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Awakenings: The Witching Hours

With tonight being the eve of Halloween, it’s time to finish gearing up and get ready for the witching hours. Each year Awakenings features the writings of Micki Peluso, author of …And the Whippoorwill Sang. Read more on Micki at the end of the article.

How much do you know about Halloween?


Micki Peluso is a proficient, multi-genre author. This is a story of the origins of Halloween from olden times up to the present.

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Awakenings: Meow, Meow, Meow…

What’s happenin’?

Meow, Meow, Meow…etc. The curiosity of our feline friends is never ceasing! Anyone who owns a cat is very familiar with the curious nature that is a natural instinct throughout daily routines. By nature, a cat is an explorer and a natural hunter, constantly on the hunt but not necessarily for food. They are always on a quest for the unknown. Antics and attitudes that may seem strange to us appear very normal to the cat. Cats like, often demand attention, but want it when they want it and in the amount they want…on their terms so to speak! With that being said, it is time for the cat to have his or her day…literally!

October 29 is…
National Cat Day


National Cat Day: Six amazing videos that will make you love cats (even more) 

 "What greater gift than the love of a cat?"—Charles Dickens

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Awakenings: The Godfather of Soul

Today in Music History: October 24, 1962

Within the music arena have been various kings and queens—Paul Whiteman,”The King of Jazz”; Benny Goodman, “The King of Swing”; B.B. King, “King of the Blues”; Elvis Presley, “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Arethra Franklin, “Queen of Soul”; Mary J. Blige, “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”; Koko Taylor, “Queen of the Blues” to name a few. The Sound of Soul also reverberates with an American funk/soul band, The Commodores, who was at its peak in the 70s. Every decade offers its own chapter of soul. Sam Cooke has been honored as the ‘King of Soul” but there is only one “Godfather of Soul”.


Georgia vocalist James Brown coined a frenzied style of choppy rhythms and jazzy horns, coupled with exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention. This along with a grotesquely choreographed performance was first documented on Live At The Apollo (1962).

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Awakenings: Way Back When

Stepping back in time is fun . . . just plain and simple fun! Whether a teenager wanting to learn about the eras in which our parents grew up or the adult who wants to relive the memories, the nostalgia is an alluring invitation for a trip down Memory Lane.

More than likely at one time or another you have said, or heard someone else say the phrase way back when…. Its context could be in reference to good times or bad times but in either case reflects upon events of the distant past…a different year, decade or even a different era. Some folks refer to it as back in the day.

But, whose day? Before indoor plumbing? Before electricity? Before the phonograph? Before the automobile? Before radio? Before television? Before the cellphone, iPhone, iPad?


Let’s turn back time through the decades to the use of catch phrases. These are expressions used repeatedly until at some point in time they are replaced or simply have worn themselves out. Memory is not just about self so date not only yourself but also others…friends & family!
See which ones you remember and perhaps even still catch yourself saying today!


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Awakenings: Gearing up for Halloween

When one speaks of the month of October, thoughts focus on pumpkins, autumn leaves and Halloween. First, hand-carved pumpkins lend themselves to family time as each member tries to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve and outwit the other with scary designs. Tension mounts as imagination soars with competitions arising to see who is the most creative from spooky to elegant to funny. Get your carving tools ready. Pumpkins, knives, action! Just be careful, those knives are sharp! Don’t need any real blood on the scene.



The Countdown to Halloween has begun! The reminders for this holiday seem to have begun earlier and earlier starting with the arrival of giant bags of candy, pumpkin flavored beer, – um-m-m-m? Is that for real? Totally pumpkin-flavored just about anything you can think of started the countdown right after Labor Day! Even the Halloween costumes greet us upon entering the store and line the store aisles echoing scary sayings and sounds, choice after choice, child to adult.

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Awakenings: Awakenings on Pinterest

Awakenings Blog Postings can be accessed via Pinterest. This is a great location to peruse at your leisure until a special topic, image or event grabs your attention. Perhaps you are interested in a special category. What’s happenin? keeps you updated on funny days, weird holidays, foodie fun and celebrations. yum, yum, yum…yummy captures the Foodie Fun for Everyone featured on What’s happenin’? Music Memories takes you on a walk down music memory lane. Then, at the heart of Awakenings is The United States of America, which features each state by month according to the date it was admitted to the union. Check each category by clicking its image below…


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Awakenings: The ‘SWEETEST’ Day of the Year!

