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Happy 30th Anniversary

30th-AnniversaryJuly 10, 1984 – July 10, 2014

So many places yet to see, so much yet too be done

One thing for sure…time is ours, never alone!

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“Love’s Theme”

by Barry White

Play our love’s theme tonight
My love’s here, it’s no dream tonight
It”s been so long
Since we’ve danced to our love song
I know the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love’s theme)

Play our love’s theme once more
Make him feel, like he felt before
While the lights are low
Please, let the music flow
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love’s theme)

Play our love’s theme again
Touch his heart, touch his soul and then
Once we sip the wine
His lips will come to mine
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me
Love’s theme…

Love’s theme…forever mine, forever yours, forever ours!

To my husband, I love you…yesterday, today and all the tomorrows to come!

Happy Pearl Anniversary!

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Awakenings: Wyoming: Home to Many Firsts

This Day in History: July 10, 1890

Wyoming, the Equality State, the Cowboy State, Big Wyoming

Land of geysers & hot springs, cowboys, bucking broncos, bison, free-roaming wild horses & some of the most spectacular scenery in the world…Wyoming, part of Awesome America!

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Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869. This action lead to the nickname “The Suffrage State” and later to “The Equality State.” “Equality” is also the state motto. Wyoming has officially adopted a cowboy on a bucking horse as a symbol of the state. This has lead to the reference of Wyoming as “The Cowboy State.” With Wyoming being the 10th largest state in total area in the nation, it has also earned the nickname “Big Wyoming.” This connotation pays homage to the rugged natural beauty of Wyoming, a state where the Great Plains meets the Rocky Mountains.

 

Source: www.awakenings2012.blogspot.com

When you hear someone mention Wyoming, what are your first thoughts? I doubt very seriously they focus on the Triceratops. [Yep! Wyoming claims a state dinosaur.] What about buffalo or bronco riding? Now, that’s more like it…symbols of the wild, wild West and native to Wyoming.

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Awakenings: Countdown: 1 Happy 4th of July

Fourth of July is here! 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 

We have counted down and the celebration is on! Adrenaline is pumping as you seek out the best fireworks to display or watch. Imagination is running wild trying to outdo last year’s celebration. Creative juices are flowing as you are knee deep in preparing the best mouth-watering recipes ever. Hot dogs, Star-Spangled Burgers, BBQ, chips & dip, nuts, salads, fruit, desserts, etc. are ready to serve. Right? WHEW! The guest list is complete thus vanquishing all possibilities of chaos and stress. 

BUT, one question remains: Are you truly READY? Have you forgotten anything?

5 – In God We Trust  
4  – Star-Spangled Banner
3 – Pledge of Allegiance2 – Remember Our Troops1 – Happy Independence Day!

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

The American Flag: Wave it proudly!

An icon of American freedom, a symbol of liberty, a motif referring to the United States, a banner for independence––all symbolize America and the principles upon which she stands.

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Awakenings: Idaho: Rugged Beauty

This Day in History: July 3, 1890

Idaho, the Gem State or the Gem of the Mountains, the Spud State, Little Ida

Idaho, as part of the Oregon Country, was claimed by both the United States and Great Britain until the United States gained undisputed jurisdiction in 1846. Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state.

 

How Idaho Got Its Name: Idaho is an invented word! It is not from the Indian language. The name was made up by a politician and he was not an Indian! Mining lobbyist George M. Willing presented the name “Idaho” to congress for a new territory around Pike’s Peak, claiming it was a Shoshone Indian word meaning “Gem of the Mountains.” By the time the deception was discovered, the name “Idaho” was already in common use.

Have you ever heard of the gemstone Star Garnet? Did you know Idaho has a state raptor? What is Idaho’s state dance (Hint: It is the same as 22 other states!)? So much to discover, so much to explore in America!

 

 

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

When you hear someone mention Idaho, what are your first thoughts? If the light bulb that comes on for you is the potato, switch off that thought. Venture into the rugged beauty of Idaho beyond the famous potato!

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Awakenings: July is…

…jam packed with celebration! Of course, at the top of the list is the 4th of July – America’s Independence Day! But, that is by no means the beginning and end of the list.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Visit Awakenings to see what is up for grabs during the month of July.  You might be surprised at some that are totally unexpected! Happy 4th of July week, my friends!

