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Archive for September 1st, 2014

Generic

People used to wear plain clothing

                    but have character in their face.

Now their tee-shirt “speaks”

                    but their face is generic.

– eab, 5/91

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Hypocrite – sinner on the sly,

Who will get found out, bye-n-bye.

Appearances mean much to him,

Wants his soul to look fat – it’s slim.

Such folk don’t go beyond the sky.

– eab, 9/1/08

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ON THIS DATE

 

9/1 Peter Cartwright was born in 1785, in Amherst Co., VA.  He was raised in KY where his dad, an ungodly man, taught him the sins of the day; but his mother, a God-fearing Methodist, prayed daily for her wild son.  When Peter was 14, a revival swept Kentucky from Cane Ridge and he came under deep conviction for sin.  But, unlike some, it was months before he obtained his “peace with God.”  He immediately began to preach.  Later Cartwright became a circuit rider and rose in the Methodist denomination to become (by 1824) a presiding elder.  This “rough, uneducated, and eccentric preacher” possessed stamina, quick wit, and a perception of human nature.  Peter also had an interest in politics and, as a Democrat, ran against Abraham Lincoln.  If you have not read his Autobiography you are missing a “classic view” of frontier life.  And he was another early American who moved west (KY) and then more west, dying (9/25/1872) in Pleasant Plains, IL.

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