OK, it is NOT the month of February with Valentine’s Day approaching. BUT the ‘SWEETEST’ day of the year is close at hand…a special day for giving!

Saturday, October 18 is …

Sweetest Day 2014


Make Sweetest Day a special way to give something or do something nice to those less fortunate than yourself. It doesn’t matter who that person is or where they reside. There are ways to enrich the celebration without the expenditures, which so many cannot afford. Little kisses, warm hugs, sweet smiles warm the heart and lift the spirit at no monetary cost.





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Awakenings: Going strong, THANKS to YOU!

On October 13, 2012 Awakenings boasted 10,000+ views. A few days over one year later on October 16, 2013 that count reached 86,000+. Today, almost two years later to the day she is @. . .180,000+!


Thank you! AND more Thanks!


There are just not enough words to express my appreciation for all who have visited and/or are following Awakenings!  Stepping back in time allows you to Embrace Your Past, Empower the Present, Enrich Your Future. 

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On the road…

Hello, everyone! Just a quick post to let you know catnip will be purr-r-r-r-r-laxing for a couple of weeks. Heading south to visit middle daughter and family. With the change in seasons, wish it were north for the fall colors but South Florida is beckoning…come home!


The Falling Leaves of Autumn

Thank-You4Posts are prepared daily for catnip’s sister site Awakenings since that site is tuned into what’s happenin’ on a daily basis, foodie fun and sounds of music, facts and trivia, of the past. Such has not been the case for catnipoflife, which is more inspirational. It is most important before going any further with today’s post to express thoughts of gratitude to those of you who have faithfully followed catnipoflife since its inception in 2011. Of course, that also applies to new followers and visitors. Because of YOU, I am still here! Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!

Often posts from Awakenings are scooped onto catnip. Today’s post, however, needs to be showcased on both sites equally. Are you ready? More clearly – are you ready for Autumn?


Get ready! Get set!

Tuesday, September 23
The First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox) 2014


The hours and days of summer relaxation have come to an end. But, the ending of summer signifies changes in seasons and anticipation of crisp, cool mornings, the bursting forth of bright oranges, reds and yellows as leaves intensify in brilliance during their own change. Within this anticipation is yet another eager time of awakening.  The change in color announces the coming of falling leaves.
There is music set to the theme of falling leaves…

There is poetry where the falling leaves represent soldiers on the battlefield…
There are childhood memories surrounding the falling leaves…

With the falling leaves comes the time for the yard rake. While no one probably LIKES to rake leaves, there is the envelopment of a very special atmosphere. As the rake moves back and forth in rhythmic motion, leaves cling to its ‘fingers’ before being deposited in a pile. The pile keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. All the while children laugh and giggle in anticipation of what’s coming next.

It only takes is a few seconds to say, “Get ready, get set, go!” for each child to jump right smack dab in the middle! As your child becomes acclimated to the change in season, plant the seed of anticipation. If yours is an area of few or no trees, look around for your ‘pile of leaves’ – whatever brings on the smiles, laughter and giggles that will be long remembered and treasured.


Catch the Falling Leaves

If you ask me about Autumn
It is leaves dancing across the ground—
The essence of a former life
Wherever nature’s spirit abounds
It is one last fling before Winter’s sleep
Flitting and flaunting vivid hues of gold—
Dramatic, enchanting, ah-h-h breathtaking
Awe-inspiring colors to behold
It is a season of predestined change
In a distinctive way nature acknowledges—
Random yellows, rusty oranges, bold reds
Exciting the soul through emblazon images
It is nature in action
Intensely, magically changing—
Summer’s palette transforming
As leaves gently fall or left dangling
It is muticolored leaves blowing in the wind
Like the strumming of a fiddle
The crux of fun for someone to rack in a pile
Then jump right smack dab in the middle
Run, jump, catch the falling leaves
As they flutter round and round
Stuff them in your pockets
For the child in you is found




“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

—John Burroughs (American Naturalist and Essayist, 1837–1921)




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