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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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Believe it or not...Buy Nothing Day on Black Friday!

This is just crazy! Black Friday is the  
B-B-B-B-B-I-I-I-I-I-G-G-G-G-G-est shopping day of the year! 
How on earth can this day also be celebrated as ...

For very few of us has there been a day when we absolutely bought nothing! Is it even possible to go 24 hours without buying something? There is always a day and time when something has run out, the fridge is bare, an absolute craving has taken over or the biggest sale of the century is on. The latter is exactly what's happenin' now!
With so many sales in placediscount on this, price slash on thattemptation surrounds our very being to buy, buy, buy whether we need it or not. Everywhere we turn, radio, TV, flyers, banners, posters all say the same thing, "Come on in! Come on down! HOT deals today! Save 10%...20%...30%... MORE!" Heck! Wonder when the day will come when the advertisement reads "We don't need it. You want it? Come and get it!" Basically that is exactly what's happenin'. It just comes at a price.

Remember nothing is free. In order to buy on sale what is for sale at its lowest price, the tendency is to overbuy, which means cash is out of the question. The alternative, the credit card. If the one we have is maxed out, the solution is simple: apply for another one. Too many are too easy to obtain without taking the time to read the fine print.

So, on Black Friday, looming in front of us is ...

But not the only question. Take a long hard look at what you are contemplating buying. What IS the reason? Do you NEED it or do you WANT it? Is it worth overextending yourself only to end up a stressful mess when the shopping is all over and the credit card bills come due? Do you really want to fight the crowds, 'dodge the bullets' so to speak? So, the challenge is on ... to buy or not to buy, that is the question.

On Friday, November 27 (US) and Saturday, November 28 (UK), challenge yourself to turn off the shopping and tune in to something more worthwhile. Spend the day with your family and friends! Some argue that ‘Buy Nothing Day’ can be the start of a life-changing lifestyle commitment, where others claim it’s meaningless, as observers simply buy more the following day. Either way, there’s no doubt that going without buying anything for an entire day is quite a challenge in the modern world, and will serve to make you think about what your life is really about. 

Do you REALLY want to find yourself in the midst of this?

This is CRAZY! It's MADNESS!

Hot Deals, not Hot Tamales!

Okay all you insane shoppers! Tomorrow is TGIF but this TGIF is no ordinary Friday...it will be wild and frantic filled with shopping cra-a-a-a-a-ziness for it is the B-B-B-B-B-I-I-I-I-I-G-G-G-G-G-est shopping day of the year! Will you be there in the midst of the mayhem looking for the hottest deal or do you prefer leaving the chaos to others while you sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home?  

Word of the day: SALE!

Sale! Sale! Sale! Door #1, Door #2, Door #3 doesn't matter for literally sales are everywhere. Sale! Sale! Sale! Save! Save! Save! In the news, on TV, on the Internet, on the radio, no matter where you turn somebody somewhere has posted a sign advertising Sale! Sale! Sale! Come on in! Come on down! HOT deals today! Save 10%...20%...30%... MORE!

BUT, what makes this 'salebration' any different from any other sale? Are the deals any better? The savings any greater? The items offered for sale on sale of any higher quality? Is anything for sale NOT on sale?

What's with this insanity that has everyone astir? A sale is a sale on any day when its ad says "Save 10%...20%...30%...MORE!" Items can be found at a discount! On sale! Buy one, get one! More! More! More! Better still, people don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn or camp out 'til doors open. They'll take the ad, maybe a coupon or two, and gingerly search the sale racks for an item or two. NOT on Black Friday! NO, sir! Got to get there first or 'what I want, when I want, where I want, how I want' won't be there! Yea, like that is going to happen...I will bet you there are umpteen more of that same item in the stockroom just waiting to be pulled out at the right time! What's even worse is the thought of how much items have been marked up in order for them to be marked down for that so-called 10%...20%...30%...MORE savings.

