I think it is safe to say that life has changed more over the last 100 years, than at any other time in history. In 1800, 95 percent of Americans lived in rural areas. You had to live within walking distance, or horse-and-buggy distance of everything you would need to survive. By 1920 that rate would drop to 50 percent, and eventually for the first time in history, more Americans lived in cities, as opposed to rural areas.

The industrial revolution was in full swing. WW I forced many women into the work force. When the war ended, many of those women would stay at work instead of returning to the kitchen. Electricity was changing everything, making large factories for manufacturing automobiles, electric irons, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators; this list would be endless. 

Also, store-bought sliced bread was available. Just that alone would save a few hours of work per day. Canned goods were becoming affordable for everyone; factory clothing would rock the world. Birth control was becoming much more available, and birth rates would drop dramatically. 

Kids were kicked out of the factories and put back in school. In 1914 there were one million kids in high school. 1926 would see that number grow to four million. Also, vocational training was becoming popular, which readied the graduates for factory life.

As I look at our modern world, I think the smart phone will go down in history as a life-changing invention -- right up there with electricity, automobiles and modern appliances. The first iPhone came out in 2007. Who could have ever predicted how it would change the world?  My oldest brother is the only human I know of that is still holding out. He refuses to get a cell phone, and still relies strictly on an old land line. I have to text his wife to get him to call. Can you even begin to imagine what life will be like if we survive another 100 years on this planet? God help us!!!

God bless you all -- RHM