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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Honoring Memorial Day

'Happy' routinely appears preceding the words Memorial Day. There is absolutely no way around it. BUT...is that the proper precedent to Memorial Day? We are happy to live in America. We happily enjoy all the freedoms America has to offer. Joyous are we getting prepared for time with family and friends: walking the beach, swimming, picnicking, bar-be-queuing, etc. In the midst of all the food, fun, fellowship associated with Memorial Day, let's not forget who are the true honorees!

May 30, 2016 is all about...

The happiness associated with Memorial Day has come at an immense sacrifice. With Memorial Day comes the importance of understanding Memorial Day vs. Veterans' Day.
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page.
If you proudly fly the American flag at your home, be sure it is flown half mast tomorrow from sunrise 'til midday. If you have a family member or loved one who died as a result of serving our country, place a flag at the grave site. Wherever you go, whatever you do on Memorial Day, proudly carry and/or wave the American flag remembering those that are no longer with us, that is, among the land of the livingtheir spirit will always be with us in our hearts!

While this may be a time for beach blasts, bar-be-que cookouts, hot dogs with all the trimmings, hamburgers and fries, and scrumptious apple pie, it is more importantly a time of remembering. . .

The Fallen Soldiers


Like the bald eagle
Forever Watchful were we
Guiding, protecting
The land of the free
'Twas our place
To be brave, stay strong
Ready and willing
All the day long
Our eyes were keen
Often focused on pain
The fields were bloody
Amid storms and rain
Bodies of comrades
Strewn there and about
Never for a moment
Left room for any doubt
On home or foreign shores
Know ardently that we
Who gave up our lives
'Twas for country and thee


©2013 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

For each soldier who has fallen, there is someone at home mourning!

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Have a Mint of a Day

The next foodie inspiration is not a food at all but instead a beverage. It is associated with the South, especially the Kentucky Derby. How appropriate for this celebration to have been on Derby Day! It has been reported the annual Kentucky Derby horse race sees around 120,000 servings each year. Yet, the beverage itself goes way back much farther than the beginning of America's most prestigious horse race. Ready to celebrate?

May 30 is...
Mint Julep Day

The true origin of the Mint Julep is clouded with mystery having never been completely traced but one thing for certain it associates the South as its heartland. For those of you into cocktails, enjoy the julep before retiring for the evening or simply any time of the day, on any day, for it is not reserved only for today or the Kentucky Derby.

Tidbits of Julep Trivia...
Mint Julep's popularity came to rest in the agricultural regions of the east and southeast, where farmers awakened at dawn. ...the julep was originally a morning drink as the spirited equivalent of coffee in today's society. "One sip and Pow! The farmers were ready to face the long day."
Mint juleps are served in pewter julep cups with crushed or shaved ice for a specific reason: The purpose of the cups isn't immediately clear to most drinkers because they are holding them wrong. Julep cups should only be held by the top or the bottom so that the crushed ice inside them can create a frost on the outside.
Premium versions of the drink are served in gold-plated cups with silver straws - The $1000 Mint Julep. You've got to be kidding!

The Clovers: One Mint Julep

 The song, which became a hit for The Clovers in the early 1950s, was one of the first drinking songs to really take off. The song is about a man who falls for a young woman only to realize a few years down the road that he’s been trapped into marriage. In the song, he laments that it all started with "One Mint Julep".
Not into the cocktail routine? Have a cupcake instead...

 Mint Julep Cupcakes Recipe

 Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!


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♫White Christmas in May♫

Speaking of Christmas in the month of May seems a bit early, don't you think? Not so, when revisiting the song that carries the recognition of being the best-selling single of all time.

Today in Music History: May 29

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Academy Award for Best Song of 1942

'White Christmas' is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. It was the biggest-selling song going back and forth with Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock," until Elton John released his tribute to Princess Diana - "Candle In The Wind."

1942 Initially the song painted a picture of holiday nostalgia. It was written by Irving Berlin for the 1942 movie Holiday Inn, where Bing Crosby sings it from the perspective of a New Yorker stranded in sunny California during Christmas.

Crosby recorded a version of the song (in 18 minutes) for release as a single with the Kim Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra on May 29, 1942 - a few months before the movie hit theaters. At the advice of Bing's record producer Jack Kapp, the original first verse was excised as it made no sense outside of the context of the film. Now starting with the familiar, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas," the song became a huge hit, going to #1 on the Billboard chart (measuring sales) in October, and staying in the top spot for 11 weeks, taking it through the first two weeks of 1943.
 1954 By 1954, this song was a holiday favorite, and that year Paramount Pictures released a movie called White Christmas to tie in with it. Crosby starred in the film along with Danny Kaye, and of course performed his famous song.
Tidbit of Trivia...


Songfacts: This has the distinction of marking the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. As the North Vietnamese surrounded Saigon, an evacuation plan was put into effect to bring the remaining Americans to safety. Their cue to evacuate was when a radio announcement stating that the temperature in Saigon was "105 degrees and rising," and followed by the playing of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." That was the signal for the mad dash to the US Embassy where helicopters were waiting.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

"Mr. Entertainment"

Today's History Lesson

Today's step back in time visits one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He lived through major times of war and numerous conflicts, including two world wars, and tremendous change in the 20th century. Remembering this individual is perhaps remembering "the most popular entertainer in the history of Western civilization."