Embrace the Past...by taking a look at Black Fridays of yesteryear!

The first wave of shoppers depicted sheer madness... madness of the worse order, I mean MADness! Running, bumping into one another, even literally knocking down the door! OOPS! An old gentleman fell. Someone help him up! Nah! Can't take the time or MY item will be snatched up by the lady at my right. MINE! I got here at 3:00 AM, 20 minutes before her. 

Notice that was just the first wave! In the midst of every storm lies a calm. Ultimately a lull ensued. The second wave was waiting at home enjoying morning coffee and homemade muffins 'til their time was right. This group appeared on the scene ready to scavenge what was left hoping some 'meat' still hung around among the scraps left on the racks.

Looking at the videos makes me want to stay home! Think I will pour myself another cup of coffee...how sweet the brew as I sit leisurely on the back porch! One does not have to wait for National Coffee Day to partake of a good java, ol' Joe, mud, wakey juice, morning jolt, or any of coffee's other names for that much needed caffeine infusion. Of course, the brew isn't limited to just coffee...What is your brew?

Shopping online is looking better and better! Bet I can get the hot deals right from my easy chair with a laptop. Even if an item is not available online, the question here becomes "Do I NEED it or do I WANT it?" 

Empower the Present...what is really important?

Black Friday is not just for Friday anymore. While many prepared for time with family and friends to feast on turkey and dressing savoring thoughts of saving enough room for succulent pumpkin or pecan pie, others left home before sunrise to stand in the cold, waiting in line, long-long-long lines, for doors to open announcing the beginning of Thanksgiving Day sales. Then, there are some who enjoyed the holiday feast only to end the day shopping for pre-Black Friday bargains after all the bone picking was done. This eliminated the long-line wait in many places already freezing cold! Of course, one could always pay someone to stand in line while he/she spent an extra two or more hours at home. That would actually be helping someone else earn a little extra spending money!

Makes one wonder what was on their minds - giving thanks for all they had or giving thanks for all they hoped to have after taking advantage of the sales.
Is something being lost here? When having more is more important than more time with family then something is wrong, very wrong. This brings us back to earlier questions to still ponder: What makes this 'salebration' any different from any other sale? Are the deals any better? The savings any greater? The items offered for sale on sale of any higher quality? Is anything NOT on sale for sale?

Enrich the Future...in store or online?

As mentioned earlier, one does not have to leave home to shop. Nor does one have to leave home to take advantage of special sales. Within the age of advancing technology, there is Walmart & Walmart Online, K-Mart & K-Mart Online, Best Buy & Best Buy Online, etc. Pretty much if it is to be bought, it can be bought at an online store which allows one to stay in the comfort of home leaving the cold and crowds to eventually fade as ghosts of times past.

Of course, retailers would much prefer customers to shop in store hoping the more they see the more they will buy. One is more likely to pass up an item online vs. seeing it in real life, being able to feel it! However, there are things to be bought and sold both ways. Just remember, they are things. More importantly is to stay home, spend time with family as much as you can!

Bottom Line... 

Is there truly a difference in this 'salebration' than any other sale? Are the deals really any better? The savings any greater? The items offered for sale on sale aren't of any higher quality. There are items NOT on sale for sale but bargains are still always available. Some items may appear on sale only at this time but the question still remains, "Is it truly a NEED or simply a WANT?"

What is your madness...in store or online?

Are you one who prefers to experience the insanity, the madness of Black Friday sales? If so, good luck and watch out for the other guy! There is a chance someone might get hurt when Black Friday madness takes a tragic turn.

Check it out...Buy Nothing Day!
Would you believe that is celebrated on Black Friday?
How bizarre!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bon Appétit & Music Too!

