Gingerbread Decorating Day 2nd Saturday in December

(PCM) Gingerbread!  The very thought of it brings to mind the scents of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and let’s not forget ginger.  Gingerbread is part of our culture.  We, of course use it as food, but it plays a part in stories such as The Ginger Bread Man and Hansel and Gretel.  We see it in […]

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Thanksgiving is The Fourth Thursday in November

Thanksgiving is The Fourth Thursday in November The United States of America was the first nation in the world to proclaim a national holiday for giving thanks, but it may not have happened the way you think it did. It did start with the Pilgrims.  Some of the first settler in the “New World” we […]

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David Cassidy April 12, 1950 to November 21, 2017 A Tribute

David Bruce Cassidy was born to Jack and Evelyn Cassidy on April 12 1950.  His parents divorced when he was young but didn’t tell him.  He found out two years later from a neighbor.  His Father would marry actress and musical comedy star Shirley Jones who would become a step mother of sorts to David […]

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November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address The Union had won The Battle of Gettysburg and the town was planning on dedicating a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. President Lincoln was invited to make an address for the opening ceremonies. It would not be a joyous occasion, but a sad one as […]

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The Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November. Its purpose is to inspire people to stop smoking and educate the public on the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The Great American Smokeout had a small beginning in 1970 and then slowly blossomed out. The day marked its full debut November 16, 1977. […]

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America Recycles Day November 15

Recycling has become a major part of American culture as well as our lifestyle.  With the holidays quickly approaching this is a good time to remind people of the importance of recycling as well as the importance of buying recycled products.  Christmas and Thanksgiving both give us ample extra waste that can be recycled.  Soda […]

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991.  Its development was in response to the high rise of diabetic cases across the globe.  The purpose is to promote advocacy for diabetics as well as information for the general public on how to curb the disease from rising any further.  The United […]

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Make A Difference Day – The Fourth Saturday of October

This October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company. In collaboration with Points of Light it is the largest national day of community service.Make […]

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Christopher Columbus Day

The first celebration of Columbus Day took place in New York City on October 12, 1866. Since 1970, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. San Francisco holds the nation’s oldest continuously existing celebration with their Italian-American community’s annual Columbus Day Parade, which was established in 1868. Despite the negative publicity […]

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World Smile Day First Friday of October

World Smile Day is a moving holiday celebrated on the first Friday of October. Harvey Ball created the first smiley face in 1963. Mr. Ball was a commercial artist. The Icon was so popular that in 1999 a holiday was established to celebrate the icon and smiles. For instance in 2010 the slogan for World […]

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October 1st is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day

October 1st is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day. This very specific holiday was initiated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. It seems appropriate for World Vegetarian Day to be on October 1st as we celebrate in so many ways the bringing in of […]

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December 11 is International Mountain Day

Mountain IceDecember 11 was declared International Mountain Day by The U.N. General Assembly in 2003. The point of the day is to draw attention to the importance mountains play in water and food supply. Not to mention their beauty and historic significance.

It is estimated that mountains and mountain ranges cover 25 percent of the world’s surface area. It is also estimated that 12% of the world’s population live in the mountains.

Mountains are part of our culture, songs, movies, plays and poetry as well as television shows have had, in one form or another, mountains as a significant place in … More Here

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World Peace Day November 17

world_peace1World Peace Day was established in about 1997, and is celebrated on November 17. The idea of the day is for individuals to do what they can in order to obtain world peace.

It is interesting to think of how our own prejudices get in the way of peace. I am reminded of a story of Saint Francis of Assisi who absolutely loathed lepers. This was reasonable. Lepers could pass on the disease and could make whole regions or families sick. One day Francis was walking down a very narrow alley and a leper was coming toward him. Francis felt … More Here

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America Recycles Day November 15

america recyclesRecycling has become a major part of American culture as well as our lifestyle, or by now should have. With the holidays quickly approaching this is a good time to remind people of the importance of recycling as well as the importance of buying recycled products. Christmas and Thanksgiving both give us ample extra waste that can be recycled. Soda bottles and cans, wine and liquor bottles, beer cans and bottles, wrapping paper, boxes, cards, food packaging containers can all be recycled.

Then there are the recycled products. Look for wrapping paper and greeting cards that are made from recycled … More Here

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World Diabetes Day November 14

World dia dayWorld Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991. Its development was in response to the high rise of diabetic cases across the globe. The purpose is to promote advocacy for diabetics as well as information for the general public on how to curb the disease from rising any further. The United Nations in 2007 made this an official day of their own adding to the day’s prestige and worldwide awareness.

