April 27, 2017
Good morning. Today there are just a lot of puddles left behind from the rain, and temps are already in the 50's. The sun has been peeking in and out from behind some clouds. Sort of teasing us. We are in for a few nice days. Oh goodie goodie!!
Well, last evening, I did not end up cooking raviolis for our supper. DIL Janet brought a zip lock bag full of cooked ham slices, so I whipped up some mashed potatoes and veggies to go with it. Janet had also brought an apple pie for dessert. Yum, yum!
Today I want to share another interesting article from the May "Smithsonian" magazine. This one has to do with Ellis Island and how people were processed through there. These two photos show the article heading and the puzzle that was an important part of this process.
Immigrants in the early 1900's were examined for physical and mental illness, questioned about their ability to support themselves financially, and whether they held radical views. This was to sort out those immigrants (or their offspring) who may become a burden to the State. A Dr. Howard Knox developed the Feature Profile Test, which was used from 1912 to 1916. (puzzle pictured above)
Typically, test-takers had just arrived after a long horrible voyage aboard ship. They were in a foreign land and might be sleep deprived, depressed or ill. If they did not complete the puzzle test in five minutes, along with other factors, they could be shipped back to the old country. Immigrants were turned back often enough that Ellis Island earned the nickname of "The Island of Tears." (all information taken directly from the article.)
I went on-line to download a picture of the finished puzzle. I wonder how many of us, under similar conditions, would have figured this out in just five minutes.
Shortly before three o'clock every weekday afternoon, Pogo takes up his post by the door. He's watching for Joe, who is due home from work sometime between 3:15 and 3:30. If it is warm and not raining, Pogo sits out on the porch by the gate and watches from there. It's turkey treat time when Joe gets home. This photo was taken yesterday (it was raining).
I think I shall get busy now and wash the dishes and see about lunch. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.