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Awakenings: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!

Today in History: June 27, 1939

 

On this day in 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed…

Scarlett O’Hara: Rhett. . .Rhett. . .Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?  Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

There is probably no movie line reaching iconic status any more than the famous scene of Rhett Butler walking away from Scarlet in Gone With the Wind. And to think it was almost NOT in the movie, at least the use of the curse word. Remember, the year is 1939 with censorship at the beginning of the 20th century being much more stringent than that of today.

 

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Do you think it would have had as much impact or be remembered and revered had the curse word been removed?

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The Pulse of Life

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From the first heartbeat to the last, there is a rhythm to life known to us all in the form of music…slow beats, rapid beats, beats out of sync, skipped beats, irregular beats, beats that make the heart flutter. The pulse of life changes as moods swing and bodies sway in accordance with the sequence of stressed and unstressed beats until the final beat falls silent.

Remain on-beat thwarting those off-beat moments that attempt to set you off balance. Keep upbeat with a pep in your step as you reach out for the sun or walk in the rain. It’s all in the music…the music called life!

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Enjoy the Chords of Emotion @Awakenings or make new ones…

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Awakenings: Virginia & New Hampshire

This Day in History: June 25, 1788

Virginia, “Old Dominion,” “Mother of Presidents,” “Mother of States,” the Birthplace of a Nation

Each of the state nicknames independently, as well as in combination, attribute to Virginia being declared the “Birthplace of a Nation”. Virginia is an American history icon! This is where our country began…the founding of Jamestown on the banks of the James River, our first permanent English colony, in Virginia in 1607 – 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in Massachusetts. So much American history, so many historical sites. No wonder it is said Virginia’s history IS America’s history!

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Bit of Trivia: Maine, Maryland and Massachusetts have a state cat, Maryland also has a state dinosaur, West Virginia has a state rattlesnake and Virginia has a state BAT!

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Also in June, 1788 is the establishment of New Hampshire as the 9th state to join the union. Did you know New Hampshire was first named North Virginia, and it was once under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts?

This Day in History: June 21, 1788

New Hampshire, the Granite State, the Mother of Rivers, the White Mountain State, Switzerland of America*

*This state is also called the Switzerland of America, on account of the salubrity of its climate; its wild and picturesque landscapes; its lakes and rapid streams. The celebrated White Mountains, in the northern part of the state, are of great elevation, and afford the grandest display of mountain scenery in our country. [From Hayward's New England Gazetteer of 1839]

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com 

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Scaredy-cat or Scared Cat

scaredy-catThere are “scaredy-cats” and then there are scared cats. As humans, some of us are startled or frightened by a slight change or movement, even to the point of being afraid of anything and everything. Others take it with a grain of salt. Cats are among those that frighten very easily.

When startled, cats usually jump (often quite high), stumble over their own feet and scamper as fast as their little legs will carry them. Their expressions are indeed priceless! Yes! Cats have expressions…anyone who says cats are expressionless have never truly watched the face of a cat. In the close-ups within the video, focus on the eyes and ears. There are moments that will make you bend double laughing while others will bring on an aw-w-w-w moment.

For your added enjoyment, a step back in the past to the Scaredy Cat in the cartoons…

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Scaredy Cat (1948) from kili on Vimeo.

Do you frighten easily? Share your scariest moment…personal or cat!

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Awakenings: West Virginia: The Mountains are Callin’

This Day in History: June 20, 1863

West Virginia, the Mountain State

 

West Virginia’s karst topography contributes to its cool trout waters, diverse landscapes, whitewater rapids, historic caves and lost world caverns. The state motto of West Virginia Montani Semper Liberi or “Mountaineers Always Free” was adopted in 1863 reflecting the character and beliefs of the citizens of the state at the time of its adoption. Being known as the land of rugged mountains (the scenic Allegheny Mountains cross the state), it is most appropriate for West Virginia to be nicknamed The Mountain State.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

On June 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, West Virginia became the 35th state to join the union. West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation by the President of the United States. Statehood was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln.

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