Diabetes, also known by its more technical term diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), … More Here

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Veterans Day November 11

Vet DayVeterans Day is celebrated on November 11, and it is a day to honor all those who have served The United States of America since the country was formed. Veterans Day honors all parts of the United States Military, The Army, The Navy and The Marine Corps. It honors both those who are serving and those who have served.

World War One was considered the War To End All Wars and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 an armistice or temporary ceasing of hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany was signed. … More Here

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USMC Day November 10

Corp CakeUSMC stand for The United States Marine Corps, and November 10th has been chosen to celebrate and honor these brave men and women. (In 1948 the first group of women were sworn into the  Marine Corps.  They were called Woman Marines until 1975 when that term was discontinued) The Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775 to aid the navy during The Revolutionary War. It was created in The Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia and this is considered the official birthplace of The Marines. For Economic reasons The Marines were disbanded at the end of the Revolutionary … More Here

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Saxophone Day November 6

saxToday is recognized as Saxophone Day. The saxophone is considered a woodwind instrument, though it has always been made of brass. The saxophone or the sax is an important part of jazz bands, orchestras and marching bands. It is also used very often as a solo instrument. There are actually eight different types of saxophones all used for a different type of sound.

Adolphe Sax was a Belgium musical instrument maker. He created the saxophone around 1840. The saxophone is a very versatile instrument and richly adds to sounds of jazz bands and orchestras. It is its unique contribution to … More Here

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Guy Fawkes Day is November 5th

Guy FawkesNovember 5th is celebrated in England as Guy Fawkes Day.

“Remember remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.”

Guy Fawkes was a Catholic Dissident and in 1605 planned the blow up King James the first of England during the opening of Parliament which was on the fifth of November. Fawkes had 12 co-conspirators involved in the plot which involved smuggling 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. Fawkes was caught on night before in a cellar of The House of Lords along with the Gunpowder. That very day Londoners started lighting bonfires in honor of the … More Here

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November 3rd is Housewife Day

housewife+cooking1November 3rd is celebrated as Housewife Day. There is no known origin for Housewife day. It is suspected that a Housewife or stay at home mom created the day.

Housewife Day is a time to recognize those women who have chosen to stay home and take of the house and raise the children. Being a housewife or a stay at home mom is as much as a career decision as any other.

In fact maybe even more so since in an unstable economy those women who choose the path of a housewife might have to forego certain luxuries that a … More Here

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All Souls Day

all souls day twoFor the Catholic Church November 2nd is recognized as All Souls Day. On All Souls Day The Catholic Church prays for those souls who have died and have yet to attain heaven and so reside in Purgatory. Purgatory is a place of cleansing due to unrepented sin before the death of a Catholic. In Purgatory a person waits until enough prayers have been said on his or her behalf to allow them to attain heaven. Purgatory is not recognized in most Protestant churches and so this day is not celebrated. Family members pray for the souls of their loved ones … More Here

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All Saints Day

All-Saints-Day-300x290November 1st has been celebrated as All Saints Day by both by Catholics and Protestants though in different ways. The holiday can be traced back as far as the third century.

In Catholic theology only those who have already attained Heaven are saints as every day of the year a different saint is honored, such as March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day, all the saints that are not honored or not known are recognized on All Saints Day.

For Protestant churches all people that believe in Jesus as savior are saints and so every Christian is a saint so the … More Here

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Halloween

Halloween twoPerhaps the oldest continually celebrated holiday, Halloween takes place on October 31st of each year. Halloween has origins deep into the far past and hasn’t always been celebrated in October. It’s essence, in the beginning, was simple.  People grew afraid of the shortened days and wanted the sun to come back and so they offered sacrifices for protection from the dark and the evils that walked the dark. They would offer sacrifices of food as well as symbolic sacrifices of people. An example of this is someone would jump over the fire instead of being placed into it. Many Halloween … More Here

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Mischief Night

MischiefOctober 30th is generally celebrated as Mischief Night. Though the origin of this particular holiday is not known there are references to it dating back to as far as 1790. Its country of origin is supposed to be Great Britain. Mischief Night is generally celebrated by playing pranks and minor vandalism. Egging cars, using toilet paper to decorate a house or a tree or soaping windows is all part of this night. Mischief Night is also known as Goosey Night, where the same tricks are played and in other parts of The USA it is as known as Cabbage Night. … More Here

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The Gospel According to Josh By Josh Rivedal, A Review

Gospel Josh(PCM) The Gospel According To Josh is a memoir of a young man who had to deal with his father’s suicide as well as his desire to end his own life. It is a book that never lets the reader down as he or she Journey’s with Josh down a hard a tear stained highway.

