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October 17, 2019

Banna Bread   As the holidays approach, and you begin to think about baking goodies to mail, to friends and families, I thought I would share this idea to make shipping easy. Yes, everyone loves cookies and fudge, but if you would like to try something different, this is a great way to ensure...
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Holiday’s

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October 14, 2019

Columbus Day

 

 

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas; and while many no longer consider that an accomplishment worth celebrating, we still believe the achievement  should be noted and are still against revisionary history. Thus we wish you a Happy Columbus Day!

From Wikipedia:

“Celebration of Christopher Columbus’s voyage in the early United States is recorded from as early as 1792. The Tammany Society in New York City (for whom it became an annual tradition) and the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston celebrated the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the New World. President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus’s landing in the New World on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used rituals to teach ideals of patriotism. These rituals took themes such as citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and the celebration of social progress.

Many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, and the first such celebration was held in New York City on October 12, 1866. The day was first enshrined as a legal holiday in the United States through the lobbying of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver. The first statewide holiday was proclaimed by Colorado governor Jesse F. McDonald in 1905, and it was made a statutory holiday in 1907. In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and New York City Italian leader Generoso Pope, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 be a federal holiday under the name Columbus Day.

Since 1971 (Oct. 11), the holiday has been attributed to the second Monday in October, coincidentally exactly the same day as Thanksgiving in neighboring Canada since 1957. It is generally observed nowadays by banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses, and most school districts. Some businesses and some stock exchanges remain open, and some states and municipalities abstain from observing the holiday. The traditional date of the holiday also adjoins the anniversary of the United States Navy (founded October 13, 1775), and thus both occasions are customarily observed by the Navy and the Marine Corps with either a 72- or 96-hour liberty period.”

 

 

Art

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October 8, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~   The Olive Orchard by Vincent Van Gogh  This is perhaps one of the artist most subtile paintings; but one that has always appealed to me.  Yes, I have fond memories of picking...
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In the Wild!

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October 4, 2019

The Monarch Butterfly and Autumn Joy     Autumn Joy is a perennial which faithfully shows yearly; and produces a very pleasant purple flower, which will last through a good portion of the autumn. The problem with the plant is that when it begins to bloom, I know summer is over. Thus I have...
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Connected

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October 1, 2019

  Industry 4.0     I remember, while in school, being fascinated by the Industrial Revolution; so much so that when I returned to visit my grandmother, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the roll of film, which I shot, was of smokestacks from Bethlehem Steel not of her and I. The Industrial Revolution 1.0, mechanized and...
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Film’s Recommended by Marcial

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October 1, 2019

    This is a trading world and men, women and children, who cannot live on gravity alone, need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is in a business established by the Author of our nature.  If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses...
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Poet’s Corner

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October 1, 2019

Perfection – the Last Act of Rebellion     She knew it was an act of rebellion, nevertheless, she finished setting the table and stepped back to take a look; the linens, china, silver, crystal and even the flowers were all perfect, exactly as she had envisioned it; though she knew that she was...
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Holiday’s

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September 29, 2019

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur “Le shanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim,” Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 29th and ends at nightfall on October 1, in 2019.  The New Year is ushered in according to Leviticus 23, with the sounding of the Shophar, calling Jews to seek God’s forgiveness, reflecting...
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In the Wild!

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September 27, 2019

A Family of Turtles     Okay, they may not be family, but when I spotted this group, sunning themselves, on a log, to me they looked like family.  Regardless of their relationship to each other, they certainly made me smile.  I so love when I get to observe creatures in the wild.
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Holiday’s

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September 23, 2019

Autumn Has Arrived     Over the summer, while standing in line to check out of a national chain store, in California, I noticed they had a display of Halloween candy. It made me a bit sad; I was enjoying the summer and not ready to think of fall; I actually thought of saying...
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