Gobble Gobble Gobble is the tune of the day if the only thing on your mind is the Thanksgiving feast...BUT that is not all Thanksgiving is about. It's only a start...

 gluttons for punishment
partake of the Thanksgiving feast
with abundant choices
one can feel like a gorging beast

try this for something different...
go around the table
fill a plate with all the trimmings
deliver to the disabled
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 Thanksgiving is not just about food...it's music too!

music of Thanksgiving
soul felt,  full of emotion
melodies of the heart
spreading joy, inspiration

 it's rhythmic balance in nature
in tune with songs of life
 spiritually rewarding
"whispers of drum and fife"

Thanksgiving is about...

giving thanks for many blessings
received the whole year through
being with family and friends
 cherishing all they do

living, laughing, loving
never forgetting those in need
giving inspiringly
encouraging others indeed

Beyond the Thanksgiving table...

remember blessings said
being heard with a grateful ear
 humbly and earnestly
memorable words to endear

emit emotions from the heart
those that last all year through
solemn thankfulness amid praise
to never bid adieu

Fourth Week of November

Here we are past the First Week of November, the Second Week of November, the Third Week of November and moving right along in the Fourth (and final) Week of November! Whew! Time flies oh-so fast it is difficult to keep up with what's happenin'. We have relived history, sang and danced through music history, supported our military, honored America's veterans, enjoyed numerous days of foodie fun both sweet and sour, said 'hello' around the world, even celebrated World Toilet Day while being kind throughout the whole process.

Since we are in the middle of the week let's step back a few days to what happened at the beginning. This week started off with a monumental day in history with the assassination of one of our nation's greatest Presidents. Many conspiracy theories surround this tragic event.

 November 22, 1963

There are many events that altered the course of history. Had they not occurred the world as we know it today might possibly be quite different. There will always be rumors of war, war and assassinations. Freedom is not free but comes at a high price...  
"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."
 35th President of the United States

Click HERE for Three Shots Fired... 

November 22, 1975
So often any one of us may be familiar with a band but really don't know the name or the face behind the music. The same is true of individual recording artists. If you were asked whether you like the music of Reginald Kenneth Dwight would you have to stop and think for a moment? Would the reaction be the same if the name Elton John was substituted? What about Chris Gaines? Ever heard of him? Of course you have...he's Garth Brooks' alto ego. Today's spotlight is on a band of world renown but possibly only if the band's name was presented upfront.
The music question for this day is...

Founder of the Dance Revolution
Do you know Harry Wayne Casey? He is founder and leader of ... Click HERE! 

At the end of each music post is the link to the next day's day in music history. Click the link or the music notes.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

November 23 is...

National Espresso Day

Coffeeteahot cocoa - yum-yum, how sweet the brew! This time add espresso to the list. After all, 75% of all caffeine consumed in the United States is coffee. Espresso appears dark and strong with a lot of flavor & complexity in a tiny little cup, but it contains no more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. It is the richness of its aroma and flavor that draws attention toward its desire. Click HERE ...

November 24, 1932

Click HERE...
Today's famed television series BonesCSI and NCIS demonstrate the capabilities of a scientific laboratory. Whether forensic or physical evidence, it always ends up in the lab. For us in the 21st century, the tiniest bit of evidence can make or break a case. Even past evidence can be screened and scrutinized to the point of uncovering critical information. Yet, it has not always been this way.

November 25 is...

The Perfect Snack

This day's glass is not to be filled with a beverage but a foodie considered the perfect snack. Here's a hint: Don't throw away that day old bread...cut into cubes, soak with whisked sugar and rum. Then, celebrate!
Is your mouth watering yet?

Also on this day...

The Biggest Thing Afloat Sinks

This Day in History: November 25, 1990 Today's place in history is held by the collapse of an old bridge along the longestinterstate highway in the United States, I-90. 

Find out HOW this happened and watch the action via video...HERE!

Gobble Gobble Gobble! It's Thanksgiving Day and you get to Have your cake...& eat it too!

November 26 is...

