cause of one of the largest, no win fights of our life or existence. Victims don’t sometimes even recognize those who live near and are dear to them. It creeps up slowly, we can’t understand what has happened, or where the confusion comes from. You can’t fight Alzheimer’s, you just have to live with it, hang on to life at all costs.





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There is an old saying, only two things in this world are inevitable, they are “death and taxes.”
A change was inevitable at one time, now it is constant.

When you are born into this world you are automatically given a death sentence. The first thing you have to do is live out your life sentence. There is no way to escape, you will have to live out all of your days until you die. It makes no difference if you are in a prison or living in freedom, the sentence is still death. How you live your life will certainly determine at what point your death sentence will be carried out. If you are living in a prison you will have fewer choices on your lifestyle. You might even live longer with less bad options being available.

Some people will always decide they want to hurry up and live their life just as fast as they can, keeping the undertakers busy! Full speed ahead, enjoying all of the fun things that can be invented in this world to the max, 24/7 if possible. The majority of the fun things will cause the body to deteriorate at a much faster pace. Those who choose to live on the wild side will no doubt finish their life sentence in a whole lot quicker fashion than some others.

It is just some people’s nature to live a quieter, more laid-back style of life, eating balanced meals and taking care of their health and their bodies and doing regular exercises. They become the exception to the rule in many cases. They surprise the people who study the longevity of humans living in this world. The laid-back lifestyle folks may well live past the hundred year mark and are still very much able to negotiate their daily lives.

We live in a world of sickness, disease, and new bacteria being discovered almost daily. Death comes painfully early to many people of all ages. It robs them of the choice of life they wanted to live. The world is not fair, if your number comes up early you receive what you got but you might beat it and make death come back for you on a future day.

In our modern day and age, taxes are still inevitable. Millions of people live on low incomes today their taxes are not nearly as big a shock on April 15.They still have to pay sales tax and property tax on property they own. Taxes on food, lodging, luxury items, gasoline, wheel tax, fuel tax, electricity and more. There are many sin-taxes that can’t be avoided, alcohol, cigarette, bed, board, and drugs, the list goes on and on. Governments continue to legalize marijuana for the purpose of raising more tax revenue. More taxes will always be needed as governments learn newer and faster ways to spend the working person’s dollars. We know for sure that is inevitable.