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I Normally Write in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre

Even though I normally write in the science fiction/fantasy genre, I have one book that dabbles in time travel. It opens a completely new world, in fact, it opens an infinite number of worlds, each with a vast amount of situations; a number so high, it boggles the mind.

Have you ever known someone who commented about returning to the days of the old west enamored with the romantic side of life at that time, moreover, the way television portrays life in the 19th century?

Take for instance, something as simple as a toothache. Today,an antibiotic would clear up an abscess. If the tooth required extracting, an injection of lidocaine would numb the area allowing the tooth’s painless removal. After a day or so of recovery, the patient could return to a normal lifestyle.

By contrast, 150 years ago liquor was the anesthetic. The dentist, who may sideline as a blacksmith or barber, along with several burly assistants, restrained the patient in the chair. Industrial type instruments were used for extractions.

Simple things, such as a urinary tract infections, an ingrown toenail, or even an ear infection that can be eliminated today with a course of antibiotics, could prove fatal not so many years ago.

Got an inkling to live in a past century? Doesn’t really matter unless someone pulls time travel out of their hat.

Hopefully, just a little something to give your Monday a chuckle. Have a great week . . . on second thought have a better week than that . . . and to take it one further have a wonderful Fourth of July.

May God richly bless and keep you!

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