This Day in History: May 29, 1903

Should you not know who is dubbed "Mr. Entertainment" perhaps another title tip might be of help. He is also known as "The King of Comedy." Still not sure?

He was among the 20,000 vaudeville performers working in the 1920s. Many of these performers were, like himself, recent immigrants to America who saw a vaudeville career as one of the few ways to succeed as a "foreigner" in America. "I left England when I found out I couldn't be king."
He once said, "People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy," "No one party can fool all of the people all of the time; that`s why we have two parties," just to quote a couple. With so many comedians on stage and off, he fit the funny category like a glove. In other words, he really was funny without even trying. Le' Naturale!
The laughter was great but most importantly he loved to make people smile. "I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful."
His fifty-year commitment to public service has made him one of the most honored and esteemed performers in history. "If you haven`t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble."
Some 65 million people watched him perform for troops in Vietnam on Christmas Eve in 1966 in his largest broadcast. "They said I was worth $500 million. If I was worth that much, I wouldn't have visited Vietnam, I'd have sent for it."
He was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II."What an honor and what a surprise for a boy born in England, raised in Cleveland and schooled in vaudeville."
Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, (born Leslie Townes Hope)
May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003

When Bob Hope turned 100 on May 29, 2003, some 35 U.S. states declared it to be Bob Hope Day. He was revered by many, loved by all! He loved an audience, audiences loved him. He delivered one-line gags, he thrived on applause. His mastery of the comic monologue carried him to worldwide fame. His undying faithfulness to entertaining American servicemen far exceeds the effort of any other entertainer. The U.S. Congress declared him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces." He loved America, America loved him!

A Bit of Bob Hope Humor

 Bob Hope died as a result of pneumonia on July 27, 2003, less than two months after his 100th birthday celebration. He was survived by Dolores (who died in 2011 at the age of 102), their four adopted children--Linda, Anthony, Nora and Kelly--and four grandchildren.

Thanks for the memories, Bob!

An era gone by. Why, oh, why don't we have entertainers of this caliber today?

Let's TALK Chicken!

A Bit of Humor to 'kick start' your day...

Buck,buck...buck...buckAHHHH; brrk, brroock, broock, brk-ooock; bwwaaaaaaaaaaaakkkkk and bock,bock,bock,bock,bock,begowwwwk!
NO! I did not make the sounds as I typed or did I 

Um-m-m? Could lead to a new dance craze...the Chicken Scratch! 

My husband and I both awoke this morning in rare form! Laughter is ever present in our household but this morning was different. Ever been so tired you became 'punchy'? Everything you saw, everything you said seemed funny and you laughed at the silliest things almost to the point of hysteria like running on high from too much caffeine. That's us today and would you believe it led to the topic of conversation being chicken

I know what you are thinking...why chicken? I say, Why not chicken? We live in the deep South where a common food staple is Fried Chicken! After all, I was once informed you KNOW you are getting old when the morning topic of conversation becomes bowel movements. I do NOT want to go there so this discussion will remain on the topic of chicken. Whew! Yeah! Thought you would agree.

Embrace the Past...

So, where are we heading with this 'chicken talk'? Maybe we should first take a look at the background of the chicken. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? "The chicken, no the egg, no the chicken, no the egg!" has reverberated throughout history creating probably the most debated question of all time.
A chick hatching from an egg Source:en.wikipedia.org


 So, whilst the video yields the conclusion of the egg being first, do you agree or disagree? What is the logic behind the basis of your reasoning?

Empower the Present... 

Regardless of which came first, we are now in a world where the chicken, domestic chicken that is, rules the roost. There are more chickens than any other domesticated bird on Earth, which makes it so far down the list of endangered species there is no need to worry. 

With that worry out of the way, we can rest assured there will be enough chickens for decades to come to be casseroled, crocked, crusted, baked, BBQed, boiled, braised, broiled, fingered, fricasseed, fried, grilled, nuggeted, pied, roasted, rotisseried, rubbed, saladed, sandwiched, sauced, sauteed, seared, stir-fried, stuffed and served just about any way we like it. 

Now, I ask you... 

Enrich the Future...

Raise more chickens! Why you may ask? They are not endangered, in fact, their numbers are massive. Here ya' go...a unique scoop but not chicken poop!
Chickens may start losing sleep over more than Americans’ love of McNuggets. Chicken consumption in the US creates over six billion pounds of feathers each year. Previously discarded as waste, researchers at the University of Delaware are developing an innovative way to put all that wasted plumage to use — as fuel to power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. If this technology was implemented in a fuel cell vehicle, it would cost about $200, as opposed to using carbon nanotube tanks (which cost about $5.5 million) or metal hydrides (which cost about $30,000).
Source: Chicken Feathers May Fuel Hydrogen Cars in the Future

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