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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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dog Days

Here we are well into the month of July with the 'dog days of summer' upon us - HOT and humid! Of course, we are not literally going to the dogs nor are dogs the actual limelight. Our pooches are locked in fur coats 24/7/365, however, and  must be well taken care of, which will be later addressed.

What are the 'dog days of summer' and their connection to dogs?

The sultry days of summer from the first week in July to the second week in August are commonly referred to as 'dog days'. According to Wikipedia, The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. These are the days of the year with the least rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Ancient Greeks thought that Sirius's emanations could affect dogs adversely, making them behave abnormally during the hottest days of the summer. The Romans called Sirius by the name of Canicula, "little dog," thus dating the phrase dog days of summer back to ancient Rome. Dogs excessive panting during the sultry days of summer was thought to place them at risk of desiccation and disease.
Dog days is a translation of the Latin phrase dies caniculares. The ancient Romans applied this phrase to the hottest days of the summer when the star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, comes up over the horizon at about the same time as the sun. Source: Merriam-Webster's Student Dictionary
The best place to be during these hot and sultry days is anywhere there is a cool breeze, whether man-made or provided by Mother Nature. In our dreams we stay cool but one step outside brings us immediately in tune with stark reality as sweat beads do not hesitate leaving their marks on make-up or freshly starched shirts! Sweat shows no mercy!!!

For the poochies, be sure they have plenty of fresh water and a shady place if kept outside. Remember, they do not get to pack up their fur coats at the end of winter.
Summer dangers for dogs... 
Summer brings unique risks to dogs, especially during 'dog days'. Keep their health at the top of your own personal list to avoid the perils of 
  • Heat Stroke
  • Sunburn
  • Scorched Foot Pads
  • Dehydration
  • Campfires & Barbeques
  • Fireworks
  • Parasites
  • Chemicals in Water
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Getting Lost

There is fun in the sun but danger, too. Walk during the cooler hours of the day. Take care of yourself and your pet(s) so you can truly enjoy those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!

1963 - Nat King Cole

What is your favorite place during the 'dog days of summer'?

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

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!


The happiness associated with Memorial Day has come at an immense sacrifice. Tomorrow is Memorial Day but first, it is important to understand 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
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'Twas our place
To be brave, stay strong
Ready and willing
All the day long
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Our eyes were keen
Often focused on pain
The fields were bloody
Amid storms and rain
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Bodies of comrades
Strewn there and about
Never for a moment
Left room for any doubt
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On home or foreign shores
Know ardently that we
Who gave up our lives
'Twas for country and thee

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©2013 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

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

http://usamemorialday2014.com/happy-memorial-day-2014-pictures-images-photos-pics.html/
 Memorial Day 2015: The Real Story Behind the Holiday

http://www.memorialday2014.net/

http://www.memorialday-quotes.com/

http://mylove-mylife-myfamily-myworld.blogspot.com/2013/05/there-is-nothing-happy-about-memorial.html

Celebrate by honoring the True Meaning of Memorial Day!

Friday, May 15, 2015

King of the Blues...Remembered


(CNN) Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night. He was 89. Read MORE...

Around the end of the 19th century, a musical form known as the 'Blues' originated in the African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States. At the heart of documenting the essence of the blues is a recording artist who has been at the top for decades. Even the mention of R&B brings his name immediately to mind. 

Remembering the King of the Blues...

If you ask anyone to name a blues man, chances are the first name that will come to mind will be B.B. King, aka “The King of the Blues”. It’s been said of him that he “arguably did more for bringing blues to white America than any other musician”. Read MORE...
Riley B. King: one of the most influential blues musicians of all time known for a unique style that mixes blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump

Riley B. King is none other than the legendary B.B. King who began as a disc jockey in Memphis before finding fame as a blues and R&B guitarist. His reign as "King of the Blues" has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. The world just can't seem to get enough of his music. B.B. King started recording in the 1940s and had his first national hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," in 1949. His many hits include "Let The Good Times Roll", "Thrill is Gone", & "Rock me Baby". He played over 300 concerts a year until he was in his 70s.

 

The Legend of Lucille...
In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.’s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille. [Source: BBKing.com Official Website]
The thrill (of live performances) may be gone but the legend lives on and on and on...


“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing it.”
~B. B. King

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Blessings


Easter is so much, much more 
Than what any Easter bunny brings
Chocolate or decorated eggs
 Marshmallows or candy rings

A day of Christian celebration
Flowing with the spirit of love
Comfort in the fulfilled promise
 All by the hands of Heaven above
 
In all her colorfulness
Mother Nature doth intervene
Adding splendor to the day
Dawn 'til dusk, all hours in between
 
Stop! Step outside, look up to the sky
Delight in marvels on wings of a dove
Strengthen the awareness of your belief
All by the hands of Heaven above

Awaken with the sunrise
On this blessed resurrection day
With refreshed, renewed spirit
Each hour, minute, ready to replay

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What's Happenin' in April...

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/04/april-is.html

Click the image above for what's happenin' in the month of April! Same celebrations as last year with just the days the dates fall on being a bit different. Discover the reasoning behind a familiar nursery rhyme...April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Get ready for some crazy weird celebrations, along with the greats!

No Housework & Beer - April 7

Remember the milkman? - April 8

Lend a Hand to Save a Paw - April 10

Brothers and Sisters - April 10

Harmony in a Barbershop - April 11

These are but a few so start here and click your way through the rest! Just click Newer Post at the bottom of each page.