Josh Rivedal’s book begins with a synopsis of his childhood and his strained relationship with his dad. It moves forward quickly to the divorce of his parents and then comes even more quickly to his dad’s suicide. Josh handles this part of the book with a sense of dark humor. The humor is never disrespectful; it is honest in its telling. In fact Josh’s style of writing of really bad situations in a way allows the impact to come full force but without hurting the reader is a wonder all by itself, how he eventually … Read more

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Walken To Play Hook

(PCM) Last year NBC brought back live musical theater with it’s December production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This year NBC will again provide us with another musical classic Peter Pan on December 4th. It has been reported that Christopher Walken has signed on to play Captain Hook in this classic tale of the boy who doesn’t grow up. It has yet to be announced who will take the iconic part of Peter Pan. But NBC has promised it will stick to theater tradition and the part will be played by a woman. Some of the stars who have played Peter were Mary Martin in the original musical cast. Sandy Duncan in the 1980s, and Kathy Rigby in the 1990s.

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Popular McHale’s Navy Star Bob Hastings Dies

(PCM) Bob Hastings (April 18, 1925 to June 30, 2014) Died in his home after a long battle with prostate cancer. The Actor was best known as the bumbling henchman Lt. Carpenter on the popular sit-com McHale’s Navy. Early in his career Hastings had the title role of Archie Andrews in the radio version Archie the well loved comic book character.

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Henry Cavill revealed as Reporter Clark Kent

cLARK CAVILL(PCM) The Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund, a UK organization dedicated to supporting serving and retired marines and their families, was given the honor of revealing the first photo of Henry Cavill returning to his role of Clark Kent on the ‘Batman vs. Superman’ set. This is the first time Cavill has been seen as the intrepid reporter as that part of the Superman myth was not revealed in the first Superman film.… Read more

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Actor Meshach Taylor Dies

(PCM) Actor Meshach Taylor died yesterday, June 28 of cancer. The Actor was best known for playing es-convict turned delivery man turned business owner Anthony Bouvier in the long run situation comedy Designing Women. He also appeared as Dave Barry’s best friend in four seasons of Dave’s World and in the film Mannequin. Mr Taylor had a great singing voice as well and was featured in the role of Lumiere in  the Broadway version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Mr Taylor was 67 years old.

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Amazing Grace William Wilberforce and the heroic campaign to end slavery By Eric Metaxas A Review

amazing grace 2(PCM) Occasionally it’s good to take a look at your book shelf or shelves and think “What haven’t I read that I should have read a long time ago?” Such was the case with Eric Metaxas book Amazing Grace. The book came out as a tie in to the film that was made in 2007. Having seen the film I bought the book as William Wilberforce captivated me at the time. Then as happens often, I never got around to reading it. A mistake I now regret.

Wilberforce was the driving force behind the campaign to end the slave trade and to end slavery itself in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. He was born August 24, 1759 and died July 29, 1833. He was a small man of stature but a great orator and his voice still rings down the centuries today. This is because what he started … Read more

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Jersey Boys: The Music Makes The Movie

Jersey Boys FilmHaving seen a great number of movie musicals and movie biographies, not to mention movie musical biographies, I am sad to say that Jersey Boys did not live up to its much hoped for expectations.

The movie, which begins in New Jersey in 1951, and chronicles the story of the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is a sad tale whose only bright moments come with the musical performances, which are brilliant in themselves but are many times cut short so favorite songs are brought down to snippets of songs instead of full length performances.

The movie could have been bettered titled The Angry Jersey Boys as the story revolved again and again around lies and deceit as well as extra-marital affairs and constant fighting among the four characters. There were very few smiles even at the highest points of the boys’ careers. There always seemed to be a grudge … Read more

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Saving Mr. Banks, Might Just Save Us All

(PCM) There are times when words fail. When an experience is so engrossing and captivating that you can’t quite find the way to put what happened to you into nouns verbs adjectives sentences and paragraphs. Such is my dilemma here as I write about seeing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks Saving … Continue reading

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A Select History of Christmas Carols and Songs

Christmas Carols and songs have been part of the Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. Some our favorites like “) Come All Ye Faithful” was first sung in Latin. The music of Christmas goes as far back as the day of Christ’s birth when the angel’s sang “Glory to God in the highest and on […]

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