National Cake Day

Dessertssnacks and treats find a place any time on any given day of the week. There is no magic minute or hour. When the craving for something sweet hits, it hits...right then, right NOW! For cake's sake, for the love of cake, on this day you get to have your cake & eat it too! If you haven't already discovered the link, check it out  HERE 

November 27, 2005

Click More Dollar$ than ¢ense

This day marks an occasion that definitely warrants a close look at ¢ents in the sense of spending wisely. The event showcases headline performers Aerosmith and 50 Cent among others.  The case at hand is not so much on the musicians but the party who paid for the performance and the reason. At a cost of $2 million for a 45-min performance, that must have been some kind of party!  
The event marked the ‘bar mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration for the 13-yr old daughter of a multimillionaire, which featured her favorite acts.
Bottom Line: Not sure what kind of example was being set for the young teenager, especially taking into account where the money came from and the devastating results for the child and the family. 

Posts to follow so mark your calendars...

November 27 is...

Total Insanity!

So, on Black Friday, looming in front of us is a question...

To help in answering the question, ponder this...

...then, check out why on the 27th!

AND to END the WEEK but not the month...

'See' you later! Lots to do but not without first wishing everyone...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gobble Gobble Gobble

 Two Sides of Thanksgiving                                       Thanksgiving Day Music  

The grocery stores have been brimming with fresh frozen turkeys awaiting their final presentation at the Thanksgiving table. Whether baked, roasted, broiled, boiled or fried, Mr. Tom more than likely will take center stage where he will not be the one gobbling! Surrounding the main attraction one might find homemade cranberry sauce, dressing or stuffing, giblet gravy, sweet potato souffle, collard greens, field peas, green bean and/or squash casserole, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and of course, sizzlin' fried cornbread...in other words, the best of the best Thanksgiving stars of the show! Of course, this only touches the main course...don't forget the appetizers and oh, my! those luscious desserts! Are you ready to gobble?

Tidbit of Turkey Trivia...
If it had been left up to Benjamin Franklin, the Turkey, not the Bald Eagle would have been designated as our national bird. That would include all the "gobbles," "clucks," "putts," "purrs," "yelps," "cutts," "whines," "cackles," and "kee-kees" that go along with it! Wonder what impact that would have had on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner...Um-m-m?
The First Thanksgiving...

Wild Turkey in Ottawa, Michigan
During the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrim's cooking methods and menus were crude as compared to what most of us have experienced in our lifetime. There were no electric or gas ovens. In fact, no electricity period. Colonial utensils and hardware consisted of frying pans, kettles, iron pots, wooden spoons, and a mortar and pestle. 

On the menu one would more than likely NOT find turkey to be the main meat that filled the Pilgrim's bellies. Nor would fancy dressing or giblet gravy grace the table and any signs of sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie nowhere would be found!

A sneak peak into a Pilgrim kitchen might disclose the following...
Each house had a prominent fire pit and chimney, where the cooking was normally done by the women and girls. Several "recipe books" from the period exist, and provide some interesting insights into cooking at the time. Perhaps the most famous of these is Gervase Markham's The English Housewife, first published in 1615. A recipe for cooking a young turkey or chicken reads: 
http://mayflowerhistory.com/cookingIf you will boil chickens, young turkeys, peahens, or any house fowl daintily, you shall, after you have trimmed them, drawn them, trussed them, and washed them, fill their bellies as full of parsley as they can hold; then boil them with salt and water only till they be enough: then take a dish and put into it verjuice [the juice of sour crab-apples] and butter, and salt, and when the butter is melted, take the parsley out of the chicken's bellies, and mince it very small, and put it to the verjuice and butter, and stir it well together; then lay in the chickens, and trim the dish with sippets [fried or toasted slices of bread], and so serve it forth. [Source: MayflowerHistory.com]

Modern Day Preparation for Traditional Tom Turkey...

Cooking in a kitchen during colonial times...

...as compared to Julia Child in the kitchen!


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